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South Florida Bulls football picks up two big recruits

TAMPA — USF got two commitments Tuesday as Jacksonville linebacker Sam Barrington and Miami wideout Sterling Griffin said they will sign today.

Barrington, a first-team all-state player rated the No. 18 middle linebacker in the country by, chose USF over Miami and Illinois. Griffin, from Miami Monsignor Pace, chose the Bulls over Purdue. USF could have a consensus top-25 recruiting class, its best ever.

USF pulled its scholarship offer for junior college receiver Edgard Theliar after he made a campus visit to Florida International last weekend.

ALABAMA: The school is seeking to expand Bryant-Denny Stadium by more than 9,000 seats and 36 skyboxes, pushing the capacity to 101,000.

ARKANSAS STate: The school is paying the NCAA a $43,500 fine as a self-imposed penalty for problems with the academic certifications of 21 athletes.

PENN STate: Defensive linemen Abe Koroma and Maurice Evans must each serve a year's probation after being charged last fall with possessing a small amount of marijuana.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Johnson "Jeep" Hunter is joining coach Steve Spurrier's staff as tight ends coach and assistant special-teams coordinator.

TENNESSEE: The athletic department increased the salary of its football coaches by 13 percent to $5.3 million for the 2009 season.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

South Florida Bulls football picks up two big recruits 02/03/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 11:47pm]
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