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Saturday, Feb 06, 2016

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

Tampa Catholic’s Craig-Myers, Pasco’s Myers headed to Auburn

- For Tampa Catholic High wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers, it was all about family. When he visited Auburn University, he said it felt like home. There was the built-in advantage that his half-brother, Pasco High cornerback Ja...

USF Bulls football team lands talented recruiting class

- After furiously trying to build depth in his first three USF recruiting classes, Coach Willie Taggart said he’s pleased with the program’s solid foundation. It represents another step toward building on last sea...

National Signing Day: State schools recruiting outlook

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A look at commitments for Florida universities going into National Signing Day on Feb. 3.

USF, Taggart focus on local prospects for National Signing Day

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The University of South Florida’s football program has a catchy slogan that illustrates its emphasis on recruiting the Tampa Bay area.

Our piece of history: Top 50 Tampa Bay area Super Bowl moments

- The area has been a huge part of the game’s legacy, considering the Bucs’ championship in Super Bowl XXXVII, the four games that were held in Tampa and the fleet of locally produced players who have consisten...

Finding right kind of college prospects key to long-term success

- Florida recruit Feleipe Franks and FSU’s Malik Henry are seen as the long-term answers — perhaps the starters for the 2017 season — and huge recruiting names that will spotlight Wednesday’s Natio...

National Signing Day: State recruiting outlook

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Here’s a look at the verbal commits and outlooks for the state football programs ahead of National Signing Day:

State’s recruiting classes trending upward, with FSU’s among nation's best

- Coach Jimbo Fisher could have the top overall class again if the right (blue) chips fall. Meantime, UF is loaded with early enrollees, USF is capitalizing on its first bowl bid in five years, and UM is holding it together u...

USF men’s basketball team falls to Temple, 70-63

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— The hill was just too steep.

National Signing Day: Tampa Catholic star sharing his day in the spotlight

- Tampa Catholic High School senior Nate Craig-Myers — among the nation’s top prospects at wide receiver by everyone’s estimation — will choose between Auburn and North Carolina on Wednesday’s Na...

Semi-retired sportscaster/author Lynn back in Bay area working games

- Sportscaster Scott Lynn was just a kid when he once worked at Channel 10. After a decorated career in Oregon, he’s back calling games at the University of Tampa, just for the heck of it, and writing books while beati...

FSU settling lawsuit with woman who accused Winston of sexual assault

- The school says it will pay Erica Kinsman $250,000 and her attorneys $700,000 to avoid spending millions on the lawsuit, in which Kinsman claims FSU failed to respond to her allegations about Jameis Winston, now the Bucs qu...

McMurray has been bright spot in USF’s lost season

- Freshman point guard Jahmal McMurray is USF’s leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, its only double-digit performer, and he’s averaging 37.8 minutes in AAC contests.

Plant senior Ryan wins Bill Minahan Award

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— Plant High senior linebacker Joe Ryan was named winner of the second annual Bill Minahan Award, given to a Hillsborough County football player who has displayed perseverance, ...

USF loses Allen as defensive coordinator, promotes Woodie

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— The University of South Florida football program has a new defensive coordinator.

Bucs players endorse Koetter’s promotion to head coach

- Dirk Koetter’s ascension to NFL head coach wasn’t surprising to Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

USF fights to finish, but win out of reach vs. Cincinnati

- At this point, the USF men’s basketball team must settle for small victories — not real victories — while absorbing impossible-to-compute defeats.

USF women come close, but unable to top No. 1 UConn

- No. 22 Bulls fell 75-59 against UConn before an emotionally charged Sun Dome gathering of 6,634 fans, the largest crowd ever for a USF women’s home game.

As college title game approaches, it's countdown to championship mania

- Next season's College Football Playoff championship game, set for Jan. 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium, already looms as one of the largest sporting events in the area's history.

Michigan deals Gators 41-7 embarrassment at Citrus Bowl

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ORLANDO – Before the University of Florida Gators fully embark on their new year – likely with a new quarterback, new depth and new expectations – UF fans were forced to endure the same old painful r...

Taylor may be Gators’ best offensive hope in Citrus Bowl

- Kelvin Taylor said he hopes his final UF game will resemble the last Gator effort of his father, Fred Taylor, who rushed for a UF-bowl record 234 yards against Penn State in the 1998 Citrus Bowl.

Turnovers doom Bulls in AAC opener

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— The University of South Florida men’s basketball team, still in the festive holiday spirit, displayed generous form on Wednesday afternoon.

