Now you, too, can blog about USF here
Some of you guys are absolutely prolific with the comments, so I figured you might be interested in this. Karen McAllister, Tampabay.com's audience editor, has this announcement from her Let's Talk blog:
USF fans have have plenty to say about the Bulls. Here's your chance to let everyone know what you and your friends are saying during the season and the photos & video you're taking.
Give us a few paragraphs on who will be the Bulls' most bitter rival this year: e-mail it to me and propose a name for the fan blog. We'll choose the best three or four candidates to be the voices of USF fans during the season. We promise to promote you on our USF page and on tampabay.com -- but no payment included (sorry).
Now, of course, you'd continue to post comments here. We'll link back and forth between the two blogs. USF has one more practice this morning before starting regular game-week preparations on Monday, but first we've got links to share ...
-- Former USF players continue to fight for jobs in the NFL preseason. Running back Andre Hall had a team-high 46 rushing yards for Denver on Friday night, and there were three former Bulls on the field as the Cowboys played the Texans. Veteran Anthony Henry had four tackles and rookie corner Mike Jenkins had two for Dallas, while rookie Ben Moffitt had one assisted tackle for the Texans. If you watch the Bucs game on Saturday night, you should be able to see cornerback Trae Williams, now with the Jaguars.
-- Can't say I've heard of the Demopolis Times in Alabama, but you have to wonder if Nick Saban freelanced this column, which didn't have a byline on it but mentions "Jim Levitt" and the Bulls. The writer calls the Big East championship hunt "The Battle of Who Could Care Less" -- again, fundamentally, it's "couldn't care less." Then there's this: "USF also has the luxury of asking top-caliber athletes to attend a beach-located school with low academic admission standards. That sounds like the recipe for annual championship contention."
-- ESPN.com's Big East blogger, Brian Bennett, was in town Friday and posted three stories, on Matt Grothe, George Selvie and USF's upcoming season. Selvie also got a writeup in Friday's USA Today from writer Jack Carey.
-- Surprising news from Oregon this week, where Justin Roper, who dismantled USF in a dominating Sun Bowl win, was beaten out for the starting quarterback job by Nate Costa, who was injured most of last season. Costa has since re-injured his knee, so Roper could get another shot at a second start.
-- Want to be able to tell your grandkids you were called into action on the field during a college football game? USF is auctioning off the right to retrieve the kickoff tee in next week's season opener against Tennessee-Martin -- remember this is a job occasionally farmed out to ... a dog. The Bulls are also auctioning off the right to "Run with the Bulls" onto the field before the game.