© St. Petersburg Times, published August 24, 2002
Bulls LHP returns to Stanford
TAMPA -- Ryan Gloger had it mapped out before he transferred from Stanford. With two years of credits under his belt, all he needed to earn a sociology degree from the prestigious school was to return for his final 15 credits.
But he wasn't expected to go back so soon. Gloger, a left-handed pitcher who was 6-4 for South Florida, is returning to Stanford this fall and plans to graduate in the spring.
Shoulder surgery Tuesday expedited the move. With Gloger not expected to be ready at the start of the season, he thought it was best to return to Stanford and finish, then refocus on baseball.
"I enjoyed my year at USF," Gloger said. "Thursday's meeting with the coaching staff was awesome, and I feel like I'm leaving USF on great terms. This wasn't what I envisioned a year ago, but I have to move on and move forward."
A standout at Tampa Jesuit, Gloger languished on the bench two seasons at Stanford. He made 15 starts for USF this spring and had a 5.37 ERA.
"Baseball-wise, it's just very sad really ... to see the way the last three years have evolved," coach Eddie Cardieri said. "After his surgery this week it was really doubtful whether he was going to be able to pitch this spring."
Gloger was selected by Tampa Bay in the eighth round of the 1999 draft but opted for college. He was Arizona's 46th-round pick in June.
"He told me he planned to rehab his shoulder and hopefully everything works out for him," Cardieri said. "We wish him the best. He is a left-hander, he has good stuff, and I hope I see him pitching in the big leagues one day."
FLORIDA: The women's team released its 2002-03 schedule, which includes 11 contests against 2002 NCAA Tournament teams. Non-SEC play is highlighted by games against South Florida (Nov. 24) and Florida State (Nov. 26), at UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 29) and against Miami (Dec. 3).
SEC action for the Gators begins Jan. 9 against Mississippi. The Gators face Georgia twice, at home Jan. 12 and in Athens on March 1. They also face Tennessee twice: Jan. 19 in Gainesville and Feb. 9 in Knoxville.
The 12-team SEC tournament is March 6-9 in Little Rock, Ark. The winner receives the league's automatic NCAA Tournament bid.
LOUISIANA TECH: Kurt Budke was promoted to women's coach, a day after Leon Barmore retired. Budke was associate head coach the past two seasons. He spent seven seasons as coach at Trinity Valley (Texas) Junior College, going 226-16.
SOUTHERN INDIANA: Scott May Jr., son of the former Indiana All-American, transferred to the Division II Eagles. The 6-foot guard, who did not play as a walkon at Indiana last season, will have three years of eligibility beginning in 2003-04.
FLORIDA: The women's soccer team beat visiting Jacksonville 7-0 in preseason play. The Gators, picked to win the SEC, open the season Friday at Michigan.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC: Athletic director Tom Cargill was reassigned and named director of campus recreation and special assistant to the senior vice president for student affairs. Cargill had been athletic director since 1995, overseeing the start of the school's Division I-AA football program and the basketball team's first NCAA Tournament appearance, both last season. An interim director will be appointed next week.
TEXAS A&M: Athletic director Wally Groff resigned so new university president Robert Gates could hire his own staff.
-- Times correspondent Jill Martin contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.