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USF notes, links: Aristil takes fifth at NCAA track



Aristil USF hurdler David Aristil, a sophomore from Boynton Beach, placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles Friday in the NCAA championships in Oregon, matching the fourth-best NCAA finish in USF track history.

Aristil, who won a Big East championship last month, took fifth with a time of 51.05 -- he had already locked up All-America honors by reaching the 400 final. The only Bulls to finish higher in the NCAAs are Jon Dennis, who won two 5,000-meter finals in the 1990s, and high jumper Jimmy Baxter, who took fourth in 2004. Jan-Erik Salo also had a fifth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2001.

He's the third of four USF athletes competing in the NCAA track meet, all sophomores -- Jared Thomas took 19th in the discus and Nicole Rozario took 22nd in the 3,000 steeplechase, while Casey Wagner competes in the javelin today. Here's the full story from

-- We've quoted USF recruit Ozney Guillen as saying he's leaning toward attending USF and not signing with the White Sox, and he remains a hot topic with the Chicago media, because of his father, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. Sounds like Ozney was headed to USF if he didn't get picked by the sixth round -- that, by coincidence, is where the White Sox took GM Ken Williams' son in 2008.

-- The Times' Eduardo A. Encina reports that guard Tesha Hanson, the daughter of USF men's basketball assistant Reggie Hanson, has transferred from Wharton to Seffner Christian. She averaged 14.7 points as a freshman at Wharton in helping lead the Wildcats to a district championship.

-- Rick Bozich, writing for, has a good read on how Kansas' basketball program may be one of the biggest victims of the college reshuffling if the Jayhawks don't land in the Big East.

-- USF softball coach Ken Eriksen, chair of the NCAA rules committee for his sport, is quoted in this story about the high number of home runs now being hit with composite-barreled bats. Who knew we'd long for the days of good old aluminum?

-- Remember Marial Dhal? Over the past three years we've mentioned the 7-foot-3 center from Sudan as he's played at Hillsborough Community College -- on USF's recruiting radar but never a significant priority. Dhal signed this week with Canisius, which will also have former Bulls guard Gaby Belardo this coming season.

-- Speaking of Where Are They Now basketball updates: Former USF signee Dwan McMillan is signing with Hofstra, two years after he failed to qualify academically after signing with the Bulls. McMillan's had a long path to major-college basketball but it'll be interesting to see what he can do at Hofstra.

-- We had an update the other day on Amarri Jackson's short stay with the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and USF's bad luck with the CFL doesn't stop there. Linebacker Chris Robinson said this week he is back home after breaking two fingers during a minicamp with the Montreal Alouettes, likely facing surgery and unsure if he'll keep a spot on the roster of the defending Grey Cup champs.

-- Former USF defensive end Craig Kobel, who was in camp with the Jets as a linebacker last summer, is taking part in this weekend's minicamp for the UFL's Hartford Colonials.

-- Good writeup on West Virginia's new athletic director, Oliver Luck, who played QB for the Mountaineers and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist. He's spent the past five years as president and general manager of the MLS' Houston Dynamo. Impressive you can wait to the very end of the story to mention his son, Andrew, is Stanford's starting quarterback and a likely first-round NFL draft pick in 2011.

-- This one might get a few comments: The Sun-Sentinel's Florida Atlantic writer, Ted Hutton, writes about how the Owls might not get a boost from the conference changes. In ranking the state schools, Hutton writes that "UCF and USF are a tossup" behind the state's top three programs.

-- A different perspective on much the same issue -- this Fresno State writer says the Bulldogs would like to be a West Coast version of USF, able to rise up and compete with more established BCS programs in the state. "On the field and on the recruiting front, the Bulls are more on par with Miami and Florida State than Central Florida or Florida Atlantic," he writes.

[Last modified: Friday, July 16, 2010 11:25am]


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