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  1. USF TRAVELS TO INDIANA TO OPEN HOOSIER TIP-OFF CLASSIC November 18, 2017 Matchup: USF (2-1) at Indiana (1-2) Date: Sunday, Nov. 19 Time: 6 p.m. Location: Bloomington, Ind. | : Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222) Watch: Big Ten Network (Brandon Gaudin, Bob Wenzel) Radio: AM 820 | GoUSFBulls.com | Bulls Unlimited (Jim Lighthall, Joey Johnston) Follow: Stats | Twitter TAMPA, NOV. 18, 2017 – The University of South Florida men's basketball team looks to win its second straight road game in the opener of the Hoosier Tip-Off Classic against Indiana (1-2). This is the Bulls' first matchup with a Big Ten team since Nov. 20, 2011, when USF dropped a low scoring affair, 53-49, against Penn State in the Naismith Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic in Uncasville, Conn. The Bulls won their first road game of the season on Wednesday night (Nov. 15) at Stetson, 75-72, behind 18 points each from Payton Banks (Orange, Calif.) and Stephan Jiggetts(Forrestville, Md.). Terrence Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y.) chipped in 15 points with career highs in rebounds (eight) and assists (seven). THE OPPONENT Indiana (1-2) lost its last game at No. 22 Seton Hall, 84-68, as part of the Gavitt Tip-Off Games. The Hoosiers also dropped their season opener to Indiana State, 90-69, at Assembly Hall. Their lone win came in the second game of the season against Howard in their first game of the Hoosier Tip-Off Classic. The Bulls will face Howard at the Sun Dome on Nov. 22. The Hoosiers' leading scorer so far this season is sophomore forward De'Ron Davis, who is averaging 11.7 points through three games. He leads the Big Ten, shooting 78.9 percent (15-for-19) from the field. The matchup marks the first meeting between USF and Indiana. Hoosiers first-year head coach Archie Miller was USF head coach Brian Gregory's replacement at Dayton when Gregory took the Georgia Tech head coaching job following the 2010-11 season. NOTABLES Brian Gregory secured his 250th career head coaching victory against Stetson. Gregory won 172 games as the head coach at Dayton from 2003-11 and won 78 games at Georgia Tech from 2011-16 before arriving at USF. The Bulls last defeated a Big Ten opponent on Dec. 6, 1997, a 67-49 win at Ohio State. USF is 7-13 all-time against Big Ten opponents. USF is shooting 81.0% (47-for-58) so far this season from the free throw line, good for second in the American Athletic Conference. Guard Stephan Jiggetts is 9-of-10 from the line this season and guard Terrence Samuel is 14-of-16 to lead the way for the Bulls. Center Nikola Scekic (Belgrade, Serbia) pulled down a career high seven boards against Stetson, and also tied his career high with four points. USF BULLS on GoUSFBulls.com
  2. Seniors Lead Bulls to 27-20 Win Over Tulsa TAMPA, NOV. 16, 2017 – Seniors led No. 23 USF to a 27-20 win over Tulsa Thursday, as the Bulls' veterans stood out in all three phases of the game in the regular season home finale at Raymond James Stadium.Senior linebacker Auggie Sanchez (St. Petersburg) became the program's all-time leading tackler with 378 career stops after matching his career high with 14 tackles. Sanchez also tied his career high with three of USF's season-high 13 tackles for loss.Senior defensive tackle Deadrin Senat (Immokalee, Fla.) set a new career high with 13 tackles while USF (9-1, 6-1) improved to 5-1 at home this season. Senat has averaged eight tackles in the past six games to help put USF in a position to compete for a conference championship game trip next week in Orlando.Senior quarterback Quinton Flowers (Miami) posted his 14th-career 100-yard rushing game, finishing with 119 yards on 17 carries (7.0 ypc). Flowers also threw touchdown passes to Tyre McCants (Niceville, Fla.) and Darnell Salomon (Miami) during USF's 21-point first quarter.Senior Emilio Nadelman (Miami) set a new USF season record with 20 made field goals after going 2-for-2 with kicks from 41 and 48 yards out. Nadelman moved up to third on USF's season scoring list with 103 points.Explosive USF racked up 339 yards of offense (222 rushing) in the first half with five 20-plus yard plays on the way to a 24-17 halftime lead.Tulsa (2-9, 1-6) took a 7-0 lead on its first series of the game before USF took control with three straight touchdown drives, including two scoring passes from Flowers.McCants started the scoring spree with a tip-toe act down the sideline near the end of a 25-yard touchdown catch on USF's second drive of the game. Tice put the Bulls ahead with a career-long 54-yard touchdown run before Salomon hauled in a 35-yard scoring catch with 2:04 remaining in the first quarter.Clutch special teams plays helped USF extend its lead to 27-17 almost midway through the third quarter. Seven plays after senior Devon Jones-Stewart's blocked punt, Nadelman set the new USF season record with his 20th made field goal from 48 yards out.Tulsa cut the USF lead to 27-20 with 4:19 remaining before the Bulls' defense stepped up late to seal the victory. Tulsa got down to the USF 30 on its final drive, but pressure forced an incompletion on fourth-and-9 with 27 seconds left.QuotableHead coach Charlie Strong on the Bulls continuing success under a new coaching staff this season:"Usually when you take over a program where they won 11 games, a lot of times there's going to be a lot of resentment. There's going to be some guys who think they're better than what they are and they don't want to listen to you. But this group never did. The reason why they didn't was because of the two leaders. With Auggie and with Q, they bought into it... This group never made it about themselves. The only thing this group did is they went to work each and every game."Strong on the importance of next week's game at UCF:"Our guys understand what's at stake. We've just got to continue to play well and we just need to put together a complete game, which we haven't done."Key Stats279 – The total rushing yards for USF, which averaged 6.2 yards per carry.229 – The amount of yards of offense USF totaled in the first quarter on the way to a 21-7 lead.13 – USF finished with a season-high 13 tackles for loss, including three by senior Auggie Sanchez.3 – USF's defense allowed only three points in the second half to help the Bulls hold on for the victory.Notables LB Auggie Sanchez set the new USF career tackles record with 378. Sanchez needed four tackles coming in to break Kawika Mitchell's previous record (367 tackles, 1999-2002) and tied his career high with 14 stops. K Emilio Nadelman set a new USF season record with 20 made field goals after connecting from 41 and 48 yards out. USF improved to 5-1 at home this season. Over the past two seasons, USF is 11-2 at Raymond James Stadium. Charlie Strong was a winner in his 100th career game as a head coach. Prior to kickoff, the program recognized 23 seniors: RB D'Ernest Johnson, CB Deatrick Nichols, RB Darius Tice, QB Quinton Flowers, DT Deadrin Senat, WR Marquez Valdes-Scanting, WR Temi Alaka, S Tajee Fullwood, S Devin Abraham, LB Devon Jones-Stewart, K Emilio Nadelman, LB Auggie Sanchez, P Jonathan Hernandez, TE Spencer Adkinson, TE KJ Miles, DT Bruce Hector, OL Glen Bethel, LG Jeremi Hall, C Cameron Ruff, TE Ryan Hintze, WR Trevor Steinke, WR Ryeshene Bronson and DE Mike Love. Up NextUSF finishes up the regular season with an important War on I-4 clash at UCF on Friday, Nov. 24 that will decide which team wins The American's East Division.Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the game will be broadcast nationally on ABC from Spectrum Stadium in Orlando. GoUSFBulls.com
