USF transfer Espinosa picks Marshall
Freshman forward Eladio Espinosa, who decided to transfer from USF earlier this month, will start his college career anew at Marshall, according to the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette.
Espinosa, who averaged 1.8 points as a freshman at USF, starting 12 games, will be reunited with guard Damier Pitts, a teammate at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia who strongly considered USF a year ago but signed with Marshall.
Espinosa said when he was granted his release that he was leaving USF because of philosophical differences with coach Stan Heath, who needed him to be a rebounder and interior presence while Espinosa sought to play more like a small forward. He wanted to find a school closer to his family in North Carolina, making Marshall a match. He'll sit out the upcoming season, then will have three years of eligibility.
There's another USF tie on Marshall's staff, as former Bulls point guard Chris Capko was a graduate manager for the Herd last season, working under Donnie Jones, who he played under at Florida as a walk-on before transferring to USF.
-- We don't do a good job of getting to track news on the blog here, but there's a good story from the Hazelton (Pa.) Standard-Speaker on USF freshman Casey Wagner, who has already set a school record and finished second in the Big East in the javelin. The Bulls are gearing up for the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C., this weekend and we'll try to do more on other track standouts this week ...
-- Rivals.com's Mike Huguenin, formerly of the Orlando Sentinel, writes about eight potential "statement games" in college football this fall, and USF's game at Florida State ranks sixth on his list. He writes:
And if you don't think the USF coaching staff would be able to make some hay with a win over Florida State on the in-state recruiting trail …. USF also plays Miami this season. If the Bulls lose both, it's somewhat expected. If they split with their in-state foes, it further legitimizes the program. But if they sweep? Oh, my.
-- Nice find over on the message boards at USFnation.com -- there's a seven-minute video of highlights from former USF receiver Taurus Johnson from his days at Cape Coral High. The quarterback in the clips wearing No. 5 is current Bulls safety Nate Allen, who shows a nice touch on many throws. Some suspect tackling on a lot of those long runs ...
-- We haven't touched on the NCAA field in baseball, which as expected had just one Big East team in regular-season and tournament champ Louisville. Looking at the field, USF went just 2-8 against teams that made the NCAA cut, with their lone wins against Bethune-Cookman. The Bulls finished with an official RPI of 73 -- fourth among Big East schools. How far were the Bulls from the actual NCAA bubble? I count 21 teams with higher RPIs that didn't make the NCAA cut, including seven from the traditional major six conferences.