Congrats to my broadcast colleague Don Henderson who was inducted into the Philadelphia Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame this weekend.Don was the longtime broadcaster for the Philadelphia 76’ers and Temple Owls basketball, hosted Phillies pre and post-game shows, did TV and Radio sportscasts and hosted shows from Philadelphia Park and Atlantic City racetracks.
(Tampa, FL) USF’s home season came to a crashing end Saturday afternoon in Tampa losing in a 49-10 rout to Memphis. The loss eliminates the Bulls from any post season bowl consideration and puts Head Coach Charlie Strong’s future with the program on very thin ice. Since going 7-0 to start last season, the Bulls have gone 4-13 in their last 17 games.
After forcing a Memphis three-and-out, USF seized the initial lead on its six-play, 75-yard opening drive that was capped with a 1-yard touchdown run by sophomore Dave Small. Kelley Joiner rushed four times for 66 yards on the drive and his 47-yard sprint downfield set the Bulls up at the Memphis 7-yard line.
Memphis tied things up with 5:01 to play in the opening quarter before Sails set up another go-ahead score for USF with a 40-yard interception return down to the Tigers’ 23. Four plays later, a 37-yard field goal by junior Coby Weiss gave the Bulls a 10-7 lead with 36 seconds left in the first quarter.
Memphis got all the way down to the USF 20 on its next drive that ended with another takeaway by the Bulls. Evans returned his first career interception 52 yards into Memphis territory, securing USF’s sixth game of the season with at least two takeaways.
White bounced back with two touchdown passes during Memphis’ 21-point second quarter that started with Patrick Taylor’s second of three scoring runs in the game.
“You gotta give their team their credit” said Bulls Head Coach Charlie Strong. “We didn’t play well. When you go out there and we play a good team like Memphis, we knew that all three phases had to play together, just knowing who they are, what they’ve done and how they’ve played the whole season. You get out there and we take the ball the opening drive and we go score to go up 7-0. Then we were able to get two turnovers there on defense and made it a short field and only got three points out of it, and missed another field goal. Then, we just could never get any rhythm at all going on offense. Then, it just beats down your defense.”
USF wraps up its 2019 season with rival UCF in Orlando on Friday, Nov. 29. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN.
(Tampa, FL) The USF football team’s War on I-4 clash at UCF (7-3; 4-2 American) on Friday, Nov. 29 has been set for an 8 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.
The Bulls (4-6; 2-4 American) and Knights will be meeting for the 11th time with USF holding a 6-4 advantage in the series. The last game played at Spectrum Stadium in Orlando was hailed as one of the top games of the 2017 season, as the Knights prevailed in a 49-42 epic between two ranked teams decided in the final minutes. The Bulls are 3-2 in Orlando, including a 44-3 victory in 2015.
On Monday, the American Athletic Conference also announced home and away opponents for conference teams for the upcoming 2020 and 2021 seasons.
The 2020 season will be the first for The American with 11 football-playing institutions. The 2020 and 2021 schedules will include eight conference games – four home games and four road contests – for each team in each season. Each team will face the other 10 teams at least once in the two-year cycle.
“This scheduling model provides balance and competitive equity and will contribute to the exciting seasons to which we have become accustomed in the American Athletic Conference,” said American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco. “It is a fair model that was unanimously supported by our athletic directors.”
The American will not have a divisional format for its 2020 and 2021 football seasons. The conference will determine the procedures for determining the participants in the American Athletic Conference Football Championship at a later date.
USF’s home and away conference schedule for the 2020 and 2021 seasons are below. In a quirk of the new scheduling matrix involving 11 conference teams, the Bulls will face Tulsa in Raymond James Stadium in back-to-back seasons in 2020 and 2021.
Home: UCF, ECU, Navy, Tulsa
Away: Cincinnati, Houston, Memphis, Temple (will not play SMU, Tulane)
Home: Cincinnati, Houston, Temple, Tulsa
Away: UCF, ECU, SMU, Tulane (will not play Memphis, Navy)
(Tampa, FL) USF gave No. 17 Cincinnati all it could handle in a 20-17 loss that went to the final second Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium.
Following the Bulls’ missed chance at a go-ahead field goal from 33 yards out with 2:07 to play, Sam Crosa made a 37-yard kick as time expired to earn the Bearcats (9-1, 6-0) at least a share of The American’s East Division title.
