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Learning the Ropes with the WWN Training Academy

photography by Matt Vandenburgh

The students of the WWN training academy hold promise for the future of Pro Wrestling in Florida

Amidst the crowds at the Gulf View Square Mall, every Tuesday and Thursday night a group of men and women meet to learn how to wrestle. The World Wrestling Network, a partnership of Professional Wrestling companies that perform around the country, established a training academy in New Port Richey where ambitious young men and women can learn how to safely wrestle and entertain audiences.

The Tangled Path to the Playoffs

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently out of the playoffs due to tiebreakers, but the team still has a good chance at earning a spot amongst the six NFC teams to have a chance to win the Super Bowl. It will be a challenging two weeks, but there is still a possibility that the Bucs can clinch a spot. Here is the breakdown of all the possible outcomes.

Option one: The Bucs miss the playoffs

The first way is obvious: Lose both of their next two games and the Buccaneers finish 8-8 and out of the playoffs.

Taggart, heading to Oregon next season

03 SEP 2016: USF Head Coach Willie Taggert has a word with quarterback Quinton Flowers (9) during the game between the Towson Tigers and the South Florida Bulls at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

The University of South Florida had a hot commodity on its’ hands in football head coach Willie Taggart. After leading USF to their best record in school history and their second straight bowl appearance, Coach Taggart received the attention of some big name schools.

Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens reportedly met with Taggert in Dallas on Saturday, Dec. 3. Then at a Thursday press conference, Mullens introduced Taggert as the newest Head Coach of the Ducks.

USF Bowl Bound

Rocky the Bull at Raymond James Stadium by Michel Curi, flickr

For the eighth time in school history, the University of South Florida is playing in a bowl game. The Bulls earned a trip to the Birmingham Bowl on Thursday, Dec. 29 following a record breaking regular season which saw the team finish with a 10-2 record, the most wins in school history. This is the second bowl game for the Bulls in Birmingham, Ala., the first one being the team’s first bowl victory in 2006 at the Bowl.

Final Four Set for NCAA Football

After a long season, the NCAA selection committee determined the four teams that will compete for the 2016-2017 NCAA Division one National Championship in football. The teams will play in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl and the Playstation Fiesta Bowl for the playoff semifinals on Saturday, Dec. 31, before meeting at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa in the National Championship Game on Monday, Jan. 9.

Running for a Title: NCAA D2 Cross Country National Championships

Saint Leo University hosted the 2016 NCAA Divison 2 Cross Country National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 19. Hosting runners from more than 64 teams of men and women around the country, there was 248 runners for the men’s 10K race and 244 for the women’s 6K event.

“I imagine this is what a stampede sounds like,” one student said, after the start of the men’s race.


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