USF notes, links from the streets of St. Pete
No, no, things haven't gotten that bad for me. Much of my time the next three days will be spent helping cover the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg -- I've been joking that as a racing novice, I'm just now learning that the "x" is silent. But here I am in the media center at the Mahaffey Theater, which has a view of the track between Turns 9 and 10, as well as the hundreds of boats on the other side of the track.
I write for the St. Petersburg Times, of course, but I've lived in Wesley Chapel since 2000, so it's rare that I'm in St. Petersburg for four days in a row like this -- maybe once before, covering the ACC baseball tournament, but I think that's it.
Still lots going on with USF athletics this weekend, with spring football, Pro Day for USF's draft hopefuls on Tuesday, baseball and softball trying to overcome slow starts and basketball notes as well. Lots of links to share in the least, so enjoy these, as I try to decide the best way to spell the sound of racecars speeding past you over and over and over again. Neeeeeeeeooowwww ...
-- Fans wanting to see former USF defensive end George Selvie can see him Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Courtside Grille in St. Petersburg, where the "Redcard Football Club" is offering a green-and-gold T-shirt and picture of Selvie to be autographed for $15. Redcard's president is former USF soccer player Joe Valencia. For more information, check out Redcard's official site.
-- One thing to keep an eye on as the NCAA's head coaching openings get filled in college basketball: If former Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie can get back on the map at Houston, don't be surprised if he makes a run at USF assistant Jeremy Cox, who was on his staff for three seasons at Texas A&M and Kentucky. Speaking of the coaching carousel, looks like former USF assistant Dan Hipsher, now at Alabama, has been mentioned by the Toledo Blade as a candidate for the opening at Toledo.
-- Few more USF alums on Arena Football rosters -- the Storm has added receiver DeAndrew Rubin, who joins Terrence Royal and Shelly Houston on the Tampa Bay roster. The Iowa Barnstormers have signed former USF defensive end Jon Simmons, who is listed as playing for the "University of Southern Florida" on the Barnstormers' online roster. Plenty of others around the league, like Richard Clebert with the Spokane Shock, who also have the rights to Huey Whittaker.
-- What would a links post be without a mock draft? Foxsports.com's Peter Schrager has USF defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul going 16th to the Titans, which seems to be the most common projection these days. Schrager includes a second round, with safety Nate Allen going 55th to the Eagles and cornerback Jerome Murphy going 63rd to the Colts.
-- Good feature from The Oracle's Phil Neary on up-and-coming defensive end Ryne Giddins, who says he wants "at least a half a sack to two sacks a game." Even a half-sack a game would be 6.5, as many as Pierre-Paul had last season.
-- ESPN.com's Brian Bennett writes about rising senior receiver A.J. Love, who could step in as the new top target for the Bulls in 2010.