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  1. TAMPA, MAY 19, 2020 – University of South Florida Athletics continued to see academic success reach ever-higher levels as a record 13 programs logged perfect single-year scores and the department posted an overall record 995 single-year score when the NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data Wednesday. All 16 of the Bulls' evaluated programs logged a multi-year APR score of 959 or better, a baseline that rose 12 points over the last report, to well exceed the NCAA's minimum APR standard score of 930. Meanwhile, 13 programs posted a score of 975 or better. The NCAA's 2020 multi-year APR scores comprise data from the previous four academic years. "Our student-athletes and coaches' commitment to academic success, as well as our tremendous Academic Services staff and top-notch academic facilities – such as the Fishman Family Center – continue to deliver record-setting results in the classroom," Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly said. "I'm very proud of what we have accomplished and the student-athletes who continue to achieve their academic goals." Among the 13 programs to post perfect single-year APR scores for 2018-19 was men's basketball, which continues to see its academic success accelerate under head coach Brian Gregory, who completed his third season in 2019-20. Also earning perfect single-year scores were baseball, men's cross country, men's golf, men's soccer, men's tennis, women's cross country, women's golf, softball, women's soccer, women's tennis, women's track and field and volleyball. The Bulls saw nine teams post perfect single-year APR scores of 1,000 for the 2017-18 academic year, up from four teams to do so the year prior. Both the football program (979) and women's soccer program (997) posted record multi-year scores, football surpassing the mark of 973 set in 2013. The American Athletic Conference champion women's soccer program, led by head coach Denise Schilte-Brown, posted a record multi-year APR score for the fourth straight year. Rest of article
  2. September 26, 2019 USF first collegiate program with two dedicated 24/7 digital radio channels Get the App LISTEN 24/7, ALL USF, ALL THE TIME Unlimited 1: https://ihr.fm/2O9COBh Unlimited 2: https://ihr.fm/2mYVJSE TAMPA, SEPT. 26, 2019 – Bulls fans will now have an additional, full-time option for USF Athletics content as Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced Thursday the launch of Bulls Unlimited 2 on the iHeart Radio app, making USF the first collegiate program with two dedicated 24/7 digital radio channels. Bulls Unlimited 2 debuts Thursday with live play-by-play coverage of the No. 16-ranked USF women's soccer team's conference opener against Tulsa at 7 p.m. from Corbett Stadium. Fans will also be treated to Jim Louk's newest episode of the Archive Room, a look back at the football team's 10-year anniversary of its momentous victory against Florida State. Meanwhile, the USF Football Radio Show with head coach Charlie Strong will stream live on Bulls Unlimited 1. Rest of article
  3. Bulls Rack Up 503 Yards, Roll Past UConn EAST HARTFORD, CONN., OCT. 5, 2019 – Jordan Cronkrite racked up 148 of USF's season-high 313 rushing yards as the Bulls rolled to a 48-22 conference victory at UConn on Saturday.USF (2-3, 1-1 in AAC) generated a season-high total of 503 yards of offense and led from start to finish in its eighth straight victory over the Huskies (1-4, 0-2), dating back to 2012. Saturday marked USF's first 300-yard rushing game since gaining 346 yards on the ground against the Huskies on Oct. 20, 2018.Redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan McCloud accounted for four touchdowns in his third straight start. The Tampa native completed 11 of 12 passes for 157 yards and three touchdowns on top of rushing for 62 yards and another score from 26 yards out.Making his first-ever USF start in the slot, Bryce Miller (St. Petersburg, Fla.) caught a pair of 12-yard touchdown passes from McCloud. Miller's first TD reception started a string of four straight scoring drives that helped the Bulls build a 27-14 halftime lead.Cronkrite (Miami) registered his first 100-yard rushing game of the season while averaging 7.4 yards per carry. Senior Trevon Sands (Miami) added seven carries for a career-high 64 yards in a performance that included his first-ever touchdown run as a Bull from 5 yards out in the second quarter.USF's defense posted five sacks and allowed just eight points and 94 yards in the second half of another impressive performance as the Huskies were held to 293 yards.Sophomore linebacker Dwayne Boyles (Miami) totaled three of the Bulls' 10 total tackles for loss after USF headed into Saturday tied for third nationally with 9.8 per game. USF also was tied for second in the FBS in turnovers gained and increased its season takeaway total to 14 with a fumble recovery by senior Kirk Livingstone (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).McCloud accounted for three touchdowns (two passing) while USF scored on four straight drives and built a 27-14 lead by the break. McCloud and Cronkrite combined for 105 of USF's 146 rushing yards in a first half that saw the Bulls generate 282 total yards.Miller's second touchdown catch in as many weeks helped spot USF a 7-0 lead when he hauled in McCloud's 12-yard pass with 3:22 remaining in the first quarter. USF's 10-play scoring drive covered 88 yards and included 76 yards on the ground. Sands had a career long 23-yard rush down to the UConn 15 after Cronkrite broke off runs of 17 and 15 yards.Sands' first career touchdown run from 5 yards out capped off USF's next drive, a seven-play sequence that went for 85 yards. Freshman Xavier Weaver (Orlando) set a new career best with a 31-yard reception, followed by junior tight end Jacob Mathis' (Tampa) career long 37-yard catch down to the UConn 5.After UConn cut its deficit in half, Bentlee Sanders (Tampa) dashed down the sideline on a career long 67-yard kickoff return down to the Huskies' 31. Four plays later, Randall St. Felix (Miami) snagged a 13-yard touchdown reception, his first of the season on a back-shoulder throw by McCloud with 4:39 remaining in the half.Less than a minute after UConn's second touchdown, USF snuck in one more score before halftime when McCloud scrambled 26 yards to the end zone with 1:47 to play. McCloud had 51 rushing yards and completed 7 of 11 passes for 136 yards in the first half.McCloud's second touchdown pass to Miller, a 12-yard strike, helped give the Bulls a 34-14 lead with 5:01 remaining in the third quarter. USF passed the 200-yard rushing mark on its third 80-plus yard drive of the game that featured a 19-yard run by McCloud on fourth-and-5 from the UConn 31.Special teams got into the scoring act in the fourth quarter with a trick play. Instead of a field goal attempt, freshman kicker Spencer Shrader (Lithia, Fla.) caught a perfect over-the-back ball flip from holder Trent Schneider (Sydney, Australia) and sprinted 22 yards for a touchdown with 9:07 to play. The 12-play, 89-yard drive marked USF's longest of the season.Backup quarterback Kirk Rygol (Fort Mill, S.C.) capped off the scoring with a 33-yard touchdown pass to DeVontres Dukes (Tampa) in the final minute of the game.Key Stats313 – The Bulls racked up a season-high 313 rushing yards, the program's most since rushing for 346 yard against the Hukies on Oct. 20, 2018.148 – Jordan Cronkrite posted his first 100-yard rushing game of the season with 148 yards on 20 carries.80+ – USF had four scoring drives that covered at least 80 yards each time (88, 85, 80, 89)10 – USF's defense produced 10 tackles for loss. The Bulls headed into Saturday tied for third nationally with 9.8 tackles for loss per game.Notables USF has won eight straight games against UConn, a streak that dates back to 2012. The Bulls have won four straight games in East Hartford, Conn. USF is 16-1 under head coach Charlie Strong when rushing for at least 200 yards in a game. Head coach Charlie Strong is now 17-9 overall in American Athletic Conference games. QuotableHead coach Charlie Strong's thoughts after the win:"I keep saying it – we have a good football team. It's all about them just playing with confidence, coming together and believing in themselves. I told them that we (had) some guys down, but the thing about it is other guys can step up."Strong on the importance of the Bulls getting their running game going:"What we wanted to do is establish the run and we were able to go run the football today.""Teams that win and teams that are successful, you've gotta get a running game going. You can throw for as many yards as you'd like to, but if you can't run the football and you can't score and be physical at the point of attack, you're not gonna win."Up NextUSF returns to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12 to host BYU. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and the Bulls' homecoming game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com.
