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Magic waited far too long to fire general manager Rob Hennigan

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The question is not why the Orlando Magic fired general manager Rob Hennigan on Thursday. The question was why they waited so long to do so. Hennigan was a disaster, and his team was dysfunctional. His draft picks didn’t work out, and his free agents were worse. He didn’t get along with former coach Scott Skiles. Meanwhile, the Magic ceased to become relevant and have no immediate hopes of becoming so. Orlando has lost at least 47 games in every…

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Florida State’s Dwayne Bacon leaving early for NBA draft

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Dwayne Bacon said he felt like he wasn’t ready to turn pro last year, which is why he took his name out of consideration for the NBA draft. This time the Florida State guard doesn’t have any doubts. The 6-foot-7 sophomore said Wednesday that he will declare for the draft, which will be held on June 22, and hire an agent. “I had a lot of doubt about me last year. This year I feel like I’m much more mature…

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New USF Basketball coach Brian Gregory says local recruiting vital

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For the USF basketball team to succeed, it will have to contend with basketball programs from across the nation. Still, for USF, the chore begins here. “We have an incredible recruiting base to recruit from,” new coach Brian Gregory said in his introductory press conference Wednesday. “Our footprint of our university has been undervalued and underutilized in the recruiting process. That must and will change.” Orlando Antigua, Gregory’s predecessor, signed no bay area player in his 2 1/2 seasons. Several…

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After NCAA berth, Florida St. top scorers weigh decisions

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Florida State made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years, but whether the Seminoles (26-9) can return next season will depend on the decisions of their three leading scorers. Dwayne Bacon, Jonathan Isaac and Xavier Rathan-Mayes said after Saturday’s 91-66 loss to Xavier in the second round that they had not reached a decision and had no timetable. All three though are expected to put their names into consideration for the NBA draft. Isaac, a 6-foot-10 freshman…

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House faults universities over salaries and spending

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A top Florida House Republican says that state universities are spending way too much money inappropriately and that they don’t need more help from taxpayers. State Rep. Carlos Trujillo also suggested Wednesday that legislators may need to look at how much university presidents are paid, as well as even how much football and basketball coaches are paid. The Miami Republican and House budget chief said too many people work for universities or university foundations who earn more than $200,000 a…

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Florida coach Mike White a Coach of the Year Semifinalist

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University of Florida basketball coach Mike White is making a name for himself. White, the second-year coach of the Florida Gators, is 24-6 (14-3 in the SEC), and has done a fine job replacing Billy Donovan. He won 21 games in his first season. This season, White has become one of 10 Naismith Coach of the Year candidates. White is preparing for his first trip to the NCAA Tournament. While at Louisiana Tech, White won three straight league titles but…

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No. 9 Florida State getting big contributions from its bench

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Florida State sophomore Terrance Mann has dubbed the ninth-ranked Seminoles’ bench the “Boom Squad.” So far the nickname has proven to be appropriate considering how productive the reserves have been in conference play. The Seminoles’ reserves are averaging 22.5 points and the team is 16-1 and off to a 4-0 start in Atlantic Coast Conference play for the first time in school history. They are one of two ACC teams that have 12 players averaging in double figures in minutes…

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