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USF Bulls Set to Begin Spring Practice Tuesday March 19th

(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls football team will return to the field on Tuesday, March 19 for the first of 15 spring practices to prepare for their third season under head coach Charlie Strong.

Strong announced one of those spring practices will be held on location at Clearwater Central Catholic High School on Saturday, April 6 and will be open to the public. The open practice is scheduled from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The USF Spring Game presented by USF Federal Credit Union will once again return to Corbett Stadium on the USF campus on Saturday, April 13 with a 1 p.m. kickoff. The spring game, which has drawn capacity crowds the past four seasons to Corbett Stadium, is free to the public and will cap off a day of entertainment on campus that begins with a street festival starting at 11 a.m. outside the stadium.

The 2019 Bulls return 16 starters (9 offense, 5 defense, 2 specialists) from a 2018 squad that reached the program’s fourth straight bowl game. USF will feature a new offensive coordinator in Kerwin Bell, who led Valdosta State to an NCAA Division II national championship with the nation’s top scoring offense (52.0 ppg) last year.

Bell will take the reins of an offense that returns starting quarterback Blake Barnett (2,710 passing yards), first team all-conference tight end Mitchell Wilcox (540 receiving yards), tailbacks Jordan Cronkrite (1,121 rushing yards) and Johnny Ford (787 rushing yards), leading receiver Randall St. Felix (679 receiving yards) and all five starters along the offensive line from the Gasparilla Bowl.

USF’s defensive returners are led by second-leading tackler Greg Reaves (89 tackles), who is expected to return to his defensive end position after starting the final seven games of 2018 at linebacker. Honorable mention all-conference cornerback Mike Hampton returns after posting the second-most pass defenses (18) in program history, as do safety Nick Roberts, who led the team with three interceptions and was fourth with 72 tackles, and defensive end Kirk Livingstone, who tied for the team lead with 10 tackles for loss and was fifth with 56 tackles.

USF will play seven games in Raymond James Stadium during the 2019 season, highlighted by visits from preseason top 25-ranked Wisconsin to open the season (Aug. 30) and BYU (Oct. 12) in the non-conference slate and three straight November home games vs. conference contenders Temple (Nov. 7), Cincinnati (Nov. 16) and Memphis (Nov. 23).





USF Bulls Head Basketball Coach Brian Gregory Talks About Getting Ready for the AAC Tournament Thursday in Memphis

USF will face UConn Thursday March 14th in the first round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament in Memphis, TN. Coach Brian Gregory talks about his team’s readiness to play in the tournament.





SMU Defeats USF 77-71 Sunday in Regular Season Finale

(Tampa, FL) Ethan Chargois scored 19 points and had five rebounds to lead five SMU players in double figures as the Mustangs defeated USF 77-71 Sunday on Senior Day at the Yuengling Center.
Feron Hunt added 17 points and 14 rebounds off the bench and Jimmy Whitt Jr. finished with 14 points and three steals.

USF redshirt freshman Alexis Yetna recorded his league-leading 11th double-double of the season with 17 points and 13 rebounds. David Collins scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Justin Brown chipped in with 10 points and made two 3-pointers.

USF (19-12, 8-10) built its largest lead of the game midway through the first half on a free throw by Yetna to give the Bulls a 22-16 advantage, but SMU answered with a 15-2 run to go ahead 33-26 at the 2:19 mark. A three-pointer from Hunt with just over a minute remaining gave the Mustangs an eight-point lead at halftime.

SMU (14-16, 6-12) scored the first six points of the second half and would go on to shoot 63.6 percent over the final 20 minutes. The Mustangs missed just eight shots in the second half and led by as many as 15 points.

A three-pointer from Rashun Williams cut the deficit to seven points with 1:53 remaining, but SMU used back-to-back baskets go push its lead back into double digits. Collins converted a layup on the final USF possession and has now scored in double figures in 10 straight games.

The eighth-seeded Bulls will face No. 9 seed UConn Thursday at 1 p.m. (EST) in the opening round of the American Athletic Conference Tournament at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN.





USF Bulls Defeat Tulane 75-70 Wednesday Night in New Orleans

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(New Orleans, LA) Justin Brown knocked down five of the Bulls’ season-high 13 three-pointers as USF completed a season sweep of Tulane with a 75-70 victory on Wednesday night.