  3. BULLS TAKE FIRST ROAD GAME OVER STETSON, 75-72 DELAND, FLA., NOV. 15, 2017 – The Bulls came out running early, scoring 41 points in the first half before securing Brian Gregory's 250th career head coaching victory with a 75-72 road win at Stetson.USF (2-1) shot 56 percent (14-for-25) from the field and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the first half that saw the Bulls take an 11-point lead. Then the Bulls closed it out in thrilling fashion with some big defensive stops down the stretch.Overall, USF shot 52 percent (25-for-48) from the field, including 45.5 percent (10-for-22) from three.The Bulls had four players in double-figures, with Stephan Jiggetts and Payton Banks leading the way with 18 points each. Terrence Samuel chipped in 13 points to go along with career highs in rebounds (eight) and assists (seven).The victory marked the first road win for the Bulls since Dec. 1, 2016 over Troy, snapping a skid of 10 games. It's also the first time since the 2014-15 season that the Bulls won their road opener, when USF defeated UAB, 73-71.QuotableHead coach Brian Gregory on the defense down the stretch:"We executed well down the stretch, and more importantly they didn't get a second shot down the stretch. Tulio had a big rebound. Payton Banks had a big rebound. We went one possession in the zone, forced a quick shot, and got the rebound. We did a lot of good things."Gregory on the overall performance:"Any time you shoot 52 percent from the field, 45 percent from three, 70 percent from the free throw line and outrebound a team by 12, there's an effort level that was there. We started high, the guys responded well on a one-day turnaround after a disappointing performance on Monday. But you have to put that stuff in the rearview mirror."Terrence Samuel on USF's defense down the stretch:"That's our foundation. Coach gets on us every day in practice about playing defense, being in our gaps and finishing the play off the rebound. Those guys, they went on a run at the end, but I got the team together and said, 'Listen, our foundation is defense and that's going to win us this game.' So, they got some stops at the end."Key Stats14-for-25: USF shot 56.0 percent from the field in the first half.8-for-8: Terrence Samuel was 8-for-8 from the free throw line, eclipsing his previous career high of seven made free throws.13: The Bulls have won 13 straight meetings with the Hatters, dating back to 1989.Notables USF has gone 47-for-58 (81 percent) from the free throw line in the first three games this season. Payton Banks set a new season high with 12 points in the first half, while Terrence Samueltied his season high with 13 in the half. Nikola Scekic chipped in seven boards, a new career high. Up NextUSF will travel to Bloomington, Ind. to take on Indiana on Sunday at 6 p.m. This will be the first meeting ever between the Bulls and the Hoosiers and is the first of four games as part of the Hoosier Tip-Off Classic. The game will be broadcast nationwide on the Big Ten Network.
  4. TAMPA (Nov. 13, 2017) – USF head coach Ashley Fisher added three signees for Fall 2018. The Bulls will welcome Niels Van Noord, Ivan Yatsuk and Sergio Gomez-Montesa. "These were the guys that we have wanted for a long time, and I couldn't be more excited to see everything work out. I believe this group will take USF men's tennis to the next level, and help us begin competing for national championships." Van Noord from Montreal, Canada, will be ranked inside the top 200 in the junior world rankings by next year, and will play in the Australian Open qualifying round. He has already qualified for an ITF pro futures event and has been one of the top Canadian juniors for several years. "Niels has worked incredibly hard this year and made huge strides in his game," said Fisher. "His athletic, all-court game is going to adapt perfectly to college tennis and we are excited about his future." Ivan Yatsuk was born in Belarus, but is now a U.S. citizen residing in Bradenton, Fla. He qualified for two ITF futures events this summer and recorded his first ATP point, putting him at 1,944 in the world. "Ivan has the physical tools to be one of the best players in the country," said Fisher. "He can adapt his game easily to any opponent, and we believe he is going to have a huge future with USF tennis and beyond." Gomez-Montesa from Valencia, Spain, will also be ranked inside the top 200 in the world in juniors by next year. He made the semifinals of the Spanish under 18's this summer. "Sergio is an exciting player who has the ability to take over matches with his forehand, said Fisher. "He has incredible work ethic and embodies everything that USF athletics is about."
  5. TAMPA, NOV. 14, 2017 – University of South Florida women's basketball head coach Jose Fernandez and his staff announced the first signee of his 2018 class Tuesday. International standout Iris Tsafara signed her National Letter of Intent to join the Bulls for the 2018-19 season. "Iris fits our perimeter play needs in this class," said Fernandez. "She brings international experience along with high level club experience as well. It's exciting to bring another sound young lady into our Bulls family.". Tsafara, a 6-0 wing from Athens, Greece, boasts experience with the U16 Greek National team. Tsafara led her team, the U18 Ikaros Kallitheas team, to the final four, where they finished second in the National A2 Division. Tsafara grew up around the game of basketball. Her father, Kosta, currently practices medicine in Athens, but played professionally and coached in Greece. Tsafara plans to study Architecture at USF.
  6. By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, NOV. 14, 2017 – Tiffany Prats has added a program-changer for the 2018-19 season. USF's second-year head coach has announced the signing of accomplished talent Ramya Meenakshisundaram, who will tee off for the Bulls as a freshman next fall. "The potential Ramya has and what she can do in college is limitless," Prats said. "She's going to work hard, she's going to get better and she wants to get better. I'm really excited to get a player like that to come in here who is buying into the vision we have for the program. She really wants to be a part of creating history at USF." The four-year team captain for Atlantic Coast High School in Jacksonville was named 2015 Florida Times Union Golf of the Year and is a four-time winner at her prep conference tournament. Meenakshisundaram's golf resume is packed with other shining achievements that include victories at the Florida Junior Tour event at Amelia National in 2017, the 2017 First Coast Women's Amateur, where she was a runner-up in 2015, and the 2015 AGJA Gary Gilchrist Junior Open at Innisbrook. "She's played in a lot of really big tournaments and has had success," Prats said. Meenakshisundaram also qualified as a medalist at the 2017 USGA Women's Amateur Championship and has competed in the USGA Junior Championship the past two years. The 2016 AJGA Trans-America honor roll member has posted five top-10 performances at AJGA tournaments, including a top-three finish at the AJGA Davis Love III event in 2016. "Anyone that knows Ramya loves her," Prats said. "She has a great reputation around the golf world and her golf game, you look at her scores and they're constantly trending downward. We're really excited to see her hard work paying off." Meenakshisundaram also was a semifinalist at the 2017 Florida Women's Amateur and has set a great example in the classroom as an AP/honor roll student with a 4.6 grade-point average. Her academic accolades include two AP Scholar Awards and she's the president of the National Junior Honor Society at her school. "Overall, she's a great person, player and a great student. Ramya is going to bring something to the team that we need," Prats said. "She has the drive, dedication and the work ethic that are key to building a successful program. She is going to be a key piece to our rebuilding and I look for her to make an immediate impact." About USF Women's Golf USF women's golf completed its first season under the guidance of head coach Tiffany Prats in 2016-17. USF posted its first tournament victory since 2012 at the Hoya Invitational and collected seven top-10 finishes in 10 events. For the latest information on USF women's golf, follow the team on Twitter @USFWGolf and Facebook.
