Back Nine

The Back Nine: Every new coach faces change in culture

The one thing about having the golf tournament a little earlier than normal (and it was a perfect day) is that you feel like you have a full summer for once.

The Back Nine: UF football team taking shape

The Back Nine comes at you after a wild, crazy and sweaty weekend.

The Back Nine: Everything school on a big roll

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend where Florida is probably trying to figure out where all of these trophies go. And I hope all the mothers had a special day. I miss mine every minute. 10. As...

The Back Nine: Tebow still big deal in minors

The Back Nine comes at you after a long, hot weekend where we had our air conditioning go down for four days, my car die for the weekend and the refrigerator forming glaciers in the freezer. It always happens...

The Back Nine: Lack of experience may have hurt Pineiro in NFL draft

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend of baseball and softball and a prom for one special young lady and a great Stop Children’s Cancer Gala at the Cade Museum. It was a busy weekend. I like...

The Back Nine: UF’s Run of Ineptitude is over

The Back Nine comes at you after a busy weekend for fans, UF administrators, people working concessions, the police and everybody who had anything to do with one crazy Saturday on campus. 10. So my colleague Robbie Andreu and I...

The Back Nine: UF players have something to prove Saturday

The Back Nine comes at you after catching my breath (also known as watching The Masters and other sports on my recliner) to get ready for what should be a fun-filled week around Gainesville. 10. It is pretty clear Dan...

The Back Nine: Playing hard Step 1 for UF football

The Back Nine comes at you after one final weekend filled with college basketball played by both men and women and watching a baseball team that is on a major roll.

The Back Nine: Another rugged UF hoops schedule taking shape

The Back Nine comes at you after a full weekend of baseball with some softball and basketball viewing mixed in. Maybe I should have been more constructive. It felt like an empty weekend in a way for Gator...

The Back Nine: Madness makes it a tough tournament

The Back Nine comes at you after — and I’m serious about this — watching too much basketball over a four-day period. And the same six commercials over and over although “turtle-rat” gets me every time. 10. It’s OK if...

The Back Nine: Eyes on SEC this tournament

The Back Nine comes at you after a long week in St. Louis that included a snowstorm, a lot of Uber rides and did I mention it freaking snowed? Like really hard. 10. It’s always interesting to listen to all...
Mike White, Bruce Pearl

The Back Nine: FBI probe impact in distant future

Brandon Zimmerman of the SEC Network pointed out that teams in the SEC playing Saturday night games at home have a much better record than those playing day games on Saturdays and we saw evidence of that in Gainesville.

The Back Nine: Stability a key for return to Gator glory

The Back Nine comes at you after a great weekend in St. Augustine with my Dad and siblings, the last retreat before things get crazy around here. 10. Because not only are we in the middle of the stretch run...

The Back Nine: Winners, losers from SEC/Big 12 Challenge

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend of hoops and hops, one play of the Pro Bowl and a Sunday evening not watching the Grammys but the Tupac movie on HBO. Really powerful. 10. They probably weren’t popping...

The Back Nine: Sports, you just never know

The Back Nine comes at you and hopes everyone enjoys/enjoyed MLK Day and remembered it for more than just getting the day off (if you did).

The Back Nine: Sure, now decision on Grier looks off mark

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend where I watched so much sports I think my rear end may need shock treatment. 10. You are going to see these numbers this week so I might as well brace...

It’s Florida fans’ turn to vent

A week ago at this time, we were talking about how loud it was in Knoxville and Baton Rouge. Today, there is no place louder than Gainesville.

The Back Nine: Remembering Hairston

The Back Nine took last week off to recover from The Players but we're back with a heavy heart after the passing of a mentor.

The Back Nine: Butler, baby!

The Back Nine has been battling a sinus infection, a bad knee and travel fatigue but you have to gut it out this time of year. Please hold the sarcastic concern, peeps.

The Back Nine: UF has work ahead

The Back Nine prepares for rainy Nashville where there is still work to be done for the Gator basketball team. Haven't we seen this script before?