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USF Bulls Look to Rebound Saturday Against Tulane in Tampa

(Tampa, FL) Following its first loss since November of 2017, the Bulls return to Raymond James Stadium, where they have won 20 of their last 23 games, to face Tulane for the second time in program history. The Bulls won the first meeting, 34-28, last year in New Orleans in a game that saw a combined 920 yards of offense. The last time the Bulls lost back-to-back games was four seasons ago, losing three straight in September of 2015 to No. 8 Florida State, Maryland and Memphis (also the last time the Bulls lost more than one game in the same month). The Bulls have not lost back-to-back conference games since the last two games of 2014, falling to Memphis and UCF.

USF running backs coach Shaun King is one of the all-time greats in Tulane football history and was inducted into their Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004. A four-year starter at QB, he led the Green Wave to a 12-0 record in 1998 and finished 10th in Heisman Trophy voting. The school honored the 20th anniversary of that unbeaten team, which finished the season ranked No. 7 nationally, this past September. King played with a broken left wrist in a soft cast during that season and the Green Wave defeated BYU, 41-27, in the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve. King was the first player in NCAA history to throw for 3,000+ and run for 500+ in the same season.

USF is one of 18 teams nationally with one loss or less on the year. Four of those teams reside in The American, tied with the SEC for the most nationally. USF plays the other three (Houston, Cincinnati & UCF) among its last five games.

USF has won 20 of its last 23 home games, with 15 wins coming by two touchdowns or more.

Jordan Cronkrite enters Saturday’s game needing just 67 yards to post the ninth 1,000-yard rushing season in program history and become the fifth USF player to achieve the mark.

Saturday will be USF’s annual Salute to Service game with the Bulls wearing helmet decals to honor those that have served in the nation’s armed forces and first responders. The pregame coin toss will be conducted by U.S. Navy Lieutenant Dennis Kelly (retired), a Vietnam veteran and father of USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly. The “Hero of the Game” will be Major Sergeant Marty Davenport, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), one of the last soldiers to leave Vietnam during the fall of Saigon.

Blake Barnett enters Saturday’s game with 2,078 passing yards and ranked 22nd nationally passing for 259.8 ypg. Barnett is well on pace to set a USF passing record and post the first 3,000-yard passing season in program history. The season passing mark is currently held by Quinton Flowers (2017) and Matt Grothe (2008) at 2,911 yards. Barnett has passed for 200-plus yards in 7-of-8 games on the year and is on pace to challenge the season record for 200-yard passing games set by Marquel Blackwell with 10 in 2001.

Barnett is completing 62.7 percent of his passes. The season completion percentage record is 63.7 percent posted by Matt Grothe in 2006.

Barnett has 160 completions and is averaging 20 per game. That puts him on pass to challenge the season pass completions record of 258 set by Marquel Blackwell in 2001.

USF is riding a program record-tying string of six straight games with a 100-yard rusher, equaling the mark set in 2016 by a combination of Quinton Flowers, Marlon Mack and Darius Tice.

USF ranks 6th nationally averaging 6.0 yards per rushing attempt, an improvement over last season’s 5.2 ypa, and is averaging 6.4 ypa over the last three games.

After averaging 174 ypg on the ground in the first four games of 2018, with a high of 215, the Bulls are averaging 291 ypg on the ground over the last four games, rushing for 250-plus in every game, and now rank 16th nationally in rushing (233.4 ypg).

The Bulls have posted six straight games with a 100-yard rusher, with Jordan Cronkrite posting a string of five straight that ended at Houston and Johnny Ford riding a current string of two straight.

Game broadcast information:

TV: CBS Sports Network
• Play-by-Play: Dave Ryan
• Analyst: Corey Chavous
• Sideline Reporter: –

RADIO: USF Radio Network
• Play-by-Play: Jim Louk
• Analyst: Sam Barrington
• Sideline Reporter: Joey Johnston
• In Tampa: 820 AM / 96.7 FM
• Digital: iHeart Radio – Bulls Unlimited Channel





USF Bulls Return to Top 20 in Rankings After Comeback Win over Tulsa Friday Night

(Tampa, FL) One of just eight remaining unbeaten teams in FBS football, USF (6-0; 2-0 American) has reached bowl eligibility on the earliest date in program history and climbed into the top 20 of the national rankings for the 31st time in program history, checking in at No. 20 in the latest Amway Coaches Poll and No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll.

