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  1. NEWS COVID-19 SPORTS OP Bulls sure not to underestimate Rattlers September 16, 2021 6:13 pm by Richard Silva, SPORTS CO-EDITOR Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis Jr. said Florida A&M’s defense has impressive speed but is also a well-coached unit. USF ATHLETICS PHOTO Opening up the season against NC State and Florida was always going to be a daunting task, but now the Bulls will have the opportunity to play perhaps a more manageable opponent in Florida A&M. Although the Rattlers (1-1), an FCS team, appear to be a step down from the likes of the Wolfpack and the Gators, USF (0-2) is in no position to disregard them. “We haven’t done anything to be able to look past anybody, that’s for sure,” coach Jeff Scott said in a Tuesday press conference. “They’ve won a lot more games over the past year, year and a half, two years than we have. I think everybody in our room knows that we’ve got a lot of work to do, and I brought that up. “I also brought up that there’s been four or five FCS wins this year, so at the end of the day it’s football, and if you execute you’ve got a chance to win. If you don’t, you can lose against anybody that you play. We’re definitely not in a position to overlook anybody, we’re looking to go out and get our first win of the year.” FAMU didn’t play last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but in 2019, the Rattlers were 9-2 with one of their losses coming into the season opener against UCF. The Rattlers have split their first two games of the season this time around, but the defense has proved formidable in both contests, allowing just seven points apiece to Jackson State in a 7-6 loss and Fort Valley State University in a 34-7 win. “Their speed in the backend is really good,” offensive coordinator Charlie Weis Jr. said in a Zoom press conference Wednesday. “Their safeties and their nickel [and] sam do a really good job. [They] play fast, [they] play physical, [they] take away a lot of things right there. The other thing is they’re extremely well-coached. “Those guys do a great job on their defensive staff, those guys know exactly where they’re supposed to be, they know how to fit plays … They’re going to make you have to execute to beat them. They just do a fantastic job of being coached in the backend and up front. So I think they are well-coached, [they] have great team speed, and that’s obviously a recipe for a really good defense.” One of the more premier players on that defensive unit is graduate student safety Antwan Collier who transferred to the Rattlers from UCF in the offseason. Collier played three seasons with the Knights and started all 13 games at safety in 2019 before being dismissed from the team in November 2020 and entering the transfer portal soon after. “When I saw [Florida A&M’s] depth chart this week, I remembered playing him in 2019 when I was at FAU, and he made a whole bunch of plays that day,” Weis Jr. said of Collier. “Immediately when that came out, [I was like] ‘Ok, they’ve got a good safety in the backend.’ Rest of Story
  2. New year, old plans: USF’s aspirations to build on-campus stadium over the years The idea of an on-campus stadium is not news for...
  3. USF must stifle NC State’s prolific rushing attack to find success against Wolfpack August 31, 2021 6:15 pm by Leonardo Santos, CORRESPONDENT As the USF football team prepares for its matchup against NC State, containing the Wolfpack’s running backs will be crucial to the final outcome. NC State has a trio of running backs who USF must keep an eye on Thursday night, headlined by sophomore Zonovan Knight and junior Ricky Person Jr. In 2020, the duo combined for 1,431 rushing yards and nearly equal attempts. Complimenting Knight and Person Jr. is sophomore Jordan Houston, who uses his speed to be effective. Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said the group works well together because it allows for a constant rotation, which keeps the backs ready to go. “[They have … Rest of story
