Point guard picks Towson over USF, mom says
It sounds like the promise of more playing time has Pensacola Junior College point guard Vernon Carr opting to sign with Towson instead of USF. Carr's mother, Pat, said Wednesday that her son has decided to play at the smaller school, hoping to make the most of his final two years of eligibility.
"(Towson coach Pat Kennedy) spoke with him about stepping in and running the show," she said. "At South Florida, he was told he would have to earn a spot in the starting lineup. It's very important to him to know what he's getting into, and when one coach says "I need you, I want you to run my team," that means a lot."
Carr himself could not be reached for comment, but his mother said his decision was made Tuesday after reflecting on a weekend visit to USF. Kennedy, the former FSU and DePaul coach, went 15-17 last year, with an 8-10 record in the Colonial Athletic Association. And while Towson's assist leader last season, guard C.C. Williams, will be a senior this fall, another starting guard, Gary Neal, graduated, leaving a more obvious opportunity for playing time than USF, which returns its top three guards and has two others joining the team.
-- One more update: Former USF associate women's basketball coach Harry Elifson, who interviewed for an opening at Miami last month, has accepted a job as an assistant at Morehead State. Elifson starts Monday on the staff of new coach Mike Bradbury, a longtime assistant at Xavier and Cincinnati. Miami hadn't filled its position yet, but Elifson said he liked the opportunity he was offered to work with a coach he's recruited against over the years.