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Matt Grothe takes snaps, expects to start Sunday for South Florida Bulls

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. 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.

Information from Times wires contributed to this report. For news on other sports from the instate colleges, go to and click More Sports.

Matt Grothe takes snaps, expects to start Sunday for South Florida Bulls 11/21/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 21, 2008 10:41pm]
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