Powered by a solid defensive effort, USF (4-6, 2-4) took a 10-0 lead into halftime and held a 17-10 advantage early in the fourth quarter. The Bulls’ bid for their first win over a ranked opponent since 2016 was hampered by four missed field goals from 50, 53, 43 and 33 yards out.
Cincinnati, which came to Tampa averaging 32.7 points, was shut out in the first half for just the second time this season and was outgained by the Bulls by a 438-278 margin. Sophomore linebacker Antonio Grier Jr. led USF’s valiant defensive effort with a career-high 10 tackles, including two of USF’s eight tackles for loss and one of the team’s four sacks as the Bulls forced eight punts and gained a takeaway for the 10th straight game.
Redshirt freshman Jordan McCloud completed 18 of 27 passes for a career-high 267 yards and a touchdown. McCloud’s 4-yard scoring pass to senior tight end Mitchell Wilcox helped spot USF a 17-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
USF got a team-high 78 rushing yards from Jordan Cronkrite. The senior from Miami moved up to eighth on the program’s career rushing list with 1,808 yards. Freshman Kelley Joiner Jr. set career highs with 72 rushing yards on 13 carries and totaled a team-best 121 all-purpose yards.
Cincinnati didn’t get a first down until late in the first quarter and that drive resulted in its fourth punt. USF took advantage of the opportunity with a 28-yard field goal by freshman Spencer Shrader Freshman Xavier Weaver had a 37-yard reception on the 13-play, 85-yard drive.
Cincinnati found the end zone on the second drive of the second half before the Bulls answered right back. McCloud’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Wilcox capped off a seven-play, 75-yard drive that extended the USF lead to 17-7 with 7:12 to play in the third quarter. Joiner exploded downfield on the first play of the sequence with a career long 49-yard reception.
The Bearcats tied things up in the first minute of the fourth quarter, which set up a dramatic finish in the 17th meeting between the programs.
With the Bulls backed up at their own 3 midway through the quarter, McCloud threw a quick pass to junior Eddie McDoom, who raced downfield through defenders on a career-long 41 reception. Three plays later, McCloud completed a 19-yard pass to sophomore Bryce Miller on third-and-4 down to the Cincinnati 31. USF got as close as the Bearcats’ 15 before missing the potential go-ahead field goal with 2:07 remaining.
Cincinnati then converted twice on third-and-long and drove 60 yards to set up Crosa’s game-winning field goal in the final seconds.
“This one hurts and it hurts because you saw a great team effort tonight”, said Bulls Head Coach Charlie Strong. “Just the way our guys came out and the energy they had and just the way they played from start to finish. We had our opportunities, and it’s tough because of the opportunities that we had. There’s no blame for anyone. It’s one of those losses that’s a team loss. We have two games left and we’ve got to get to a bowl game.”
USF wraps up a three-game homestand Saturday, Nov. 23 against No. 18 Memphis. Kickoff time for the Bulls’ Senior Day game is 4 p.m. on ESPNU.
(Sarasota, FL) The Baltimore Orioles today announced that they will host an additional home game during their 10th anniversary season in Sarasota. The Orioles will play against the New York Mets at Ed Smith Stadium on Monday, March 23 at 1:05 p.m.
Single-game tickets for the club’s Grapefruit League season, which now features 17 home dates in Sarasota, will go on sale on Saturday, January 11 at orioles.com/spring
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report on Tuesday, February 11, while the full-squad report date is set for Sunday, February 16. The 2020 season will mark the Orioles’ 11th consecutive Spring Training season in Sarasota and the club’s 10th at renovated Ed Smith Stadium.
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(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls game with No. 17 Cincinnati (8-1; 5-0 American) this Saturday at Raymond James Stadium has been set for a 7 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on the CBS Sports Network.
The Bulls (4-5; 2-3 American) and Bearcats will meet for the 17th time in USF’s Salute to Service game. Cincinnati, which is coming off a 48-3 victory over Connecticut Saturday, leads the all-time series, 9-7, but the Bulls hold a 5-3 edge in Tampa, including a 33-3 victory in Cincinnati’s last trip in 2017.
The Bearcats posted a 35-23 victory over USF in Cincinnati last year in the coldest kickoff in USF program history. The teams took the field with the temperature reading 28 degrees at kickoff. USF took a 16-14 lead to halftime in the game before the Bearcats scored 21 third quarter points and posted the win behind 151 yards and three touchdowns rushing from Michael Warren. USF started quarterback Chris Oladokun in the game and he passed for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
The sixth Horns Up Rally of the season will be held on Friday from 5-8 p.m. on 7th Avenue in Ybor City.