Sentinel: McCullum won't stay at (other) USF
I saw former USF basketball assistant Frank Burnell in the stands at Hillsborough Community College on Wednesday night, and it got me thinking I should try to catch up with Robert McCullum, who jumped back into college coaching in December as an assistant under Eddie Sutton at San Francisco.
The Orlando Sentinel's Dave Curtis got McCullum on the phone this week -- Sutton picked up his historic 800th career win -- and his report has some interesting nuggets, most notably that McCullum doesn't want to take over as head coach at San Francisco next season.
"I do have every intention of being a head coach again," he told the Sentinel. "This has been very valuable, a great experience. And I'll be a better coach in my next job because of this."
-- As bad as men's basketball has been in the Big East for Stan Heath, USF's women's team looks worse, with higher expectations entering the season. The Bulls, a half-game out of last place at the midpoint of the conference season, lost by 36 points at Louisville on Saturday, after losing by 23 at No. 1 Connecticut on Wednesday.
The problem? USF has been a terrible shooting team: in their last six losses, the Bulls have shot worse than 31 percent from the field in each game, including a dismal 26.9 percent at Louisville. And despite missing an amazing 49 shots, USF managed only 17 offensive rebounds as the Cardinals outboarded them 52-36. Despite the game being out of hand early, down 10-0 and trailing 25 at the half, point guard Jazmine Sepulveda had one assist against eight turnovers.
At this point, the Bulls will need to finish strong just to make the Big East tournament, which only takes the top 12 of 16 teams. If USF can get wins at Cincy (1-8) and Georgetown (2-6), and at home against Villanova (2-7), that'd give the Bulls four victories, but they'd likely have to win at least two others -- say, home against DePaul (5-3) on Tuesday, then in the season finale at Marquette (4-4). The other three -- at Notre Dame (5-3) and home against Rutgers (8-1) and Pittsburgh (7-1) -- seem out of reach the way the Bulls are playing. If the Bulls finished 6-10 in the Big East, they'd be 16-13 entering the league tournament, leaving open the slight consolation of making the Women's NIT.