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  1. The obvious key to making the Super Bowl in the NFL is signing B.J. Daniels to your practice squad. Ask the Seahawks and now the Falcons. After mauling Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers 44-21 in the NFC Championship game, the Atlanta Falcons are heading to Super Bowl LI in Houston. But what was the key to their success? Was it Matt Ryan capping off an MVP-caliber season? Was it Julio Jones doing Julio Jones things? Was it the entire Falcons organization “Rising Up” in their final game in the Georgia Dome? Wrong, wrong, and wrong. There is no other valid answer other than the fact that B.J... sorry, SUPER BOWL CHAMPION B.J. Daniels is currently on their practice squad. Former Seahawks QB/WR B.J. Daniels, giving the Falcons a Russell Wilson look this week... https://t.co/U5MPNG9Gna pic.twitter.com/nrn4eSDdmC — vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 12, 2017 The former USF quarterback was signed to the Falcons’ practice squad roster in mid-December. Atlanta has won all four of their games since that fateful day. Daniels will now attend his third Super Bowl in four years. He got his first ring as part of the Seattle Seahawks squad that roasted the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, and WOULD BE TWO-TIME SUPER BOWL CHAMPION B.J. DANIELS IF PETE CARROLL JUST GAVE THE DANG BALL TO MARSHAWN LYNCH ON THE GOAL LINE made a return to the big game the following year. Now he’ll have a chance to get a second ring with the Falcons. B.J. Daniels & the Lombardi Trophy. Becomes 8th Bull to get a Super Bowl ring. #USF pic.twitter.com/Cg4suNpXcI — USF Football (@USFFootball) February 3, 2014 Get yourself another ring in Houston, B.J. And as always, remember to practice Falcons awareness. View the full article
  2. RECAP: The University of South Florida's 14-game home winning streak came to an end Sunday in a 66-52 loss to No. 9 Louisville at Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls were outrebounded 44-23 in their first home loss since Jan. 10, 2016. View the full article
  3. Sorry for the brief headline. We need to pace ourselves so we don’t run out of ways to say USF basketball lost a game. Sixth man Corey Henderson scored a game-high 22 points as the Tulsa Golden Hurricane beat the USF Bulls 79-67 in front of a small group of well-wishers at the Sun Dome Saturday. Henderson made three 3-pointers and added four assists. He set up back-to-back threes by Pat Birt midway through the first half as Tulsa (11-7, 5-1 American) opened up a 30-15 lead. The Bulls (6-12, 0-7 American) fought back as they usually do, with a 15-5 run to cut the halftime deficit to 35-30. Ruben Guerrero found enough space inside to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds, while Troy Holston volume shot his way to 16 points of his own. Holston took a ridiculous 16 threes by himself, making five. Although USF hung around for most of the second half, Tulsa was able to keep them at arm’s length. After a Sterling Taplin three-point play with a little under 12 minutes left put Tulsa up by six, USF never got any closer. Missing Malik Fitts, who sat out the game with an ankle injury, USF didn’t have nearly enough depth to cope with Tulsa’s rotation. The Golden Hurricane used 12 players in the game to USF’s eight. They outrebounded the Bulls by five and got to the free throw line 38 times, thanks to 30 USF fouls. Put it this way - Jake Bodway only played 11 minutes and nearly fouled out. It’s a very ugly season for USF, and it’s poised to get much uglier in the next stretch of games. The Bulls welcome UConn to Tampa on Wednesday night, then have to travel to Cincinnati (the only ranked team in the league) next weekend. View the full article
  4. TAMPA, Fla. — Oh nieces and nephews your old uncle is under the weather and watching the University of South Florida basketball is not picking up your old uncle and lifting his spirit. In fact, your old uncle is ready to throw in the towel for the USF 2016-17 men’s basketball season. The undoing for USF all started last summer behind the closed doors of University of South Florida Athletic Director Mark Harlan. When it was decided that Oliver Antigua would be released from his job as an assistant coach from his brother’s staff the former basketball coach for the Bulls, Orlando Antigua. The reasons for the dismissal always seemed to be cloudy but there is an NCAA investigation, that is looking into some of the student-athlete admission because there are too many unanswered questions. Harlan wasted no time in finding a replacement for men’s basketball opening on the sideline for an assistant coach. In August we got a chance to say, hello to Murray Bartow and welcome him to the sunny state of Florida, to the bright lights of the city next to the bay and to the best venue for basketball on the west coast of the state- the Sun Dome. Remember, way back in the month of November when the 2016-17 men’s basketball season began. There was plenty of hope that surrounded the arena, from the bench especially with the victory against Florida A&M University to start the year off on the right foot, there was a good feeling of being optimistic about the Bulls. Then disaster struck the Bulls, their leading scorer and point guard Jahmal McMurray notified Antigua, that he is leaving the USF program. McMurray would be the 13th player under Antigua to leave the program, in fact McMurray would leave the school. This is after he played just three games for the Bulls and coming off of a six-game suspension according to Antigua