July 2009

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The Oracle sports blog will be taking a break during that time period. We look forward to seeing you back. Have a great rest of the summer.

— Oracle sports staff


The University of South Florida athletics department’s budget totals $32.27 million for the 2009-10 fiscal year, an approximated 8 percent decrease from the previous year. The fiscal year began July 1.

The athletics budget shows a cut in travel costs, external relations (marketing, development and sports information) and the USF Foundation Loan, which dropped from $154,000 to just over $41,000.

The budget shows a slight approximated increase of $200,000 for compensation and fringe benefits, totaling for about $12.3 million.

These are just some of the highlights. You can check out the entire operating budget here.

USF sophomore Gina Pacheo, redshirt freshman Bahar Sansa, and true freshman Taylor Patterson were named to the Canadian U-20 National Team, which will open play against the U.S. U-18 National Team on July 12.

The Canada team will face U.S’s U-20 team on July 14 and July 16.  The team recently started camp in Boulder, Colorado.

-Phil Neary

As the USF football program continues to increase its status on a national level, the salaries of its coaching staff are getting a boost as well.



The salary pool for coach Jim Leavitt’s assistant coaches increased to $1.35 million for the 2009-10 fiscal year — a raise of $100,000 from the previous year — according to numbers received from USF Athletics this week. The fiscal year began Wednesday.

The $100,000 yearly increase of the assistant coaches’ salary pool is a built-in stipulation of the seven-year, $12.6-million contract Leavitt signed in March of 2008, said USF Assistant Athletic Director Chris Freet. The stipulation applies to the next four seasons.

Freet said the money comes directly from USF Athletics’ revenue — including a contract with International Sports Properties, a sports media company and Under Armour — rather than other sources, such as state-allocated money.

“It’s not just like the football staff is going out there and giving raises during this economy,” Freet said. “This stuff has been in Leavitt’s contract since he signed it.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Canales, who was promoted from passing game coordinator this spring, received the largest increase and is the highest paid assistant. He will earn $200,000 this year, a raise of $50,000. Defensive coordinator Joe Tresey, who was hired this summer, will earn $190,000.

The salaries of the other returning assistants are increasing as well.

Defensive line coach Kevin Patrick’s salary will go from $70,000 to $120,000. Co-offensive line coaches Larry Scott and Mike Simmonds will both earn $120,000 — a combined raise of $30,000. Running backs coach Carl Franks’ salary will increase from $150,000 to $170,000, and special teams coach John Hendrick will receive a $10,000 raise for a total of $130,000.

The remaining pool money covers the two other assistants Leavitt hired this spring and $60,000 in nominal raises for non-coaching football staff. New co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach David Blackwell will make $160,000 and new wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan will earn $80,000.

“From (Leavitt’s) standpoint this is all about being able to build his program and how he can keep good coaches and attract good coaches and that kind of deal,” Freet said.

The Bulls lost both coordinators last season. Former offensive coordinator Greg Gregory left to take on the same role at South Alabama after being relieved of his duties in the spring, and former defensive coordinator Wally Burnham took a defensive coordinator job at Iowa State.

USF has made four consecutive bowl appearances, which ties for the second longest streak among teams in the Big East. West Virginia is first with seven straight bowl games, while Rutgers has made it to four consecutive bowls as well.

-Kerry Klecic

Hasani Sinclair, an incoming freshman from Coral Springs, Fla., has been selected to play for the United States National U-18 team.  The team will open play in Northern Ireland’s Milk Cup on July 27 against Denmark.

Sinclair was named the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year last year as a high school senior.

Sinclair is the second Bull, joining senior Francisco Aristeguieta, to join his country’s national team this summer.  Aristeguieta was invited to train with the Venezuala national team before its match with Mexico on June 24 in Atlanta.

-Phil Neary