  4. Mayor Castor decided to recognize the Bulls for their achievements including winning both the regular-season, and AAC tournament titles. USF ATHLETICS PHOTO April 8, 2021 8:42 am by Richard Silva, SPORTS CO-EDITOR Tampa Mayor Jane Castor proclaimed April 8 as “USF Women’s Basketball Day” to commemorate and give credit to the Bulls for winning their first ever AAC tournament title, among other accomplishments. A portion of the celebration will include Castor awarding the team with a proclamation at 4 p.m. in the brick courtyard between Old City Hall and the Tampa Municipal Office Building. The 2020-21 season was one that saw the Bulls reach heights never before seen. Aside from the aforementioned conference championship, USF also won its first-ever regular-season title and took down then-No. 6 Mississippi State in early December, the highest ranked team the Bulls have ever defeated in the history of the program. USF also made the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time ever and advanced to the Round of 32 for the fourth time in program history. The Bulls season ultimately ended after losing to the No. 1 seed in their region, NC State. Rest of story
  5. Sails, Hampton among those participating in USF Pro Day March 30, 2021 5:16 pm by Richard Silva, SPORTS CO-EDITOR In preparation for the upcoming NFL Draft and undrafted free agent process that follows, USF football will conduct its Pro Day on Thursday to give eight former Bulls the opportunity to showcase their talents. The players participating from the 2020 team include quarterback Noah Johnson, running back Odunayo Seriki, wide receiver DeVontres Dukes and cornerbacks KJ Sails and Mike Hampton. From the 2019 team, running back Jordan Cronkrite, offensive tackle Marcus Norman and defensive end Greg Reaves will also take part in the event. Reaves, who finished his USF career with 210 total tackles and 30.5 tackles for loss, has experience with the NFL process already. Following the draft last year, he was signed to the Los Angeles Rams as an undrafted free agent before being waived months later. The limited offseason due to COVID-19-related-protocols limiting Reaves’ ability to demonstrate his skillset in person to Rams’ decision makers may have hurt him in his quest to make the squad. Rest of story
  6. A nice Game Eve feature on the Bulls' Devontres Dukes from the student newspaper. DeVontres Dukes’ revival September 18, 2020 10:58 am by Richard Silva, Correspondent After an incredibly disappointing second half of the 2018 season in which the Bulls went 0-6 in their final six games, then-coach Charlie Strong dismissed 11 players. The official reason given for the suspensions was unspecified violations of team rules. Reports also claimed that the 11 players suspended were unlikely to return to the team for the following season. Now, two years later, only one of the 11 players remains on the team — wide receiver DeVontres Dukes. Dukes is now the first receiver on the depth chart and one of USF’s leading receivers heading into Game 2 against Notre Dame. The 2020 season may be a new start for first-year coach Jeff Scott, but it’s also a second chance for players like Dukes. He made some noise right away Saturday in the 27-6 win over The Citadel, scoring USF’s first touchdown of the season, a 10-yard fade pass from quarterback Jordan McCloud. From being on the fringes of the team to becoming an immediate playmaker, gratitude comes to mind for Dukes. “Just thankful and grateful, I’m just feeling blessed because you guys know my story,” he said after Saturday’s game. “Three years ago, two years ago, I wasn’t like this at all. Just being able to line up and help the team win, to me that’s one of my accomplishments. “I was grateful to do that tonight.” Even before his showing against The Citadel, Scott had high praise for Dukes. “He [Dukes] came to see me when I got the job … and really kind of talked about his situation,” Scott said...Continue Reading
  7. USF football questions ahead of Week 2 September 14, 2020 8:35 pm by Matthew Krawczyk, Correspondent With The Fighting Irish on the clock, here are some of the biggest questions heading into Week 2. Who will be the starting quarterback? Jordan McCloud played most of the game, going 11-of-16 with a touchdown and three carries for 3 yards. His performance against the Bulldogs put him at the top of the USF quarterback rankings, but his starting role isn’t fully guaranteed. Two other quarterbacks got some time as well. Noah Johnson went 3-of-4 for 24 yards and made seven carries for 49 yards and a touchdown. Freshman Katravis Marsh also played six snaps going 4-of-5 for 10 yards and was sacked for a loss of seven. Those three quarterbacks are now officially in contention for the starting role. Cade Fortin is also expected to compete, but he was ruled out of Saturday’s game prior to kick. Once Fortin returns, expect a four-man race. What will the backfield look like? There were a plethora of ball carriers... continue reading
