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USF women earn votes in both major preseason polls

In what can be seen as a nod to recent history, a testament to Jose Fernandez's recruiting or both, the Bulls women's basketball team has received votes in both major preseason polls.

USF, coming off consecutive NCAA Tournament second-round appearances, received 65 points in the inaugural USA Today Coaches Poll and eight in the Associated Press poll. The Bulls' point total in the USA Today poll is the 26th highest.

The Bulls lost the program's No. 2 career scorer (Courtney Williams) and all-time top rebounder (Alisia Jenkins) from last season's team. Veteran swing player Laura Ferreira remains sidelined indefinitely with a plantar fascia injury.

But Fernandez, arguably the nation's premier recruiter of international talent, signed five freshmen in the offseason, including 6-foot-2 Hungary native Dorottya Nagy, considered her continent's No. 1 recruit by Blue Star Europe; Denmark national team member Enna Pehadzic, ranked 95th by ESPNW's Dan Olson in his Collegiate Girls Basketball Reports; and McDonald's All-America nominee Jazz Bond of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

"Even with the veteran team that we had last year and we went on that foreign tour (of Spain), we have more stuff put in now than we did with a veteran team," Fernandez said earlier in preseason camp. "So from a basketball IQ standpoint … we're farther ahead than we've ever been."

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Purdue suspended sophomore guard Ryan Cline for the first three games of the season for a violation of team rules.

TWO ARRESTED: LSU freshman offensive lineman Donavaughn Campbell and Georgia Tech sophomore defensive back Jalen Johnson are facing criminal charges after allegedly getting in a fight outside a fraternity house in Atlanta.

CONNECTICUT: Coach Bob Diaco shuffled his coaching staff, demoting offensive coordinator Frank Verducci and moving running backs coach David Corley into that role.

KANSAS: Junior linebacker Joe Dineen was officially shut down for the season because of a nagging hamstring injury.

MINNESOTA: Wide receiver Brian Smith was dismissed for violating team rules.

NOTRE DAME: Running back Dexter Williams and defensive back Ashton White pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana and will avoid jail time.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Freshman tight end Robert Tucker III is giving up football due to medical concerns, coach Will Muschamp said.

SYRACUSE: Fifth-year center Jason Emerich will not return because of a shoulder injury.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

State games

Miami: vs. Pittsburgh, 12:30

Saturday, ACC Network

Florida: at Arkansas, 3:30

Saturday, Ch. 10

UCF: vs. Tulane, 5 Saturday

FSU: at N.C. State, 7 Saturday, ESPNU

USF: at Memphis, 7 Nov. 12, ESPNU

USF women earn votes in both major preseason polls 11/01/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 1, 2016 8:44pm]
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