One of three unbeaten and Top 25 ranked teams in the East Division of the American Athletic Conference, USF’s comeback from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit in a 25-24 victory at Tulsa marked its largest fourth quarter comeback since 2012 and earned the Bulls bowl eligibility on Oct. 12, one day earlier than the previous earliest date in program history.

Bowl eligible for the fourth straight season and in October for the sixth time in program history, the 2018 Bulls team bettered by one day the 2007 team, which earned bowl eligibility on Oct. 13, 2007 after a 64-12 defeat of UCF.

The American is the only conference nationally with three unbeaten teams. The Bulls are joined by No. 10/9 UCF (6-0) and No. 20/21 Cincinnati (6-0). UCF comes to Raymond James Stadium for the War on I-4 on Fri., Nov. 23 while the Bulls travel face Cincinnati on Sat., Nov. 10.

Junior Jordan Cronkrite posted his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game, collecting 151 yards and a 66-yard touchdown Friday in Tulsa. Cronkrite stands third nationally in rushing yards per game (151.4) and yards per carry (8.05) and became the first Bull to post four touchdown runs of 60-plus yards in the same season. With 757 yards and six touchdowns through six games, Cronkrite is well on his way to posting the ninth 1,000-yard rushing season in program history and becoming just the fifth Bull to accomplish the feat. The Bulls have been ranked in the top 10 nationally in rushing in each of the previous three seasons and have had a 1,000-yard rusher for a program record four straight seasons.

USF returns to Raymond James Stadium, where it has won 19 of its last 22 games, on Saturday for a 7:00 p.m. Homecoming clash with UConn (1-5; 0-3 American). The Bulls have won six straight games against the Huskies and will be looking to equal the program’s best-ever start by improving to 7-0 for the second straight season. The Bulls are 34-6 in their last 40 games, a mark that is tied with Oklahoma for the fourth-best mark nationally over each team’s last 40 contests and trails only Alabama (38-2), Clemson (36-4) and Ohio State (35-5).

Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network and can be heard live on the USF Sports Network (820AM; iHeart Radio Bulls Unlimited).





USF at UMass Football Game to be Aired in Tampa Bay on WTTA-TV Channel 38

(TAMPA, FL) The unbeaten USF football team returns to action this Saturday when the Bulls travel to Amherst, Mass., to take on Massachusetts in a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The game is being televised by Eleven Sports and will be aired locally in the Bay Area on WFLA sister station WTTA-TV Great 38.

WTTA-TV Great 38 can be received by over-the-air antenna in the Bay Area on channel 38 as well as on Spectrum (Ch. 6 & 1006 HD), Frontier (Ch. 14 & 513 HD) and Comcast/Xfinity (Ch. 11 & 435 HD) cable systems and via DirecTV (Ch. 38) and Dish Network (Ch. 38). The game is also being broadcast on Eleven Sports (available via DirecTV, ATT Uverse and Verizon Fios) and NESN (available on DirecTV).

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with WFLA and its sister station WTTA Great 38 to provide fans in the Bay Area the opportunity to watch their Bulls take the field this Saturday at UMass,” USF Vice President for Athletics Michael Kelly said. “We reached out to Eleven Sports, which is broadcasting the game in the Northeast, and were able to work out an agreement to license the game for distribution in the Bay Area, and WFLA was terrific in clearing the air time and a great location in which to broadcast it. We know area fans will enjoy the opportunity to cheer on their Bulls.”

The Eleven Sports broadcast team of Eric Frede, Andy Gresh and sideline reporter Matt Goldstein, a former UMass kicker, will call the game.

USF is one of just 14 teams that remain undefeated in FBS football as the Bulls return after a bye week at 4-0. The Bulls checked in just outside the Top 25 rankings this week, collecting 83 votes in the AP Poll (27th) and 109 in the Coaches Poll (26th).

The Bulls have won 32 of their last 38 games, tied for fifth-best in the nation over that span, entering Saturday’s contest at UMass (2-4). The game can also be heard live on the USF Sports Network on 820 AM in the Bay Area and digitally on the iHeart Radio Bulls Unlimited channel.

