Remembering Keeley Dorsey, one year later
By coincidence, I got a link today to the Associated Press' list of notable athlete deaths from 2007, and of more than 100 athletes mentioned, none died younger than former USF running back Keeley Dorsey, who died one year ago today, just 19 years old.
That's five years younger than NFL players Sean Taylor, Darrent Williams, Damien Nash and Marquise Hill, who made the AP list at just 24, and younger than Javan Camon, who didn't make the AP list but is well-known and well-remembered by USF fans.
I think back to Dorsey's memorial service in the Sun Dome last year, to the funeral services attended by teammates and coaches in Tallahassee, to linebacker Patrick St. Louis talking to reporters about his friend outside the admin building on campus, and in one sense it's hard to believe it's been a year. There are still memories of Dorsey all around -- decals on football helmets in pictures, photos in the signature of message-board posters, quotes that remind you of Dorsey's tragic reminder to live each today knowing tomorrow might not come.
In the weeks after Dorsey's death last year, there were e-mails and comments from friends and classmates, memories that painted a great picture of Keeley from those who knew him. You're welcome to leave more of those here today, with thoughts and prayers to his family in Tallahassee and his friends and teammates at USF.
A few leftover notes and observations ...
-- SI.com's Stewart Mandel has his "absurdly early" preseason top 25 for 2008 college football, and while three Big East teams make his list, USF isn't one of them. Mandel has West Virginia No. 14, Cincinnati No. 23 and Pittsburgh No. 25. He puts Georgia No. 1, just ahead of Ohio State. Kansas, which plays USF in Tampa, is No. 11.
-- The latest update on the Richmond coaching search from the Richmond Times-Dispatch makes no reference to USF offensive coordinator Greg Gregory, even when they're dropping names of potential candidates. Not to say something couldn't be happening -- I won't rule anything out until they've made a hire, which could be in the next few days ... South Alabama continues to make "preliminary interviews" with candidates for its first head coaching position. The latest AP story now has six candidates who have interviewed, including USF defensive line coach Dan McCarney. Those interviews were done out of town, with finalists soon expected to be brought back for a second round on campus.
-- Congrats to two former Bulls who became fathers this past week: defensive tackle Richard Clebert and his wife Allison had a daughter, Ayana; and linebacker Stephen Nicholas and his wife welcomed a son, Stephen Jr. ...
-- Remember Kate Verhoff? She was talented enough to start on USF's volleyball team as a freshman two years ago, then transferred to Kent State to play basketball. After sitting out a year, she played five games for Kent State this season, averaging 3.0 points per game, and has transferred again, to Notre Dame College, an NAIA school in South Euclid, Ohio, where her sister, Lisa, is an assistant coach. She's eligible to play right away -- not many college sophomores can boast playing for three different colleges, let alone in two different sports.
-- The Big East is expected to release its conference football schedule for 2008 around the first of February, with dates to match the opponents and locations USF already knows: home against Rutgers, Connecticut, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, and road games against Cincinnati, Louisville and West Virginia. It's reasonable to think a Bulls game or two will get the weeknight ESPN or ESPN2 treatment, which is also a possibility for the USF-Kansas game.