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Rick Stroud, Times Staff Writer

Rick Stroud

Rick Stroud covers the Bucs and the NFL for the Times. He joined the paper in 1983 after graduating from Arkansas St., where he played baseball. He has reported on national sporting events including more than 20 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroud's stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. He began covering the Bucs in 1990. Since then, the team has undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum and a Super Bowl XXVII victory. He co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM.

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  1. Key story lines in this year's Super Bowl

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    TAMPA — Stay tuned for a few more episodes of PSI New England, but, first, the super sleuths will have to yield so Super Bowl XLIX can be played.

    Although the game of inches has become a game of pounds per square inch, the NFL's biggest showcase game in Glendale, Ariz., next Sunday could be a great one.

    It's a rare title matchup between the historically great Seattle Seahawks' defense and the Patriots' Tom Brady, one of the most accomplished quarterbacks ever....

    Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick have a chance to win their fourth Super Bowl together.
  2. Brad Johnson had footballs scuffed for Bucs' Super Bowl win

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    TAMPA — Brad Johnson and Rich Gannon came face-to-face for a Got Milk? mustache photo shoot in January 2003, several days prior to Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. At 34, Johnson had developed a few compulsions during his career long before he became the Bucs' quarterback. He changed his socks and shoes every quarter, and over the course of a game, he replaced everything but his pants. Johnson always sweated profusely, and he liked the clean, dry feeling....

    Brad Johnson, passing during Super Bowl XXXVII, paid ball boys to break in the slick footballs.
  3. Bucs QB Johnson paid to have footballs scuffed before SB 37

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    Brad Johnson and Rich Gannon came face-to-face for a Got Milk? mustache photo shoot several days prior to Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. At 34, Johnson had developed a few compulsions during his career long before he became the Bucs quarterback. He changed his socks and shoes every quarter, and over the course of a game, he replaced everything but his pants. Johnson always sweated profusely, and he liked the clean, dry feeling....

    Brad Johnson, right, celebrates with teammate Roman Oben, after throwing a touchdown pass to Keenan McCardell in the third quarter of Super Bowl XXXVII.
  4. Jameis Winston looks to be more NFL-ready quarterback

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    TAMPA

    Anytime there's more than one quarterback potentially worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft, it spawns lively debate. The discussion of Florida State's Jameis Winston will rarely pass without mention of Oregon's Marcus Mariota and vice versa.

    For comparison's sake, neither is in the same class as Peyton Manning, who entered the draft in 1998. But there was a time when the Indianapolis Colts were unsure whether to take Manning or Washington State's Ryan Leaf, who went with the second pick to the Chargers....

  5. Marcus Arroyo out as Bucs QB coach, play-caller

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    TAMPA — The Bucs already have thrown dirt over their 2-14 season.

    "We do have it buried," Jason Licht said Friday of his first season as general manager.

    Why not? No reason for Tampa Bay to dwell in the past when it has so much to look forward to, such as the first overall pick in the draft and its choice of Heisman Trophy quarterbacks — Florida State's Jameis Winston or Oregon's Marcus Mariota....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht answers questions from the media about Carl Nicks during Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp at One Buc Place in Tampa on Friday, July 25, 2014.
  6. One and done: Bucs part ways with QB coach Arroyo

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    If the Bucs draft either Florida State's Jameis Winston or Oregon's Marcus Mariota No. 1 overall as expected, he won't be coached by Marcus Arroyo.

    The team parted ways Friday with Arroyo, who was hired to coach quarterbacks but wound up being the designated play-caller for the Bucs in 2014 after offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford went on an indefinite medical leave of absence following a heart procedure....

    The Bucs parted ways Friday with Marcus Arroyo, who was hired to coach quarterbacks but wound up being the designated play-caller for the Bucs in 2014 after offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford went on an indefinite medical leave of absence following a heart procedure.
  7. Rod Marinelli sticks with Dallas Cowboys

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    TAMPA — Rod Marinelli will continue to run the defense in Big D.

    Marinelli agreed to a new three-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN reported.

    There had been speculation and reports that Marinelli might join the staff of Bucs coach Lovie Smith, his close friend. Marinelli worked under Smith with the Chicago Bears from 2009-12, the last two years as defensive coordinator....

    Rod Marinelli agreed to a new three-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN reported. [AP photo]
  8. Rod Marinelli sticks with Dallas Cowboys

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    TAMPA — Rod Marinelli will continue to run the defense in Big D.

    Marinelli agreed to a new three-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, ESPN reported.

    There had been speculation and reports that Marinelli might opt to join the staff of Bucs coach Lovie Smith, his close friend. Marinelli worked under Smith with the Chicago Bears from 2009-12, the last two years as defensive coordinator....

  9. Winston or Mariota? New Bucs coordinator better study up

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    TAMPA — New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said he doesn't have a clue which player the Bucs will take with the No. 1 overall pick.

    Honest.

    He hasn't even begun to evaluate Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston or Oregon's Marcus Mariota, who has yet to declare for the NFL draft.

    "Who the Bucs are going to pick with the first pick, I'm the last guy to ask that question to right now," Koetter said during a conference call Tuesday....

    Dirk Koetter
  10. Marinelli agrees to a 3-year deal to remain with Cowboys

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    Rod Marinelli will continue to run the defense in Big D.

    Marinelli agreed to a new three-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

    There had been speculation and reports that Marinelli might opt to join the staff of Bucs coach Lovie Smith, his close friend. Marinelli worked under Smith with the Chicago Bears from 2009-12, the last two years as defensive coordinator....

  11. Koetter says Bucs offense is in better shape than most think

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    New Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said he hasn't begun to evaluate Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston or Oregon's Marcus Mariota, who hasn't declared for the NFL draft.

    "Who the Bucs are going to pick with the first pick, I’m the last guy to ask that question to right now,'' Koetter said during a conference call Tuesday.

    But Koetter knows that franchise quarterbacks are not easy to find....

  12. Report: Marinelli gets 3-year deal to remain with Cowboys

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    Rod Marinelli will continue to run the defense in Big D.

    Marinelli agreed to a new three-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan.

    There had been speculation and reports that Marinelli might opt to join the staff of Bucs coach Lovie Smith, his close friend. Marinelli worked under Smith with the Chicago Bears from 2009-12, the last two years as defensive coordinator....

    The Cowboys have a window to exclusively negotiate with Rod Marinelli, and will not grant permission for him to interview with another team unless it’s for a head coaching job.
  13. Bucs WR Evans named to PFWA All Rookie team

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    Not many players stood out for the Bucs in 2014, but the play of receiver Mike Evans didn't go unnoticed.

    Evans was named to the NFL All-Rookie first team by the Pro Football Writers' Association Tuesday. Evans had 68 catches for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns, a team record.

    The seventh overall pick by the Bucs in the 2014 draft from Texas A&M, Evans was part of the first tandem of Bucs receivers, along with Vincent Jackson, to reach the 1,000-yard receiving mark in the same season....

  14. The Cowboys have a three day window to exclusively negotiate with Rod Marinelli, pictured with the Lions in 2006, and will not grant permission for him to interview with another team unless it’s for a head coaching job.