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Keyna Cory named to Florida Sports Hall of Fame leadership role

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Two longtime public relations and sports administration veterans have been named to leadership positions with the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. Collegiate athletics administrator and public relations specialist Wayne Hogan will serve as Executive Director while Tallahassee-based consultant Keyna Cory is the newest member of the 22-person board of directors. Hall of Fame Board President Barry Smith announced the changes in a statement Friday. Hogan is owner and CEO of Mango Media, a public relations consulting firm in St. Petersburg,…

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Willie Taggart, Brandon Doughty had something to smile about on Monday

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For USF Coach Willie Taggart and Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty, Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl ended one phase of their career and began another. While only one of them could come away with a victory, each had something to be happy about. It was much easier for Doughty to be happy. He threw for more than a quarter mile in yards and three touchdowns in Western Kentucky’s 45-35 win over Taggart’s Bulls. Doughty has been happy since the Hilltoppers arrived…

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WKU’s Brandon Doughty riddles USF’s secondary in Miami Beach Bowl

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Brandon Doughty is so good, he can give his opponent a head start and still win. Doughty, playing his final game for Western Kentucky, spotted USF a 14-0 lead and spent much of the first half looking spotty. However, he ended up hitting 32 of 45 passes for 461 yards and three touchdowns to lead his team to a 45-35 win over USF. The Bulls’ secondary never had a chance. Nicholas Norris caught five of Doughty’s passes for 120 yards…

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USF’s defense attempts to measure up in Miami Beach Bowl

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Now that the USF Bulls are in a bowl game, can they prove that they belong? More precisely, can the defense of the Bulls hang with the high-powered offense of Western Kentucky? In Monday’s Miami Beach Bowl, can USF be Hilltopper stoppers? In a lot of ways, this game is about Willie Taggart, who coaches USF and used to coach (and play for) Western Kentucky. More than that, it will be about USF trying to slow down the Hilltoppers. Despite…

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USF must slow Western’s prolific Brandon Doughty to win

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He was there for the taking. All a team would have had to do was crook a finger, and Brandon Doughty would have come running. He had been a very good quarterback for North Broward High School, but the power conferences pretty much ignored him. All he had was an offer to Florida Atlantic. And then Western Kentucky came calling. And found themselves a star. Doughty has been a sensation for the Hilltoppers. He’s the second-ranked quarterback in the nation,…

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Bulls will lean on Marlon Mack, Quinton Flowers against WKU

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The great sports teams don’t just have one star. The great sports teams have two. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippin. Joe Montana and Jerry Rice. Glenn Davis and Doc Blanchard. Warren Spahn and Johnny Sain. Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Marlon Mack and Quinton Flowers? They are the power behind the USF Bulls, the running back and the quarterback, the two players who have lifted USF to seven wins in their last eight games, the two who handed Willie Taggart…

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USF’s Willie Taggart to face his alma mater in Miami Beach Bowl

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He was a teenager there, still finding his way, still learning to be what he would be. He was a college student, a book in one hand and a ball in the other. He left as a man. A guy who had been a player, an assistant, a head coach, the molder of the program. And now, Willie Taggart has come full circle. Now, he is the opposition. Taggart, the head coach at USF, has the world on a string…

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