College football

USF hopes to continue success under Strong

August 10, 2017 College football

Friday, 2 a.m. It won’t be difficult for USF coach Charlie Strong to be a success. All he has to do is be better than the last guy. This year. Of course, those are awfully high expectations for Strong, the former University of Texas coach who is replacing the departed Willie Taggart. Taggart’s final USF […]

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It was, simply, the best championship of them all

January 11, 2017 Clemson

Wednesday, 4 a.m. When it comes to the College National Championship, here’s what you get. You get drama. You get tension. You get stars. You get a dynamic quarterback leading his team to a thrilling victory. You get confetti. You get tears. You get joy. You get greatness. Only that. Okay, okay. Not every game. […]

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Clemson’s Watson just too good for Alabama

January 10, 2017 Alabama

    Tuesday, 4 a.m. In the back offices of Penn State, someone smiles. On the practice fields of Texas A&M, someone nods. In the recruiting offices of Oklahoma, someone told someone else so. There is a new hope everywhere, from the fields of Auburn to the offices of FSU, from the dorms at Colorado […]

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Strong soundbites highlight first press conference

December 16, 2016 College football

Friday, 4 a.m. Nobody loses their opening press conference. Before you can decide who the USF Bulls have hired in Charlie Strong, keep that in mind. Nobody fumbles. Nobody loses. Nobody mismanages the clock. There are no interceptions and no dumb penalties and no wasted opportunities. There are no losing streaks. There is simply a […]

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Florida has quite the collection of coaches

December 15, 2016 College football

Thursday, 3 a.m. I imagine them meeting in a quarterback’s living room. I imagine there isn’t enough of mom’s chicken wings to go around. Jimbo Fisher is at the table. Jim McElwain is at the door. Mark Richt is in the quarterback’s room. Charlie Strong is coming up the driveway. The family has put Scott […]

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On replacing Taggart, USF’s most popular coach

December 8, 2016 College football

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Once, there was a man named Willie… The first loss was shocking. Had South Florida ever been worse? Had a coach ever had a more rotten debut? It was August 31, 2013, and it’s fair to say that Willie Taggart had just done a particularly wretched job of saying hello. His team […]

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Random Thoughts: Force wasn’t Strong in Charlie

November 27, 2016 College football

Charlie Strong’s first recruits will be juniors and seniors next season. He won’t be with them. Goodbye, Charlie. – I think the runner was short, too, Coach Harbaugh. – So this was the plan that LSU had all along? Didn’t Ed Orgeron lose as many games as Les Miles this year? – I guess cutting […]

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The polls are just barely out of USF’s reach

October 17, 2016 College football

  Monday, 5 a.m. Should the USF Bulls be ranked? Better question: Are you prepared for the USF Bulls to be ranked? They are 6-1, and they are one of the highest scoring teams in the nation. They are fun to watch with their star quarterback and their star running back and their star receiver. […]

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Once again, USF pulls away from foe at the end

October 16, 2016 College football

Saturday, 3:15 a.m. For awhile, the USF Bulls looked sluggish. They ended up with 42 points. For a time, they sputtered. They ran for 316 yards For a moment, it was unclear just how into the UConn game that USF was. And quarterback Quinton Flowers ended up with five touchdowns. That’s the thing about the […]

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Random thoughts: Could Buckeyes beat Browns?

October 9, 2016 Auto racing

Sunday, 6 a.m. Did you see that 62 percent of people in Ohio think that Ohio State would beat the Cleveland Browns. I think its absurd to suggest a college team could be a pro team. On the other hand, do the Browns count as a pro team? – I loved Bill Murray’s “I Ain’t Afraid […]

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