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Nov 21, 2013

Whitley Writes: Historic Moment For Morgan State Highlights Orlando’s HBCU History

When players came to Orlando’s bowls last year, they got watches and a $420 shopping spree at Best Buy. In 1966, they got a tangerine. It wasn’t just a piece of fruit to Morgan State’s players. That was because when West Chester’s players arrived in Orlando, they got the same thing. They also attended the same party. They ate the same meals. They dressed at the same stadium. And contrary to the fears of many, the city did not crumble […]

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Nov 20, 2013

Country Music Star Hunter Hayes To Perform At 2014 Capital One Bowl

The Capital One Bowl will once again feature performances by a major musical talent, adding to a bill that annually features the top non-Bowl Championship Series postseason matchup in college football. Capital One presents Hunter Hayes in a free concert for game ticket holders at the Capital One FanFest pregame tailgate party. Hayes will also headline the game’s halftime show. The Capital One Bowl will be held this year in its traditional 1:00 p.m. New Year’s Day time slot at […]

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Nov 15, 2013

Whitley Writes: The Future Looks Bright For Orlando’s Bowl Games, This Year And Beyond

It’s never too early to look ahead. Check out any cable news show, where talking heads are already busily handicapping the 2016 presidential election. In that spirit, Steve Hogan got up at the FCS breakfast Monday and made his weekly prediction: Sarah Palin vs. Alan Grayson. I’m kidding. It’s just that giving Hogan good-natured grief is a main order of business at the weekly scout meeting. The week before the CEO of Florida Citrus Sports all but guaranteed Oregon would […]

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Nov 08, 2013

Whitley Writes: Golf Tips And Life Lessions From Wounded Warriors

Patrick Wickens adjusted his cap and surveyed the putt. He bent his knee and propped most of his body weight on the crutch under his left arm. The crutch under his right arm splayed to the side. Once steadied, he stroked the golf ball through the spider-web shadows and past the tombstone. The purple carpeting seemed to grab it as it approached the hole. “Go. Go!” he yelled. The ball must have had ears. One final rotation and… doink! “I’m […]

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Nov 01, 2013

Whitley Writes: Miami at FSU a Welcome Return To The Old Days

You know it’s a big game when the coaches say it’s not. So what’s happening in Tallahassee Saturday must be huge. Jimbo Fisher says it’s just the next game on FSU’s schedule. Al Golden wants his Hurricanes to take them one crazy comeback game at a time. “We all know who we’re playing,” he said. Yes, and for the first time far too long we can recognize both teams. Miami and FSU are both in the top 10. That’s no […]

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