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USF Herd of Thunder

While more than 200 members of the University of South Florida Herd of Thunder wrapped up 2016 by joining the football team at the Birmingham Bowl, about 110 of their fellow marching band members started out 2017 playing in Italy.

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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. 

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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
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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. 

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While all eyes will turn Monday night to the College Football Playoff National Championship showdown between Alabama and Clemson, downtown Tampa is ready and raring to go for dozens of pre-game events starting today.

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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.

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Just three weeks after hiring new head football coach Charlie Strong, the University of South Florida has fired men's basketball coach, Orlando Antigua.

Antigua was hired in 2014 with much fanfare due to his success recruiting star players as an assistant coach at the University of Kentucky.

Stephanie Colombini

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

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University of South Florida System President Judy Genshaft sat down with University Beat's Mark Schreiner to talk about some of the school's 2016 highlights and to look ahead at 2017.

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Days ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, many of the 4,800 international students at the University of South Florida have questions about what the new administration means for their future in America.

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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.

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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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are granting a team of Florida researchers $10 million to research Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases. University of Florida scientists will lead the regional research center, in collaboration with teams from the University of Miami, Florida International University, and the University of South Florida. 

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.

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The University of South Florida Herd of Thunder is doing some holiday traveling.

More than two hundred members of the marching band are headed to Alabama Tuesday to back the football team at the Birmingham Bowl.

Then, on Wednesday, over a hundred of their fellow band members will be flying to Italy to march in the Rome New Year’s Parade.

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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.

Two students from the University of Florida's GRiP program — a club that creates and donates three-dimensional printed prostheses to people with upper limb differences — delivered and strapped prosthetic limbs onto a 13-year-old Palm Beach County boy.


Stephanie Radu

Every semester, the University of South Florida picks an outstanding graduate on each of the system’s three campuses.

This fall, the honoree on the Tampa campus has a curriculum vitae that would make some professors jealous.

Stephanie Radu, 21, was born in Toronto and lived in twelve cities, training as a competitive swimmer and surfer, before settling in Florida.

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Republican Joe Negron was sworn in as the new President of the Florida Senate last month and he recently laid out his priorities for education in the state. That includes more money for higher education and boosting the reputation of Florida's universities.

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