Old friends reunite as Bulls host West Virginia
Best storyline I could find for Friday night's USF game against No. 20 West Virginia was Bulls cornerback Quenton Washington and West Virginia running back Noel Devine, who were as close as brothers in North Fort Myers before going their separate ways for college.
Devine remembers meeting Washington on the first day of school when he was 12 years old, and they've never gone up against each other until Friday night. (Washington played on special teams last year against West Virginia and Devine last season, but this is their first time facing each other as starters.)
I want to thank The News-Press in Fort Myers for sharing a great picture of Devine and Washington celebrating during their careers at North Fort Myers. The picture shown here is from News-Press photographer John David Emmett.
Here's our scouting report, which notes that USF has never played three consecutive ranked opponents in its history, let alone three in a span of 16 days. Before this season, USF hadn't faced more than three ranked opponents in an entire season, but now they've done it in a single month (October, no less).
Still lots of links and notes, so keep checking back in the next 24 hours, and don't forget our live blog during the game Friday night.
(Photo by John David Emmett of the News-Press)
-- USF women's soccer extended a strong season for another two days, getting a goal from sophomore Chelsea Klotz in the 84th minute -- that's six from the end -- to pull out a clutch 1-0 home win over DePaul in the opening round of the Big East tournament. USF advances to the quarterfinals and will play at Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon. That won't be easy, as Notre Dame went 10-0-1 in Big East play in the regular season. The Bulls didn't play the Irish this season, but lost 3-0 at Notre Dame last year.