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Did Bulls look Strong enough to Charlie?

December 30, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 4 a.m. Through the eyes of Willie Taggart, Oregon Duck, it probably looked familiar. Through the eyes of T.J. Weist, Bull for a day, it probably looked promising. Through the eyes of Quinton Flowers, MVP for the game, it probably looked good at the end. Ah, but how did it look to Charlie Strong? […]

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Sitting one out for the old Alma Mater

December 23, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 4 a.m. So much for boolah-boolah. So much for the old college try.. Leonard Fournette is skipping the Citrus Bowl, evidently, because of Orlando traffic and the crowds at the Hillbilly Jamboree. And because he’s been hurt, and he wants to play in the NFL. He wants to practice for the NFL in ways, […]

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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: Will Rams get past Jeff Fisher?

December 4, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Sunday ,5 a.m. Hi. I’m Jeff Fisher, coach for life. And next year, we hope to be even better than 7-9, whether we need to be or not. – Did Alabama score again? I drifted off. – I was shocked that Tony Dungy endorsed Willie Taggart for the Oregon job. I was thinking he’d pick […]

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Committee’s job is to select the best four. Period.

November 30, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 3 a.m. They do not cure inflation. They do not fix the Electoral College. They do not turn Justin Bieber into a musician reasonable people can stand to listen to. They pick four teams for the playoffs. That’s it. They do not make the Mid-American Conference a major league in professional football. They do […]

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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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FSU will keep coach Jimbo Fisher for a while

November 25, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 3 a.m. According to reports, Jimbo Fisher is going to be staying at FSU for a while. The only unanswered question, of course, is why he would ever leave. This has been the mystery part of the equation all along. LSU is a fine job, of course, but so is FSU. You can bring […]

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Random thoughts: Did Jackson lose his Heisman?

November 20, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Of the 11 sacks suffered by LaMar Jackson Friday night, which one looked like a Heisman being tossed in the trash? – Oddsmakers say Tom Brady has a better shot at being president in 2020 than Gary Johnson. Brady is tied with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Cuban, Chelsea Clinton and […]

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