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  1. USF ATHLETICS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: Bulls Face Pirates In Winners Bracket Thursday Matchup: USF (41-15, 15-10 The American) vs. ECU (30-27, 13-11 The American) Date: Thursday, May 25, 2017 Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Clearwater, Fla., | Spectrum Field Follow: Stats | Listen | Watch TAMPA, MAY 24, 2017 – The University of South Florida baseball team looks to advance to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Championships when it takes on East Carolina Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The game can be heard on AM 1040 and will be aired live on The American Digital Network. Tickets to the tournament can be purchased at the Spectrum Field box office or by calling 727-467-4457. The fourth-seeded Bulls got by fifth-seeded Tulane with a come-from-behind 7-6 win. USF trailed 3-0 and 6-3 at one point before scoring the final four runs, including two in the eighth. Junior Duke Stunkel Jr. (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) had the game-tying double in the eighth then scored the winning run later in the frame. Series History The Bulls and Pirates met from May 5-7. USF swept ECU in the final home series of the season to take a 7-5 edge in the all-time series in Tampa. The Bulls are riding a six-game winning streak against the Pirates. The two sides met in the first game of last year’s American Athletic Conference Championship, where USF won 4-2. Notables · The Bulls have won at least one game in the conference tournament in each of the last six seasons, having made it to the Big East Championship game in 2011. · Junior Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) went 2-for-4 with two runs in the win Tuesday. · Sophomore David Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. He hit his seventh homer of the season. Classmate Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) hit a three-run blast in the fourth, his sixth of the year. · USF is now 32-0 when leading after the eighth inning this season and 19-8 in games decided by two runs or less. It has also won 18 games when trailing after the sixth inning. · Peter Strzelecki (Lake Worth, Fla.) leads the team with a 2.48 ERA and went 8.1 innings allowing just three hits and one earned run against ECU on May 7. He struck out a career-high 10 batters in the win. · Redshirt-freshman Shane McClanahan (Cape Coral, Fla.) will start Thursday against the Pirates. He leads the team and conference with 12.67 strikeouts per nine innings. · The Bulls’ pitching staff entered the tournament still atop the country in strikeouts per nine innings and inside the top-10 in team ERA, hits allowed per nine innings and WHIP. · USF set the single season program record for most strikeouts in a season on May 18 at UCF with 547. The team currently sits at 582 on the year. · USF is seeking its first conference tournament title since 1995. · Sophomore Tyler Dietrich (Naples, Fla.) went 6-for-8 in two games vs. the Pirates earlier in the month with five RBI and was named conference Player of the Week for his efforts. Scouting Report – East Carolina The Pirates mashed their way to a 14-3 win over top-seeded UCF on Tuesday night. They clubbed 15 hits led by a 3-for-5 effort from Tyler Watkins, who had two runs and two RBI as well. He holds the team-lead with a .349 average. Charlie Yorgen went 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI and is second on the squad with a .341 average along with third baseman Eric Tyler. Trey Benton will start for the Pirates Thursday. He holds a 3-4 record and a 4.26 ERA in 13 starts. He leads the team with 70 strikeouts and has just 18 walks.
  2. Thanks for your post. Many here remember him and were saddened by the news. Your comments on your brother were added to a thread on the main board.
  3. USF ATHLETICS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: Follow USF Men’s Basketball on Twitter Like USF Men’s Basketball on Facebook Coach Gregory Completes First Signing Class with Three Grad Transfers The Bulls add Terrence Samuel and Payton Banks from Penn State and Stephan Jiggetts of Fairleigh Dickinson TAMPA, MAY 24, 2017 – In the final step of his first recruiting class, University of South Florida head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory and his staff announced the signing of three graduate transfers to financial aid agreements on Wednesday. From Penn State, the Bulls will be adding 6-foot-3 guard Terrence Samuel and 6-foot-6 wing Payton Banks from Penn State. USF also signed Stephan (pronounced STEPH-on) Jiggetts, a 6-foot-1 guard from Farleigh Dickinson University. All three student-athletes will