June 2009


Attrition is hitting USF’s 2009 recruiting class.  Kamran Joyer, a center from Wesley Chapel High, has been permitted to be released from USF and is expected to sign with another program.

Joyer, who signed with USF back in February, still has uncertainty as far as academics are concerned and had no choice but to ask for his release.  Joyer had been previously cleared by the NCAA but USF’s academic adviser for football, Jason Linders, said Joyer wasn’t guaranteed to be accepted to USF for the fall.

USF signed 29 recruits on signing day, but only 23 are expected to be at school this fall.

Phil Neary

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Senior USF defensive end George Selvie received the Collegiate Hall of Fame Award Saturday at the fourth annual Sigma Beta Scholarship Banquet in the Marshall Center.

Selvie got the honor from the southern region of Phi Beta Sigma Inc., and the Crescent Foundation. He was also nominated for the National Emmitt Smith Award, which is presented in New Orleans during July.

“It means a lot to me,” Selvie said. “Not just getting recognized by the football world, but getting recognized by my fraternity.”

Part of Selvie’s recognition was because of his work in community service. Selvie works with football camps and participates in road cleanups on Saturdays in the offseason.

“I like doing it,” Selvie said. “I want to be a teacher when I get done with football, so that’s good for me. It’s a good experience for what I want to do in life.”

Selvie has been a member of the Gamma Eta Sigma fraternity chapter of Phi Beta Sigma for one year. He holds the position of auditor on the executive board where he helps the president, and helps with checks and balances for the treasurer.

Key speakers Saturday were Indianapolis Colts tight ends coach Ricky Thomas and Bay News 9 anchor Erica Riggins, who hosted the banquet.

Thomas addressed the Sigma Beta club, encouraging the young men in the audience to “be prepared for the unexpected” and that “perseverance is necessary.” He also described his 2007 Super Bowl experience to the group and what is was like working with former Indianapolis coach Tony Dungy.

The Sigma Beta club is an auxiliary group for men associated with Phi Beta Sigma, with a focus on cultural, social and athletic extracurricular activities.

The Crescent Foundation is a non-profit organization for young males between the ages of 13 and 18 and provides educational programs and social activities for the group.

— Matthew Wiley

— Audrina Bigos

Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris was the featured guest speaker at the second Lauren’s First and Goal Football Camp on Sunday.

Special to the Oracle

Special to the Oracle

The one-day, non-contact camp supports Lauren’s First and Goal, which is a charitable organization created to raise funds in support for pediatric brain tumor research, support local pediatric cancer services, provide financial assistance to families living with a pediatric cancer diagnosis and to raise public awareness regarding pediatric brain tumors.

Football players — grades 8-12 — had the opportunity to make contact with Division I, II & III college coaches, who volunteered to work the camp and raise funds. Approximately 400 students and 80 coaches took part in the camp.

Morris represented the Buccaneers and talked to the Oracle while at the camp:

Oracle:  What does it mean to you to be able to take part in this camp?

Morris: I want to support anything that is this positive and I give a lot of credit to these coaches that are participating for free. Most hold different camps in their areas and get paid for them, but they have come together to support this cause, volunteer their time and help out the way they have today. It’s our job to help out as many people as we can in this world and when I get a chance to do that, it’s always a great feeling…. I’m all in.

O:  What’s the importance of professional, college and high school athletes taking time to help others the way many coaches have?

M: That’s so important because it’s all about showing the way for someone else. It’s part of their job as an athlete. Helping others is what has made (professionals) who we are today, and gotten us to this point in our career. People have been there to help me along the way, so it’s our job as athletes to contribute what we can for someone else.

O: Does being here on the USF campus bring back any memories for you?

M: I am so closely related with USF and the coaching staff here. Over the past years, the football players here have had the ability to spend a lot of time with the Bucs.  I feel at home here and it’s always exciting to be in this environment with familiar faces.

O: Do you plan on attending games upcoming USF football games at all?

M: I have always been at the Bulls games, even when I was a secondary coach for the Bucs. I want to get out every opportunity I can. They [football team] are well coached. They have some good players, and it’s always fun to watch them play their game at the stadium.

O: So, you are familiar with Jim Leavitt and the coaching staff at USF?

