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Whitley Writes: The Citrus Bowl Is Dead, Long Live The Citrus Bowl

Wherever he was at 10:29 a.m. on January 29th, Mick Jagger probably felt a mysterious tug of nostalgia. That’s when the countdown started and couple of hundred people at the Citrus Bowl looked toward the north.


Talk about an exploding scoreboard. This one really did have its legs blown out. As it crashed to the ground, fireworks went off and “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC blared over the loud speakers.

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Whitley Writes: Spending Holidays In Orlando Means Christmas Cheer For Bowl Players At Best Buy
At least one person is not going to be happy with the Capital One Bowl. He or she lives in the apartment next to South Carolina receiver Kane Whitehurst. He left Orlando with a nice win and a killer subwoofer. It cost $600, most of which was picked up by the bowl. I'm no stereo expert, but I know that any speaker that cost more than my first car i...

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Whitley Writes: Another Side Of Bowl Week At Give Kids The World Village

John Wallace accomplished almost every mission Louisville gave him during the regular season. He made 17 of 21 field goals and 49 of 50 extra points.

Then the sophomore from Celia, Ky., got to Orlando for the Russell Athletic Bowl. A little girl he’d never met came up and asked him for a favor.

“Could you paint my face?” Desiree Kelleher asked.

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Whitley Writes: Tampa's National Championship Future Means Orlando Is Closer Than You Think

Since envy is one of the Seven Deadly Sins, I have nothing but nice things to say about Tampa getting the world’s biggest college football game.

Our friends to the west have secured the 2017 College Football Playoffs National Championship Game. It will hopefully be a smashing success. But when the announcement came Monday, I couldn’t help wondering what it meant for Orlando.

“It’s all good news,” Steve Hogan said.

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Whitley Writes: Plenty To Cheer About During Orlando Bowl Week

A strange thing happened after last year's Rose Bowl game. Thousands of fans from the losing side didn't want to leave.

That’s not routine at 123 of the 124 NCAA Football Subdivision schools. It's a tradition at Wisconsin, and Orlando is about to be reminded why.

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

On the eve of the Florida Blue Florida Classic, David Whitley looks back on a landmark moment for HBCU football and for the Orlando community: the 1966 Tangerine Bowl featuring the Morgan State Bears, the first HBCU team to play in a college bowl game.

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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.

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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.

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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 just a relief to the ACC, it couldn’t have come at a better time for the Russell Athletic Bowl.

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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.

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