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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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Ask Gary: Once again, the Juice is loose

July 22, 2017 College Sports in Florida

(Each week, the readers take over GarySheltonsports.com and play Ask Gary. They send in a question, or a couple, on Thursday night or Friday morning and we all talk about the world of sports.  Think of it as a radio show where you don’t have to be on hold. Join us and ask a question, make a comment […]

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Sports has given us a century’s worth of memories

July 17, 2017 College Sports in Florida

eMonday, 4 a.m. Joe Montana, leading his team to a comeback in Super Bowl XXIII…Reggie Jackson, exploding at the plate in the ’77 World Series. Michael Phelps, splashing his way to another gold medal…Michael Jordan, his tongue hanging out, hitting from the top of the key to claim another NBA title…Serena Williams, stuffing her trophy […]

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Will Zaire gamble pay off for Gators?

June 5, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Monday, 4 a.m. For a moment, for just a moment, he was a star. For a moment, for the flickering of a light, college football’s future seemed to belong to him. Instead, Malik Zaire became a very small deal, an afterthought for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Mostly, he watched. Mainly, he waited. He was […]

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A glance back at the Final Four, heaven’s darling

April 4, 2017 Basketball

Wednesday, 4 a.m. It has gotten younger. It has gotten bigger. It has gotten louder. And still, heaven loves the Final Four. The games are so good, and the moments are so plentiful, that most of us don’t notice that, really, the talent isn’t what it once was. How could it be? So many freshmen […]

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Can Gregory be the guy to make you care about USF?

March 15, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 4 a.m. The only thing I know for sure about the USF men’s basketball program is this: I think they should have one. So someone needs to clean the gym. Hang some baskets. Blow up a ball. Buy matching shorts. Get this barn ready to burn. Hoop city, baby. Wait. What? They do? Already? […]

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Here’s to those who would doubt Dalvin

March 8, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Tuesday, 4 a.m. No offense to Dalvin Cook, but I hope scouts look at his surgically repaired shoulder and shake their heads. I hope they look at his 40-times, where six backs were better, and come to the conclusion that he is Pee-Wee Herman in cleats. I hope they look at his vertical jump and […]

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The problem: Cheaters sometimes do win

February 21, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Monday, 4 a.m. You love your alma mater. You remember the days walking past the library, smelling the spring air. You remember hanging around the student union and drinking milk shakes. You remember the football stadium on Saturday afternoons, and the way you would paint your face and scream for your team. It’s your school, […]

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The appeal of recruiting goes beyond reason

February 2, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 4 a.m. I’m going to be honest here. I don’t know Cam Akers from Green Acres. I don’t know James Robinson from Mrs. Robinson. Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo. I’m not sure if Kevaughn Dingle is still single and ready to mingle, or if he’s a receiver who will make Bulls’ fans tingle. You know what? If you’re […]

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Random thoughts: Can Longo reach Hall of Fame?

January 22, 2017 College Sports in Florida

USA Today ranked the next Hall of Famer for every team. The Rays’ representative was Evan Longoria, although the website said he needed “four or five” more productive seasons. Still, the website pointed out the considerable distance between Longoria and the next guy. – Maybe it’s just me, but I’d have Fred McGriff first. But […]

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