Grothe sneaks onto ESPN.com main page
The main story on ESPN.com's front page -- that link obviously will change in a matter of hours -- is the site's Big East football preview, and USF quarterback Matt Grothe is pictured as one of the league's "four Heisman hopefuls."
Funny thing is, when you click through to Ivan Maisel's story on the Big East, there's no mention of Grothe or USF. Maisel lists what are generally considered the league's four top Heisman contenders -- Louisville's Brian Brohm, Rutgers' Ray Rice and West Virginia's combo of running back Steve Slaton and Pat White.
So for whatever reason, Grothe got to bump White out of the front-page picture. Nothing against Grothe, but being the quarterback of a top-five program automatically puts you on the Heisman short lists. Maisel did think enough of Grothe to write a story about him that was posted Tuesday. (Update: ESPN has hedged its caption, which now reads "With plenty of talent on tap, the Big East has all kinds of credibility." Makes more sense now.)
Everybody's writing about the Bulls these days. Yes, that means links for you ...
-- Tony Barnhart, writing in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, tabs USF as one of his five "surprise teams," saying that while everyone has West Virginia or Louisville winning the Big East, "it would be wise not to overlook the Bulls."
-- Always impressed to learn something new and personal about a player, so there's some fun detail to a Matt Grothe feature in Wednesday's Orlando Sentinel. Not sure what a "semi-millimeter" gun is -- and I'm not really a gun guy -- but that seems like some tiny bullets.
(photo courtesy ESPN.com)