Famous' father insists he's coming to USF
Despite a report that his son is asking to be released from a signed letter of intent, the father of junior college center Jarrid Famous was adamant Tuesday that his son will play for USF this season.
"Jarrid is going to South Florida. He's not switching schools," Jerome Famous said by phone. "He's going to South Florida, no doubt about it."
The Tampa Tribune reported online Tuesday that Famous no longer wants to attend USF and is asking to be released from his letter of intent, citing Mickey Carey, an assistant coach at Westchester Community College.
Jerome Famous said Carey has tried to steer his son away from USF in the past, but that his son is not going to back out out of his signing with the Bulls. Jarrid Famous did not immediately return a message left on his cell phone seeking comment Tuesday afternoon, and Carey did not return a message left at the Westchester basketball office.
Famous, who ranked among the national junior college leaders in points and rebounds, is expected to make a major impact with the Bulls this fall. If he did not want to attend USF but was not released from his letter of intent, he could not take a scholarship at another school for the next year. And by Big East policy, once he's signed to one conference school, he can never play basketball at another league school under any circumstances.
-- USF center Jessica Lawson, one of four senior starters on the Bulls' WNIT championship roster, said she has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.
"I'm very excited. I still can't believe it, but I'm happy to get this year back," said Lawson, who was sidelined for two seasons by a knee injury she suffered in 2005. "The way we finished the season opens new doors for next season, and we can only go up from here. I'm just all-around excited and happy."
Lawson's return gives the Bulls a big boost in the post, where they also return rising seniors Porche Grant and Melissa Dalembert, key reserves from last season. Coach Jose Fernandez has signed a recruiting class of nine newcomers who will join the Bulls this fall, giving the team improved depth.
-- The Quad, the New York Times' colleges blog, continues its countdown of all 120 programs in Division I-A football, and it's surprising to see the lowest-ranked program in the state of Florida is Central Florida, which checks in today at No. 98. It's a drop of 19 spots from last year's preseason ranking of No. 79, and means the Knights are thought to be worse than both Florida Atlantic and Florida International.
The writeup is even more harsh, suggesting that UCF's offense is "perhaps" the worst in the nation after a "horrific drop" from 2007 to 2008, though they later praise the Knights for aggressively scheduling Miami and Texas. "Anything less than a return to bowl play will force the university administration to make a difficult choice regarding the future of the program," they write.