for violating a couple of team rules. The spinning out of control for the Bulls continued to gain momentum and after two games into the American Athletic Conference portion of the schedule. Antigua found himself again behind the closed door of Harlan’s office and his reign as the basketball coach for the University of South Florida came to a sudden end. The investigation by the NCAA is still progressing and the result is very important to Antigua, to his future employment and to his bank account. If the NCAA can find any improprieties that is remotely linked to Antigua, then he losses the rest of his contract but if he is found that he is not at fault then he will be awarded the remaining portion of his contract. Harlan’s decision to remove Antigua and then replaced him with the understanding that it comes with the title interim, Bartow took over the duties of the basketball coach for the University of South Florida January 7, 2017 against Sothern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas at Moody Coliseum. So far, the transition has been rough for Bartow who is still waiting for his first victory of his tenure, the first conference victory and that first victory would end a seven-game losing streak. That streak includes, Saturday afternoon Jan. 15, inside the Sun Dome as 2,614 watched and are still waiting for the sweet taste of victory. Tulsa University stepped out onto the court and proceeded to make 47.9 percent of their shoots from the floor, out rebound USF 39-34 and defeated the Bulls 79-64, continuing the spinning out of control. Watching the Bulls out on the floor is different with Bartow but the same old problems with the Bulls continue as the season moves toward completion and the conference tournament. The first problem for the Bulls is an on-going problem that has plagued the Bulls since last season and the fact that it still continues this season-is problematic. It seems like the Bulls are leading the universe in turning the ball over to the opponent. As the Bulls walked off of the court after their defeat against Tulsa University, USF had committed 16 turnovers for the game, guess what nieces and nephews that is the team’s average for the season, 16 turnovers per game. Your old uncle, looked it up and nieces and nephews, did you know that there are 342 teams that play men’s basketball at Division 1 level. USF is ranked currently as the 331st team in turning the ball over, tied with Sacred Heart University and is better than 11 teams including the worst team at holding onto the ball Stephan F. Austin University who averages 19 turnovers a game. The second problem for the Bulls is that they go into way too many spurts were they cannot score a basket and when you turn the ball over 16 times a game you need all of the points that you can score. Tulsa University scored 18 points because of the generosity from the Bulls. Once about a time your old uncle showed up for school and the class was all about getting to rebounds. It was pointed out to your old uncle there are three ingredients in getting to a rebound and those are: positioning on the floor, heart which means that you want the ball and toughness which means you are not going to get out worked under the boards. USF is last in the conference in getting to an average of 38.2 defensive rebounds, the Bulls are tied with Tulsa for seventh place in the conference in offensive rebounds both teams averaging 36.4 rebounds off of the offensive glass. So the concept is relatively simple for the Bulls because basketball is about putting the basketball through the basket. First, try holding onto the basketball, so you can score those elusive baskets. When the other team misses the basket, it is okay to grab the miss and move the ball down the court toward your basket and score. Bartow told your old uncle that his team is familiar with the concept of the game and are making steps toward getting better. “I love coaching these guys and we’re just going to continue to battle,” Bartow said about coaching the Bulls. “I’m just telling you they are fighting and competing and working. Our practices have been great.” Bartow also said after the Bulls loss, that his team fighting to get through the firing of Antigua. “You’ll see us win in practice. You don’t always see us win games but we’re going to start. It’s coming,” Bartow said. “These guys have been through a lot, a tough transition. On a daily basis we’ve got to keep getting better and we just have to play a little better.” With the season spinning out of control and ready to crash, the University of South Florida will face the University of Connecticut, another team that is beginning to start a slow spin of their own. The game is scheduled for Wednesday night, Jan 25 inside the most favorable basketball arena that calls the west coast of Florida home-the Sun Dome. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. It will be a chore for Bartow and his team but he is hoping that the hard work during practice will show up during the game against the Huskies and all the sweat will be rewarded with a spirit-lifting victory. View the full article
  5. PREVIEW: In its' second top-10 match-up in two weeks, the University of South Florida women's basketball team gears up to host No. 9/8 Louisville in a Sunday matinee. The Bulls will host the Cardinals in the Sun Dome for the first time since the 2015 NCAA Tournament at 2 p.m. View the full article
  6. RECAP: Junior center Ruben Guerrero (Spain) led USF with 16 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday afternoon against Tulsa. View the full article
