Notes: UCF releases Jose from scholarship
Few quick notes -- I've got a very early flight to New York in the morning, and we'll be blogging live from Madison Square Garden at noon for USF's opening-round game with DePaul.
-- Another development in the downward spiral of former USF commitment Jose Jose, the Miami lineman who signed with Central Florida. Following his arrest on charges of aggravated assault and carrying a concealed firearm, UCF has released him from his scholarship, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
-- Naples Barron Collier kicker Marvin Kloss, arrested Friday and facing a felony charge of grand theft, plans to contest the charge against him, according to his Naples attorney, Kristen Rodger. His arraignment isn't until March 29, but Rodger said her client has denied any involvement with the theft in question and hopes to have the charge dropped.
-- Yes, it hurts USF that St. Mary's upset Gonzaga in the West Coast championship game. Gonzaga takes up an at-large berth now, so it's one more spot the Bulls fall on the NCAA bubble.
-- I'm a few days late with this, but a former USF baseball player, Scott Taylor, active in coaching baseball and football for the past three decades in Bradenton, died last week after battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 55 years old, and played two seasons with the Bulls in 1976-77. Here's his obituary from the Bradenton Herald's Vin Mannix.
-- Couple new mock drafts: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has USF defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul going ninth to the Buffalo Bills. ... NBCsports.com has Pierre-Paul going 10th to the Jaguars, even with their free-agent signing of Aaron Kampman. ... NFL.com's Mike Mayock has Pierre-Paul as his No. 1 defensive end, but no longer has Nate Allen among the top five safeties.
-- USF softball coach Ken Eriksen is a year or two ahead of most Bulls coaches in recruiting -- he picked up a commitment from a sophomore catcher at Flagler Palm Coast, Lee Ann Spivey, to play for the Bulls in 2012, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
-- Some interesting notes from Dick Vitale coming in the morning ...