  4. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Release: https://bit.ly/2LlEZxg Bulls Open 2019 In Style with Four-Set Win Over UAB Four Bulls had double-digit kills, as USF combined for 14 blocks MUNCIE, IND., AUG. 30, 2019 – The USF volleyball team began its quest for a second-consecutive postseason appearance with a four-sets victory over UAB to open the Ball State Tournament in Muncie, Ind. (21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-22). After dropping the opening set of 2019, the Bulls (1-0) stormed back to win the final three behind stellar play at the net and efficiency on the offensive end. Four Bulls tallied double-digit kills, while the team had 14 total blocks collectively. Notables Freshman middle blocker Ally Barnhart (Lenexa, Kan.) had 10 kills and four blocks in her collegiate debut. Sophomore outside hitter Lindsey Pliapol (Daytona Beach, Fla.) paced USF with 15 kills. Sophomore setter Lauren LaBeck (Chicago) had 25 assists and 11 digs. Sophomore libero CC Clausen (The Woodlands, Texas) had 25 digs to lead the match, doling out five assists as well. Freshman outside hitter Jac St. Cin (St. Petersburg, Fla.) had 10 kills on just 19 attacks to go along with Key Stats 3 – Bulls that recorded double-doubles. Senior preseason all-conference selection Jac’cara Walker (Gainesville, Fla.) had 12 kills and 12 digs. Pliapol finished with 11 digs and LaBeck had her first double-double of the season as well. .319 – USF’s hitting percentage in the match. .389 – Sophomore right side hitter Peyton Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) had a career best eight kills, hitting .389. Quotables “I’m really proud of the way we bounced back in the final three sets. Ally had a break out effort, both blocking and attacking in her collegiate debut. CC was excellent on defense and in serve reception. I thought we served very tough as a team and that allowed us to transition well on offense. Our setters did very nice job distributing the offense and our right sides both did great scoring points.” – head coach Courtney Draper. Up Next The Bulls are back in action at 7 p.m. Friday against Ball State on ESPN+, wrapping up the Ball State Tournament. Like USF, the Cardinals also appeared in the NIVC last season and opened the day with a 3-0 win over UAB.
  5. USF head coach led Team USA to its ninth Pan America Games gold medal with a 3-1 win over Canada. The squad defeated its friends from the Great White North to reclaim the gold medal after falling short in 2015 to Team Canada. View the full article
  6. By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, AUG. 10, 2019 – Before greeting USF faithful at Fan Fest, head coach Charlie Strong's Bulls made exciting things happen on offense, defense and special teams in the first scrimmage of the fall Saturday morning. New coordinator Kerwin Bell's offense had fun playing fast and putting up points while scoring 10 touchdowns in the 100-plus snap scrimmage that saw the Bulls work in several different situations. USF really shined in the red zone, where six different Bulls scored seven touchdowns on a wide variety of pass patterns and runs. "We're picking it up well," said starting quarterback Blake Barnett of Bell's system that helped Valdosta State lead Division II in scoring last season at 52.0 points per game. "Spring was more of learning, going to the line of scrimmage, think and then play. Now, it's becoming more reactionary. It's becoming second nature to a lot of guys and we can see the improvements." Barnett (Corona, Calif.) has been sharp all camp and showed it Saturday by throwing three touchdown passes. One score was produced in nifty, play-action fashion to Mackey Award candidate Mitchell Wilcox (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) from 11 yards out. Barnett's other TD tosses in the red zone were to junior Jernard Phillips (Miami) and senior Kevin Purlett (Miramar, Fla.), two of eight total Bulls who scored Saturday. "Kerwin has a good system and it allows our guys to get the ball in playmakers' hands," Strong said. Third-year USF coordinator Brian Jean-Mary's defense also put highlight-reel plays on tape, especially the deep secondary that hauled in five interceptions to help the Bulls finish with six takeaways on the day. Full article
  7. TAMPA, AUG. 12, 2019 – Focused, funny and full of juice, Steve Ellis is bringing it all to the field in his first fall camp run with the Bulls as the program's new defensive backs coach. "He comes to practice every day with unbelievable energy," said sophomore defensive back Bentlee Sanders. "That man doesn't stop talking, but it's all positive, it's all uplifting. It just makes us go after it every day." USF's secondary definitely got it during the first scrimmage of the fall Saturday, hauling in five interceptions and hearing Ellis' loud voice of approval as he jumped with excitement. One day later, Ellis was singing and dancing with his group to get them feeling good following the intense scrimmage action. By Monday morning, USF's secondary was swarming once again, especially after Zion Roland (St. Petersburg, Fla.) picked off a pass that caused Ellis to yell his name from across the field. That was before Ellis really amped things up by running up to the defensive line and encouraging each player right before a snap against the offense. A few stops later, Ellis made sure other defensive players on the sideline were hyped up by barking and later shouting, "Throw 'em up!" as he raised his left arm with the "Horns Up" hand symbol. "You never know, he just surprises you," Sanders added. All-out enthusiasm is something Bulls fans will be seeing all season from a coach whose wish has truly been granted. After doing a little bit of everything in 10 seasons at Middle Tennessee State (CB coach, 2009-18/defensive coordinator, 2011-14/recruiting coordinator, 2015-18), Ellis was given an unbelievable opportunity when he joined the USF staff in February. "I always had a dream to work for Charlie Strong," Ellis said. "… I've got to pinch myself every day. Now, it's my job to come to work every day, so he can say, 'I'm glad I hired Steve Ellis.'" Coach Strong has sung Ellis' praises already this fall and it's not surprising. On top of their strong scrimmage showing Saturday, USF's defensive backs have been consistently producing all camp as a collective unit. "The guys are making plays. They're playing instinctively," Ellis said. "The biggest thing for those guys is to play with a mentality and brotherhood that they're showing right now." The secondary's strong, supportive bond is apparent off the field as well, which is exactly what Ellis wants to see. "We spend more time together," said junior cornerback Mike Hampton (Tampa). "On the weekends, we'll go bowling and to movies." Read on
