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Familiar names and other assorted notes ...

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February

Lots of little notes to get out there amid all the coaching rumblings, so before another names pops up and/or disappears, I'll get these out quick. Should have another basketball recruiting update later today as well. Keep checking back ...

-- We wrote Wednesday about linebacker Donte Spires returning to the Bulls, and there's another '07 scholarship player who could be returning as a walk-on in 2009: quarterback Alton Voss. Voss, who left the team last summer after redshirting his first year on campus, drove to California last month intending to enroll at College of the Sequoias, a top junior college, but the coach there said Voss had too many upper-level credits to be accepted into the program. Voss is keeping his options open, but has met with USF coach Jim Leavitt in the past week about returning to the team this fall.

Voss would have a chance to earn a scholarship if he moved up the depth chart -- the Bulls will have redshirt freshmen B.J. Daniels and Evan Landi and true freshman Isaac Virgin as Matt Grothe's backups. USF isn't Voss' only option, with Division I-AA Savannah State as an option where he might see playing time more easily. Again, he would be returning after a year away from football, but if he left USF in good academic standing, he could return having simply used up a year of eligibility.  Whether at USF or elsewhere, he has three years of eligibility.

-- Remember Mike Hobbie? The former USF offensive coordinator was getting out of coaching when he abruptly resigned in spring 2005, but he's back coaching again. In the process of tracking down a potential candidate this week -- unrelated to Hobbie, and ultimately, not in the picture -- I found that Hobbie has spent the last two seasons as head coach at Roosevelt High School in Fresno, Calif. ... He  took over a team that went winless in 2006, went 5-6 his first season, then 7-4 last fall.

-- Still working on getting new salary figures for USF's departed assistants, but new receivers coach Phil McGeoghan will make $80,000 this fall in his first season with the Bulls. That's up slightly from than last year's lowest-paid assistant (defensive ends coach Kevin Patrick made $70,000) and likely a considerable raise from last fall, when McGeoghan was offensive coordinator at the Naval Academy Prep School.

-- Good story in the Miami Herald about Pace High's super-fast 4x100 relay, which includes three USF football signees in Kayvon Webster, Sterling Griffin and Derrick Hopkins. More to come on the speed of the incoming recruiting class and how Mike Canales intends to showcase that this fall ...

-- We've written at length about how USF signed significantly more football players than the Bulls have available scholarships for this spring, meaning that a handful of signees can't be part of the program this fall. Oversigning is a common practice in college football, anticipating that some players won't qualify academically or will accept a grayshirt to defer enrollment for a semester, and SI.com's Andy Staples has a good story looking at the benefits and risks involved in oversigning.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:02pm]

    

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