No Leavitt news, but a few other USF links
No news yet to report today on the Jim Leavitt did-he-didn't-he locker-room story, but I'd imagine we'll have a good update after this afternoon's practice, when Leavitt will answer questions publicly for the first time since he was accused of grabbing walk-on running back Joel Miller by the throat and hitting him in the face.
Leavitt, of course, has strongly denied the accusations, and Miller's father, Paul, has said that the report exaggerated the incident and took quotes from him out of context. The university has opened an investigation into exactly what happened in the incident, but it's hard to know how long a diligent search should take -- by Christmas? By USF's appearance in the International Bowl in Toronto on Jan. 2.? We don't know.
Catching up on other things ...
-- The Lakeland Ledger has a story on former USF quarterback Matt Grothe getting honored with the "Distinguished Service Award" at USF-Lakeland's commencement ceremonies on Monday.
-- We mentioned the possibility of this a while back, but for the first time, a former USF assistant coach is now a college head coach. Eric Wolford, an assistant on Leavitt's first staff in 1996, has been named as head coach at Division I-AA Youngstown State.
-- A senior writer at Bleacherreport.com, ranking the top 25 returning quarterbacks in college football for 2010, has USF's B.J. Daniels at No. 25. Only other Big East passer to make the list is Cincinnati's Zach Collaros, who is (strangely) tied for 15th.
-- Forgot to post this, but I spoke with Joe Dumars, father of former USF guard Jordan Dumars, late last week, and he mentioned the possibility that his son might be transferring to Michigan. Nothing decided yet, but that was the one school they'd reached out to, allowing Dumars to be closer to his family and home. The elder Dumars reiterated what Stan Heath said, that his son simply felt he was too far away from home and his leaving shouldn't be taken as a reflection on USF or Heath.
-- The Orlando Sentinel's Joe Williams has a story on basketball recruit Haukur "Hawk" Palsson, a prospect from Iceland who has a scholarship offer from Heath.
Again, check back for news later tonight ...