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Florida schools’ in-state bowl wins will only help recruiting

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We are less than three weeks from National Signing Day for college football. Florida’s power schools will, of course, do well, while South Florida is a finalist for the biggest remaining prize. Florida, Florida State and Miami each posted impressive bowl game victories in their home state, something that can perhaps sway an undecided star player. Better yet, it can impress an in-state junior or sophomore enough to put your school on the list for a future signing day. The…

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Blake Dowling: Tech, food and disruption: Hotels on the front lines of innovation

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Like Ryan Lochte at a Rio gas station – 2017 is on. We are 100 percent set for takeoff. Engines are roaring and what should we expect from technology in this grand year? There are three things you can always count on, breaches, innovation and disruption. Let’s dive into innovation, shall we? (More swimming puns, ha!) The hotel industry is usually on the front lines of innovation. The W in DC encourages you to use your smartphone as your room…

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High-flying ‘Noles, road warrior Gators offer entertaining basketball

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While their bowl games are still about three weeks away, the athletic departments at both Florida and Florida State each have other quality products to showcase. Each of their men’s basketball teams have something to prove in 2016-17. At the top of the to-do list is making the NCAA Tournament, something that has eluded both. Florida has missed the Big Dance the last two seasons while Florida State is enduring a four-year drought. The Gators have been ranked in the…

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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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Tennessee throttles Northwestern in Outback Bowl

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The temperature was in the mid-20s on the Northwestern campus in Evanston, Illinois, as the Wildcats played in the Outback Bowl on Friday. And although it was 82 in Tampa, the Tennessee Volunteers gave the Wildcats a chilly reception as they rolled to a 45-6 victory at Raymond James Stadium. The host committee was cordial and accommodating to the Wildcats and their fans, but the Volunteers were a different story. Tennessee dominated both sides of the ball and looked much…

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Outback Bowl: 1995 rebranded Northwestern football

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Unlike their Outback Bowl opponents from Tennessee, Northwestern football does not reek with tradition. For many years, it just reeked, period. Sure, there were a few winning seasons here and there throughout their history, which dates to the late 19th century. While Northwestern has a proud tradition of a student body with championship SAT scores, championship trophies are not so plentiful. After the Wildcats went 6-4 under Alex Agase in 1971, they endured 20 consecutive losing seasons before Gary Barnett was hired to…

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Outback Bowl: Vols’ 2015 turnaround season really began in October

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The No. 23 Tennessee Volunteers will line up against the No. 13 Northwestern Wildcats in Friday’s Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Few would have predicted such a matchup earlier, but Tennessee’s appearance was more of a long shot not that long ago. In early October even the most diehard Tennessee Volunteer fan – and there are plenty of those – had to wonder whether their team might spiral into a losing season. They were 2-3 with crushing losses at…

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