Joey Knight, USF and Colleges Reporter

Joey Knight

USF and Colleges Reporter

I'm a fourth-generation Floridian born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, which makes me somewhat of a demographic outlier. My family arrived in Zephyrhills before McDonald's, and I've resided there most of my life. When I was a grade-schooler, my passions were sports and creative writing, in that order. Today I'm an old-schooler (don't be dissing on '80s hard rock), and that order has been flipped. I love telling stories, be they about first basemen or first responders. These days, I cover college sports with an emphasis on USF, but I'll dabble in other stuff (Rays, Gasparilla Distance Classic, etc.).

USF doubles its 2020 recruiting class in one weekend

USF coach Charlie Strong now has 11 non-binding commitments from the Class of 2020. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
The Bulls, who had five non-binding commitments entering Saturday, now have 11.

USF gets commitment from 4-star offensive tackle

OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times USF offensive line commitment Miller Merriweather-Lewis said he chose the Bulls in part because of the system being installed by new coordinator Kerwin Bell (pictured).
Ocala’s Miller Merriweather-Lewis has several ‘serious’ Power Five offers

Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State highlight USF women’s non-league slate

USF guard Enna Pehadzic (0) drives to the basket past UCF forward Tolulope Omokore (25) during a game at the Yuengling Center on Jan. 8. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
The Bulls will play six teams who made the 2019 NCAA tourney before January.

Next generation brings former distance-running stars Mike Williams, Tommy Castelli back together

King's Mike Williams, left, and Leto's Tommy Castelli, right, had an intense distance-running rivalry in the late 1980s. At practically every significant prep distance race, those two battled near the front. Today, Williams is a local speed/running coach and Castelli's daughter, Aida, 14, is among his top students. Aida will attend Hillsborough High School in this fall. (OCTAVIO JONES | Times)
Both were state medalists and fierce rivals. Now, one trains the other’s daughter.

Joey Knight’s takeaways from Rays-Angels

Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) celebrates with Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of a Tampa Bay Rays game against the Angels on June 13, 2019 at Tropicana Field. (MONICA HERNDON | Times)
The Rays reward fans who endure Thursday night’s 36-minute delay.