Morning after: As if you were tired of recruiting ...
There's a lot I want to link to, so much so that I can offer a post of nothing but non-recruiting links, with more recruiting stuff to follow this afternoon.
-- Just so we don't neglect basketball: USF's showing at Georgetown earned the Bulls a writeup in the Washington Times. I like the main photo, with Stan Heath watching in the background.
-- High praise for USF volunteer assistant Tino Martinez in today's New York Daily News, from Yankees GM Brian Cashman, impressed by the hard work Martinez has put in at USF. It'll be fun to see the Bulls and Yankees square off in spring training in three weeks, and coach Lelo Prado said this week that the Rays have expressed an interest in playing the Bulls in a similar manner in 2009.
-- An interesting twist on the Dan McCarney/South Alabama saga: The Mobile Register reported Wednesday that McCarney briefly accepted the USA job on Sunday, only to call back and change his mind. USF will do well to keep the former Iowa State coach for a second season, but there's a curious quote from USA athletic director Joe Gottfried: "He was extended an offer and when you're dealing with good coaches there's always a chance other opportunities will come open." Leavitt remained optimistic Wednesday that he might keep his staff intact, though he'll wait until the post-signing-day shuffling settles down to fill his opening for a cornerbacks coach.
-- All the recruits like teasing with the Bulls -- first Orhian Johnson nearly doffing a Bulls cap before choosing Ohio State, and now this: the Daily Chronicle of Illinois reports that Lakeland defensive end Maurice Coon gave Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill a scare by calling him and telling him he was backing out of a commitment to sign with USF. "I'm just messing with you, coach," he told him. OK, that was a recruiting link. Couldn't resist.