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  1. RECAP: The USF men's tennis team defeated Tulane, 5-2, Thursday afternoon to improve their record to 12-6, 2-0 in the conference. View the full article
  2. NEWS: New head coaches Charlie Strong and Brian Gregory will join Bulls fans for a special one-hour radio show live from World of Beer on April 10. View the full article
  3. Eight quick reads from Day 8 of USF spring practice, staged Thursday at the Morsani Complex: * After catching a short pass near the left sideline in the red zone, senior RB D'Ernest Johnson juked at least three defenders converging on him near the 10-yard line, cut sharply to his right and dashed into the end zone untouched. View the full article
  4. PREVIEW: The Bulls are headed to the Northeast to take on UConn in the second conference series of the year. View the full article
  5. NEWS: The University of South Florida men's soccer team is partnering with the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) for an open training week that is being held nationwide. USF welcomes coaches from Tampa Bay and the state of Florida to Corbett Soccer Stadium April 8 for a free event. View the full article
  6. The field is down to eight, and the matchups are more intense than ever. Monday’s results: (1) Quinton Flowers d. (5) Andre Davis, 92-8% (2) Kawika Mitchell d. (3) J.R. Reed, 55-45% (1) Marlon Mack d. (4) Anthony Henry, 90-10% (2) Jason Pierre-Paul d. (3) Andre Hall, 55-45% (1) George Selvie d. (4) Rodney Adams, 83-17% (2) Marquel Blackwell d. (3) Ben Moffit, 52-48% (1) Matt Grothe d. (5) B.J. Daniels, 79-21% (2) Mike Jenkins d. (3) Stephen Nicholas, 78-22% It was a thrilling, action-packed Sweet Sixteen, but in the end we got an Elite Eight with all 1 and 2 seeds. There’s nothing wrong with that; after some fun early upsets, the cream of the crop has risen to the top. Notable: Blackwell and Moffitt were almost deadlocked until the very end, and Hall had an early lead on Pierre-Paul. Elsewhere, Matt Grothe won the much-hyped Grothe-Daniels showdown rather easily, and Jenkins beat Nicholas by a much larger margin that I would have anticipated. On to the Elite Eight! Below, you’ll see thoughts from myself, Jamie, and Collin on each matchup, and the ballot at the bottom. 24 hours, as always. (1) Quinton Flowers vs. (2) Kawika Mitchell Ryan: This is an age litmus test for USF fans. Collin: OH GOD KAWIKA VS QUINTON THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE Jamie: I have been ranting about recency bias throughout this tournament. The older players have been getting shafted because there aren't enough of you who remember seeing them play. Well, I remember seeing Kawika Mitchell play and I can tell you this: he wasn't as good as Flowers. Collin: Kawika was the best defensive player we ever had. Quinton is probably the best offensive player we ever had. I think Quinton gets it, but it's soooooo close. (1) Marlon Mack vs. (2) Jason Pierre-Paul Jamie: Pierre-Paul had one good (let's not kid ourselves, it was merely good) season. Mack had three great ones. Easy decision. Ryan: I think JPP being the most successful USF player in the NFL by a mile has to factor in, and I weigh it more than most people seem to... but yeah, Mack still wins here for me. Collin: Marlon gave me 3 years of "he's amazing why does he play at USF??" JPP gave me 6 games of "he's amazing why does he play at USF??" and one backflip video from the International Bowl which showed what a freak of nature he was. JPP with the higher ceiling, but not enough career length to make up for Mack's durability and awesomeness for four seasons. (1) George Selvie vs. (2) Marquel Blackwell Jamie: It's lonely here on Selvie Was Overrated Island, but I'm not leaving any time soon. If you weren't around in 2001-02, then you don't understand how good Marquel was. The spread offense was still in its infancy when USF started using it. It hadn't been refined to the point where any schmuck could complete 70% of their passes, and kids hadn't grown up running the spread in youth football and high school. Blackwell figured it out in less than a year. In 2002 he threw 408 passes. He only threw three (3) INTs. Collin: God this one is tough. Blackwell, but only because Selvie's senior year wasn't as amazing as we thought it would be. He was so, so good though. Also I think the recency bias in this tournament is really bad, and people forget just how good Marquel Blackwell was as a QB. Ryan: I AM YOUNG AND STUPID, I AM VOTING FOR SELVIE. My rationale is that USF has had very, very few players that you could make a case for as the best player at their position in the nation. Selvie in 2007 was one of those players. (1) Matt Grothe vs. (2) Mike Jenkins Collin: Grothe > Jenkins. Jenkins was really good his junior year, but he got lit up like a firework a ton as a freshman on that terrible '04 team. It's not like he was a shutdown guy once he stepped on the field. Matt stepped in right away, and won at C. Florida in a must-win game in his first road start. Yes Grothe made plenty of mistakes too (I still cringe thinking about him pirouetting and turning his back to his offensive line while trying to escape in the pocket), but he also won a bunch of big games, and helmed the most memorable season in history. Ryan: I really liked the pirouettes. Jamie: I know I've been kind of down on Grothe. But that career INT record just rankles me. And I don't feel like Grothe was any better in 2009 than he was in 2006. He just was what he was. Jenkins developed into a shutdown corner, a first-round NFL Draft pick, and a Pro Bowler. He has the longest NFL career of any USF football player (9 years and counting). I think I have to pick him. Ryan: There are very, very few players I would pick over Grothe. I think Jenkins is one of them. Not sure any USF player has been as productive both in college and in the NFL as he was. This is the closest matchup of the bunch for me, though, and I very well might change my mind when I wake up tomorrow. Loading... View the full article
