South Florida completed its men's basketball roster for the 2000-01 season with the signing of point guard Deon Green from Los Angeles City College.
Green, a native of Los Angeles, signed his letter of intent on Monday, the final day of the signing period. But his paperwork was mailed instead of faxed and it didn't arrive until Wednesday.
By NCAA rules, USF could not comment on Green until it had received the signed letter. Green will replace Marlon Dawson, a backup point guard who transferred out of the program two weeks ago.
"We're very fortunate to sign Deon as such a late date," Bulls coach Seth Greenberg said in a release. "He was a player when coming out of his high school he was one of the best players in the city of Los Angeles."
Green, a 6-foot-3, 195-pounder, averaged 10 points and 6.5 assists as a sophomore and was a two-time All-South Coast Conference. In his freshman year with the Cubs, Green averaged 17 points and six assists and was co-MVP of the conference.
Described by his coach, Mike Miller, as "one of the best guards in the state of California," Green will compete with Reggie Kohn for the point guard duties although he also can play at the shooting guard spot.
"He has good size, is good off the dribble, can get in the lane and is a combination guard that will really help us at both the point and off-guard spots," Greenberg said. "He's just another piece to the puzzle in terms of us being physically tough and deep enough to be one of the upper echelon teams in Conference USA."
The Bulls also signed 6-5 wing player Jimmy Baxter out of Boca Ciega, 6-9 forward Terrence Leathers out of Robinson High and 6-10 forward/center Mike Bernard out of Coffeyville Community College.
ICE PALACE ON HOLD: The Ice Palace will have to wait a few more weeks to find out if it will host an Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Wednesday, the ACC put off voting on proposed sites for 2005-10.
"We need more information from some of the bid sites," ACC commissioner John Swofford said after a three-day meeting at Amelia Island. "Until we have it from all of them we don't want to take a vote. I think it will be soon, within the next month, probably by conference call."
The tournament, long entrenched in North Carolina, will be in Atlanta in 2001, will return to Charlotte in 2002, then go to Greensboro, N.C., for two years. The tournament, meanwhile, will return to its traditional four-games-on-Friday format next season in Atlanta's Georgia Dome, the league announced at its annual spring meetings.
FLORIDA: Junior sprinter Bernard Williams was named most valuable track athlete and senior high jumper David Furman was named most valuable field athlete. Sophomore Chris Duncan received the TAG award, given annually to the team's most diligent competitor. Sprinter Daymon Carroll earned the track team's Indoor Ironman Award for his performance at the SEC Championships.
JACKSON STATE: The men's cross-country and track and field programs were placed on five years' probation by the NCAA for numerous violations dating to 1994. The punishment limits athletic grants and makes the school ineligible for post-season championships for two years.
ARKANSAS: Derrick Gragg, assistant athletic director for compliance the past three years at Michigan, has been hired as associate athletic director.
NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL: Greg Jackson announced he is stepping down as basketball coach to take a similar position at Division I-A Delaware State.
FIU: Florida International University will field a team in 2002 if it can meet gender equity and funding issues, the Florida Board of Regents voted. The new Division I-AA program at the Miami-Dade County university would be the seventh state university team and the third team approved in the last five years.
FLORIDA A&M: The Rattlers signed five, including two high-school players from Florida, small forward Andre Robinson from Rockledge and shooting guard Michael Kuhn from Sebring.
_ Staff writers Bruce Lowitt and Roger Mills contributed to this report.