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USF WR Rodney Adams accepted an invitation to the East-West Shrine Game.

Adams was an American Athletic Conference Second-Team selection this season after posting 67 catches, 822 receiving yards and five touchdowns. CBS lists Adams as the No. 439 prospect in the class. The site thinks he'll probably go undrafted.
Jan 14 - 10:41 AM

South Florida junior RB Marlon Mack will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Looks like Mack will be one piece which new HC Charlie Strong won't have to play around with come the 2017 season. Mack has been one of the most statistically productive backs in the country during his three seasons with the Bulls. The 6-foot, 205-pounder rushed for 1,000 yards in each of those campaigns, posting 3,609 rushing yards (6.2 YPC) and 32 touchdowns for his career as a whole. Over the summer, NFL Media's Chad Reuter noted that Mack possesses "great open-field moves and the straight-line speed to take away angles down the sideline." CBS Sports ranks him as their No. 9 running back prospect in the potential 2017 pool and envisions a third- or fourth-round selection for the South Florida standout. You've heard it before and you'll hear it countless times before the draft itself -- this is as good of a running back class as we have seen in years.
Jan 5 - 7:27 PM

USF hired former Texas OC Sterling Gilbert to the same position.

Charlie Strong had hoped to lure Gilbert to Tampa Bay with him when he was named coach last month, and now he has. We love the hire. And the fit. South Florida's personnel, led by QB Quinton Flowers and RB Marlon Mack (if he stays), is going to detonate AAC scoreboards next season in Gilbert's wide-open system. Gilbert, formerly a wunderkind at Tulsa, oversaw RB D'Onta Foreman's 2,000-plus-yard campaign at Texas this season. Mack would do himself a great service by staying to play in this system for a year.
Jan 5 - 3:14 PM

South Florida junior QB Quinton Flowers completed 23-of-32 passes for 261 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for 105 yards and three touchdowns in Thursday's 46-39 overtime win over South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl.

Charlie Strong was on hand to watch his new team in action. Flowers put on a show for him, fighting through a slight hand injury to help the Bulls hold off a game South Carolina squad. The 6-foot, 217-pound dynamo scored on a pair of four-yard rushes in the first quarter, then came back around for a one-yard rushing touchdown and a 37-yard touchdown pass to D'Ernest Johnson in the second quarter. Flowers and friends held a 29-14 halftime lead. They wouldn't score another offensive touchdown until overtime, when Flowers hooked up with Elkanah Dillon for a 25-yard score. The Gamecocks would be unable to answer that go-ahead touchdown. For the season as a whole, Flowers has been a statistical gem, accounting for 42 total touchdowns over the course of 13 games played. He finished up with 2,807 passing yards and 1,530 yards rushing.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 06:06:00 PM

USF freshman DB Armunz Mathews will transfer.

Mathews is the first player to publicly declare a transfer since former Texas HC Charlie Strong came on to replace the Oregon-bound Willie Taggart last week. The 5-foot-11, 191-pound corner was a consensus three-star recruit in the 2016 cycle. During his true freshman campaign this year, he recorded a singular tackle. Mathews' preferred transfer destination is not yet known, but during his recruitment, he was being wooed by the likes of Utah, Arizona and Florida Atlantic.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 12:35:00 PM

USF head coach Charlie Strong hopes to bring most of his staff with him, including OC Sterling Gilbert.

Strong added Gilbert for the 2016 season, and the offense produced a 2,000 yard rusher. Gilbert moved to Texas from Tulsa, an offense predicated on the passing game. With the Longhorns, it seemed the offense was focused on between the tackles running and shot plays off of that. Gilbert displayed the ability to mold his offense to his team's strengths. USF's roster is actually quite talented, but another team might come calling for Gilbert.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 10:19:00 AM

ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports that USF has hired former Texas HC Charlie Strong to a five-year contract to fill their head-coaching vacancy.

Very nice landing spot for Strong, who takes over for new Oregon head man Willie Taggart. Strong inherits a Bulls team which has gone 18-7 over the last two seasons (including 10-2 during the current campaign). Monetary figures aren't yet known on Strong's contract, but regardless of how much money he draws, this stint in the sun will allow him a chance to rebound from a middling 16-21 three-year tango with Texas. Assuming Strong remains with South Florida for the duration of this five-year contract, he will have a chance to face the Longhorns in a previously-scheduled tilt set for 2020.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 12:25:00 PM

Former Texas head coach Charlie Strong is expected to be USF's next HC, according to SI's Pete Thamel.

