LB Joseph ineligible for Bulls' bowl game
I'm not up in Charlotte yet -- taking a few more days with my family before heading up early Thursday morning -- but I can confirm that USF's depth at linebacker took a hit for Friday's Meineke Car Care Bowl against Clemson, as coach Skip Holtz said Monday night in Charlotte that senior linebacker Sabbath Joseph is academically ineligible and will not play.
Joseph, sixth on the team with 43 total tackles, also has six tackles for loss this season, including three sacks. He was the top backup to redshirt freshman DeDe Lattimore at weakside linebacker, and junior Curtis Weatherspoon (19 tackles) will now step into that role.
Joseph told the Times in November he expected to graduate this month with a degree in criminology, but he wasn't among five players who were announced by USF as receiving their degrees at the end of the fall term.
SOCCER TRANSFER: Kayla Bala, a four-time all-state selection at Lakeland George Jenkins, is transferring to USF after two seasons at Florida.
Bala, who had one assist as a freshman and played in nine games as a sophomore, is enrolling at USF for the spring semester and will have two years of eligibility at USF, starting with the 2011 season.
Bala, who played in high school for two area teams in the Real Salt Lake of Tampa and the Valrico Fury, had 33 goals as a senior at George Jenkins and was honored as an All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
The Bulls also have an early enrollee in freshman Cara Patterson, the sister of current Bulls midfielder Taylor Patterson, who scored six goals this past season as a sophomore. Both are from Edmonton, Alberta.