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.

Will the Bucs have a chance to catch a falling star in the NFL draft?

Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea (50) huddles with defensive linemen before the a 2018 game. Vea came on late, but didn't perform as well as other several rookies who went ahead of him -- and at least one picked after him: Chargers safety Derwin James.  [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Tampa Bay has a history of just missing out on the elite of the elite

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Lightning GM Julien BriseBois has faith in Jon Cooper

Julien BriseBois speaks with the media during his end-of-season news conference. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
Plus, the Bucs' 2019 schedule, and how good are the Rays?

Oops? NFL schedule-maker admits Bucs' slate could be fairer

Linebacker Kevin Minter records the first of four Bucs sacks of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Sunday. [Associated Press]
Tampa Bay does not play a game at Raymond James Stadium for seven weeks.

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Bucs have a brutal early schedule

Jameis Winston and the Bucs open the 2019 season Sept. 8 against the 49ers at Raymond James Stadium. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Plus, the Rays win their sixth straight series. And, Lightning GM Julien BriseBois will speak today.

A game-by-game guide to the Bucs’ 2019 schedule

Bucs defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul runs on to the field before a game against the San Francisco 49ers in November at Raymond James Stadium. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Including the Oct. 13 “home” game in London, the Buccaneers travel for five straight games between late September and early November.