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Matt Baker - Colleges and Recruiting Reporter

Colleges and Recruiting Reporter

I love college football more than everything but my son, my wife and my dog, so I have the perfect job covering the sport for the Tampa Bay Times. Even though I grew up in a basketball state (Indiana) and graduated from a non-football power (Northwestern University), I’m fascinated by the game, the traditions and the pageantry. I joined the Times in July 2011 after stops at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader and Tulsa (Okla.) World. Since then, I’ve covered almost everything — high schools, the Bucs, the Rays, the Lightning and auto racing — before becoming a full-time college sports reporter before the 2015. When I’m not working, I’m usually on a run, chasing a toddler around and waiting for kickoff.

  1. El # 3 IndyCar de Scott McLaughlin corre por la pista durante el Gran Premio de Firestone de St Pete el domingo 25 de octubre de 2020.
  2. Who will take the checkered flags at this year's Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg?
  3. This updated rendering shows the front of FSU's proposed football operations center.
  4. If Miami's Jaelan Phillips isn't around for the Bucs with the No. 32 overall pick, maybe former Hurricanes edge rusher Gregory Rousseau will be.
  5. Miami's Jaelan Phillips, seen here getting a sack against North Carolina State, starred in 2020 to vault himself into the first round.
  6. Will the Gators be a top-10 team? ESPN's early Football Power Index doesn't think so.
  7. Dalvin Cook, left, of Florida State and Travis Etienne, right, of Clemson are arguably the top two running backs in ACC history.
  8. Sebastien Bourdais sonríe junto a su IndyCar antes del canto del Himno Nacional el día de la carrera en el fin de semana del Gran Premio de Firestone de St Petersburg el domingo 10 de marzo de 2019 . [LUIS SANTANA]
  9. Florida State quarterback McKenzie Milton, who once starred at UCF, looked ready to start again after Saturday's spring game.
  10. Florida State players, including quarterback McKenzie Milton, practice during Mike Norvell's first full spring.
  11. LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase might be the safest opt-out pick in the draft.
  12. Former FSU receiver Travis Rudolph is accused of killing one person, injuring another and shooting at two more in Palm Beach County.
  13. Former Miami Hurricanes star Gregory Rousseau is one of the elite opt-outs complicating this year's NFL draft.
  14. Travis Rudolph, a former FSU receiver, has been arrested on a murder complaint in Palm Beach County.
  15. By bringing back every starter from the Super Bowl, Jason Licht and the Bucs have a lot of options with their first-round pick.
  16. Randy Shannon, right, was the Gators' interim coach at the end of the 2017 season, including against Florida State.
  17. Doak Campbell Stadium could look different in the coming years, if renovations are approved.
  18. USF defensive back KJ Sails went through pro day workouts during a rainy Thursday in Tampa.
  19. Gators defensive back Marco Wilson had a great pro day Wednesday. He's a possible Day 2 draft pick.
  20. The Denver Broncos drafted former Gators quarterback Tebow with the No. 25 overall pick in 2010.
  21. Sebastien Bourdais will drive in his home race at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in April.
  22. Miami tight end Brevin Jordan says he would love to play with Tom Brady in Tampa.
  23. NFL draft prospect Jaelan Phillips, an edge rusher, ran an unofficial 4.56-second 40-yard dash at the Miami Hurricanes' pro day.