Ernest Hooper, Assistant Sports Editor

Ernest Hooper

Assistant Sports Editor

When I look in the mirror every morning, I realize I like the guy looking back at me. Don't get me wrong. The man in the mirror comes with flaws. He needs to eat less, exercise more and try not to get so caught up in his own thoughts. But I still like him. I like having a wife willing to put up with all my flaws after nearly three decades of marriage. I like that God has blessed me with three children -- two sons and a daughter -- who have grown to become great young adults. I like that every morning I awaken excited about journalism, the awesome opportunity to connect with readers in ways both big and small. I love coffee, but serving Times readers represent my true caffeine. Most of all, I like that guy looking back at me -- all of his loves, all of his memories and all of his weird personality traits -- because he's still pushing to do more, be more and learn more. Nothing matters more than looking in that mirror and appreciating the man who looks back at me because that drives me to be better.

FSU’s Willie Taggart delivers updates with a coy, upbeat attitude

Florida State Seminoles coach Willie Taggart often wears a smile, but he seemed particularly upbeat at IMG Academy last week, and on Sunday during the program's media day. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
At the program’s media day, the coach appeared to be in a great mood

Sick, but not too sick to write a column

When Ernest Hooper finally saw a doctor, he said his coughing fits went away, and he could speak with the clarity of Lester Holt. [Times (2018)]
Ernest Hooper now understands the science behind not handing out antibiotics like they come in a Pez dispenser.

FSU’s new offensive line coach looks to avoid position’s infamous history

FSU offensive line coach Randy Clements has coached for more than 30 years at every level, including NAIA. [FSU Sports Information/Robb Obley]
Randy Clements says it won’t bother him if he ends up toiling in anonymity, but fans already know his name.

Bucs receiver Chris Godwin appears on ‘Good Morning Football’

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (12) runs through catching drills during training camp at the Advent Health Training Center at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times
Third-year veteran explains the meaning behind #12SZN to NFL Network show hosts

Coppertail Brewing owner looks to craft more years of success

Kent Bailey is the founder and president of Coppertail Brewing Co. [Photo courtesy of Coppertail Brewing Co.]
After launching in 2014, the brewery celebrates its fifth anniversary in an industry that’s grown far more competitive.