Here's the new Grothe ad
Wednesday's weekly USF notebook made reference to quarterback Matt Grothe being feature in USF's advertising for Saturday's home game against Connecticut, an honor typically reserved for upperclassmen or often just coach Jim Leavitt himself. Anyway, it occurs to me that I just might have a few online readers who aren't ponying up for subscriptions, surely all due to the geographic constraints of where my paper can be delivered. So I used my trusty scanner at home and scanned in the ad from Monday's Times. Curiously, USF puts Grothe's name on the football ad, but did not put players' names in ads that ran Wednesday for an upcoming men's soccer game and basketball season tickets.
-- How about Robert McCullum getting the main pic on ESPN.com's college basketball page Wednesday? Andy Katz checked in on how USF will play its first seven games with a depleted roster until midyear transfers Jesus Verdejo and Kentrell Gransberry become eligible Dec. 17. The new news? McCullum said he's hopeful of point guard Chris Howard returning in time for the UAB game on Dec. 27, a shorter turnaround than he's mentioned before.
I talked with McCullum this week, and he had high praise for his two freshmen, point guard Solomon Bozeman and small forward Amu Saaka, saying both would make their presence felt right away, with Bozeman stepping in running the point and Saaka showing perhaps the team's greatest versatility, able to rebound well but also show his range from outside. He also expects both Zaronn Cann and Melvyn Richardson to be cleared to play in time for the team's first practice on Oct. 14. The team held open tryouts on Wednesday, hoping to get a hard-working player or two for the end of the bench to join current walk-ons Eddie Lovett and Jared Rubens already on the roster.
-- From the Things Really Must Be Slow Department, USF sent out a release Wednesday (and I'm running it, so can't be that irrelevant) noting that former Bulls volleyball player Melayne Wootan had finished fifth in the Miss Arizona USA pageant. This could stand alone as a note, but after extensive Googling, I believe this is the same Melayne W. who competed on NBC's "For Love of Money" reality show in 2004. No, I never watched the show, but yes, I'm sure she deserved to stick around longer. OK, this is where I pat myself on the back for not making any embarrassingly forced "Wootan clan" references.