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Alex Karabin, Joel Miller earn scholarships

Two interesting scholarship decisions were made over the weekend that I thought were worth noting.

First, Pittsburgh awarded Alex Karabin with a scholarship. Karabin, whom I wrote about last month, is a fifth-year senior who has earned the starting center job. There was some skepticism about his ability to fill the role throughout the spring and summer, and Dave Wannstedt wasn't sure he would keep Karabin as his starter.

But Karabin has played well during fall camp and by all accounts is one of the team's hardest workers. So it's a nice story. (Though one has to wonder why Pitt, which dipped into the junior college ranks for its starting center -- Robb Houser -- two years ago, still hasn't been able to recruit someone for that position out of high school. When you consider the Panthers' overall recruiting success, it's even more strange).

The other scholarship awarded this weekend that caught my eye was the one given to South Florida's Joel Miller.

If the name sounds familiar, it's because Miller was the player at the center of the Jim Leavitt controversy. Leavitt was accused of slapping Miller at halftime of last year's Louisville game, then trying to cover it up. That led to USF firing its first-ever head football coach in January. Leavitt has disputed those claims and is suing the school.

You had to wonder what Miller's life would be like with the Bulls after that situation. But apparently all is good. He was recently moved to receiver and showed some promise there, and he's also a special teams ace.

"He's a young man who has busted his rear end, played on special teams here," Skip Holtz told the St. Petersburg Times. "He's earned it. He's deserving."