Morning notes: Fans get chance at stardom
USF's fall football ad campaign will focus on Bulls fans, and the school invited fans to come to campus Saturday morning decked out in green and gold to have pictures taken for billboards, benches and more.
I didn't make it over until the second half of the three-hour window, when things had settled down considerably, but all it takes is a cute kid or two or a guy in a green wig to make the idea work. USF posted a photo gallery from the shoot, and there's been interest from other media -- 620 AM's Darek Sharpe broadcast live Saturday morning, and My Fox Tampa Bay came back Monday morning for a live remote -- here's a video clip including an interview with USF's Bill McGillis.
-- Want a sense of the crazy football parity anticipated atop the Big East? The league's official football Twitter points out that four major preseason magazines have picked four different league champs: Athlon likes Cincinnati to repeat, Lindy's picks West Virginia, Phil Steele picks Rutgers and Sporting News likes Pitt. Still trying to figure out my Big East ballot -- a big question for me is how much to value returning quarterbacks vs. unproven passers. Who knew Tony Pike would play the way he did last fall?
-- Another Big East preview: Bleacherreport.com puts USF second behind West Virginia.
-- The Charlotte Sun writes that former USF soccer player Jeannette Dyer is playing in Germany and hopes to continue playing overseas in France, Italy or Spain.
-- Lake Brantley's Neamen Wise, a state champ in the long jump and 300 hurdles, signed with USF over offers from Florida and Florida State, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
-- As USF baseball waits for Tuesday's MLB draft, there's intrigue a year away, as the Times' All-Suncoast baseball team includes Pitcher of the Year Thomas Dorminy, a junior from Alonso who has committed to play for USF in 2011. He went 12-0 with a 1.04 ERA, but is a draft prospect next summer.
-- More baseball. USF's official site confirms four more Bulls playing summer baseball, making it 11 total. Two freshmen -- lefty Matt Reed and catcher Andrew Longley -- will play for the Covington Lumberjacks (enjoy the logo) of the Valley Baseball League; freshman infielder Luis Llerena, who sat out this past season after transferring from Manhattan, is with fellow Bull Todd Brazeal with the VBL's Staunton Braves; and freshman right-hander Kyle Eastham is with the Geneva Red Wings of the New York Collegiate Baseball League.