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USF Bulls football all about 'big picture' at spring scrimmage

TAMPA — USF football coach Skip Holtz can look forward to a few new things today.

First, the Bulls will scrimmage at One Buc Place, the Bucs' practice facility, and second, quarterback B.J. Daniels will participate full time. The sophomore missed the first half of the March 27 scrimmage because of personal reasons.

Holtz said the offense will open up more compared to last time, when sophomore walk-on Ryan Eppes took a majority of the snaps and the offense ran the ball often. Holtz hopes to get in 120 plays today, with almost half going to the first team.

"This one will be more like a game," he said. "If you make a first down, you stay on the field. If the defense goes three and holds them, you're off the field. …

"I want them to start to understand how a penalty can hurt you … so, like I said in the beginning, we're past those individual evaluations and start to try and put the big picture together on everything."

And playing at an NFL facility has its perks, too.

"I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to go over there," Holtz said. "The Bucs have been extremely hospitable throughout this thing and have been friends across the street to say come on over and practice."

Alabama: Safety Robby Green was ruled ineligible for the 2010 season by the NCAA, but the school has not disclosed the reason. He will have two years of eligibility left.

Duke-Butler, part II?

INDIANAPOLIS — Basketball fans may get another chance to watch Duke and Butler.

One day after signing a 12-year contract with the Bulldogs, coach Brad Stevens mapped out his long-term vision for Butler that includes bringing in more talent, upgrading the schedule and, yes, perhaps getting a regular-season rematch with the Blue Devils next season.

"We have been approached about that, but it all depends on the times and the dates," Stevens said. "I think very few people want to play Duke, but if you have to play Duke in the national championship, you'll take it. Our hope is that this translates into more opportunities on neutral courts and getting home-and-homes, like Gonzaga."

Butler's title run ended Monday with a 61-59 loss to Duke.

Turner wins Wooden: Ohio State's Evan Turner won the John Wooden Award. He was chosen over Kentucky's John Wall, Syracuse's Wesley Johnson, West Virginia's Da'Sean Butler and Kansas' Sherron Collins. The Big Ten's player of the year averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 6.0 assists. "It's definitely a great honor," said Turner, who will skip his senior season to enter the NBA draft. Meanwhile, Florida coach Billy Donovan, 44, received a Legends of Coaching award. He's the youngest to receive the honor, which recognizes the achievement of coaches who exemplify Wooden's high standards of coaching success and personal integrity.

Going pro: These players intend to enter the June 24 NBA draft (those who hire agents lose eligibility; those who don't can withdraw their names by May 8 and return to school): Georgia Tech freshman forward Derrick Favors (no agent), projected as a top-five pick; Mississippi sophomore shooting guard Terrico White (no agent); UAB junior guard Elijah Millsap (no agent); Nevada junior guard Armon Johnson (will hire agent); Virginia Commonwealth junior forward Larry Sanders (will hire agent).

Information from Times wires was used in this report.


Frozen Four final

What: NCAA hockey championship game

Who: Third-seeded Wisconsin (28-10-4) vs. fourth-seeded Boston College (28-10-3)

When/where: 7; Ford Field, Detroit


Notable: Wisconsin goes for its seventh title, and Boston College looks for its second title in three seasons and fourth overall. … This game is a rematch of the 2006 final, which the Badgers won. … If the Eagles win, coach Jerry York can set a record with a 31st tournament victory.

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