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Morning links from Manhattan ...



This is my third and final day in New York, with a flight back to Tampa this evening, but I want to get a few links up before I head down to Madison Square Garden for top-seeded Louisville's noon tipoff.

-- The only story I'd seen last night on Clemson assistant David Blackwell was from the site that covers the Tigers, but there's also a story from site I actually spoke with Blackwell during the initial coordinator search -- he'd submitted a resume to USF -- but he had not been contacted by Leavitt at that point. Much like the situation at Georgia, it looks like Blackwell would have the title of "co-defensive coordinator," even though Joe Tresey's title is simply defensive coordinator and he'll run the defense. As the site points out, he has a strong recruiting history with the state of Florida as well as a good background with coaching linebackers.

-- Good story on defensive end George Selvie from his hometown paper, the Pensacola News-Journal. One line that sticks out: If you're wondering if any significant changes are being made to USF's defense, check out this quote about Tresey: "He's thrown a lot of stuff at us, and it's totally backwards from what we used to run. But we've got to learn it," Selvie told the newspaper. Good stuff, and I like the name, even though it sounds like a sandwich ...

-- While we're talking about defensive coordinators, has a story on Wally Burnham getting the chance to talk with his son, Shane.

-- blogger Brian Bennett writes about Sampson Genus, back on offense after spending last season as a defensive tackle.

-- USF baseball continues to score runs at a ridiculous pace -- 13 again last night, in an easy 13-5 win against Central Florida in Orlando. USF had three home runs, as many as in their first 11 games combined -- including freshman Sam Mende's second in as many days. Catcher Andrew Longley, batting eighth in the Bulls lineup, went 4-for-5 with his first home run and three RBIs, and cleanup hitter Stephen Hunt had his first home run as part of a 3-for-5 day. Bullpen held up relatlively well, with Kevin Quackenbush and Joe Cole combining for four innings and allowing two runs. Freshman Matt Reed got the win, holding UCF to one earned run in five innings.

The Bulls have scored 13 or more runs five times in their first 12 games -- they did that six times in 58 games in all of last season ...

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