  7. RECAP: USF wins seven events at the GVSU Open and another four student-athletes join the top 10 ranks in program history. View the full article
  8. The hits just keep coming for the men’s basketball team. Fortunately this one doesn’t look too serious. It’s been an awful season for the USF men’s basketball team, with the suspension then transfer of starting point guard Jahmal McMurray, the firing of head coach Orlando Antigua in early January, and a pending NCAA investigation. Now the Bulls may have taken another shot to the chin with the injury of freshman forward Malik Fitts. Fitts injured his ankle in practice yesterday and was seen in a walking boot. When asked for confirmation, USF said that the boot was just a “precaution” and that the forward is “day-to-day.” Let’s hope the injury isn’t that serious - the Bulls cannot afford to lose anymore bodies this year. In his first year with the Bulls, Fitts has been a ray of sunshine in an otherwise dreadful season, averaging 7.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. While he’s only shooting 41.6% from the field, he is hitting 37.2% of his three-point attempts, good for second behind fellow freshman Michael Bibby (37.7%). The Bulls host Tulsa tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. at the Sun Dome, where they will look to snap a six-game losing streak. The game will be televised on ESPNEWS. Get better soon Fitts. Please View the full article
  9. National Signing Day is less than two weeks away. Let’s get updated with what’s been happening on the USF front. We’re less than two weeks away from National Signing Day, meaning it’s time to start talking more about #crootin. We gave you a Recruiting Roundup a few weeks ago and since then, not much has dramatically changed. With only twelve days to go until the big day, here’s where USF stands. Other than a few decommits, things have remained the same for USF, with most of this class remaining intact following the coaching change. According to 247, the Bulls’ 2017 class currently sits at fifth in the AAC (74th overall). While that’s down from the hauls Willie Taggart had been able to pull in from recent years, it’s understandable given the circumstances of transitioning from one coaching staff to the next. Another factor is USF doesn’t have that many open scholarships, so other teams can beat them in the rankings on quantity. Since the recruiting contact period re-opened last week, head coach Charlie Strong and staff have scoured the state to not only find and flip some late additions, but reinforce the commitments of several kids on their current list. In particular, three targets have stood out. One is a marquee commit from over the summer, another is a player with direct ties to the new coaching staff, and the third who would be a bonafide game changer, even if the odds on getting his signature are long. Bruce Judson Ranked as an 87 in the 247 Composite, Bruce Judson has been the headliner for this recruiting class since this past July when he, Emare Hogan, and Demetri Burch all announced their commitments to USF at the same time. However, with the departure of Taggart, the Cocoa product reopened his recruitment, citing USF, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, and Oregon as his final four (also taking an official visit to Oregon State). Judson did indicate the he will make his official visit to USF next weekend before the contact period ends, trying to get one last impression of the school and coaching staff before signing day. On the flip side, new OC Sterlin Gilbert and staff will vie for one last opportunity to convince the highly sought-after athlete to stay put and sign with USF. Latavious Brini Quickly rising up USF’s radar has been three-star cornerback Latavious Brini out of Mater Academy in Miami. The Miami-Dade County native made his official visit to USF last weekend and is being heavily courted by the likes of Oklahoma, Miami, Georgia, and Oregon. 5️⃣ pic.twitter.com/yU9pi0OQ5h — Latavious Brini ⚡️ (@Tall_Man26) January 14, 2017 An interesting element is that Brini has a prior relationship to new USF defensive backs coach Corey Bell, who tried to recruit him to FAU and even coached against him during his stint at American Senior High School. That’s where having staff members with direct connections to South Florida really comes in handy, even on short notice. Marvin Wilson It was huge news last month when #1 defensive tackle in the nation Marvin Wilson tagged USF in his final five along with bluebloods LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and Florida State. The elite prospect will get an opportunity to see Tampa and the Bulls’ campus firsthand on his official visit to USF this weekend. Hailing from the Houston area, Wilson developed a strong relationship with Charlie Strong and new defensive coordinator Brian Jean-Mary at Texas before they were let go at the end of last season. The strong relationship with the two obviously never subsided. Now he’s giving some consideration to following them to Tampa. It would be a huge longshot for USF to land Wilson come National Signing Day. But if they were to pull off this massive coup, it would be the biggest recruiting story of the day and the largest recruiting upset since, well, Ed Oliver going to Houston last season. Who knows, anything could happen. We’ll continue to keep you updated for the next two weeks and as always, don’t tweet at recruits. View the full article
  10. PREVIEW: USF will travel to Fort. Myers, Fla., for their first match of the season against Florida Gulf Coast University. View the full article