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American Athletic Conference Announces 2019-20 Hoop Home and Away Matchups

(Tampa, FL) The American Athletic Conference announced on Wednesday the home and away opponents for the 18-game men’s basketball conference slate for the 2019-20 season.

Conference teams will play seven of their 12 league foes twice and four opponents once each.

USF will play home and away games against War On I-4 rival UCF, UConn, ECU, Houston, Memphis, SMU and Wichita State. The Bulls will play Cincinnati and Tulsa only at the Yuengling Center and will only play Temple and Tulane on the road.

Game dates, tip times and broadcast information will be announced at a later date.

USF enters the 2019-20 season returning all five starters from a team that won the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) championship and set a single-season school record with 24 wins. In addition, USF featured the top turnaround in the NCAA by winning 14 more games than it did over the course of the 2017-18 season. Under the direction of third-year head coach Brian Gregory, USF brings backs 92.4 percent of its scoring, 94.6 percent of its rebounding and 90.3 percent of its minutes.

Guard Laquincy Rideau earned AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors after pacing the league with 2.9 steals per game. Rideau registered 101 steals and finished the year with the fourth-most of any player in the NCAA and the most single-season steals in conference history.

Forward Alexis Yetna was tabbed the 2019 American Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year after finishing the season tops in the league in rebounding with 9.6 per game and pulling down a single-season league record 346 boards. Yetna also added 12.3 points per game and paced the conference with 15 double-doubles.

Fellow guard David Collins was also tabbed All-AAC Third Team after leading USF and ranking 12th in The American in scoring with 15.9 points per game. Collins poured in 587 points last season to finish with the ninth-most points scored in a single season in league history.

2019-20 Conference Home & Away Opponents: UCF, UConn, ECU, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Wichita State
2019-20 Conference Home Only: Cincinnati, Tulsa
2019-20 Conference Away Only: Temple, Tulane





USF Bulls Add FAMU and Bethune-Cookman to Future Home Football Schedule

(Tampa, FL) USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced the addition of five home games to the Bulls’ future football schedules as USF inked agreements for three visits from Florida A&M and a pair of visits from Bethune-Cookman to Raymond James Stadium.

The addition of the home series with the in-state programs leaves USF with just two non-conference dates remaining to be filled through the 2027 season, with one date remaining to be filled in each of the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

“We are excited to add five home games vs. a pair of in-state programs and to be able to continue to build and highlight the great tradition of college football in the state of Florida,” Kelly said. “Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman both have deep traditions and passionate fan bases and we look forward to a great atmosphere in Raymond James Stadium for these games.”

The Bulls will renew the series with FAMU starting on Sept. 18, 2021 and the Rattlers will also visit Tampa on Sept. 23, 2023 and Sept. 18, 2027. USF leads the series with FAMU, 3-0, and posted a 51-3 victory in the last meeting in 2015.

The Bulls will meet Bethune-Cookman for the first time ever on Sept. 12, 2020 and the Wildcats will return to Tampa on Sept. 26, 2026.

Both programs will travel their notable marching bands to perform at the contests in Raymond James Stadium.

The Bulls have scheduled 17 non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents over the next 10 seasons, including three-game series with Alabama, Florida and Miami, as well as home-and-home series vs. Boise State (2025 & 2027) and BYU (2019 & 2021). The 17 contests vs. Power 6 opponents are tied for the most among American Athletic Conference teams. The Bulls have at least one Power 6 non-conference opponent scheduled in each of the next 10 seasons and two or more in seven of those seasons.

Six future non-conference opponents can claim a national championship and the Bulls will be facing programs during that span that claim a total of 34 national championships. Six future non-conference opponents in the next 10 seasons rank among the top 25 all-time in Associated Press Top 25 Poll appearances.

The Bulls will play nine games vs. ACC opponents and six vs. SEC foes in the coming years. Future ACC opponents include Georgia Tech (2019), Louisville (2022, 2024 & 2026), Miami (2025, 2027 & 2028) and NC State (2021 & 2024). Future SEC opponents include dates vs. Alabama (2023, 2024 & 2026) and Florida (2022, 2023 & 2025). The Bulls will also face Big 12 opponent Texas (2020) and Big Ten foe Wisconsin (2019).

Kick-off Times Set for USF Football vs. Wisconsin, SC State, Navy and Temple Games

(Tampa, FL) The USF football team will open the 2019 season with a 7 p.m. primetime kickoff vs. Wisconsin on ESPN, the American Athletic Conference announced today among several kickoff times set for conference schools.

