LISTEN LIVE

college football

Outback Bowl

Tampa Bay businesses will be laying out the welcome mat for fans arriving ahead of the 2018 Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.

Economists say college football's bowl season is a boon to host cities.

Florida State University has hired Willie Taggart as the new head football coach.  He had been considered the front-runner for the job.

Former Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher says accepting a job at Texas A&M University was a no-brainer. He issued his first statement Monday after splitting from FSU last week.

USF Athletics

College football announced its slate of bowl games Sunday, and the University of South Florida Bulls are once again Alabama-bound, as they will be playing in the Birmingham Bowl for the second year in a row.

This time, the Bulls (9-2, 6-2 American Conference) will take on Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-6, 3-6 Big 12) on Saturday, December 23 at noon.

Florida State University will be searching for a new head football coach for the first time in more than 40 years.  Jimbo Fisher has accepted a job at Texas A&M University.

Speculation continues over whether Florida State University football head coach Jimbo Fisher will stay with FSU or move on to Texas A&M University. But the coach remains mum on his decision.

The search is on for a new head football coach at the University of Florida after the school parted ways with Jim McElwain on Sunday, following the Gators’ 42-to-7 drubbing by Georgia the day before in Jacksonville.

University of Florida

Florida and coach Jim McElwain have agreed to part ways a day after a third consecutive loss and nearly a week after he said his players and their families had received death threats.

Athletic director Scott Stricklin made the announcement Sunday and named defensive coordinator Randy Shannon the team's interim coach for the final four games.

Irma already causing big changes to Florida sports schedules

Sep 6, 2017
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network

Hurricane Irma's looming arrival is already preventing the Miami Dolphins and Florida International from hosting their respective home openers this weekend, with more changes almost certain to happen in the coming days.

The Dolphins were scheduled to host to Tampa Bay on Sunday afternoon; FIU was to host Alcorn State on Saturday night. Officials decided on Tuesday that neither of those games will be played in South Florida, though they may be played elsewhere this weekend.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Kickoff for the biggest game in college football is just hours away. Thousands of people have gathered outside Tampa's Raymond James Stadium for the Clemson-Alabama championship game.

The line to get into the fan-only party zone wrapped a half-mile around the grass parking lot of Raymond James Stadium around noon Monday. When the metal gates were removed eight hours before game time, Jessica Fultz was there - first in line. The University of Alabama senior had been camping there for a day and a half. 

Daylina Miller/WUSF News

Thousands of college football fans gathered in Tampa and surrounding cities for a weekend packed with events meant to pump them up for the College Football National Championship game.

The Latest On Championship Traffic, Events

Jan 7, 2017
Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

Follow WUSF reporters this weekend as we bring you the latest on traffic and road closures, as well as news from events leading up to Monday's College Football National Playoff Championship in Tampa.

Use #TampaBay2017 on Twitter and Instagram to join in on the conversation. 

City of Tampa

Whether you’re headed to downtown Tampa for the festivities surrounding the College Football National Championship or you’re hoping to avoid the mess, a little information can help you avoid a big headache.

Cathy Carter / WUSF 89.7 News

Tampa has hosted four Super Bowls, the Republican National Convention, and the annual Gasparilla Festival. 

But that doesn't mean officials are taking waterfront security for granted ahead of Monday's College Football Championship game.

Stephanie Colombini

Fans getting ready for next week's College Football National Championship can brace themselves for heightened security around Tampa.

Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images / NPR

Clemson is getting another crack at Alabama in College Football's National Championship Game, slated for Jan. 9 in Tampa.

The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 45-40 in 2016 for the title.

GoUSFBulls.com

The University of South Florida's Quinton Flowers says there were a lot of big-name college football programs that thought he could be a star player. As a running back. Or maybe as a safety.

But Flowers knew he could be a great quarterback. And on Thursday in the Birmingham Bowl against a team from the Southeastern Conference, he proved it once again.

Flowers ran for three touchdowns and threw for two more — including what proved to be the winner in overtime — to help No. 25 South Florida beat South Carolina 46-39.

Tampa Bay Sports Commission

Just outside the ACC Championship in Orlando, Jerry Edwards is holding court. Known as Hollywood, Edwards says he'll travel anywhere for a Clemson football game.

Stephanie Colombini/WUSF

Law enforcement is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to security at the 2017 College Football National Championship, according to Marc Hamlin, Assistant Chief with the Tampa Police Department.

TampaBay2017.com

Even if you're not a college football fan there will be lots to do when the National Championship comes to Tampa on Jan. 9.

BirminghamBowl.com

After one of the best regular seasons in team history, the University of South Florida Bulls football team will play the University of South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl on December 29.

The Ohio State Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks will meet on Jan. 12 in college football's first national championship game based on a playoff system.

The headline in The Columbus Dispatch read: Get ready for Bucks vs. Ducks.

With help from Cardale Jones and Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State rallied from a 21-6 deficit to beat the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Thursday night, 42-35.

BitCoin Bowl St. Petersburg

There are eight college football bowl games across Florida, including the BitCoin St. Petersbug Bowl on Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. between North Carolina State and the University of Central Florida.

It used to be called the Beef O'Brady's Bowl, sponsored by a familiar sports bar and restaurant that got its start in Brandon, Fla. Now, the college football bowl game played at Tropicana Field is called the BitCoin Bowl.

Beef O’Brady’s – most of us know that. But BitCoin?

Florida State University is investigating its star quarterback for possible federal Title IX violations. The investigation stems from a December 2012 incident where Jameis Winston was accused of, but never charged with sexual assault.

A small number of universities are starting to go against the grain, reducing amenities and frills in favor of keeping the costs relatively low.

Neil Theobald is the president of Temple University, which recently began offering students $4,000 per year in grants — if they promise to limit the number of hours they work during the school year and graduate on time.

Phil Sears / Associated Press

Florida State University is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for possible Title IX violations in its response to sexual violence complaints.

Steve Cannon / Associated Press

The attorney for a woman who accused star Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault said Thursday that she intends to sue the school, the Tallahassee Police Department and the player himself.

Patricia Carroll said she plans to file a notice to sue the police department early next week. Under Florida law, anyone filing a lawsuit against a government agency must file court paperwork six months prior to the suit itself.

FSU, the Tallahassee Police Department and an attorney for Winston couldn't immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

Florida State and Auburn put on a show Monday night with a college football championship game that went down to the wire and ended with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston throwing a touchdown pass with just 13 seconds to go to bring Florida State the crown.

At one point, the Seminoles were behind by 18 points.

The final score: Florida State 34, Auburn 31.

There are obviously many things that could be said about Monday night's Bowl Championship Series game between No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn, starting with this:

Although he says he still wants to be a quarterback in the National Football League, former phenom Tim Tebow has signed up to be a college football analyst for ESPN.

The sports network announced Monday that Tebow is coming aboard to be part of SEC Nation — a "pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week beginning August 28, 2014."

Pages