  8. Spencer: ‘We have to make up a lot of lost time.’ August 11, 2020 5:08 pm by Nolan Brown, Sports Editor New defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has a lot to accomplish between now and the start of the season. With four full practices under his defense’s belt, there’s a lot of growth to be done, according to Spencer. “We got some guys that are out of shape,” he said. “Obviously, days like this test us and expose that, so we got a long ways to go.” Spencer’s defensive scheme isn’t much different than last year’s setup under former coordinator Brian Jean-Mary, according to defensive back KJ Sails. “I wouldn’t say a lot different,” Sails said. “Just the structure of it. It’s pretty much the same.” A familiar defense bodes well for returning defensive leaders — linebackers Antonio Grier and Dwayne Boyles and defensive backs Mike Hampton and Sails, who combined for 225 total tackles last season. Slowly, the pieces are being put in place, but what the Bulls don’t have is the gift of time, something Spencer said he wishes he had. “I haven’t had a full padded practice ... Continue story
  9. Barnett buys into Bell’s new offense By Steven Gerardy, Staff Writer On April 10, 2019 One thing that has been made clear by new offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell is that USF’s offense will be run differently next season. Returning quarterback Blake Barnett doesn’t want to dwell on the past. He said Bell’s new scheme gives the signal callers more of an opportunity to open up the offense to its playmakers. “I don’t really want to talk too much about last year’s offense,” Barnett said. “This year’s offense is more of a pro-style concept, which is good, because it gives the quarterbacks a better idea that when we go out to a play, to execute on a higher level.” Bell will look to use the many weapons the Bulls have on offense in ways never thought of last season. With Barnett remaining under center, Jordan Cronkrite and Johnny Ford will continue to be a dual threat out of the backfield, but Bell has something more in mind for Ford than just rushing the ball. “Man, he [Ford] has been a surprise,” Bell said. “He has been one of our best man beaters. He runs really crisp routes. It’s unbelievable how he has caught on to it. We have sold him on the fact that this position uses all of his talents … With him and Cronkrite being in the backfield, it is going to really utilize the talent we have on offense.” Rest of Story
  10. CHAMPIONS AT LAST Bulls defeat DePaul in Game 3 of CBI final to capture first championship since 1990 By Brian Hattab, Assistant Sports Editor On April 5, 2019 USF's victory in the CBI final marks the Bulls' first championship since the 1990 Sun Belt Tournament. SPECIAL TO THE ORACLE/GOUSFBULLS For the first time in almost 30 years, USF men’s basketball can say it is a champion. The Bulls (24-14) cut down the nets after a 77-65 victory against DePaul (19-17) in Game 3 of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) final Friday night in Chicago. The CBI championship is USF’s first postseason tournament championship since the Bulls won the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in 1990. On a more contemporary note, it is the punctuation mark in a turnaround season — from winners of only 10 games last season to a postseason championship. "Talk about the grit and the toughness of our team and our program, and what we want to build on," coach Brian Gregory said in a statement. "It's a great stepping stone for where we want to get to." The biggest difference in Game 3 were each team’s top scorers. DePaul’s Max Strus, who scored 20 in the first half Wednesday, was effectively shut down — Strus scored 16 total points Friday. Meanwhile, David Collins, who was held without a field goal until there were less than five minutes left in regulation Wednesday, led USF with 19 points. Collins almost collected a double-double, finishing with eight rebounds. Collins was named ... Rest of Story
  11. From walk-on to preseason all-conference: how Kyle Phillips got to his senior season at USF- Full article Like most sports in America, there is a steep drop-off in the number of players who make the transition from high school to college athlete. Baseball is no exception. Senior Kyle Phillips thought he would become part of the 89 percent of players who stop playing baseball after high school. But with some luck, sacrifice and grit, Phillips worked his way onto USF’s roster and has earned preseason all-conference honors. The process of getting where he is today wasn’t easy.