M: Yes, I am and I have always supported them. I know about Leavitt’s background and what he did up at Kansas State. I actually followed after him when I coached there in 2006. I am a big fan of Leavitt and his energy, his mentality — really everything about him.

O: Three former USF players are fighting for a spot on your team. Can you comment on the progress of Jarriett Buie, Amarri Jackson and Mark Dile?

M: When I think about Jerrett Buie, I think about ultimate effort and a guy that is working his butt off to make the team. These guys are fighting to be in this league because they love this game and they are passionate. Amarri Jackson is trying out with us for his second time around and really fighting. We really love the guys that are coming out of USF, Dile included, because of the type of character that they have and the effort they put in to their game.

USF centerfielder Ryan Lockwood was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the … you ready … 1,173 pick in the Major League Baseball Draft Thursday afternoon.

Lockwood was collegiate freshman All-American two season ago for the Bulls.

-K.K.

Towson men’s basketball assistant Eric Skeeters has been hired for the same position at USF, coach Stan Heath announced Wednesday night, leaving just one open position on the Bulls’ staff.

Skeeters spent five seasons at Towson and will arrive in Tampa on Friday to begin work. He also coached under former USF coach Seth Greenberg at Virginia Tech during the 2003-04 season.

“Eric and I hit it off well,” Heath said in a statement. “He fit the profile I was looking for in recruiting, skill development and player relations. Eric’s a great fit for USF basketball and I expect him to make an immediate impact on our program.”

While Skeeters was at Virginia Tech, the Hokies had a winning record for the first time in four seasons and he helped recruit standout forward Deron Washington, who was named an All-ACC Rookie.

-K.K.

Senior catcher Trey Manz, junior pitcher Shawn Sanford and incoming recruits Nick Lockwood, Chase Greene and Chad Taylor were selected on the second day of the Major League Baseball draft Wednesday.

Lockwood, brother of current USF centerfielder Ryan Lockwood, was the first Bull selected, taken by the Minnesota Twins in the ninth round with the 282nd pick.

“Nick is like his brother. He’s a great player who can do a lot of things — the things we like to do,” said USF coach Lelo Prado in a statement.

Sanford was taken four rounds later in the 13th round by the San Francisco Giants with the 388th pick.  Sanford was used as a starter and a reliever with the Bulls last season.

Taylor, drafted as a shortstop, was taken in the 13th round by the Chicago Cubs.  Greene, who signed with USF in December along with Taylor and Lockwood, was drafted by the New York Mets in the 16th round with the 494th pick.

“(Taylor) is another one who can play anywhere on the field,” Prado said in a statement.  “(Greene) is one of the fastest guys I’ve ever seen.”

Manz, who was named a second team All Big-East, was taken by the Cincinnati Reds in the 26th round with the 779th overall pick.

“All of these guys are great kids and great ballplayers,” Prado said in a statement.  “We’re happy for them and their families.  It’s a great day for them.”

Said Prado of the trio of signees that were drafted, “If they come to college they’ll be special players here and guys who can improve their draft status.  That’s why we recruited them so hard, because we knew they would be great players.”

-Phil Neary

Chances are USF fans aren’t going to be glued to their TVs or computers tonight.

The first three rounds of the Major League Baseball draft starts at 6 p.m., but it’s doubtful any Bulls players will be taken.

The draft runs into Wednesday and Thursday, which is a more likely scenario to hear a USF name whether current player or incoming recruit.

Of the current USF squad, here are the names that could go: Mike Consolmagno, Trey Manz, Chris Rey, Brandon Smith, Peter Brotons, Joe Cole, Teddy Kaufman, Matt Quevedo, Andrew Salgueiro, Shawn Sanford, Ryan Garcia, Ryan Lockwood, Matt Stull and Junior Carlin.

Some of those players aren’t in Tampa, participating in summer league baseball. The University athletics Web site has a good page on that.

I talked via telephone to one of those playing in Virginia, Todd Brazeal, who was named Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball on Wednesday. Along with him, Sam Mende was honored as well.

Both Mende and Brazeal are inelligible for the draft because of NCAA rules, which state that a player has to complete their junior years (redshirt sophomers are OK) or be 21 years old in order to be taken after entering college.

If anyone goes, I’m sure you’ll see it here!

-KK

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