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Wednesday, Dec 02, 2015

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

UF faces big challenge in containing Alabama’s Henry


If you’ve ever pulled off at Exit 373 on Interstate 95, a bit north of Jacksonville, it was probably to get gas or maybe grab a quick burger before hitting the Georgia state line.

USF pulls out needed win vs. Savannah State


— Savannah State coach Horace Broadnax, the former Plant City High star and NCAA champion with Georgetown, sees a big future for the University of South Florida Bulls.

Seminoles keep upper hand, pull away from Gators for 27-2 victory

- FSU posted its third straight win in Gainesville for the first time in 60 meetings. Meanwhile, offensively challenged Florida, which faces Alabama in next Saturday’s SEC title game, nearly suffered its first shutout...

FSU-UF notes: Gators WR Robinson suspended again


— The University of Florida’s offense, already needing all hands on deck following a sluggish November, suffered a pregame hit when junior WR

USF denied chance to play for AAC title as Temple beats UConn


It was a tantalizing possibility, but the University of South Florida Bulls were denied an opportunity to play for the first conference title in the program’s 19-season history.

Success for FSU and Florida is great for big rivalry game

- Once, college football seemed to revolve around the rivalry between the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles. Once, it was Steve Spurrier against Bobby Bowden, a colorful, rip-roaring show. Once, both teams entere...

USF keeps conference hopes alive with easy 44-3 victory over rival UCF

- QB Quinton Flowers was a one-man wrecking crew as the Bulls took care of business as expected against the winless Knights. For USF to reach the AAC title game, UConn must beat Temple on Saturday.

USF Bulls notes: AD Harlan pleased with Taggart’s success


— University of South Florida athletic director Mark Harlan, speaking before Thursday night’s game at Central Florida, praised coach Willie Taggart, his staff and his p...

Coaching connection adds intrigue to USF-Kentucky game


When things aren’t going well, when he’s down, University of South Florida men’s basketball coach Orlando Antigua can always turn to his old boss for advice and inspiration.

USF DC Tom Allen takes heart-to-heart approach with Bulls


University of South Florida first-year defensive coordinator Tom Allen has helped to change the team’s culture. Across the board, USF players are thankful for Allen’s impact....

Perry’s dunk helps USF avoid 0-5 start


— It was a win.

Gators believe FSU’s Dalvin Cook poses stiffest test

- Forget Leonard Fournette. Forget Derrick Henry. One Gator says FSU’s Dalvin Cook “is the best running back we’ll play all season.’’

Players-only meeting changed course of Bulls season

- USF is writing perhaps this season’s most impressive turnaround story. From the gathering gloom of 1-3, the Bulls are shooting for their seventh victory in eight games when they travel to winless Central Florida on Th...

USF decimates Cincinnati, 65-27, keeps AAC title hopes alive

- It was the most points the Bulls have scored in a conference game. And if Memphis defeats Temple today, USF will play for the league’s East Division title on Thanksgiving at UCF.

Things are looking up for once-beleaguered USF coach Taggart

- Gone are the sympathetic shrugs, the relentless fan vitriol and the coach-on-the-hot-seat stories. Now that the Bulls are winning, Willie Taggart is just plain … hot ... as USF hosts Cincinnati tonight.

USF falls 73-67 at home to George Washington, drops to 0-3


— For only the fourth time in the program’s 45-season history, the University of South Florida men’s basketball team has started 0-3.

USF squanders late lead in loss to New Jersey Tech, 60-57


Two games and two collapses.

For USF Bulls, winning means getting right back to work

- Despite the excitement from USF’s win over No. 21-ranked Temple — hundreds of fans rushed the field and national media praise has descended upon USF — Bulls coach Willie Taggart reiterated there’...

Un-Bull-lievable! Bulls upset No. 21 Temple, become bowl eligible

- It was an electrifying, program-defining performance for the University of South Florida football team on Saturday night as the Bulls beat a ranked team at home for the first time since 2009 and became bowl eligible.

After sluggish start, USF WR Adams surges at right time

- With a victory tonight against No. 21 Temple, USF will become bowl eligible and claim the program’s first home win against a ranked opponent since 2009. If trends hold, St. Pete junior Rodney Adams will play a promine...

USF game salutes Tillman scholar and all veterans


TAMPA — Saturday night’s University of South Florida football game against Temple University is billed as a “Salute to Service.’’ Military veterans will be honored. A giant American fla...

USF men drop opener as Troy exploits weak Bulls defense


— Coach Orlando Antigua’s second season with the University of South Florida Bulls got off to a rough start on Friday night.

Williams powers No. 20 USF women in sloppy win over Jacksonville


— It was the real thing — the first regular-season game for the No. 20 University of South Florida women’s basketball program — but it also featured an impr...

USF’s Perry relishing chance to return to court after health scare

- USF's Chris Perry is grateful to be back on the court after a heart ailment, ready to lead the Bulls.

After near-miss last year, USF women’s basketball team hungry for more

- Despite a monumental 27-8 record and a preseason No. 20 ranking in the Associated Press poll, the Bulls are not satisfied. Despite the return of all five starters, they are not overconfident. Despite an offseason paved by r...

USF Bulls face exciting possibilities: AAC title, bowl game

- In Coach Willie Taggart’s first two seasons at USF, the November stretch runs were largely mind-numbing experiences. Now the mind is racing with large possibilities.

