USF's Jones competing for spot on U.S. team
Today is the second day of a three-day camp in Colorado Springs for USF guard Dominique Jones as he tries to earn a spot on the U.S. entry in the World University Games next month in Serbia.
We'd told you that Jones had another guard to beat out when Arizona's Nic Wise was a late addition to the tryout roster, but the competition got a little easier this week with news that Kansas guard Sherron Collins withdrew from consideration, citing family concerns.
There are six guards trying out for the U.S. squad, including two -- Oklahoma State's James Anderson and Ohio State's Evan Turner -- who list themselves as guard-forwards. Of the other four, Jones has a significant size advantage at 6-foot-4, with considerable height over Villanova's Corey Fisher (6-1), Penn State's Talor Battle (5-11) and Wise (5-10).
We'll try to get Jones on the phone in the next day or two and see how the tryout is going ...
-- Two of USF's best-known football alums, safety J.R. Reed and running back Andre Hall, are still waiting for an NFL contract after finishing last season with the Jets and Broncos. Hall, who had switched agents to Drew Rosenhaus in February, is back with his original agent, Jonathan Kline, who says Cleveland has shown an interest in signing Hall.
-- Some of you have e-mailed with curiosity about the construction cones just east of Red McEwen Field. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with a new softball stadium, though that is the location set aside for such a stadium in USF's proposed athletic district. The construction is to get rid of the parking spots on the two-lane road between USF's athletic facility and 50th Street and replace them with a walkway to accommodate students walking from the parking lots and apartments along 50th.
-- The Bradenton Herald writes about a new president for USF's alumni association, 1971 USF grad Roger Frazee.
-- We mentioned Tuesday that Western Kentucky would be facing USF without its top pass rusher, Louisville transfer Blake Boyd, who is academically ineligible. Turns out the Hilltoppers will also be without their interceptions leader from 2008, sophomore defensive back Ryan Beard, who has been suspended from the first two games for an unspecified violation of team rules.
-- He won't play this season because of a knee injury, but Patriots.com has a feature on former USF linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, who continues to impress his new employers with his maturity.
-- ESPN.com's Andy Katz has a way-early preseason top 25 for college basketball, with four Big East teams included: Villanova is No. 4, West Virginia 9th, Georgetown 18th and Connecticut 25th. He writes that Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Louisville are also in consideration to be ranked as well ...