  12. USF football takeaways: week one By Sam Newlon, Sports Editor On September 2, 2018 BARNETT STEPS UP AT QUARTERBACK Blake Barnett answered the question of who would take over in place of Quinton Flowers in USF’s 34-14 victory over Elon on Saturday. Not only did he seemingly solidify his place as starter, he was the highlight of the Bulls’ offense. Barnett completed 24-of-34 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns. He didn’t settle for just throwing the ball, however. Barnett also rushed for 31 yards and another touchdown, bringing his total up to four on the night. “It’s good for his confidence,” coach Charlie Strong said. “It’s good for the whole team because now they see that quarterback…you lose a really good one last year and now you have (Barnett).” Barnett’s outing was comparable to other top-performing quarterbacks for the weekend. West Virginia’s Will Grier was 24-34 with 429 yards and five touchdowns. Ohio State University’s Dwayne Haskins also threw for five touchdowns, but was 22-30 with 313 yards through the air. Barnett showed fans and coaches alike that he was the best player for the job. In the last minute of the third quarter, USF elected to bring in junior Brett Kean. Kean was 3-for-7 passing with 37 yards. After a few misses, the Bulls’ coaching staff brought in Chris Oladokun, who was 2-of-5 with 25 yards. “He’s not Q (Flowers),” Strong said. “But he can make the throws for us and get us in the right place.” ST. FELIX HAD A RECORD NIGHT Freshman Randall St. Felix led USF’s receivers ... Rest of story, St. Felix and the defense
  13. Norman stays humble, despite huge expectations By Josee Woble, Correspondent On August 26, 2018 He would turn heads if he walked into a room. Standing tall at 6-foot-6 and weighing 305 pounds, Marcus Norman may seem larger than life — literally. He was a second team all-conference selection last season and is currently on awatch list for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to college football’s best interior lineman. Despite being one of the most talked about lineman this preseason, off the field, Norman is just like any other college student. “He’s a clown,” fellow offensive lineman William Atterbury said. “We’re bigger guys so we like to go out to eat, but we also play video games together. It’s always a lot of fun.” When they’re able, Norman and Atterbury find time to go out to eat at their favorite place — Sake, which offers an unlimited buffet of sushi and hibachi for just $12.99, a deal specific to college students. On a more serious note, Atterbury said he and the rest of the offensive line refuse to let the preseason awards go to Norman’s head. “Every day there’s that constant competition, especially with the D-line” Atterbury said. “Every time they beat us, they ... Rest of Story
  14. "Student Body President Moneer Kheireddine said student fees could be used to fund an on-campus football stadium during his State of the Student Body Address on Wednesday." "Kheireddine said the potential fee could range between $30 and $80 a semester per student. He also noted that Student Government (SG) could not change student fees without a vote by the student body and that any statement regarding student fees to fund a stadium is currently hypothetical." Full article here: http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/1033149/Student-fee-to-possibly-fund-on-campus-f
  15. I remember when those stickers were all over the area up here. Glad they're bringing it back .... SG revamps Bull's Country, expands student discounts at local businesses By Alyssa Stewart, STAFF WRITER On April 11, 2018 With the relaunch of Bull’s Country, there will be 26 restaurants that will grant USF students discounts on food items. Student Government (SG) reinvented Bull’s Country, a program in which local businesses offer USF students discounts. The relaunch is aimed at people who are searching for healthy options, looking for a meal to bring one close to home or trying to subside a craving. During the first week of May, a banner in the Marshall Student Center (MSC) will announce the full list of restaurants who will be a part of Bulls Country. Depending on the partnered restaurant, discounts will be 10 or 15 percent off specific days of the week. Between the fluctuation of previous administrations, Bull’s Country was not a high priority. This year, student body president and vice president, Moneer Kheireddine and Shaquille Kent, and director of partnerships, Sierra Francis, decided it was an appropriate initiative to take on to redesign a broader approach by implementing healthier options and restaurants with nutritional value since previous options that provided discounts were mostly pizza and fast food joints. Some of the franchise partnerships are Jason’s Deli, Jimmy John’s, Perkins and Which Wich, but most of the restaurants consist of local businesses and culture-based cuisines because it was an important component in the relaunch of Bull’s Country according to Francis. Read on
  16. "An on-campus football stadium would be fun, but it’s not what USF football needs right now. Instead, the program needs funding for its indoor practice facility. One of USF football’s two losses in 2017 was to Houston on Oct. 28. Houston finished construction on its $20 million indoor football facility that same month. The Bulls also lost to in-state rival UCF, which opened its indoor facility in 2005. USF strives to be a Power-Five team, but currently lacks the facilities to do so. Currently, 62 of 65 Power-Five schools have indoor practice facilities. An indoor practice facility will not automatically make USF a national title contender, but it’s a step in the right direction — more so than an on-campus stadium." Full Article here: http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/1033325/On-campus-stadium-should-not-be-USF-Athl so does an OCS or IPF do more to get us in the P5?