Junior QB hopes to prove he can be the guy for Florida State

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For the Florida State Seminoles, in their past seven bowl-game appearances, there was stability at quarterback.

Oklahoma LB, Armwood grad is team’s emotional leader, social conscience

- Oklahoma senior LB Eric Striker (Armwood) plays Clemson in Orange Bowl. More than a football player, he is the team’s go-to voice and he’s unafraid to speak his opinion, whether it’s on racism, the pres...

Vols coach credits Bucs for helping launch his career

- Tennessee coach Butch Jones, back in Tampa for the Outback Bowl, has the memories — and the rip-roaring stories — from a job that launched his football career, a three-season internship (1987-89) with the Bucs.

Outback Bowl turns 30: Three decades of memories in Tampa

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The Outback Bowl will celebrate its 30th anniversary Friday, when the Northwestern Wildcats meet the Tennessee Volunteers at Raymond James Stadium. Here are some things to remember from the bowl game’s time in Tam...

Ex-Wharton star Litton lifts Marshall past UConn in St. Petersburg Bowl

- Chase Litton, formerly of Wharton High, went 23 for 34 for 218 yards and one touchdown as Marshall won its 10th game this season by beating Connecticut 16-10 in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

FSU, UF and Miami settle for undercard status this postseason

- When national championship contention becomes almost an annual tradition, will anything else feel right? That's the uneasy sensation around the state's Big Three programs.

St. Petersburg Bowl brings Ex-Wharton QB Chase Litton home for Christmas

- Marshall University freshman quarterback Chase Litton, the former Wharton High standout, insists it’s primarily a business trip and he won’t truly relax until after Saturday’s St. Petersburg Bowl, when the...

Bulls get burned at Miami Beach Bowl, lose 45-35

- Feel-good season, feel-bad ending. That’s the story as the University of South Florida Bulls were exposed and charbroiled 45-35 by the No. 25-ranked Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the Miami Beach Bowl.

USF signs Taggart to contract extension through 2020 season

- USF football coach Willie Taggart will make $1.7 million next season — a $500,000 raise — and his total reworked contract is a five-year deal worth $9 million, which will keep him at the school through the 202...

As Taggart builds USF’s program, WKU remains in his DNA

- Back home as he tries to build something special at USF, know this about Bulls coach WIllie Taggart: He will always be revered at Western Kentucky, today’s opponent in the Miami Beach Bowl, for what he did there as a...

For USF QB Flowers, two worlds converge during Miami homecoming

- For Quinton Flowers, the Miami Beach Bowl is a bridge away from the neighborhood where he dodged danger daily, his father and step-brother were killed, his mother died of cancer and his coach became a guiding light.

Saturated season threatens to bowl over college football fans

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College football’s postseason — an unprecedented 41-game lineup — begins today amid criticism that the...

Sharp-shooting Bulls on mark in 88-75 win over Jacksonville

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The University of South Florida Bulls, ranked as the worst 3-point shooting team in America, found the mark Wednesday night during an 88-75 victory against the Jacksonville Dolphins at the Sun Dome.

Tight-knit Bulls linemen in the middle of team’s success

- USF’s offense is within range of setting 13 team and nine individual single-season school records, including most touchdowns and most yardage. It has featured enviable stability — the same five players have st...

USF Bulls defensive line restores scrappy identity

- When this season began, USF's defensive line was probably the team’s most unheralded and unknown unit. Now, it has emerged as a key reason the Bulls enjoyed a dramatic in-season turnaround and are headed to face No....

Bulls notes: Success creates interest in assistant coaches

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— The University of South Florida’s defense improved dramatically this season. Predictably, there is reported interest in USF defensive coordinator Tom Allen, who has bee...

Penalties hurt Bucs on Saints winning TD drive

- It was a maddening Sunday afternoon, enough to make the Bucs see red. Instead, they saw plenty of yellow in a 24-17 loss against the New Orleans Saints.

Marshall, UConn happy to spend holiday at St. Pete Bowl

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— College football’s bowl system has drawn criticism for staging a record 41 postseason games, forcing three 5-7 teams to participate in an era of unprecedented ...

USF’s Taggart to buy Miami Beach Bowl tickets for 500 students

- Ticket sales for the University of South Florida’s trip to the Dec. 21 Miami Beach Bowl have been brisk. Today, the effort was aided by Bulls coach Willie Taggart.

Outback Bowl’s Vols, Wildcats turned corner after difficult stretches

- It’s an annual rite at the Outback Bowl. Both coaches descend upon Tampa for a contract-signing event, solidifying the game’s matchup.