Courtrooms aside, Bulls had a banner week
Like a stunning solar eclipse, a local judge's scathing diatribe against USF football shrouded some of the brighter developments in Bulls athletics this week. So in case you missed them:
* The 73 Bulls student-athletes graduating this weekend represent the program's largest commencement class in five years, according to the school. Among the 11 football players taking the walk: LB Nigel Harris, C Cameron Ruff and OG Dominique Threatt.
* The men's golf team, which captured its third consecutive American Athletic Conference title last week, was among 14 teams selected for the NCAA's Baton Rouge (La.) Regional, set for May 15-17.
The top five teams, and top individual not affiliated with those teams, advance to the NCAA Championships in Sugar Grove, Ill.
Additionally, Coach Steve Bradley was named AAC Coach of the Year for the third year in a row, while Cristian DiMarco, Rigel Fernandes and Jimmy Jones earned all-conference honors.
* Men's tennis senior Sasha Gozun, who helped lead the Bulls to their fourth consecutive conference title last month, was named AAC Co-Player of the Year. Gozun was among the 73 student-athletes set to graduate this weekend.
First-year coach Ashley Fisher won the coach-of-the-year honor. Freshman Alberto Barroso-Campos also found a spot on the all-conference team.
The No. 22 Bulls face No. 34 Duke in next weekend's opening round of the NCAA Tournament in Athens, Ga. Gozun, 11-7 in singles play, also earned an at-large berth in the NCAA singles competition that starts May 24.
* Second-year women's tennis coach Cristina Moros, who led the seventh-seeded Bulls to an improbable run to the AAC tournament crown, was named league coach of the year. Sophomore Ana Roman Dominguez and junior Juliana Cardoso made the All-AAC team. The Bulls face Miami in an NCAA Tournament first-rounder May 13 in Gainesville.
* The softball team (31-21, 8-6 AAC), arguably the most injury-besieged club of the Ken Eriksen era, entered Friday's series opener at Houston (26-23, 10-5) on a five-game win streak. Three players who started on opening day are done for the year, and the pitching staff has been mildly banged up, but the Bulls still have a realistic shot at the postseason.