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FAU power forward commits to transfer to USF

USF men's basketball has added depth to its frontcourt for next season, picking up a commitment Monday from Kore White, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward who is a graduate transfer from Florida Atlantic.

"I just looked at the overall options, weighed out where I would fit best," White said Monday afternoon. "USF is definitely more of a challenge, and I need to challenge myself if I'm going to get to the next level."

White finishes classes at FAU on Wednesday and said he'll start summer classes at USF on May 14, working on a master's degree in physical education. White, who will have one year of eligibility with the Bulls, chose the Bulls over DePaul, La Salle and Florida Gulf Coast. He averaged 7.7 points and 4.5 rebounds per game last season for the Owls.

Here's what we wrote three weeks ago in first reporting White's interest in transferring to USF. The Bulls still have one scholarship available for the incoming class, having lost out on Baltimore combo guard Sam Cassell, who has since signed with Maryland. …

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Key series ahead for USF softball, baseball

With the Big East regular seasons winding down in softball and baseball, USF's teams are both in second place in the league standings with a chance to retake the lead in key road series this coming weekend.

-- We'll start with softball, now 44-8 overall and 16-3 in the Big East, one game behind Louisville in the standings entering the final weekend of the regular season. The Bulls are assured of a top-four seed in the conference tournament, but need help if they're going to leap back ahead of the Cardinals for the regular-season crown. USF is playing at Syracuse, which is 15-4 and fourth in the standings.

The Bulls are coming off a three-game sweep of Villanova, punctuated by a 3-2 walkoff win in Sunday's final home game of the season. It was a pair of seniors closing it out -- Jessica Mouse got a single up the middle, and Alexis Nowell brought her in with a clutch double to the wall in left. You can see a great video of the final hits on USF's official site. …

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No draft picks, but six Bulls to sign free-agent deals

For the first time in six years, no USF players were taken in the NFL Draft, but the Bulls were busy Saturday night, with six players agreeing to deals as undrafted free agents, giving them a shot at making an NFL roster this fall.

Center Chaz Hine and cornerback Quenton Washington signed with the Bucs and will report for the team's rookie minicamp starting Friday. Joining them in NFL camps will be running back Darrell Scott (Cowboys), guard Jeremiah Warren (Patriots), safety Jerrell Young (Jaguars) and receiver A.J. Love (Vikings).

"It's pretty awesome," said Hine, who played at Newsome High, then at USF and now can continue his football career all in the same county.

Hine's only workout had been with the Bucs, and he had the chance to talk with head coach Greg Schiano and both offensive line coaches. He can play any of the interior line positions, but said he expects to get his first look at center for the Bucs.

(UPDATE: USF defensive end Patrick Hampton has gotten a tryout invitation to Packers rookie minicamp, according to agent Glen Lansky of Tampa's Elite Sports Agency.) …

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Make it four: Warren to Patriots, Love to Vikings

USF's undrafted football players are wasting no time in lining up spots in NFL training camps -- guard Jeremiah Warren has signed with the Patriots, while receiver A.J. Love has a deal with the Vikings.

Warren had the most career starts of USF's seniors as a three-year starter at guard, while Love has been limited by injuries much of the last two seasons. As was the case with Darrell Scott (Cowboys) and Chaz Hine (Buccaneers), Warren chose a team that did not draft an offensive lineman, giving him a better chance to make New England's roster as an undrafted rookie. Love might have a harder path to September, as Minnesota drafted Arkansas receivers Jarius Wright and Greg Childs in the fourth round.

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Bucs sign USF's Hine to free-agent deal

For all the Bucs' dealing and drafting this weekend, the team did not select an offensive lineman, but after the draft, Tampa Bay signed USF's Chaz Hine to a free-agent deal, according to his agent, Glen Lansky.

Hine's story is already a great one - from walk-on to three-year starter to captain, with all kind of memories off the field, first as a classically trained opera singer, crooning Sinatra at preseason camp, then as top student in USF's business school, earning national academic accolades.

