More notes, and yes, USF at Victoria's Secret
No, no, no. For the love of the Tim Tebow thong, there is no USF lingerie. Let me make that much clear. But yes, I can pass along news that USF is now part of the Victoria's Secret Collegiate Collection, which means another place to get sweatpants, T-shirts, etc. ... Here's a link to our Deal Divas blog's entry on the news.
-- More college football countdowns: Rivals.com, counting down all 120 I-A teams, doesn't have USF opponent Western Kentucky as the worst team in the nation. They're No. 118, with Idaho and North Texas below them. Syracuse checks in at No. 102, with Central Florida at No. 94 (lowest in the state) and Florida International checking in at No. 92. They still have 90 teams to go, but you can keep checking back ...
-- Speaking of Western Kentucky, ESPN.com's Pat Forde writes on his Twitter that WKU's top pass rusher, Blake Boyd, is academically ineligible for 2009. Again, there's little to suggest USF's key starters will have to play complete games in any of those first three contests leading up to the FSU game.
-- Seth Greenberg going back to California? The former USF coach said there's "nothing" to his being a potential candidate for the vacancy at Southern Cal. A poll in the Orange County Register's USC blog identified Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon, a Burbank native, as the most popular candidate.
-- USF's sports information department confirmed Tuesday that, like many other major colleges, USF will no longer be producing printed media guides as part in an effort to trim expenses. The same information will be available online and given to media members as "memory stick" PDF files, which can be searched more easily than a printed guide. USF has spent $185,000 on printed media guides in the past two years, so there's a substantial savings -- and the obvious environmental gains -- in moving away from print guides.
More budget savings will come in September, when USF's football team will travel to Tallahassee for a Sept. 26 game at Florida State by bus and not by chartered flight. Miami has made a similar decision and will travel by bus to games in Tampa and Orlando this fall, saving about $140,000 on the two trips. USF should save about $50,000 by bussing to Tallahassee, spending an estimated $10,000 instead of the $60,000 estimated for flying the team to FSU.