  7. Bulls Fall to Morgan State, 63-53 By TOM ZEBOLDUSF Senior WriterTAMPA, NOV. 13, 2017 – Terrence Samuel scored nine of his team-high 13 points in the second half, but USF couldn't heat up after the break in a 63-53 loss to Morgan State on Monday night.Eyeing its first 2-0 start since the 2014-15 season, USF (1-1) shot 34.8 percent from the field and was in comeback mode for more than 31 minutes in the programs' second-ever meeting.Samuel, a grad transfer from Penn State, posted his first double-digit scoring game with the Bulls and tied for the team lead with seven rebounds. Tulio Da Silva (Formiga, Brazil) finished in double figures for the second straight game with 11 points after going 5-for-10 from the field.Coming off a career-high 20-point outing, Da Silva powered USF early with seven points in a back-and-forth first half that featured eight lead changes. Morgan State headed into the break with a 32-26 lead after USF went scoreless for nearly the final three minutes of the half.Morgan State (1-1) took control in the second half with a 13-0 run that extended its advantage to 45-31 with 14 minutes remaining. Samuel's three-point play cut the deficit to 55-49 with 3:08 to play, but that's as close as USF got the rest of the way.QuotableHead coach Brian Gregory's opening thoughts:"A lot of credit goes to Morgan State. They scrapped, did a great job defensively on us and played extremely hard. They were very disciplined in what they needed to get done and executed their game plan probably perfectly. They got us down and we didn't respond well. That's one of the challenges that we're going to face."Gregory on what the Bulls need to do to respond: "Now it's time to get down in the stance. It's time on offense to make an extra pass and knock down a big shot, or knock down a free throw. We didn't respond and that's what this game is all about. In close games, you've got to respond in positive ways and we didn't do that tonight. Hopefully we'll learn from that."Key Stats7-for-22: USF shot 31.8 percent from the field in the second half.20: Morgan State grabbed 20 of its 35 total rebounds in the second half and seven of its 12 total offensive boards after the break.Notables Brian Gregory remains one win away from No. 250 in his head coaching career. USF has gone 32-for-37 (86 percent) from the free throw line in the first two games this season. Malik Martin (Miami) also finished with a team-high seven rebounds, which matched his career high. Morgan State was picked first in the MEAC preseason poll. Up NextUSF will travel to DeLand, Fla., to take on Stetson on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Fans can catch the game on ESPN3. GoUSFBulls.com
  8. TAMPA, Nov. 10, 2017 – The University of South Florida volleyball team and head coach Courtney Draper are pleased to announce the signing of four talented players for the NCAA early signing period. Hailing from four different states, the Bulls added excellent size to four separate positions. "I'm thrilled about this class, as it is one of the biggest classes that we have signed, both in height and in number," said Draper. "We welcome three players over 6-foot-1 to add some much needed size to our roster." Lauren LaBeck | 6-1 | Setter | Round Lake, Ill. | Grayslake Central LaBeck has tallied a school-record 1,795 career assists at Grayslake Central, playing for head coach Jason Janczak. In her senior season, she set a single-season school record with 784 assists, 53 service aces and 49 kills. As a junior and senior, LaBeck was named to the Daily Herald Lake County All-Area team and earned NLCC All-Conference honors. She was named the Buffalo Wild Wings October Athlete of the Month and team MVP as a senior. Playing club volleyball, LaBeck was named to the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championship 18 Club All-Star team and earned third place at the Girl's International Youth Division with the USA Volleyball HP Continental Team. "With the graduation of Alex Mendoza at the setter position after this season, we are very excited to welcome Lauren LaBeck," said Draper. "She competes for one of the top clubs in the country and they are known for developing the setter position better than anyone. Lauren not only has the tangible skills, but also a mindset that can help get USF volleyball to the next level." Nicole Legg | 6-3 | Middle Blocker | Union, Ky. | Larry A. Ryle High School Legg was a four-year varsity letter winner at Larry A. Ryle High School, playing for head coach Tasha Lovins. Legg has played in 397 sets, totaled 1,109 kills with a .364 hitting percentage, recorded 151 blocks and 44 aces. She set career-highs as a senior with 385 kills and 96 blocks. Named to the Under Armour Watchlist in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Member of the 33rd District All-Tournament team and 9th Region First Team as a junior and senior. Selected for the European Global Challenge as a senior. Member of the USAV Girls Junior National All-Tournament team. "Nicole Legg is the tallest of the group measuring over 6-foot-3 and has a complete cannon for an arm," said Draper. "She is versatile in her attacking, where she can go in front or behind the setter and puts up a big block." Peyton Thompson | 6-2 | Right Side | Spartanburg, S.C. | Spartanburg Christian Academy Thompson was a four-year varsity letter winner at Spartanburg Christian Academy, playing for head coach Andrew Garland. Thompson posted career numbers of 2,015 kills, 259 blocks, 262 digs and 203 service aces. She was named a team captain as a sophomore and senior and was named All-County as well as a North-South All-Star all four years. Thompson was named the VCISA 2A Player of the Year as a sophomore and junior. "Peyton Thompson is a lefty right side player who has had a decorated high school career," said Draper. "She will be another important offensive weapon and her blocking is a tremendous compliment to her offense." Lindsey Pliapol | 6-0 | Outside Hitter | Daytona Beach, Fla. | Spruce Creek High School The only in-state signee, Pliapol was a four-year varsity letter winner at Spruce Creek High School, playing for head coach Cara Swayze. She amassed 1,025 career kills, 190 blocks, 968 digs and 173 aces. Pliapol tallied no fewer than 220 kills in each season and no less than 220 digs. She was named team captain as a senior and earned the AVCA Under Armour All-American Award all four years. As a junior, she was named the Spectrum Sports Player of the Year for volleyball. "Lindsey Pliapol will be the only Florida native from this signing class, but she is one of the best players in the state," said Draper. "Lindsey is the complete player and should help us immediately. Lindsey is a six rotation outside hitter who can pass and defend as well as she can swing. She has such great ball control skills and understands the game at a very high level." The four signees follow a five-member class that was brought in for 2017. USF has seen great contributions from this season's freshmen and the two classes will have the opportunity to play together for three years. "It has been fun to watch these players get to know each other over the past year or so and I think that the combination of them together will really help transform our program," said Draper. "They are great players, great students and even better people. I can't wait for each of them to join us in Tampa."
