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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. "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
  7. 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
  8. "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?
  9. "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?
  10. "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!
  11. "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-
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Flowers touts 2015 Syracuse as game that turned things around By Chuck Muller, Staff Writer On September 15, 2016 This time last year, USF football was a program seemingly on the decline. A sluggish 1-3 start for the Bulls following a subpar 4-8 record in 2014 almost marking the end of the Willie Taggart era. Enter Quinton Flowers. With 330 total yards and 3 touchdowns, USF junior quarterback Quinton Flowers had the type of signature game that would separate him as the leader of the Bulls’ young Gulf Coast offense. “It all goes back to when Coach T gave me the ‘go’ word,” Flowers said after Wednesday’s practice. “I did what I was expected to do...what my team was looking for, and we came out with the victory.” Since then, Flowers and the Bulls have ridden the momentum of that win all the way into their return game Saturday in the Carrier Dome. Including that win, USF has won 9 of their last 11 since their win against the Orange, while Flowers play has made him a Davey O’Brien Award candidate as the nation’s top quarterback. Adjusting to speed Although they train everyday alongside ... Link
  19. Should USF fans believe the hype? By Jacob Hoag, Column On September 3, 2016 Every year that coach Willie Taggart has been at the helm of USF, the team has faced doubt. Maybe it was the team not picking up his playbook quick enough in Year 1, or the staff turnover through Year 2, or maybe just the lack of any real success. In his first offseason, fans were filled with hope that he’d turn things around from the start. He didn’t. The next season, same hype, same results. But then came last season — a season that saw the same man some had already written off, holding the exit door open with a smile, suddenly awaken the Bulls, who rattled off seven wins in their final nine games. That remarkable charge that Taggart shot through the USF community has once again filled the loyal fans in green and gold with peaked expectations of what is to come in 2016. “Just remind them of last year, remind them of what all them people were saying about us last year,” Taggart said. “They picked us ... Rest of story
  20. Fractured foot sidelines Woulard By Chuck Muller, STAFF WRITER On August 24, 2016 Excerpt: “Ronnie Hoggins, that kid wants to be great,” defensive backs coach Alonzo Hampton said at Wednesday’s practice. “From the very first day he came in here, he worked, he watched film, sat down with the coaches,” Hampton said. “He’s a different kid from most student athletes … he’s just a very instinctive young fella when it comes to playing the defensive back position.” Story
  21. Big things to come from USF's tight end duo By Vinnie Portell, SPORTS EDITOR On August 23, 2016 Much was made of tight end Elkanah Dillon’s breakout performance in USF’s opening game against Florida A&M last season when the then-freshman hauled in four catches for 126 yards and a score. However, Dillon faded as the season went on, as he would catch only five more passes for 82 yards and a touchdown over the remainder of the year. “Last year, we thought the world of Elkanah,” coach Willie Taggart said. “He’s only getting better and I think he’s going to be a beast before he leaves here.” With former USF tight ends Sean Price and Marlon Pope leaving the Bulls after graduation in the offseason, sophomore tight end Dillon and red shirt freshman Mitchell Wilcox have an oppurtunity to win the starting jobs. “I think we have two really good young tight ends in our system,” Taggart said. “And they’re both different, tall, long, rangy. Mitchell’s not as tall and rangy, but he’s so competitive, he runs really good routes and does a good job of attacking the football. “Both of them are highly competitive and it’s good to see them competing against each other and working with each other while making each other better in training camp. I’m really impressed where both of them are and think both of them will have a good season for us.” With his freshman year now behind him, Dillon said his experience of going through the daily struggles of a college football season has changed him for the better. “It’s a grind,” Dillon said. “Everything’s ... Rest of story
  22. Simpson nominated to be NCAA Woman of the Year By Vinnie Portell, SPORTS EDITOR On June 28, 2016 Jackie Simpson is no stranger to being recognized for her on-field accomplishments, but it’s what the former Bull does off the field that earned her a nomination for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Simpson, who recently graduated from USF, was awarded Second-Team All-Conference Honors and the AAC Defensive Player of the Year during her time with the Bulls. Link to full report
