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Grothe second among NCAA QBs in wins

Hadn't seen this before, but SI.com's Cory McCartney, writing about Wake Forest's Riley Skinner and the lack of four-year starting quarterbacks, mentions that Skinner and USF's Matt Grothe are tied for second in the nation in active career wins. Those two have 26 career wins, trailing only Texas' Colt McCoy, who has 32.

McCartney refers to Skinner's record as a starter, though Grothe didn't start the first game of his USF career, so technically he has 25 wins as a Bulls starter, but he certainly has had a role in 26. Barring injury, McCoy isn't giving up the active lead anytime this season, but i'll be fun to see where Grothe can finish at the end of the season.

It's reasonable to think Grothe can keep pace with Skinner, but there's a pair of two-year starters in his rear-view mirror -- Oklahoma's Sam Bradford has 23 wins in the past two seasons, and Florida's Tim Tebow has 22 (he wasn't the primary QB on Florida's 2006 squad, so for simplicity's sake, we won't count those.)

I'll have to work up a list of the active college quarterbacks with 20 or more starts to see who else is at the top of the list ...

-- The fact that USF isn't playing UCF anymore in football doesn't really stop the rivalry from being an active one, if only the slow months of summer. The Orlando Sentinel's UCF blog, chumming the waters, asks readers to finish this statement: "USF football coach Jim Leavitt should schedule UCF again, because ..." Knowing how much of a joy it is to delete inappropriate comments on my own blog, I'd ask that if you join in over there, behave yourselves ...

-- I can't imagine why anyone would think USF is now five times more likely to win the national championship than the Bulls were in January, but that's basically what the odds are saying at thespread.com.

The gambling site's futures odds for the '10 national title opened with USF a 200-to-1 shot to win it all, but the current odds are 40-to-1. (Methinks somebody put a decent bet down and the site is now covering itself.) No other team can boast such an odds upgrade -- of the 49 teams that get individual lines, that's the biggest change. Nine other schools have odds better than twice as good as they opened: Wisconsin (was 200:1, now 60:1), Illinois (200, 70), UCLA (200, 75), Florida State (50, 20), Clemson (100, 40), Nebraska (100, 40), Michigan (200, 85), Miami (50, 22) and Arkansas (200, 90).

Other Big East schools getting odds? Favorite West Virginia is 50-to-1, Pittsburgh is 60-to-1, Cincinnati is 80-to-1 and Rutgers 100-to-1. Only Connecticut, Louisville and Syracuse miss the cut.

-- Former Plant and Miami quarterback Robert Marve won't be coming to USF this fall, having narrowed his choices to Purdue or walking on at Tennessee, his high school coach told the Associated Press. A year of undergraduate classes at UT run about $20,000, according to their official site. I'm thinking Purdue is a match at this point ...

-- Thinking about going to the Big East baseball tournament in Clearwater this week? Today's St. Pete Times has a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for Friday's semifinals or Saturday's championship. Up to two free tickets per coupon -- if you're in Pinellas County and don't get the Times, it's an excuse to pick up a paper and see what you're missing. And if you're in Hillsborough, you can still get the Sunday Times for just 50 cents. Much thanks, as always, for the actual subscribers reading here ...

-- Too early to talk summer baseball? USF first baseman Todd Brazeal, one of the top freshmen in the Big East this season, is committed to play for the Staunton Braves in Virginia.

-- Speaking of baseball, it's completely dated now, but Baseball America had a good writeup previewing the crucial series between USF and Louisville. The Bulls, of course, lost all three games, needing just one win for the Big East regular-season title. As BA points out, the Bulls would have had ample precedent for making the NCAA field despite a low RPI, as every Big East regular-season champ since 1996 has made the NCAA cut. Something of a moot point now ...

-- USF coach Jim Leavitt attended the Preakness on Saturday, his second year in a row as a guest of Baltimore-based Under Armour. According to his Twitter page, Leavitt got to meet jockey Calvin Borel before Saturday's race. "Met all the jockeys they seem so relaxed how would i be are you kidding!" Leavitt later tweeted, after noting that he met Cal Ripken Jr. over the weekend as well.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:27pm]

    

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