  9. TAMPA (Nov. 13, 2017) – Head coach Ken Eriksen and the USF softball program are excited to announce one of the most well-rounded recruiting classes the program has ever seen. The Bulls added athleticism to the program by recruiting eight student-athletes that can play multiple positions. Meghan Sheehan (Forest Hill, Md.) from John Carroll High School brings speed, power, and versatility to the Bulls. The left-handed hitter can play infield and outfield. "Meghan is a threat at the plate in all respects," said Eriksen. "Good eye, can bunt, can slap and she can hit not only for average but also with power. She is a modern-day nuisance for the defense." Like Sheehan, Jaycie Micheal (Eustis, Fla.) from Eustis High School is a major offensive threat at the plate. She is an outfielder that covers a lot of ground. "Jaycie is the type of hitter that can bat one through five in your lineup," said Eriksen. "Similar to Sheehan, she has the ability to do multiple things at the plate. I am also looking forward to her continuing the tradition of strong outfield play at USF. Not many balls will fall at the USF Stadium with the addition of Jaycie." Tayli Filla (Ft. Myers, Fla.) from Bishop Verot High School has a resume on the field that includes playing many positions including pitching. The versatile Filla also carries a heavy bat and is expected to give the Bulls another powerful hitter. "Tayli can be one of those hitters that you don't expect to hit for both average and power," said Eriksen. "Her head for the game and her work ethic will make the transition to Division I very successful. To have her ability to pitch is also a bonus." Brittany Hook (Willow Street, Pa.) from Penn Manor High School is a right-handed pitcher that can spot pitches and change speeds very well. "Brittany reminds me of a Greg Maddox type of pitcher," said Eriksen. "She can throw hard when she needs to, but she can get a hitter uncomfortable very quickly with her spins and speed changes. I look forward to her development as a pitcher with coach Jess Moore." Nicole Bechtel (Harrisburg, Pa.) from Central Dauphin High School is another Pennsylvania native that caught coach Eriksen's eye during a clinic. Bechtel, a catcher by trade, has played extensive travel ball the last few years, honing her skills for the transition to college softball. "Nicole will give us the traditional skilled catcher behind the plate," said Eriksen. "One with great instincts, can stop the running game with her arm, and keep balls in front. Combine that with good pop in her bat at the plate, and Bechtel will challenge for playing time when she arrives on campus." Dezarae Maldonado (Winter Haven, Fla.) form Auburndale High School is a slick fielding, middle infielder that carries a heavy barrel with her hitting. The softball savvy Maldanado can play any infield position. "Dez has developed quickly the last few years," said Eriksen. "Last summer her team captured a USA championship. That experience spells 'winner' for us. We can expect to see Dez at a few different spots for us as her versatility gives us tremendous depth in the infield." Megan Hargraves (Okeechobee, Fla.) from Okeechobee High School is a left-handed hitter that joins Sheehan and Michael as hitters that can bunt, slap and hit. "Megan's love for the game, her work ethic and her capacity to play all situations at a high level make her a valuable asset for any team," said Eriksen. "We can utilize her in the middle of the infield and the outfield. Hargraves gives us exciting options offensively." Megan Pierro (Lutz, Fla.) from Steinbrenner High School is a left-handed hitting infielder that can play in the middle or third base. "Megan Pierro is an old school type of grinder that relishes her time on the field training to get better," said Eriksen. "Pierro is a pure hitter that can play anywhere in the infield. Her wherewithal of situational play will make her very comfortable within our defensive schemes."
  10. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2hxUN5j FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: November 12, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Balanced Offense Sends No. 22 USF Past HBU TAMPA, NOV. 12, 2017 – Four players scored in double figures Sunday as the University of South Florida women’s basketball team surged past Houston Baptist at USF Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls outscored the Huskies 32-10 in the fourth quarter for a 90-43 victory. Kitija Laksa (Riga, Latvia) led the Bulls offensively with 26 points, shooting 48 percent from the floor. The junior knocked down four three-pointers and added eight rebounds. Senior Maria Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) collected her first double-double of the year with 17 points and 11 rebounds. The senior also added three assists and two steals. Laura Ferreira (Lisboa, Portugal) also grabbed a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds while senior Laia Flores (Mataro, Spain) filled her stat line with 14 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, five steals and did not commit a turnover. Tamara Henshaw (Palm Coast, Fla.) chipped in eight points and nine rebounds. The Bulls were slow to start, shooting 29 percent in the first quarter but slowly worked their way into a rhythm thanks to the energy of Alba Prieto (Seville, Spain), Vanessa Blagmon (Stockbridge, Ga.) and Shae Leverett (Rincon, Ga.) off the bench. The trio combined for 15 points and eight rebounds. QUOTABLES: Head coach Jose Fernandez on opening weekend: “We got through the weekend. It was a good opening weekend. We won two games, and now we have a little bit of time to prepare for the next two. KEY STATS: 32: USF shot 54 percent in the final 10 minutes and stretched its lead to 47 points thanks to 32 points in the fourth quarter. The Bulls outscored HBU 32-10. NOTABLES: • USF starts its season with a 2-0 record for the fourth time in the past five seasons. • Laura Ferreira has led the Bulls in rebounds for two-straight outings and averages 12.5 rebounds per game. • Maria Jespersen recorded her 13th career double-double, her first #DenmarkDouble of the 2017-18 season. • Kitija Laksa has made two-plus three-pointers in her last 10 outings and has gone 17-straight games with at least one trey. • USF turned in 20+ offensive rebounds for the second consecutive game. The Bulls 67 rebounds were nine rebounds shy of the team record (76, vs. Rollins, Dec. 8, 1980). UP NEXT: No. 23/22 USF returns to action Friday at Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls will host Arkansas State Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on GoUSFBulls.com via BullsVision. Season tickets are available for purchase, along with three- and five-game flex plans. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  11. Gregory Era Begins With Thrilling Season-Opening Win By TOM ZEBOLDUSF Senior WriterTAMPA, NOV. 10, 2017 – The Brian Gregory era of USF men's basketball began in thrilling fashion with a 60-59 victory over Florida Atlantic on Friday night.Stephan Jiggetts sent the loud Sun Dome crowd of 4,192 to its feet with a go-ahead, pull-up jumper with 12 seconds remaining. Malik Martin (Miami) pulled down the final rebound with two seconds left to help deliver Gregory's 249th career victory and his first with the Bulls in the regular season opener.Tulia Da Silva (Formiga, Brazil) poured in a career-high 20 points and used an all-out effort to force a crucial turnover with 27.3 seconds left that set the stage for Jiggetts' game-winning shot in the paint.Jiggetts, a graduate transfer for Fairleigh Dickinson, shined in his USF debut with 13 points, four rebounds and four assists.Grad transfer Terrence Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y.) finished with nine points and dished out four of his game-high six assists in a second half that kept Bulls fans on the edge of their seats.USF started the game on an 11-2 run and headed into the break with a 33-29 advantage before the lead changed hands four times. Dedicated to playing team defense, the Bulls finished the job by limiting FAU to a 1-for-4 shooting performance from the field in the final two minutes along with Da Silva