Notes: Wear your green to Sun Dome tonight
One thing I neglected to mention in the advance story for tonight's USF-Cincinnati men's basketball game is that the Bulls are asking fans to wear green as part of a "Rock the Dome" campaign.
How many fans is a good crowd tonight? Two road losses have taken the edge off the excitement the Bulls had after knocking off then-No. 7 Georgetown for a four-game winning streak. In the least, you'd think it should be the largest home crowd of the season, which means more than the 6,110 announced for the West Virginia loss on Jan. 13.
USF has promoted the game by allowing fans to buy one ticket and get one free when purchasing tickets in advance. And if you're not entirely fired up, here's a video from USF's official site (warning: contains Twisted Sister's "I Wanna Rock").
-- Give credit to Jose Fernandez for being principled in his suspension of players this year, regardless of win-loss circumstances. Three guards who were suspended from USF's win at lowly Seton Hall -- including starters Janae Stokes and Sequoyah Griffin, among the team's top scorers -- remain suspended for an unspecified violation of team rules and will not travel with the Bulls for Wednesday's game at No. 14 Georgetown.
We don't know what the three players did (reserve guard Dominique English is the third) while on the road between games at Marquette and Seton Hall, but a multigame suspension generally points to more than just missing curfew or being late for a team meeting. Stokes was suspended for four games earlier this season after an arrest on a misdemeanor charge of petit theft in December.
All three players remain part of the team, but for a coach in the last year of his contract, with a team fighting for its postseason, it's an action from Fernandez that shows his rules and discipline are more important than winning or losing.
-- Speaking of women's basketball, USF's football page at Twitter.com notes that senior center Melissa Dalembert and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul got engaged on Valentine's Day. Congrats to both.
-- The Times' Izzy Gould reports that USF has extended a scholarship offer to 2011 receiver Ja'Juan Story of Brooksville Nature Coast, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound prospect with an offer already from Florida State. Check out highlights from Story's junior year here from Youtube.com.
-- CBSsports.com's NFL combine notes suggest that USF receiver Carlton Mitchell could start getting second-round grades if he can show good hands in the workouts in 10 days in Indianapolis.