Sunday, September 23, 2018
News Roundup

Morning watch: Taggart's possible replacements at USF; Trump is Person of the Year; A Simple Theatre in danger

Here's what's new around the Tampa Bay area this morning.

 

REPORT: USF'S TAGGART HEADED TO OREGON

 

Taggart was named head coach at USF in 2012.

University of South Florida head coach Willie Taggart guided the Bulls to a 10-2 record and a bid in the Birmingham Bowl this season. Now, for his efforts, he's set to be named head coach at the University of Oregon, according to a report from ESPN. Neither Taggart nor Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan immediately responded to the Times, but a team meeting is set for this afternoon. We're also looking ahead toward Taggart's replacement at USF.



TRUMP NAMED PERSON OF THE YEAR

Time magazine on Wednesday named President-elect Donald Trump its Person of the Year. The magazine's managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, said on NBC's Today that Democrat Hillary Clinton was the No. 2 finalist, but the choice of Trump this year was "straightforward."

UPDATES ON TAMPA AIRPORT RENOVATIONS

Follow business reporter Justine Griffin on Twitter @SunBizGriffin for updates from the last Hillsborough County Aviation Authority meeting of the year beginning at 9 a.m. Board members and airport staff will be recapping new flights announced in 2016 and will be looking at the plans for upcoming renovations in the next year.

WHERE WE WERE WRONG ABOUT THE BUCS

Tampa Bay Times writers, columnists and editors discuss this season's biggest surprises from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the predictions they got wrong, including that four-game winning streak, the team's defensive turnaround and defensive coordinator Mike Smith. The same roundtable is also grading coach Dirk Koetter's performance so far.

Bucs strong safety Keith Tandy celebrates with teammates after intercepting a Phillip Rivers pass in the end zone.

 

 

TEAM FIRST, EGO LAST FOR FORMER PLANT HIGH QUARTERBACK

Kyle Trina is a bit of a forgotten player. Last season, he split quarterbacking duties with Dane Frantzen. Then came a decision to name a full-time starter. The coaching staff chose Frantzen. For the first time, Trina had to find another, less glamorous, position, but he didn't wallow in self-pity.

COLD WEATHER IS COMING

A light breeze will arrive this afternoon and sunshine will return to the mix, with highs warming to the mid 70s, 10Weather WTSP meteorologist Ashley Batey said, but mercury will drop much more when the next cold front rolls through the region late Thursday and early Friday.

ST. PETERSBURG MAN SHOT OUTSIDE HOME

A 22-year-old man was shot in the driveway outside his home Tuesday night around 10 p.m. Investigators are working to release a description of a suspect and determine a motive, police said. Find updates here.

REFRIGERATOR TO BLAME IN HORRIFIC FIRE?

Investigators in Oakland, Calif. honed in on a refrigerator and other electrical appliances as possible causes of the fire at a warehouse that killed 36 people, as crews were set to finish their search for bodies. The death toll in the most lethal building fire in the U.S. in more than a decade was not expected to go higher.

BUYER'S REMORSE REPLACES STICKER SHOCK IN NEW PORT RICHEY

The city of New Port Richey is again considering a multimillion-dollar renovation of its now 9-year-old recreation and aquatic center. The original price to move and expand the fitness center, add child care space and meeting rooms, redesign the drop-off point and other changes came to $2.5 million. Council members gulped at that price back in 2015 and whittled it to $1.7 million. A year later, they've got buyer's remorse for not buying enough.

DEWITT: DON'T GIVE AWAY BROOKSVILLE PARK WITHOUT MORE INFO

All the unanswered questions about the Florida Blueberry Festival and its proposed lease of the former site of the Quarry Golf Course lead inevitably to this one question: Why not first try the festival at this new location before committing to such a massive public giveaway?

 

A Simple Theatre of St. Petersburg staged Miracle on South Division Street with, from left, actors Becca McCoy, Georgia Mallory Guy, Bonnie Agan and Stephen Ray, in 2014. After that production, the company switched to doing staged readings exclusively.

SMALL RULE TWEAK COULD END A SIMPLE THEATRE

The email that changed everything arrived in mid-October, two days before the opening of A Bicycle Country. It was a rule change from the actors' union so in-the-weeds that Gavin Hawk hardly noticed it. He certainly didn't know it would challenge the entire existence of his theater company, A Simple Theatre, which has held bare-bones shows in galleries and museums around the area for the appealing price of only $15 to $20 a ticket.

 

 

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