USF's Selvie named to Hendricks watch list
The Watch List Watch List is growing every day -- USF defensive end George Selvie is part of the initial watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
Selvie was on the list last year, and was a finalist for the award in 2007, when he led the nation in tackles for loss and was a consensus All-American. The Hendricks folks are covering themselves against any obvious omissions, noting that the candidates "include, but are not limited to the following players." So basically, they're watching everyone. All of us.
Only one other Big East player on the Hendricks list -- Connecticut defensive end Lindsey Witten, who had 10.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks last season. It's a silly oversight that Florida's Carlos Dunlap isn't on the list -- guy had a team-best 13.5 TFLs and 9.5 sacks for the national champs last year and should be a high first-round draft pick next spring.
Selvie's toughest competition? Two of last year's finalists are back -- TCU's Jerry Hughes and Indiana's Jammie Kirlew. Dunlap, Mississippi's Greg Hardy and Indiana's Greg Middleton are also strong candidates.
-- USF women's basketball coach Jose Fernandez has filled one of the openings on his bench, hiring Gaither girls basketball coach Andy Alwood, 35, to be his director of basketball operations. Alwood takes over for Cayll Smith, who stepped down and moved to Pennsylvania after last season.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity -- I've know Jose and (Jeff) Osterman for a long time," said Alwood, who was head coach at Punta Gorda Charlotte for five years before coming to Gaither last year.
He's run Fernandez's summer camps for the past four years, and has known Fernandez since both were coaching in high school. Fernandez still has an opening on his staff for a video coordinator, as Mike Teasley is going back to school to finish his degree.
-- To update this morning's post, Missouri's 1975 win against Alabama has advanced to the final eight of RockMnation.com's bracket of biggest Mizzou win ever. We mentioned that Jim Leavitt had a fumble recovery in the Alabama game -- he called to let me know he had a second fumble recovery in the game. The guy's memory is outstanding. We'll do more on those games when the polls come up again next week ...