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Monday, Mar 30, 2015

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

Uneven debut for USF’s up-tempo attack at spring game

- The Bulls, offensively challenged the past two seasons, unveiled their new up-tempo attack at Corbett Stadium, but it sometimes fell flat.

USF takes new up-tempo offense for test drive today

- Say goodbye to the plodding, shifting, power-driven philosophy that produced very little, except frustration.

Bulls Beat: PG Collins part of USF hoops history


He should have received a standing ovation, the chance to linger at the Sun Dome’s mid-court while hearing the cheers and love. He deserved a rousing Senior Night send-...

NCAA women’s tournament: Sweet 16 lookahead


The Road to Tampa is within sight.

USF’s NCAA dance ends with loss to Louisville

- The Bulls played the Cardinals close and were in position to steal a victory late in the game, but fell short, 60-52, in the second round of the NCAA women’s tournament.

Report: USF point guard Collins to transfer


— University of South Florida junior point guard Anthony Collins, the freshman catalyst of the Bulls’ 2012 NCAA Tournament that finished one victory away from the Sweet 1...

Start of something big for USF’s Weber

- USF's Katelyn Weber, a 6-foot-5 sophomore center, is finding her comfort zone. She provided an aggressive inside spark when it was needed on Saturday, and she will be ultra-important tonight against Louisville, which has a ...

Williams, Jenkins lead way as USF rolls, advances in NCAA opener

- It was a signature moment Saturday night when the No. 6-seeded Bulls defeated the No. 11 LSU Tigers 73-64 in front of 5,560 Sun Dome fans in an NCAA Tournament first-round game.

Bucs’ road to No. 1 a result of systematic failure

- Many standard qualities go into building a winner. The same can be said for losing teams. As the Bucs prepare to lead off the NFL draft April 30, one thing seems certain: They have earned it. Here’s the formula.

USF women hope Sun Dome gives boost as NCAAs open

- In what could be another history-making moment for the USF women’s basketball program, tonight’s NCAA first-round game between against LSU was approaching a sellout.

Atwater’s basketball dreams didn’t die when son was born

- Kaneisha Atwater's basketball dreams didn't die when her son was born. “I’m a basketball player,” said Atwater., whose No. 7-seeded Florida Gulf Coast (30-2) faces No. 10 Oklahoma State (20-11) in Saturday...

USF’s Williams and Jenkins driven to succeed

- Courtney Williams and Alisia Jenkins, the alpha and omega of USF’s burgeoning program, grew up in tiny Georgia towns, about two hours apart, sometimes dribbling on dirt roads outside their homes as they learned the ga...

USF women earn NCAA bid, will host games at Sun Dome

- With another magical twist to its historic season, the University of South Florida women’s basketball team was awarded opening-round home games for the NCAA tournament.

USF women project as No. 6 or No. 7 seed in NCAA field


— It’s a pleasant change. When the NCAA women’s basketball tournament’s 64-team field is announced Monday night, the University of South Florida Bulls won&#...

USF freshman guard Holston finds footing

- Troy Holston has become a factor in USF’s offense after some early struggles, and has grown into an important piece for the Bulls.

USF women’s international recruiting boosts historic season

- The No. 2-seeded Bulls (24-6) face Memphis in tonight’s AAC tournament quarterfinals and seem poised to claim a mid-range seed in the 64-team NCAA field. USF coach Jose Fernandez said his team wouldn’t be in t...

Bulls Beat: Allen suspended, but not forgotten


TAMPA – It has largely been a bad-news season for the University of South Florida’s men’s basketball team. So when USF’s leading scorer, senior guard Corey Allen Jr., was declared ineligible b...

USF’s Collins pushes ahead during tough season

- Junior point guard Anthony Collins is only player left from USF’s 2012 NCAA run as the Bulls muddle through a disappointing 8-21 season.

Despite lopsided loss, USF earns UConn’s respect


— The University of South Florida women’s basketball closed out the most successful regular season in program history on Monday night.

USF women get get 2nd shot at UConn


— It should be quite the buzzworthy occasion when the University of South Florida women’s basketball team hosts the No. 1-ranked Connecticut Huskies, the two-time defendi...

Who’s been No. 1 for the Bucs? A closer look at the picks


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are approaching the 40th NFL draft in the franchise’s history. For the seventh time, they have qualified for the No. 1 overall selection.

USF’s Allen suspended over benefits at previous school

- Corey Allen Jr., the Bulls' leading scorer, has been rendered ineligible after an internal inquiry discovered that he had received impermissible benefits on tuition payments at a previous school.

