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USF QB aims for a way to drop charge

USF quarterback Matt Grothe, facing a misdemeanor charge of serving alcohol to a minor, will apply for a pre-trial intervention program for first-time offenders that could allow the charge to be dropped by the start of the season.

By GREG AUMAN
Published May 22, 2007


TAMPA - USF quarterback Matt Grothe, facing a misdemeanor charge of serving alcohol to a minor, will apply for a pre-trial intervention program for first-time offenders that could allow the charge to be dropped by the start of the season.

Grothe, 20, last season's Big East rookie of the year, was arrested in April while he worked behind the bar at the Bull Ring Sports Bar, accused of selling two beers to an 18-year-old working with the state's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. His case was set for arraignment before a county judge Monday morning.

If approved, Grothe would agree to probation, typically 16 hours of community service, payment of court costs, becoming familiar with relevant laws and no incidents for about three months.

Upon completion, the charge would be dropped.

Grothe's attorney, Tony Dodds, did not return messages.

Grothe's work at the Bull Ring was neither illegal nor in violation of NCAA guidelines, and USF coach Jim Leavitt said the arrest will not result in any suspension.

Touted QB leaves Arkansas for USC

LOS ANGELES - Mitch Mustain, who went 8-0 as a freshman starting quarterback last season for Arkansas, has transferred to Southern Cal. He will have three seasons of eligibility left after sitting out this season.

Mustain, 6 feet 3, was a prized recruit after leading Springdale (Ark.) to a state title. Three teammates also signed with Arkansas, and his coach, Gus Malzahn, was hired as offensive coordinator.

But Mustain was replaced by Casey Dick for the 10th game, and Malzahn left for Tulsa. Receiver Damian Williams, another Springdale star, also transferred to USC and will have three seasons of eligibility left after sitting out this season.

Baseball

FLORIDA ST.: The Seminoles earned ACC player of the year and coach of the year honors in votes by the league's coaches.

Second baseman Tony Thomas, a graduate of Bloomingdale High in Valrico, is player of the year. The junior leads or is tied for the ACC lead in hits (101), runs (82), doubles (30), triples (six), on-base percentage (.537) and slugging percentage (.752).

Mike Martin was named coach of the year for the fifth time after earning the tournament's top seed at 24-6 (46-9 overall).

In addition, FSU tied an ACC record with six players on the conference's first team: Thomas, pitcher Bryan Henry, catcher Buster Posey, third baseman Jason Stidham, shortstop Mark Hallberg and junior outfielder Jack Rye. Outfielder Mark Gildea was named to the second team.

USF: Pitcher Danny Otero (second team), shortstop Walter Diaz and second baseman Dexter Butler (third team) were named to the all-Big East team.