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USF misses a chance to win at the end

January 4, 2018 Basketball

Thursday, 2 a.m. There in the dying seconds, the shot didn’t go their way. Neither did the tip. That, for the USF Bulls, was the story of the night. In the big moments, nothing fell, and the Bulls lost to East Carolina, 67-65. USF had a chance at the end. Terrence Samuel missed a field […]

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Do SEC teams play too many soft touches?

January 3, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 3 a.m. No one prints a team’s schedule on the confetti as it falls. Once a team has arrived, no one checks to see where it  stopped along the way. And so we are here, ready to bow to  the SEC once more. And it is true, they play pretty good football around here. […]

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Gamecocks come from behind to beat Michigan

January 2, 2018 College Sports in Florida

Tuesday, 2 a.m. Too many turnovers. Too many field goals. Too much Jake Bentley. All of it taxed the Michigan Wolverines Monday afternoon at the Outback Bowl, helping South Carolina win a 26-19 game. The Wolverines had a 16-point lead in the second half, but South Carolina scored the game’s final 19 points. Bentley hit […]

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Choices, choices. Everywhere are choices

December 27, 2017 College Sports in Florida

3Wednesday, 4 a.m. I like Christmas over birthdays. I like turkey over ham. I like opening presents on Christmas morning over Christmas Eve. I like staying the course over blowing up the Bucs. I like Peyton Barber over Doug Martin. I liked Lamar Jackson over Baker Mayfield for the Heisman. I like going for it […]

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Temple overwhelms FIU in Gasparilla

December 22, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 3:30 a.m. For Florida International, the Gasparilla Bowl ended early. It was still in the first quarter, in fact, when starting quarterback Alex McGough was knockd out of the game with a broken collarbone. After that, the Panthers’ offense struggled in a 28-3 loss to Temple. Temple won four of its last five games. […]

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Banks scores 23 to lead Bulls to victory

December 19, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Tuesday, 2 a.m. The USF Bulls fought their way back to .500 Monday night by pulling away from Northern Arizona. The Bulls, 6-6, got 23 points from Payton Banks in the win. Banks led the Bulls to a strong finish in the first half,  and USF cruised to a 70-56 victory. Helping Banks was Stephan […]

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USF’s Laksa erupts for 40 in victory

December 15, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 1 a.m. USF’s Katija Laksa did everything to pop the corn Friday night. She might even have salted it. Laksa had one of the most dominant nights in USF history, leading the Bulls to a 108-48 victory over Southern. USF is now 8-2 on the season, trailing UConn by two games and tied with […]

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Jiggetts leads USF past Bethune-Cookman

December 15, 2017 Basketball

Friday, 1 a.m. For Stephan Jiggetts, the goal was a big number. For the USF Bulls, it was a small one. The Bulls won their fifth game of the season (against six losses) Thursday night, pulling away from Bethune-Cookman for an 83-63 victory. In the victory, Jiggetts passed the 1,000-point margin for the Bulls. He […]

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Random Thoughts: The Bucs as a dynasty?

December 10, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 3 a.m. 49ers’ general manager John Lynch says that if the Bucs had a quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo, he’d have five rings. Let’s assume he’s correct. Who would have been the dynastic offensive coordinator: Mike Shula, Les Steckel or Clyde Christiansen? – For all the plays in all the parks, did Derek Jeter just […]

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Yes, Taggart is good enough for the FSU job

December 6, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 3 a.m. At the time, it seemed like a good question. Heck, at the time, it seemed like the only question. “Willie, are you good enough for this job?” I asked. For once, I wasn’t trying to be a wise guy. Given what we had just seen, it was the question on everyone’s mind. […]

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