January 2010


Junior guard Dominique Jones continued his amazing play, scoring 37 points to lift his team to another big win in the Big East as USF beat. No. 17 Pittsburgh in the Sun Dome Sunday afternoon.

USF has won four its last five Big East games after losing its first four.

Senior guard Chris Howard added 13 points and six rebounds.

Full story in Monday’s Oracle.

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North Texas has hired former USF offensive coordinator Mike Canales, who wasn’t retained by USF coach Skip Holtz after Jim Leavitt was fired.

Canales, a member of Leavitt’s original USF staff, will serve as offensive coordinator at North Texas.

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USF has pulled the scholarship offer of one of it’s most prized recruits of the 2010 recruiting class — Manatee high product Brion Carnes — according to several reports.

Carnes, rated as the seventh-best dual threat quarterback in the nation by rivals.com, re-opened his commitment after Jim Leavitt was fired but still considered the Bulls.

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It appears Skip Holtz’ has already made a major impact in the recruiting world in just his third week as USF head coach.

Hillsborough high school product Terrence Mitchell, who rivals.com ranks as the nation’s seventh-best cornerback prospect and 89th overall, switched his verbal commitment from FSU to USF on Friday.

Mitchell, considered as one of the fastest players in the state of Florida, also had offers from Georgia, Tennessee, and Miami (FL) among others.

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Junior guard Dominique Jones scored 28 points and the Bulls beat Seton Hall 76-74 Thursday in the Sun Dome in its second consecutive overtime game.

The Bulls have won four three of its past four Big East games after starting the conference slate 0-4.

Jones had a chance to end it in regulation but a 18-foot fadeaway hit the back of rim with 5 seconds left.  USF got the offensive rebound and senior Chris Howard had a chance to win it with a three-pointer from the baseline but that just missed, too.

The Bulls hit 7-8 free throws in overtime.

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USF forward Augustus Gilchrist has been sidelined since early December with a high ankle sprain, but USF coach Stan Heath said Tuesday Gilchrist could play when the Bulls play at Georgetown next Tuesday.

“No doctors told me this, but I have Georgetown may be the ‘X’ on the calendar that has a real good chance of him playing,” Heath said.

Gilchrist is second on the team with 18.8 points per game this year and led USF in scoring before he got hurt.

“We’re missing one valuable piece right now,” Heath said.  “If we can just hang in there until we get that piece back…this team can win games, it just has to have its full compliment of players.”

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For his efforts in the last two games, Jones was named the Big East conference Player of the Week after following up a 21-point performance against Cincinnati with a career-high 46 points in USF’s dramatic 109-105 overtime win at Providence Saturday night.

The 46 points set a USF single game record and were just two off the Big East record for a single game.

Jones also had 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and three steals, and scored 9 of USF’s 14 points in overtime on Saturday.

Jones is now only second to Notre Dame forward Luke Harangody in the Big East at 21.0 points per game this season and has now scored 20 or more points in 6 straight games.

To put the Jones’ historic night and USF’s win in perspective, the ESPNU crew left a few nice tidbits on Jones and USF during its postgame recap of Saturday’s game.

I still can’t get enough of that game and performance by Jones.  I wish I Tivo’d it but I forgot to.

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