A few more notes, and then I'm off ...
It's not good news for you regulars who like plenty of updates, even in the doldrums of summer: I'm taking a week off, starting this afternoon, and while I'll have my laptop with me, I've vowed to take a break and go blog-free. I'll be back and posting like a madman next week, don't worry.
But before I go, I wanted to offer up a few notes, a few links, since there still are a few things going on. I can't get a full read on how much the Houston Texans' signing of veteran Rosevelt Colvin will impact rookie Ben Moffitt's chances of making the roster. It doesn't help.
-- If you're like me, when you read the paper Monday morning and saw FSU's longtime coach was retiring, your first thought was "Would they go after Ken Eriksen?" It seemed fathomable, if the Seminoles offered a bump in pay and the frustrations of getting a new stadium had worn on Eriksen. Rest easy, Bulls fans. Eriksen isn't interested in going to Tallahassee.
Remember, USF is home for Eriksen, who played baseball for the Bulls and has two decades of experience with the softball program. Tampa is where his daughters have grown up, and the team he has back next season, fresh off a Big East regular-season title, isn't the kind you want to leave, either. That's not to say he'll never leave, but he isn't leaving this summer for anything at Florida State.
-- Former USF shortstop Addison Maruszak makes his pro baseball debut tonight as the Staten Island Yankees play at the Brookyn Cyclones in the season opener of the New York-Penn League. His manager in Staten Island, curiously, is former Florida coach Pat McMahon. Speaking of Gators, it's interesting to read that the new executive director of the University of Florida Alumni Association is ... a USF graduate.
-- Former USF football player Otis Dixon, 29, has stepped down as head coach at Lakewood High, moving on to a job in the insurance industry. Dixon had applied for a job at Hernando High this summer but wasn't chosen, so it's one less tie the Bulls have in the Pinellas County football scene.
-- Forgot to post this when USF announced it, but a newspaper in Sudbury, Canada, reminds me that former Bulls volleyball standout Kristina Fabris is moving on to a pro career in Finland.
-- Former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins hasn't played his first NFL game yet, but he's already made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. All the Dallas Cowboys' rookies made a visit there, according to the Canton Repository. ...
-- More love for Big East commish Mike Tranghese from the Orlando Sentinel.
There you have it. Barring any big news in the next few hours, I won't be back for a week. If news breaks, my colleagues are ready to pinch-blog, and behave yourselves on the comments. ...