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UT Media Coverage

A 3 A.M. Wakeup Call Re-Focuses University of Tampa Guard Mekhi Biffle

By Joey Johnston
Tampa Bay Times
Jan. 9, 2018

UT sophomore and men’s basketball guard, Mekhi Biffle, has a perpetual smile on his face. "I have a great opportunity here," Biffle said. "A great opportunity." Biffle, who’s averaging 8.5 points per game with a high of 26 against Barry University, is a combination guard who can also play small forward. He has displayed versatile skills, burying 3-pointers, hitting mid-range jumpers and driving to the basket. "Of course, I want to continue improving at basketball and I’d love the opportunity to play overseas one day,” said Biffle. "But I know why I’m here primarily. I’m getting my education. I like to think I put in a lot of work over the years and it has paid off. So I’m having the time of my life." Full story

How to Get the Best Out of Exercise

By Nic Fleming
The Guardian
Jan. 7, 2018

Conflicting theories on how to maximize exercise would stretch anyone to their limit. As New Year fitness plans begin in earnest, The Guardian provides a scientific response to some frequently asked questions. In response to the question on whether it’s better to use weights, cardio or both, The Guardian references the results of 21 studies, published by a group at UT, which showed a more nuanced picture. It found that those who focused on weight training gained more lower-body strength than those who did concurrent weights and running, but not weights and cycling. Full story

Working in the Shadows

By Harold Bubil
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Jan. 7, 2018

Herald Bubil has traveled around the state in the past year, photographing interesting examples of architecture for his “Florida Buildings I Love” series. Doing so gave him fresh perspectives on Florida’s built environment. One insight he shared with the Herald-Tribune was how tough it must be to be an architect in the shadows of landmarks. In Tampa those shadows are cast by minaret-topped Plant Hall at UT— one of America’s most distinctive buildings. Full story

Hometown Heroes: Former Knight Shelton Surging for Spartans

By Tommy Scott
Ocala Star Banner
Jan. 4, 2018

Duke Shelton, UT senior, has been the leader for the Spartans basketball team over the last couple of seasons, and this year is no exception. He got the year rolling with a big performance against the Florida Gators a few months ago, and hasn’t looked back since. He averages 33.6 minutes per game, which is good for second-most on the team. Shelton is averaging 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks per game. His last two games have been two of his best of the season in terms of percentages and points. Against Hawaii Hilo and Embry Riddle, Shelton scored 20 and 17 points respectively, and shot 80 percent from the field. Full story

These 3 People Have Big (but Totally Achievable) Money Resolutions for 2018

By Kelly Anne Smith
The Penny Hoarder
Jan. 3, 2018

New Year’s is defined by the sound of Champagne bottles popping, glittery dresses, fireworks and midnight kisses. Then, there’s the most complicated tradition of all: New Year’s resolutions. The odds are against us. Around 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. But defining these goals early and frequently assessing their status can lead you to success. Mikaela Herres, a UT senior wants to double her savings account. “That’s mainly money I’ve saved throughout the years, like from high school graduation and small modeling jobs I did along the way,” she said. “But I’m ready to get serious about growing it.” To do so, Herres has started monetizing her Instagram account by getting paid to feature products in her posts and funnel all that money into her savings account and emergency fund. Full story

UT and HSN Launch American Dreams Academy for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

By Al Ruechel
Bay News 9
Jan. 3, 2018

In today’s gig economy, students are doing a lot of freelance work making entrepreneurial skills a top asset to possess. HSN recently partnered with UT to developed a curriculum for their American Dreams Academy and provide faculty to teach courses designed to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into a business. Many beginning entrepreneurs expect to reach rockstar status off the bat. “A lot of people think it’s really easy to be a Mark Zuckerberg or a Bill Gates. A lot of people try this but don’t understand some of the nuances, so our goal is to kind of take that blindfold off and help them be more successful,” said Rebecca White, UT professor of entrepreneurship and director of the Lowth Entrepreneurship Center.

ABC Action News at 5:30 PM

Jan. 2, 2018

When you think of UT’s basketball program one name comes to mind, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Richard Schmidt. Schmidt is on the cusp of a milestone: 700 wins. This milestone will place him fifth among Division II coaches. Schmidt resurrected UT’s basketball program in 1983 and now finds himself coaching sons of his former players.