  23. USF Athletics: A look back at ‘15-16 By Vinnie Portell, SPORTS EDITOR On June 14, 2016 When USF’s Matthew O’Neal finished third in the triple jump event at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, USF’s up-and-down athletic season came to a close. USF, which had recently become a school known for its smaller sports, saw continued success from many of those teams coupled with the unexpected rise of its football team in the past year. As USF enters its second full school year under athletic director Mark Harlan, the Bulls will look to other sports such as men’s basketball and baseball to follow in the footsteps of USF’s 2015 football team. Trending Up Football: Following three losing seasons in which the Bulls combined for nine wins, the team took a dramatic step forward, winning seven of its last eight games of the 2015-16 regular season to qualify for the Miami Beach Bowl. The Bulls (8-5) fell to Western Kentucky ... Rest of report
  24. USF's McMurray ready for the challenge in AAC tournament By Vinnie Portell, CORRESPONDENT On March 9, 2016 Freshman guard Jahmal McMurray leads the team with 15.3, 2.5 assists and 35.1 minutes points per game after entering the season as a backup. ORACLE PHOTO/ADAM MATHIEU USF freshman guard Jahmal McMurray’s first season playing college basketball was full of unexpected turns — from making the AAC All-Rookie team to losing 24 regular season games — and he’ll hope for one more unlikely outcome today in Orlando when the AAC Tournament tips off. Led by McMurray, the Bulls (7-24, 4-14) will begin the tournament against ECU at the Amway Center at 3:30 p.m. USF defeated the Pirates in their first contest, but ECU (12-19, 4-14) held USF to 39 points in a win at the Sun Dome on March 2. “For a freshman, he’s been phenomenal,” USF coach Orlando Antigua said. “He’s continued to grow and continued to develop and he still has tons of room to grow, so we’re going to keep pushing him and stretching him. We just need him to come and be Jahmal. He doesn’t have to be Superman, he doesn’t have to be King Kong, he just has to be Jahmal.” The 6-foot, 175-pound freshman guard leads the Bulls in points (15.3 per game) and assists (2.5), and no one else comes close to his 35.1 minutes per game. McMurray has been a lone bright spot for an otherwise dismal season, and he said he knows his play can dictate much of how the Bulls perform. “I haven’t even been worried about (the loss to ECU),” McMurray said. “The other night just wasn’t my night. On nights like that, I need to figure out how to get other people going, because when I’m not going, it seems like the team’s not going.” McMurray scored five points on 2-of-8 shooting in that loss against the Pirates, but scored 21 on 7-of-14 shooting earlier in the season when USF defeated ECU. Unlike the Bulls, ECU spreads out its scoring, getting over 10 points per game from four different players. The Pirates are particularly efficient at 3-point attempts, shooting 34.6 percent as a team with two starters making more than 38 percent of attempts. Thursday’s winner will play first-seeded Temple, as well as two more games if they can keep winning. With the regular season now behind them, both teams will be looking to add some meaning to their losing seasons by making an unlikely run. “It would mean a lifetime to me,” McMurray said. “I love the game of basketball, and I would love to keep this season alive and keep competing and show people what we can really do when we put our minds to it.” http://www.usforacle.com/news/view.php/1018199/USFs-McMurray-ready-for-the-challenge-in
  25. Grading USF football at the halfway point of the seasonBy Jeff Odom, COMMENTARYOn October 20, 2015 USF has officially reached the halfway point in Year Three of the Willie Taggart era, and to say it has been a roller coaster would be quite an understatement. From the high points of routing Florida A&M in the opener and finally earning a victory over a Power-Five opponent with their upset of Syracuse on Homecoming to the lows of falling to a dreadful Maryland team and giving away a win against Memphis — Bulls fans have seen it all. There have been second-half collapses, pull-your-hair-out play calls and even a bit of a public hullabaloo between Taggart and athletic director Mark Harlan over the coach’s team-wide ban of Ybor City following the tragic stabbing death of former player Elkino Watson. On the bright side, however, there has also been excitement, convincing wins and even a murmur or two of that long, lost “B-word” — yes, bowl game. As USF gets ready for Saturday’s conference game against SMU at Raymond James Stadium, we take a look at how each unit has shaped up in the first six games by issuing them a mid-term grade. Can the Bulls sustain their recent success? Like many things, that remains to be seen. But it’s hard to argue with just how spirited they have played, and with the road ahead, it’s hard to find a reason why it won’t. OFFENSE Talk about making a rebound, the unit’s evolution from the Maryland loss to Saturday’s win over Connecticut has been nothing short of incredible, and one explanation is that Taggart opened up the playbook. Instead of relying solely on the run — which is still a critical part of the game plan and should be — the Bulls have allowed sophomore quarterback Quinton Flowers to throw it around a little bit. As he has grown, so too has the rest of the team. Last year at this point, USF was ranked 118th nationally in total offense. Now? It’s 56th. That’s progress. Grade: B+ DEFENSE Arguably the most consistent group on the field this season, defensive coordinator Tom Allen has shaped the self-titled “Bull Sharks” into one of the best units USF fans have seen in some time. Led by senior husky Jamie Byrd and senior lineman Eric Lee, they’re fast to the ball, they get to the quarterback and they can knock you down in the backfield. After posting five sacks against the Huskies, USF now ranks 11th in the nation with 8.2 tackles for loss per game. Grade: A SPECIAL TEAMS REST OF Report Card
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