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Former USF linebacker Moffitt finalizes divorce

BUSHNELL — Former USF linebacker Ben Moffitt, projected as a late-round selection in this weekend's NFL draft, on Tuesday finalized a divorce from his wife of five years, Shauna, according to court records.

Moffitt, 23, touted through college for his family role, made headlines in January when Shauna revealed that he had separated from them in November. The two have agreed to share equal and rotating custody of their two young children, and Moffitt will maintain a residence in Sumter County .

Moffitt will provide $983 in monthly child support payments and will set up prepaid college tuition funds for both children. There will be no alimony, but if drafted, Moffitt will pay Shauna a lump sum based on a fraction of his rookie signing bonus.

That payment includes 16 percent of the first $150,000 in his bonus, or the same percentage of the signing bonus for the 200th overall pick, whichever is less. If picked in the sixth round or later, Moffitt's signing bonus is likely to be less than $100,000.

In other USF news, the softball team received an academic performance award from the NCAA, which tracks eligibility, retention and graduation numbers.

FSU: The team will host Division I-AA Maine on Sept. 5, 2009, leaving the Seminoles with one nonconference opponent to line up for that season. Road games include BYU and Florida.

RADAKOVICH RETIRES: Dan Radakovich, 72, the assistant head coach at Robert Morris and an assistant with the Steelers' first two Super Bowl-winning teams, is retiring after 48 years as an NFL or college coach. He is being replaced by one of his former Steelers defensive linemen, John Banaszak, a Robert Morris assistant.

Basketball

PLAYER DIES: Alabama State sophomore Deshean Porchea collapsed and died after playing in a pickup game on campus. The 19-year-old passed out Wednesday after walking off the court and never regained consciousness, the university said. An autopsy was being performed. Porchea, a reserve guard, played at Luella High in McDonough, Ga.

MIAMI: Guard Malcolm Grant is transferring from Villanova and will be eligible to play for the Hurricanes in 2009-10. He averaged 5.6 points and 13 minutes in 29 games as a freshman, shooting 47 percent on 3-pointers.

Missouri: Starters DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons declared for the NBA draft, though neither will hire an agent and could return to school.

TENNESSEE: Forward Tyler Smith is returning for his junior season, hoping to improve his NBA prospects for next year. He averaged 13.5 points and led the team in rebounds and assists.

UAB: Coach Mike Davis received a two-year extension throught the 2012-2013 season and a $25,000 raise.

VCU: Coach Anthony Grant, a former Florida assistant, agreed to an extension and raise through the 2013-14 season.

Times staff writer Brian Landman contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

Former USF linebacker Moffitt finalizes divorce 04/24/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 11:12am]
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