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Rick Stroud - Bucs Reporter

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.

  1. Bucs linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul is back. Can he help Tampa Bay get back into NFC playoff contention?
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Can JPP save the Bucs’ season? Plus: Can anything save Willie Taggart in Tallahasse? Why couldn’t the Yankees save themselves?
  2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (90) watches warm ups before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game against the Cleveland Browns at Raymond James Stadium on August 23, 2019 in Tampa, Florida.
    Once sidelined by a fireworks accident, the Pro Bowl pass rusher now looks to bounce back from a May car accident
  3. Bucs defensive tackle Terry Beckner, Jr., has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance enhancing drug policy. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
    The seventh-round defensive tackle was on the team’s practice squad
  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston talks to reporters after an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. The Saints won 31-24. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
    Sports Day Tampa Bay: What’s next for the Bucs, Astros-National World Series preview, the Lightning’s short-circuit start
  5. Emphasizing the role of Cameron Brate, who scored against Carolina last week, should just be one change the Bucs coaching staff should consider.
    Bruce Arians and his staff need to consider making some changes during the bye week to save a 2-4 season
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning center Alex Killorn (17) and right wing Luke Witkowski (28) celebrate with goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) after the Lightning defeated the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a shootout in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
    Sports Day Tampa Bay: There was bad news Thursday in the Tampa Bay penalty box, for USF’s Blake Barnett, for the Yankees and the NFL’s reigning MVP.
  7. Florida wide receiver Van Jefferson (12) celebrates his touchdown reception with wide receiver Tyrie Cleveland (89) and tight end Kyle Pitts (84) in the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
    Sports Day Tampa Bay: Times college football writer Matt Baker discusses Florida-South Carolina, USF-Navy, FSU-Wake Forest and the conference already out of the College Football Playoff picture.
  8. Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Joey Wendle (18) looks from the dugout after losing 6-1 to the Houston Astros after winning Game 5 of the American League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 in Houston.
    Sports Day Tampa Bay: Times beat writer Marc Topkin looks ahead to the offseason, Rays free agents and the future of the opener.
  9. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Bobo Wilson (85) during the second half of a preseason game against the Browns on Aug. 23.
    Wilson muffed two punts Sunday vs. Carolina, losing one. The team also released LB Devante Bond.
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) warms up before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
    Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: What else went wrong in London, ranking the Rays, Lightning worries, Gators’ SEC title hopes.