More notes: Bulls battling for roster spots
Back out to One Buc Place this morning, and it's a crucial few weeks of OTAs for three former Bulls -- receiver Amarri Jackson, defensive end Jarriett Buie and tackle Marc Dile -- who earned free-agent contracts out of the Bucs' rookie minicamp tryout.
The Bucs can carry 80 players in the summer, but draft picks who haven't signed don't count against that total, so as the team starts signing its seven draft picks, they'll have to make room for them on the roster. Undrafted rookies often don't even make it to a team's preseason camp in late July, so it's an important time for USF's Taurus Johnson (Chiefs), Ryan Schmidt (Titans) and Matt Huners (49ers) as well.
One former Bull apparently joining the pro football ranks is receiver Jackie Chambers, who was USF's Rookie of the Year in 2004 but played just two seasons before finishing his college career at tiny Lane College in Tennessee. Chambers, who had a tryout with the Saints but did not sign, is expected to sign with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders, according to the Calgary Herald. The only other Bulls alum on a CFL roster right now is receiver S.J. Green, who plays for the Montreal Alouettes.
-- Can't say I've watched it before, but USF defensive end will be on tonight's "CSS SportsNite" -- CSS is Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast, which is a channel available on Comcast and Charter Cable. Looks like the show is on at 6 p.m. and again at 10 p.m. -- the interview with Selvie was taped at the Walter Camp awards ceremony after last season.
-- Yet another countdown: Rivals.com is rolling out the top 100 players in college football, and USF's Matt Grothe checks in at No. 94. A bit surprised to see Florida International's T.Y. Hilton ranked No. 98, and former USF commit Dexter McCluster, now a star at Ole Miss, is No. 97. How high will Selvie be? We'll probably have to wait a month or two to find out ...
-- Interesting note from the Hartford Courant's Desmond Conner, who writes that the Big East has changed its rules in the wake of the USF-Rutgers football scheduling flap this spring. The new rules say a school must have its nonconference games in place by Jan. 15 each season or at least designate the week in which such games will be played, so the league can move forward with the scheduling of conference games. Not sure how that would have stopped FIU from backing out of a contracted game with USF and signing a new deal with Rutgers.
-- Here's a rare line that gets in a dig at both USF and Central Florida: SI.com's Andy Staples, running through the pros and cons of BCS conference reshuffling, notes that "If UCF joined the Big East, its basketball program might not win a conference game against anyone except South Florida for five years."
-- Another national preseason ranking has USF in the 40s -- Donnie Webb of the Syracuse Post-Standard notes that the new Athlon college football magazine has USF ranked No. 46 and fifth among Big East schools. Cincinnati is the magazine's pick to repeat as league champs, and at No. 19 is the only Big East team in its top 25.
-- It's not often that USF tries to lure a recruit out of Pennsylvania, but the Bulls had apparently offered offensive lineman Miles Dieffenbach, who has committed to Penn State. His father is the women's tennis coach at Pittsburgh, so you can't go into another program's backyard much more than that ...
-- Did any USF season-ticket holders reading here get a thank-you call from a Bulls player on Tuesday night? USF's page at Twitter.com had pics of the Bulls working the phones to say thanks for supporting the program. Would like to hear your stories if you got such a call ...