3:41 PM EDT, Fri October 28, 2016

Four ways to Friday: What USF's defense must do vs. Navy

Since USF's 46-30 loss at Temple last Friday, criticism of the Bulls defense has been upgraded from steady to scathing.Depending on whom you ask, the Bulls can't tackle, fill gaps, shed blocks or all of the above. Everything and everyone, from the coordinator (Raymond Woodie) to the scheme (4-2-5 base alignment), have been skewered. …
Tampa Tribune Oct 26, 2016

USF's Woodie may be headed back to sideline

USF first-year defensive coordinator Raymond Woodie, who has spent the first eight games in the coaches box, said Wednesday it remains a "game-time decision" as to where he'll spend Friday night's contest against No. 22 Navy.
Tampa Tribune Oct 26, 2016

Navy QB Will Worth finally demonstrating skills he showed at Newsome

TAMPA -- In a profession laced with sordidness and slick talkers, he has remained smudge-free. Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, whose name carries even more respect than syllables, may evade a question now and again, but he won't lie. So when he's asked if quarterback Will Worth
Tampa Bay Times Oct 21, 2016

Rays Odorizzi, Dickerson, Wills to appear at Buddy Baseball event

Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi and OF Corey Dickerson, plus radio broadcaster Dave Wills and mascot Raymond, will be on hand Saturday to mark the 100 Saturdays of Buddy Baseball event in Temple Terrace.Buddy Baseball is a non-competitive recreational league for boys and girls ages 8-22 with special needs who are paired with a buddy to assist them …
Tampa Bay Times Oct 14, 2016

Rays Archer makes appearance in Uncle Grandpa animated series

Rays RHP Chris Archer joins other big-leaguers Jose Altuve, Adam Jones, David Price and Noah Syndergaard for an "appearance" in the World Series-themed episode of the Uncle Grandpa animated series on The Cartoon Network.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 13, 2016

Rays' Chris Archer will provide World Series analysis for ESPN

Chris Archer, obviously, rather would be pitching in the World Series.Instead, the Rays righthander will be there providing analysis for ESPN as part of its pre- and post-game TV shows and during the game on radio.Archer received rave reviews for his TV work last postseason, and was interested in returning. The deal was …
Tampa Bay Times Oct 10, 2016

Rays part ways with longtime strength/conditioning coach Barr

The Rays have parted ways with longtime strength and conditioning coordinator Kevin Barr, whose contract was not renewed.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 10, 2016

A look at Rays potential arbitration issues

As detailed in Sunday's Times, the large number of arbitration eligible players the Rays may have, and the corresponding salaries they will get, compound the challenge they face this off-season in trying to improve the …
Tampa Bay Times Oct 8, 2016

Rays Jake Odorizzi visits Poynter Institute Write Field program

Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi made a Saturday morning visit to the Poynter Institute in downtown St. Petersburg to speak with members of the Write Field program, which was designed five years ago "to improve the academic performance and life skills of selected middle school boys.''
Tampa Bay Times Oct 7, 2016

Rays start shuffling, drop Decker, Eveland, Marks, Querecuto

The Rays began the process of clearing space on their 40-man roster, dropping OF Jaff Decker, INF Juniel Querecuto and Ps Dana Eveland and Justin Marks.All four were outrighted to Triple-A Durham after clearing waivers, having finished the season in the majors, and will have the opportunity to become free agents by the end of the …
Tampa Bay Times Oct 6, 2016

Ex-Rays vision of playoffs: The remix

With the Giants ousting the Mets (who had three former Rays in their starting lineup) on Wednesday, and the Blue Jays (who have four total) eliminating the Orioles, here is an update of our ex-Rays factor heading into the Division Series round of the playoffs. That starts today, with Blue Jays at Rangers and Red Sox at Indians:
Tampa Bay Times Oct 4, 2016

Video report: Rays optimistic for improvement next season

Our video report from Tuesday's season wrap-up media conference, a Will Vragovic production:

Band protest prompts ECU-USF radio boycott

Six weeks after 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem, the ripple effect has reached USF. Sort of.An East Carolina radio affiliate in Fayetteville, N.C., will not broadcast Saturday's ECU-USF football game after several Pirates band members took a knee or refused to perform the national anthem prior …
Tampa Bay Times Oct 4, 2016

Rays Silverman: "Hellbent" on getting team back into contention

The Rays top baseball officials put a wrap on their poor 2016 season Tuesday, saying they were disappointed by what took place in going 68-94 but confident of and committed to improving.
Tampa Bay Times Oct 3, 2016

Lou Piniella, George Steinbrenner on Hall of Fame committee ballot

Former Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella and longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner are among 10 candidates who will be considered for Baseball Hall of Fame election by committee vote in December.