be able to compete for USF in the 2017-18 season and have one year of eligibility remaining. “I'm very happy to have Terrence, Payton and Stephan join our program,” said Gregory. “They are true student-athletes, who have graduated and earned their degrees in four years. They have had tremendous personal and collective success as players, winning championships and competing in postseason tournaments. Now, they are ready to make a positive impact here at USF and provide some important veteran stability. With all the opportunities they had in the recruiting process, their enthusiasm and desire to be a part of our new era at USF was both inspiring and refreshing.” From Brooklyn, N.Y., Samuel averaged four points and three rebounds per game for Penn State last season. He netted a career-high 16 points against Colgate (11/23) and appeared in 28 of the team's 33 games. Samuel shot 44 percent in Big Ten conference action. “Terrence is a highly competitive and versatile guard who has proven his ability to impact a game on both ends of the court,” added Gregory. “He has the size, strength and toughness to be very effective at both guard spots, creating scoring opportunities for himself and others.” Samuel sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. He began his collegiate career at UConn, where he was a part of the Huskies' program during his freshman and sophomore seasons. Samuel appeared in 56 games, making seven starts. He was a member of the 2013-14 NCAA champion UConn men's basketball team,scoring 11 points in the semifinal game over Villanova (3/22). A native of Orange, Calif., Banks has made 44 starts over three years for the Nittany Lions. He averaged 10 points per game last season, sinking 36 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. In 2016-17, Banks converted 73 three-pointers and made 82 percent of his free throw attempts. “Payton impacts our program in such a positive way due to his versatility on the perimeter,” said Gregory. “Obviously, he is an exceptional three-point shooter, but his versatility and scoring acumen will also be of benefit in our system.” Banks redshirted his initial season at Penn State in 2013-14 before appearing in 29 games the following year. He made 31 starts as a sophomore during the 2014-15 campaign, averaging nine points and four rebounds per game. From Forestville, Md., Jiggetts was named All-Northeast Conference in 2016-17, when he averaged 13 points, four assists and three rebounds per game. He posted a team-high 125 assists, shot 31 percent from beyond the arc and tallied a triple-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Lipscomb (11/19). “Stephan brings the guard skills that were so important for us in this recruiting class,” added Gregory. “His tremendous physical and mental toughness, along with his skill package allows him to influence the game in transition, half-court sets, and by both scoring and creating scoring opportunities.” Jiggetts averaged 11 points per game in his sophomore season at FDU and notched another 98 assists, helping guide the Knights to the 2016 Northeast Conference Championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Banks, Jiggetts and Samuel will join fellow commits Justin Brown, David Collins , TJ Lang , Laquincy Rideau, Nikola Scekic and Alexis Yetna in Coach Gregory's first signing class at USF. Class of 2017 Signees Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl.-Exp. Hometown [High School/Previous School] Payton Banks F 6-6 223 Gr.-TR Orange, Calif. [Penn State] Justin Brown G/F 6-6 210 Fr.-HS Birmingham, Ala. [Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)] David Collins G 6-3 200 Fr.-HS Youngstown, Ohio [First Love Christian Academy (Pa.)] Stephan Jiggetts G 6-1 195 Gr.-TR Forestville, Md. [Fairleigh Dickinson] TJ Lang* G 6-7 210 Sr.-TR Mobile, Ala. [Auburn] Laquincy Rideau* G 6-1 210 Jr.-TR West Palm Beach, Fla. [Gardner-Webb] Terrence Samuel G 6-3 208 Gr.-TR Brooklyn, N.Y. [Penn State] Nikola Scekic C 7-2 250 Jr.-TR Belgrade, Serbia [Hutchinson CC (Kan.)] Alexis Yetna F 6-8 220 Fr.-HS Baltimore, Md. [Putnam Science Academy (Conn.)] *Sitting out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA Transfer Rules* About USF Men's Basketball
  4. Hello TBP members, Please join me in welcoming MAwmillerSister to MAwmillerSister joined us on the 05/24/2017. View Member Go Bulls!
  5. I'd rather not. ☺
  6. Candidates: Derek Busciglio 1997-98 Lee Roy Selmon, Jr. 1999-2004 Siaosi Uhatafe 2006 Matt Aycox 2007 Demi Thompson 2013 Daniel Awoleke 2014-2016 Please go to the poll and vote for the best. Your comments on each player is invited. Could make some good offseason discussion at we prepare for our 21st season of football competition.