USF (19-11, 8-9 in AAC) is one more victory away from posting the program’s fifth 20-win season after getting a career-high 20 points from Brown. The sophomore from Birmingham, Ala., made four shots from long range in his 17-point second half in a game the Bulls led from start to finish.

David Collins also scored a game-high 20 points and made six of his eight total free throws in the final 1:12. Collins’ late production at the line came at an important time after Tulane (4-25, 0-17 in AAC) cut a 16-point deficit in the second half down to four in the final minute.

T.J. Lang added 11 points and went 3-for-6 from long range while USF fell one three-pointer short of matching the school’s single-game record set in 1991. Alexis Yetna came close to registering his 11th double-double of the season with nine points and eight rebounds.

Freshman Michael Durr grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for the second straight outing to help the Bulls finish with a 38-31 edge on the glass. Freshman guard Xavier Castaneda totaled seven points and three assists in his third career start.

It was raining threes right away in Wednesday’s action with USF making six of its first seven buckets from long range and Collins accounted for two of them. Lang joined the three-point party at the end of the flurry and his first field goal sparked a 7-0 run that extended the USF lead to 24-12 near the midpoint of the half.

USF finished the first half with eight three-pointers after back-to-back buckets by Antun Maricevic and Lang down the stretch helped the Bulls take a 37-26 lead into halftime.

Tulane worked a 16-point deficit in the second half down to seven with less than six minutes remaining before the Bulls heated back up. Brown sank two more threes during a 9-2 run and Lang made his third shot from downtown to pump the lead back up to 15 with 3:24 to play.

The rallying Green Wave got within four in the final minute but ran out of time after Collins sank three free throws in the final 19 seconds.

USF will shoot for its 20th win in the regular season finale against SMU that’s set for Sunday at 4 p.m. inside the Yuengling Center (TV: ESPNU).





UConn Defeats USF 60-58 in Connecticut Sunday

(Storrs, CT) USF held the lead with less than a minute to go but couldn’t secure the program’s first-ever win at UConn in a 60-58 loss before a crowd of 9,034 Gampel Pavilion on Sunday.

David Collins’ two free throws gave the Bulls a 54-53 advantage with 1:04 remaining before UConn pulled ahead with a jumper 16 seconds later and made five free throws in the final 30 seconds.

USF (18-11, 7-9 in AAC) erased a seven-point deficit in the second half and was seeking a season series sweep of the Huskies. UConn (14-15, 5-11 in AAC) went 20-for-27 from the free throw line overall but saw its streak of 338 straight games with a made three-pointer snapped.

Collins scored a game-high 17 points and set a new career high by going 11-for-13 from the free throw line in a historic outing for the Bulls. USF set the program’s new season record for free throw attempts (808) while making 17 of 22 tries from the line.

Alexis Yetna just missed his 11th double-double of the season with 15 points and eight rebounds. Michael Durr grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to help the Bulls rule the boards by a 46-33 margin.

Laquincy Rideau knocked down his second three-pointer to give the Bulls a 48-46 lead with 6:11 to play, which marked USF’s final field goal. The redshirt junior guard finished with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Antun Maricevic continued his hot stretch with eight points in 15 minutes. The junior forward went 4-for-7 from the field and has shot 72.7 percent in the past four games.

Yetna led the Bulls with 12 points and seven rebounds in a back-and-forth first half that UConn ended up leading, 28-27.

Yetna’s second layup of the game gave the Bulls their second lead, 6-5, about six minutes into the action. Threes by Rideau and Yetna sparked a 10-0 run that put USF ahead, 27-24, before the Huskies took a one-point lead into the break.

USF jumped back ahead with a layup by Durr in the first minute of the second half. Down by seven, USF roared back into the lead with a 9-0 run that was capped off by Rideau’s three with 6:11 to play.

Three ties followed before Christian Vital’s free throw put UConn ahead, 53-52, with 1:16 remaining. Collins’ free throws tipped the score back into USF’s favor, but Alterique Gilbert’s floater in the paint with 48 seconds remaining started a 4-0 UConn run.

Two more free throws by Collins got the Bulls back within one with 28 seconds left and the sophomore had a chance to tie it with 3.5 seconds on the clock. After being fouled from beyond the arc, Collins sank two of three throws and USF couldn’t get a shot off on its final possession to at least force overtime.

USF wraps up a two-game road trip at Tulane on Wednesday, March 6 at 8 p.m. Game broadcast on ESPN3.