forcing the pivotal turnover in the final minute.QuotableHead coach Brian Gregory's thoughts on the big win and the environment in the Sun Dome:"I'm very pleased with the result. We had a great environment tonight, hopefully something we can build on. Jose and the ladies got it going with a great win earlier and the electricity in the building continued there and I thought it was great… Our guys figured out a way to get the job done and made some plays there at the end that you have to make."Gregory on Da Silva's career performance:"Over the last two weeks, his daily habits have just gotten better and better and better. It's not rocket science. If you practice harder and practice better on a daily basis, you have a better chance of playing well and that's exactly what he's doing."Stephan Jiggetts on the play that set up his game-winning shot:"I knew I had the pick-and-roll. Payton came baseline and he drew a lot of attention. Then Tulio ducked in, so that opened up the lane for the floater."Tulio Da Silva on the team being ready to pull out a close game:"We prepared for close-game situations. We knew in situations like that to stay relaxed. In our closed scrimmage, we had those situations where we had to play it out and see how it goes. As far as the coaching staff, they trust in us and we trust in them. We just know what we have to do to get the 'W.'"Key Stats36: Thanks to USF's relentless defense, FAU shot 36 percent from the field and went just 25 percent from beyond the arc.20: USF scored 20 points off 12 FAU turnovers.15-for-17: USF's performance at the free throw line, which included a 2-for-2 effort by Jiggetts to cut the FAU lead to 59-58 with 54 seconds remaining.Notables USF improved to 35-12 all-time in season openers, including a 29-6 mark at home. Friday marked USF's second straight season-opening win. Finishing with a career-high 20 points, Tulio Da Silva has scored in double digits in five of his past six games, dating back to last season. All eight Bulls that saw action scored points. Grad transfers Stephan Jiggetts, Terrence Samuel and Payton Bankscombined to score 26 points. Link to GoUSFBulls.com Next Up: 2017-18 USF Basketball Prediction Contest: Bulls vs Morgan State
  12. TAMPA, NOV. 8, 2017 – University of South Florida head men's basketball coach Brian Gregory announced a trio of signings Wednesday on the first day of the NCAA early signing period. The Bulls inked 6-foot point-guard Xavier Castaneda (Chicago, Ill.), 6-11 center Michael Durr (Atlanta, Ga.), and 6-6 guard Rashun Williams (Edison, Ga.) to a National Letter of Intent. "I'm excited to announce the signing of three exceptional student-athletes today," Gregory said. A native of Chicago, Ill., Castaneda comes to USF from Whitney Young High School (Ill.), where he led the team to a Class 4A state title as a junior. In the championship game against Simeon High School (Ill.), Castaneda scored eight points and dished out nine assists. The 6-foot, 180-pound Castaneda, who was ranked as the sixth-best prospect out of the state of Illinois by 247 Sports, also received offers from Wichita State, Iowa State, Missouri, and Tulsa. Castaneda plays as a true point guard on the Mean Streets AAU team in the Nike EYBL. For Mean Streets, he averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 assists per game, leading his team with 78 assists in 16 games. "Bringing in a high-level point guard like Xavier Castaneda was very important to our program," Gregory said. "He comes from one of the best high school programs in the country in Whitney Young, a program that has produced so many high-level NBA players. He's a great student, comes from one of the best high school academic programs in the city of Chicago. He is a proven winner." The early signing class gets some Bay Area flair from center Michael Durr. Currently enrolled at Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Fla., Durr previously attended Oldsmar Christian School not far from the USF campus. Current Bulls Troy Holston and Isaiah Manderson also attended Oldsmar Christian. During his junior year at Oldsmar Christian, Durr helped bring home a Sunshine Independent Athletic Association title, averaging 12.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and three blocks per game according to his Oldsmar Christian head coach John Bianchi. Durr's Oldsmar Christian team defeated his current Victory Rock Prep team in last year's final. The 6-11, 230-pound Durr chose USF over offers from Georgetown, Memphis, DePaul, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Pittsburgh. Originally from Atlanta, Durr is ranked as the 12th-best prospect from Georgia according to ESPN.com and is a consensus three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals and 247 Sports. Durr also had a tremendous summer on the Under Armour circuit playing for the Atlanta Xpress, where he averaged 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. "I'm very excited to have Michael Durr join our program," Gregory said. "He's a high-level post player with great size and strength. One of the things that impressed me most has been his development and the work he's put in to continue to grow as a player. He's really driven to become an impact player." Rashun Williams comes to USF from Edison, Ga., where he starred at Calhoun County High School. He also plays for the Georgia Stars on the Nike EYBL circuit. The 6-6, 180-pound Williams is ranked as the 8th-best prospect from Georgia according to Hoopseen, one spot ahead of fellow USF signee Durr. Described as a great athlete with a long wingspan that can score both attacking the rim and hitting jumpers from three-point range by Rivals, Williams helped the Cougars win a GHSA 1-A state championship during his freshman season. He was a key in helping Calhoun County reach the state championship game again last year as a junior and was named Boys Player of the Year by the Albany Herald. He is rated a three-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals, and 247 Sports and chose USF over offers from James Madison, Florida Gulf Coast, and Middle Tennessee State, among others. He has stated an interest in majoring in mechanical engineering at USF, and is a member of the National Senior Beta Club at Calhoun, which requires members to maintain an A average. "Rashun Williams was our first verbal commit to our program in the class of 2018," Gregory said. "We're very excited to have him as part of our program. He comes from an unbelievable family – military background. He's very dedicated to becoming a great player and he has done an exceptional job in the classroom and is an honor student at Calhoun County High School. He's a great person, a hard worker, and he's going to be a great fit here at USF." Castaneda, Durr, and Williams mark the first three signees from Gregory's second signing class at USF. "One of the things that is so important to us is bringing in players who understand what it takes to win championships, a unique characteristic of all three of these players," Gregory said. "They have all won state championships at the high school level, have all played at the highest level on the AAU circuit and had great success, and are really driven to become better as players and as students as well. They will all fit into our system and what we are trying to build at the University of South Florida." About USF Men's Basketball The USF men's basketball team is led by head coach Brian Gregory. On March 22, Gregory was introduced as the 10th head coach in program history. He previously led programs at Georgia Tech (2011-16) and Dayton (2003-11). Gregory spent nearly a decade as an assistant coach under Michigan State's Hall of Fame head coach Tom Izzo and helped the Spartans win the 2000 NCAA National Championship. Gregory brings nearly 250 career head coaching wins and six postseason appearances, including the 2010 NIT Championship, to Tampa. USF has retired three numbers in its 47-year history: Chucky Atkins (12), Charlie Bradley (30) and Radenko Dobras (31). The Bulls have earned three NCAA tournament bids and appeared in the NIT eight times. For tickets, contact the USF Ticket Office at 1-800-Go-Bulls or by going online to USFBullsTix.com.
