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Depleted USF brings in point guard

TAMPA — After losing three signees to academic problems this summer, USF signed point guard Justin Leemow of Brooklyn, N.Y., to a grant-in-aid Tuesday.

"He believes he can play at this level," Bulls coach Stan Heath said. "This late in the year, with school getting ready to start and us needing a little more help, it's a good fit."

Leemow, 6 feet 1, 175 pounds, played last season at Mount Zion Christian, a prep school in North Carolina. He averaged 13.5 points and four assists for its post-graduate team. He played two seasons at Xaverian High in New York then two at The Patterson School in North Carolina.

"That's my dream right there, to play in the Big East," said Leemow (rhymes with "see now"), who visited USF two weeks ago.

Indiana: New coach Tom Crean signed a 10-year deal worth at least $23.6-million. It includes a base salary of $600,000, $1.4-million of outside income and a provision that allows him to be fired if he or his staff commit NCAA infractions. When he was hired in April to replace Kelvin Sampson (fired for NCAA violations) Crean agreed to an eight-year deal. The school added two years for undisclosed reasons.

North Carolina: Guard Ty Lawson, 20, pleaded guilty to underage drinking and driving after completing community service and other terms of his plea agreement, which includes dropping charges of violating a noise ordinance and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Football: Ex-Seminole now can play for Vols

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The NCAA declared Tennessee sophomore tight end Brandon Warren eligible for this season.

Warren played at Florida State in 2006 but left just after the start of the 2007 spring semester to be near his mother, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. FSU didn't release him from his scholarship. And because he was not a full-time student in 2007, Warren needed a waiver to play and receive financial aid for the upcoming season.

More Tennessee: Junior tight end Jeff Cottam will have back surgery and miss 6-8 weeks. He caught four passes for 19 yards and a touchdown in 14 games last season.

Louisville: Quarterback Matt Simms was suspended for four games for undisclosed reasons. The redshirt freshman, son of ex-NFL quarterback Phil and brother of Bucs quarterback Chris, was competing for the No. 2 spot.

PUrdue: Running back Jaycen Taylor will redshirt this season because of a torn ligament in his right knee. Last season he ran for 560 yards and four touchdowns despite missing four games with a broken arm.

Soccer: FSU defender Becky Edwards and midfielder Amanda DaCosta and Florida defender Lauren Hyde are among 47 on the watch list for the Hermann Trophy, awarded to the national player of the year. USF midfielder Kevon Neaves is among 48 on the men's list.

Information from Times wires was used in this report

Depleted USF brings in point guard 08/19/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 11:06pm]

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