Thamel reports Strong and USF are closing in on a 5-year deal. Strong's last two spots included a 16-21 record at Texas and a 23-3 record at Louisville over the last two years. USF just lost Willie Taggart to Oregon but return a ton of talent and have a favorable schedule in 2017. Don't expect to read a single negative comment about this hiring.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 09:52:00 AM

ESPN's Chris Low reports that former Texas HC Charlie Strong was scheduled to meet with officials at USF to discuss their open head-coaching position on Friday.

There is a ton of smoke surrounding Strong and the Bulls, with reports initially breaking on Thursday that USF was looking at him as a leading option to replace the departed Willie Taggart. Just to throw a disco sparkler ball into this house of mirrors, Taggart -- now at the helm of Oregon's ship -- has reportedly contacted Strong about coming on as the Ducks' defensive coordinator. All of this will sort itself out in the near future.
Source: ESPN
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 07:40:00 PM

Josh Newberg of 247Sports reports that Oregon HC Willie Taggart has contacted former Texas HC Charlie Strong about the possibility of becoming the Ducks' new defensive coordinator.

This is getting interesting, because Strong is also a leading candidate to replace Taggart as South Florida's head coach. Oregon president Michael Schill told Taggart to "Go out and find a great defensive coordinator" during Taggart's interview process. It appears that Taggart is in the ironic position of hoping that his former employer is lower on Strong than he is. Stay tuned.
Source: 247Sports
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 03:27:00 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that USF has entered negotiations with former Texas HC Charlie Strong to fill their vacant head-coaching position.

With Willie Taggart off to Oregon earlier this week, South Florida has been quick to move forward in their coaching search. Roy Cummings of Florida Football Insiders writes that the Bulls have "zeroed in" on Strong, who was fired by Texas at the end of the season following a 5-7 campaign. Cummings relays that Strong and USF could reach agreement by this weekend.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 06:43:00 PM

Cincinnati beat writer Tom Groeschen reports ex-Texas HC Charlie Strong, WMU HC P.J. Fleck and WKU HC Jeff Brohm are the top three choices for the Bearcats coaching vacancy.

We can already envision the universal love Cincinnati would receive if the school hired Strong. This is the first time we've seen the former Longhorn coach's name among possible schools. Fleck and Brohm have been listed with many other programs, including Purdue, Oregon, Baylor, Houston and others. Strong already recruited in the area while coaching at Louisville. Tommy Tuberville stepped down as coach this weekend.
Mon, Dec 5, 2016 09:22:00 AM

South Florida junior QB Quinton Flowers completed 17-of-26 passes for 152 yards while rushing for 152 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over UCF.

No touchdown passes for Flowers in the win, but as tends to be the case, he was magnificent as a runner. He scored on a 62-yard scamper with less than a minute gone by in the third quarter and came through once more with a 34-yard scoring run with 8:45 remaining in the contest. The 6-foot, 217-pound junior has now rushed for at least 140 yards in four of his last five games. He has accounted for 37 total touchdowns (22 passing, 15 rushing) this season.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 06:04:00 PM

South Florida junior RB Marlon Mack rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries in Saturday's 48-31 win over UCF.

Mack found the end zone from distance on both of his scoring runs, coming home to glory from 43 and 50 yards out in the first and second quarters, respectively. The 6-foot, 205-pounder averaged a sweet 7.75 YPC in the victory. Mack has topped 100 yards rushing in seven of 11 games played this season and has totaled 1,137 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground for the campaign as a whole.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 05:59:00 PM

Texas fired HC Charlie Strong.

Strong went 16-21 in three years at the school, including 12-15 in Big 12 Conference play. Texas (5-7, 3-6) failed to reach a bowl again this year following Saturday's loss to TCU, instead finishing with its third straight seven-loss season under Strong. Strong is owed a $10.7 million buyout for the remaining two years on his deal. With LSU hiring interim coach Ed Orgeron as its full-time coach on Saturday, Houston's Tom Herman is widely considered to be the guy who will replace Strong. He'll have one of the nation's best crops of young talent.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 10:50:00 AM


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