TAMPA — Former USF quarterback Matt Grothe will begin his pro career with the UFL's Florida Tuskers, who announced his signing on Friday for their second season.
Grothe, the Big East's career leader in total offense, missed most of his senior year with a knee injury. He was invited to the Bucs' rookie minicamp but was not offered a contract; he also considered playing in the CFL before choosing the Tuskers, who play at the Citrus Bowl.
Baseball: Hobbled FIU star extends streak
CORAL GABLES — Garrett Wittels of Florida International took a bag of intravenous fluids to fight off cramps, then delivered a double to extend his hitting streak to 55 games, just three short of Robin Ventura's Division I record. Wittels' hit, his only one of the game, came in the sixth inning of a 17-3 loss to Texas A&M in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament's Coral Gables Region. The Golden Panthers (36-24) face Dartmouth today in an elimination game.
FSU, UF, UM START WELL: Brian Busch allowed one earned run over 62/3 innings to lead Florida State (43-17) past Central Connecticut State 11-3 in the opening region game in Norwich, Conn. In Gainesville, Nolan Fontana and Matt den Dekker drove in two runs apiece and Hudson Randall pitched seven strong innings as Florida (43-15) opened with a 7-3 win over Bethune-Cookman (35-21). In Coral Gables, host Miami (41-17) scored six in the first inning and hit four total home runs on the way to a 12-8 victory over Dartmouth.
USF: After a controversial two years on Stan Heath's staff, Terrelle Woody has left to work full time as a trainer with players in the Tampa area. Woody's hiring brought scrutiny because he was a close friend and trainer to forward Gus Gilchrist, who joined the Bulls in the fall of 2008, the same time as Woody. The hiring did not violate NCAA rules, though the policies have since been amended to keep schools from hiring family members or close associates of a recruit before or after a recruit signs, to avoid the appearance of a "package deal." "I think he did a great job," Heath said. "We'll miss him."
BIG TEN AND TEXAS: E-mails between Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee and Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany revealed communication regarding the conference's interest in adding Big 12 power Texas. The Columbus Dispatch obtained the e-mails through a public-records request; in one, Gee wrote: "I did speak with (president) Bill Powers at Texas, who would welcome a call to say they have a 'Tech' problem." That could refer to the fact Texas Tech is not a member of the Association of American Universities. It is believed that Texas, if it leaves the Big 12, would want to bring at least one fellow Texas school with it.
SEMINOLES IN SEMIS: No. 2 seed FSU beat Texas Tech 4-1 in the match-play quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships in Ooltewah, Tenn. The Seminoles face Augusta (Ga.) State today.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.