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Gameday's here: Links for breakfast ...



Ah, noon kickoffs. No deadline craziness, no wild rush. It's less exciting for a writer, but it's welcome after a slew of prime-time games. And with the afternoon time slot, it'll still be ridiculously hot, with temperatures in the high 80s in mid-October, an advantage for USF and its Floridian roster.

Links? We'll start with a feature on USF senior tackle Marc DIle, who is part of an experienced line with four senior starters and has yet to be flagged for a penalty this season. (Yes, by law, he'll get one today, most likely on the first play, or perhaps earlier.) And remember David Sills? The erstwhile USF basketball player, dismissed from the team by Robert McCullum before he ever played a game, continues a string of off-field problems, as he was shot by a U.S. marshal serving a drug-related warrant. blogger Brian Bennett writes about USF receiver Jessie Hester, and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Alan Dell writes about how USF's running backs are healthy for the first time in a long time, which doesn't bode well for Syracuse. The Bradenton Herald's Ryan Boyd also writes about Hester, how the Everglades tradition of chasing rabbits through the cane fields helped him find his speed.

The Post-Standard up in Syracuse writes about how the Orange will have to contain the "slippery" Matt Grothe, and it's a chance to point out that while Grothe said USF controls its own destiny in the next six games, that doesn't reach so far as a Big East title -- the Bulls would need help in at least one Pittsburgh loss to get even a share of the league crown. Not to say that couldn't happen ...

Oh, and give Jim Leavitt points for taking two minutes Friday to answer a question ... about the Rays. Our editors wanted quick comments from all the coaches we cover on what they'd tell the Rays and Joe Maddon after Thursday's devastating loss to Boston so they can regroup for a potential clinching win tonight. Leavitt's response? "I wouldn't tell Joe Maddon a thing. He knows what the heck he's doing and doesn't need me to tell him anything. I'd say, 'Joe, could you please tell me something?"

I wasn't able to make it out to USF's first basketball practices last night, but the Bulls have rolled out a new basketball blog on their official site -- Hitting the Hardwood -- which has some good notes, like Dominique Jones going back to his high school number, 20, this season. There's potentially another walk-on who could make the roster in Ryan Kardok, a 6-foot-3 guard from Parkman Douglas who played at Broward Community College last season.

Lots more to come, so check back for the live blogging during the game ...

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