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: Can Brooks Koepka continue his impressive run at majors?

Brooks Koepka of the United States plays a shot on thew 15th fairway during a practice round ahead of the start of the British Open golf championships at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland, Wednesday, July 17, 2019. The British Open starts Thursday. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)
Also: Can Rory McIlroy break through In his home country to win The British Open?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Can the Gators make a run in the SEC?

Dan Mullen, of Florida, speaks during SEC media days, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
Also up for discussion: Is Georgia becoming the new Alabama and is Jimbo Fisher to blame for FSU’s mess?

Ronald Jones is 221 pounds, but will his role in the offense be bigger?

Bucs running back Ronald Jones hopes an additional 13 pounds of muscle will make him more effective in 2019. [Associated Press]
The Bucs second-year running back rushed for only 44 yards and one TD as a rookie at 208 pounds

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Rays overcome late deficit to beat Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays' Travis d'Arnaud hits a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Monday, July 15, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Tampa Bay’s big win, the first over the Yankees when trailing by multiple runs in the final inning, is all the buzz.

M.J. Stewart calls Bucs a ‘sleeper team,’ lauds Jameis Winston’s leadership

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson (12) makes a touchdown reception against Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback M.J. Stewart (36) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
The second-year defensive back appeared on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football.