Notebook: USF to stream Spring Game online for free
USF Football will live stream its Spring Game on Saturday on The Identity Tampa Bay.
The broadcast begins at 1:40 p.m., with kickoff scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will also be archived and available for on-demand viewing starting Sunday.
The USF Spring Game will be the first live sports broadcast on The Identity Tampa Bay, a new full-service digital network launched Monday by Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties. Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties, started in 2017 by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, entered into a 10-year multimedia partnership with USF in 2017.
The Identity Tampa Bay replaces Facebook Live as the streaming platform for the Spring Game. The network is available on multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, Roku and Apple TV. The network is also available via the web at TheIdentityTB.com.
The network eventually hopes to become a one-stop hub for all things Tampa Bay, sports and entertainment alike.
Baseball looks for revenge against Stetson
USF Baseball returns to Florida after losing two of three games against Houston over the weekend.
The Bulls travel to DeLand on Wednesday to play the second game of a home-and-home season series against Stetson. The game was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday, but was pushed back due to rain.
Junior Joe Genord will look to continue his hot hitting. Genord hit his AAC-leading eighth homer of the season Friday.
The starting pitching matchup is scheduled to be the same as when the two teams last met.
Baron Stuart is expected to start for USF. Stuart allowed two runs on three hits and took the loss in a 5-3 Stetson win on March 27.
Stetson is expected to start Joey Gonzalez against the Bulls. Gonzalez took the win in the March 27 meeting, allowing three runs over seven innings.
Rodney Adams retires
Former USF wide receiver Rodney Adams was placed on the reserve/retired list by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday, effectively ending his football career.
Adams, 23, was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but saw no action for the Vikings before being waived on Oct. 30 and re-signed to Minnesota’s practice squad. Adams signed a reserve/future contract with the Colts on Feb. 2.
While at USF, Adams was one of the program’s most decorated players. Adams set the single-season receiving records for yards with 822 in both 2015 and 2016 (since surpassed by Marquez Valdes-Scantling in 2017 with 879), receptions with 67 in 2016 and touchdowns with nine in 2015.