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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. Two more USF turnovers: Basketball players left behind at airport, return home safely

    College

    Two USF men's basketball players arrived home safely Friday afternoon after they were left at an airport in Houston when the team's connecting flight home from a game at Tulsa left without them.

    Guards Troy Holston and Geno Thorpe, who played in USF's loss at Tulsa on Thursday night, flew with their teammates to Houston on Friday morning but fell asleep in the airport there. USF coaches didn't realize they weren't on the flight until too late, and three hours later, the two players were able to get on a flight and return to Tampa....

  2. Two USF basketball players home safe after being left at airport

    Blog

    Two USF men's basketball players arrived home safe Friday afternoon after they were left at an airport in Houston when the team's connecting flight home from a game at Tulsa left without them.

    Guards Troy Holston and Geno Thorpe, who played in USF's loss at Tulsa on Thursday night, flew with their teammates to Houston on Friday morning but fell asleep in the airport there. USF coaches didn't realize they weren't on the flight until too late, and three hours later, the two players were able to get on a flight and return to Tampa....

    Guards Troy Holston pictured, and Geno Thorpe, who played in USF's loss at Tulsa on Thursday night, flew with their teammates to Houston on Friday morning but fell asleep in the airport there.
  3. NFL Draft Q&A: Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker

    Blog

    Our daily NFL Draft Q&A continues with Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker, who decided to come back for his senior year and stepped up with 16 sacks, solidifying himself as a pass-rusher who is likely to go in the top 50 picks in the draft. He took time to talk with us about his favorite sack, playing with Jameis Winston and his preparation for the draft ...

    Q: The combine is now a week away. Where are you training for get yourself ready for that and pro day?...

    Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) had 16 sacks this past season, solidifying himself as a pass-rusher who is likely to go in the top 50 picks in the draft.
  4. Bucs to release cornerback Alterraun Verner

    Blog

    The Bucs are releasing veteran cornerback Alterraun Verner, who was due to make $6.5-million this season but had fallen into a backup role behind Brent Grimes and Vernon Hargreaves.

    Verner, 28, came to the Bucs in free agency in 2014 and started 14 games, but was limited to six starts in 2015 and three last season. The Bucs take no salary-cap hit for releasing him, and Verner gets a head start on free agency, which begins in two weeks....

    The Bucs are releasing veteran cornerback Alterraun Verner.
  5. NFL Draft Q&A: Miami tight end David Njoku

    Blog

    Our NFL Draft Q&A series continues with Miami tight end David Njoku, who is challenging Alabama's O.J. Howard as the top tight ends in this draft class, despite being playing only two seasons with the Hurricanes. He had only one touchdown as a redshirt freshman in 2015, but scored eight this past season, showing off his athleticism on a 6-foot-4, 245-pound frame. You'll see him pop up at the end of the first round in some mock drafts, and he took a minute to talk about preparation for next week's NFL combine ......

    Miami tight end David Njoku is challenging Alabama's O.J. Howard as the top tight ends in this draft class.
  6. Jameis Winston taking online classes toward degree at FSU

    Blog

    As part of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston's appearance at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, he took questions from a panel of five young journalists from the "Manatee Messenger," the school's student paper. The kids came up with some fun questions that yielded some insightful and even newsy answers from Winston:

    -- Winston said he's taking classes online this spring to get closer to earning his degree from Florida State. He took some last summer and is doing so in spring and summer this year -- he later said he's still about 26 credit-hours short of his degree, but committed to getting it....

  7. NFL Draft Q&A: Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu

    Blog

    Our daily NFL Draft Q&A series continues (a bit late today) with Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu -- that's Henry William Obiajulu Melifonwu, one of the better names and better stories in the draft. His parents were born in Nigeria and moved to England, where he was born and lived until moving to the United States at age 3. He's a legit 6-foot-4 as measured at the Senior Bowl, with more ridiculous numbers, like 24 tackles in his last game and a 37-inch vertical. He took time to talk with us Wednesday ......

    Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu had 24 tackles in his final college game and possesses a 37-inch vertical.
  8. Bucs QB Jameis Winston: 'I would love to have DeSean'

    Blog

    ESPN's Josina Anderson reported Tuesday that the Bucs were a "possible destination" for free-agent receiver DeSean Jackson, citing an "existing rapport" that he has with Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Winston spoke briefly Wednesday afternoon after talking to students at Melrose Elementary in St. Petersburg, and said he'd welcome Jackson as another weapon for the Bucs' passing game in 2017....