Hine started two years as a guard with Bulls, then deftly moved to center for his senior year, and that versatility could help him make the Bucs as a backup rookie lineman. Lansky said that Bucs coach Greg Schiano was very familiar with Hine's career, telling him during a recent workout that his nose guard had one bad game this past season and it came against Hine and USF.

Hine is the second USF player to sign as an undrafted free agent, joining running back Darrell Scott, who signed with the Cowboys.

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Undrafted, USF RB Scott to sign with Cowboys

USF junior running back Darrell Scott, passed over in this weekend's NFL Draft, will be signing as a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, his agent, Mike Ballard, said Sunday night.

Scott opted to skip his senior year and enter the draft after only one season at USF -- he played parts of two seasons at Colorado before transferring to the Bulls in 2010. He rushed for a team-high 814 yards last fall, but his best numbers came in games against lesser opponents.

Scott will have a good shot to make the roster of the Cowboys, who did not use any of their draft picks on running backs. Dallas returns its top two backs from last season in veteran Felix Jones and second-year pro DeMarco Murray.

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No USF players taken in NFL Draft

After three days, seven rounds and 253 selections, USF football didn't hear any names called in the NFL Draft, missing the cut for the first time since 2006.

The Bulls were the only Division I-A program in Florida not to have a player selected, though they'll have several players sign as undrafted free agents by the end of the night -- check back tonight for updates on Bulls like Darrell Scott, Jerrell Young, Quenton Washington, Jeremiah Warren and Chaz Hine. I'm sure a few USF players will earn a spot in the Bucs' annual rookie minicamp ...

For the record, there were 10 BCS league programs that didn't get a draft pick -- USF, Pittsburgh, Duke, Maryland, UCLA, Washington State, Kansas, Texas Tech, Minnesota and Indiana all missed out. All 10, as can be expected, had losing records in 2011, going a combined 37-86. …

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USF-Rutgers will be another Thursday classic

It's been in the works by the Big East since early March, but USF made it official Friday, announcing that the Bulls' Big East football opener against Rutgers will be in Tampa on Thursday, Sept. 13, with a 7:30 kickoff on ESPN, just five days after USF plays at Nevada.

When USF scheduled the Nevada game, it was with the expectation of a bye week after the Bulls' farthest regular-season trip west in a decade. Not only will the Bulls have a game the next week, but on a short turnaround, with another Thursday showdown with Rutgers and new coach Kyle Flood. It's a key Big East game well before most of the conference schedule, so the winner will be seen as a viable challenger for the conference crown.

The USF-Rutgers game had been released as being on Saturday with the possibility of a change, with the Bulls asking that the Nevada game have an early kickoff to allow the team to fly home to Tampa on Saturday night, lessening the impact of the short week. A kickoff time for USF-Nevada has not yet been announced. …

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NFL draft preview: Will a USF player be picked?

The last two NFL drafts have been a huge event for USF football, with eight draft picks and a 2010 first-rounder in defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul. But as another draft is set to start Thursday night, it should be a quiet year for the Bulls, with the biggest question being whether the Bulls will have any players selected at all.

The last time USF went without a draft pick was in 2006, after the Bulls' first season in the Big East, but based on a few mainstream seven-round mock drafts, there's a decent change USF might not have a draft pick. Foxsports.com's Peter Schrager put Bulls safety Jerrell Young in his seventh round at No. 236, but other seven-round mocks from NFL.com and ESPN.com (premium content) don't have any USF players being picked. …

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USF baseball knocks off No. 2 Florida

USF baseball hadn't beaten Florida since 2005, but the Bulls got a 5-3 win over the No. 2 Gators in Gainesville on Tuesday night, and the Times' Antonya English was there, writing about two clutch home runs from USF senior catcher Drew Longley.

It's a big win for the Bulls (28-14), who play host to Villanova this weekend as they try to hold onto a share of first place in the Big East standings.

