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Greg Auman, Times Staff Writer

Greg Auman

Greg Auman has been at the Tampa Bay Times since 1999 and has covered the Bucs and the NFL since 2013. He covered the University of South Florida's athletic department from 2004-13.

Phone: (813) 226-3346

Email: auman@tampabay.com

Blog: Bucs Beat

Twitter: @GregAuman

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  1. The Tampa Bay connection to the shot that sent UNC to the Final Four

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    Sudden basketball celebrity Luke Maye, the former walk-on whose jumper with 0.3 seconds left sent North Carolina past Kentucky and into the Final Four, has a Tampa tie you may not remember: his father Mark, who played football at UNC, was a backup quarterback with the Bucs in 1988, though he never played in a game.

    "I loved it down there, but it was unfortunately very brief," said Mark, 52, who was watching from the stands in Memphis with his wife Aimee when Luke hit perhaps the biggest shot of the NCAA Tournament. "What a great city. I really enjoyed it down there. I had a good experience. I just wish it could have lasted longer."...

    Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup quarterback Mark Maye, pictured here when he played at North Carolina, is the father of Luke Maye, whose game-winning shot sent UNC to the Final Four last Sunday.
  2. FSU's Dalvin Cook would love to reunite with Bucs' Jameis Winston

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    TALLAHASSEE — Running back Dalvin Cook played only one season at Florida State with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, but the idea of a reunion if Tampa Bay were to draft him with the No. 19 pick in next month's draft is, much like Cook, an exciting prospect.

    "Longtime brother. Great bond. Jameis is a player I look up to as a role model," Cook said Tuesday after finishing his pro day in front of NFL scouts and coaches at Florida State. "To be in the backfield again would be something special. I feel like we started to build a bond when he was at Florida State, so it would be something special."...

    Dalvin Cook runs a drill for NFL scouts during Florida State's pro day, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC104
  3. Stand pat? FSU's Dalvin Cook explains why he ran 40 again

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    Entering FSU's pro day on Tuesday, the expectation was that running back Dalvin Cook would let his 4.49 time in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine stand, rather than run again at the Seminoles' practice facility and risk hurting himself with a slower time.

    But Cook did run, and didn't hurt himself, reportedly running unofficial times of 4.40 and 4.47 seconds, taking his shirt off for the second run as NFL scouts looked on....

    Dalvin Cook did run, and didn't hurt himself, reportedly running unofficial times of 4.40 and 4.47 seconds.
  4. Jimbo Fisher on Dalvin Cook's character: 'Never had any issues at all'

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    FSU coach Jimbo Fisher was asked after Tuesday's pro day in Tallahassee what he would tell NFL teams that have any off-field concerns about running back Dalvin Cook, who is projected as a first-round pick in next month's draft.

    Cook was accused of a misdemeanor count of battery in 2015 but found not guilty in court after a woman accused him of punching her in the face in an argument with other FSU players outside a bar. Fisher reiterated not only his innocence in that case, but Cook's conduct throughout his three years with the Seminoles....

    "He was a tremendous teammate. He was a tremendous leader. We never had any issues at all," Jimbo Fisher said of Dalvin Cook.
  5. FSU's Dalvin Cook would love Winston reunion with Bucs

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    TALLAHASSEE — Running back Dalvin Cook played only one season at Florida State with current Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston, but the idea of a reunion if Tampa Bay were to draft him with the No. 19 pick in next month's draft is, much like Cook, an exciting prospect.

    "Longtime brother. Great bond. Jameis is a player I look up to as a role model," Cook said Tuesday after finishing his pro day in front of NFL scouts and coaches at Florida State. "To be in the backfield again would be something special. I feel like we started to build a bond when he was at Florida State, so it would be something special."...

    Dalvin Cook may not still be on the draft board when the Bucs pick at 19.
  6. 49ers eyeing Bucs defensive end Jacquies Smith

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    Movement has slowed down in the third week of NFL free agency, but the Bucs are at risk of losing a player as the 49ers brought in restricted free agent defensive end Jacquies Smith, who missed nearly all of last season with a torn ACL, for a visit over the weekend.

    No offer has been made by the 49ers yet, and the Bucs have the right to match any offer to keep Smith, but San Francisco has about $68-million in remaining salary-cap room, the most in the NFL, so they're in position to overpay and make a tough decision for the Bucs....

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith (56) celebrates his touchdown as George Johnson forced a fumble from the Jacksonville Jaguars and Smith recovered to take it three yards for a touchdown during second half action at Raymond James Stadium Sunday afternoon in Tampa (10/11/15).
  7. Lavonte David: Bucs motivated as 'team on the cusp'

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    One lane after another, Bucs linebacker Lavonte David worked his way down 44 bowling lanes at Pin Chasers in Tampa on Sunday afternoon, stopping at each to take pictures and sign autographs with volunteers, donors and children at an event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay.

    David, a national spokesperson for BBBS, took time to attend the Bowl for Kids' Sake event for those who helped with the organization's spring fundraising campaign. With only a few weeks before the Bucs return to the practice fields, he also took a few minutes to talk about his work with BBBS, the Bucs' offseason and his optimism about the 2017 season for Tampa Bay....

  8. Three Bucs make NFL under-25 team, but not Kwon Alexander

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    The league's official site put out an under-25 All-NFL team, showcasing the best young talent from its 32 teams, and the Bucs made a strong showing, with QB Jameis Winston, WR Mike Evans and G Ali Marpet making the list.

