Lawrence Samuels, who has been the coach of the Tampa Bay Storm since Sept. 5, 2013, is no longer with the team. It was a mutual parting of ways, according to the Storm.
ALLENTOWN, PA. — The Storm's season came to an end Sunday night with a 63-41 loss to Philadelphia in the first round of the Arena Football League playoffs.
TAMPA — Lawrence Samuels won three Arena Football League championships as a player with the Storm. Each one of his rings has a large stone and engraved on it the year of the title and the Storm's record that season.
JACKSONVILLE — After jumping to a 21-13 lead Saturday, the Storm went scoreless for nearly a full half of play, losing 54-35 to the host Sharks in the regular-season Arena League finale for both teams.
TAMPA — The day before the Tampa Bay Storm finish the regular season with a game at Jacksonville, defensive back James Harrell was arrested early Friday morning on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
TAMPA — In the swarm of players at the line of scrimmage, it was hard to identify which Storm defensive lineman got his hand up to block Portland's potential winning field goal in the final second.
TAMPA — Quarterback Adam Kennedy came on in relief and played a big part in the Storm nearly pulling off an upset of Philadelphia last week. Saturday, he'll get a shot from the opening drive.
TAMPA — Yes, it's Arena Football.
Yes, it's 1-13 Arena Football.
But then there's T.T. Toliver.
"He's inspiring," Tampa Bay Storm president and Bucs great Derrick Brooks said. "No, the season hasn't gone as planned, but we have something special here."
That kid at receiver.
You know, …
TAMPA — The Storm stayed within striking distance and took a brief lead in the second half, but Philadelphia proved too much, winning 56-51 Saturday before 8,406 at Amalie Arena.
TAMPA — The schedule hasn't been kind to the Storm this year. Neither have the schedule makers.