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Jan 30, 2023

Brian Out Loud

Eight years have come and gone. My first set of stories for the paper during the first week of February in 2015 included a story on Michael Carter and the recruiting attention that was just beginning to heat up with offers from Florida, Florida Atlantic and Tennessee.

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Jan 24, 2023

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A total of 258 picks. Only 48 selected. You do the math. The odds of being a women’s pro soccer player aren’t quite slim to none, but they are only a few houses down the street in the neighborhood.

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Jan 17, 2023

Brian Out Loud

I always find it interesting when fans lose their minds over a football recruit flipping his commitment. In some cases, you would think the world was on fire. What’s really funny is I saw someone the other day mention on social media that they must not teach loyalty at certain high schools.

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Jan 10, 2023

Brian Out Loud

I couldn’t help but have a potential fight catch my eye as a high school basketball game played out at a tournament over the holiday season. Tis the season to be merry. Check that, angry.

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Jan 3, 2023

Brian Out Loud

It seems to be trending more and more that young people are in a rush to get done with school and move on to the next chapter of their lives. Including athletes. They commit to a college early, passing up their second half of their senior year of high school, or they choose to reclassify from junior to senior so they can graduate a year ahead of schedule.

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Dec 19, 2022

Brian Out Loud

This is my last column of 2022. I’ve never been more thrilled to say goodbye to a year. It’s been a tough year to say the least. And that’s an understatement. Most of you know my dad died in early April. Meighan, who you often see recording my post-game interviews on the football field, lost her mom in late September.

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Dec 12, 2022

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Deion Sanders is good for college football. But not everyone sees it that way. The man best known as Prime Time is getting his share of criticism in the wake of his decision to jump ship at Jackson State and take the head coaching job at Colorado. He goes in hoping to restore the glory days of the Buffaloes.

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Dec 6, 2022

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There is a certain date on the schedule that needs to be circled this month. No, not Christmas. Santa Claus will get his night in the spotlight soon enough. I’m talking about Dec. 12. That’s round one of Navarre and Pace squaring off on the basketball court in the regular season, perhaps a preview of a potential showdown in the district championship game a couple of months from now.

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Nov 29, 2022

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Cold rain and chilly air made things less than ideal for the first ever NCAA Division II playoff game at Pen Air Field on the University of West Florida campus two weeks ago. But the result the Argos were able to get here a on miserable mid-November afternoon more than made up for the weather.

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Nov 21, 2022

Brian Out Loud

The hope was that a comeback was going to happen. It was the only option on a mild November evening two weeks ago at Bennett C. Russell Stadium. Yeah, Navarre trailed by 24 points in an opening round playoff game against Creekside, but no one thought it was over.