Friday: Chat live with Greg Auman
We've bumped a scheduled live chat twice now, but barring any out-of-nowhere surprises -- that's a big if this week -- I'll be doing a live chat here Friday at noon to talk about the upcoming football season and, yes, Thursday's news of fired academic adviser Myrtice Landers accusing USF of racial discrimination and covering up NCAA violations.
Lots of leftover notes on the Landers case and other things, so here are a few quick hitters to get out of the way ...
-- Former USF safety and graduate assistant J.R. Reed, who stepped down from his USF job to returning to playing in the UFL, still has one eye on his coaching future and is taking part in the NFL's minority internship program and working with the Baltimore Ravens this summer. He'll be working with Baltimore until Aug. 16, when he reports to the Florida Tuskers for UFL preseason camp in Orlando.
-- If you're wondering what linebacker Sam Barrington did Wednesday to get stopped by police to discover an outstanding warrant for his arrest, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that he was pulled over for speeding 20 mph over the posted speed limit on I-275 near the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. exit.
-- Never got around to reporting that former USF safety Nate Allen signed his rookie contract with the Eagles, leaving Giants first-rounder Jason Pierre-Paul as the last unsigned Bulls rookie. There's a really cool "Rookie Spotlight" video interview with Allen on the Eagles' official site.
-- You may have read about Landers' raises in the past two years, but there's a little more to it. She did receive a 13 percent pay increase in 2009, but only because USF assistant athletic director Justin Miller did a study of other Big East programs and found that her position paid 32 percent less than the Big East average -- the raise was considered a "market adjustment." This past year, her raise was only 2 percent, which works out to $765 and doesn't reflect anything more than a minimum annual raise.
-- Went tubing with my family on the Rainbow River in Dunnellon on Wednesday, and even then, I can't escape the reach of USF athletics. The family just upriver from us was the extremely well-behaved children of former USF assistant strength coach Kaz Kazadi, who is now working at Baylor. Small world, indeed ...
-- Too much fun not to mention: It's now just four days until the Big East's annual preseason clambake, which takes place the night before all the interviews with the league's players and coaches. The highlight, especially for college kids, is the lobsters served as part of the clambake -- my first year in Newport, Jim Leavitt brought lobsters back, one in each hand, to the team hotel for Andre Hall and Tim Jones, who had arrived too late to attend. Anyway, Syracuse blog Troy Nunes is a Magician has the early odds on which players will devour the most lobsters, and USF's Sampson Genus is among the favorites.