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Nick Evans

Florida State University introduced Willie Taggart Wednesday as the school’s new football coach.  The school is paying $30 million dollars over six years to lure Taggart away from the University of Oregon.

University of North Carolina

North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 has affected more than just bathroom policy. The bill, which was signed in March, is now impacting college football.

Beach Volleyball Headed To High Schools

Apr 21, 2016
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Beach volleyball is heading to the high school sports arena.

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A Bay County advocate is calling attention to the health risks of football.

Rashad Greene catching a pass from Jameis Winston at FSU's Pro Day.
Nick Evans

Across the country NFL coaches, coordinators and scouts are visiting universities for Pro Days—one of their last chances to evaluate the incoming class of rookies.  And a couple of lawmakers came along Tuesday as team officials visited Florida State University.

This Sunday, football won't be the only game being played.
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Across the country this weekend, eyes will be glued to the final football game of the season featuring the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.  And in Florida, Sunday’s Super Bowl is likely to feature beer, potluck tables covered in bizarre dips, and of course, a bit of not-quite-legal gambling.

The field judge puts his hands up signaling Florida State's final field goal try is good.  Florida State beat Boston College 20-17.
Nick Evans

After a shooting at Florida State University’s main library last week, students and fans braved the rain at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday to see their Seminoles play Boston College.  The home team won, but it seemed the outcome was less important than the return to normalcy it represented.

Florida A and M University
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Florida A&M University has parted ways with Rattlers head football coach Earl Holmes. The school says it’s time to take its football team in a new direction.

FAM-U Hall of Famer and former pro linebacker Earl Holmes’ was let go days before the school’s homecoming weekend. Holmes shook hands with players and gave goodbyes Tuesday in an emotional exit from the school. FAM-U spokesman Jimmy Miller says Holmes has been placed on a leave of absence until his contract ends in January.

A statue of Secretariat, the Belmont Stakes record holder, stands in the paddock at Belmont Park.
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It’s funny how a horse race mirrors a horse’s career:  years of training, hours of television coverage, and hats that strain credulity.  And then the gate goes down, the horses are off, and whole thing is over in less than three minutes.  The race itself is only a small part of the spectacle, just as a horse’s racing career is only a small part of its life.  Barbi Moline of Florida Thoroughbred Retirement and Adoptive Care, or Florida TRAC, works with horses after they’ve left racing.  Moline says every horse comes to her group with different needs.

Nick Evans

The NFL brings new players into the league each year through a seven round draft.  But before the draft, scouts, coaches, and other staff members get a couple of chances to meet and evaluate prospective players. Pro Day is one of the last of these events on the way to the draft, and Florida State Coach Jimbo Fisher says it offers a unique opportunity for the players.

Twitter Reacts To Winston Announcement

Dec 5, 2013

Accuser's changing story leads State Attorney to decline charges.

U.S. Postal Service

The first female athlete in the United States Postal Service’s Black Heritage Series is a Florida A&M University alumna.

Althea Gibson was the first African-American to win several major tennis tournaments, including Wimbledon.  And FAMU Alumni Association President Tommy Mitchell , who  knew her when he was a child, says she had an impact off the court as well.

Florida State University

Florida State University football player Gregory Dent is facing up to 15 years in prison after being charged with rape over the weekend.  Dent was released Monday on $15 thousand dollars bail.

According to court documents, the victim and Dent have been friends since high school. Saturday, she, Dent, and others went to a nightclub.  When they returned to Dent’s apartment, the victim says she fell asleep on Dent’s bed.

She then alleges she awoke to Dent kissing her, and tried to push him away.  But the victim alleges he continued trying to force himself upon her.

Bills in the Florida Legislature would limit the scope and power of the organization that regulates high school athletes, with supporters calling them a victory for student rights. But the regulatory group, the Florida High School Athletic Association, is saying the measures could pave the way for unfairness on the field and reduced quality of tournaments.

Baseball Spring Training Steps Up Fla.'s Tourism Game

Feb 20, 2013
Florida Grapefruit League

It’s time to play ball! On Thursday, the first pitch of the Major League Baseball Spring Training season is being thrown in Florida. The six-week schedule of ballgames is expected to bring big tourism dollars to the state.

Lifelong Philadelphia Phillies fan Mike Lederer bought his plane ticket to Florida back in December. He said, he can’t wait to be in the Clearwater stadium with a crowd just a small fraction the size of what he’s used to back home.

The National Football League and former Miami Dolphins star Nat Moore are calling on the Florida Senate to pass legislation that would protect high school athletes. James Call reports, the proposal would require high school athletes to have medical clearance before they could return to competition after suffering a concussion. 

The legislation also requires  coaches to remove any player from competition if there is suspicion the athlete has suffered a concussion.  House Sponsor Duval Rep. Ronald Renuart says blows to the head can lead to long-term problems for young athletes.

Capital Report: 02-27-2012

Feb 27, 2012

The Florida Senate and House could begin budget negotiations this week.  Leaders have held informal talks about the differences between the two proposed spending plans.  James Call reports, the Senate’s top budget writer says there are a couple of issues that need to be resolved before a conference committee will be appointed to finalize the state spending plan for next year. 

Capital Report: 01-31-2012

Jan 31, 2012

Florida Governor Rick Scott cast his ballot in the state’s Republican Presidential Primary bright and early this (Tuesday) morning. A small army of reporters from the Capital Press Corps was waiting for him….

               

Professional sports teams in Florida may have to return millions in tax money under a proposal now moving in the Florida Legislature. James Call reports a Senate committee Monday voted in favor of a bill that would force teams such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Marlins and Orlando Magic to give money to the state if a homeless shelter has not been set up in the facility