TAMPA — After missing most of the past three days recovering from a sprained left ankle, USF quarterback Matt Grothe got a share of the snaps at Friday's practice, the last before Sunday's game against Connecticut.
While senior Grant Gregory has gotten most of the work with the first-team offense, all signs point to the junior being able to start as the Bulls try to snap a three-game losing streak.
"He looked fine. I'm sure he's a little bit sore," coach Jim Leavitt said. "Matt has played a lot of football, so I'm not concerned. I wanted him to throw a little bit (Thursday), and he threw a little bit. (Friday), he did everything; ran the ball a little bit, too. It's good we're playing Sunday night and not Saturday. That would be tougher."
Missouri: The school and coach Gary Pinkel are close to an extension. ESPN.com reported his salary would rise to about $2.5-million. Pinkel, 58-39 in eight seasons (21-4 the past two) signed an extension in December that raised it to $1.85-million. This one comes as Washington, where Pinkel was a longtime assistant, seeks to replace the fired Ty Willingham.
Big East volleyball: Top-seeded St. John's beat USF 25-16, 25-21, 25-21 in the first round of the tournament in Pittsburgh. It's the third consecutive season the Bulls (17-13) have been eliminated by the Red Storm.
Division II volleyball: Saint Leo and host Tampa lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Saint Leo fell 28-30, 18-25, 25-15, 25-23, 15-12 to Nova Southeastern. Tampa fell 25-19, 25-20, 25-19 to West Florida.
soccer: USF's men, who have a first-round bye, find out their NCAA Tournament opponent today when Massachusetts hosts Harvard at noon. The second-round game is at 7:30 Tuesday at USF. Meanwhile, Florida State's women host Boston College in the Round of 16 at 2 today. Florida's women host Texas A&M at 1 Sunday.
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