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Pipeline: USF soccer signs top German midfielder

USF men's soccer coach George Kiefer found great success last year in three international standouts from Tyler Junior College in Texas, most notably Dom Dwyer, who led the Big East in scoring and went in the opening round of the MLS SuperDraft.

That pipeline will continue this fall, as Kiefer has signed another international prospect from Tyler in Samuel "Samu" Hosseini, a 6-foot-1 midfielder from Cologne, Germany, who earned junior college All-America honors at Tyler and signed with the Bulls earlier this month.

"Sam's a clean, crisp player, a guy who doesn't make any mistakes," Tyler coach Steve Clements said. "He has great vision of the field, distributes the ball well. He plays the game very simple, does a lot of the dirty work and things that go unnoticed. He's just a smooth player." …

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USF women's golf wins Big East championship

USF women's golf placed four golfers in the overall top 10 and held off Notre Dame to win the Big East championship on Tuesday in Orlando, edging the Fighting Irish by a single stroke.

Christina Miller shot her second straight 73 to lead USF, finishing one stroke behind the individual champions at 8-over. The Bulls had three other players -- Kelli Pry, Shena Yang and Amy West -- finish in the top 10. USF entered the day with a five-stroke lead, saw that disappear during the round, then rallied back for a 2-stroke lead with three holes to play.

"They finished with some enthusiasm, finished with a little gusto, getting the ball close, being able to have that putt for par," coach Marci Kornegay said by phone after the Bulls clinched their win on West's tap-in putt. "The exciting thing about this team is that we're so deep. We've been led this entire year by Christina Miller, but this week, we led from behind, led from the middle and led from the top. That was a difference-maker. Especially when the going got tough, we could reach out to all five girls to find out where we'd get the shots from." …

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Notes: USF baseball plays at Florida tonight

USF baseball gets another shot at Florida tonight with a midweek game in Gainesville, and the Bulls had a front-page presence in the Times Sports section Tuesday with a story from Laura Keeley on Jefferson pitcher Jimmy Herget, who has signed to play with USF.

There's a big Lelo Prado and Tino Martinez presence in the story, and with any talented baseball signee, the only concern for Bulls fans is that he'll turn enough heads in this senior year that the draft will become a factor in his future. We'll have Times writer Antonya English at tonight's USF-UF game as Prado goes for his first win against the Gators.

-- Speaking of USF baseball, there's a good story in today's Winter Haven News Chief on two-sport standout Levi Borders -- whose father Pat played 17 years of major-league baseball -- signing with the Bulls and hinting at being yet another preferred walk-on quarterback. (Again, when I read versatile 6-3 son of major-league catcher, my first curiosity is how high he'll be drafted.) …

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USF women's golf chasing Big East title today

USF's women's golf team has a shot at its first-ever Big East championship today at Reunion Golf Club in Orlando -- the Bulls went into today's final round with a five-shot lead on Notre Dame after a stellar round Monday.

You can follow the action with live scoreboards -- USF's Christina Miller, Amy West and Shena Yang are all in the top eight individually with a shot at medalist honors.

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Yes, that's USF: The Annotated 'Gruden's QB Camp'

It's that time of year again, as USF football gets a national cameo on ESPN's networks as the Bulls' practice facility -- and key offensive players -- get to appear in the workout segments of "Gruden's QB Camp," which has former Bucs coach Jon Gruden spending a half-hour with the top quarterbacks in this week's NFL Draft.

The shows are all over ESPN's family of networks this week with the draft starting Thursday night, and it's worth sticking around for the final 2-3 minutes, when Gruden and his QB stop by USF to see how they can make specific throws in a practice situation. The show now carries a "SPECIAL THANKS: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA" in the end credits.

Tight ends Evan Landi and Mike McFarland are practically regulars, but you'll see Andre Davis, Victor Marc, Terrence Mitchell and many others if you look closely. Here's a great highlight clip from all the shows with a ton of USF shots, but here too is our annotated guide to nearly all the 10 episodes. ... …

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