Rick Stroud, Bucs Reporter

Rick Stroud

Bucs Reporter

I’m glad we don’t change beat writers the way the Bucs change coaches. My first season was Ray Perkins’ last. He called me to ask if he was getting fired that day. He was. I’m in Tony Dungy’s book, Dirk Koetter’s phone and can sound like Jon Gruden’s voice. Covered the Gators, pinch hit on the Rays beat. Listen to my podcast SportsDay Tampa Bay M-F and you’re set. Dixie Hollins, SPJC, Arkansas State. Played baseball for all of them. St. Pete native. Married to Valerie. Three kids, grown son and two elementary school girls. I love this job. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve stood in the Oval Office, but One Buc Place is my White House.

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Who feels worse after the Stanley Cup, Boston or Tampa Bay?

St. Louis coach Craig Berube carries the Stanley Cup after the Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Tom Jones is the guest this week to talk about the Stanley Cup that wasn’t for the Lightning and revelry among routs.

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Who will be the Bucs leaders this season?

The Bucs are looking for leaders, and linebacker Devin White (45) is only a rookie. But LSU teammates and coaches sing his praises, particularly for his leadership qualities. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Best Rays ever? Best Hard Knocks ever? We answer those questions and more on this mailbag episode.

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Could Rays’ Austin Meadows start the All-Star Game?

Rays outfielder Austin Meadows (17) is among the American League leaders in batting average, hitting .333 entering Wednesday's game against Oakland at Tropicana Field. ALLIE GOULDING   |   Times
Times Rays beat writer Marc Topkin joins Rick Stroud to discuss Charlie Morton, Brandon Lowe’s power and the Rays $5 ticket promotion.

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: The Bucs have surprised Bruce Arians. Here’s how

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said an increase in team speed is one of the most positive developments of Tampa Bay's offseason.  MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
Plus, what’s Jameis Winston’s summer homework and what a weekend in Fenway taught us about the Rays.

What Bruce Arians has learned about the Bucs this offseason

Tampa Bay Bucs coach Bruce Arians has learned a lot about his team in his short time on the job. (DIRK SHADD | Times)
The Tampa Bay coach goes deep on Jameis Winston, his young secondary and surprising players.