The American Athletic Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) once again has made mental health and safety its top priority. All 13 American institutions will kick off the American Athletic Conference’s Pow6rful Minds Campaign for 2018-19 with Mental Health Awareness Week, Oct. 1-7. This is part of an important initiative to improve awareness of mental health issues and resources available to student-athletes with the goal of ending the stigma related to seeking help and promoting success through a healthy, powerful mind. Learn more HERE.





USF Athletics helps fund 23 projects in Bay Area elementary schools through Extra Yard for Teachers

TAMPA, SEPT. 21, 2018 – As USF prepares to take on ECU Saturday night in Raymond James Stadium, the Bulls and the college football world are helping to elevate and empower teachers through Extra Yard for Teachers Week spearheaded by the CFP Foundation.

Through the Extra Yard for Teachers program, USF Athletics will facilitate the distribution of $10,000 through DonorsChoose.org to fund projects that impact schools, teachers and students in the Tampa Bay area. This year’s distribution will fund 23 teacher-initiated projects at eight different Bay Area elementary schools that were attended by eight current USF football players.

The Bay Area schools impacted by the 2018 Extra Yard for Teachers funding distribution are Claywell Elementary (Jacob Mathis), Leila G. Davis Elementary (William Atterbury), Edison Elementary (Vincent Jackson), Mitchell Elementary (Mazzi Wilkins), Seven Oaks Elementary (Kyle Trina), Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary (Juwuan Brown), Tinker Elementary (Hal Roberson) and Woodbridge Elementary (Donovan Jennings).

The CFP Foundation has distributed $150,000 to American Athletic Conference member schools through DonorsChoose.org to fund teacher’s projects. Each American Athletic Conference school receives $10,000 to fund projects in their respective communities, while the participants in The American Football Championship will receive an additional $10,000 to further fund initiatives.

USF will don Extra Yard for Teachers decals on their helmets for the game to create awareness and recognition of the value of the teaching profession. USF will also honor three USF alumni teachers during Saturday night’s game, incorporate teachers into the in-stadium game night programming and share video board features of USF players honoring teachers.

The teachers who will be honored at Saturday night’s game include: Alex La Spina, recipient of USF’s Young Educator’s Alumni Award; Erin Santiago, recipient of the USF’s Spirit of Partnership Alumni Award, and Michelle Fisher, who was selected the 2017-18 STEM Alliance Elementary Math Teacher of the Year for Orange County public schools. Fisher, a USF alum who teaches at Eagle Creek Elementary School, will also serve as an honorary captain for the coin toss.

All Tampa Bay area teachers and their families can also receive specially priced $15 tickets to Saturday’s game by visiting this LINK.

USF will look for its third straight conference opening win Saturday when the Bulls take on the ECU Pirates in an 8 p.m. kickoff at Raymond James Stadium. A Bulls’ win would mark the 150th in program history in the program’s 255th game. That would make USF the fastest FBS program in the state of Florida to reach 150 wins, bettering Florida, which did it in the program’s 258th game in 1937. The game will be televised by ESPNews and can be heard live on the USF Radio Network (820 AM locally, iHeart Radio Bulls Unlimited Channel).

ABOUT THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF FOUNDATION AND EXTRA YARD FOR TEACHERS
The College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation is the charitable arm of the College Football Playoff, supporting education across the country. The CFP Foundation’s primary platform, Extra Yard for Teachers, elevates the teaching profession by inspiring and empowering teachers through the implementation of programs in four focus areas: resources, recognition, recruitment and professional development. The CFP Foundation utilizes multiple partnerships to execute its initiatives and support positive educational outcomes.





Quinton Flowers Five Touchdowns leads USF over UConn 42-27 in Tampa

(Tampa, FL) Quinton Flowers ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more to lead the USF Bulls to a 42-27 American Athletic Conference victory over the UConn Huskies Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Despite four turnovers for the Bulls, the win keeps USF (6-1, 3-0) undefeated in the AAC and in first place in the East Division.

“We can play better”, Bulls Head Coach Willie Taggart, said. “We had 4 turnovers and still won the game.”

