Forward Chin lands at Cal State-Fullerton
The last unclaimed player from the slew transferring out of USF's men's basketball program has found a home. Forward Orane Chin, granted a release from USF after one season, has signed with Cal State-Fullerton after making a campus visit last week. He'll sit out this season and have three years of eligibility with the Titans.
"We think he can be an outstanding player for us in the Big West Conference," Titans coach Bob Burton said in a statement. "He's pretty athletic and a pretty good shooter. We're real excited to get him. His numbers weren't overwhelming but if you can start in the Big East as a freshman, that's an indication he can be a pretty good player for us."
To wrap up where everyone's landed: Zaronn Cann last summer to Division II Eckerd College, Dante Curry in December to Georgia State, Solomon Bozeman to Arkansas-Little Rock, Aaron Holmes to Sante Fe Community College and Amu Saaka to Furman.
-- Promising news for USF soccer and coach George Kiefer, as today's Boston Globe has a profile on Mike Soboff, a talented midfielder who the Bulls have landed, beating out Big East power Connecticut and 2006 national champion Maryland. We've got calls out to Soboff today, but here's a highlight clip of him from Youtube. Here's a short one of him showing off his juggling skills -- notice he doesn't quite pull off the ball-resting-on-back-of-neck deal the first time. More to come there ...
-- Defensive tackle Richard Clebert's stay with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes didn't last long. He was cut June 15, barely a week after joining the Alouettes in preseason camp. Former USF safety Jeremy Burnett was cut this week by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, leaving receiver S.J. Green as the Bulls' lone representative in the CFL.
-- USF should know by the weekend if pitching coach Lazer Collazo is leaving to become head coach at Florida Atlantic, but there was another Bulls pitching coach in the news recently. Russ McNickle, the Bulls' top assistant under Eddie Cardieri in 1999-2000, is the new head coach at Saint Leo in eastern Pasco County.
-- Hey, Mike Lakeland! This might be old news for my Polk County readers, but USF has added three billboards in Lakeland, for a total of 21 trumpeting the upcoming football season. Locations? North 98 by I-4 on the left-hand side; South 98 and Winter Lake Road on the right, by USF's Lakeland campus; and where else but S. Florida Avenue, past the Outback on the left side. And if you haven't seen USF's TV commercial touting season tickets, it's made its way onto Youtube as well. That shot of Jim Leavitt watching film on a projector is clearly staged -- you can tell because there's no Pepsi in sight.