No. 3-ranked Clemson reaps benefits of Tampa Bay talent pipeline

- It’s nearly 600 miles away — a solid drive of eight hours and change — but Clemson University has become the dream destination for a quartet of big-time players from the Tampa Bay area. The Tigers host FSU...

Ex-USF stars Selvie, Pierre-Paul together again with Giants

- George Selvie, USF’s only two-time first-team All-American, and jason Pierre-Paul, the program’s highest NFL draft pick, are playing together again on the same defensive line. They return to Raymond James Stadiu...

Looking to stay in ACC race, FSU ready for undefeated Clemson


And now, it’s time for the Florida State Seminoles to experience a completely new role.

USF’s Jamie Byrd finds true home at ‘Husky’ position

- Byrd’s position in coordinator Tom Allen’s scheme is part-safety, part-linebacker, all-playmaker, and he is playing like his nickname — “Angry Byrd’’ — a rollicking, snarling...

Annual Florida-Georgia rivalry has SEC East ramifications


The No. 11-ranked Florida Gators can take a major step toward locking up the SEC East division title today — and who could’ve predicted such a thing before the season? But as usual, that step requires a ma...

No stage too big for Gators QB Treon Harris

- With the sophomore gaining confidence, the Gators are looking to lock up SEC East heading into Saturday’s showdown against Georgia in Jacksonville.

USF-Navy matchup features accomplished running quarterbacks

- Quinton Flowers, USF’s rapidly emerging sophomore, has enjoyed a red-hot October. Keenan Reynolds, a Navy senior, has been hot for four seasons. It’s the storyline to watch Saturday afternoon when the Bulls (4...

Former Robinson High coach Garcia dies at 86


— Lou Garcia, the fiery coach who led the 1971 Robinson High Knights to a state baseball championship and spent a lifetime in the sport as a player, coach and scout, has died af...

Flowers has career day as Bulls top SMU for third win in row

- University of South Florida sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers was tremendous. Overall, the Bulls were three-mendous.

As USF’s ‘Quiet Man,’ Mack takes success in stride


— With each game, almost with each carry, sophomore running back Marlon Mack is galloping into University of South Florida football history.

Ex-Wharton star Litton finds his way as starting QB at Marshall

- Former Wharton High standout Chase Litton thought he was above some of the programs recruiting him in 2014, but he is excelling as the starting quarterback at Marshall.

Focused Golson hitting his stride in Florida State’s offense

- He has made plays with his arm. He has made plays with his legs. Still, when judging the progress of senior quarterback Everett Golson, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said there’s only one foolproof method. Look to...

USF included in ESPN bowl projections for first time this season

- It’s a two-game winning streak — not nearly enough to assure bowl eligibility or conference-title contention, but the Bulls are discovering what it takes to win.

LSU’s record-setting tailback is legend in the making

- Florida defenders were properly reverent when speaking about Leonard Fournette, tonight’s most compelling factor when the No. 8 Gators face the No. 6 Tigers before what’s certain to be a deafening Death Valley c...

Coming off huge win, USF seeks another complete effort vs. UConn

- The USF football program pursues a rare accomplishment — a winning streak — when the Bulls (2-3, 0-1 American Athletic Conference) travel to Connecticut (3-3, 1-1) on Saturday afternoon.

Seminoles just looking to take care of their business

- FSU (5-0) certainly possesses a championship pedigree, having captured the 2013 national title and taking a 29-game winning streak into last season’s national semifinals at the Rose Bowl. But even if they register wi...

UF suspends ex-Jefferson QB Porter; accused of shooting at girlfriend

- According to Gainesville police, Deiondre Porter was arrested after pointing a gun at his pregnant girlfriend’s head and firing a shot at her. Porter, a freshman at Florida, is “no longer with the football tea...

Take a look back at Spurrier’s Gator years

- There’s only one true place Steve Spurrier is from, one period of time that defined him as a coach and a man. His dozen seasons (1990-2001) as UF’s head coach — chock full of memorable quips, unforgetta...

Taggart: USF player’s arrest for firing gun ‘surprising’

- Coach Willie Taggart says he’s never had disciplinary problems with Benjamin Knox, who was accused of firing a gun at a dormitory after Saturday night’s victory over Syracuse.

Florida QB Will Grier suspended for violating NCAA drug policy

- University of Florida freshman quarterback Will Grier, his mood contrite and his voice shaking, said he tested positive for a banned substance, an NCAA violation that carries an automatic one-year suspension.

USF football player arrested for shooting gun on campus

- USF freshman reserve offensive lineman Benjamin Knox, who played in all five games this season, was arrested early Sunday morning for shooting a gun on campus, USF police said.

Cook runs wild as No. 12 Florida State holds off Miami


— Whether it was early or late, the Miami Hurricanes had the same problem when facing Florida State running back Dalvin Cook on Saturday night.

FSU unbeaten, mistake-free but not dominant ahead of UM matchup


— So far, the Florida State Seminoles are more pedestrian than explosive. It’s tempting to ask a pointed question:

With surplus of backs and a young QB, Bulls returning to the run

- To turn things around, USF coach Willie Taggart said the Bulls will rely on the running game, ranked 28th nationally at 210.5 yards per game.