February 2010


Michigan scored two runs in the seventh and beat USF 4-2 in the last game of the Big East/Big Ten Challenge Sunday afternoon.

The Bulls, who beat Illinois 12-3 on Saturday, fall to 1-5 on the season.

Full story in Monday’s Oracle.

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The Bulls scored 12 runs on 12 hits, including a homer by sophomore Stephen Hunt, to pick up its first win of 2010 over Illinois 12-3 Saturday in the second game of the Big East/Big Ten Challenge.

Freshman Ray Delphey pitched well, getting the win after giving up two earned runs in 6 innings while striking out six.

The Bulls scored 7 runs in the seventh inning.  Sophomore Todd Brazeal went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI.

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Dominique Jones led four Bulls in double-figures with 26 points to lead USF over Providence Saturday night in the Sun Dome.

Providence had a 82-73 lead late in the second half, but sophomore Augustus Gilchirst’s left handed hook shot put USF 91-90 at the 2-minute mark.

Providence has lost eight straight games.

Full story in Monday’s Oracle.

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Senior guard Allyson Speed scored a career-high 24 points, including a game-winning three-point shot with just under four seconds left, and the Bulls beat Louisville 63-60 on the road Saturday to end its three-game losing streak.

Senior center Jessica Lawson had 17 points and freshman KaNeisha Saunders had 16.

Full Story in Monday’s Oracle

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The Bulls dropped its third straight Tuesday night, losing 72-62 at home to Providence.

Freshman guard KaNeisha Saunders has 23 points, junior Leondra Doomes-Stephens had 22, and senior center Jessica Lawson had a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) in the loss.

USF (14-13, 5-9) has now lost five of its last six games.

Full Story in Wednesday’s Oracle.

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As talk of USF’s NCAA tournament chances dies down after a 74-58 home loss to St. Johns on Saturday, the Bulls still have opportunities left to get back on the right track and impress voters.

ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach broke down each bubble team’s chances in his weekly bubble watch summary.

The Bulls play at No. 8 Villanova on Wednesday, followed by games against Providence, Depaul and Connectictut.

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USF coach Skip Holtz announced the completion of his coaching staff after hiring of offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler Monday afternoon.

Shankweiler, who was Holtz’ offensive coordinator for five years at East Carolina, joins quarterbacks coach Peter Vaas, offensive coordinator Todd Fitch, defensive coordinator Mark Snyder, assistant head coach/defensive backs coach Rick Smith, and special teams coordinator/defensive ends coach Vernon Hargreaves as new USF coaches.

Shankweiler, 57, has been a part of seven bowl appearances during three separate coaching stints at ECU, coaching the 2005 unit to 2,816 passing yards, which was the most at East Carolina since 1996.

In 2006, the ECU offense set a record for first downs (246) in a season while gaining 3,024 passing yards, the third-best season total in school history.

Smith, Hargreaves, Vaas, and Fitch also coached with Holtz at East Carolina.

Holtz, hired on Jan. 14, retained wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan, defensive line coach Kevin Patrick, defense graduate assistant J.R. Reed, tight ends coach Larry Scott, and offensive graduate assistant Kevin Bird from former coach Jim Leavitt’s staff.

Former offensive coordinator Mike Canales and former defensive coordinator Joe Tresey weren’t retained by Holtz.  Canales was hired as offensive coordinator at North Texas.

Former running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Carl Franks, who served as USF’s interim head coach after Leavitt’s firing, will remain with the program, but in an administrative role yet to be determined.

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