Notes: Football assistants back on road again ...
After a week focused on out-of-state recruits and a week in the office going over tape of potential recruits, USF football sends seven assistants out all over Florida for two weeks of spring evaluation, a key step in building next year's recruiting class.
USF already has a few commitments and could see a signee or two from 2009 spill over to next year's class, and with only 13 scholarship seniors this fall, the Bulls won't have a full allotment of scholarships available unless you see an unusually high level of off-season turnover.
We'll be starting to make calls on 2010 recruiting, as well as get the final answers on the 2009 incoming class -- which three of the incoming 28 won't be on campus this fall? Who are the last few invited walk-ons that will join the team? And did the returning players in academic limbo do what they needed to do to be part of the team in the fall? Lots of questions left to answer ...
USF won't find out its spot in the Big East preseason media poll until August this summer, as the conference's preseason football media gathering is likely to be held Aug. 3-4, a week later than last season.
-- Among those commenting on USF softball being left out of the NCAA field? DePaul pitching coach Cat Osterman, who has played under Bulls coach Ken Eriksen on the U.S. Olympic team. Osterman wrote on her Twitter page that she was "just disappointed for USF," responding to a comment about nine SEC teams making the NCAA cut.
-- Volleyball has picked up a transfer in libero Janice Rivera, who played her freshman season at Winthrop. Rivera, from Windermere, led Winthrop in digs and was a member of the Big South All-Freshman team.
-- Could see some progress this week on Stan Heath filling out his coaching staff. When he found his original assistants two years ago, one of the notable assets was past experience as a head coach from Dan Hipsher and Byron Samuels. Heath says the most important thing he's seeking now is recruiting ability -- he wants someone to help him bring Big East level talent into USF. I'm working on chasing down some potential names, but the first question is whether Heath will promote former USF guard and assistant Tommy Tonelli, currently the team's director of basketball operations.
-- Too strange not to mention: Last night's softball blog post was lifted in its entirety and posted to aPakistannews.com. Weirder still, there's a bunch of links on Twitter.com to the Pakistan USF story ...
-- For those of you who don't read the whole St. Pete Times or (ahem) don't get the paper at all, there was a 1a story on Sunday about how USF's academic reputation is rising. Four years ago, USF was accepting 60 percent of the high school seniors who applied -- now that number is down to 42.6 percent.
-- Big East news: Georgetown athletic director Bernard Muir has stepped down to take the same position at ... Delaware?
-- Remember Steve Goins? USF looked hard at the big man from Chicago last spring, but opted not to pursue him. He wound up at Maryland after USF got Gus Gilchrist, but has now decided to transfer away from the Terps, most likely for a smaller school closer to home.