The Bulls’ Fri., Aug. 30 season opener vs. the Badgers in Raymond James Stadium was one of four kickoff times announced for the 2019 USF football season. The Bulls’ Sat., Sept. 14 game vs. South Carolina State will kick off at 6 p.m. and air on ESPN3. USF’s Sat., Oct. 19 game at Navy will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. The Bulls’ primetime clash with Temple on Thur., Nov. 7 will kick off at 8 p.m. on ESPN.

USF’s Week 2 game at Georgia Tech was previously announced as a 2 p.m. kickoff on the ACC Network, giving the Bulls five set kick times and broadcast designations for the season. Kickoff times and broadcast designations for USF’s remaining seven regular season games are expected to be announced during the season on a 12- or six-day selection basis.

USF will open its third season under head coach Charlie Strong with a primetime game vs. Wisconsin. The Badgers, coming off their 17th straight bowl appearance, were ranked No. 19 in the Athlon Sports preseason Top 25 and return 2018 Doak Walker Award winner Jonathan Taylor, who ran for 2,194 yards last season.

The Bulls face BYU on Sat., Oct. 12 in a Homecoming contest that will round out the non-conference schedule. USF’s conference slate is highlighted by three straight November home games with conference title contenders Temple (2018 East Division runner-up), Cincinnati (2018 East Division third place) and Memphis (back-to-back West Division winner). The regular season finale vs. UCF in the War on I-4 in Orlando on Fri., Nov. 29 will air on ABC or ESPN with a kickoff time to be announced later. The American Conference Championship game on Sat., Dec. 7 has been set for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ABC and will be played at a home site.

USF Bulls Football To Play Three-Game Series Against Alabama Starting in Tampa in 2023

(Tampa, FL) USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly announced an agreement with Alabama to play a three-game football series that will begin in 2023 with the Crimson Tide coming to Tampa.

The addition of the series with the Crimson Tide brings the Bulls’ scheduled non-conference games vs. Power 6 opponents to 17 over the next 10 seasons, 14 of those added since January. The 17 contests vs. Power 6 opponents are tied for the most among American Athletic Conference teams.

Alabama joins most recent series announcements pitting the Bulls vs. Florida and Miami as well as games in the next two seasons vs. Wisconsin, Georgia Tech and Texas. The Bulls have at least one Power 6 non-conference opponent scheduled in each of the next 10 seasons and two or more in seven of those seasons.

Six of those opponents can claim a national championship, including 17 for Alabama, and the Bulls will be facing programs during that span that claim a total of 34 national championships.
“We are very excited to open the Alabama series in Tampa in 2023 and to add one of the most successful brands in American sports to a very exciting list of future opponents that will give our student-athletes and coaches a great opportunity to compete against the best programs in the nation,” Kelly said.

The Bulls and Crimson Tide will open the series on Sept. 16, 2023 in Raymond James Stadium. It will be the Tide’s first return to Tampa since falling, 35-31, to Clemson in the 2017 CFP National Championship Game, one of Alabama’s four straight national championship game appearances since 2015. The series will shift to Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821) in Tuscaloosa, Ala. for the final two games in the series on Sept. 7, 2024 and Sept. 12, 2026.

USF and Alabama have met once previously with the Tide winning, 40-17, in Tuscaloosa on Aug. 30, 2003. The Bulls are 2-5 all-time vs. SEC opponents, winning their only meeting in the last eight seasons with a 46-39 overtime victory over South Carolina in the 2016 Birmingham Bowl.

The Bulls’ 2024 non-conference slate is now set with the USF facing Louisville, NC State and Western Kentucky in Tampa and traveling to Alabama. USF’s 2026 schedule has one remaining date with FAU coming to Tampa and the Bulls traveling to Alabama and Louisville.





USF Bulls to Host Stonybrook in CBI Tournament Opener

(Tampa, FL) The USF men’s basketball team has been selected to play in the 2019 College Basketball Invitational and will host Stony Brook Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Yuengling Center.

The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is a single-elimination tournament consisting of 16 teams that compete on home courts. The championship is determined through a best two-out-of-three series format featuring the final two teams that will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The 2019 CBI field includes USF, Stony Brook, West Virginia, Grand Canyon, Coastal Carolina, Howard, Utah Valley, Cal State Northridge, DePaul, Central Michigan, Longwood, Southern Miss, Cal Baptist, Loyola Marymount, Brown and UAB.

The Bulls will be competing in the postseason for the 12th time in program history and making their first appearance in the CBI. USF has made three appearances in the NCAA Tournament and eight trips to the NIT.

Individually, redshirt junior Laquincy Rideau was named the 2019 AAC Defensive Player of the Year to become the first such winner in USF school history. Forward Alexis Yetna was tabbed the 2019 AAC Freshman of the Year to mark the first time USF has featured a Freshman of the Year since 1979, when the Bulls were a member of the Sun Belt Conference.

