Rick Stroud, Bucs Reporter

Rick Stroud

Bucs Reporter

I’m glad we don’t change beat writers the way the Bucs change coaches. My first season was Ray Perkins’ last. He called me to ask if he was getting fired that day. He was. I’m in Tony Dungy’s book, Dirk Koetter’s phone and can sound like Jon Gruden’s voice. Covered the Gators, pinch hit on the Rays beat. Listen to my podcast SportsDay Tampa Bay M-F and you’re set. Dixie Hollins, SPJC, Arkansas State. Played baseball for all of them. St. Pete native. Married to Valerie. Three kids, grown son and two elementary school girls. I love this job. It’s taken me around the world. I’ve stood in the Oval Office, but One Buc Place is my White House.

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Brandon Lowe’s contract, Valspar Championship, NCAA tournament and more

Brandon Lowe singles during a game against the Marlins in February at Charlotte Sports Park. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Plus, Rick Stroud answers your mailbag questions.

Bucs become first NFL team with two female coaches on staff

Lori Locust will serve as assistant defensive line coach on Bruce Arians' staff. [Photo courtesy of Birmingham Iron]
Lori Locust and Maral Javadifar become the first full-time female coaches in franchise history.

Bleacher Report: Gerald McCoy listed as most likely to be cut before NFL draft

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) greets fellow defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) before a Tampa Bay game last season. Whether such a scene plays out again next season remains to be seen. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
There’s yet another call for the Bucs to part with their six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle

Sports Day Tampa Bay: Joey Knight talks USF basketball and football

USF's Shae Leverett reacts to a call during an AAC tournament semifinal game against Connecticut earlier this month at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. [AP Photo/Jessica Hill]
Plus, Rick Stroud answers your mailbag questions about the Bucs, Mike Trout and hockey.

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: How will Gators fare in NCAA tournament?

Jalen Hudson (3) dunks during the second half of a game against LSU earlier this month in Gainesville. [AP Photo/Gary McCullough, File]
Chris Harry of FloridaGators.com joins Rick Stroud to break down Florida's chances.