  8. JEAN-MARY GIVES USF DEFENSE A PROMISING PROGRESS REPORT August 07, 2019 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, AUG. 7, 2019 – Third-year USF coordinator Brian Jean-Mary is encouraged by his determined defense for numerous reasons this fall. Through six camp practices (two in full pads), it's been clear that the bigger, stronger and deeper group has the potential to be much improved from last season. "I can honestly say I've been pleased so far with our defense," Jean-Mary said Wednesday. "I think we've addressed some of our major issues, going from last year. I think our run defense is sounder than it was last year. Guys understand where they need to be and they're straining to get there." Once they get to the the ball carrier, the Bulls are making major progress in the stop department. "I think our tackling has been probably the best thing that we've done so far in camp. I know we struggled with missed tackles last year," Jean-Mary said. "We haven't been in a scrimmage yet. We've been in controlled, situational practices, but I really believe we're going to tackle a lot better than we did last year." Last year, USF's defense was just trying to find its footing with seven true or redshirt freshmen gaining starting experience and 10 Bulls overall earning their first-career starts. Jean-Mary also had to do some some lineup shuffling with disruptive edge rusher Greg Reaves (Bradenton, Fla.) having to fill the void in place of injured starting middle linebacker Nico Sawtelle (Jensen Beach, Fla.). "For any defensive coach, they'll tell you depth is a coach's best friend," Jean-Mary said. "When you have interchangeable parts, that's a luxury that a lot of people don't have." Depth is a word both Jean-Mary and head coach Charlie Strong are using in a different way this fall because of the options the Bulls have at numerous positions on defense. With a healthy Sawtelle back at middle linebacker, Reaves has returned to his edge position at defensive end/outside linebacker. Equipped with 25 games of starting experience, senior Kirk Livingstone (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is bringing pressure at defensive end and even making interceptions, like his pretty pick on a screen pass attempt at the end of Wednesday's practice. USF's pass rush could be even more potent with grad transfer Darius Slade entering the mix. Previously at Arizona State, the grad transfer who was a first team all-state selection out of Montclair, N.J., is showing off his athletic ability and intensity in camp. "He's come in and kept his head down and just bought into our system and plays hard," Jean-Mary said. "That's been contagious. You can see other guys kind of gravitating to him and trying to play as hard as he does." The interior of the line also is bringing it with bulked-up juniors Kevin Kegler(Madison, Fla.) and Kelvin Pinkney (Sarasota, Fla.) each making double-digit weight gains since last season. Both players bring a combined total of 15 starts into the season and have played in at least 22 games apiece as Bulls. "We were a little young last year and probably inexperienced," Jean-Mary said. "But this year, we have some guys that are going into their third year in the program and third year as possible starters." Sophomores Rashawn Yates (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) and Tyrone Barber (Venice, Fla.) both gained starting experience at defensive tackle last fall and USF has more talent to utilize on the interior with Blake Green. The junior from Bradenton, Fla., sat out last fall due to NCAA transfer rules upon arriving from Northwest Missouri State but has shown lots of promise since. "He had a big, big spring and we're expecting really big things from him this upcoming season," Livingstone said. Behind the line, Jean-Mary mentioned USF could possibly rotate seven or eight linebackers in some games due to added depth. Learn more about the linebacker options in Tuesday's camp report. "That's a really good number as far as linebackers go," he said. USF isn't hurting for numbers in its secondary that also got deeper this offseason. Junior defensive back KJ Sails (North Carolina transfer) and senior defensive back Devin Studstill (grad student from Notre Dame) are .... Rest of Story
  9. BULLS FLY AROUND IN FULL PADS FOR FIRST TIME THIS FALL August 06, 2019 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, AUG. 6, 2019 – USF took a loud step toward the season opener by putting on full pads for the first time this fall and going full speed ahead in the fifth practice of camp Tuesday morning. "The 3-on-3 drills are probably one of our most competitive drills. We were going back and forth. Guys were going at it," said senior defensive end Greg Reaves (Bradenton, Fla.). "We had a little circle drill, which was pretty fun. It was guys going 1-on-1, man-on-man." Despite the sun scorching the Morsani Complex for most of practice and real feel temperatures reaching the 100's, there didn't seem to be a dip in intensity on both sides of the ball. And with each huge hit during drills, coaches were quick to reward USF's efforts with loud ovations. "I know we've still got some weeks before we get to that first game, but you just like the way they've been working," head coach Charlie Strong said. Full pads or not, Strong noted every practice so far this fall has been physical, which is a credit to the Bulls for the offseason work they put in to get to this point. "Everybody bought in and now we're coming out here and seeing the results of it," said senior receiver Stanley Clerveaux (North Miami, Fla.). Bulls Gearing Up for Big-Time Opponent USF knows there's no time to waste on the practice field or in the film room with a game against a marquee opponent on the horizon. Raymond James Stadium should be rocking when the Bulls open the season in primetime against Big Ten foe Wisconsin on Friday, Aug. 30. The first meeting between the programs since 2014 is set for a 7 p.m. start and will be televised nationally on ESPN. "It's what we signed up for," said starting senior quarterback Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif.). "We want those opportunities to prove what kind of team we can be and that we are." Success in the most anticipated season opener at home in program history would certainly earn the Bulls some national prestige. Wisconsin is tied for 17th in the preseason Coaches Poll and is USF's highest-ranked opponent in a season opener since the Bulls defeated No. 16 Notre Dame on the road in 2011. "I'm ready to show out for that game," said senior tight end Mitchell Wilcox (Tarpon Springs, Fla.). "All of us are." Reserve your seats for USF-Wisconsin online at USFBullsTix.com or by calling 1-800-Go-Bulls. Reaves Likes Living on the Edge Greg Reaves made a name for himself as a Bull by going from a walk-on to a disruptive defensive end/outside linebacker who led the team with 14.0 tackles for loss in 2017. Last season, the Bradenton, Fla., native had to switch from the role he "fell in love with" to middle linebacker due to USF's injuries and lack of depth at the position. Although he produced a solid average of 9.4 tackles per game in seven starts at middle linebacker, Reaves is happy to be back on the edge this fall. "I've been there for three years, I know that position," he said. "I know the ins and outs, kind of like the back of my hand. It's awesome." Bulls in Better Shape at Linebacker Greg Reaves is happily making a return to his edge position on the defense thanks in part to USF getting proven and healthy senior Nico Sawtelle (Jensen Beach, Fla.) back at middle linebacker. "You miss a player when they make a lot of plays for you," head coach Charlie Strong said. "When you .. Rest of Story
