Signing off: Amp Hill gone
Receiver Amp Hill, who caught 19 passes last year but found himself entrenched in coach Jim Leavitt's doghouse, is no longer part of USF's football team.
Hill had been on thin ice since spring practice, when Leavitt suspended him from the team after he pulled out a Sharpie as if to sign the football in celebration after catching a touchdown in an intrasquad scrimmage. Leavitt said at the time that other issues with Hill had led to his decision.
"It was inappropriate, and I want to be very clear how inappropriate it was. ... It's uncharacteristic of our program," Leavitt said back in April.
We'd addressed the strong possibility of Hill's departure here last month, and Hill, who was taken off USF's online roster Monday, did not return a message Monday seeking comment, nor did Leavitt. Hill is perhaps best known for a catch he didn't make, dropping what would have been the tying two-point conversion with 15 seconds left in last year's 22-20 loss to Rutgers. The Bulls still have solid depth at receiver, with senior Amarri Jackson and juniors Marcus Edwards and Taurus Johnson leading a talented group that also includes redshirt freshman Carlton Mitchell and former walk-on Colby Erskin.