  7. ATTN USF Intramural Heroes: you can probably walk on next season. So the USF men’s basketball team has like three players left … OK, I’m exaggerating. Seven. For now. Everyone is transferring. And rightfully so. As someone who shall remain nameless said in TDS Slack: “They were promised lemonade and got pee.” Here’s who you’ll miss if you choose to: F Luis Santos. After an expected loss in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament, big fella’s decision to transfer could actually be considered unexpected. Not the fact that he wanted to leave, but the fact that he was the first player to make his move. He wasted NO time. He’s been around for two seasons, and in my opinion proved himself towards the end of this one. Maybe the departures of Jaleel Cousins and Chris Perry, and not-so-greatness of Ruben Guerrero, allowed this. I don’t know if he can physically get any stronger (his calves are the size of my head) but if he does and continues to improve during the year he’ll have to sit out. He could probably be a force somewhere else. G Geno Thorpe. After Jahmal McMurray bounced, Geno took over and led the team in scoring... although not to many victories. A lot of people were excited to see what he would do after transferring from Penn State, and I ACTUALLY heard him get compared to Russell Westbrook at one point while he was sitting his season out. Speaking of which, he’ll graduate this summer and won’t have to sit out as a graduate transfer. He didn’t individually disappoint, but didn’t exactly live up to that Westbrook comparison either. Also... he got left at the airport. No, I couldn’t let that go without being said here. G Jake Bodway. Don’t you dare ask “Who?” because he’s clearly a favorite among the staff and you better not even think about slandering him here. The walk-on is walking off. (I can’t be the only person to have ever been so corny. Fight me.) C Ruben Guerrero. This was arguably the most surprising transfer announcement. Except there are really no surprises when you’ve followed USF men’s basketball all season (see also: trash record, NCAA investigations, firing the head coach midseason, suspensions, dismissals, players being left at the airport). Will the 7-footer be missed? Probably not so much on the court - he was inconsistent and his numbers were not impressive. But maybe off the court. He won the 2015-16 NCAA Division I Male Sportsmanship Award, received the USF Spirit Award twice, and was a member of the USF Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. F Bo Zeigler. The Stan Heath era is officially over with this guy’s departure. Bo, who was ranked by ESPN as the nation’s No. 22 SF coming out of Detroit Community School, is set to graduate in May and plans to go ball out somewhere else as a graduate transfer. And you know what? Kudos to him for sticking around as long as he did (it seemed like 10 years, though he just finished his redshirt junior season). Though it always felt like he could’ve done a little bit more, his passion for the game and fire on the court - not to mention several disgusting dunks - provided energy that the team needed at the time, and will surely be appreciated elsewhere. Malik Fitts. Can we just point out the fact that he announced his decision to transfer on Twitter with a screen shot of Notes? #WeDidItFirst... oh, and he forgot to sign it. AMMATURE. OK, back to business. The freshman had a decent season, and a couple of big games that allowed some buzz to be created around him. Not like Jahmal McMurray “I think I might be good enough for the NBA now” buzz, but enough for people to start looking at his stats. Apparently he had “an enjoyable freshman year.” Lol ok. Side note: it’s cute how he thanked the fans for sticking around throughout the season, but along with forgetting his signature, he forgot to thank the media. I mean its cool, though... whatever. *lets it slide* and also *lets him think about it while he sits out a year* pic.twitter.com/wHFpNQHtRQ — Lik (@MalikFitts) March 29, 2017 So basically, the Bulls still have Tulio Da Silva and Troy Holston*. And a few others who didn’t really make any kind of noise during the 2016-17 season. And Malik Martin, who was sitting out a transfer year. But keep your eyes open, fam, because it seems like someone is leaving every day around here. *for now. View the full article
  8. NEWS: USF standouts Lee Ann Spivey and Matt O'Neal will be honored as the USF Male and Female Athletes of the Year by the Sports Club of Tampa Bay View the full article
  9. NEWS: USF standouts Matt O'Neal and Lee Ann Spivey will be honored as the USF Male and Female Athletes of the Year by the Sports Club of Tampa Bay Hall of Fame View the full article
  10. Former Tampa Bay Lightning all-star Brian Bradley leads a four-person class being inducted into the Sports Club of Tampa Bay Hall of Fame tonight. The other inductees: former USF and University of Tampa baseball coach Lelo Prado, former Jefferson High baseball coach Emeterio "Pop" Cuesta and longtime bay area TV/radio personality … View the full article
  11. NEWS: Lelo Prado will be inducted into the Sports Club of Tampa Bay Hall of Fame and Matt O'Neal and Lee Ann Spivey will be honored Wednesday. View the full article
  12. The USF men's and women's tennis coaches will host a series of eight camps throughout the summer. View the full article
  13. The USF men's and women's tennis coaches will host a series of eight camps throughout the summer. View the full article
  14. Former Bulls player Chad Dollar, dismissed from the program nearly a quarter-century ago, has become the second coaching hire of the Brian Gregory era. A veteran Division I assistant who spent last season at Auburn, Dollar joins former Robinson coach (and veteran college assistant) Scott Wagers on the Bulls' staff. View the full article