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Tom Jones, Times Sports Columnist

Tom Jones

Tom Jones writes columns and television/radio commentary for the Tampa Bay Times' Sports section. He has covered everything from high schools to colleges to professional sports since starting with the St. Petersburg Evening Independent in 1986. After the Independent, Tom worked at the Times (1987-91), the Tampa Tribune (1991-96), the Times again (1996-2000), the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (2000-03) and returned for his third stint at the Times in 2003. Though he has covered all sports, Tom is a hockey writer at heart. He covered the Tampa Bay Lightning from its first game in 1992 until moving to Minnesota to cover the Wild for three years. He returned to the Times again to cover the Lightning until taking over as writer and editor for Page Two in 2006. He lists Herb Brooks, Lou Piniella and Wayne Gretzky as the most interesting personalities he has covered and the 2002 Winter Olympics as the best event he has covered. Tom co-hosts a sports talk show weekday mornings from 6-9 on WDAE 620-AM, 95.3-FM. He previously hosted a weekly sports roundtable show on Bright House Sports Network.

Phone: (727) 893-8544

Email: tjones@tampabay.com

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  1. Gerald McCoy cares too much about what you think of him

    The Heater

    Gerald McCoy is right. We are going to miss him when he's gone.

    He's a good guy and a heck of a football player.

    What we won't miss? Moments like Monday when we are reminded, once again, that his skin is too thin for a player this good.

    In a Twitter rant, McCoy talked about not being appreciated, followed by a veiled threat of leaving town....

    Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is one of 16 players to record at least five sacks in each of the past five seasons. [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]
  2. Tom Jones' Two Cents: Lay off golfer Brittany Lincicome

    Golf

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    Out of bounds

    Some people just don't get it. Like those who criticized Seminole's Brittany Lincicome for comments made two weeks ago.

    The U.S. Women's Open is being played this weekend at a course owned by President Donald Trump. When asked about Trump possibly showing up, Lincicome told the Chicago Tribune, "Hopefully maybe he doesn't show up, and it won't be a big debacle and it will be about us and not him.''...

    Brittany Lincicome tees off the 15th hole during the second round of the U.S. Women's Open Golf tournament Friday, July 14, 2017, in Bedminster, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) USO109
  3. Jones: Once green in Gainesville, Will Muschamp's now confident in Columbia

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — In some ways, it's too bad Will Muschamp isn't coaching the Gators anymore. He's a heck of a nice guy. Funny, too.

    During Thursday's SEC media days, the South Carolina and former Gators coach told one Florida writer, "Your voice could be used to torture prisoners of war."

    Talking to another Florida scribe, he quoted country singer Justin Moore: "You look like I need a drink."...

    South Carolina NCAA college football coach Will Muschamp speaks during the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering, Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) ALBD109
  4. Ole Miss' Hugh Freeze: No hard feelings toward Houston Nutt

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — It's not fun to be Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze at this particular time. And it has little to do with the Rebels coming off a 5-7 record, his first losing season in five years at Mississippi.

    Aside from Ole Miss being investigated for possible illegal recruiting practices, Wednesday produced a bombshell. Former Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt filed a lawsuit alleging Freeze led a "smear campaign'' to blame Nutt for the school's NCAA troubles. The suit charges that Freeze acted as an anonymous source while feeding reporters information he knew to be false to deflect attention from Freeze being the target of NCAA charges....

    Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze speaks during the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering, Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) ALBD129
  5. CFP boss Bill Hancock on playoff format: 'Why monkey with a good thing?'

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — If you're waiting for the College Football Playoff to expand to more than four teams, keep on waiting.

    Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP, said Wednesday that "there is no talk about the expansion of the field."

    While addressing journalists at the SEC media days, Hancock said keeping the field at four teams keeps the emphasis on college football's regular season....

    AUSTIN, TX - MAY 06:  (L-R) TV personalities Luke Pell, Becca Tilly, JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers attend the 2017 iHeartCountry Festival, A Music Experience by AT&T at The Frank Erwin Center on May 6, 2017 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for iHeartMedia )
  6. Jones: Catching 'Bama, Saban easier said than done for rest of the SEC

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — It's not yet 8 a.m. and the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in suburban Birmingham is flooded by a sea of red and white. A couple of hundred fans — some carrying signs, some with painted faces and every one with a big letter "A" somewhere on the body — have come from all over the state just to catch a quick glimpse of Alabama's most famous person ....

    Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson shakes hands with Alabama coach Nick Saban after Clemson defeated  the Tide during the College Football Playoff title game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Jan. 9, 2017. (Will Vragovic | Times)
  7. Four and no more for College Football Playoff

    Blog

    HOOVER, Ala. – If you’re waiting for the college football playoff to expand to more than four teams, you’re going to have to keep on waiting.

    Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, said Wednesday, “There is no talk about the expansion of the field.’’

    While addressing journalists at the SEC media days in Alabama, Hancock said keeping the field at four teams keeps the emphasis on college football’s regular season....

    Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, likes the four-team playoff format because it keeps the emphasis on the regular season.
  8. Gators' Jim McElwain has little to say about Antonio Callaway

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — Gators coach Jim McElwain said little Tuesday about the status of WR Antonio Callaway for the season opener against Michigan. The question remains whether Callaway will face a possible marijuana-related suspension.

    Callaway was cited on a complaint of marijuana possession back in May, according to an Alachua County court record. Before that, Callaway was suspended last spring during a sexual assault allegation for which he was ultimately found not responsible. During a hearing for that case, Callaway said he was high on marijuana at the time of the incident....

    Florida receiver Antonio Callaway’s status is up in the air after offseason issues.
  9. Jones: It's still quarterback or bust for Florida

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — Enough already. It's time.

    Time for the Gators to find an offense. Time for the Gators to find a quarterback. Time for Florida to be in the national championship conversation again.

    After all, this is Florida, doggone it.

    This isn't Ole Miss. This isn't Texas A&M. Losing four games, getting smacked around in the SEC championship and going to the Citrus Bowl is supposed to be an off year....

    Florida NCAA college football coach Jim McElwain speaks during the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering, Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) ALBD139
  10. Jim McElwain stays mum on Antonio Callaway's status for Michigan

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — Gators coach Jim McElwain said little Tuesday about the status of wide receiver Antonio Callaway for the season opener against Michigan. The question remains whether Callaway will face a possible marijuana-related suspension.

    Callaway was cited on a complaint of marijuana possession back in May, according to an Alachua County court record. Before that, Callaway was suspended last spring during a sexual assault allegation for which he was ultimately found not responsible. During a hearing for that case, Callaway said he was high on marijuana at the time of the incident....

    Florida wide receiver Antonio Callaway makes a catch at Jesuit High School in Tampa on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, as the Gators practiced for the Outback Bowl against Iowa. (CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times)
  11. Georgia RB Nick Chubb: 'No regrets' on coming back

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — The biggest upset of the SEC football season didn't happen on the field. In fact, it happened after the season. Georgia running back Nick Chubb, against all expectations, decided to return for his senior season.

    No one thought he would. Even he didn't think he would for a while there. After all, he's a running back who is NFL ready and has had a major knee injury. Turning pro made sense....

    NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 12:  Tailback Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 12, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
  12. Two LSU takes on being Gators' homecoming opponent

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — LSU football coach Ed Orgeron took the high road Monday when asked what he thought about Florida scheduling LSU for its homecoming game this season.

    Remember last year? The LSU-Gators game was scheduled for Oct. 8 in Gainesville, but the game was postponed because of a threat of Hurricane Matthew. After plenty of sniping back and forth, the game was reschedule for Nov. 19 at LSU. The 16th-ranked Gators upset the 10th-ranked Tigers 16-10....

    LSU’s D.J. Chark expects a hyped-up game against the Gators: “I’ve never been scheduled for somebody’s homecoming.’’
  13. Jones: LSU coach Ed Orgeron's intensity is infectious

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — How can you not love Ed Orgeron?

    That gravelly voice that sounds like he has been gargling with rocks. That thick Cajun accent that isn't always easily understood, but is always endearing. That chest that looks like he swallowed a barrel.

    What a character. He should be in the movies. Actually, he was in a movie, playing himself in The Blind Side.

    But what do we love most about Orgeron? His passion. That's what stands out. That passion....

    Louisiana native Ed Orgeron knows the expectations at LSU: “We need to win.’’
  14. Homecoming cupcake? LSU's Ed Orgeron plays nice with Florida

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — Ed Orgeron wouldn't bite.

    The head coach at LSU had his chance to take a shot at the Gators, but took the high road Monday at SEC media days when asked what he thought about Florida scheduling LSU for its homecoming game this season.

    Remember what happened last year? The LSU-Gators game was scheduled for Oct. 8 in Gainesville, but the game was postponed because of a threat of Hurricane Matthew. After plenty of sniping back and forth, the game was rescheduled for Nov. 19 at LSU. The 16th-ranked Gators upset the 10th-ranked Tigers, 16-10....

    LSU NCAA college football coach Ed Orgeron signs autographs during the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering, Monday, July 10, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) ALBD117
  15. Arkansas' task this football season? Finishing strong

    College

    HOOVER, Ala. — The last time we saw the Arkansas Razorbacks, they were blowing a 24-0 halftime lead in a loss to Virginia Tech in the Belk Bowl. The last time we saw Arkansas before that, it was blowing 24-7 halftime lead in a loss to Missouri.

    Souring endings that made for sour end to the season. The Razorbacks could have finished 9-4 and, instead, finished a rather ho-hum 7-6.

    "I felt at the end of the year, we were getting better at moving in the right direction," Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said. "Our last two games were not highlights, especially the way they both ended."...

    Arkansas NCAA college football coach Bret Bielema speaks during the Southeastern Conference's annual media gathering,  Monday, July 10, 2017, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) ALBD110