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: Remembering sports-talk radio host Steve Duemig

Steve Duemig, right, speaks with former Bucs linebacker Derrick Brooks during a 2002 radio show. [Times files (2002)]
Plus, the Rays face the Yankees in New York. And, a Gerald McCoy update.

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Mailbag: Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David, Kevin Kiermaier, more

One listener wants to know why linebacker Lavonte David, left, doesn't receive the same criticism as defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, right, for the Bucs' losing record. [MONICA HERNDON |Times]
Why doesn't Lavonte David receive the same criticism as Bucs teammate Gerald McCoy? Is it time for the Rays to move on from Kevin Kiermaier?

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Why Bruce Arians said Vernon Hargreaves wasn't ready to practice

Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves talks with teammates during mandatory mini camp in June in Tampa. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]
Plus, the Rays beat the Marlins, behind Avisail Garcia and Charlie Morton.

Is Lavonte David the next Gerald McCoy?

Bucs outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) runs drills during the Tampa Bay Buccaneers OTAs on Tuesday at the Bucs' AdventHealth Training Center. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times
A year from the now the Bucs’ linebacker will enter his ninth season with a $10.75 million salary

Gerald McCoy, no-show to organized team activities, has not yet been asked to take pay cut

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) gestures while making his way on to the field for pregame warmups prior to a game vs. the Steelers on Sept. 24 in Tampa. (MONICA HERNDON   |   Times)
The Pro Bowl defensive tackle is owed $13 million in 2019, but the money is not guaranteed.