I don’t recall exactly how the meeting came to be, especially since I hated middle school and spent as little time there as possible, but I remember staying late after school in the eighth grade to learn about our high school’s journalism class. My freshman year was quickly approaching and student journalists had ventured over to discuss our soon-to-be high school’s news source with potential recruits. While my fellow middle schoolers and I were too busy killing Tamagotchis to draft a news source of our own, our high school had unsuccessfully dabbled in the act and would try again my freshman year. I’d always loved writing but didn’t know much about the who, what, when, where or why of it all. I wasn’t even sure I cared to, but before I knew it I’d signed up. The prospect of using the written word to share the truth spoke to something within me, and since my socially awkward self was more comfortable writing than speaking—still true, by … [Read more...] about 04.18.19 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk
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Heading north as the new offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons, fired Bucs coach Dirk Koetter is parting ways with his Tampa, FL, mansion. Nicole Slaughter Graham, provided by Published 9:00 am CST, Friday, February 1, 2019 Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Joe Robbins/Getty Images Fired Tampa Bay Bucs Coach Dirk Koetter Selling $3.6M Tampa Manse 1 / 1 Back to Gallery It’s been a rough couple of seasons for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After finishing the 2018 NFL season with a 5-11 record, head coach Dirk Koetter was made to walk the plank. Now ready to head north as the recently … [Read more...] about Fired Tampa Bay Bucs Coach Dirk Koetter Selling $3.6M Tampa Manse
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter has a decision to make: Stay with the journeyman quarterback who's made NFL history in the Bucs' first three games of 2018 or re-insert the starting QB of the previous three seasons whom the team already has agreed to pay $20,922,000 in 2019. It wasn't supposed to be much of a choice when Jameis Winston returned from a three-game, NFL-imposed suspension. Winston joined the Buccaneers as the first player picked in the 2015 NFL Draft, and he's started all 45 games in which he's played since. Ryan Fitzpatrick was to keep the position warm until Winston's return. With his seventh NFL team in his 14th NFL season, Fitzpatrick became the first player in league history to pass for at least 400 yards in three consecutive games. He led Tampa Bay to victories in its first two games before a 30-27 setback against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night. When the Buccaneers play the Chicago Bears on Sunday, who will be Tampa Bay's quarterback? "I … [Read more...] about Will Jameis Winston be back at quarterback for Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday?
TAMPA, Fla. >> The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the season without quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. ASSOCIATED PRESS Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston passes during an NFL football minicamp in Tampa, Fla., on June 14. Winston was notified this week by the NFL Special Counsel for Conduct that he has been suspended without pay for the Buccaneers’ first three regular-season games for a violation of the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy. TAMPA, Fla. >> The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will open the season without quarterback Jameis Winston, who has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. Winston said in a statement released on Facebook that the NFL informed him of their decision today. The discipline stems from the league’s investigation of an accusation that the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner groped a female Uber … [Read more...] about NFL suspends Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston for 3 games
Largo High defensive back Solomon Brown had plenty of college options with offers from 20 Division I-A schools. Still, the three-star recruit did not need to go through a prolonged process to figure out where he wanted to go.Two weeks ago, Brown committed to Minnesota after taking his only official visit."I loved everything about Minnesota — the players, the coaches, the atmosphere and the opportunity," Brown said.That same weekend, Plant City linebacker James Gordon spurned offers from Kentucky, Missouri and North Carolina to become a Gopher. Riverview defensive back TJ Robinson went the same route, reneging on a USF commitment to pledge his allegiance to Minnesota.The haul of local talent helped the Gophers, who were 5-7 last year in coach PJ Fleck's debut season, vault to No. 4 among Big Ten schools in 247Sports' composite rankings for the 2019 class.It also continues the Big Ten's trend of bringing in the best from the bay area.Indiana made headlines in February by landing … [Read more...] about Big Ten reaps recruiting bounty in Tampa Bay