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Jenkins to Bucs? thinks so ...



I'm in Palm Harbor today, covering the WNBA Draft, but want to check in with a few USF links. First, there's a new mock first round at, where former Times writer Don Banks now has USF cornerback Mike Jenkins going 20th to the hometown Bucs. Banks has Jenkins as the fourth cornerback taken, but it'll be interesting to see if Kansas' Aqib Talib stays ahead of him on draft boards after news reports this week of multiple positive tests for marijuana.

We reported this morning that USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez was among 17 candidates to interview Monday in Tampa for the head coaching vacancy at UNLV. UNLV is expected to hold follow-up interviews with finalists on campus this week, and you can read more about other candidates in this story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. We've confirmed one reserve player being granted a release to transfer from the Bulls -- sophomore forward Caitlyn Mitryk, who averaged 1.7 points this past season. Mitryk did not score a point in Big East play in either of her two seasons with the Bulls.

On the men's basketball front, an interesting development Tuesday with Mott Community College guard Jeremie Simmons, who briefly committed to Valparaiso before quickly changing his mind and keeping his options open. I talked to Simmons on Tuesday afternoon, and he said his commitment was "a mistake," something that happened as he thought about wanting to stay close to home. He's certainly considering Valpo, but said USF is still in the mix. He'll visit Alabama on April 25, and the Tide suddenly have some big openings for guards. With the signing period opening on the 16th, it'll be interesting to see if USF is willing to hold out more than a week until he makes a decision. ...

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