How high can Longoria go? The Athlon Sports Big East College Football magazine is out and four University of South Florida players are on the league's preseason first team - defensive end George Selvie (also a third-team All-American), cornerback Jerome Murphy, safety Nate Allen and place-kicker Maikon Bonani. Second-teamers include quarterback Matt Grothe, running back Mike Ford, wide receiver Jessie Hester, offensive lineman Jake Sims, linebacker Kion Wilson and kickoff returner Dontavia Bogan. Offensive lineman Zach Hermann is on the third team. University of Central Florida women's basketball coach Joi Williams, who played at USF, has agreed to a four-year contract through the 2012-13 season. Last March, capping her second season at UCF, Williams helped the Knights to the program's third NCAA Tournament bid. Former USF baseball coach Jack Butterfield, who made his name coaching at the University of Maine (1957-74), was inducted Sunday into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. Butterfield coached the Bulls for two seasons before joining the New York Yankees as a scout, then vice president of player development. He was killed in a 1979 car accident. After leaving USF, Butterfield was succeeded by Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts, who took the Bulls to their first NCAA Regional appearance in 1982. University of Tampa junior center fielder Tyler Cox was named recipient of a Rawlings South Region Gold Glove. Cox didn't make an error this season. He had 121 putouts and three assists. Cox is eligible for an NCAA Division II Rawlings All-American Gold Glove, which will be selected after the national tournament. Relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (Mitchell) hasn't allowed an earned run in nine of his last 10 appearances with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. Overall, Clippard is 3-1 with a 1.19 ERA. Since returning from his stint with the St. Louis Cardinals, outfielder Shane Robinson (Jesuit) has gone just 3-for-37 (.081) with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Third baseman Jeff Baisley (Land O'Lakes) of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats had a slow start this season, but he's batting .350 (14-for-40) over his last 10 games. Baisley's brother, Brian, plays for the Florida State League's Tampa Yankees. Gwen Mitchell, a partner with Deloitte & Touche, was elected for a one-year term as chairwoman of the Outback Bowl, the New Year's Day game at Raymond James Stadium. Mitchell has served on the bowl's board of directors since 2002. Additional officers elected by the board for the 2009-10 bowl include: Mitchell A. Shriber, CFP and financial consultant, AXA Advisors LLC, as vice chairman; Mike Kerrigan, account executive for WTOG-TV, as vice chairman of Hillsborough County; Kevin Smith, director of the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission, as vice chairman of Pinellas County; Dale Dignum, executive vice president, First National Bank, as secretary; and Bill Cammarata, senior vice president, MetLife, as treasurer. Happy birthday to former University of Tampa offensive lineman Ron Mikolajczyk, who has the distinction of playing in four different professional football leagues - the CFL (Toronto Argonauts), WFL (Memphis Southmen), NFL (New York Giants) and USFL (Tampa Bay Bandits). Today, Mikolajczyk turns 59. Here's the answer to Monday's trivia question: Four members of Chamberlain High School's Class 5A state football runner-up team in 2001 have played in the NFL - defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (Eagles); wide receiver Brian Clark (Broncos, Bucs); linebacker/fullback Oliver Hoyte (Cowboys, Chiefs); and wide receiver Greg Lee (Cardinals, Lions).
Here's our daily sports trivia question, featuring a Tampa Bay/Florida spin. Try your luck by commenting below. Name the only graduate of a Tampa Bay area high school to lead the National League in RBIs.
Check for the answer in Wednesday's Wake-Up Call.