Sunday, September 23, 2018


Joey Knight, Times staff writer

Joey Knight, Times staff writer

A fourth-generation Floridian, Joey Knight was born in Tampa and raised in Zephyrhills, where he still resides. He moved to the Times in July 2006 after 15 years at the Tampa Tribune, which included a seven-year stint (1997-2004) as University of Florida beat writer. He began covering the University of South Florida athletic department for the Times in 2013. A married father of three, he enjoys running, classic television and classic heavy-metal music.

Tennessee running back Madre London (31) runs for yardage as he hit by Florida defensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton (56), safety Donovan Stiner (13) and defensive back CJ Henderson (5) in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne) TNWP120

UF morning after: Gators answering opportunity’s knock

For all the positive vibes they gleaned Saturday night before a gradually disappearing audience, the Gators know they still must conquer their consistency issues.Still too many three-and-outs and muffed progressions. Too few running...
Published: 09/23/18
Florida wide receiver Joshua Tse (27) runs for a touchdown in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Joey Knight’s takeaways from Florida-Tennessee

For all their defensive opportunism Saturday, make no mistake: The Gators probably remain a year or two away from seriously contending again in the SEC East Division. Still, it beats the Vols, who appear a light-year or two...
Published: 09/22/18
Updated: 09/23/18
Tennessee running back Tim Jordan (9), top center, is wrapped up by Florida defensive back Jeawon Taylor (29), linebacker David Reese II, front left, and defensive lineman Malik Langham, center bottom, in the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

UF journal: A resounding return for LB David Reese

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Gator fans have spent the better part of September wondering if junior LB David Reese ever would get on the field.They spent the better part of Saturday hoping he'd never come off.Reese, whose 2018 debut...
Published: 09/22/18
Florida's R.J. Raymond (45) catches a pass for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Tennessee, Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Florida extends Tennessee’s recent SEC futility

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — On an evening in which Tennessee honored its 1998 national championship squad, the current crop of Vols managed to offset the whole nostalgic shindig.By making the 2018 Gators resemble a national...
Published: 09/22/18
Vols fan Ron Gilman (right of Blountville, Tenn., said Steve Spurrier remains the coach many Vols fans still love to hate. (JOEY KNIGHT | Times)

Years later, head ball coach still makes Vols bristle

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The head ball coach remains the most reviled Gators figure in Knoxville, according to a random fan poll conducted Saturday afternoon outside Neyland Stadium.But one of the runners-up may surprise you. Like the...
Published: 09/22/18
USF senior Kitija Laksa has helped lead Latvia (her native country) to the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup for the first time. (Times file photo)

USF’s Kitija Laksa begins play in FIBA Women’s World Cup

Before resuming her assault on USF's record books, Kitija Laksa will try to make history with her homeland.A native of Riga, Latvia, Laksa begins play with her native country this morning in the FIBA Women's Basketball World Cup in...
Published: 09/22/18
MONICA HERNDON   |   TimesDan Mullen faces SEC East Division rival Tennessee for the first time as Florida coach on Saturday night.

New coaches try to re-ignite Gators-Vols rivalry

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — If any venue screams for a '90s retro night, it's Neyland Stadium.The University of Tennessee will deliver Saturday when it recognizes its 1998 national titlists, whose improbable season was getting wound up...
Published: 09/20/18
USF's Blake Barnett makes a pass against Illinois during the first half of Saturday's game at Soldier Field in Chicago. He finished with 411 passing yards. (AP Photo/Jim Young) ILJY107

USF up to No. 2 in AAC power rankings

Three schools remain unbeaten, led by UCF, which moved up to No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. USF beat a Power Five opponent for the second week in a row and Cincinnati is off to its best start since 2012. The biggest jump this week comes...
Published: 09/20/18
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times USF coach Charlie Strong and the Bulls won't be facing Central Michigan next season as originally planned.

USF, Central Michigan cancel 2-game football series

USF athletic director Michael Kelly confirmed Wednesday the Bulls and Central Michigan have mutually agreed to terminate their two-game home-and-home series set to begin next year in Mount Pleasant, Mich.The agreement was reached earlier...
Published: 09/19/18
BRONTE WITTPENN   |   TimesDan Mullen and the Gators get bye weeks before facing Georgia and FSU in 2019.

Gators’ 2019 football schedule released

The Gators' first home game against Auburn in more than a decade, and their first contest against Miami in more than a half-decade, highlight their 2019 schedule released Tuesday.The complete schedule, as well as the slates for every SEC...
Published: 09/18/18