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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 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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Oct 23, 2013

Whitley Writes: SEC Shake-Up Could Bring Fresh Faces To Capital One Bowl

Going into the football season most experts agreed on at least one thing. It would be a cold day in you-know-where before Missouri was in the mix for the Capital One Bowl. Given the Tigers’ history in Orlando, we shouldn’t be surprised at what happened last weekend. Figuratively speaking, it was a cold day in Columbia, Oxford, Knoxville, College Station and Nashville. Those were the sites in perhaps the most upsetting day in SEC history. It was like a condensed […]

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Oct 17, 2013

Whitley Writes: Big Weekend Highlights Russell Athletic Bowl Options

For those of us who’ve been waiting for a weekend like this, a word of advice from Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher: “Keep it in perspective,” he said. “It is what it is.” What is it? Arguably the biggest game in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference. And definitely the biggest game in the history of the American Athletic Conference. Put them together, and you have one huge weekend for Florida Citrus Sports. Specifically, the Russell Athletic Bowl. It […]

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Sep 26, 2013

Whitley Writes: South Carolina vs. UCF Is A Marquee Matchup Orlando Deserves

Can you feel it? Something is different about this week, at least if you’re a college football fan in Orlando. If you can’t feel it, you can see it. Network television trucks are parked outside Bright House Networks Stadium. Earlier this week, real live students stood in line to buy tickets. Everybody wants to see Saturday’s high-noon showdown between UCF and South Carolina. Let’s recap: Sellout. National TV. Bowl implications. Steve Spurrier. “That’s what college football is all about,” UCF […]

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