Selvie talking about next season with Bulls
The biggest story of USF football's offseason might be whether junior defensive end George Selvie opts to return for his senior year or be an early-entry NFL Draft pick. Selvie has said he'll submit his name to the NFL's underclassmen advisory board to get a sense of where he'd be taken -- mock drafts from the media project him as a first-round draft pick -- but he's also said he won't think about the decision until after USF's season.
Selvie was limited again by an ankle injury in Sunday's win against Connecticut, held to one tackle, but the defensive end made a postgame comment about wanting to be a part of next year's final home game.
"It's great to send the seniors off with a good win, because they've played so hard every year they've been through this, for four or five years," Selvie said. "To have somebody go out and play for you, for your last game, for you to win, it's great. That's what I want people to do for me when I play my senior year next year."
MISSED ONE: Playing on a badly sprained ankle, quarterback Matt Grothe was USF's leading rusher with 51 yards on Sunday, and 24 of those yards came on the Bulls' final drive as they tried to run out the clock.
Grothe converted two third downs with scrambles on that drive, and would have had a third to clinch the win had he not inexplicably made a cut after reaching the first-down line on a third-and-7. He was stopped 2 yards back, forcing USF to punt and giving Connecticut one last chance with 1:28 to play.
"I thought Matt played very, very smart," offensive coordinator Greg Gregory said. "I didn't think he played exceptionally well, because he had too many little plays that hurt us. I thought he got some real key plays, except for that last one when he didn't run and get the first down."
GOING VIRAL: The last 20 seconds of Jim Leavitt's postgame press conference Sunday are making the rounds, showing up on Youtube, as well as national sports blogs such as Thewizofodds.com and Sportsbybrooks.com and Every Day Should Be Saturday.
Just two minutes into his postgame comments, you'll see Leavitt take a benign question from the Tribune's Brett McMurphy, asking about the significance of USF going to bowls four years in a row. Leavitt, frustrated by what he feels has been excessively negative coverage, walks over and shakes the reporter's hand, sarcastically congratulating him for asking about something positive. He then slaps the podium with his hand, gives his trademark "We good?" and bolts. Lots of folks still had questions to ask, and the public discussion now shifts away from his team's victory to his behavior afterwards.
A caller to Bobby Fenton's morning show on 1010 today called it "embarrassing," saying whatever the coach's gripes are with coverage, it's unprofessional to purposefully show somebody up on camera.