By ANTONYA ENGLISH
© St. Petersburg Times, published January 10, 2001
TAMPA -- When South Florida men's basketball coach Seth Greenberg finished watching the Oklahoma-Florida State football game last week, he thought he had a great example for his players:
The most talented team doesn't always win.
"(Is Oklahoma) as talented as Florida State? Surely not," Greenberg said. "You could look and see they were not as talented. But you could see there was a sense of purpose."
Greenberg is pressing the point as Conference USA play begins. "I think that's what league play comes down to, making sure everyone has a sense of purpose and dealing with adversity," Greenberg said. MILESTONE: Senior Cedric Smith needs 15 points to reach 1,000 point. If he gets there, it will be the first time in school history more than two players reached 1,000 points in the same season. B.B. Waldon and Altron Jackson reached the mark this season.
FACING THE BEST: The baseball team will play eight of the top 25 in the Baseball America preseason poll, with 20 games against those opponents (11 at home). They are: No. 4 Miami (two home games), at No. 6 Arizona State (three games), No. 9 Notre Dame (at Florida Power Park), at No. 13 Florida, No. 17 Central Florida, at No. 19 Tulane (three games), No. 24 Minnesota (three games) and No. 25 Southern Mississippi (three games).
Collegiate Baseball has picked the Bulls to finish fifth in C-USA. The publication also lists six Bulls as "players to watch," including Mike Eylward (first base/Clearwater High), Daniel Boyd (outfielder/Pasco), John Uhl (pitcher/Leto), John Gorham (pitcher/Armwood) and John Vigue (pitcher/Seminole). Reliever David Richtberg also is listed. Gorham and Vigue were 10-5 last season and are expected to be in the starting rotation with Uhl.
The Bulls open the season Feb. 10 at Stetson. The home opener is Feb. 13.
THIS AND THAT: Freshman basketball player Terrance Leather broke his kneecap for a second time in Saturday's win over Southern Miss and is out for the season. ... Tim Jones, a tight end from Lakeland Kathleen, and Johnny Jones, a safety from Sarasota Booker, have orally committed to play football. North Florida Christian cornerback Eugene Hampton will make an official visit Friday.
- Antonya English covers South Florida. She can be reached at (813) 226-3389 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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