I think the BCS computers have Rocky No. 3 ...
The Times' free daily, tbt*, is great for blog fodder. Today, they remind me that USF is still showing up in some national top 10 rankings, if only SI.com's latest Mascot Power Rankings, where USF's ever-photogenic Rocky is No. 9 -- that was before the UConn loss. I'll admit I'm only doing this so I can link to Youtube.com highlights of Donald the Duck beating up "Shasta" Houston's cougar mascot. More linkage ...
-- I want to link to a story in our news section about Lee Roy Selmon acquiring a larger financial stake in the chain of restaurants that bear his name. There are plans to add two Selmon's restaurants next year and six in 2009, with as many as 30 in place by 2012, including the first outside Florida, likely in Dallas or Atlanta. Selmon, who is president of the USF Foundation Partnership for Athletics, a key fundraising position for the Bulls, said he'll be spending more time in his restaurants as a result of his acquisition.
-- We'd mentioned last week how the newspaper in Terre Haute, Ind., had dropped USF offensive line Mike Simmonds' name as an option for the head coaching job at his alma mater, Indiana State. I'd asked Simmonds about that last week and forgot to get it up on the blog; he said he's focused on getting the offensive line ready for its next game and nothing else.
"That takes a lot of experience," he said of the Indiana State job. "That's a whole different spectrum, and I'm very happy where I'm at."
-- So many good stories out there about USF defensive coordinator Wally Burnham, and there's another one from his hometown paper, the Decatur Daily in Alabama, which reminisces about his days at Decatur High School from 1968-71.
-- I've mentioned it here on the blog, but you haven't seen much elsewhere about USF assistant coaches and players telling reporters after Saturday's loss that they were "not allowed" to speak to the media. Word of that got to the Orlando Sentinel's Mike Bianchi, who wrote this about it on his blog:
Can you say "poor loser." Leavitt finally agreed to let some players speak, but only after media members vociferously complained. Leavitt has big-time aspirations with a small-time mentality. What a pathetic move.