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Leavitt on Bulls, Grothe: 'We'll move forward'



USF coach Jim Leavitt, speaking on the weekly Big East coaches' teleconference Monday, said he told his players after Saturday night's game that they have to be ready to move on without senior quarterback Matt Grothe, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee from a play in Saturday's win against Charleston Southern.


"They understand we move forward. We don't move back. We move forward. The players are great. They love Matt to death, and Matt knows that," Leavitt said. "Injuries are part of the deal. We've had a bunch of them the last number of years. I understand Matt is a little unusual, being a quarterback, most important position on the team and all those kinds of things, but we'll move forward. We moved forward after Saturday night.

"It's the way it is. It's not being callous. It's the way it is. People get hurt in this game and you've got to be prepared. That's why you prepare anybody at any position to be ready to go in and step up and play. Matt would expect us to do that, and we will."

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:12pm]


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