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Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Greg Auman

Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. Jameis Winston surprises young fan with signed ball

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    Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has been busy trying to win over fans this spring, and that apparently is the case even when he's far from his new community in Tampa.

    Winston was at a Houston Astros game in Texas on Sunday when he was recognized by 11-year-old Aden Ponce, who went to the game with his youth baseball team from Austin after their tournament had been rained out. Ponce shook Winston's hand in line at a merchandise store in the ballpark and was surprised moments later as he checked out when Winston gave him an Astros ball as a gift, even autographing it....

    After being recognized by 11-year-old Aden Ponce at a Houston Astros game on Sunday, Jameis Winston gave Ponce an Astros ball as a gift, even autographing it.
  2. TSA: Ray-Jay stadium upgrade talks going 'quite well'

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    Ongoing negotiations to finalize a package of facility upgrades next year for Raymond James Stadium are "progressing quite well," the Tampa Sports Authority's Bobby Silvest said Monday.

    The Bucs have been in talks with Hillsborough County and the TSA on the scope and funding of stadium upgrades, which will likely include a new set of video boards. The stadium will play host to college football's national championship game after the 2016 season and while improvements were promised as part of that bid process, they likely would be in place for the 2016 season for the Bucs and USF....

  3. TMZ: Warren Sapp facing domestic violence charges in Vegas

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    Former Bucs defensive tackle and Hall of Famer Warren Sapp's off-field problems have escalated, as he is facing three counts of domestic violence in Nevada, accused of stepping on his girlfriend's head and biting her, according to a report from TMZ.com.

    Sapp already lost his job as an analyst for NFL Network in February after an arrest in Arizona on charges of assault and soliciting a prostitute. According to the TMZ report, he is due in court July 23 on the Las Vegas charges....

    Warren Sapp was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Bucs' Ring of Honor that same year.
  4. Bucs' Gerald McCoy ranks 28th on top player list

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    For the second year in a row, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy leads the team's presence on the NFL Network's countdown of the league's top 100 players, which unveiled him at No. 28 on Wednesday night.

    McCoy was at No. 28 last year as well, and it speaks well of his reputation across the league that he didn't drop at all despite missing three games (and most of a fourth) with multiple injuries last season. He still had a team-best 8.5 sacks, again ranking among the league's best defensive tackles....

    Gerald McCoy smiles before a November game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Raymond James Stadium.
  5. Gerald McCoy back at No. 28 in NFL top 100 countdown

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    For the second year in a row, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy leads the team's presence on the NFL Network's countdown of the league's top 100 players, which unveiled him at No. 28 on Wednesday night.

    McCoy was at No. 28 last year as well, and it speaks well of his reputation across the league that he didn't drop at all despite missing three games (and most of a fourth) with multiple injuries last season. He still had a team-best 8.5 sacks, again ranking among the league's best defensive tackles....

  6. Gerald McCoy back at No. 28 in NFL top 100 countdown

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    For the second year in a row, Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy leads the team's presence on the NFL Network's countdown of the league's top 100 players, which unveiled him at No. 28 on Wednesday night.

    McCoy was at No. 28 last year as well, and it speaks well of his reputation across the league that he didn't drop at all despite missing three games (and most of a fourth) with multiple injuries last season. He still had a team-best 8.5 sacks, again ranking among the league's best defensive tackles....

  7. After leaving ESPN, Lou Holtz keeps up busy pace

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    Lou Holtz stopped in Tampa last month to speak at Jesuit High School's annual "Men for Others" dinner. The 78-year-old, who has retired after spending a decade at ESPN on the heels of a distinguished coaching career, took time to talk with the Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman.

    You've decided to retire from working on ESPN as an analyst. I know that wasn't an easy decision for you....

    Rece Davis, left, Lou Holtz, center, and Mark May were together on College GameDay Final and other ESPN broadcasts for 10 years.
  8. Bucs might provide Jameis Winston a new way to learn

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    TAMPA — The Bucs likely will have the youngest starting quarterback in the NFL this season in rookie Jameis Winston, and they also might have the newest technology in place to help him adapt.

    The team has talked to a Stanford-based company with a virtual reality technology that lets a quarterback go back through a practice play from a 360-degree angle. The Dallas Cowboys became the first NFL team to implement the system, from StriVR Labs, this summer....

    Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston practiced for the first time with the team Friday, May 8, 2015 at One Buc Place in Tampa. Photo by JAMES BORCHUCK  |  Times
  9. Bucs may use virtual reality to aid QB Jameis Winston

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    TAMPA -- The Bucs should have the youngest starting quarterback in the NFL this fall in rookie Jameis Winston, and they also may have the newest technology in place to help him handle the challenges of facing NFL defenses.

