The University of South Florida pulled a scholarship offer Friday to Bradenton Manatee quarterback Brion Carnes, and will offer one instead to Georgia prep QB Jamius Gunsby.
The move didn't sit too well with Manatee coach Joe Kinnan despite a call from USF coach Skip Holtz on Friday evening to apologize for some miscommunication.
"I'm not real happy with USF. We've got a strained relationship right now," Kinnan said. "I've been doing this a long time and I've never had this happen before. We are as truthful as can be with them, and you need to be truthful with us. He was still committed there."
A USF staff member informed Kinnan and Carnes of the decision late Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Gunsby spent Friday evening touring Raymond James Stadium and going on a dinner cruise with other recruits in town on official visits. Carnes is making his official visit to Western Kentucky this weekend but is also considering Clemson, West Virginia and Cincinnati.
Western Kentucky recently hired former Manatee great Willie Taggart as head coach and hired Palmetto head coach Ray Woodie as an assistant to recruit Florida.
The first player in the 2010 class to verbally commit to USF, Carnes fell out of favor once Holtz was hired to replace Jim Leavitt. Ranked a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Carnes is a dual-threat quarterback in the same mold as USF starter B.J. Daniels.
Gunsby is a drop-back passer who stands 6-5 and weighs 229 pounds. He was being heavily recruited by Holtz at East Carolina after putting up strong numbers at LaGrange High in Georgia.
North Texas hires ex-Bull Canales
North Texas hired Mike Canales as its offensive coordinator Friday.
Canales was the offensive coordinator at South Florida the past three seasons and at Arizona three years before that. He also coached receivers for the New York Jets and was quarterbacks coach at North Carolina State when current San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers was there.
UNT coach Todd Dodge believes Canales will "have an immediate impact" on his program.
Ex-Gator Dunlap pleads no contest
Ex-Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap, arrested Dec. 1 for driving under the influence and suspended the week of the SEC title game, pleaded no contest Friday.
Dunlap was placed on probation for a year with his driver's license suspended for six months. He must pay approximately $1,000, which includes $442 in court costs, a $500 fine, and $50 cost of prosecution.
Dunlap, who turns 21 on Feb. 28, also was given 50 hours of community service hours with permission to pay for 25 and work the other 25.
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