As spring classes begin today, two South Florida freshmen have transferred to smaller schools where they can play this fall.
Running back Andre Copeland of Lake City, who played in the Bulls' first two games but was in line for a medical redshirt, has transferred to Division I-AA Charleston Southern. Shadie Jones, a lineman from Pace who had practiced on offense and defense, left for Division II West Alabama.
Those departures, along with junior receiver Joe Bain, who left the team because of injury problems, give the Bulls three more scholarships for future recruits, though USF already had the maximum of 25 available for next month's recruiting class.
One recruit who could have joined the Bulls today will not. Chub Small, a running back from Auburndale who committed last year but did not qualify academically, was not offered a scholarship this time.
Small, now qualified after a semester at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, will choose between Toledo and Marshall.
_ GREG AUMAN, Times staff writer
SENIOR BOWL: Auburn's Jason Campbell, Georgia's David Greene and Arizona State's Andrew Walter will share quarterback duties for the South in the Jan. 29 game in Mobile, Ala.
The North quarterbacks are three top NFL prospects: Akron's Charlie Frye, Connecticut's Dan Orlovsky and Purdue's Kyle Orton.
Bucs coach Jon Gruden will lead the South and Norv Turner of the Raiders will coach the North.
OBITUARY: Former Arkansas great William Thomas "Bud" Brooks died Thursday at 74. The All-American defensive lineman won the Outland Trophy in 1954.
_ TIMES WIRES