  13. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2m99Yn4 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: November 9, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Jespersen Recognized on Katrina McClain Award Watch List TAMPA, NOV. 9, 2017 – University of South Florida senior, Maria Jespersen, continues to make waves as she was named to the Katrina McClain Award watch list Thursday. Jespersen was classified as a power forward and was one of 20 to make the list. The Katrina McClain Award is named after the two-time All-American and 1987 National Player of the Year. The annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top power forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. “Katrina McClain was the ultimate power forward, bringing extraordinary effort and a double-double nearly every time she set foot on the court,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “From the University of Georgia to Team USA, Katrina made her mark on the game through heart and determination. The power forwards on this watch list display many of the characteristics that made Katrina such an outstanding player.” Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) was the Bulls’ best rebounder her junior year with 297 rebounds. The American Athletic Conference Most Improved Player of the Year upped her total from 153 rebounds to 297 in one year. Jespersen jumped from 5.9 points per game to a team second-best 14.7 points per game. Jespersen was an all-conference first team honoree last season. The winner of the 2018 Katrina McClain Power Forward Award will be announced during ESPN2’s telecast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 30. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award, and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, as well as the Wade Trophy, the sport’s oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award. For more information on the 2018 Katrina McClain Award, visithttp://www.hoophallawards.com. USF opens its season Friday, Nov. 10 at the USF Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls host LSU at 5:30 p.m. 2018 Katrina McClain Award Candidates Lauren Cox Baylor Kristine Anigwe California Camille Zimmerman Columbia Napheesa Collier Connecticut Leaonna Odom Duke Haley Lorenzen Florida G’mrice Davis Fordham Caliya Robinson Georgia Ashunae Durant Hofstra Megan Gustafson Iowa Myisha Hines-Allen Lousiville Erykah Davenport Miami Alex Johnson Middle Tennessee Jordan Frericks Missouri Ruthy Hebard Oregon Michelle Nwokedi Penn Bella Alarie Princeton Mael Gilles Rutgers Maria Jespersen South Florida Jatarie White Texas *Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season* Season tickets are available for purchase, along with three- and five-game flex plans. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  14. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB http://bit.ly/2yIlmvW FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: November 8, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Jespersen Lands on Cheryl Miller Award Watch List TAMPA, NOV. 8, 2017 – The American Athletic Conference Most Improved Player of the Year, Maria Jespersen, has left a lasting impact on the national landscape as the USF senior was named to the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award watch list the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Wednesday. Jespersen is one of 20 watch list candidates. The Cheryl Miller Award is named after the three-time Naismith Player of the Year. The annual award, in its inaugural year, recognizes the top small forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. “Cheryl Miller was an unstoppable force on the court, legendarily scoring more than 100 points in a single high school game,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “At USC, Cheryl continued her dominance winning two NCAA Championships. When it comes to small forwards, no one has done it better and the young women recognized on this list should be honored to be associated with one of the game’s all-time greats.” Jespersen (Arhus, Denmark) was an American preseason all-conference honoree and led the Bulls in rebounds with 9.0 rebounds per game last season. The forward averaged a team second-best 14.7 points per game. Jespersen turned in 11 double-double performances and scored her career-high 26 points on four different occasions. Jespersen was a WBCA All-Region 3 honoree as a junior and landed on the league’s all-conference first team. The winner of the 2018 Cheryl Miller Small Forward Award will be announced during ESPN2’s telecast of the national semifinal games in the 2018 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, March 30. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award, and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, as well as the Wade Trophy, the sport’s oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award. For more information on the 2018 Cheryl Miller Award, visithttp://www.hoophallawards.com. USF opens its season Friday, Nov. 10 at the USF Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls host LSU at 5:30 p.m. 2018 Cheryl Miller Award Candidates Hannah Cook Alabama Gabby Williams Connecticut Shakayla Thomas Florida St. Jill Barta Gonzaga Amanda Cahill Indiana Bridget Carleton Iowa St Raigyne Louis LSU Erika Davenport Marquette Brianna Fraser Maryland Branndais Agee Michigan St Sophie Cunningham Missouri Liza Fruendt Missouri St. Stephanie Mavunga Ohio State Maddie Manning Oklahoma Maria Jespersen South Florida Jaime Nared Tennessee Ariel Atkins Texas Kennedy Burke UCLA Teana Muldrow West Virginia Cayla McMorris Wisconsin *Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season* Season tickets are available for purchase, along with three- and five-game flex plans. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls.
