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A look back at the always quotable Steve Spurrier

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Steve Spurrier made college football news conferences – which can range from tedious to sleep-inducing – into must-see events. The Head Ball Coach had plenty of targets for his zingers. Back in his Florida days, it was Tennessee, Georgia and Florida State. He tweaked NFL coaches for losing despite working around the clock. After he came to South Carolina, he also took aim at Clemson. Spurrier would sometimes put on a show. He faked his own arrest when star Jadeveon…

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Flashback: 20 seasons ago, Steve Spurrier’s Gators upset Tennessee

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Was it ever this sweet? Was it ever this hyped? Was Florida ever unbeaten, taking on a highly regarded Tennessee team? Was there ever a Vol quarterback like Joshua Dobbs? Could this game be any bigger? Well, yes. It could. Florida and Tennessee both have been good in a lot of years of their history. There have been close games, and lopsided games, and games when each got past the other on the way to the national championship. But was…

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3 SEC teams out, Auburn tumbles in AP college football poll

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Three Southeastern Conference teams fell out of the AP Top 25 and Auburn dropped 12 spots Sunday after the league that set a record for most teams in the college football rankings last week had a rough weekend. Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi State all dropped out after losses Saturday. The Tigers needed overtime to beat Jacksonville State of the FCS and slipped from No. 6 to No. 18. The SEC was down to seven ranked teams, still the most of…

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Former Bucs coach Jon Gruden says he still misses coaching football

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Despite his success in the broadcast booth, former Tampa Bay Buc Jon Gruden says he still misses coaching. Gruden, who turns 52 this month, said on the Paul Finebaum show that he was close to taking the head coaching job at the University of Tennessee in 2012. “I don’t know how close,” Gruden said. “I love football. I’ll be the first to tell you. I miss coaching. But I do look at my job here as a lot like coaching. I…

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Florida to speed up concealed weapon licenses for active military, veterans

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Responding to the Chattanooga shootings that killed five service members, Florida is making it easier for veterans and active military to get concealed weapon licenses. Four U.S. Marines and a Navy petty officer were killed on July 16 when a man opened fire at two military facilities in Tennessee, before being shot and killed by police. Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer expedited Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License applications for current and…

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Jeb Bush lauded at Tenn. GOP event, but will state vote follow?

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The speakers at the Tennessee Republican Party fundraiser over the weekend took turns heaping praise on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the keynote speaker at the annual Statesmen’s Dinner. While Gov. Bill Haslam and Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker stopped short of an official endorsement of the likely presidential candidate, their comments did more than hint that they would welcome his entry into the race. “If we want to win the presidency we’re going to have to appeal to…

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Obama uses hospital funds to push Medicaid expansion

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The Obama administration is dialing up the pressure on a handful of states that have resisted expanding Medicaid coverage for their low-income residents under the federal health care overhaul. The leverage comes from a little-known federal fund that helps states and hospitals recoup some of the cost of caring for uninsured patients. The administration says states can just expand Medicaid, as the health care law provides, and then they wouldn’t need as much extra help with costs for the uninsured.…

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