Roundup: Times' USF preview, new job for Grothe
For those of you in the Tampa/St. Pete area who read here but don't subscribe to the Times -- I know you freeloaders are out there -- today's a great day to pony up a few quarters and find an actual newspaper. Our USF season preview runs today, and having extolled the virtues of buying a paper, of course I'll offer up a few links to the free stuff online.
Our main preview focuses on how USF will have to continue last year's success on the road, with four of the first five Big East games away from Tampa. We have a notebook as well, tracking Maikon Bonani's pursuit of another career USF record, and a position-by-position glance at the Bulls.
-- More news on former USF quarterback Matt Grothe, who had a promising finish to the Arena Football season with the Storm, but is spending is off-season now as the new QBs coach at George Jenkins High in Lakeland.
-- I'm behind on this, but the first baseball coach in USF history, the wonderfully named Hubert "Beefy" Garfield Wright, passed away earlier this month in North Carolina at age 82. We had actually tried to track down Wright when USF had the last game at the old Red McEwen Field, but here is his obituary, mentioning his active role in Little League baseball in Temple Terrace long after his days with the Bulls.
-- Fresh off a 2-0 win at No. 13 Wake Forest, USF's men's soccer team is vaulting up in the national polls, as high as No. 9 in Soccer America's rankings. Two Bulls players earned Big East weekly honors, with goalkeeper Chris Blais getting keeper-of-the-week honors on the men's side and Noelle Pineiro earning women's offensive honors after a five-point game against Alabama A&M.