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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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Van Gundy leads ranking of Magic coaches through the years

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They have had success. They have had failure. For the Orlando Magic, that’s as true of coaches as it is of players. Now that the Magic is the market for another coach, it is time to rank the 11 men who have called the plays for the Magic. Some of them were memorable. Some of them? Not so much. 1. Stan Van Gundy (2007-2012): In a lot of ways, it’s still a mystery why the Magic fired Van Gundy. No…

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FSU’s Jimbo Fisher ranked only sixth in coaching rankings

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It’s been three years since FSU was No. 1. Still, why is coach Jimbo Fisher only No. 6? Fisher was just outside of the Top Five football coaches in a recent ranking of the Power Five conference coaches. Oh, you can probably understand Nick Saban, whose team won the national title this year, or Urban Meyer, whose team won it last year. But Fisher also ranked behind TCU’s Gary Patterson, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio in the…

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No, Lovie Smith wasn’t the worst coach the Bucs ever had

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Compared to Leeman Bennett, he was an immortal. Compared to Richard Williamson, he was a man of vision. So, no, Lovie Smith was not the worst football coach the Bucs have ever had, no matter how often he felt like it over the past two seasons. In the end, Lovie won eight games out of 32. That isn’t much, but it’s twice what Leeman Bennett won over the same time period. It’s twice what Williamson won, although he only got…

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After 2nd losing season, Bucs fire Lovie Smith in surprise move

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For the third time in five years, the Tampa Bay Bucs have decided the team needs a new head coach. In a surprise move, the Bucs fired head coach Lovie Smith late Wednesday night. Smith had tripled his wins in 2015, and his offense had risen to fifth in yardage. Still, the Bucs were 6-10 and lost their final four games. “This decision was difficult on a variety of levels,” Joel Glazer said in a prepared statement. “I am disappointed that…

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Ranking the college football coaching hires this off-season

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Ranking the new college coaches: 1. Mark Richt, Miami: Richt always seemed to win nine games a season at Georgia. He did right up until this year, when the feeling of an under-achieving program finally got him fired. Richt isn’t a perfect match with Miami, but he’ll bring some expectations with him. The question is how long before nine wins starts to sound old to UM, too. 2. Bronco Mendenhall, Virginia: If anyone can win with the Cavs, it’s Mendenhall,…

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As schools look for new coaches, FSU’s Jimbo Fisher says no again

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Hard to blame a school for trying, but FSU’s Jimbo Fisher isn’t going to Georgia, either. Despite rumors on the internet that Fisher would say no to LSU but yes to Georgia, Fisher said on an Orlando radio show that he was staying at FSU. Period. Such are the rumors that swirl in the state of Florida although no coach in the top 25 has gone from one regularly top 25 program to another. “I’m staying right here at Florida State,”…

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