Morning notes: Another USF football preview
It is now 100 days until USF's season opener against Wofford, and sites continue to roll out season previews for the Bulls, like Collegefootballnews.com, which posted its own Wednesday.
Lots of bells and whistles on this one, like a ranking of USF's top players -- Terrell McClain No. 3? Nate Allen No. 7? -- and breakdowns on both sides of the ball. "The Bulls have as good a chance as anyone of playing in a BCS bowl game," they write. "Now, they’ve got to just go out and get it done."
-- Couple of you have asked, so I'll share that the date for this year's "Superbull" football camp (which Jim Leavitt still likes to call "Saturday Night Live") is June 20. Last year's was very successful for USF, and in the next month we'll start talking to some of the Bulls' key targets for 2010.
-- Speaking of which, Tampa Catholic's Christian Green, one of the top recruits in the state, has narrowed his list to six schools, according to USA Today. USF made the cut, along with Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio State. USA Today incorrectly states that all the schools but Florida are recruiting him as a receiver -- USF likes him as a quarterback.
-- Baseball season's over, but there's a good story on USF ace Randy Fontanez from his hometown paper, the Seminole Chronicle.
-- Haven't checked on this myself, but the Miami Herald has a story on another track standout -- Hallandale running back Vernon Bush -- who wants to walk on at USF this fall. Bush has recovered from a near-fatal car accident last fall and was still fast enough to place at his regional meet.
-- Got another new name Tuesday as a possible new assistant for Stan Heath's staff -- an established recruiter with ties to Heath -- but can't share the name just yet. Looks like one coach it won't be is Chipola College coach Greg Heiar, who is reportedly headed to Southern Miss, where two of his players (including top forward Gary Flowers) signed this spring.
-- If you were surprised that Central Florida was the lowest-ranked team in the New York Times' countdown of all 120 Division I-A teams, don't get too excited. Florida International is No. 97, just one spot higher than the Knights. But that's up 21 spots from a year ago, and it's a big hurdle for the Panthers to not be perceived among the worst programs in the country, as they've been the last few years. They open at Alabama and Rutgers -- two chances to make a huge splash with what would be a huge road upset. The key for them is winning the season finale at home against Florida Atlantic, which has won six of seven games in their young rivalry.