Try, try again: Broncos to work out Hall
Maybe the fifth time is the charm for former USF running back Andre Hall. Cut by the Bucs and Bears, unsigned after workouts with the Bills and Seahawks, Hall will fly to Denver on Monday for a workout with the Broncos.
Denver already has a running back on its practice squad in former Titans back Damien Nash. But of the four running backs on the active roster, veteran Cecil Sapp has just three carries this season, and Cedric Cobbs has none. Again, it's an opportunity, and shows that though Hall isn't on any roster, he's in a small group of players on the outside looking in.
-- Defensive tackle Richard Clebert, who Leavitt had said was done for the season two weeks ago because of a torn groin muscle, has traveled with the team to North Carolina and could play in Saturday's game. Clebert would be eligible for a medical redshirt if he didn't play the rest of the season, but his return and the addition of sophomore Josh Julmiste, back from his six-game suspension, would be a major boost to USF's defensive line for the second half of the season.
-- Listened to Jim Leavitt's weekly radio show on Thursday night, and Leavitt has always prided himself as being an old-school guy who's "never turned on the Internet," but it's to the point of being silly. Leavitt spent a couple minutes hyping up USF's new site targeted at recruits, talking about how USF is on the cutting edge by having such a site, how Carl Franks kept pushing for the Bulls to invest in an important piece of technology, how much it will help the program. But when the hosts asked Leavitt for the URL of the site, he didn't even know it. And it's not that complicated -- theusfbulls.com -- but Leavitt was left to tell listeners to call the football office and ask his secretary for the correct web address. "974-7171," he said. "Ask for Tanya." I understand where Leavitt comes from when he says the Internet takes some of the personal interaction out of recruiting, and I think it's genuine on his part, but I'm thinking as a head coach you ought to embrace such a move at least to the extent of knowing the name of your own recruiting website.
-- Expect a big crowd at Kenan Stadium on Saturday. Today's News & Observer reported that only 250 tickets were still available for the game, meaning a crowd of close to 60,000 will be on hand to watch the Bulls and Tar Heels. UNC's "Late Night with Roy Williams" basketball gathering is being broadcast nationally on ESPNU on Friday night, so there's an excitement around campus this weekend. As Mike Jenkins pointed out this week, these Bulls have never beaten a BCS opponent outside of the Big East, so it's a big opportunity that USF is very aware of ...