  10. BULLS' FOREIGN TOUR OF CANADA WILL BE 'ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME' EXPERIENCE August 01, 2019 FOREIGN TOUR UPDATES: Be sure to follow USF men's basketball on Twitter @USFMBB for updates during its foreign tour of Canada that takes place Saturday through Friday, Aug. 9. By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, AUG. 1, 2019 – Four months after a postseason championship victory, record-breaking USF men's basketball is eager to face more competition and soak up the sights during its foreign tour of Canada that takes place Saturday through Friday, Aug. 9. "It's a great opportunity for our guys, a once-in-a-lifetime experience to go to two great cities in Montreal and Quebec City," head coach Brian Gregory said. "We'll play four very good teams." USF's first game since defeating DePaul in the 2019 College Basketball Invitational championship is against the University of Quebec 2 p.m. Sunday at Meagher Arena in Montreal. Action continues Monday, Aug. 5 with the Bulls taking on Laval University in a 7 p.m. game at PEPS Arena in Quebec City. "It's a long offseason, so every time we get to go out there and compete, we're just thankful for it," said forward Alexis Yetna, the 2019 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year. "We're excited about playing in Canada." USF will definitely be tested Wednesday, Aug. 7 during a 7 p.m. matchup with Carleton University at Place Bell Arena in Montreal. Carleton has won 14 national championships over the past 17 years and owns an all-time record of 44-31 against NCAA programs. "Canadian basketball is very good," said Gregory, who went on a foreign tour of Canada during his tenure as Dayton's head coach (2003-11). "These guys are usually a little bit older. They are able to practice year-round and they're very, very well-coached." The Bulls wrap up their four-game run Thursday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. against McGill University back at Montreal's Place Bell Arena. "We're just really hoping to go up there and play the best we can," said junior guard/forward Justin Brown of the Bulls, who get 10 summer practices to prepare for the foreign tour. "We've got the same team coming back next year with a few extra pieces." This upcoming season, USF returns all five starters, 92.4 percent of its scoring and 94.6 percent of its rebounding totals from the 2018-19 squad that hoisted the program's first postseason championship trophy since 1990. "Now we've got a core team," said Yetna, who started 34 games last season. "We just keep going forward and it feels good to see the progress from a year to another. We're very excited about having a lot of the team coming back." USF has been deemed a team on rise by numerous college basketball experts after completing the top turnaround in the NCAA last season with a school record 24 victories, 14 more than the Bulls' total in 2017-18. "I think we can definitely take this to the next level," said star junior guard David Collins, the 2019 College Basketball Invitational's Most Valuable Player. "We've just got to take it a day at a time, focus on getting better every day and all those things are going to come." Up-and-Coming Bulls Will Get Valuable Minutes Most of USF's returning starters will be in action during the foreign tour, but expect to see the Bulls' up-and-coming talent on the court often. During USF's press conference this week, Gregory mentioned the staff's plans to give 20-plus minutes each game to players like redshirt sophomore guard Ezacuras Dawson III (Miami), redshirt freshman forward Madut Akec(Bradenton, Fla.), junior forward Mayan Kiir (Bradenton, Fla.), senior forward Antun Maricevic (Zagreb, Croatia) and sophomore guard Rashun Williams(Arlington, Ga.). "It's a great opportunity for our guys, especially some of the guys we're going to be counting on that maybe didn't log in as many minutes, or different things like that," Gregory said. Rideau Update One standout who won't be getting playing time during the foreign tour is Laquincy Rideau. Rest of Story
  11. BULLS ANSWER THE BELL EARLY IN FALL CAMP OPENER August 02, 2019 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TAMPA, AUG. 2, 2019 – The motivated 2019 Bulls zoomed through the first camp action of the fall Friday and immediately impressed head coach Charlie Strong with their ability to rise to a challenge. With the first practice originally set for 6 p.m., Strong moved up the start time a full nine hours a morning start to make sure the Bulls got some good work in at the Morsani Complex ahead of a rainy afternoon forecast. "It was a really good day of work. Guys moved around. Guys looked good," Strong said. "We've just got to continue to build each and every day because it's going to be a process." USF handled drills and team work with a businesslike approach despite having a partial roster on the field due to class schedules. The freshmen and a handful of veterans also took the field in the early afternoon and finished up drills just ahead of lightning and rain moving into the area. "At the end of the day, it's all about them just realizing they have to improve and where they want to take their game," said Strong of camp as a whole. USF returns 16 starters and 39 lettermen, including starting quarterback Blake Barnett, for Strong's third season with the program. The veterans feel good about the leadership development and the team's overall mindset as the huge season opener against Wisconsin at Raymond James Stadium is quickly approaching. Rest of Story plus Image Gallery
  12. TAMPA, June 7, 2019 – Head coach Jose Fernandez has announced the newest signee to the USF women's basketball program, Elena Tsineke from Thessaloniki, Greece. Tsineke is a five-star recruit, rated by PassionHoops and BlueStar Europe. "Elena's ability to get to the basket and put pressure on the defense will complement our outside game," Fernandez said. "Add in her ability to play off of the ball, Elena is going to give us depth across a lot of positions." The 5-foot-7 guard has signed to play for the Bulls and will join the roster for the 2019 season. Tsineke is an experienced international player, earning a spot on Greece's U18 National Team, and playing in the 2017 FIBA U18 Women's European Championship. She has played with club team Niki Lefkadas, a premier club team in Greece. She will play with Greece's U20 national team and senior national team this year. Rest of article
