Notes: Men's hoops to play Oklahoma State
Lots of little notes today, and not sure what to lead with: We'll start with men's basketball signing a home-and-home series with Oklahoma State, with the Bulls going to Stillwater on Dec. 5 and the Cowboys returning the favor in the 2013-14 season. That's two major-conference opponents in the nonconference schedule, joining Georgia in the Sun Dome a week earlier as part of the Big East/SEC Challenge.
Oklahoma State went 15-18 last season and 7-11 in the Big 12, and the Cowboys lose top scorer Keiton Page (17.1) to graduation, but it'll be a strong road win if the Bulls can go into Stillwater and beat the Cowboys, who went 10-4 at home last season. Just a coincidence, but OSU head coach Travis Ford and USF director of basketball operations Reggie Hanson were teammates at Kentucky in 1990-91.
-- Skip Holtz has hired an offensive grad assistant in Chris Chestnut, who worked at I-AA Campbell as running backs coach the last two seasons. Chestnut, 31, started Monday -- he's a former Western Michigan receiver who had 30 catches in two seasons with the Broncos. He had taken a GA job at UTEP last month, but left for the chance to work with Holtz and offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, who he's known since working their football camp when they coached at South Carolina. He'll likely help tight ends coach Peter Vaas (FIXED), working with the tight ends or H-backs, while USF's other offensive grad assistant, Joe Sloan, will continue to work with the receivers.
-- USF seniors Andrew Barbosa and Derrick Stultz have signed deals with the Diamondbacks and report to start their minor-league careers this week in Washington with the Yakima Bears. Junior reliever Austin Adams, who was drafted by the Angels in the eighth round, also signed and will report to the Orem Owlz, his high school coach said Monday. Looks like he'll be reunited with former USF teammate Junior Carlin there.