Leavitt on poll: 'How am I going to face my team?'
At least Jim Leavitt has a sense of humor about his coaches' poll top 25 ballot going public.
The USF coach's latest post to Twitter.com shows he's not taking the flap over his ballot -- the only one to have Oklahoma No. 1, and with his own team ranked No. 18, much higher than any other coach -- too seriously.
"So excited about practice. Hope weather helps us out," he writes. "How am I going to face my team and let them know I didn't pick them #1. Oh well."
Other links to tide you over until after today's practice, which should end around 6 p.m.:
-- Collegefootballtalk.com has fun with the childhood photo of Matt Grothe we posted last night. The comments suggest he reminds them of Alfred E. Neuman or even Alfalfa, but CFT can't help but think of the "Seinfeld" episode where Jerry got a haircut.
-- ESPN.com's Brian Bennett continues his positional rankings, writing that USF has the worst running backs in the Big East. Given that Mike Ford should play in all of the Bulls' conference games and Jamar Taylor could play in most of them, it seems like a low ranking. And Pittsburgh seventh? The "College Football Live" guys picked two different Pitt backs as best newcomer in the league the other night.
-- Bennett has a good feature on Matt Grothe and George Selvie, and he's chatting at ESPN.com at 4 p.m.
-- CBSsports.com looks at the Big East's NFL prospects, and suggests Selvie is the league's fifth-best draft prospect, not even the best on his own roster. That goes to safety Nate Allen, who checks in fourth; cornerback Jerome Murphy is sixth, making USF the only team with three in the top 10.
-- Yahoo Sports' Matt Hinton writes about Leavitt's top 25 ballot.
-- Cincinnati.com reports that Cincy will play at Tennessee in 2011, though the Bearcats won't get a home game in return.
-- ESPN.com had a chat with Beano Cook on Wednesday, and the first question was about USF, asking if the Bulls can cut into the market share of Florida State and Miami this season. His answer:
"Yeah, I do. Sure. If Florida and Florida State happen to make mistake in recruiting and USF doesn't, then yes," he wrote. "Right now their program isn't as good, but I think they can compete. In a 10 game series in a home-and-home basis, they'd win a game. The toughest would be Florida. As long as Meyer is at Florida, they'll lose some games, but not many."
-- Taped a segment this afternoon with Joe Girvan and will be talking USF at 6 p.m. on Bright House Sports Network ... If practice ends as scheduled, I will be live on 1010 AM around 6:25 p.m. with Mike Pepper, so I could wind up going up against myself. Ah, multimedia.