Bulls make NIT, Grothe suffers minor injury

For the fifth consecutive season, the South Florida women’s basketball team will be playing in a postseason tournament. The Bulls (16-15, 5-11) were invited to the National Invitational Tournament for the fourth time in five years.

USF – which looked like it would miss the postseason with just two games left – finished the season with three straight wins, including a first-round upset of Syracuse in the Big East Tournament.

The Bulls will travel to Fort Myers on Friday to play the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles, who finished the season 21-8 with a 12-3 record in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Grothe limited in practiceQuarterback Matt Grothe saw limited action during Tuesday’s practice – the first of the spring in pads.

Grothe did not participate in running or stretching drills, and had limited participation in the quarterback positional drills because of a back injury.

Coach Jim Leavitt and offensive coordinator Greg Gregory do not believe the injury is serious.

“He’s just nicked up a little bit. He has a slight twinge in his back,” Gregory said.

“We think Grothe can play,” Leavitt said. “We’re not as worried about him today.”

Backup quarterbacks Grant Gregory and Alton Voss split the majority of the reps in practice.

Bozeman to transferSophomore guard Solomon Bozeman – who has played in 61 games for the Bulls – was given permission to transfer by basketball coach Stan Heath.

Bozeman started 24 games as a freshman, averaging 9.6 points per game. Under Heath, however, Bozeman saw his playing time reduced.

“It really just wasn’t a good fit. By transferring, I’ll get another year of school, a year to get bigger and stronger,” Bozeman said in an interview with the St. Petersburg Times. “I think leaving was the best decision.”

In the interview, Bozeman said he had been thinking about a transfer since December, when former Bulls guard Dante Curry transferred to Georgia State.