Trailing 17-14 early in the third quarter, USF rallied with four touchdowns the rest of the way to secure bowl eligibility and maintain the top spot in its division.

Quarterback Quinton Flowers gave the Bulls its first lead when he zig-zagged his way to a 54-yard touchdown run on the Bulls second play on offense.

“It was like watching a video game”, his coach Willie Taggart joked after the game.

Flowers would score two additional touchdowns on the ground and toss for two more. The junior signal caller had a career night rushing for 157 yards on 16 carries and completing 23 of 37 passes for 213 yards. The only downside to his game was a pair of interceptions.

Marlon Mack scored on a 34 yard run with 2:57 left in the game to break the 100-yard rushing barrier for the 17th time in his USF career. Mack carried the ball 16 times for 107 yards and also caught six passes for 75 yards.

UConn (3-4, 1-3) quarterback Bryant Shirreffs threw for a pair of touchdowns while connecting on 22 of 39 passes for 306 yards. Arkeel Newsome led the Huskies ground game tallying 72 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown.

The Bulls have a short week as they continue their AAC schedule next Friday night on the road in Philadelphia against Temple in a 7:00 PM kickoff. The game is scheduled to be broadcast on ESPN.

Bull Shots

Tonight’s game was broadcast nationwide on CBS Sports Network.

Tonight’s win was the fifth straight for USF over UConn.

UConn last played in the Tampa Bay area in last December’s St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field, losing to Marshall 16-10.

Uniform Shuffle: The Bulls wore pink accents on their all green uniforms and white helmets for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Tonight’s win makes the USF bowl eligible for the second earliest time in school history. The Bulls won their sixth game on October 13, 2007 against UCF.

Marlon Mack had his 17th career 100-yard rushing game tonight to go over 3000 yards in his USF career.

Before tonight, the last nine games between USF and UConn had been decided by 8 points or less.

Last year (Oct. 17, 2015) the Bulls defeated the Huskies 28-20 in Hartford, CT.

The Bulls play their next two games on Friday nights. Next week (Oct. 21) at Temple and (Oct. 28) against Navy at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.



Tampa Bay’s WFTS-TV to launch Laff Network and Grit Network broadcasts on new digital channels

(Tampa Bay, FL) WFTS-TV, Tampa Bay’s ABC affiliate announced the launch of two new networks to air on the station’s digital side channels today. “As the LiveWell Network sunsets, we are excited for our new D2 station and the launch of our D3 station beginning Wed 4/15 at 8am.”

WFTS 28.2 will carry Laff TV. Laff TV is the country’s first broadcast television station with comedy around-the-clock.

WFTS 28.3 will carry Grit TV. Grit TV is the home for your favorite bold, brave and legendary action heroes!

See more about the Digitial Channel of WFTS: http://www.abcactionnews.com/about-us
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For Program Guide Information: http://www.abcactionnews.com/tv-guide
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Doug Miles Media to Broadcast Tampa Bay H.S. Football Game of the Week Online For 2014 Season

Doug Miles and Ed Schneider to call Tampa Bay High School Game of the Week

(Sarasota, FL) Milestone Productions will produce online broadcasts of a Tampa Bay High School Football Game of the Week series for the 2014 season beginning Friday August 22nd with a Kickoff Classic game featuring the North Port Bobcats vs. Booker Tornadoes from Sarasota, FL at 7:30 p.m. Games will be broadcast live on Friday nights via Ustream.tv and podcasts will be posted at www.dougmilesmedia.com.

Doug Miles will handle the play-by-play duties and Ed Schneider will be the color analyst. This is the second season Miles and Schneider will call a “game of the week” series in Tampa Bay. Doug Miles has also called games for Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton Prep, Sarasota, Booker and Venice High Schools and is the play-by-play announcer for the Sarasota Millionaires Football team in the Florida Football Alliance. Schneider has been color analyst on Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota and Millionaires broadcasts in addition to the Game of the Week series.

Doug Miles and Ed Schneider
Doug Miles and Ed Schneider

Video postgame shows will be available on YouTube and MaxPreps.com. A weekly preview and recap show will air on BlogTalkRadio.com and podcast on www.dougmilesmedia.com. The complete broadcast schedule (subject to change) is available at www.dougmilesmedia.com. A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available.

