Bulls Bits

The USF football team graduated a lot of talent on defense last season and Monday they lost another player.

Coach Jim Leavitt announced on Monday that cornerback Kenny Robinson has left the team for personal reasons. Robinson started in five of the 32 games he played in. He had 43 tackles last season, playing in all 11 games.

Coach Robert McCullum announced Wednesday the fourth offseason addition to the USF basketball team.

Melvin Buckley will transfer from Purdue to USF and sit out one season before joining the team for its first year in the Big East.

“We are extremely excited to add a student-athlete like Melvin Buckley to our basketball program,” said McCullum. “He has distinguished himself first as a student in the classroom and on the court we feel strongly he will be an outstanding addition to our program. He will sit out a year but then provide immediate experience to our team as we enter the Big East in the 2005-06 season. He will sit out a year, get stronger, and he has the ability to develop into an outstanding player in the Big East.”

Buckley averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds while playing 17.8 minutes per game as a sophomore at Purdue. As a freshman he averaged 4.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 11.1 minutes per game.

Junior Kyle Schmidt (8-3) was named Conference USA pitcher of the week Monday after he earned two wins last week.

The junior held UAB hitless through four innings Sunday, leading the Bulls to an important victory. He gave up two runs on five hits for his eighth win of the season.

Schmidt is the third USF pitcher to be recognized this season. Casey Hudspeth was awarded the honor in week six and Chase Lirette in week two.

Compiled by Thomas Simonetti