Is ex-Navy nose guard transferring to USF?
Nate Frazier, a two-year starting nose guard at Navy who was recently dismissed from the football team, could be transferring to USF for his final year of college football, according to the Annapolis Capital.
Frazier, who had 44 tackles and nine tackles for loss for Navy last season, would have to sit out the 2009 season before playing for the Bulls in 2010. The Bulls have one scholarship remaining for the upcoming season. According to the Washington Post, Frazier's violation of the school's honor code was "administrative and not criminal."
Frazier, 23, has good size at 6-foot-3 and 292 pounds, and Navy was strong enough last year to beat Rutgers and Wake Forest and post shutouts late in the season. Frazier is from Atlanta, but the likely tie to USF is first-year receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, who was offensive coordinator at the Naval Academy Prep School last season. He's also believed to be considering Division II North Alabama, where Terry Bowden is now coaching, presumably because Frazier could be eligible to play there this fall.
Morning links ...
-- Sarasota Herald-Tribune columnist Doug Fernandes writes about running back Mike Ford and how he's been his own biggest obstacle to success. Here's a doozy of a sentence: "Go to class, which is separate from the expectation of a Bull athlete once he's there. Without any further elaboration, South Florida's curriculum isn't exactly Stanford's."
-- USF men's basketball officially announced the home-and-home series with Kent State that was reported last week. The date for this year's home game is Nov. 25, the night before Thanksgiving, which isn't ideal for attendance but reflects the imposition USF was in after Florida Gulf Coast backed out of what Stan Heath said was a verbal agreement to play this season.
-- USF coach Jim Leavitt has been busy on Twitter.com this morning -- looks like this afternoon's practice could move to tonight. Leavitt teased to potentially three new players joining the team tonight -- we know punt returner Faron Hornes is already working out, so my guess is defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, walk-on kicker Diego Palacio and a third player I haven't figured out yet ...