  9. Q&A with ex-Bucs CB Donnie Abraham, now coaching at Illinois

    Blog

    Former Bucs cornerback Donnie Abraham went straight from the NFL into coaching, working at a handful of Pinellas County high schools and then the last two years at IMG Academy in Bradenton. He took a big leap last week, joining Lovie Smith's coaching staff at Illinois, also reuniting with former teammate Hardy Nickerson, Smith's defensive coordinator. He took a few minutes this week to talk about his excitement for his new job. ......

    Donnie Abraham joined Lovie Smith's coaching staff at Illinois.
  10. Bucs reach settlement with Lawrence Tynes in MRSA lawsuit

    Blog

    The Bucs have reached a settlement with former kicker Lawrence Tynes, who had sued the team in 2015, seeking $20-million and claiming that their negligence regarding a MRSA infection ended his NFL career in 2013.

    According to Hillsborough County court records, Tynes and the team signed off Feb. 10 on paperwork to "jointly stipulate and agree to dismissal" of his lawsuit, which had progressed in the courts for two years and was scheduled for pre-trial conference in August....

    Lawrence Tynes never played for the Bucs, and didn't play again after his MRSA infection in 2013.
  11. NFL Draft Q&A: Arkansas DL Jeremiah Ledbetter

    Blog

    Our daily NFL Draft Q&A continues with Arkansas defensive lineman Jeremiah Ledbetter, who grew up in Orlando but finished his high school career in Gainesville, Ga., and redshirted at junior college before landing with the Razorbacks. At 6-foot-3, 278 pounds, he's likely an end in the NFL but is strong enough to get a look inside as a three-technique as well. He took a few minutes to talk about his path to the upcoming draft. ......

  12. What should Bucs do at No. 19? Fans say RB, WR

    Blog

    The Bucs' official site offered up an online poll this week that has drawn more than 14,000 votes: What position should Tampa Bay address with their first-round pick, No. 19 overall, in April's NFL Draft?

    The answers are a good insight into what fans see as the team's biggest needs entering free agency: 37.8 percent answered "running back," now a major uncertainty with Doug Martin's suspension and potential release, and 32.0 percent answered "wide receiver," which is often seen as the team's most obvious match for the top pick....

    Tight end, where some mock drafts have paired the Bucs with Alabama's O.J. Howard, got only 2.7 percent of the votes in a Bucs fan poll.
  13. NFL Draft Q&A: Miami cornerback Corn Elder

    Blog

    Our daily NFL Draft Q&A continues with Miami cornerback Corn Elder, who faces size concerns entering the draft but made plays all over the field with the Hurricanes, including return touchdowns on a punt and kickoff return in 2015. He took a few minutes to talk about preparing for the draft and Miami's pro day in late March. ...

    Q: Where are you training to get ready for combine and your pro day?...

    Corn Elder made plays all over the field with the Hurricanes, including return touchdowns on a punt and kickoff return in 2015.
  14. Fastest ever to 100 sacks? It's not Simeon Rice

    Blog

    There's a lot of attention being drawn to false statements being made repeatedly by public figures, and the crucial role of journalists to set the record straight. Yes, I'm talking about ... former Bucs defensive end Simeon Rice claiming to be the fastest player ever to 100 career sacks.

    Rice has been vocal in complaining that he hasn't been seriously considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame -- he's been retired for nine years now, and has never been so much as a semifinalist (final 25), let alone the cuts to 10 or ultimately, five. And Rice has some statistics that certainly put them in the conversation. He just doesn't need to embellish them as he continues to do....

    Simeon Rice earned his 100th career sack on Dec. 5, 2004, in his 139th NFL game.
  15. Bucs raise season ticket prices for second straight year

    Bucs

    TAMPA — After their first winning season in six years, the Bucs are making some of their fans pay more to see a game at Raymond James Stadium next season.

    For the second year in a row, the Bucs are raising season ticket prices for most seats, with increases as much as 20 percent for some upper- and lower-level seats.

    The team began a social media blitz advertising season ticket passes Saturday....