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: Mailbag: Gerald McCoy, Bruce Arians, J.T. Realmuto and more

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy warms up before a game against the Saints in December at Raymond James Stadium. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
It's our weekly mailbag episode, as Rick Stroud answers your questions about the Bucs, Rays, Lightning and more.

Bucs announce hiring of offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, 17 other assistant coaches

Then-Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich warms up his players prior to a game against the San Francisco 49ers in October in Glendale, Ariz. [AP Photo/Ralph Freso]
Leftwich, who played 10 seasons, will call offensive plays under Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians in 2019

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Tom Jones on Bruce Arians, NFL playoffs, Lightning, more

Bruce Arians speaks during his introductory news conference earlier this month at One Buc Place. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
The former Tampa Bay Times sports columnist joins Rick Stroud on our podcast for the first time in 2019.

Bucs hire Antwaan Randle El and Cody Grimm as assistant coaches on Bruce Arians’ staff

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El has joined the Bucs staff as an assistant coach. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Arians is known for giving former players their first chance to coach in the NFL

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Jameis Winston on Bruce Arians, up-and-down 2018 season

Jameis Winston walks off the field after the Bucs' loss to the Saints in December at Raymond James Stadium. [TAILYR IRVINE | Times]
Rick Stroud speaks exclusively with the Bucs quarterback about his new head coach and a season that had fewer highs than lows.