USF Bulls football coach Skip Holtz's persistence may land QB recruit

TAMPA — New USF coach Skip Holtz, moving quickly to identify quarterback recruits in his first few weeks on the job, appears to have found one in Jamius Gunsby, a 6-foot-5, 225-pounder from LaGrange, Ga.

Gunsby (his first name is pronounced juh-MY-us) was offered a scholarship by Holtz during a personal visit Wednesday. Gunsby said he will make an official visit this weekend and if all goes well, he will sign with the Bulls next week.

"I think I'm going to commit to South Florida when I go down there this weekend," said Gunsby, who said he has verbal scholarship offers from Florida, Kentucky, Florida State and Michigan State. ESPN.com and Rivals.com have him rated as a three-star recruit.

Gunsby said Holtz and offensive assistant Todd Fitch were recruiting him when they were at East Carolina, and they've continued in the two weeks since Holtz was hired at USF.

Two weeks ago, Gunsby made an official visit to Florida, and UF quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler and fellow assistant Brian White visited him last week.

Father threatened Texas Tech with suit

LUBBOCK, Texas — The father of injured Texas Tech receiver Adam James threatened to sue the university if it didn't investigate then-coach Mike Leach, according to a memo obtained by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Texas Tech University System attorney Ronny Wall wrote in a memo to the Texas attorney general that the threat came during a Dec. 20 exchange with James' father, ESPN analyst Craig James.

The university fired Leach on Dec. 30, two days after suspending him amid allegations he mistreated Adam James, who was recovering from a concussion. The receiver says Leach ordered him to stand for hours while confined in a dark place.

Leach denied the allegations and responded to his firing with a lawsuit against the university.

The memo says James' father "indicated that litigation could ensue" if Tech didn't investigate Leach "for the improper treatment" of his son.

James spokesman Scott McLaughlin said James never threatened to sue Texas Tech.

Miami: Defensive line coach Rick Petri returns 15 years after his last stint with the team. Petri, who spent the past five seasons at Kentucky, worked with some of UM's best defensive linemen ever from 1993 to 1995, including former Buc Warren Sapp.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

USF Bulls football coach Skip Holtz's persistence may land QB recruit 01/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 10:10pm]

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