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Monday, Dec 22, 2014

Joey Johnston

Tribune Staff

Ex-USF linebacker Barrington has happy return for Packers


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


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?


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


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


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


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


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...

Florida State stays flawless with less than perfect win

- Dalvin Cook ran for a career-high 144 yards and No. 1 Florida State survived Jameis Winston’s struggles to beat Florida 24-19 in Will Muschamp’s final game as Florida’s coach.

USF notes: A finale for Bulls senior WR Davis


South Florida senior WR Andre Davis, the former all-state performer from Jefferson High School, was among 20 players to be honored in Senior Day ceremonies before Friday’s 16-0 loss to Central Florida.

Today’s USF men’s basketball game



History suggests Seminoles no sure thing against Gators

- Common sense says FSU is a lock against rival Florida, but the Gators hope to make Will Muschamp a winner in his final game - much like they did 10 years ago for Ron Zook.

USF AD: Taggart’s job safe, but there are expectations

- Athletic director Mark Harlan said he will meet with Willie Taggart this week, a typical end-of-season conference that he has with all of USF’s head coaches.

USF goes out on low note, shut out by UCF

- Black Friday brought a dark chapter in USF’s 18-season football history — the program’s first home shutout, 16-0 to Central Florida at Raymond James Stadium.

Davis wants to finish USF career with a win

- Andre Davis could have gone elsewhere, but the local star receiver opted for USF, where he's had a record-setting career. His final college game is tonight against rival UCF.

FSU finds ways to win but seeks consistency

- Whether it was rolling to a Football Bowl Subdivision record 723 points in 2013 or just squeaking by this season, the Seminoles have done nothing but win.

Bulls Beat: UCF rivalry sparks intense ‘dislike’


For the fourth straight season, the University of South Florida football program will not qualify for a bowl game. But the Bulls (4-7, 3-4 American Athletic Conference) aren&#...

USF’s Dunkley makes most of second chance

- After nearly crashing out of the sport, USF senior cornerback Chris Dunkley has set himself up for a bright future.

Bulls notes: USF football has ample incentive


TAMPA – Despite a 31-20 defeat at Memphis that eliminated the chance to qualify for the program’s first bowl game since 2010, University of South Florida coach Willie Taggart said the Bulls (4-7, 3-4 Americ...

USF’s White puts passion, precision on display

- USF quarterback Mike White is showing a flair for the dramatic, not to mention redemption. The Bulls are at Memphis this afternoon.

USF notes: Bowl is a key goal for Bulls


TAMPA — If the University of South Florida Bulls (4-6, 3-3 American Athletic Conference) can pull the road upset on Saturday afternoon against the first-place Memphis Tigers (7-3, 5-1), they will play for bowl eli...

USF’s drive for ages lasted an eternity

- Had it not been for USF’s 21-play, 75-yard touchdown drive against SMU, culminated by Mike White’s fourth-and-goal 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Davis with four seconds remaining, the Bulls would be playing out...

Bulls notes: USF-UCF kickoff set for noon Nov. 28


The University of South Florida’s football rivalry game against the Central Florida Knights at Raymond James Stadium – set for Nov. 28, Black Friday – wil...

FSU comes back again, beats Miami to stay unbeaten


— Once upon a time, Miami was the place where Florida State's football dreams went to die.

FSU heads to Miami hoping to keep title hopes alive

- The Seminoles, winners of 25 straight games, recent dominators of the football rivalry with the Hurricanes, will arrive at Sun Life Stadium tonight in search of ... respect? Yes, it's true.

USF beats Flagler in Antigua’s coaching debut


— There were pleasing moments that put a smile on Orlando Antigua’s face. There were areas of concern that indicated more work was needed.

Brother of USF QB Flowers killed in Miami


The older brother of University of South Florida freshman quarterback Quinton Flowers, who earlier in the week was named the starter for tonight’s game at SMU, was killed Thursday night during a drive-by shooting,...

USF notes: Taggart looking for spark


TAMPA — True freshman Quinton Flowers will be the fifth starting quarterback employed by coach Willie Taggart during his 22 games at the University of South Florida when the Bulls (3-6, 2-3 American Athletic Confe...

Spurrier returns for what may be final game in Swamp

- For the 10th time, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier will face the Florida Gators, the program he once elevated to championship status, at a stadium where his statue is outside the front gates.

Women’s Final Four in Tampa could see some surprise teams


Each day before practice, University of South Florida women’s basketball players witness a tangible reminder of the program’s ultimate goal. Inside each locker, ...

Miami eager for shot at No. 2 FSU


In the old days, the Orange Bowl would be rocking. The opponent would be wary. And without question, the University of Miami Hurricanes would be in their element.

Bulls Beat: Women’s hoops team focused from start


After coming so close last season, of course the University of South Florida women’s basketball team has its sights set on earning the third NCAA tournament bid in the ...

Redskins’ Jay Gruden not a carbon copy of Jon

- When your name is Gruden, certain assumptions are made. People expect the Chucky-like scowl and an insane work ethic. But Jay Gruden is a different guy.

Freshman Flowers new USF quarterback

- The USF quarterback carousel revolved again when Bulls coach Willie Taggart announced that dual-threat true freshman Quinton Flowers would start Saturday night’s road game against the winless SMU Mustangs.

Season preview: USF enters era of run and gun

- Instead of milking the shot clock and working each possession into near-strangulation, new coach Orlando Antigua has the Bulls billing themselves as a crowd-pleasing offense-friendly operation.

Bulls notes: QBs competing for starter’s job


TAMPA – Following an open week, the University of South Florida Bulls (3-6, 2-3 American Athletic Conference) began preparations for Saturday night’s road game against the last-place SMU Mustangs (0-8, 0-4)...

Bulls Beat: Women’s soccer advances in AAC tourney


TAMPA – For University of South Florida women’s soccer coach Denise Schilte-Brown, it was a combination of excitement and relief.

Bulls notes: USF will concentrate on improvement


— The University of South Florida Bulls (3-6, 2-3 American Athletic Conference) will have a lengthy to-do list during their bye week as they have extra preparation for the Nov. ...

Second-half swoon sinks Bulls against Houston


— It was another disheartening defeat on the field — and another significant challenge afterward.

Bulls notes: USF football to play Georgia Tech


The University of South Florida football program announced a two-game series against Georgia Tech. The Bulls travel to Atlanta on Sept. 11, 2021 and the Yellow Jackets come to...

Bulls Beat: USF’s bowl hopes coming down to wire


Coaches set it as a preseason goal. Players, particularly the seniors, spoke about its importance. For a tangible sign of progress, the University of South Florida football pr...

FSU crashes SEC party in first playoff rankings


If the college football season ended today, the Florida State Seminoles would play the Auburn Tigers in a national semifinal on New Year's Day. Meanwhile, the Mississippi State Bulldogs would face the Ole Miss Rebels in ...

USF notes: Taggart will wait to name starting QB


— University of South Florida coach Willie Taggart said Monday he won’t immediately name a starting quarterback for Saturday after...