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Tampa Bay area schools to close ahead of Hurricane Irma’s landfall

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Many area schools and colleges in the Tampa Bay area have announced plans to shut down ahead of Hurricane Irma’s Florida landfall this weekend.

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Saturday college sports action features high stakes matchups

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Plenty of Florida college sports is on tap throughout the Memorial Day weekend. Many of the games come with high stakes. The Florida Gators will play in the SEC semi-finals on Saturday against Arkansas. The top-seeded Gators will face the fourth-seeded Razorbacks in the second game of the day in Hoover, Ala. Second seed LSU meets 11th-seeded South Carolina in the first game at 1:00 p.m. Florida reached the semi-finals after an incredible rally against Mississippi State. The Gators trailed…

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Judge rips USF coach Charlie Strong for behavior of players

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A judge presiding over the first appearance of a South Florida football player charged with sexual battery not only had harsh words for the athlete in court, but questioned whether new coach Charlie Strong is a good fit for the program. Circuit Judge Margaret Taylor of Hillsborough County told defensive end LaDarrius Jackson during a hearing Wednesday that she is a USF graduate who is “embarrassed and ashamed” in the wake of two separate arrests involving members of the team…

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Temple wins American title; USF wonders what might have been

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Temple’s 34-10 victory over No. 19 Navy in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game on Saturday settled a few things. The most obvious was the Owls’ status as the top team in the league. With that in mind, the South Florida Bulls have every right to claim they are 1a. Both USF and Temple beat the Midshipmen this season. Navy lost to the Bulls 52-45 in Tampa on October 29. While Temple comes away with the American championship, they were…

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USF also looking to go 3-0 on Saturday

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There is plenty of hype about Saturday’s game between No. 2 Florida State versus No. 10 Louisville. While far fewer are pointing to the USF Bulls’ attempt to take down another ACC team later on Saturday, it promises to be an interesting game. The Bulls are in upstate New York in search of a 3-0 record. Providing the opposition is the Syracuse Orange, a team coming off a humiliating 62-28 home defeat at the hands of Louisville. USF is a…

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USF schedule gets tougher in September

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Following last week’s 56-20 rout of Towson, the South Florida Bulls move on to a tougher portion of their schedule. The Northern Illinois Huskies come to Raymond James Stadium on Saturday with an offense likely to test first-year Defensive Coordinator Raymond Woodie’s defensive unit. Over the last few seasons, Northern Illinois has risen to become one of the top mid-major teams. Florida State fans will remember NIU as their opponent in the 2013 Orange Bowl. The Huskies brought a perfect…

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USF’s huge July recruiting haul will bring dividends

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With the start of fall practice, the University of South Florida Bulls are looking forward to this season. Some key components, led by quarterback Quinton Flowers and running back Marlon Mack, provide good reason for optimism. Football programs are always looking to build long-term stability based on recruiting. As the month of July began, Coach Willie Taggart had to be apprehensive about who would be following Flowers, Mack and others after they moved on. Just two weeks ago, USF had…

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