St. Pete bowl a homecoming for USF's Young
Jim Leavitt isn't the only part of USF's football team feeling something special as he returns today to the city where he grew up for the St. Petersburg Bowl against Memphis. Redshirt freshman Jerrell Young, a Gibbs graduate who grew up not far from the Trop, has led the Bulls with 11 special-teams tackles this season and will have quite a following from friends, family and coaches from his hometown. Here's the story from Saturday's Times.
-- USF offensive coordinator Greg Gregory, who spent 16 seasons as an assistant at Army, will not be among at least seven candidates interviewing for Army's head coaching job, according to the Times Herald-Record in New York. Former USF defensive line coach Dan McCarney, now in the same position at Florida, is one of the scheduled interviews, according to the report.
-- Here's the St. Pete bowl preview from The Quad, the college football blog of the New York Times. Writer Pete Thamel picks Memphis to win: "Every bowl season, there’s a team that doesn’t show up. It was South Florida last year, why not this one?"
-- I've been curious to see how state newspapers outside the Tampa area would cover USF's bowl game, if at all. The Miami Herald has a full game preview, focusing on the overall disappointment of the Bulls after the high expectations they had in the first month of the season. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune writes that you might as well call this the "redemption bowl" for USF, with a chance to end a rough season on a positive note. The Fort Myers News-Press writes about Cape Coral grads Taurus Johnson and Nate Allen playing together for the last time as college teammates. It references the possibility of Allen leaving for the NFL Draft, citing a preseason ranking that had him as the No. 3 free safety. "I'm pretty sure I'm coming back unless something dramatic happens," Allen told the News-Press.
-- The Memphis Commercial Appeal chose George Selvie for its opponent profile, leading with the Buick-rolling-on-baby-George's-head anecdote. Great story, and one that one will be following him for a long time ... Anytime you want to be a sportswriter, just practice calling a woman up on the phone and asking for amusing recollections of the crazy time a car ran over her infant son's head. Even when you know he turns out just fine, it's a slightly awkward conversation ...
-- Since some of you have asked, USF will have the home dugout, er, sideline today (the first-base side of the field, not the outfield side), with green jerseys and white pants ...