  15. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2m0ulD3 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: November, 7, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Laksa on Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Preseason Watch List TAMPA, NOV. 7, 2017 – The preseason recognition continues to roll in for junior guard Kitija Laksa as the sharp-shooter was named to the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Preseason Watch List, the Naismith Memorial basketball Hall of Fame announced Tuesday. Laksa is one of 20 candidates on the list for top shooting guard in the country. The Ann Meyers Drysdale Award is named after the first player, male or female, to be named to the All-America Team for four straight college seasons. The annual award in its inaugural year recognizes the top shooting guard in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. “Ann Meyers dominated the basketball court as a standout for UCLA, surpassing records held by both men and women at the basketball powerhouse university,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Recognized as the only woman to sign a contract with an NBA team, Ann has been a shining example of character and skill and we are so pleased to announce this award bearing her name.” Laksa (Riga, Latvia) was a WBCA All-America honorable mention as a sophomore and is just two points shy of 1,000 points in her career. Last season, Laksa ranked third in the league in scoring with 19.2 points per game and led the Bulls with 634 points last season, a program sophomore scoring record. The winner of the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award will be announced at an inaugural awards ceremony hosted by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and ESPN at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Columbus, Ohio. ESPN broadcast information will be released at a later date. For more information on the 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award, visithttp://www.hoophallawards.com. USF opens its season Friday, Nov. 10 at the USF Sun Dome Arena. The Bulls host LSU at 5:30 p.m. 2018 Ann Meyers Drysdale Award Candidates Darby Maggard Belmont Katie Lou Samuelson Connecticut Ashton Millender DePaul Rebecca Greenwell Duke Asia Durr Louisville Chloe Jackson LSU Natisha Hiedeman Marquette Allazia Blockton Marquette Kaila Charles Maryland Victoria Vivians Mississippi State Arike Ogunbowale Notre Dame Lexi Bando Oregon Jovana Nogic Providence Jaycee Bradley South Dakota Kitija Laksa South Florida Akina Wellere St. John's Brittany McPhee Stanford Dannie Williams Texas A&M Kennedy Burke UCLA Tynice Martin West Virginia *Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season*
  16. Record-Breaking Flowers Posts 516 Yards in Win at UConn EAST HARTFORD, Conn, NOV. 4, 2017 – Quinton Flowers shattered a school record with 516 yards of total offense and threw for a career-high 385 yards in USF's 37-20 win at UConn on Saturday.Flowers' historic night helped USF (8-1, 5-1) rack up 602 yards of offense in the program's fifth straight conference road victory. USF has won six straight games against UConn (3-6, 2-4).Flowers became just the seventh player in FBS history to reach 7,000 passing and 3,000 rushing yards in a career with his USF record 16th career game with 300-plus total yards. Flowers passed for the second-most yards in school history, threw for three touchdowns, and matched his career high with 24 completions in 37 attempts.Flowers also posted his 13th-career rushing game with 131 yards on 16 carries and became just the fourth player in American Athletic Conference history to total 500-plus yards in a game.Marquez Valdes-Scantling (St. Petersburg) posted his second straight 100-yard receiving game with six catches for 152 yards. Valdes-Scantling made Flowers' 60th career touchdown pass special by taking it 95 yards late in the third quarter, which tied the record for the longest reception in school history.Senior D'Ernest Johnson (Immokalee, Fla.) grabbed sole possession of USF's all-time receptions lead for a running back with his 69th catch that went for an 11-yard score in the third quarter. Johnson started the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown run and rushed for 30 of USF's 217 yards on the ground.USF increased its nation-leading interception total to 17 with a pick by senior Deatrick Nichols (Miami). Senior Bruce Hector(Tampa) registered 1.5 of USF's four sacks, while Jaymon Thomas (Immokalee, Fla.), Devin Abraham (Tarpon Springs) and Nico Sawtelle (Jensen Beach, Fla.) all led the team with 10 tackles apiece. USF's rushing attack racked up 54 yards on the Bulls' first scoring drive that was capped off with Johnson's 1-yard touchdown run midway through the first quarter. Johnson started the drive with a 23-yard run and Flowers had two rushes for 32 yards during the 69-yard march to the end zone.Mitchell Wilcox's first touchdown catch of the season from 12 yards out helped give USF a 14-0 lead on the opening drive of the second quarter that featured more explosive plays. Flowers moved the chains with a 21-yard run, Valdes-Scantling had a 26-yard reception and Tyre McCants (Niceville, Fla.) put the Bulls into the red zone with a 19-yard catch. McCants finished with a career-high six catches for 89 yards, with many yards coming after the catch.McCants' 40-yard reception to the UConn 24 helped set up USF's final score of the half, a 38-yard field goal by Emilio Nadelman(Miami) with 3:16 remaining. USF's 17-7 lead stood up by the break thanks to a heads-up interception by Nichols at the Bulls' 11 in the final minute.Following a fourth-down stop by the defense, USF padded its lead to 27-7 with Johnson's 11-yard scoring catch and got to 30 points for the 25th time in the past 26 games by the end of third quarter. Valdes-Scantling's 95-yard touchdown reception with 17 seconds on the clock helped the Bulls take a 34-7 lead into the fourth quarter. It marked the 100th touchdown Flowers has accounted for in his record-breaking USF career.QuotableHead coach Charlie Strong on the Bulls' overall performance:"You look at the job Quinton did with 385 yards passing, three touchdowns and 131 yards rushing. Then you look at Valdes, he had five catches for 152, but the big one he dropped. I said, 'You could have had over 200 yards receiving.' Just overall, even on defense, you had some guys making a lot of tackles and making a lot of plays. We had a big fourth-down stop. I'm just proud to see us bounce back after last week."Key Stats602 – USF kept the chains moving often and totaled 602 yards of offense.516 – Quinton Flowers' school record total of offensive yards racked up against the Huskies.9 of 14 – USF converted on 64 percent of the time on third down.Notables Quinton Flowers broke his own school record with 516 yards of total offense. Flowers set the previous school record with 473 yards at Memphis on Nov. 12, 2016. Quinton Flowers became the seventh player in FBS history to reach 7,000 passing and 3,000 rushing yards with his USF record 16th game with 300-plus yards. D'Ernest Johnson became USF's all-time receptions leader for a running back with his 69th catch that resulted in an 11-yard touchdown in the third quarter. USF has won six straight games against UConn and five straight conference road games. The Bulls are 18-4 in conference games over the last three seasons. Up NextUSF returns to Raymond James Stadium to host Tulsa on Thursday, Nov. 16. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the Bulls' regular season home finale will be televised nationally on ESPN.Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. Learn about the Bulls' special ticket offers for senior night HERE.
