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Two backups on defense to transfer from Florida

GAINESVILLE — Florida safety Josh Shaw and defensive end Lynden Trail have decided to transfer, coach Will Muschamp announced Tuesday.

Shaw, a redshirt freshman from Palmdale, Calif., appeared in 10 games this season and had 22 tackles. He missed the Furman game when he went home that week to be near his ailing grandfather, to whom he is close. Shaw was rated the No. 3 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com.

"I have enjoyed my time at Florida, but I feel like I need to be closer to my family right now," Shaw said in a statement. "This is not a football decision. This is a family decision."

Trail, a redshirt freshman who was rated the No. 7 weakside defensive end out of Miami Booker T. Washington by Rivals.com, has not appeared in any games. "I have decided that I would like to pursue opportunities elsewhere," Trail said. "I want to thank the fans and Gator Nation for their support. I'll always be a Gator at heart."

The transfers are the 10th and 11th since Muschamp took over in January.

USF: On the grad track

TAMPA — USF football will have a big presence at next week's fall graduation ceremonies, with nine seniors and three juniors expected to receive degrees, joining four Bulls who have undergraduate degrees.

The juniors are tight ends Jeff Hawkins and Evan Landi and linebacker Mike Lanaris, who earned their degrees in 31/2 years. The seniors are defensive back Tyson Butler, defensive tackle Keith McCaskill, guard Kevin McCaskill, reciever Joel Miller, guard Darren Powe, long snapper Mike Walsh, guard Jeremiah Warren, cornerback Quenton Washington and safety Jerrell Young.

The Bulls who have already graduated: defensive end Patrick Hampton, center Chaz Hine, receiver A.J. Love and junior linebacker Armando Sanchez.

Around the nation

WULFF FIRED: Washington State coach Paul Wulff was fired after nine wins in four years.

Wulff's .184 winning percentage (9-40) was worst in program history, including 4-8 this year.

He had one year left on his contract and was guaranteed a year's severance pay of $600,000.

"The great thing about … being a Cougar is we don't do it like everybody else," said Wullf, 44. "We stick together and don't eat our own. I believe the innocence of WSU has been lost today."

MULLEN A PSU CANDIDATE?: Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, a former Florida assistant, has emerged as a leading candidate to become Penn State's next coach, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The paper said his former UF boss, new Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, recommended Mullen to Penn State.

HOUSTON: Coach Kevin Sumlin deflected questions on his future, saying he has had several talks with athletics director Mack Rhoades about a possible extension. His No. 7 Cougars are one of two unbeaten teams in Division I-A heading into Saturday's Conference USA title game against No. 24 Southern Miss.

Times staff writer Greg Auman and Times wires contributed to this report.

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