Tampa prepares to host NCAA Women’s Final Four


— Six weeks from tonight, the champion of women’s basketball will be crowned to culminate the NCAA Women’s Final Four at Amalie Arena.

USF running back Mack ready for new up-tempo offense

- USF's offense looked different Monday morning when spring football practice began at the Morsani Complex. It’s going to be more spread, less smash-mouth. There’s urgency in the air. The tempo is fast-paced.

At 24, Joey Logano is the second-youngest driver to win the Daytona 500

- With NASCAR amid a youth movement and perhaps transitioning to its next generation, it was only appropriate that a baby-faced champion was crowned at Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Elliott headlines NASCAR’s new era


— Sunday afternoon’s Daytona 500 is like the blockbuster film everyone has been waiting to see.

Family name source of pride for NASCAR’s Nemechek


— John Hunter Nemechek carries the name of his uncle, a man he never knew, who was killed on the racetrack months before his birth.

USF Bulls 2015 football schedule set


TAMPA – The University of South Florida football program will play three Friday games this fall, including two in prime time and the expected Black Friday matchup against the Central Florida Knights in Orlando, ac...

Bulls Beat: Spring football a welcome sight


TAMPA – If ever a program needed spring football to commence, it’s the University of South Florida Bulls. Monday’s first practice will be a welcome sight. Willie Taggart’s program has undergon...

NASCAR’s Harvick finally settles into happy place

- Kevin Harvick, the 2014 Sprint Cup champion, is focused on the positives and being best father he can be.

USF RB coach Denson leaving for Notre Dame


TAMPA – With five days remaining until spring football begins, running backs coach Autry Denson is expected to leave the University of South Florida for the same position at his alma mater, Notre Dame, where his h...

Tampa native Almirola hitting his stride on Sprint Cup circuit

- Not long ago, Aric Almirola was just a kart-racing kid, riding in the back seat of his family’s car, maybe stopping by Disney World for a mini-vacation, on the way to Daytona. There were so many visits, they all blend...

Former Tampa Catholic coach Mulry offers timeless lessons

- After winning four state titles as Tampa Catholic’s baseball coach, Pete Mulry is intent on giving back to kids by writing childrens books and creating a baseball character to teach life skills.

Despite early promise, Bulls crumble against Memphis


— It changed in the blink of an eye. A close game became a rout. Just like that, even as they maintained a school-record pace for losses, the University of South Florida Bulls h...

Danica's just a good ol' girl among Daytona racers

- Danica Patrick has received a level of acceptance — if not respect — as she enters her third full season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.

Kingston intent on having USF baseball realize full potential

- First-year baseball coach Mark Kingston has high expectations as the Bulls open the season tonight in Clearwater against Cal State-Fullerton.

NCAA Women’s Final Four early seeds announced

- The NCAA Women’s Final Four won’t arrive at Amalie Arena until April 5 and 7. But if the tournament began today, Connecticut, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee.would be the No. 1 seeds and favorites to ea...

Win remains elusive for injury-depleted Bulls


— For the University of South Florida Bulls, misery has reached double digits.

Bulls Beat: Women’s hoops cracks Top 25 poll


Twenty victories before Valentine’s Day?

Bulls’ Allen not willing to let up

- Senior Corey Allen Jr. worked hard in the offseason and gives it all he has, no matter how poorly the tem is performing.

Statement game as top-ranked South Carolina women face No. 2 UConn

- When the No. 1 Gamecocks (22-0) face the No. 2 UConn Huskies (22-1) tonight at Gampel Pavilion, it might indicate that the Tampa field for the NCAA Women's Final Four is due for a few surprises.

Tonight’s USF-Cincinnati men’s basketball game


WHO: South Florida at Cincinnati

Beleaguered Florida Gators face No. 1 Kentucky

- If Coach Billy Donovan's goal is for his disappointing Gators to learn from adversity, he should get his wish tonight with the unbeaten, top-ranked Wildcats in Gainesville.

Ex-USF coach Leavitt joins Colorado as defensive coordinator

- Jim Leavitt, 58, had been linebackers coach with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers for four seasons, but he wasn’t retained after Jim Harbaugh jumped to the University of Michigan.

USF adds Ohio QB on productive signing day


TAMPA – Once again, the University of South Florida football program is hovering near the American Athletic Conference’s pinnacle.

USF softball has new faces, same dreams


TAMPA – It feels like a new era for the University of South Florida softball program.