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USF alum Brewer takes shot at Olympics

Former USF track and field standout Chandra Brewer, now a middle-school teacher in Tuscaloosa, Ala., is off to Oregon for the U.S. Olympic trials, where she's competing in the shot put for the right to represent the United States in Beijing.

Great story on Brewer in the Tuscaloosa News, detailing her background in Bartow and at USF and her training in preparation for this rare opportunity this week. The qualifying portion of the trials starts Thursday night, with the finals Saturday. As we continue to find more local athletes with Olympic ties, we'll share their stories here. ...

-- In searching for USF players all over the pro football world, I've got all kinds of help. Former Oracle writer Kevin Smetana, always a friend of the blog, sent me a text that former Bulls defensive tackle Julian Riley is playing for the Florence Phantoms of the American Indoor Football Association. Riley played sparingly in two seasons at USF after transferring from Florida -- I'll remember him best for his singing at USF's memorial service after Keeley Dorsey passed away. I've scanned the rosters for all 16 AIFA teams and it looks like Riley's the only Bulls player in the league.

-- You have to be a dedicated Bulls basketball fan -- or reader of this blog -- to remember walk-on Jonathan Willis, who was on USF's roster during its injury-depleted first Big East season in 2005-06. Willis started out as a practice player for the women's team to go up against, earned a spot on the men's roster and even got to play in three games that season. Anyway, Willis, just 24 years old, is the new head boys basketball coach at Union County High School, up north of Gainesville. You have to like a coach whose motto is "No books, no ball," and you might have heard of the football coach at UCHS -- it's former Alabama quarterback Andrew Zow, a UCHS grad.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 12:32pm]


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