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Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

Bulls Beat: F Chris Perry out with ‘health issue’

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TAMPA – The University of South Florida men’s basketball program – already reeling while losing 12 of their past 14 games heading into Wednesday night’s contest against the SMU Mustangs ȁ...

Jameis Winston’s accuser goes public in documentary

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The woman who accused former Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston of rape has gone public with her side of the story in a documentary that debuted on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah...

USF’s Cousins looks to build off his positive performance against Tulsa

- He is 6-foot-11, 265 pounds. His older brother plays in the NBA. It sounds like the perfect recipe for an impact player. But Jaleel Cousins, a junior center, has had a rather quiet opening season for USF. At times, it has b...

Plant City RB Hargrove wins first Minahan Award

- Plant City High junior running back Markese Hargrove was named winner of the first Bill Minahan Award, given to a Hillsborough County football player who has displayed perseverance, leadership and selflessness.

USF women confident they can compete with No. 2 UConn

- USF is 0-14 all-time against UConn, which is seeking its third straight national title and 10th overall under coach Geno Auriemma. But the Bulls have never been better equipped to pull off the upset.

USF men drop another in conference, 75-58 to Tulsa

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— For the University of South Florida Bulls, recent progress has been measured in incremental moments — someone stepping up, a good stretch of defense, hustle, effort.

USF's Davis eager to get attention at East-West Shrine Game

- While preparing for today’s all-star showcase for NFL draft hopefuls at Tropicana Field, Andre Davis first requested jersey No. 7, the number he wore at Jefferson High and USF, but it was taken. So he grabbed No. 1.

Bulls Beat: Women’s hoops having stellar season

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TAMPA – One of the nation’s best teams.

USF Bulls hire Autry Denson as RB coach

- Autry Denson, Notre Dame’s all-time career rushing leader who once was drafted by the Bucs, was named running backs coach at the University of South Florida, allowing coach Willie Taggart to complete his staff for the...

Winston accuser files federal lawsuit against FSU

- The civil suit claims the woman's rights were violated, that the university failed to properly investigate the incident and created a "hostile educational environment." It also suggests a second woman accused quarterback Ja...

Bulls Beat: Football program undergoes changes

- Last month, after a game at Raymond James Stadium, Green Bay Packers LB Sam Barrington sought out a reporter to chat about the football program at his alma mater, the University of South Florida.

USF starts strong but falters against UConn

- The Bulls hung tough for a while, but were undone by an awful stretch of second-half shooting, which allowed the defending champion Connecticut Huskies to pull away for a 58-44 victory before 6,128 fans.

USF football hires defensive backs coach

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TAMPA – The University of South Florida named Alonzo Hampton, a former NFL player who worked under Willie Taggart at Western Kentucky University, as its defensive backs coach on Tuesday.

UConn has the attention of young and hungry USF

- It’s UConn. For the USF Bulls, trying to keep their heads above water in the American Athletic Conference, not much else needs to be said.

Hustle nets Bulls a much-needed win

- It was the type of game that Orlando Antigua envisioned since he took over the University of South Florida’s basketball program.

Tonight’s men’s basketball game: East Carolina at USF

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A look at tonight’s game between East Carolina and South Florida:

Outback Bowl Notes: For Auburn, tough end to difficult season

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— When this season began, Auburn University coach Gus Malzahn said he wanted his team to be “13 seconds better” after Flori...

Badgers, Tigers seeking redemption at Outback Bowl

- Auburn and Wisconsin faced humbling season-ending losses. Today’s game is a chance for one to enter the offseason with a victory. Fans for both are already prepping in the parking lots.

Outback Bowl will mark 50th start for Auburn’s Dismukes

- For Auburn University senior center Reese Dismukes, it’s a prideful milestone. The Outback Bowl represents the finish line, the final chance to line up as a Tiger, the last chapter in a roller-coaster career.

FSU kicker Roberto Aguayo also known as ‘Mr. Perfect’

- Roberto Aguayo might represent FSU's greatest weapon. He missed only three field goal attempts in two seasons — going 46-for-49 — and made a number of clutch kicks in FSU’s year of living dangerously.