  17. "It seems that USF’s focus for its social media accounts, especially on Twitter, is simply to tweet out news and keep it largely at that, with very few exceptions. It doesn’t have to be that way. There is room for both news and personality." Full article here: http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/1033327/Commentary-USF-Athletics-social-media-pr Would USF benefit from more personality coming form it's social media page? or would this be to risky in this PC society?
  18. "Two series into conference play, USF softball sits atop the AAC with a 5-1 record. Regardless of where the Bulls finish the regular season, however, they’ll enjoy a home-field advantage for the AAC Tournament. The AAC announced Tuesday that the USF Softball Stadium will host the conference tournament, which will feature eight teams and be played during the weekend of May 10-12." Full Article Here: http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/1033301/AAC-announces-USF-Softball-Stadium-as-ho I couldn't think of a better facility to host the tournament. Go bulls!
  19. "Starting at noon, a street festival will be held outside of Corbett Stadium, where the game will be played, USF announced Monday. The festival will feature live music, food trucks and family entertainment." "Caricature and airbrush artists, a rock climbing wall, balloon twisters and more will be a part of the event." Full article here: http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/1033257/Notebook-USF-Spring-Game-to-feature-pre-
  20. Coach Mohl leads Bulls to series win over alma mater By Sam Newlon, Staff Writer On April 1, 2018 USF took the series against Tulane (12-16, 3-3) on Saturday, with a 10-8 victory at the USF Baseball Stadium and a commanding 14-3 win Friday night. For first-year head coach Billy Mohl, it marked his first games as a manager against his alma mater. “That’s where I spent seven years of my life, I have a lot of respect for those guys in the dugout,” Mohl said. “But it feels good. It’s just another team. Our guys came out, played well and we got a series win, which is what we try to do every weekend.” Mohl, who was a pitcher at Tulane, is ranked fifth in win percentage and is tied for starting the fourth most games in Green Wave baseball history. He was a standout since his freshman year when he earned Conference USA All-Freshman team honors. He went undefeated his senior season going 9-0. After graduating, Mohl became a student assistant for Tulane in 2007. He claimed an assistant coaching position the following year. He coached for the Green Wave for three seasons, then five seasons at Illinois State before he came to USF as a pitching coach in 2015. “It’s (Tulane), one of the better programs in the country,” Mohl said. “You look at the history of their school in the early to mid-2000s they’re going to Omaha, Super Regionals everything else and they’re still doing a good job.” Rest of story
  21. the Oracle previews the upcoming season. the article really highlights our experienced line-up “All those guys are (at least) juniors now, they’ve been through the fires,” first-year coach Billy Mohl said. “They have hundreds of hundreds of at-bats under their belt. The pitchers have tons of innings under theirs.” Season kicks off tomorrow (Friday, 2/16) against UNC. The Tar Heels are coming ranked #6 in the preseason rankings http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/1032191/Baseball-preview-Bulls-return-a-majority
  22. Bulls falter early, finish strong in season opener The Strong era begins with a win on the west coast By Josh Fiallo, Sports Editor On August 27, 2017 Things didn’t go quite as expected in Charlie Strong’s debut as head coach. Entering as a 21 point favorite and as the No. 19 team in the nation, the Bulls struggled early against San Jose State and yielded the Spartans 16 unanswered points in the first quarter before USF rallied to 42-22 victory at CEFCU Stadium Saturday night. Strong watched as his Bulls managed 22 yards of offense, allowed a blocked punt, shanked an 18-yard punt and lost their leading tackler on the defensive line – Deadrin Senat – to ejection, all within the game’s first 15 minutes. To make the sting of losing Senat worse – Spartans quarterback Josh Love delivered a touchdown pass on the same play Senat targeted Love with the helmet-to-helmet tackle that led to Senat’s ejection. Though the only positive on paper from the Bulls’ first quarter was a blocked point after touchdown (PAT) by freshman Kelvin Pinkey, Strong’s message to his players was simple. “I just told them, ‘Listen guys, it’s a 60-minute game and we’re not going to panic.” Strong said after the game. “We still have a lot of football left out here and we’re going to get going. Link to rest of story
