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Joey Knight - Colleges and Recruiting Reporter

Colleges and Recruiting Reporter

I'm a fourth-generation Floridian born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, which makes me somewhat of a demographic outlier. My family arrived in Zephyrhills before McDonald's, and I've resided there most of my life. When I was a grade-schooler, my passions were sports and creative writing, in that order. Today I'm an old-schooler (don't be dissing on '80s hard rock), and that order has been flipped. I love telling stories, be they about first basemen or first responders. These days, I cover college sports with an emphasis on USF, but I'll dabble in other stuff (Rays, Gasparilla Distance Classic, etc.).

  1. Charlie Morton seeks his fifth win in nine career starts against the Yankees Sunday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  2. New York Yankees starter Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Saturday. [IVY CEBALLO  |  Times]
  3. Members of the USF defense do some early running at Friday's practice at the Morsani Practice Complex on campus. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  4. Members of the 2020-2021 USF football team attend a team practice on Friday at the Morsani Football Practice Facility. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  5. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., greeted college football tailgaters while campaigning in Iowa in 2015. [CHARLIE NEIBERGALL  |  AP]
  6. USF first-year coach Jeff Scott, center, opens preseason camp with his team Friday on campus. [Times]
  7. Steinbrenner High football coach Andres Perez talks to his team after a playoff win against Newsome last fall. For now, fall sports in Florida may not begin practice until Aug. 24; that date is subject to change. [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times (2019)]
  8. USF received its third non-binding pledge from a bay area Class of 2021 recruit Wednesday when Gaither offensive lineman Andrew Kilfoyl indicated he plans to sign with the Bulls. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  9. UCF quarterback McKenzie Milton participated with his class in senior night ceremonies at Spectrum Stadium last November, but remains hopeful of playing in 2020, less than two years after suffering a gruesome right-leg injury. [ANDREW J. KRAMER  |  ZUMAPRESS.com]
  10. USF is making a pre-emptive move to lock up opponents in case the football team loses more foes from this year's schedule. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times]
  11. The USF football team runs onto the field before its game against Memphis at Raymond James Stadium last November. [Times (2019)]
  12. Oregon transfer tailback Darrian Felix (2) participates in USF's first and only spring practice in March. [Times]
  13. USF is supposed to take on Texas in the season opener, a game that is looking like more of a long shot by the day. [ERIC GAY  |  Associated Press (2019)]
  14. Coach Dale Caparaso talks to players during football practice at Dixie Hollins High School last September. [Times (2019)]
  15. Brigham Young quarterback Jaren Hall (3) is sacked by USF linebacker Dwayne Boyles (11) during the first half of the Bulls' homecoming victory at Raymond James Stadium last October. As it stands, the Bulls still could play as many as 11 regular-season games in 2020. [Times (2019)]
  16. Hillsborough's Earl Garcia, the all-time winningest coach in Hillsborough County history, embarks on his 47th season on the sideline this fall. [Times]
  17. Plant High football players go through agility work last summer. For now, the first permissible fall sports practices in Florida can't begin until Aug. 24, but that date could change. [Times (2019)]
  18. Veteran USF softball coach Ken Eriksen plans to coach the Bulls full time while remaining coach of the U.S. Olympic team in 2021. [Times]
  19. Zephyrhills coach Nick Carroll and the Bulldogs ultimately could become part of a coalition featuring at least a half-dozen central Florida counties this fall. While COVID-19 wreaks havoc with the high school calendar state-wide, that coalition would have coordinated sports schedules, and possibly its own championships. [Times]
  20. Sunlake High athletic trainer Tara Mendres wraps an athlete's ankle before football practice last August. The same company that provides certified athletic trainers to Pasco County high schools now is set to offer the service to all 28 Hillsborough public schools, pending school board approval. [Times (2019)]
  21. The Rays' Kevin Kiermaier (39) strikes out to retire the side in the fourth inning against the Blue Jays on Friday at Tropicana Field. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  22. USF's Ken Eriksen, right, will coach both the Bulls and the U.S. Olympic team (if the Games in Tokyo are held) in 2021. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
  23. Hernando County was the latest to postpone the fall season indefinitely Thursday, meaning there is no set date for cheerleaders and football players, among other athletes, to anticipate games. [SCOTT PURKS  |  Special to the Times (2019)]