Joey Knight, USF and Colleges Reporter

Joey Knight

USF and Colleges 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.).

USF gets commitment from 4-star offensive tackle

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times USF offensive line commitment Miller Merriweather-Lewis said he chose the Bulls in part because of the system being installed by new coordinator Kerwin Bell (pictured).
Ocala’s Miller Merriweather-Lewis has several ‘serious’ Power Five offers

Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State highlight USF women’s non-league slate

USF guard Enna Pehadzic (0) drives to the basket past UCF forward Tolulope Omokore (25) during a game at the Yuengling Center on Jan. 8. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
The Bulls will play six teams who made the 2019 NCAA tourney before January.

Next generation brings former distance-running stars Mike Williams, Tommy Castelli back together

King's Mike Williams, left, and Leto's Tommy Castelli, right, had an intense distance-running rivalry in the late 1980s. At practically every significant prep distance race, those two battled near the front. Today, Williams is a local speed/running coach and Castelli's daughter, Aida, 14, is among his top students. Aida will attend Hillsborough High School in this fall. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Both were state medalists and fierce rivals. Now, one trains the other’s daughter.

Joey Knight’s takeaways from Rays-Angels

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) celebrates with Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a Tampa Bay Rays game against the Angels on June 13, 2019 at Tropicana Field. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
The Rays reward fans who endure Thursday night’s 36-minute delay.

Angels jump on Rays early in wacky night at Trop

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough (48) throws during the first inning of a Tampa Bay Rays game against the Angels on June 13, 2019 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
Tampa Bay’s 5-3 defeat features a power-outage and opposing player hitting for the cycle