  13. TAMPA, JUNE 6, 2019 – The USF men's basketball team will face its first opponents since winning the 2019 College Basketball Invitational later this summer when the Bulls travel to Canada August 3-9 for the team's Foreign Tour. USF begins play Sunday, Aug. 4 at 2 p.m. when the Bulls face the University of Quebec from Meagher Arena in Montreal. The Citadins finished the 2017-18 season with an 8-8 record in conference on their way to an appearance in the conference tournament finals. Center Alex Lochard was named the conference and National Rookie of the Year after leading the league with 18.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Last summer, the Citadins faced two NCAA teams and were defeated by both Vermont and Maryland Eastern Shore. The Bulls will next make the short trip to Quebec City, Quebec, and play Laval University at PEPS Arena. Laval posted a 5-11 record last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Sam Houston State transfer Marc-Andre Fortin is the top returner for Laval after earning Second Team All-Conference honors a season ago. Fortin was selected to play team Team Canada this summer in Naples, Italy. Laval was victorious against NCAA foes South Carolina State and Florida A&M last summer. USF's toughest task north of the border comes Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 7 p.m. against Carleton from Place Bell Arena in Montreal. Carleton owns a 44-31 all-time record against NCAA teams and defeated Vanderbilt twice and Alabama once in 2017. In addition, the Ravens have only lost one regular season game over the last three seasons and have won 14 national championships and 11 conference championships over the last 17 years. Rest of article
  14. TAMPA, MAY 29, 2019 – Head coach Jose Fernandez and USF women's basketball have signed Mihaela Lazic, a guard out of Slavonski Brod, Croatia, to a National Letter of Intent. The 5-foot-6 guard is an experienced international player, having played in the FIBA 2017 and 2018 European Championships. In 2018, she averaged 7.9 points per game, 3.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists over seven games. She posted double-figure scoring outings four times and four or more assists on three occasions. In 2017 at the European Championship, she posted 8.1 points per game and 2.8 rebounds per game. "Lazic is a dynamic guard that will give us depth in multiple positions and allow us to continue our tradition of outstanding guard play," Fernandez said. Lazic joins a stacked recruiting class that Fernandez will bring to Tampa in 2019. The incoming class will consist of freshmen Kristyna Brabencova (Brno, Czech Republic), and Maria Alvarez (Bal Harbour, Fla.), while junior college transfer Bethy Mununga (Belgium) will join the Bulls as a junior. Rest of article
  15. TAMPA, APRIL 26, 2019 – USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly sits down with USF radio host Darek Sharp to talk about numerous notable program topics during Kelly's 12th Bull Speed Ahead podcast. FOOTBALL ADDS BOISE STATE SERIES TO FUTURE SCHEDULES: Kelly talks about USF's new agreement with Boise State University to play a home-and-home football series starting in 2025. The Bulls and Broncos will meet for the first time on Aug. 30, 2025 in Raymond James Stadium. USF will travel to Boise, Idaho on Sept. 11, 2027 for a contest on the famous blue turf of Albertsons Stadium (36,387). Learn more HERE. USF FOOTBALL ALUMNI REUNION: Kelly shares his thoughts on the USF Football Alumni Reunion that took place the weekend of the USF Spring Game. More than 70 Bulls who helped lay the foundation for the program had a blast reconnecting during the banquet inside the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center before the group watched the current Bulls compete at Corbett Stadium the next day. Read all about the USF Football Alumni Reunion HERE. MEN'S TENNIS WINS CONFERENCE TITLE: Kelly commends head coach Ashley Fisher's men's tennis team that qualified for the NCAA tournament in thrilling fashion by rallying past top-seeded rival UCF in the American Athletic Conference Championship title match in Orlando on April 21. USF has won five conference tournament titles since joining The American. The women's team under coach Cristina Moros also reached their four conference tournament final since joining The American. Rest of article
  16. Ladies lost in their championship match to the Kanigits but men add another Spring trophy ... ORLANDO, April 21, 2019 – Third-seeded USF continued its dominance of the American Athletic Conference Championship, mounting a dramatic comeback win over top-seeded UCF, 4-3, Sunday at the USTA National Campus in Lake Nona to claim the program's fifth title in six seasons in The American. The victory secured an NCAA Tournament bid for the Bulls. Senior Alberto Barroso-Campos (Montijo, Spain), ranked No. 18 nationally, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after his defeat of No. 35-ranked Gabriel Decamps, 6-1, 6-4, on court one on Sunday to finish the tournament 3-0 in singles with three straight-set victories. Barroso-Campos is now 20-2 in the season. "This is a very special group of guys", says head coach, Ashley Fisher, "and what's exiting is they just keep growing and getting tougher". With wins over sixth-seeded Memphis, fourth-seeded Temple and the top seed UCF, the Bulls improved to 17-1 in the conference tournament, having reached the championship match every season. This title victory came with a lot of grit, as USF trailed 2-0 early before battling back to win four singles matches. USF clinched its fifth American Athletic Conference title on the racket of freshman Chase Ferguson (Melbourne, Australia) who battled for a three-set victory on court two. Ferguson won the first set vs. Alan Rubio, 6-1, but fell in the second, 4-6, to force a third set with the Bulls leading 3-2 and two close matches in progress. Fighting ferociously, the freshman clinched the win with a 6-1 finish in the third. No. 28-ranked UCF (12-9, 5-0) fought for an early lead in doubles. USF's Ferguson and Sergio Gomez Montesa (Valencia, Spain) won on court three, 6-4, but the Knights answered with a court two victory over Ivan Yatsuk (Minsk, Belarus) and Jakub Wojcik (Delray Beach, Fla.), 7-5. A seven-point tiebreaker was forced on the premiere court where the No. 16-ranked doubles duo of Trey Hilderbrand and Bogdan Pavel beat the No. 87-ranked tandem of Barroso-Campos and Pierre Luquet (Draguignan, France), 7-6 (2), to deliver the Knights the doubles point. No. 46-ranked USF (16-7, 5-1) entered singles action down a point and saw their deficit increase with a court five loss by Gomez Montesa, 6-0, 6-4. Luquet responded with a big win on court three, 6-2, 6-0, to mark his 14th victory of the season and put USF on the board. Rest of story Footie posted the streaming video of the championship earlier on the AAC board