  7. Strzelecki needs redemption. Glad he gets another shot at the tinmen.
  8. USF ATHLETICS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: Bulls Rally Past Tulane to Open Conference Tourney By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer CLEARWATER, Fla., MAY 23, 2017 – Powered by a two-run eighth inning, fourth-seeded USF rallied past fifth-seeded Tulane, 7-6, in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference Championship at Spectrum Field. Duke Stunkel Jr. tied things up in the pivotal eighth frame with an RBI double and came around to score the winning run on a Tulane fielding error. USF (41-15) initially built confidence at the plate with a three-run homer by Chris Chatfield in the fourth inning. David Villar hit a solo homer an inning later and went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs and walks. Tulane (27-30) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning with a two-out rally that started with a close play at first base. Grant Witherspoon just beat the throw on an infield single that scored Grant Brown. On batter later, Hunter Hope hit a two-run homer over the left field wall. USF showcased some power of its own in the bottom of the fourth and tied the game up in the process. Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) launched a three-run homer that landed well over the 401-foot sign in center field. Trailing, 6-3, in the fifth frame, USF's power surge continued with a solo homer in line-drive fashion to left field off the bat of Villar (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). One inning later, Villar was back at it with a two-out RBI single to center field that cut the Bulls' deficit to 6-5. Stunkel denied Tulane's Hope of extra bases with a leaping catch at center field wall in the sixth and provided more heroics in the eighth. Stunkel's team-leading 15th double scored Kevin Merrell (Odessa, Fla.) from first before Stunkel tallied the winning run from third with one out. USF's bullpen came through in the clutch with Andrew Perez (Miami) striking out three in two scoreless innings. Joe Cavallaro (Venice, Fla.) closed the door on Tulane by stranding two runners in the ninth inning of his fifth save of the season. Notables - USF improved to 32-0 this season when leading after eight innings. The Bulls are 19-8 in games decided by two runs or fewer. - The Bulls have won at least one conference tournament game in each of the last six seasons. - Starter Phoenix Sanders recorded his 100th strikeout of the season to cap off a 1-2-3 first inning. Sanders now leads the team with 102 strikeouts. USF's pitching staff added to its single-season program strikeout record that's up to 582. - Sanders gave up three runs on five hits in four innings. The right-hander exited the game shortly after a ball deflected off his pitching hand on the play that gave Tulane a 1-0 lead. “We don't think it's anything serious,” head coach Mark Kingston said. “We'll probably know a little bit more tomorrow, but it was a combination of let's not push it, let's not take any chances with the postseason the following weeks as well. It seemed like the right time.” - USF posted its fifth multi-homer game of the season. The Bulls hit two homers in a game for the third time this season. Quotables Head coach Mark Kingston on how the game unfolded for the Bulls: “It was two really good teams that were able to take advantage of the conditions. The wind was blowing out hard today, so you saw a lot of homers from both teams. I just thought at the end, we got one more big hit.” Kingston on the importance of starting the tournament with a win: “It's hard to win at the end if you don't start successfully. In a tournament like this, getting off on a good foot is paramount. You're still only going to be as good as your next game, so we'll catch our breath tomorrow and come out the next day ready to go.” Kingston on Chris Chatfield's three-run homer that tied the game up in the fourth inning: “I think that was a ball that he just timed well and he got the barrel to where that ball was cutting. It went a long way, no doubt about it, and I thought that sparked us. That kind of gave us a little confidence that we could potentially get those guys.” Duke Stunkel on the key to success during the pivotal, two-run eighth inning that put USF ahead: “I think it was just stringing our hits together. Throughout the game, we were getting some hits… We were just stringing them together when it mattered, which is huge because we weren't able to do that early on.” Key Stats - Andrew Perez improved to 6-2 after striking out the side in the eighth and scattering two hits in two scoreless innings. Perez lowered his season ERA to 1.78. - USF recorded four of its 10 total strikeouts in the final two innings to seal the win. - Leadoff man Kevin Merrell went 2-for-4 and scored two runs. Catcher Andres Leal collected two of USF's 10 total hits. Up Next USF has yet to decide on a starting pitcher for Thursday's 7 p.m. game against the East Carolina-UCF winner on Tuesday night. Tickets can be purchased at the Spectrum Field box office or by calling 727-467-4457.
  9. RUFF NAMED TO RIMINGTON WATCH LIST May 22, 2017 By USF Senior center started every game for record-setting USF offense in 2016 TAMPA, MAY 22, 2017 – USF senior center Cameron Ruff (Tampa, Fla.) has been named to the 2017 Rimington Trophy Watch List, which recognizes the top centers in college football. Ruff is the first Bull named to a national award watch list as USF prepares for a 2017 season that kicks off Sat., Aug. 26 at San Jose State. Eight Bulls were named to 13 national awards watch lists during the 2016 season. Ruff was among seven American Athletic Conference players named to the watch list. The Rimington Trophy is a member of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA), which encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Ruff started all 13 games at center in 2016 an earned the team's Offensive Lineman of the Year award. He helped the USF offense set school records with 77 touchdowns, 47 rushing touchdowns (second in the FBS), 3,714 rushing yards and 6,650 yards of total offense, while ranking in the top 20 in the nation in sacks allowed (1.15). Behind Ruff and the Bulls offensive line, USF extend its nation-leading streak of 30-plus point games to 17 as Ruff helped pave the way for USF to finish the season ranked fifth nationally in rushing offense (285.3 ypg), fourth in scoring offense (43.8 ppg) and 11th in total offense (511.5 ypg). The Rimington Trophy is presented annually to the Most Outstanding Center in NCAA Division I-A College Football. Since its inception, the Rimington Trophy has raised over $2.9 million for the cystic fibrosis community. The award is overseen by the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which is committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and has raised over $130 million for the fight against the progressive, genetic disease. Dave Rimington, the award's namesake, was a consensus first-team All-American center at the University of Nebraska in 1981 and 1982, during which time he became the Outland Trophy's only double winner as the nation's finest college interior lineman. For more on the Rimington Trophy and a list of past recipients, visit - #GoBulls -
  10. Or continuing to field a team after multiple 0-12 seasons