Links, billboards and more links ...
I have to throw some inter-Times cross-promotional traffic love to columnist Howard Troxler, whose column in Thursday's Times has some fun contemplating other possible Sun Dome sponsors that Action Sports Media can contact in the wake of the past week's Academic Financial Services mess. I just like that his blog has a whole subtopic on "Privatization Follies." The USF sports relevance of AFS seems to be at 14:58 and counting, but I'm still getting e-mails from people, so I'll remind folks I can be reached at email@example.com.
-- Since March, the Big East has had preliminary discussions with the Devil Rays about the possibility of a new bowl there starting in 2010. Important to note that the conference hasn't talked to any other new bowl suitors, and because they'd like to have six bowl affiliations, such a deal wouldn't have to come at the expense of any of the existing five bowl contracts. That said, talks are in the embryonic stages, enough so that the Devil Rays declined to even comment on the matter until more substantive talks come about. My question for you loyal blog readers: do you think a bowl in St. Petersburg would have enough of a following to draw the required attendance threshold of 25,000 fans?
-- Florida Citrus Sports announced Thursday that Notre Dame will play games at a newly renovated Citrus Bowl during the 2011 and 2014 seasons. No opponents have been announced, and it's unrelated to FSU's commitment to play there in 2012 or 2013, so I'm sure USF will be mentioned as a potential opponent for the Fighting Irish.
-- Anybody else notice the USF billboard on the west side of 275 north, up between Busch and Fowler? Has big pics of Stan Heath and Jim Leavitt, saying "Go Bulls, From Your Team Doctors."
-- Just so you guys don't think we only harp on USF's recruits who fail to qualify, we offer a link to the Ocala Star-Banner, which has an update on former Ocala Trinity Catholic safety Antonio Allen. He didn't qualify at South Carolina, so -- tell me if you've heard this before -- he's headed to a junior college in Mississippi. Receiver Dion LeCorn, also once sought by the Bulls, is already enrolled with the Gamecocks.
-- Another recruit USF didn't get has failed to qualify: basketball star Jenirro Bush, who had committed to Heath at Arkansas and was touted as a possibility for the Bulls, won't play at Jackson State, where he signed. Instead, he'll play at Arkansas-Fort Smith. Wouldn't be surprised if USF came back after him in two seasons.
-- Florida Today has a story on softball phenom Kristen Gordon and how coach Ken Eriksen is giving her the summer off from pitching, hoping to energize her for her upcoming sophomore season.