  17. USF ATHLETICS GoUSFBulls.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Web Link: http://bit.ly/2UTTEr8 MATCHUP: USF at FGCU SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. LOCATION: Fort Myers, Fla., Swanson Stadium FOLLOW: Live stats |Twitter updates @USFBaseball RADIO LINK: BullsUnlimited WATCH: YouTube Bulls Head to Fort Myers For Wednesday Matchup at FGCU USF erupted for 15 runs on 20 hits against the Eagles on April 2 TAMPA, April 23, 2019 – The USF baseball team travels to FGCU for a Wednesday night contest. The Bulls (18-20) gained some momentum over the weekend with a sweep of The Citadel. The offense was in full command, totaling 28 runs on 35 hits, batting .340 as a team. Senior Kyle Phillips (Orlando) batted .455 over the weekend with eight runs scored. Classmate Joe Genord (Lake Worth, Fla.) had 10 RBI in the three games, batting .417 with a homer and two doubles. Nota-Bulls Genord is third on USF’s all-time list with 43 career home runs. He’s hitting a team best .346 with 12 home runs and 44 RBI. He had a career high six RBI against The Citadel on Saturday. Phillips has a 10 game hitting streak, batting .356 over the time. USF has been bashing during midweek games this year, hitting .313 as a team in eight contests. Genord is clubbing .585 in those games and Phillips is hitting .472. Redshirt sophomore Jake Sullivan (Tampa) is batting .324 over the last 10 games and .310 on the year. Junior Jordan Santos (Tampa) is batting .342 over the last 10 and senior Chris Chatfield (Riverview, Fla.) is hitting .344 during the stretch. Chatfield had a grand slam and six RBI with three hits against the Bulldogs on Thursday. The Matchup Wednesday will be the 18th all-time meeting in the series between the Bulls and Eagles. The Bulls trounced FGCU on April 2, 15-4, tallying 20 hits in a game for the first time since Feb. 16, 2013 vs. Purdue. In total, 10 different Bulls recorded a hit and 12 guys reached base safely. Genord had three hits with a grand slam in the win. Phillips and junior Austin Bodrato (Northvale, N.J.) also had three hits. The series is tied in Fort Myers, 4-4. USF hasn't played the Eagles on the road since 2017. Know the Foe The Eagles (27-13, 9-3 ASUN) are coming off of a sweep against Jacksonville and enter Wednesday leading the ASUN in hitting (.285), home runs (33), hits (387) and scoring (7.1). Alex Brait leads five Eagles hitting above .300 at .347 on the year with 39 runs. Jay Hayes is hitting .343 with a league best 15 doubles and is second in the ASUN with 40 RBI. Righty Sebastian Gruszecki will start Wednesday. He’s 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA, making one start in 16 appearances. Closer Hunter McGarry has eight saves on the year and a 2.64 ERA. Bulls Bits DID YOU KNOW?: USF has the only Division I coaching staff in the state of Florida in which every member was selected in the MLB Draft – head coach Billy Mohl (2006, Philadelphia); assistants Chuck Jeroloman (2004, Boston), Chris Cates (2007, Minnesota), Brian Jeroloman(2006, Toronto). The Bulls' coaching staff has a combined 25 years of playing experience in pro baseball.
  18. BULLS STRENGTHEN PROGRAM BOND AT USF FOOTBALL ALUMNI REUNION April 19, 2019 By TOM ZEBOLDUSF Senior WriterTAMPA, APRIL 18, 2019 – More than 70 Bulls who helped lay the foundation for the program were welcomed back to campus with open arms last weekend during the USF Football Reunion.USF inaugural 1997 season team members Edwin Greene, Keith Williams, Bryan Freese, Emerson Morris, Anthony Williams, Brian McNulty, Marshall Smith, Mike Sandy and David Thompson had a blast spending time with Bulls from all the way up to the 2018 roster at the reunion banquet last Friday evening inside the Lee Roy Selmon Athletics Center. Chad Barnhardt, USF's first-ever starting quarterback, and Jay Mize (Bulls DB from 1997-2000) joined the group at the USF Spring Game last Saturday at Corbett Stadium."Getting everybody back and everybody excited about the football program, I think it's going to do wonders," said former star defensive end George Selvie, who played six NFL seasons after setting the USF career sacks record with 29. The attendance list was loaded with more household program names like Nate Allen, Sam Barrington, B.J. Daniels, S.J. Green, Nigel Harris, Amarri Jackson, Mike Jenkins, Taurus Johnson, Jerome Murphy, Auggie Sanchez, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kayvon Webster, Carlton Williams and Kion Wilson among many others."The crowd is so big right now," said Jenkins, a USF defensive back from 2005-07 who went on to play eight seasons in the NFL. "You've got guys from 2003. You have guys that are from 2018 in here. It's just beautiful to see everybody come together to just kind of talk and reminisce."Webster, a standout USF cornerback from 2009-12, was one of numerous Bulls football alums who stayed for the spring game on Saturday. Prior to watching the current squad, the six-year NFL veteran and Super Bowl 50 champion was excited to catch up with familiar faces at the reunion event hosted by the Bulls Club."I haven't seen some of these guys in years, since I graduated from USF in 2013," Webster said.Webster was one of 17 current or former pro players to attend the unforgettable reunion event. Among that group was current Toronto Argonauts wideout S.J. Green, a USF standout from 2003-06 who has racked up 9,183 receiving yards and 56 touchdowns in 12 seasons in the Canadian Football League."It's an awesome event to see all the former Bulls players, coaches and some administrative guys all in the same place at the same time," Green said. "It just brings back a lot of good memories. It's a great place to be right now." All the former players in attendance received many words of appreciation from Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly and head coach Charlie Strong, who was accompanied by the Bulls current coaching staff. Kelly made sure to mention each Bull had a hand in helping the program become the fastest Florida program to reach 150 wins, which brought back memories of many big-time victories.One popular game in conversations was USF's upset win over No. 5 West Virginia back in 2007. Starting free safety Allen made a game-high 11 tackles and had two takeaways in the Bulls' landmark victory. To this day, Allen still gets excited about the rowdy crowd of 67,018 that packed Raymond James Stadium on the memorable Friday night in Tampa."Ray Jay was sold out. It was a night game on ESPN," said Allen, who is retired from football after playing eight NFL seasons. "I remember after we won, the crowd and the students stormed the field. I'll never forget that feeling. There were people falling over the wall, getting down onto the field, and it really felt like a big-time college (game). It was awesome."Three weeks after that win, USF was ranked No. 2 nationally and the Bulls from that team are still proud about strengthening the Bulls' brand across the country."Being that type of team that was the underdog, we just rose up," Selvie said. "It was just a great story for this program."Although it wasn't a monumental victory on the field, last Friday's reunion was an important moment for USF football. From now on, past players – no matter their era – know they have an open invitation to come back, as Strong reiterated in front of the large, united group."This is definitely a special moment for USF history," said Kion Wilson, who made 171 tackles as a Bulls linebacker from 2008-09. "… Getting the guys back together - the foundation of this organization, the guys who've kind of paved the way – I think it's just a great opportunity for everybody to be together and share this moment." Link
  19. Just got home and a couple of initial impressions. 1. Offense spreads the ball around with a lot of misdirection and gets play makers in space 2. McLeod and Battle looked better than Barnett 3. Defense still sucks... 4. Crowd was pretty good and USF stepped it up with a lot of pregame festivities 5. Free wings from WOB...nuff said Go Bulls!
