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USF, FSU extend football series

USF AD Doug Woolard says extending the series was important.

USF AD Doug Woolard says extending the series was important.

USF football has landed another home-and-home series with Florida State, with the Bulls going to Tallahassee in 2015 and the Seminoles returning to Tampa in '16, adding a chapter to a young in-state rivalry.

The teams played in '09 and '12, with USF winning at Doak Campbell Stadium and FSU taking last season's game 30-17 at Raymond James Stadium.

"The two previous games provided such great atmospheres for both of our fan bases that it was important for us to extend the series," USF athletic director Doug Woolard said in a statement. "Combined with our recent nonconference scheduling announcements, we're very pleased with how our future schedules have come together."

Less than a month ago USF announced home-and-home series with Wisconsin and Maryland of the Big Ten between 2014-17.

The '15 FSU game, on Sept. 26, follows a home game against Indiana and a game at Maryland. USF is expected to shift a scheduled home game against Nevada to make room for it.

The agreement allows both schools to give fans road games close to home. The announced attendance in Tampa last year was a USF record 69,383. The 2009 game at Tallahassee drew an announced 83,524, including 12,000-plus Bulls fans who saw what some consider the biggest win in the program's history.

"We're excited to have USF back on the schedule," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said in a statement. "They're a great program. It's been a good series thus far, and it's great for our fans to have another in-state series on the schedule."

USF wraps up a six-game series with Miami this year in Tampa. It has played one game at Florida, losing 38-14 in 2010.

Leak on UF staff

GAINESVILLE — Chris Leak, who as a quarterback helped lead the Gators to the 2006 national championship, was named Florida's director of quality control.

Leak hopes to eventually coach, UF coach Will Muschamp said Monday. His primary job will be breaking down opponents' film and other office duties.

Leak, 28, had 11,213 career passing yards from 2003-2006.

MORE gators: Tackle Trenton Brown and safety Marcell Harris enrolled in summer classes that began Monday, Muschamp said. Brown is a junior college transfer from Milledgeville, Ga. Harris played at Orlando Dr. Phillips and graduated early, but did not have his full academic requirements before the start of the spring semester. … Basketball guard/forward DeVon Walker, who was granted his release to transfer last week, decided to return to Florida. The sophomore, who played sparingly last season, is enrolled in summer classes. "Florida is such a great place, and the more I thought about it, I just realized this is where I want to be," Walker said. "The coaching staff has helped me get better on and off the court over the past year and I really enjoy being around my teammates, so I'm excited to refocus on my future here in Gainesville."

Colorado: Quarterback Jordan Webb and former Buffaloes offensive lineman Alexander Lewis are facing assault charges after witnesses said a man was knocked unconscious when Lewis shoved his head into a brick wall and both men pushed him to the ground and punched him during an altercation at a Boulder apartment complex. Webb and Lewis, both 21, were arrested Saturday on suspicion of second-degree assault, a police report said. Lewis also faces two counts of harassment. Webb was the primary starter last season, throwing for 1,434 yards and eight touchdowns, but he tore an ACL during spring practice. Lewis is transferring to Nebraska. Coach Mike MacIntyre said he would wait for all the facts before deciding whether to penalize Webb.

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

USF, FSU extend football series 05/13/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:21am]
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