Schedule of games (Subject to change as season progresses):
08/22/2014 7:30 pm North Port vs. Booker at Booker High School
08/29/2014 7:30 pm Booker vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School
09/05/14 7:30 pm Bayshore vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School
09/12/14 7:30 pm Venice vs. Riverview at Riverview High School
09/19/14 7:30 pm Braden River vs. Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch High School (DISTRICT)
09/26/14 7:30 pm Manatee vs. Southeast at Southeast High School
10/02/14 7:30 pm Sarasota vs. Braden River at Braden River High School (DISTRICT)
10/10/14 7:30 pm Sarasota vs. Venice at Venice High School
10/17/14 7:30 pm North Port vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School (DISTRICT)
10/24/14 7:30 pm Palmetto vs. Sarasota at Sarasota High School (DISTRICT)
10/31/14 7:30 pm Sarasota vs. Lakewood Ranch at Lakewood Ranch High School (DISTRICT)
11/07/14 7:30 pm Riverview vs. Sarasota Sailors at Sarasota High School
11/14/14 7:30 pm (PLAYOFFS) TBA
11/21/14 7:30 pm (PLAYOFFS TBA
11/28/14 7:30 pm (PLAYOFFS) TBA

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WWBA 820 AM Debuts New Morning Drive Show

(Tampa Bay, FL) Tampa Bay talker WWBA 820 AM debuted a new morning drive show “Your Wake Up Call” (6-10AM) this week co-hosted by Chris Markowski and Jenna Laine with Robert Pankau as news anchor and Kurt Shriner as entertainment reporter.

Markowski has been hosting the syndicated weekend show “Watchdog on Wall Street” for the past several years. Jenna Laine comes to the new morning show from “Sports Talk Florida” where she covered the Tampa Bay Bucs.

“Your Wake Up Call” will also be aired on the Genesis Communications station in Orlando, WAMT.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to be covering all the important news and events in one of the most important areas in the country, the Tampa Bay, Orlando and the entire I-4 corridor,” Chris Markowski said.

“Whether it’s news or sports, the one constant for me as a journalist has always been people,” Jenna Laine said. “I love telling your stories and I care very much about issues that affect our communities.”

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Gayle Sierens to Retire from WFLA-TV in May 2015

(Tampa Bay, FL) In the wake of three other retirement announcements of longtime Tampa Bay news anchors, Gayle Sierens said she would be leaving WFLA-TV/NewsChannel 8 in May 2015 after a 38-year stint at the station. She will anchor the 11 p.m. newscast through the end of 2014 and continue anchoring the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts until May 20, 2015, her last scheduled day at WFLA-TV.

Sierens joins John Wilson and Anne Dwyer (WTVT-TV) and Yolanda Fernandez (WFLA-TV) in announcing their departures from Tampa Bay television after long stints with their respective stations.

“I am so grateful to live out my career in the town where I grew up. Who gets to do that?” Sierens said. “I am truly excited for this next phase of my life. I have worked the night shift for more than three decades. I’m eager to go to bed at a normal time, and have time to travel with my husband and children. I’m even hoping to improve on my golf game, and looking forward to more time to volunteer in our community.”

When she joined WFLA-TV/News Channel 8 in 1977, Sierens was a weekend sports anchor/reporter and became the 11 p.m. weekday sports anchor in 1983. In October of 1985, Sierens made the transition from sportscaster to news anchor. On Dec. 27, 1987, she called the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL game on NBC becoming the first woman to do play-by-play for a National Football League game. Marty Glickman, who is credited with being a pioneer in radio and later TV play-by-play, was assigned to coach Gayle Sierens for that assignment.

Sierens began her career at WFSU-TV in Tallahassee, Fla. She received a B.S. degree in mass communications from Florida State University. She was the winner of the Florida Holocaust Museum’s “Loebenberg Humanitarian Award.” She was also named Humanitarian of the Year by the Judeo Christian Health Clinic. The Association of Fundraising Professionals created the “Gayle Sierens Volunteer of the Year” award in her honor. She was named a “Woman of Distinction” by Girl Scouts of America, Suncoast chapter.

Gayle Sierens and her husband, Mike, have been married for 26 years and have two sons, Cam and Luke, and a daughter, Maddie.

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