Today's the day to buy a newspaper ...
I say this every year: If you're a college football fan, today is the absolute best day to find a rack and buy a copy of the St. Petersburg Times. Those of you who are subscribers -- I know you're out there -- can skip ahead to the next paragraph, but for those of you in the Tampa Bay area who subscribe to another paper or (gasp) none at all -- well, there might be something else sitting in your driveway, but we know where you are right now. :)
Anyway, that same 50 cents today gets you not only the Times but our 12-page college preview section, jam-packed with information on the Bulls, Gators, Seminoles, with previews on Miami, UCF, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman as well. Lots of people put lots of time into making the best preview we can give you. Give it a try and tell us what you think.
And, before I get to links, another reminder I'll be chatting here at 1 p.m., taking your questions and answering them in the blog comments. As one particularly well-rounded reader said, we're doing it Howard Troxler style. Submit your questions now to firstname.lastname@example.org ... Onto the linkage ...
-- Here's the update on Gus Gilchrist from today's newspaper. USF is hopeful the 6-foot-10 power forward can get a hardship waiver, but his former school, Maryland, doesn't seem to share that support.
-- A few updates on former Bulls who have transferred to smaller schools. I love this story from the Daily Press, not even for its reference to ex-Bull Brandon Peguese, but because the entire story is written in huge type -- like 48-point. I can read it without my contacts in. Outstanding. Another former Bull, Dylan Douglas, should be starting at cornerback at Georgia Southern.
-- Other papers are rolling out their season previews as well, like the Fort Myers News-Press, which has a main story and a feature on the prominent locals playing for USF this fall. The Bradenton Herald's Ryan Boyd looks at last season from the perspective of receiver Taurus Johnson, who was sorely missed with injury during USF's three consecutive losses after the 6-0 start. The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel has quotes from one of its locals, left tackle Ryan Schmidt, in its USF preview.
-- The Daily Press in Virginia picks USF to win the Big East, with three Bulls games among four "games to watch."
-- Friday, in case you hadn't heard, is College Colors Day -- banks and post offices will remain open -- but fans across the country are encouraged to wear their alma mater's school colors to work, school, etc. ... I'll forgive Jim Leavitt if he's not decked out in Missouri black and gold around the football office.