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Road to the Hall of Fame ends Saturday for Dolphins’ Jason Taylor

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On Saturday, former Miami Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor will join fellow legends as they are inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Canton is a short trip from where Taylor played his college football, but it was a long road to travel before he reached the pinnacle of his profession.

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Marco Rubio says NCAA is ‘out of control’

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In a time of unprecedented chaos in the West Wing, with a new Chief of Staff shaking up the staff composition, and with questions continuing to mount regarding what Robert Mueller may uncover about the Trump Administration, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio took to Twitter Tuesday to discuss college football. Specifically, Rubio opined on the suspension of a kicker from the University of Central Florida, who found a way to monetize YouTube videos promoting his athletic endeavors, and who UCF ultimately ruled to…

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Louisville can bring up Penn State when appealing NCAA penalties

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For those who have the stomach to read the NCAA’s report on what happened with the Louisville men’s basketball program between 2010 and 2014, put your head on a swivel. One’s head will instinctively shake. It is a detailed account of strippers, prostitutes and teenagers all in the name of luring them to play basketball for the Louisville Cardinals and Coach Rick Pitino. The Committee on Infractions panel presented a meticulous case against those involved and why Pitino bears  responsibility,…

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Tim Tebow and Michael Jordan, Pied Pipers for baseball

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Believe it or not, Tim Tebow and Michael Jordan have a few things in common. Most know that both made huge names for themselves while playing before capacity crowds during their college days. Like Jordan, Tebow was part of a college championship as a freshman. Jordan and North Carolina won the 1982 NCAA Basketball Tournament, with Jordan providing the winning points. A generation later, the Florida Gators were the 2006 BCS national champions, with Tebow accounting for two touchdowns. Jordan…

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Florida schools mostly do well in latest APR scores

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The NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) figures are in for the 2015-2016 school year with some good news and not-so-good news for some Florida schools. We learn from the APR that women’s tennis teams in particular, and female athletes in general, constitute the best performing college students. The NCAA fully explains the methodology. Three Florida Gator programs earned perfect scores (men’s and women’s tennis along with women’s golf.) Ever Gator program scored at least 970. “In athletics, we keep score,…

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FSU-UF rivalry intensifies in yet another sport

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Fans of both the Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles are truly passionate about a small handful of sports. Sure, they want to beat the other when they play each other in whatever sport, but the mutual intensity is reserved for football, baseball, basketball or all three. For example, grief counselors are not required if the golf team comes up short or a gymnast falls off the uneven bars leading to the loss of a gymnastics meet. The same has…

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Hillsborough County Commission unanimously approves $1 million for NCAA football championship

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With little discussion, the Hillsborough County Commission on Wednesday unanimously approved spending $1 million in tourist development tax dollars towards marketing and hosting the 2017 national college football championship game, slated for January 9. “Similar to the Super Bowl or the RNC, this is an incredible opportunity to showcase our community, and the economic impact is considerable,” said Commissioner Ken Hagan. When the Tampa Sports Authority won the bid the host the game at Raymond James Stadium in December of…

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