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Former St. Petersburg High standout Serrel Smith Jr. began his career at Maryland before transferring after his sophomore year to East Tennessee State. He indicated Friday he's transferring to USF.
The state’s 2018 Class 8A player of the year played last season at East Tennessee State.
The Gators have the state’s top team but less than a 4 percent chance of winning the SEC, according to ESPN’s metrics.
The statement came a day before the Florida House is set to take up the controversial bill.
He guided Kent State to the Elite Eight in 2002 and later took Arkansas and USF to the NCAA Tournament.

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  1. Former St. Petersburg High standout Serrel Smith Jr. began his career at Maryland before transferring after his sophomore year to East Tennessee State. He indicated Friday he's transferring to USF.
  2. Texas center Charli Collier goes up for a basket against Texas A&M center Ciera Johnson (40) during a game Dec. 6 in Austin, Texas. The Dallas Wings selected Collier with the first pick in the WNBA draft Thursday.
  3. Texas's Charli Collier shoots over Maryland's Angel Reese during an NCAA Tournament game in March at San Antonio. Collier is expected to be one of the top picks in the WNBA draft Thursday night.
  4. Will the Gators be a top-10 team? ESPN's early Football Power Index doesn't think so.
  5. Eastern Michigan has hired Stan Heath as its new men’s basketball coach.
  6. USF softball coach Ken Eriksen enters a weekend home series against Tulsa with 992 career victories.
  7. USF coach Brian Gregory is starting to rebuild his roster after losing nine players since the end of the 2020-21 season.
  8. Former Miami Hurricanes star Gregory Rousseau is one of the elite opt-outs complicating this year's NFL draft.
  9. Former USF quarterback Jordan McCloud and the Bulls fell to then-No. 7 Notre Dame 52-0 last September in South Bend.
  10. Stanford celebrates with the trophy after its championship-game win against Arizona on Sunday in San Antonio, Texas.
  11. USF women's basketball low-post standouts Shae Leverett (21) and Bethy Mununga (20) are taking an advantage of an NCAA COVID-19 waiver that grants senior winter sports athletes another season of eligibility.
  12. USF defensive back KJ Sails went through pro day workouts during a rainy Thursday in Tampa.
  13. USF 7-footer Michael Durr (4) greets players during team introductions prior to a game against Tulsa at the Yuengling Center in January. Durr reportedly has entered the NCAA transfer portal.
  14. Jarren Williams made his USF debut in Saturday's spring game.
  15. Ernie Sims was a standout linebacker at FSU from 2003-05.
  16. The Tampa Palms estate of USF football coach Jeff Scott, which formerly belonged to Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith, is on the market for $3.35 million.
  17. USF forward Madut Akec, left, and guard Mark Calleja watch from the bench during a game against Stetson at the Yuengling Center in December. Akec alleged in a statement Tuesday that he faced "racial incidents" this past season.
  18. USF forward Kristyna Brabencova (22) and forward Bethy Mununga, right, fight for a loose ball with N.C. State center Elissa Cunane during the first half of a second-round game at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Tuesday.
  19. North Carolina State center Elissa Cunane (33), working in the post against Louisville's Olivia Cochran (44) during the March 7 ACC tournament final, averages 16.5 points and 8.0 rebounds.
  20. USF's Elisa Pinzan drives and shoots against Washington State center Bella Murekatete during the second quarter of their first-round NCAA Tournament game in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.
  21. An usher places a sign near the fans' entrance to remind them to wear face coverings for a first-round game in the men's NCAA Tournament on Saturday at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.
  22. Washington State guard Krystal Leger-Walker brings the ball up the court during a Feb. 5 game against UCLA. The Cougars upset the No. 5 Bruins, 67-63.
  23. UConn's Paige Bueckers talked on Twitter about the inequalities in the women's game when compared to the men.
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