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Ex-USF hoops player Lamb rising fast at Fifth Third



The Times' Ernest Hooper leads his Tuesday column with an update on former USF men's basketball player Brian Lamb, whose success at Fifth Third Bank continued last week when he was named as Tampa Bay market president, overseeing 350 employees and $2.1-billion in deposits.

Lamb said his basketball days at USF continue to help him in his day-to-day-business, with frequent "locker-room discussions" in the office. "They're candid and open, and we hold each other accountable," he says. "We inspect the commitments we've made to each other. But one thing's for certain: When we walk out of that 'locker room,' we're 100 percent on the same team."

-- More basketball: Former USF assistant coach Frank Burnell, who was on Robert McCullum's staff from 2003-07, is now the head coach at NAIA Edward Waters College. Burnell is a Jacksonville native, so it's a return home for him.

-- More basketball: ESPN's Diamond Leung writes about the tough schedule facing Stan Heath this season, with home games away from home and a tough Big East lineup.

-- Even more basketball: Former Bulls guard Aaron Holmes is holding a three-day basketball camp at St. Petersburg Catholic on Aug. 3-5, with other former Bulls like Kentrell Gransberry and Solomon Bozeman helping as coaches. Two age groups are planned -- for more information, contact Holmes at (727) 259-5798.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:43am]


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