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Successful football recruiting intensifies FAU, FIU rivarly

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The coaches are new. The programs are refreshed. Soon, FAU and FIU will fight it out the way they did in this year’s football recruiting. Both teams did well in the Conference USA recruiting, with FAU finishing first and FIU third in the conference competition. FAU was 70th overall in the country and FIU was 75th. It could signal a new day for both programs. FAU is now led by former Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, and FIU is led…

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State of Florida filled with quality head football coaches

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The roster of Tampa Bay college coaches grew again Monday, when ESPN reported that Florida Atlantic University had agreed on a new contract with Lane Kiffin. Kiffin, who has been the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama, had been mentioned for several openings before agreeing to join the Owls. Kiffin might have gotten a bigger head coaching job if not for his reputation of jumping one school for another. Regardless, the roster of coaches in the state schools is…

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After season-ending loss, FIU looks to 2017

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Things started miserably this season for the Florida International Panthers. After an 0-4 start, Coach Ron Turner was let go and replaced by Defensive Coordinator Ron Cooper on an interim basis. Cooper coached his final game on Saturday, a 42-28 loss at Old Dominion. Despite the setback, there are some positive things to point toward in 2017. After the rough beginning, the Panthers responded to Cooper, winning their next three games. Saturday’s loss left him with a 4-4 record in…

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The Predictions: USF to face a trap game against Temple

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For USF, this is the kind of game you can trip over. Temple (4-3) is a decent team. The game is in Philadelphia. And USF has won big, but in its first halves recently, it hasn’t been gangbusters. Temple’s defense (16th nationally) is good enough to keep the game close. So, as they sit on the outskirts of the top 25, are the 6-1 Bulls ripe for the plucking? Oh, USF is as explosive as ever with quarterback Quinton Flowers…

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Sunshine State football fans want to forget lost weekend

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Nearly every football fan in Florida had something to be unhappy about over the weekend. At least one of their favorite teams tasted defeat, many by embarrassing scores. There was a little bit of good news. Those supporting “The U” did have something to cheer about with Miami’s 45-10 road romp at Appalachian State. The Florida Gators blitzed the North Florida Mean Green, 32-0. Those wins were enough to see both schools move up in the Associated Press Top 25…

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Predictions: FSU to outlast a talented Louisville opponent

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Your first question is this: Can Louisville beat FSU? Yes. Your second question is this: Will Louisville beat FSU? No. Oh, it’ll be close. I wouldn’t be surprised if Louisville, behind the marvelous Lamar Jackson, led in the fourth quarter. But FSU is too solid across the board, even with star safety Derwin James out. The FSU defensive line is solid. Dalvin Cook is a star. Deondre Francois can make plays. But FSU has to play well, or the fast-break…

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Personnel note: AT&T names Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez regional External Affairs Director

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AT&T announced Thursday that Alejandro “Alex” Dominguez will serve as its new Director of External Affairs for South and Southwest Florida. In his new role, Dominguez will lead a team responsible for representing the telecom company with local governments in the region as well as with state lawmakers in Tallahassee. The role should prove natural for Dominguez, who has a long history in legislative and political affairs. “I’m honored to be working in this new capacity for AT&T and look…

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