UCF Defeats USF in War on I-4 75-63 in Tampa Wednesday Night

(Tampa, FL) Justin Brown scored 15 points and hit three 3-pointers in a 75-63 setback against UCF Wednesday evening at a packed Yuengling Center that drew its largest crowd since 2012 with 7,231 fans filling the arena.

David Collins and Antun Maricevic each added 10 points for a USF team (18-10, 7-8) that is one win shy of tying a school record for the most home wins in a season.

Tacko Fall led UCF with 18 points and five rebounds, and B.J. Taylor added 15 points and five assists. Aubrey Dawkins chipped in with 14 points and Dayon Griffin finished with 12 points off the bench.

USF went on a 7-0 run late in the first half to turn a five-point deficit into a two-point advantage. Five points during the surge came from Brown, sandwiched around a three-pointer by Maricevic, as USF ahead, 28-26, with 4:37 before halftime. A layup from Taylor just before the halftime horn put the Knights ahead, 36-33, at the break.

UCF (21-6, 11-4) used a 14-3 run to begin the second half, capped on a dunk by Chad Brown, to build a 50-36 lead just over six minutes into play. A three-pointer from Collins midway through the half trimmed the lead to 10, but the Knights used free throws on their next two possessions to go ahead, 60-47.

USF got as close as eight points on a three-pointer from Brown with 3:52 remaining for its smallest deficit since the 17:06 mark of the half. UCF answered with two free throws from Taylor and a jumper by Dawkins to extend its lead back to 12 at 67-55.

The Knights would go on to lead by as many as 15 before Brown’s third 3-pointer just before the final buzzer gave UCF its final margin of victory.

“Central Florida is a very good basketball team that is also very balanced”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “They are very experienced and they know exactly what they need to get done. I thought we played well in the first half, not as good defensively as I would have liked, but at the same time really executed some really good stuff offensively.”

The Bulls continue league play Sunday at noon when the Bulls travel to UConn for a matchup televised by CBS Sports Network.





Houston Cougars Defeat USF Bulls 71-59 Saturday

(Houston, TX) David Collins was the lone Bull in double figures as USF’s offense couldn’t heat up against one of the nation’s toughest defenses in a 71-59 setback at No. 9/8 Houston on Saturday.

Collins finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and five assists while USF (18-9, 7-7 in AAC) shot 31 percent from the field against the fifth-best scoring defense in the country (60.3 ppg). Houston (26-1, 13-1 in AAC) extended its nation-leading home winning streak to 33 games and won its 11th straight outing overall.

Freshman forward Michael Durr posted seven points and a game-high nine rebounds to help the Bulls finish with a 37-34 edge on the boards. Alexis Yetna added nine points and six rebounds in USF’s return to conference play after a 95-54 win over Florida College on Tuesday.

T.J. Lang made two of USF’s eight threes and finished with eight points. Justin Brown and Xavier Castaneda scored seven points apiece.

Collins led all scorers with eight points at the half while the Cougars took a 34-26 lead into the break after shooting 50 percent from the field.

Houston made its first four shots, including three from long range, to open the game with an 11-0 advantage. USF worked a double-digit deficit all the way down to one with 5:16 remaining in the period thanks to an 8-0 run that was sparked by threes by Castaneda and Brown.

Brown’s jumper with 4:04 left got the Bulls back within one before Houston closed the half on an 8-1 run. Brown made three of his first five shots and accounted for nearly half of the Bulls’ field goals in the first 20 minutes.

Just like the first half, Houston started off the second off fast with a 7-0 run that was stopped by Yetna’s three with 16:34 to play. Another three by Lang got the Bulls back within 12, but that’s as close as they would get the rest of the way against The American’s top defense.

USF returns to the Yuengling Center to host rival UCF on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.





Charlie Strong Completes USF Football Coaching Staff Revamp for 2019 Season

(Tampa, FL) University of South Florida Head Football Coach Charlie Strong has completed the Bulls’ coaching staff, officially adding one offensive coach and three defensive coaches to the staff for his third season at the helm.

On the offensive side of the ball, Strong announced the addition of Jeremy Darveau as offensive line coach. Darveau rejoins new Bulls offensive coordinator Kerwin Bell as the pair helped lead Valdosta State to an NCAA Division II national championship with the highest scoring offense (52.0 ppg) in the division last season. Also joining USF from the Valdosta staff are Kade Bell and Andrew Robustelli, who were both standouts playing under Bell at Jacksonville University and will serve as quality control analysts for the offense at USF.

