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Play it back: rematches to decide last two spots in Final Four

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The most entertaining college basketball game of the regular season came in December. Malik Monk set a record for a Kentucky freshman with 47 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer taken against his coach’s wishes, to lift the Wildcats to a 103-100 win over North Carolina. Are these two ready for an encore? Of course they are – though it’s a valid argument to say this rematch might be better suited for next weekend in the Final Four than Sunday in…

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USF football coach Willie Taggart headed to Oregon

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USF is looking for a new head football coach, reports say. Bulls’ coach Willie Taggart will be named the new head coach at the University of Oregon, the school confirmed Tuesday. Taggart, who guided the Bulls to a 10-2 record this year, their best ever, is moving a long way away to Oregon, but Oregon is considered one of the schools where a coach can win a national title. However, Taggart will be leaving behind quarterback Quinton Flowers and running…

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Does USF coach Willie Taggart have a decision to make?

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The first coach left in controversy. Jim Leavitt had built the program from the ground up, and he was happy, but then a player said that Leavitt struck him. The second coach left in failure. Skip Holtz had torn down much of what Leavitt had brought, and he didn’t win enough games, and the alumni were ready to drive him to the airport. And now, it may be Willie Taggart’s turn to make a decision. Taggart, the coach of the…

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Today on Context Florida: Watched pots, cyber crime, gun violence and public notices

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Today on Context Florida: “A watched pot never boils,” says Ed Moore, something heard many times before. We all know it more aptly reflects impatience rather than subjective reality. Of course, Moore points out, a pot will boil if the heat is turned high enough. Watching the news this week from Oregon, the image of a simmering pot about to boil came to mind. At what point do we become aware that our collective pot is already a bubbling cauldron of…

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Ratings for College Football Playoff down 36 percent

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Jimmy Kimmel told people to watch. Even soap opera stars on General Hospital made not-so-subtle references to making plans to watch the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Eve. All the prodding and promoting wasn’t enough to convince many fans to tune in. College football’s move to create a new tradition with semifinal matchups on New Year’s Eve drew ratings approximately 36 percent lower than last season, when the matchups were held on New Year’s Day. The Orange Bowl between…

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Mitch Perry Report for 9.14.15 — Mariota 1, Winston and Tampa Bay 0

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One of the interesting stories leading into the beginning of this NFL season is who will be the better professional quarterback. Florida State’s Jameis Winston or Oregon’s Marcus Mariota? Winston won the Heisman in leading FSU to the national championship in his debut 2013 season, while Mariota won last year’s Heisman. The debate will rage on for years (hopefully?), but the obvious winner on Day One of their careers was the Tennessee Titans, who chose Mariota in the 2nd pick…

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Decisions ahead for NCAA family travel program

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Getting to the Final Four won’t be as costly for the parents of many players this week, thanks to an NCAA pilot program that is helping pay for families of athletes to travel and see their sons and daughters play in the biggest college basketball games of the season. The family travel program was approved in January. It allowed the College Football Playoff to pay for the parents or guardians of Ohio State and Oregon players to travel to Arlington,…

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