No USF football practice, but plenty of links
USF's football players have their first full day off since before the Bulls went to Vero Beach, and as their focus shifts to the first day of fall classes, it's a good time to catch up on notes and links we've accumulated over a busy weekend.
-- In talking to Skip Holtz and Stan Heath, it looks like all signees are in classes and cleared to play in the upcoming season, avoiding the late NCAA drama we've had in recent Augusts. Heath's last two arrivals, guard/forward Jawanza Poland and Arizona State transfer Victor Rudd, are now on board to make his roster complete.
-- Exciting news about B.J. Daniels' height. If you remember a weeks back, we reported that Daniels was among dozens of Bulls players suddenly shorter as a result of new measurements for the official roster. Well, after a short time at 5-foot-11, Daniels is back at 6-foot-1 at USF's official site.
-- I'm thinking we might get a few comments from some of these links. SI.com's Andy Staples, writing his Big East preview, has USF going 2-5 in the Big East to finish tied for sixth and finishing 5-7 overall. Staples lists the Sept. 11 USF game at Florida as one of the league's three biggest nonconference games.
-- Interesting to read ESPN.com's initial Power Rankings, which have some Big East presence to them. Add Ivan Maisel to those really liking Connecticut this fall -- he has the Huskies ranked No. 15 nationally and two spots ahead of Pittsburgh, which makes all six top 25s from their panel of experts. West Virginia makes it onto three ballots, with Maisel also including Cincinnati on his.
-- And from the Central Florida Future, I'll just let the UCF headline do the talking: "Losing out on Big East is good news," they write.
-- Another college football team training off campus is Arizona, which has its players working at a nearby U.S. Army base.