Hillsborough: News and notes

By JOE SMITH and KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writers
Published January 24, 2008

Standout tight end leaves Riverview

Riverview junior Orson Charles, one of the county's top tight ends, withdrew from school Tuesday with plans to transfer, Sharks coach Dan O'Regan said.

Charles, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior, has the tools to be a legitimate Division I-A prospect next season, as long as he passes the NCAA clearinghouse, O'Regan said. Charles led the Sharks with 16 catches for 398 yards in 2007.

O'Regan couldn't confirm where Charles is enrolled.

"It is and isn't (a big loss)," O'Regan said. "There's more to our roster than a name."

Panther commits to Murray State

Plant senior two-way lineman Tyler Evansorally committed to Murray State, Panthers coach Robert Weiner said. Evans, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound senior, visited the Murray State campus over the weekend.

Weiner said Evans will likely play interior defensive line in college.

"They got a diamond in the rough," Weiner said. "They've got a 300-pounder playing every single game both ways, never complaining."

Bucs to play again without coach

When the Berkeley Prep girls soccer team plays at Fort Myers Bishop Verot tonight in the Class 2A region quarterfinals, Bucs coach Ken Roberts won't be there. Instead, he'll probably be sitting at home.

Because he received a red card for protesting to officials over the safety of his players in the District 9 semifinals, by state rules Roberts was forced to miss the squad's next two games. Not only is coaching prohibited, he can't even attend games.

"It's tough," Roberts said. "I'm not allowed to have any contact during the game."

In 28 seasons as Berkeley Prep coach, Roberts said this is only the second instance in which he has been ejected. The last time it happened? Way back in 1986 ... before any of his current players were born. Back then, however, an ejected coach could return the following game.