    The team has talked to a Stanford-based company with a "virtual reality" technology that allows a quarterback to go back through a practice play from a 360-degree angle, a new advance that the Dallas Cowboys have already found success with this summer....

  10. Bucs go bowling on last day of minicamp

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    TAMPA — Thursday had been scheduled as the third and final day of mandatory minicamp for the Bucs, but coach Lovie Smith opted to cancel those workouts and take the players for an "off-site team activity" — bowling as a sendoff before training camp starts in six weeks.

    The Bucs said the high score was rolled by rookie WR Kenny Bell, whose 204 was more impressive considering he'd been held out of two days of practices with a hamstring injury. And for a second year in a row, DT Gerald McCoy paid for a Kona Ice shaved ice truck to cool off his teammates with treats....

    Gerald McCoy (93) shakes quarterback Josh McCown's hand as players line up for tropical shaved Kona ice at the close of Tampa Bay Buccaneers mandatory minicamp at One Buc Place on Thursday, June 12, 2014. McCoy  had the truck brought in, with approval, and did it again at the end of minicamp Thursday, June 18, 2015 DANIEL WALLACE   |   Times
  11. Where the Bucs are lining up, minicamp edition

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    The Bucs have canceled the third and final practice of their mandatory minicamp, opting for an "offsite team activity," which looks like some mandatory ... bowling. Texans also nixed their last practice today, and it speaks to the team already getting what they wanted in terms of implementing scheme and having a sense for what they have on roster, albeit in non-contact practices.

    These two days have given a sense for the pecking order going into training camp, when the process of paring a 90-man roster down to 53 begins in earnest. We've seen the team take advantage of its waiver priority in claiming players waived elsewhere -- in safety D.J. Swearinger, linebacker Khaseem Greene, punter Spencer Lanning and tight end Tim Wright, you have four players who could easily make the final 53....

  12. Guard Logan Mankins more of a leader in second year with Bucs

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    TAMPA — In the fall, the Bucs traded for Logan Mankins less than two weeks before the start of last season, and the late arrival made it difficult for him to establish himself as a leader.

    But in the spring, with a full offseason and familiarity with his teammates and coaches, the six-time Pro Bowl guard, now 33, has stepped up as a vocal leader, not only on the offensive line but for the Bucs as a whole....

    Logan Mankins was acquired less than two weeks before last season.
  13. Bucs rookie LB Josh Keyes making name for himself

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    Undrafted rookie linebacker Josh Keyes had been under the radar enough that Bucs teammates that did know him didn't necessarily know how to pronounce his last name, which rhymes with "wise." After a leaping interception in Tuesday's minicamp practice, coach Lovie Smith made a point to make sure he was recognized -- with the correct pronunciation -- as the team reviewed tape from drills.

    "He made an incredible catch. Coach was like 'Does anybody know who Josh Keyes is?'" defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said Wednesday, asked for an undrafted rookie who has impressed him so far. "He said 'If you know who Josh Keyes is, stand up.' Some guys stood up, and he's like 'Josh, stand up.' He's in the room and nobody even noticed him. Coach's point was you need to make plays to be known. Yesterday he made such a spectacular interception that now, when I see him today, I'm like 'What's up, Josh?'"...

  14. Tim Wright happy to be back at Bucs minicamp

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    TAMPA — Ten months and one Super Bowl ring after he was traded to the Patriots as part of the deal for Pro Bowl G Logan Mankins, TE Tim Wright was back in a Bucs uniform Tuesday, happy for familiar surroundings after being waived by New England.

    "Some familiar faces, same facility, everything just flew back into what it was," said Wright, wearing a No. 85 jersey, since his old 81 is taken. "I'm pretty happy about that transition and being able to step in and contribute right away."...

    Tight end Tim Wright, happy to be back with the Bucs, has a good first day of minicamp.
  15. Dotson back with Bucs, happy to avoid fines

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    Demar Dotson doesn't have a new contract yet, but after sitting out two weeks of voluntary workouts, he was back at One Buc Place for the first day of mandatory minicamp, and blunt about his reasons for returning.

    "I didn't want to lose any money," said Dotson, who faced fines of at least $72,920 had he missed all three days of minicamp. "It's like $100,000, and I got some good advice there. You don't want to lose that money. I don't have $100,000 to lose, so I wanted to keep my money. That was the only way to keep negotations going throughout these six weeks going to training camp."...