  17. FISHMAN FAMILY CENTER GALLERY TAMPA, NOV. 1, 2017 – Continuing its commitment to excellence in academic achievement and student-athlete welfare, USF Athletics on Wednesday officially unveiled the Fishman Family Student-Athlete Enrichment Center, a $750,000 state-of-the-art facility housed in the Selmon Athletics Center. "We are so excited and pleased with the completion of this vital and transformational project and how it will positively impact the student-athlete experience here at USF," USF Director of Athletics Mark Harlan said. "The commitment of a generous lead gift from the Fishman family and the support of other tremendous donors have empowered USF Athletics to significantly elevate the environment in which we develop student-athletes off the field into one of the finest in the country." The new facility, a complete renovation of existing space in the Selmon Center, was made possible by a generous lead gift from the Fishman Family Foundation, as well as contributions from other donors. The Fishman Family Student-Athlete Enrichment Center encompasses nine tutorial rooms, 31 computer stations, three Sharp digital annotation boards, two digital information boards, open individual and group learning spaces, six 1-on-1 academic coordinator meeting spaces, learning specialist areas, and new offices for USF's Student-Athlete Enhancement and Behavioral Health services. It also houses USF Athletics Academic Services and Compliance departments. "The new facility is a tremendous upgrade that makes for a more functional and enjoyable space for our staff and student-athletes," Jodie Libadisos, Associate AD for Student-Athlete Enhancement said. "The new Fishman Family Student-Athlete Enrichment Center offers a first-class facility for our student-athletes, staff and recruiting. We now have multi-purpose spaces, technology, and functionality that allows for academic sessions, leadership meetings, small group sessions, and individual studying. What a difference from a just a few months ago!" USF has excelled in providing an elite-level student-athlete experience and graduating student-athletes. The Bulls recently posted a program-record 86 percent graduation rate last fall, and for the first time in program history posted an overall grade-point average above 3.0 in back-to-back academic calendar years. USF saw 106 student-athletes earn their degree in the last academic year, 247 post a 3.0 GPA or higher during the spring semester, and 198 earn academic all-conference honors. In the community, USF student-athletes, coaches and staff set a program record with 5,025 hours of service in the community. "The generous donations of the Fishman Family and our other incredible donors have provided our student-athletes and staff with an incredible academic learning and student-athlete development facility that will positively impact our young men and women for years to come," Tim Anderson, Associate AD for Academic Services, said. "Observing our student-athletes consistently present and utilizing the new space and technology – morning and night – is genuinely exciting and the renovation has provided yet another resource in supporting our student-athletes' success." "It's a great place for everybody to take care of the student part of their life," Cameron Ruff, a graduate senior center of the football team, said. "Every day, everybody has lots of assignments to do and a lot of work. The facility at USF has laid a foundation for us to succeed, through the new transformation and the spacious environment. It's definitely pleasing to the eye and very welcoming. It's a place you want to be and a place you feel comfortable working in. There's a lot of different stations for you to get your work done and areas you can do group projects. There are laptops you can use, tutors you can sign up for and academic advisors that always want you to be successful. It's very motivating and a wonderful environment to be in." The Fishman Family Center opened prior to the start of the 2017 fall semester and has already begun to make a significant impact for USF student-athletes. "It provides a great community workplace for student-athletes to get their projects and school work finished in a stylish manner," said Hanna Seybold, a junior on the women's soccer team. "It's nice having some place you can go to, where you can concentrate and get school work done." Article
  18. LOUK'S CLOSER LOOK: GAME 8 By JIM LOUK Voice of the Bulls TAMPA, OCT. 24, 2017 - The numbers continue to be remarkable - 12 consecutive wins, a record 24 straight games of 30 points or more, the first 7-0 start in team history, and 17-3 in the last 20 conference games. The Bulls are one of eight remaining unbeaten teams in FBS college football. USF is now 25-4 in its last 29 games, making this by far the most successful era in USF Football. Saturday, the Bulls return home and try to keep all of those numbers improving. Here's a little information on both our guys and this week's opponent, the Houston Cougars: The Bulls and Houston don't meet frequently; this will be just the fifth game for the two teams, with the series tied 2-2. The Bulls won non-conference games in 2001 and 2002, and Houston won American contests in 2013 and 2014. The 2013 game in Houston, which was won by the Cougars, 35-23, marked Mike White's first USF quarterback start. Marvin Kloss connected on his 13th straight field goal attempt in that game, a team record that was tied by Emilio Nadelman this season. Oct. 28 has been a good day to play for the Bulls. In 2000, they recorded their first win over a 1-A opponent (UCONN, 21-13) and on Oct. 28, 2016, they beat Navy, 52-45. Quinton Flowers is now 27-7 as a Bulls starter. Only Marquel Blackwell (30) and Matt Grothe (28) have more wins as a starting USF quarterback. Flowers has the best winning percentage (.794). D'Ernest Johnson caught the 68th pass of his USF career last week, tying him with Rafael Williams for most ever by a Bulls running back. The Bulls got their 16th interception of the season last week against Tulane, and they continue to lead the nation in that category. It'll be an interesting race for the rest of the season; Flowers is now 402 yards behind Marlon Mack for the all-time USF rushing lead. He's at 3,207 yards coming into this game. Houston has won 25 conference games since the beginning of The American, more than any other team in the league. The Cougars feature one the top defensive linemen in college football in sophomore Ed Oliver. He had 23 tackles for loss as a freshman in 2016. If there's ever been an official USF Football starting time on the quarter hour before, I can't remember it, but this one will start at 3:45 Saturday afternoon. Our radio broadcast will start at 1:45 p.m. Eastern with the pre-game on AM-820 in Tampa. Broadcast affiliates include FM-99.9 in Brooksville, AM-1070 in Port Charlotte/Ft. Myers, and 106.9-FM in Sarasota. You can also hear the game on USF Bulls Unlimited on the iHeart app. Follow @BullsUnlimited for the full program schedule, including live games, replays and special shows. You can also listen online Saturday at GoUSFBulls.com. This will be our annual Salute to Service game, so there will be a lot going on in and around the stadium. And of course, the number of opportunities to see this special team (and the winningest senior class in Bulls history) is dwindling. This game and Tulsa are the last two regular season home games on the schedule. Hope you can come out and enjoy a cool (or at least cooler) Saturday afternoon with us. GO BULLS!
  19. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com WEB LINK: http://bit.ly/2gHyiH4 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 Follow @USFAthletics On Twitter Like USF Athletics on Facebook Women’s Basketball Visits Tampa Mayor’s Office TAMPA, OCT. 27, 2017 – The USF women’s basketball team received a special honor Wednesday as the 26th day of October 2017 was declared USF Women’s Basketball Team Day by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Coming off an outstanding 2016-17 campaign, the Bulls were honored at the mayor’s office in downtown Tampa Wednesday afternoon. USF earned the recognition turning in its fifth consecutive 20-win season, third straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and was recognized as the American Athletic Conference 2016-17 Academic Excellence Award winner. The 2017-18 team and coaching staff were on hand Wednesday afternoon to meet the mayor and receive the award. USF has three newcomers for the upcoming season on a team, which returns four starters from last season. USF opens its highly-anticipated season Friday, Nov. 10 at home against LSU and fans have their choice of three great ticket packages. Season tickets are available for purchase, along with three- and five-game flex plans. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. To stay up-to-date on the latest USF women’s basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  20. October 24, 2017 TAMPA, OCT. 24, 2017 – The USF Men's Basketball team has announced the addition of an exhibition game vs. Flagler College on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the USF Sun Dome Arena. The game will be free to attend for all fans, including free parking in the USF Sun Dome Arena parking lots. The exhibition will provide fans with a chance to see the new-look of the Bulls, who have brought in plenty of veteran experience under first-year head coach Brian Gregory. The Bulls boast three graduate transfers in Stephan Jiggetts (Fairleigh Dickenson), Terrence Samuel (Penn State) and Payton Banks (Penn State) who have combined to make more than 200 career starts before arriving in Tampa. Overall, the Bulls added 10 new players to their roster this season. Fans will have the chance to meet the 2017 Bulls following the game in a team meet-and-greet autograph session.