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Familiar faces on Illinois sideline will try to trip up USF

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On Friday, Illinois (2-0) will make its first-ever trip to Tampa to face the 22nd-ranked USF Bulls. While the two teams will be meeting for the first time ever, the Illini coaching staff will have no trouble finding their way around Raymond James Stadium or finding the visitors’ locker room. No fewer than six Illinois coaches are familiar to Tampa Bay NFL fans. They have either played with the Bucs or served as coaches.

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Fundraisers appear to have reached goal to move Confederate monument from Tampa

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Led by two Major contributions, the private sector has raised the $140,000 required by the Hillsborough County Commission to move a controversial Confederate monument in downtown Tampa. Bob Gries, the founder and managing partner of Gries Investment Funds in Tampa was watching CNN Wednesday night when he learned that county commissioners  had reversed their position yet again on their decision regarding moving the monument. The report said that unless the private sector came up with half the estimated $280,000 needed to…

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DCF files: Tony Dungy, adoption, false reports and a new trend – falling asleep in cars, high and with kids

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It’s another interesting day in the Florida child welfare business and not a bit has anything to do with a Department of Children and Families (DCF) child protection investigator being arrested. That’s good news. Starting with the positive, the Tallahassee Democrat reported Tony Dungy was in the state capital to speak at a DCF Black History Month Celebration, giving a 15-minute talk to those in attendance. He serves as a spokesman for the Tampa-based nonprofit, All-Pro Dad. “I think that’s what…

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Tony Dungy part of USF pitch to Big 12 as meeting wraps

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Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy was part of South Florida’s pitch to the Big 12 and former major league first baseman Tino Martinez also went to bat for the Bulls. The Big 12 concluded a week of meetings Friday in North Texas with the 11 schools vying to join the conference. USF, Cincinnati and Rice made the final presentations, according to three people with knowledge of the meetings who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The…

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Mitch Perry Report for 8.5.16 – Rio or bust

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For those of you who are excited about the Summer Olympics, now is your time. Comcast says it will be broadcasting 6,800 hours of  programming on 11 channels, and “up to” 41 live streams. So they’ve got you covered. The NFL also returns this weekend – sort of – with the Hall of Fame ceremonies from Canton, Ohio taking place on Saturday night, and Bucs fans will no doubt be excited to see Tony Dungy get his time in the spotlight.…

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Tampa Bay connected to 2016 NFL Hall of Famers

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Brett Favre will be the center of attention as the NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony approaches on Saturday. While he is one of eight legends to now have a permanent place in Canton, Ohio, he dominates the attention leading up to the event as no one can. Bucs fans are all too familiar with him since the Packers and Bucs were in the same division for several years. Favre was 16-8 in his 24 meetings with Tampa Bay. Some…

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Tony Dungy speaks at Legislative Prayer Breakfast

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A standing-room-only crowd came out early Wednesday to hear retired NFL coach Tony Dungy speak at this year’s Legislative Prayer Breakfast held in the Capitol. Dungy, an evangelical Christian, was a longtime player and head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts. It was with the Colts that he became the first black coach to win a Super Bowl, against the Chicago Bears in 2007. The 60-year-old Dungy’s remarks stressed his concern over what he sees as the breakdown…

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