Sophomore David Collin and Rideau were both named All-Conference Third Team to become the first two Bulls in AAC history to be named all-conference. Yetna was a unanimous selection to the All-Freshman Team, joining Collins as the only two Bulls in school history to be named to the AAC all-freshman team.

Stony Brook (24-8, 12-4) finished in second place in the America East Conference but was upset in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament by Binghamton. The Seawolves are led by First Team All-Conference member Akwasi Yeboah, who led the team in scoring (16.6 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg) during the campaign that featured wins over a Southeastern Conference opponent (South Carolina) and a pair of Atlantic 10 opponents (Rhode Island and George Washington). Stony Brook also defeated Northern Iowa, who advanced to the championship game in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.

Stony Brook also features the Sixth Man of the Year in the America East, redshirt-sophomore Andrew Garcia and the Defensive Player of the Year, sophomore Jeff Otchere.

USF season ticket members will receive an email Sunday night allowing them the opportunity to keep their same seats for Wednesday’s game. Single-game tickets for the general public will go on sale Monday at noon and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com. All 100 level seats can be purchased for $17 and all 200 level seats will be sold for $12. USF students will receive free admission thanks to the generosity of the USF Bulls Club members. USF will also provide a live BullsVision video stream of the game on www.GoUSFBulls.com and it can be heard live on 820 AM and the Bulls Unlimited channel on iHeartRadio.





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.





USF Bulls Spring Football Game Set for Saturday April 13

(Tampa, FL) The USF Bulls Spring Football Game will once again return to Corbett Stadium on the USF campus on Saturday, April 13 with a 1 p.m. kickoff.

The spring game is free to the public and will cap off a day of entertainment on campus that begins with a street festival starting at 11AM outside the stadium. Normal pregame tailgating activities will be allowed in campus lots. Fans are also encouraged to bring blankets and utilize seating areas on the grass berms surrounding the playing surface as a large crowd is expected.

Fans will get their first look at a 2019 Bulls team that returns 16 starters. USF’s third season under head coach Charlie Strong 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.

The 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.

The Bulls will take the field for the first of 15 spring practices on March 19 and will practice for four weeks leading up to the spring game.

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).





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.





USF Defeats ECU 72-68 in OT to Extend Winning Streak to 5

(Tampa, FL) Mayan Kiir’s big-time block before the buzzer sent things to overtime and USF took care of business at the free throw line down the stretch of a 72-68 victory over East Carolina on Sunday at the Yuengling Center.

USF (17-6, 7-4 in AAC) secured its first five-game winning streak in league play since the 1991-92 season by sinking 16 free throws after David Collins registered the Bulls’ final field goal with 6:09 left in regulation.

Collins finished with a game-high 21 points after making nine of 12 free throws, including three in overtime to help USF go 10-for-14 from the charity stripe in the final five minutes.
Star forward Alexis Yetna missed his second straight game with an injury and Kiir played a huge role in his place. In addition to making the defensive play of the game, the sophomore from Bradenton, Fla., scored eight of his career-high 13 points after USF headed into halftime trailing, 39-28.

Laquincy Rideau made a pair of clutch free throws to tie the game at 62-62 with 12 seconds left in regulation. The redshirt junior guard finished with 12 points and four assists while the Bulls posted their second five-game winning streak of the season, a program first since 1990-91.

Justin Brown added 10 points while freshman forward Michael Durr pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds as USF dominated on the boards by a 46-22 margin.

ECU (9-14, 2-9 AAC) knocked down six of its first eight threes on the way to building a 39-28 halftime lead. The Pirates opened the game with a 17-7 advantage after making their first four shots from long range.

USF answered the bell right after the break and used a 14-2 run to take a 47-45 lead with 12:17 to play. ECU jumped back ahead by three before USF fired back with a 7-0 run and Brown’s three spotted the Bulls a 54-50 advantage.

The Pirates took the lead back with 3:37 left in regulation and stayed ahead until Rideau’s game-tying free throws with 12 seconds remaining. USF pulled ahead for the final time with 1:53 left in overtime on a pair of free throws by Kiir and the Bulls’ defense limited ECU to a 2-for-8 shooting performance from the field in the final period.

“You’ve got to give our guys credit”, said Bulls Head Coach Brian Gregory. “They kind of dug in there in the second half and got just enough stops to put us in some offensive positions where we could score the ball finally and do what we do, which is defend. We didn’t score a basket for the last six minutes or in overtime, but we scored 16 points because we’re an aggressive, hard-charging team and we’ve gotten better shooting the free throws.”

USF travels to Orlando for a War on I-4 clash with rival UCF on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The 7 p.m. matchup will be televised on ESPNews.