Today's links: Lots of Bulls basketball
To advance tonight's men's basketball game at Wake Forest, we have a feature on USF guard Jesus Verdejo and how his first sport, boxing, has helped make him a better basketball player. This week's USF notebook leads off with tonight's debut for redshirt freshman Aaron Holmes, and you'd be surprised to see where George Selvie ranks in the Big East when it comes to sacks in conference play.
Freshman guard Dominique Jones practiced as normal with the Bulls on Tuesday night after turning his ankle Monday, so he should be fine for tonight's game. USF's women got a 68-58 win against Oregon in Cancun on Tuesday -- here's the story from USF's Mike Hogan -- and the Bulls saw the season debut of midyear transfer Brittany Denson, who played 18 minutes and got four points, five rebounds and two blocks.
We'll have an update later Wednesday after linebacker Kion Wilson of Pearl River Community College signs with USF. This is the start of the signing period for midyear junior college transfers; Wilson is a (corrected) four-star recruit (according to Scout.com) from Jacksonville who should be a key part of USF's recruiting class.
The big question for Bulls fans is what they think of next year's USF-UCF football game in Orlando, which got a whole lot bigger with Tuesday's news that standout running back Kevin Smith will be back for his senior year. Especially if he's able to break Barry Sanders' rushing record with a strong bowl game, Smith will have all kinds of attention on him early next season, and the Bulls' rush defense will take a hit in the middle with linebacker Ben Moffitt graduating, along with defensive tackles Richard Clebert and Allen Cray. A big part of the pecking order for the Big East in 2008 will come down to other talented underclassmen -- Rutgers' Ray Rice, West Virginia's Steve Slaton and Pat White -- and whether they're back for their senior years.