Guess who traveled with Bulls to Pittsburgh?
Greetings from Terminal C at Tampa International Airport, where I love the free wireless and am about to board a flight to Pittsburgh for Saturday's USF-Pitt game. This in itself is not surprising.
More surprising to be flying to Pittsburgh today? That'd be USF running back Jamar Taylor, who has not played this season since spraining his knee in August. Since the media can't see practice, we have no real way of knowing just how far along his progress is -- we see him jog off the field after drills with no idea whether he's cutting and taking hits in practice or just running in straight lines between the fields.
My understanding was that Taylor was still at least another week away from playing, and then the question is whether it's worth it for him to play less than half a season instead of taking a redshirt and allowing himself to heal completely and return in 2010. USF coach Jim Leavitt, asked Thursday if Taylor could play this week, didn't rule it out, giving his you-never-know-the-Lord-might-heal-him-tonight response.
My instinct is that Leavitt is just giving Pittsburgh's defense something else to think about, but again, without seeing practice, it's all hunches and what coaches are telling me, neither of which is particularly rock-solid. Another option to float is that Taylor could also ease his way back in by playing some special teams without working at running back this weekend.
If the Twitter folks are right, then USF's women's soccer team took a tough 1-0 loss in overtime at St. John's, which ends their hopes of a Big East American Division regular-season crown. The Bulls can still try for a top-two seed, which would allow them to host a quarterfinal match in the Big East tournament next weekend.