Defensive breakdowns costly in USF’s setback

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— It was miscommunication. It was fatigue. It was lack of hustle. It was all of that.

USF women victorious in AAC opener

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— It wasn’t pretty. In fact, it was downright ugly. But the University of South Florida women’s basketball team still did enough to vanquish the East Carolina Pira...

Despite numbers, Wisconsin RB seems to be haunted by bad timing

- “I’ve been able to accomplish a lot, but it’s like something weird has been following me around. It’s almost like it never works out completely,” says junior Melvin Gordon, whose Badgers play A...

Hellos, farewells marked Tampa area's sports year

- Among the sports arrivals were Lovie Smith, Kevin Cash and Orlando Antigua. Leaving the area were Joe Maddon, David Price and Stan Health. And we mourned the passing of Malcolm Glazer and Don Zimmer.

Rose Bowl focus firmly on Winston vs. Mariota

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It’s the Florida State Seminoles (13-0) against the Oregon Ducks (12-1) in Thursday’s Rose Bowl, a potentially spectacular showcase in the College Football Playoff semifinals.

Ranking the worst seasons in Bucs history

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It’s been a disappointing season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — and one of the worst ever, cracking the list of seasons that fans have tried to forget.

Because of high expectations, Bucs' year among worst ever

- Some believe this year represents the franchise’s lowest moment, quite a claim when you consider Go-For-0, Go-For-Bo, the "curse" of Doug Williams and 22 seasons with double-digit losses.

USF rolls past Southeastern Louisiana, 78-63

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– The University of South Florida Bulls earned the feel-good holiday victory they desperately needed on Tuesday afternoon.

South Florida snap losing streak, top SE Louisiana 78-63

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TAMPA – The University of South Florida Bulls earned the feel-good holiday victory they desperately needed on Tuesday afternoon.

Ex-USF linebacker Barrington has happy return for Packers

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TAMPA — Packers second-year linebacker Sam Barrington, a three-year starter at the University of South Florida, was delighted to be back at Raymond James Stadium.

Lightning strike injures seven at Raymond James Stadium

- A lightning strike that hit in a Raymond James Stadium parking lot shortly after Sunday’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers game ended sent at least seven people to the hospital, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

Seton Hall hands USF fourth straight loss, 89-69

- For the Bulls, bad things came in 3's. The Pirates connected on 11 shots from behind the 3-point arc. USF made none from long range. And that, essentially, was your ballgame.

USF hiring Ole Miss assistant as defensive coordinator

- USF will hire Ole Miss linebackers coach/special teams coordinator Tom Allen, a former Tampa high school coach widely praised for his integrity and work ethic, as its new defensive coordinator.

Wisconsin AD Alvarez to coach Badgers in Outback Bowl

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Following the shocking departure of Gary Andersen, University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez selected the Badgers’ interim head coach for the Jan. 1 Outba...

Bulls Beat: Is USF ready for next realignment?

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TAMPA – Conference realignment – the subject that never really goes away in college athletics – has seemingly returned as a front-burner topic. It was fueled by the College Football Playoff’s ...

Bulls RB Marlon Mack named AAC Rookie of the Year

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University of South Florida freshman running back Marlon Mack, the program’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2005, was named Wednesday as the American Athletic Conference...

USF dismisses three football coaches, including both coordinators

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TAMPA – University of South Florida football coach Willie Taggart confirmed Monday that three assistant coaches — including both coordinators — have been fired following the Bulls’ 4-8 season....

Seminoles’ playoff road isn’t an easy one

- If the Seminoles are able to protect their 29-game winning streak and capture a second straight national championship, one thing is certain: They will have to earn it.

Wisconsin, Auburn lined up for Outback Bowl

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The Auburn Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers – two teams dealing with the bitter taste of defeat – will be eager to finish their season with a victory.

FSU will have hands full with Ga. Tech's triple-option attack

- For the Seminoles to reach the College Football Playoffs and have a shot at defending their national championship, they must win tonight’s ACC Championship Game.

Bulls Beat: Football program faces critical 2015

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TAMPA – In the aftermath of a difficult 16-0 home defeat against the rival University of Central Florida Knights on Black Friday – how appropriate – University of South Florida athletic director Mark...