On replacing Taggart, USF’s most popular coach

December 8, 2016 College football

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Once, there was a man named Willie… The first loss was shocking. Had South Florida ever been worse? Had a coach ever had a more rotten debut? It was August 31, 2013, and it’s fair to say that Willie Taggart had just done a particularly wretched job of saying hello. His team […]

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FSU gives USF a reality check in football

September 25, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 4 a.m. Promising program, USF. It has possibilities. It has a pretty good team. It can make the numbers climb on the scoreboard. On a late September afternoon, why, they’re capable of putting up 35 against a good FSU team. Excellent program, FSU. It has realities. It has a terrific team. It can run […]

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Random Thoughts: Holtz looks good far away

December 20, 2015 general

Sunday, 6 a.m. Hi, I’m Skip Holtz. And the further away from USF that I get, the smarter I seem to be. –Just wondering:  Could the Tampa Bay Lightning score on the Tampa Bay Bucs? – Funny way for Will Grier to say thanks for Florida sticking by him? – Why did the Rangers sign […]

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USF scores 65 — 65! — in beating Cincinnati

November 21, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 1:45 a.m. Here’s a question: Does anyone at USF even remember where the trophy case is? And if so, could someone please dust it and make some room? You know, just in case. With a staggering victory, the USF Bulls are within reach of a division championship in the American Athletic Conference. The Bulls […]

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Bulls growing up in the middle of a season

October 28, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 6 a.m. They were not Bulls. Not yet. They were calves trying to stand on wobbly knees. They were dogies, and the world seemed to big for them. They were too young to win, and asking it of them was too harsh. They were fledglings, more at home with Saturday morning cartoons that Saturday […]

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USF has had bigger wins, but this felt large enough

October 11, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 12:05 a.m. There have been bigger days. Just not lately. They have beaten bigger opponents. It’s just been a while. There have been big bigger impacts. Did any of them feel this good? The USF Bulls finally collected a scalp worth keeping Saturday, pulling away from Syracuse to take a 45-24 decision. It was […]

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Another QB leaves USF? Does it really matter?

April 2, 2015 general

It doesn’t matter. That, really, is the shame the defection of a lost quarterback from a lost college program. It doesn’t really matter. At South Florida these days, nothing really does. Yes, it was a bit of a surprise when Mike White announced he was leaving the program this week, and yes, it makes the […]

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To all fields: Jaso bringing extra gloves to camp

February 7, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 9:46 a.m. In St. Petersburg… Perhaps you thought of him as John Jaso, catcher. Perhaps you should think of him as John Jaso, hitter. Jaso, after his struggles with concussions, will probably help the Rays this year in areas other than behind the Content beyond this point is for members only.

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Turns out, the Gators have some fight in them

February 4, 2015 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 5:26 p.m. If recruiting day taught us anything, it is that the Gators are going to be good in the fourth quarter. And that’s a start. Content beyond this point is for members only.

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USF spends another pointless afternoon

November 28, 2014 College Sports in Florida

TAMPA The rest of us see a desert. Willie Taggart sees a beach. Soon, the surf will be coming in. The rest of us look at the scoreboard and see nothing. Taggart sees a change on the way. The rest of us see a team that has lost its way, and with it, it’s significance. […]

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