  20. USF'S OFFENSE PUTS ON A SHOW IN SCRIMMAGE IN CLEARWATER April 06, 2019 By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer CLEARWATER, Fla., APRIL 6, 2019 – USF's offense used the second scrimmage of the spring to show just how explosive it can be in new coordinator Kerwin Bell's system. All three quarterbacks took turns throwing touchdown passes on a sunny Saturday that saw the Bulls produce eight total scores, much to the enjoyment of a solid crowd of supporters at Clearwater Central Catholic High School. "What Kerwin has tried to do is just implement something each and every day," head coach Charlie Strong said. "Now, he's beginning to put it all together." Three weeks into spring ball, the Bulls proved they're making notable progress picking up Bell's system that helped national champion Valdosta State lead NCAA Division II in scoring offense with 52.0 points per game last season. For starters, Blake Barnett (Corona, Calif.) produced the first fireworks Saturday with a 22-yard touchdown pass to slot receiver/running back Johnny Ford (Miami). Barnett found Ford again on an 18-yard touchdown connection during USF's four-score showing in red zone work at the end of the open practice for fans. "Running this offense, I feel like it's really dynamic for us. It gives us a chance to get our playmakers the ball and keep the defense on their toes," said starting quarterback Blake Barnett. "There's unlimited .... Rest of Story And by the way, it's a very long report by Tom Zebold.
  21. BULLS RETURN TO POSTSEASON, HOST STONY BROOK WEDNESDAY IN CBI March 17, 2019 Story Links 2019 CBI Bracket (PDF) TAMPA, MARCH 17, 2019 – The USF men's basketball team makes its return to the postseason for the first time since 2012, as the Bulls were selected to play in the 2019 College Basketball Invitational and will host Stony Brook Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center. USF season ticket members will receive an email Sunday night allowing them the opportunity to keep their same seats for Wednesday's game. Single-game tickets for the general public will go on sale Monday at noon and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. All 100 level seats can be purchased for $17 and all 200 level seats will be sold for $12. USF students will receive free admission thanks to the generosity of the USF Bulls Club members. USF will also provide a live BullsVision video stream of the game on www.GoUSFBulls.com and it can be heard live on 820 AM and the Bulls Unlimited channel on iHeartRadio. The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a single-elimination tournament consisting of 16 teams that compete on home courts. The championship is determined through a best two-out-of-three series format featuring the final two teams that will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The 2019 CBI field includes USF, Stony Brook, West Virginia, Grand Canyon, Coastal Carolina, Howard, Utah Valley, Cal State Northridge, DePaul, Central Michigan, Longwood, Southern Miss, Cal Baptist, Loyola Marymount, Brown and UAB. "We're excited to have the opportunity to play in the postseason and continue to build upon what we've already accomplished this year," USF head coach Brian Gregory said. "Our players have worked extremely hard from the outset of the season to compete in postseason play. This tournament is a quality step in our process and will provide our team with valuable experience that we can use in years to come, and we can't wait to get back in front of our fans on Wednesday at the Yuengling Center." USF (19-13) is in the midst of one of its greatest seasons in school history and has already tied for the fifth-most single-season wins in program history. The Bulls also finished the regular season with eight wins in American Athletic Conference play to mark its most in league history, which is also tied for the amount of AAC wins over the previous three years combined. The Bulls will be competing in the postseason for the 12th time in program history and making their first appearance in the CBI. USF has made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament and eight trips to the NIT. Individually, redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.) was named the 2019 AAC Defensive Player of the Year to become the first such winner in USF school history. Forward Alexis Yetna (Paris) was tabbed the 2019 AAC Freshman of the Year to mark the first time USF has featured a Freshman of the Year since 1979, when the Bulls were a member of the Sun Belt Conference. Sophomore David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) and Rideau were both named All-Conference Third Team to become the first two Bulls in AAC history to be named all-conference. Yetna was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team, joining Collins as the only two Bulls in school history to be named to the AAC all-freshman team. Stony Brook (24-8, 12-4) finished in second place in the America East Conference but was upset in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament by Binghamton. The Seawolves are led by First Team All-Conference member Akwasi Yeboah, who led the team in scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) during the campaign that featured wins over a Southeastern Conference opponent (South Carolina) and a pair of Atlantic 10 opponents (Rhode Island and George Washington). Stony Brook also defeated Northern Iowa, who advanced to the championship game in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Stony Brook also features the Sixth Man of the Year in the America East, redshirt-sophomore Andrew Garcia and the Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore Jeff Otchere. To stay up-to-date on the latest USF men's' basketball news, follow the Bulls on social media (Twitter | Facebook | Instagram).
  22. Bulls Face UConn in AAC Tournament Opener March 13, 2019 Story Links Game Notes (PDF) Matchup: USF (19-12, 8-10) vs. UConn (15-16, 6-12) Date: Thursday, March 14 Time: 1 p.m. EST Location: Memphis, Tenn. | FedEx Forum TV: ESPNU (Mike Corey, Tim Welsh) Radio: AM 820 | USF Bulls Unlimited (Jim Lighthall) Follow: Listen | Watch | Live Stats | Twitter TAMPA, MARCH 12, 2019 – The USF men's basketball team begins postseason play Thursday at 1 p.m. (EST) when the eighth-seeded Bulls face No. 9 seed UConn in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn. USF (19-12) and UConn will matchup for the third time this season and for the third time in conference tournament history. The Bulls won game one earlier this season behind 25 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals from redshirt junior guard Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.). Rideau is second on the team with 12.9 points per game and leads The American with 5.5 assists and 2.9 steals per game. He was named The American Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday and also secured a spot on the All-Conference Third Team. UConn (15-16) took game two earlier this month and used 16 points and nine rebounds from Josh Carlton en route to a 60-58 victory. Sophomore David Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) scored 17 points and dished out four assists for the Bulls. Overall, Collins leads USF with 15.3 points per game and stands 20th in the NCAA with 170 made free throws, which is also good for the third-most in school history and fifth-most in conference history. On Monday, Collins was named to the All-Conference Third Team to join Rideau as the only two Bulls in school history to be selected all-conference in The American. AAC Freshman of the Year Alexis Yetna (Paris) added 15 points and eight rebounds in the last game against UConn and enters the postseason tops in The American in rebounding (9.6 rpg) and double-doubles (11). Yetna also stands third on USF with 12.1 points per game and was named a unanimous selection to The American All-Freshman Team. His 277 rebounds thus far this season are the second-most by a freshman in conference history and his 9.6 rebounds per game stands as the second-best single-season