Bernard Clark spent an hour in his parents' living room this week, talking about a job offer to become USF's defensive line coach, and that experience convinced him why he wanted to join the Bulls staff.
"I just thought to myself, "I can do this every day if I have this job," said Clark, 39, a Leto graduate who was defensive coordinator at Florida International the past two years. "The reason I'm taking the job isn't about money, but being able to laugh and joke with my mom and dad whenever I want."
Clark, who played on two national championship teams as a linebacker at Miami and spent two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, will start Monday as the successor to Earl Lane, who is in the same position at LSU.
Clark made $62,000 last year at FIU, the same salary Lane earned. He said FIU offered him more money to stay, but he'll be getting a raise to move to his hometown. FIU coach Don Strock, who has lost three assistants this offseason, declined to comment.
- GREG AUMAN, Times staff writer
FLORIDA STATE: Sara Wagenfuhr, a freshman defender, has been invited to the U.S. U-20 women's national team camp.
MISSOURI 14, FLORIDA 5: Missouri, ranked 12th in the Baseball America poll, exploded for 22 hits to rout top-ranked UF in the Pepsi Baseball Classic.
FSU 5, MINNESOTA 0: Ryne Malone had two RBIs, one hit and one run in the Seminoles' win over the Golden Gophers. Pitcher Bryan Henry (3-0) earned the win.
TAMPA 10, DELTA 7: The Spartans erased a four-run deficit, to upset fourth-ranked Delta State in Montgomery, Ala.
BULLS SPLIT: USF opened the Louisville Slugger Invitational with a 7-2 win over Siena College in Tampa. The Bulls lost 1-0 to Indiana University in the second game.
FLORIDA 9, FLA. ATLANTIC 1: The Gators scored seven runs on two hits in the opening frame of a five-inning win over the Owls in the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga.
FSU SWEPT: The Seminoles lost 1-0 to Tennessee and 14-0 to Louisiana-Lafayette on the first day of the NFCA Classic in Columbus, Ga. A 36-game on-base streak ended against Tennessee for FSU's Natasha Jacob.
UCF DROPS PAIR: Cici Alvarez was 5-for-8 at the plate with one RBI and three runs as the Golden Knights (6-7) fell to Western Michigan, 6-5, and Winthrop, 8-3, in DeLand.
Florida was in fourth place, just four strokes behind, after the first round of the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan. Sophomore Whitney Myers was tied for fifth.