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USF starts slowly before rolling over Illinois

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Quinton Flowers threw for 280 yards and four touchdowns and No. 22 South Florida returned from a Hurricane Irma-imposed layoff to rout Illinois 47-23 on Friday night. Flowers moved ahead of Matt Grothe and B.J. Daniels into second place on USF’s career touchdown pass list with 53. The 2016 American Athletic Conference offensive player of the year also scored his 32nd rushing touchdown, tying Marlon Mack‘s school record.

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Familiar faces on Illinois sideline will try to trip up USF

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On Friday, Illinois (2-0) will make its first-ever trip to Tampa to face the 22nd-ranked USF Bulls. While the two teams will be meeting for the first time ever, the Illini coaching staff will have no trouble finding their way around Raymond James Stadium or finding the visitors’ locker room. No fewer than six Illinois coaches are familiar to Tampa Bay NFL fans. They have either played with the Bucs or served as coaches.

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Top 25 takeaways: the real loss for FSU; same Texas mess

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The anticipation for week one of the college football season can only be surpassed by the overreactions to week one of the college football season. LOL, Tom Herman hype. Sam Darnold and No. 4 Southern California? Overrated. Florida? No quarterback. North Carolina State? Already a disappointment.

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Remembering first Bucs training camp 40 years ago

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The Bucs rookies and other hopefuls reported to camp on Monday. On Wednesday, they will be joined by the veterans. The beauty of training camp, and opening day for that matter, is that all teams are tied for first place. Expectations are higher for some teams than for others. Some are Super Bowl contenders while others can satisfy their fans just by making the playoffs. It was exactly 40 years ago when the Bucs opened their first training camp. Expectations…

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Was Lovie Smith given a fair shake?

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Lovie Smith is out as the Buccaneers’ head coach. If it is any consolation – and it is not – he is far from alone. Few Buc fans can be satisfied with a losing season, but the pewter lining is Tampa Bay, and Lovie tripled their win total from two to six. Not enough for Team Glazer. In a statement, Co-chairman Joel Glazer said, “I am disappointed that we were not more successful these past few seasons, but we are…

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After 2nd losing season, Bucs fire Lovie Smith in surprise move

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For the third time in five years, the Tampa Bay Bucs have decided the team needs a new head coach. In a surprise move, the Bucs fired head coach Lovie Smith late Wednesday night. Smith had tripled his wins in 2015, and his offense had risen to fifth in yardage. Still, the Bucs were 6-10 and lost their final four games. “This decision was difficult on a variety of levels,” Joel Glazer said in a prepared statement. “I am disappointed that…

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Bucs coach Lovie Smith optimistic that playoffs aren’t far away

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The schedule will be harder. The climb will be steeper. The stakes will be higher. But, yes, Tampa Bay Bucs coach Lovie Smith said the team should reach the playoffs next season. “We should,” Smith said in his day-after news conference. “I’m going to go back to, we were 6-6, with a quarter (of the season) to go. That was progress, to get in position, and things looked pretty bright for us. We weren’t quite ready to take that next…

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