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After sluggish start, USF pulls away from East Carolina

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They were on their heels. The game was slipping away. Finally, USF had underperformed, and it seemed as if the day might get away from them. There was 6:58 to play, and suddenly, East Carolina was lining up to go for a two-point conversion to tie the game. The Pirates, behind 24-6 at one point, had scored 16 straight and were only the two-pointer from tying things. And then USF took over. Finally. The Bulls stopped East Carolina’s two-point conversion, then…

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By the numbers: Florida State-South Florida preview capsule

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No. 13 Florida State (2-1) at South Florida (3-0), Noon (ABC) Line: Florida State by 6. Series Record: Florida State leads 2-1. WHAT’S AT STAKE Florida State aims to bounce back from a 43-point loss to Louisville that cost the Seminoles the No. 2 ranking and maybe any shot they have of winding up in the College Football Playoff. South Florida, 3-0 for the first time under coach Willie Taggart, hopes to state its case on national television for wide…

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FSU hopes to take frustrations out on USF Bulls Saturday

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The FSU Seminoles, beaten with their pride bruised, try to get well this week against USF. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher spoke Monday after his team was drubbed 63-20 by Louisville last week. IN particular, he praised defensive coordinator Charles Kelly. “You go back to work,” Fisher said. “Worrying about it ain’t going to change it. Going back to work, and knowing, trusting in yourself, trusting you know ball, how you do it. You have bad games, people question you all the…

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For many athletes, including Dwyane Wade, the final chapter is a tough one

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How much is loyalty worth? How many dollars? How many dimes? Take, for instance, the case was Dwyane Wade, who used to work for the Miami Heat? Today, there are a lot of people sighing at the image of Wade as a Chicago Bull after 13 seasons in the NBA. It’s easy to find opinions that the Heat should have offered more or that Wade should have taken less. They find it hard to imagine Wade, in his fading years…

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Athlon Magazine expects good things from USF Bulls football team

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One of the nation’s premier football magazines is bullish on the University of South Florida. Athlon Magazine has picked USF to win the Eastern Division of the American Athletic Conference. The magazine picks USF to play against Houston for the league title. USF returns 93 percent of its offense and seven of its top nine tacklers from its defense. The magazine noted USF’s “exciting options at the skill positions” as it surmised, “USF could very well become one of the…

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Bulls have a highlight day as Quinton Flowers shines in Spring game

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The USF Bulls gave their faithful several options to be excited about Saturday in their annual spring game. Take, for instance, the starting quarterback. Quinton Flowers led his White team to a 32-19 victory over the Green. In so doing, he hit 15 of 22 passes for 129 yards. But Asiantii Woulard wasn’t bad, either. He hit nine of 16 for 157 yards, including a 65-yard pass to Rodney Adams. Then there was linebacker Auggie Sanchez (two interceptions), and Bruce…

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Another former Bull great arrested on violence charges

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The second member of the USF all-time team has been arrested. Matt Grothe, 29, has turned himself into police on a felony battery charge. He was later released on a $2,000 bond. Grothe, a former quarterback with the Bulls, was accused of leaving the victim with a broken nose, broken tooth and lip and mouth lacerations. He was USF’s second all-time leading passer and added more than 2,000 rushing yards. Last week, former USF running back Andre Hall, 33, was…

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