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Dooley: Alabama tops way-too-early Top 25 preseason poll

For the rest of America, there is a whole world going on out there, which is one reason it’s safer to be a college football nut.

Dooley’s Dribblings, Part III: More to Koulechov’s game

Sometimes you stay up on a Tuesday night for the SEC and the games aren’t much. Sometimes it’s worth it. I think Mark Twain said that. * When Egor Koulechov transferred into UF, visions of Canyon Barry danced in the...

Allen comes up huge for Gators

The crudely made sign said what everyone has been thinking for several weeks. In fact, it was so obvious that there wasn’t even a whole lot of artistry put into its creation and it barely made an appearance in the...
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Dooley Noted: A little perspective on college basketball officiating

Pat reviews Florida's loss at Ole Miss and discusses the men's basketball team's prospects for the season.

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).

Dooley’s Dribblings, Part II

We start out with a word about the main scoreboard glitch at the O-Dome Wednesday night. It was discovered more than an hour before the game, but the overhead scoreboard needed to be lowered to fix it and there...

Dooley: Sick effort by Chiozza sparks Florida win

Chris Chiozza stood there in the media room, a towel around his neck and a washed-out look on his face. We approached him cautiously, like the Florida senior was a walking mousetrap. You wanted to hear what he had to...
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Dooley Noted: What a game it was! A review of championship game

Pat reviews the championship game between Alabama and Georgia, considers rankings for next year and looks at upcoming Gator basketball games.

The Back Nine: How about at No. 8 for UCF?

The Back Nine comes at you after another college football season in the books. Or as SEC commissioner Greg Sankey could have said after the final game was played Monday night, “In the bank.” 10. There are a lot of...

Dooley’s Dribblings debut: A look at SEC hoops

We start a new weekly feature for today where staff writer Pat Dooley will take a look at some of the things that stand out about SEC basketball. It will appear online every Thursday. * Remember less than a...

Dooley: Don’t count on college football playoff expansion

So we got what we wanted. We wanted chaos. We wanted a playoff with two teams from one conference so two conferences would be left out. We really wanted those two teams to win so we’d have only one conference...
Dan Mullen Illstration

Dooley Noted: Under new coaches, 8- to 10-win seasons in sight for UF football

Gainesville Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley is back with an in-depth look at the improvements Gator football fans should look for and more.

The Back Nine: Bowl teams show what can be done here

The Back Nine comes at you after a glut of football over the last couple of weeks, although I pretty much skipped Sunday with only NFL games, most of them with no meaning except bonuses. 10. As we watched all...

UF epicenter of some of biggest college sports stories of ’17

The older you get, the more you realize a couple of things. It wasn’t better when you were younger, it’s just that you are struggling with everything new. Youth is still wasted on the young. There...

The Back Nine: Reaching UF roster max no small task

It has been awhile since The Back Nine has been with you and it’s a day late this week because of Christmas. I hope your day was as good as mine. 10. Dan Mullen has been working feverishly on trying...

Dooley: O’Sullivan building a legacy at Florida

It was 2011, a hot and humid day in Gainesville and Kevin O’Sullivan was in shock. He had just seen Mississippi State knock off his Gator baseball team on a walk-off homer against his best relief pitcher Paco Rodriguez to...
Lincoln Riley, Baker Mayfield

The Picks: Sister Hazel’s Copeland vs. Dr. Football

This has been an odd football season in that there is no bowl game for the mighty Gators, which is in itself a Christmas blessing because we don't have to watch that offense again.

Dooley: Spurrier in unique foursome at College Hall of Fame

NEW YORK CITY — It was a cold night on the streets of a city that hadn’t even thought about sleep yet. Every 10 seconds or so someone leaned on a horn and steam drifted out of manhole covers...

The Back Nine: A Tide vs. Dawg finale would expand playoffs

The Back Nine comes at you as I am counting down the days until I get to eat hospital food. My left knee and I have been through so much together — mostly pain. 10. Think Greg Sankey is a...

The Picks: Gators still lead in SEC title game berths

It’s not secret that — because I tend to be hedonistic — that my favorite day of the college football season is the Saturday when Florida has a bye week each season.