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Notes: More Bulls trying out for UFL's Tuskers

We reported last month that former USF stars Andre Hall and Jarriett Buie had worked out for the UFL's Florida Tuskers in Orlando, and the team's latest tryout included another round of former Bulls.


Defensive end Aaron Harris attended the team's invitation-only personal workouts on Friday, and Saturday's open tryout included five former USF players -- defensive backs Louis Gachette and Bruce Gipson, linebacker Maurice Jones and tight ends Dexter Baldwin and Trent Pupello.

The team isn't expected to announce its initial offseason signings until early June, but Buie said Tuesday that he has agreed to terms with the Tuskers and will soon officially sign a contract with the team.

There should be more of a USF presence in the league's second season -- guard Frank Davis won a UFL title with Las Vegas last season and was on the team's protected list last month, and former USF defensive coordinator Joe Tresey is part of Jeff Jagodzinski's staff with the expansion Omaha Nighthawks.

-- One more update on former Iowa running back Jeff Brinson -- his former coach at Northeast High in St. Petersburg, Kenny Crawford, said he should know in about two weeks if he will be granted an NCAA hardship waiver, and if he gets that waiver, he'll accept a scholarship to play at Central Florida this fall.

-- has its USF football preview out -- good overview of what the Bulls face in 2010.

-- USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez announced his five-member recruiting class as we reported last week -- here's a feature on small forward Josette Campbell, who was a teammate of Florida's Xenia Stewart in high school.

-- Updates on a few former USF men's basketball assistants -- Byron Samuels has his own website now, Think Ahead, working not only with basketball but life coaching as well. And Greg Gary, who stepped down as Centenary's head coach after the school announced a move down to Division III, is back at Duquesne as an assistant. ... And former USF basketball player Chad Dollar, who coached the last two seasons at Arkansas State, has joined Gregg Marshall's staff at Wichita State.

--'s Brian Bennett is rolling out post-spring Big East positional rankings, with USF checking in at sixth in the league at wide receiver.

-- Memory Lane: Michigan website Maize'n'Brew takes a thorough look at the history of former USF assistant Rod Smith's quarterbacks.

-- ESPN New York has a feature on Giants rookie Jason Pierre-Paul, who is looking to shed the "raw" stereotype in a deep and talented rotation of defensive ends in New York.

-- The daily Dominique Jones update: The Chicago Tribune writes on his workout with the Bulls, and Wizards blog BulletsForever has a good writeup on Jones as well.

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:24am]


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