Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Joey Knight, Times staff writer

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

A fourth-generation Floridian, Joey Knight was born in Tampa and raised in Zephyrhills, where he still resides. He moved to the Times in July 2006 after 15 years at the Tampa Tribune, which included a seven-year stint (1997-2004) as University of Florida beat writer. He began covering the University of South Florida athletic department for the Times in 2013. A married father of three, he enjoys running, classic television and classic heavy-metal music.

BRONTE WITTPENN   |   TimesDan Mullen and the Gators get bye weeks before facing Georgia and FSU in 2019.

Gators’ 2019 football schedule released

The Gators' first home game against Auburn in more than a decade, and their first contest against Miami in more than a half-decade, highlight their 2019 schedule released Tuesday.The complete schedule, as well as the slates for every SEC...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) high-fives fans as he leaves the field after the Gators defeated Colorado State Saturday in Gainesville. [AP Photo/John Raoux]

A year after Hail Mary, Feleipe Franks still a work in progressions

GAINESVILLE — The one-year anniversary came and went Sunday, with most of Gainesville seemingly oblivious.Even now, in the sweet spot of another Florida-Tennessee game week, the 2017 Feleipe Franks-to-Tyrie Cleveland Hail Mary...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Head Coach Dan Mullen watches drills during a Florida Gators spring football practice on March 16, 2018, at Sanders Practice Fields in Gainesville, Fla. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Times ]

Gators journal: Vols’ 1998 national title squad a sore spot with Mullen

The Gators are likely to encounter a little extra wattage Saturday evening inside Neyland Stadium, where Tennessee's 1998 national title team will be honored.It's a nostalgia kick that still makes Dan Mullen wince.The first-year...
Published: 09/17/18
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesFlorida running back Malik Davis (20) will miss an extended period of time with a broken foot.

Gators lose Malik Davis to broken foot

Gators TB Malik Davis has encountered his second major setback in as many seasons.Coach Dan Mullen announced Monday that Davis, Hillsborough County's all-time leading prep rusher, suffered a broken foot in Saturday's 48-10 triumph...
Published: 09/17/18
USF's Blake Barnett, right, is tackled by Illinois's Jake Hansen (an East Lake High alumnus)  during the first half of Saturday's game on Sept. 15, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Jim Young) ILJY108

USF morning after: 5 random thoughts on the unbeaten Bulls

A few items to ponder in the wake of USF's latest come-from-behind triumph:1. The Bulls absolutely, positively...
Published: 09/16/18
USF's Darnell Salomon, right, celebrates one of his two touchdowns against Illinois with teammates Randall St. Felix, left, and Mitchell Wilcox during the second half in Chicago. [Associated Press]

USF shakes off horrific half, rallies past Illinois 25-19

CHICAGO — For the better part of three quarters Saturday, USF delivered an absolute monstrosity on the Midway. Picks, penalties and poor kicks were conspiring to produce the worst effort of the 15-game Charlie Strong era.But in a...
Published: 09/15/18
USF's Randall St. Felix, left, makes a catch over Illinois' Jartavius Martin during the second half. (AP Photo/Jim Young)

USF journal: Terrific TEs, never-quit QBs and reliable RBs

CHICAGO — USF coach Charlie Strong spent most of the offseason stumping for junior TE Mitch Wilcox, insisting the Tarpon Springs High alumnus was poised for a breakthrough year.Not to mention a few break-record games. Such as the...
Published: 09/15/18
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith on the sidelines during the first half against USF . (AP Photo/Jim Young)

Joey Knight’s takeaways from USF-Illinois

To state the obvious, the Bulls' lack of a steady kicking game invariably will come back to haunt them. Though coach Charlie Strong said opening-night kicker Jake Vivonetto was available Saturday, he opted for transfer Coby...
Published: 09/15/18
Blake Barnett (11) and the USF Bulls face Illinois Saturday in Chicago. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times

College football picks for week 3: Times staff predictions

USF is in Chicago to face Lovie Smith and the Illini.UF is playing host to Colorado State in the
Published: 09/14/18
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft in November 2014.

Genshaft’s athletics legacy at USF includes success, stumbles

Scholastically, her body of work elicits a sheen unlikely to dissipate for decades.Dr. Judy Genshaft, 11th president of the University of South Florida, retires next summer as the Axl Rose of local academia. A campus rock star whose...
Published: 09/14/18