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JC tackle, tripped by grades, won't suit up for Bulls in fall

TAMPA — Junior college left tackle Carlos Savala, signed in February as a potential starter, will not play for South Florida this fall because of academic issues.

Savala, currently taking classes at the College of the Desert in California, has a redshirt year available and could still join the Bulls in January with two years of eligibility. But he'll be missed at a key position, as USF must replace four senior starters on the offensive line.

FRESHMAN charged with misdemeanor: Nine days before the start of fall practice, linebacker Sam Barrington was at the Orient Road jail on Tuesday afternoon, having turned himself in on a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. Barrington, 18, was released on $250 bond at 4:09 p.m., less than two hours after he was booked through the jail's self-arrest program, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office records. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound freshman is one of the highest rated members of USF's incoming recruiting class.

RECRUITING: DeLand strong safety Mark Joyce accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Bulls in 2010. Joyce is rated as a three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com.

MCCULLUM TO UCF: Former USF men's basketball coach Robert McCullum, out of basketball for the past year, has been hired as an assistant at Central Florida. McCullum went 40-76 in four seasons at USF, including the Bulls' first two years in the Big East. He'll make a return to the Sun Dome on Dec. 16, as the Knights and Bulls are scheduled to play in Tampa.

Alabama appeals to NCAA: Alabama formally asked the NCAA to restore 21 vacated wins to the football program in a 29-page appeal. The appeal said the penalty was "so excessive as to constitute an abuse of discretion." The Committee on Infractions levied the penalty stemming from 201 student-athletes in 16 sports obtaining textbooks they weren't entitled to under their scholarships. The violators included 22 "intentional wrongdoers" — among them seven football players — who obtained more than $100 in supplies for other students. The university noted that those 22 athletes were suspended and had to seek reinstatement from the NCAA, and that all the students with eligibility remaining were required to pay restitution for the books and materials.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

JC tackle, tripped by grades, won't suit up for Bulls in fall 07/28/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 11:47pm]

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