Make us your home page

Prep Sports Report

Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Florida football assistant coach recruiting with Heath Ledger pitch

It's not quite as cool as cookie cakes or a wanted poster, but Florida assistant Joker Phillips got creative this week with this recruiting pitch, which made the rounds on Twitter yesterday.

Not sure how the late, great Heath Ledger would feel about it...or how recruits think, either. But hey, I'm all for something different. Thoughts?



Full Story

Why one legislator wants to cap FHSAA salaries

A few more tidbits from the story in today’s paper on the salary and benefits assigned to the FHSAA’s commissioner and two state bills that would cap them:

* You might have noticed that one critical lawmaker, Rep. Larry Metz (R-Eustis), wasn’t quoted in the story. He wasn’t available for an interview…but he responded to some questions via email just after midnight, past our deadline (and my bedtime).

Metz echoed what Sen. Kelli Stargel said on why they’ve proposed capping the FHSAA executive director’s salary at what the governor makes.

“Such a limit is reasonable given that the organization is essentially funded with public school dollars or revenue collected in connection with public school activities,” Metz said. “I do not consider the FHSAA commissioner’s duties to be more demanding than the governor’s.”

* One criticism we’ve heard over the years is that the FHSAA’s commissioners make six-figure salaries while collecting their pensions as retired state employees. It’s not illegal, which is why today’s story only touched on it.

Metz called the issue “troubling” but said this bill wasn’t intended to change that. …

Full Story

Mitchell hosting golf fundraiser


Mitchell’s boys golf team will host its annual fundraising golf scramble on April 21 at Fox Hollow Golf Club in Trinity.

Registration begins at noon, and a shotgun start takes place at 1:30 p.m.

Cost, which includes dinner, is $90 for an individual or $320 for a foursome. Hole sponsorships are available for $100, and the event will also include door prizes and on-course contests. The deadline to enter is April 12.

For more information, contact Mustangs coach Rick Hyatt at 727-372-3176 or


Full Story