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Quinton Flowers, USF remain unbeaten with rout of East Carolina

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No. 18 South Florida’s typically stout defense sprung more than a few leaks against East Carolina. So the Bulls reverted to what worked pretty well under Willie Taggart last year — they outscored the Pirates.

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USF rolls to 43-7 rout of Temple

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Darius Tice rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns as No. 21 South Florida dominated defending American Athletic Conference champion Temple 43-7 on Thursday night for its school-record ninth consecutive victory. The Bulls (4-0) have not lost since falling by 16 points to Temple last October in Philadelphia — a setback that wound up costing them a berth in the AAC championship game. Tice scored on runs of 47 and 3 yards. Quinton Flowers, coming off accounting for 386 yards…

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USF Bulls 2-0, but need to get better

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The good news is the University of South Florida Bulls are 2-0 to start the 2017 season. The better news is they can play much better. Saturday’s 31-17 win at Raymond James Stadium over unheralded Stony Brook was not a thing of beauty, but early in the season a win is a win. Whether it was a matter of taking the Seawolves lightly, or the opponent came to play, or both, the 19th-ranked Bulls will need to engage upcoming opponents…

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Judge rips USF coach Charlie Strong for behavior of players

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A judge presiding over the first appearance of a South Florida football player charged with sexual battery not only had harsh words for the athlete in court, but questioned whether new coach Charlie Strong is a good fit for the program. Circuit Judge Margaret Taylor of Hillsborough County told defensive end LaDarrius Jackson during a hearing Wednesday that she is a USF graduate who is “embarrassed and ashamed” in the wake of two separate arrests involving members of the team…

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Does USF coach Willie Taggart have a decision to make?

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The first coach left in controversy. Jim Leavitt had built the program from the ground up, and he was happy, but then a player said that Leavitt struck him. The second coach left in failure. Skip Holtz had torn down much of what Leavitt had brought, and he didn’t win enough games, and the alumni were ready to drive him to the airport. And now, it may be Willie Taggart’s turn to make a decision. Taggart, the coach of the…

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Downtrodden Florida football teams making comebacks

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For the most part, Florida football fans — both college and pro — have not had a lot to cheer about in recent years. Lately, however, football fans around the state have had some reason to cheer on both Saturday and Sunday. Unless one was a Florida State fan, supporters of Florida’s teams had to be satisfied with an occasional strong performance. The Seminoles have been a championship contender over the past five seasons. It has been a tough go…

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Improved South Florida excited to face No. 13 Florida State

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South Florida’s Willie Taggart rejects the notion that facing Florida State is his team’s biggest challenge of the season. The fourth-year coach understands what upsetting the 13th-ranked Seminoles could mean for the national perception of his program, however he insists the Bulls are approaching the Saturday matchup as they do every game on their schedule. “When things were tough and it was hard to win around here, you had to find ways to motivate your guys to go out and…

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