  23. USF ready for San Jose State Strong era begins Saturday on the west coast By John Black, Correspondent On August 23, 2017 USF coach Charlie Strong won’t be the only coach making his program debut when USF plays at San Jose State Saturday at 7 p.m., but he will be the one with the more proven team. While the Bulls went 11-2 in 2016, San Jose State recorded just four wins en route to their fourth straight losing season and the firing of their former head coach Ron Caragher. Despite last season’s success, the Bulls recognize they haven’t proven anything in 2017. “Right now, it’s good everybody has recognized all the hard work we put in over the summer and over last year,” RB D’Ernest Johnson said at Tuesday’s press conference. “But it’s a new year and we’ve got to keep it moving.” Despite many unknowns concerning the new staffs of both teams, the Bull’s have a significant advantage with QB Quinton Flowers, a potential Heisman candidate. Meanwhile, Spartans first-year coach Brett Brennan has yet to name a starting quarterback for the opener. There’s currently a three-man battle for the job, and sophomore Josh Love is the only Spartan QB that has played in a Division I game. Rest of story
  24. Running back Darius Tice gets second chance By Josh Fiallo, Asst. Sports Editor On April 19, 2017 ORACLE FILE PHOTO/JACKIE BENITEZ Last September, Darius Tice’s collegiate career appeared to be all but over. With USF trailing 45-14 in the third quarter against FSU on September 24, 2016, Tice went to ground to receive a low pass from Quinton Flowers. In his slide to catch the ball, Tice’s right leg got caught under his body, causing his 210 pounds of body weight to force down on his ankle, fracturing it, and ending Tice’s season. The senior running back worried if he would ever be able to suit up for USF again. “I was afraid,” he said. “I didn’t want my college career to end like that. I didn’t really know what was even going to happen at that point. I was laying down on the bed thinking, ‘Dang, this is for real.’” In the four games Tice played in 2016, the 5-foot-10 power back scored two touchdowns, and rushed for 223 yards on 32 touches, putting him on pace to have his best season as a Bull. It wasn’t until the next week at practice that Tice was told he could possibly receive a medical redshirt – a waiver that would give him another year of eligibility to play football for USF, if granted. Tice immediately applied, then played the waiting game. “I just put it in God’s hands, and told myself I’ll be fine,” Tice said. “I took the mindset of ‘everything will be alright,’ instead of a negative one, and I just kept praying.” Tice recalled asking athletic trainers Steve Walz and Yuriy Chulskiy every day for weeks if he had qualified for the redshirt yet, finding no luck each time. Rest of story
  25. Know the foe: UConn at USF By Chuck Muller, STAFF WRITER On October 12, 2016 Entering Saturday night’s matchup with UConn (3-3, 1-2), no one on the USF roster or coaching staff knows quite as much about the Huskies as offensive coordinator T.J. Weist. Weist, now in his first year with the Bulls (5-1, 2-0), was the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach at Connecticut in 2013. After the departure of UConn’s then-head coach Paul Pasqualoni following an 0-4 start, Weist took over as the interim coach for the remainder of the ’13 season. Although he won his last three games as the Huskies’ coach, UConn elected not to retain Weist after finishing with a 3-5 record. One of those losses, his first game as a head coach, was a 13-10 loss to USF. Despite that loss, the Huskies Rest of story
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