    No team in the NFL can boast as many players as the Bucs' three -- San Diego, Houston, Kansas City and the New York Giants have two each -- but another Tampa Bay player felt he deserved to make the cut: Kwon Alexander, who led the league in solo tackles with 108 in his second NFL season....

    Kwon Alexander, who led the league in solo tackles with 108 in his second NFL season, was left off the NFL's all-under 25 team.
  9. McDougald finds 'motivation' in Bucs not re-signing him

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    NFL players wait years for the right to hit the open market of free agency, but former Bucs safety Bradley McDougald found less interest than he'd hoped for, settling for a one-year deal with the Seahawks reportedly worth $2-million.

    That's less than he earned with the Bucs last season, and as Seattle announced his signing on Thursday, he told their official site that he'll be motivated by Tampa Bay's lack of interest in bringing him back after he started 31 games over the last two seasons....

    Bradley McDougald settled for a one-year deal with the Seahawks reportedly worth $2-million.
  10. Bucs safety Bradley McDougald signs with Seahawks

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    Nearly two weeks into the NFL's free agency season, Bucs safety Bradley McDougald has found a home, signing a one-year deal with the Seahawks, reportedly for $2-million.

    It's a surprisingly modest payday for McDougald, 26, who started 31 of 32 games for the Bucs over the past two years. He's actually making less than the $2.55-million he earned last season with the Bucs, which suggests their interest in bringing him back was minimal at best....

  11. NFL Draft Q&A: Pittsburgh tight end Scott Orndoff

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    Our NFL Draft Q&A series continues with Pittsburgh tight end Scott Orndoff, who broke out this past season with 35 catches for 579 yards and five touchdowns. The 6-foot-5, 256-pound prospect had totaled only 23 catches in his first three years of college -- though eight were for touchdowns -- and took a few minutes to talk about his preparations for the draft:

    Q: Where are you training to get ready for pro day (it's today, March 22)?...

    Pittsburgh tight end Scott Orndoff runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, March 4, 2017.
  12. Bucs' Kevin Pamphile on helping students in Haiti: "Amazing''

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    TAMPA — In three years with the Bucs, offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile has been active in sending school supplies and hygiene kits to students in his parents' homeland of Haiti. Last month, he made his first trip there and saw in person the lives he was working so hard to improve.

    "It was amazing," said Pamphile, 26, who started 14 games for the Bucs last season, all but one at left guard. "To see the island, to see the culture, the atmosphere, to see how much they have to struggle each day …it really touched me, and I know there's more that can be done."...

    In three years with the Bucs, offensive lineman Kevin Pamphile has been active in sending school supplies, hygiene kits to students in his parents' homeland of Haiti. Last month, he made his first trip there and saw in person the lives he was trying to improve. [Athletes For Charity]
  13. Xavier hands FSU worst NCAA Tournament loss since 1993

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    ORLANDO — FSU freshman Jonathan Isaac sat in a corner locker Saturday night at Amway Center, his long arms folded on his knees, still trying to comprehend the finality of his third-seeded Seminoles falling hard in a 91-66 rout at the hands of 11th-seeded Xavier.

    "Everything went wrong," Isaac said. "We were just a step behind on all their schemes and their counters. … They did their job, did what they do and we just weren't on it. It's devastating for me. I can't even imagine how it is for guys like (seniors Michael) Ojo and Quez (Smith). This is their last rodeo."...

    Florida State Seminoles guard Dwayne Bacon (4) dunks the ball during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Xavier Musketeers defeated the Florida State Seminoles 91 to 66.
  14. NCAA Tournament: Who's got the ball? Depth a boon for Florida

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    ORLANDO — The only thing standing between Florida and the Sweet 16 is a showdown tonight against fifth-seeded Virginia and the No. 1 defense in college basketball.

    Virginia (23-10) has held opponents to 56.1 points per game this season, additionally limiting their transition opportunities by committing only 9.5 turnovers per game, third-lowest in the country.

    "It's a beautiful thing," said Gators coach Mike White, tasked with 48 hours to prepare for that defense in an East Region third-round matchup. "They just don't make mistakes. They sit down in the stance and shut you out. … They're extremely sound and disciplined. They're a strong team. They're a quick-footed team. They move great laterally. They've got great length. They block shots at the rim. There's not a deficiency defensively."...

    Guard Chris Chiozza, a key player in Florida’s opening NCAA Tournament victory, was the team’s top scorer three times this season. He’s one of eight Gators to lead the team in scoring this season. “They can’t focus in on one person,” he says.
  15. NCAA Tournament: Florida State survives vs. Florida Gulf Coast

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    ORLANDO — Florida State is back in the NCAA Tournament, and the Seminoles are coming for other schools' nicknames.

    The third-seeded Seminoles, making their first NCAA appearance in five years, held off 14th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast 86-80 late Thursday at Amway Center, spoiling the "Dunk City" underdogs and unofficially outdunking them 9-2.

    "They're Dunk City, but I think our team led the nation in dunks, so it kind of speaks for itself," said FSU freshman Jonathan Isaac, who had two dunks as part of his double double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. "That's what we do. We're long, we're athletic."...

    Florida State Seminoles center Michael Ojo (50) dunks on a fast break against Florida Gulf Coast Eagles during the first half in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on Thursday, March 16, 2017.