Morning notes: Around the Horns and more
USF kicked off its "Around the Horns" summer coaches tour in Pinellas County on Friday, and I drove over to Largo for the dinner, just in case the coaches in attendance said anything newsworthy ...
-- Jim Leavitt didn't have any revelations in his time at the podium but took a minute to thank Doug Woolard and others for the idea of having USF players calling season-ticket holders to say thanks for renewing. He said about 2,000 calls were made this week, with each player given a list of 50 calls to make. Both Leavitt and Woolard noted that no solicitations were made in the calls, just a thank-you. A second round of calls should be coming soon, Leavitt says ...
-- Stan Heath reports that 10 of the 12 players in his program will be Bulls he recruited, with Chris Howard and Dominique Jones the only exceptions. He reports that his basketball players have been working out in the mornings with the football players, trying to add toughness for next season.
-- Women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez gave some details about his nonconference schedule -- home game against Washington, which finished last in the Pac-10, a road game at Wake Forest, which went 19-12 in the ACC, with other games against East Carolina (18-13 in C-USA) and Saint Louis. There's a three-game tournament in California, but Fernandez didn't say who the opponents would be. As was the case in last year's trip to the Virgin Islands, I imagine USF's toughest games will come in California.
-- Golf coaches Jim Fee and Marci Kornegay are excited about a new team-only short-game facility being built at The Claw. Kornegay has posted pictures of the construction on USF golf's Twitter page, with grass due to be added this weekend and the faciilty ready by Aug. 1. Both coaches are excited about incoming freshmen -- Wharton's Shena Yang on the women's side and St. Pete Catholic's Devin Hernandez, who is a member at Bayou Club, where Friday's event was held.
-- From the links to ... the links. Not sure how this hasn't already happened, but former USF athletic director Lee Roy Selmon has been named to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. It's not a sports honor, but rather a Hall of Fame for all areas, which makes the honor all the more impressive.
-- Good story in today's Dallas Morning News about the progress of former USF cornerback Mike Jenkins, who is in position to make a big jump in his second NFL season with the Cowboys. We'd told you he's changing from No. 31 to No. 21, and he explains that it's a tribute to the late Sean Taylor.
-- A bit early, but Bleacherreport.com has rolled out its USF men's basketball preview for next season, writing that "this year's team should produce one of the best squads in USF history."
-- The Orlando Sentinel offers its 12 college football teams "we absolutely love to hate," and yes, USF makes the cut. "Jim Leavitt, who often comes off as a big jerk in press conferences, beats his BCS status over UCF’s head every chance he gets," they write.
-- Could USF have four players in the first three rounds of the 2010 NFL Draft? It certainly seems doubtful, but NFLdraftdog.com has posted its top 100 prospects for the draft, with four Bulls included: defensive end George Selvie, safety Nate Allen, quarterback Matt Grothe and ... linebacker Chris Robinson. Bit of a reach on Robinson, though it's a reminder of the potential he has if he can stay healthy and committed.