On the defensive side of the ball, Strong announced the promotion of Bryan Hill to safeties coach. Hill served the last two seasons on the USF staff in a quality control position for the defense. Strong also announced the addition of Steve Ellis as defensive backs coach and Paul Spicer as defensive line coach as well as a positional change for current assistant coach Sean Cronin, who will now coach outside linebackers. Ellis joins the USF program from Middle Tennessee State, where he served as cornerbacks coach/recruiting coordinator last season and previously served as co-defensive coordinator. Spicer joins USF from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he served as assistant defensive line coach for the last four seasons.

Strong also announced the promotion of Albert Boone to director of football operations, replacing Clifford Snow, who departed to pursue opportunities outside of football. Boone had previously served as director of on campus recruiting.

“I feel very good about our coaching staff and the energy and ability they will bring to our program as we head into the 2019 season,” Strong said. “I expect our new coaches will connect very quickly and very well with our players, bring their own perspectives and ideas and will help us excel on the field and in recruiting. We are very excited for this upcoming season and are going to work.”





Temple Beats USF 70-69 in OT Saturday

(Tampa, FL) Shizz Alston scored 24 points and made the game-winning free throw to lift Temple to a 70-69 overtime win over USF Saturday evening at the Yuengling Center.

Laquincy Rideau tied it at 69 with 11.3 seconds left in overtime before Alston was fouled on the ensuing possession with 1.5 seconds remaining.

Temple (19-7, 9-4) was whistled for a foul on the final possession that sent USF to the free throw line with 0.8 seconds on the clock. David Collins missed both foul shots to give Temple its second overtime win over the Bulls this season, as the Owls defeated USF 82-80 on Jan. 12 in Philadelphia.

J.P. Moorman put Temple up 64-59 in overtime with a three-pointer after Alston opened the extra session with a layup on the Owls’ first possession. After USF used two free throws from David Collins and a layup by Rideau to tie the game at 64, Alston hit a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down to push the Temple lead to three.

After Alston made a free throw to extend the Temple advantage to four, Collins made two more free throws to cut the deficit in half and setup Rideau’s game-tying layup in the final seconds.

Nate Pierre-Louis added 14 points for Temple and made two free throws in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.

Rideau finished with a team-high 16 points and five assists and reached 1,000 career points. Collins added 15 points and Xavier Castaneda scored 11 points and had two steals. Alexis Yetna grabbed 13 rebounds and Michael Durr had 11 and two blocks.

USF (17-7, 7-5) overcame an eight-point deficit in the first half to lead 23-20 at halftime and hold Temple to a season low for first-half points.

T.J. Lang gave USF its largest lead with a three-pointer at the 9:39 mark of the second half that put the Bulls ahead 45-36. Temple responded with a 15-5 run over the next five minutes to take a 51-50 lead on a layup by Justyn Hamilton.

The Bulls step out of conference play to host Florida College Tuesday at 4 p.m. at the Yuengling Center. Admission and parking are free.





UCF Defeats USF 78-65 in Orlando Ending Bulls 5 Game Winning Streak

(Orlando, FL) Tacko Fall scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds and UCF snapped USF’s five-game winning streak with a 78-65 victory Wednesday evening at CFE Arena.

David Collins scored 20 points for his fourth consecutive game with at least 20 points. Justin Brown added 12 points and made three 3-pointers, and Laquincy Rideau finished with 10 points, five assist and five steals.

UCF (18-5, 8-3) scored the first 13 points of the game and held USF without a field goal until the 14:26 mark of the first half when T.J. Lang hit a three-pointer to cut the Knights’ lead to 13-4.

B.J. Taylor gave UCF its largest lead of the first half with two free throws at the 3:37 mark to put the Knights ahead 33-14. A basket from Alexis Yetna and a three-pointer by Brown in the final two minutes pulled USF within 10 points, 35-25, with 59 seconds before halftime. Yetna had a game-high 12 rebounds in his return from a two-game absence due to injury.

UCF used one free throw and a three-pointer from Terrell Allen at the buzzer to push its lead back to 14 at halftime. The Bulls shot just 28.6 percent from the field and 18.2 percent from three-point range in the first half.

UCF lead by as much as 26 points in the second half and shot 61.1 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes. USF closed the game on an 8-1 run to trim the margin to 13 points.

The Bulls continue league play Saturday at 6 p.m. when the Bulls host Temple on ESPNU at the Yuengling Center.