average among any player in league history. THE OPPONENT UConn (15-16) has won two of its last three games after closing the regular season with an 82-73 win Sunday at ECU to claim its first road win of the season. The Huskies had lost six in a row before their victory over USF on March 3. As a team, UConn is fourth in The American in scoring with 74.5 points per game. Senior guard Jalen Adams paces the UConn offense with 16.9 points per game and returned from injury Sunday to score 13 points to go along with 12 assists against the Pirates. Fellow guard Christian Vital adds 14.1 points per game and had made a team-high 72 three-pointers, while Carlton is tops on the team with 6.0 rebounds per game. QUOTABLE Head coach Brian Gregory on the matchup with UConn: "Polley has been shooting the ball extremely well for them over the last few games, but the big change for them has been Carlton inside. He's been tremendous. You just see him starting to blossom in the new system, and the last three games he's averaging over 20 points a game. He's rebounding the ball well on the offensive end and he hurt us in the first half in the game in Storrs. They are dynamic on the perimeter and they are dynamic in transition. Jalen Adams played the other day and he was sensational and he's one of the best guards in the league. We have to do a great job in our transition defense and we've got to guard the post because that's a new dimension to their offense." NOTABLE • USF is 3-21 against UConn in the all-time series that dates back to the 1972-73 season. • USF has won nine more games than it did last year and is tied for the sixth-best win improvement in the NCAA. • USF is one win away from only the program's fifth 20-win season and first since the 2011-12 season. • Laquincy Rideau is the first player in USF history to win a Defensive Player of the Year award. • USF is the only school in the NCAA to have its conference leader in rebounds, assists and steals. • USF redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna has more double-doubles (11) than six teams in The American. • Laquincy Rideau ranks seventh in the NCAA and first in The American with 2.9 steals per game. • Alexis Yetna leads The American and ranks 27th in the NCAA with 9.6 rebounds per game. • USF is ranked 10th in the NCAA and second in The American with a +7.4 rebounding margin. • USF has attempted the most free throws in the NCAA (860) and has made the sixth-most in the NCAA (551). • Laquincy Rideau looks to become the first player in AAC history to lead in assists and steals in the same season. • Laquincy Rideau already holds the American Athletic Conference single-season steals record with 80. • USF ranks fifth in the NCAA with 14.3 offensive rebounds per game.
  23. USF SELECTED AS PRESEASON FAVORITE BY CONFERENCE COACHES January 09, 2019 PROVIDENCE, R.I., Jan. 9, 2019 – Following an American Athletic Conference regular season championship in 2019, USF was picked to finish first by the conference coaches in the 2019 preseason poll, the league announced Wednesday. USF received a total of 45 votes with four first place votes to clinch the top spot in the poll. USF will return to the diamond after the program's 14th trip to the NCAA tournament in 2018 with the reigning American Athletic Conference co-Pitcher and Rookie of the year Georgina Corrick. USF also boasts The American coaching staff of the year, head coach Ken Eriksen and assistant coaches Jessica Moore and Laura Ricciardone, who will continue to lead the program in 2019. Wichita State and Houston check in with the second and third spots in the poll. The Shockers earned three first place votes for a total of 43 points, and the Cougars had 41 points with one first place vote. Tulsa ranks fourth in the poll after winning its third-consecutive American Athletic Conference Championship last May. The 2019 softball season begins Thursday, Feb. 7 while conference play starts Friday, Mar. 22, at home for USF. The 2019 American Softball Championship will take place May 9-11 at Cougar Softball Stadium in Houston, Texas. Be sure to follow USF softball on social media (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram) and visit GoUSFBulls.com for the most up-to-date information. The USF softball program has been one of the most successful on campus, making 12 NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the Women's College World Series in 2012. – #GoBulls –
  24. Bulls' Seven-Game Win Streak Snapped at Tulsa in Dramatic Fashion By TOM ZEBOLD USF Senior Writer TULSA, Okla., JAN. 5, 2019 – David Collins' clutch bucket from long range with 4.4 seconds left tied things up before Tulsa beat the buzzer with a three of its own to hand the rallying Bulls a 78-75 loss on Saturday night. USF (11-3, 1-1 in AAC) trailed by nine with 1:12 remaining and almost had a chance at extending its winning streak to eight for the first time since the 1982-83 season. Curran Scott's three-pointer helped Tulsa (11-4, 1-1) escape with a victory in a game that saw the Bulls outrebound the Golden Hurricane and dominate in points in the paint by a 42-18 margin. Making only nine field goals in the second half, Tulsa did its damage at the free throw line, going 30 for 37 overall and 19-for-26 after the break. Laquincy Rideau (West Palm Beach, Fla.) scored a team-high 19 points, dished out seven assists and totaled five steals in USF's first loss since Nov. 24. Collins (Youngstown, Ohio) scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half while redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna (Paris) produced his conference-leading seventh double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Seeking its first-ever win over Tulsa, USF headed into the halftime trailing, 36-31, and kept things close by scoring 18 points in the paint through the first 20 minutes. USF used an 8-0 run to take the lead when T.J. Lang's three-pointer spotted the Bulls a 12-10 advantage just over five minutes into the action. Tulsa jumped ahead by 10 with 2:38 to play in the opening half before USF cut its deficit in half by making its final four field goals down the stretch. USF trailed by 11 with 6:20 remaining and mounted its furious comeback in the final 1:12 by sinking four of its final five shots from the field. That was on top of Collins and Rideau going a combined 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Quotable Head coach Brian Gregory's thoughts on the rallying Bulls' first loss in the past eight games: "It was obviously a great game. We did some things out of character a little bit for us, but the one thing that was in character was we just kept fighting. There were so things not going so well and some difficulty in terms of the foul situation in the first half – a lot of free throws. We just kind of hung in there and kept fighting, and did some really good things at the end, really good execution." Gregory on Tulsa's final sequence of the game: "Taplin is their guy that they go (to) to score that and we made him throw an extra pass to a 25 percent three-point shooter and he made it, to that kid's credit. There are no moral victories. Our team is getting better and we've got some things we need to improve on. We've got a day off and we've got to bounce back and get ready for Wednesday." Key Stats 42 – USF dominated in points in the paint by a 42-18 margin. 30 – Tulsa made its greatest impact at the free throw line, going 30-for-37 overall and 19-for-26 in the second half. 20 – USF scored 20 points off 16 Tulsa turnovers. Notable USF was shooting for its first eight-game winning streak since the 1982-83 season. The Bulls were in search of their first 2-0 start to league play since the 2001-02 season when USF was in Conference USA. Laquincy Rideau finished with five steals after heading into Saturday's game ranking seventh in the NCAA with 2.8 steals per outing. Up Next USF returns to the Yuengling Center to host Tulane on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. Reserve your seats at USFBullsTix.com.
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