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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.

Holly Neher is (unofficially) the first female in Florida history to start at quarterback on a high school football team. It's only unofficial because the Florida High School Athletic Association has not been able to confirm it.

In her first game in August, Neher threw a 42-yard touchdown pass, again a first in Florida high school sports.

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.

Dr. Dr. Gillian Hotz is the director of the KiDZ Neuroscience Center and the sports concussion program at the University of Miami. And now, she can add videogame developer to her resume.

This fall, Hotz is piloting an educational video game with youth football leagues across the country.

The game is called SportzSafe. And it’s designed to teach young players how to prevent, identify and address concussions.

FL Hosting 8 College Football Bowl Games

Dec 21, 2014
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?

Buccaneers Have a New Season Spirit

Sep 2, 2014

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trying to let go of their losing ways with new uniforms, a new general manager and most importantly, a new head coach. Today the team president, Bryan Glazer, talked up Lovie Smith at a Chamber of Commerce event.

Bryan Glazer told fans that when he was looking for a new head coach it was very short list, in fact, it was only one. He said Lovie Smith is a winner, and they're excited for this upcoming season.

Bucs Welcome New Head Coach Lovie Smith

Jan 6, 2014
buccaneers.com

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially introduced new head coach Lovie Smith today.

The team hasn't seen the playoffs since the 2007 season. Smith said he's optimistic about turning those struggles around.

"It's easy for me to sit up here and say, 'Hey, this time next year we're not going to be having this type of [talk],' I'm talking about as far as where we are in the playoffs and doing different things, but I do think though, nowadays, you can improve quickly."

Not surprisingly, in the explosive revelations about the Miami Dolphins team turmoil, most attention has been paid to the fact that, in the midst of a locker room predominately composed of African-American players, a white, Richie Incognito, slurred a black teammate, Jonathan Martin, with the ugliest racial epithet –– and was actually publicly supported by some blacks on the team. Incognito's sadistic employment of the word has not only sickened but also astounded most of us.

In his first interview since the Miami Dolphins suspended him, Richie Incognito says his words to Jonathan Martin sound harsh, but that's not the way he meant them.

"My actions were coming from a place of love," he told Fox NFL Sunday. "No matter how bad and how vulgar it sounds, that's how we communicate, that's how our friendship was, and those are the facts and that's what I'm accountable for."

Here are three new stories to read if you're following what happened between Miami Dolphins linemen Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin — and the uproar because of allegations that Martin was bullied or that Incognito is being unfairly accused:

-- "Incognito and Martin: An Insider's Story"

Over the last few days, the sports media has been transfixed by the story of Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, two burly offensive lineman who play for the Miami Dolphins. Martin, a 24-year-old, second-year pro, abruptly walked away from the team last week after an incident with Incognito, 30, his frequent tormentor and the offensive line's unofficial leader.

The Miami Dolphins have suspended a veteran player indefinitely, after he allegedly sent threatening messages that included racial slurs to a younger teammate. The NFL is investigating what is being called a case of hazing and harassment.

Veteran guard Richie Incognito is alleged to have left intimidating messages and texts on the phone of second-year offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, who left the team last week. The Dolphins had not previously provided details to explain Martin's absence.

5 Things to Know about Week 1 of College Football

Aug 30, 2013
GatorZone.com

Now that the latest bit of Johnny Football drama has been settled, the college football season can start with five days of games to satisfy fans who have been craving competition since Nick Saban was raising a crystal football in south Florida and trying to look as if he was having a good time.

The season starts, as always, with more mismatches than marquee games, but that's OK. The important thing is there will be college football and plenty of it, starting Thursday night with North Carolina at No. 6 South Carolina and ending Labor Day night with No. 11 Florida State at Pittsburgh.

Five things to know about the opening weekend as you prepare to overdose on college football:

MRSA Infections Common: CDC

Aug 26, 2013

Two Tampa Bay Buccaneers football players are fighting MRSA infections, a type of staph infection that's resistant to some antibiotics. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, athletic facilities are especially risky for MRSA infections, given the close physical contact and the likelihood of cuts and scrapes during practices. 

 

Study: Bucs Fans Are the Worst

Aug 13, 2013
Yoselis Ramos/WUSF

Out of all the fans of the 32 teams in the National Football League, Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans came in dead last when it came to just being fans.

The online ticket broker TicketCity's annual study of the NFL’s Most Engaged Fan Base put the Bucs fans at the very bottom.

NFL: Purse, Backpack Are a No, Clutch is Okay

Jul 31, 2013
Yoselis Ramos

The NFL's new security policy is limiting the number and sizes of bags that fans can bring into stadiums. That policy will be enforced starting next week at the Buccaneers' pre-season home opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

Purses, backpacks, seat cushions, and fanny packs are no more starting this season at Raymond James Stadium for any of its events, like the USF and Bucs games or the Monster Jam Truck Series.

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Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer said it is "wrong and irresponsible" to connect him or his former University of Florida staff to the murder charge facing Aaron Hernandez.

In texts to the Columbus Dispatch and the Gainesville Sun on Saturday, Meyer said there was no cover-up of drug tests during Hernandez's time at Florida. Meyer coached Florida from 2005 to 2010.

These were Meyer's first comments about Hernandez after he declined to comment earlier this week.

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Florida is a state divided.

You could draw a map illustrating factions based on our politics, our Cuban sandwich preferences or our favorite NFL teams.  

Leave it to a Facebook intern to tackle the latter. Here's some data from a recent report titled "NFL Fans on Facebook."

Associated Press

As so many strange news stories do, the Manti Te'o fiasco has forged a Florida connection.

The Notre Dame football star has been under the media's glare this week after the sports website Deadspin.com broke news that his supposedly dead girlfriend never existed. But besides issuing a statement Wednesday saying he'd been the victim of an online hoax, Te'o has not addressed the media. 

That included a gaggle of reporters who congregated Thursday morning outside IMG Academy in (here it comes) Bradenton, where Te'o who was reportedly training with other NFL hopefuls. 

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Florida State University head football coach Jimbo Fisher recently penned a letter in praise of Tallahassee. The note was originally written for The Huffington Post as part of that site's Love Letters series, which features appreciations of American places by luminaries such as chef Mario Batali, reality TV star Bill Rancic and writer Ann Patchett.

With HuffPo's permission, we're reposting Fisher's letter here:

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