The Back Nine: Some Heisman Trophy voters off mark

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend that saw Florida’s volleyball season end, the basketball team find a way to lose and some of us trying to figure out what to do on a Saturday night without...

Meyer’s legacy in college football a mixed bag

My wife woke me up with the news this morning that Urban Meyer decided to retire at Ohio State after the Rose Bowl. All I could think about was that I’ve lived this story before. Twice. Back in 2009, it was stunning...

The Back Nine: Stricklin not involved in Peach Bowl pairing

The Back Nine comes at you after a wonderful Saturday watching pigskin on the gridiron with my dad and then experiencing a crazy and newsworthy Sunday that included a former Florida coach getting another head coaching gig and a...

Sunday Blog: CFP committee gets it right

The Sunday Blog comes at you now that we know the College Football Playoff teams and Florida’s bowl game: Is Georgia one of the top four teams in the country? No doubt. Is Alabama relieved not to have to...

The Picks: Florida vs. Michigan in Peach Bowl?

When the latest College Football Playoff rankings came out Tuesday night, Florida fans had every reason to be excited. The Gators were ninth, which means they are about as locked in to a New Year’s Six bowl as you...

The Back Nine: A 2019 must? Secure The Swamp

The Back Nine comes at you after the final regular-season weekend of college football and, as usual, it did not disappoint. Unless you were a Michigan fan or an FSU fan or an Auburn fan, etc. 10. We all know...

The Sunday Blog: The Final Week

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a great visit to Tallahassee and a better ride home. The best part was being home in time to see LSU and Texas A&M play forever. Interesting talking to Van Jefferson after...

Mullen’s successful season sign of things to come

TALLAHASSEE — The game was over, but they were still playing out the final minutes on the field. A majority of the Florida State fans had headed for the exits knowing they had witnessed the bad kind of history...

Dooley Grades The Gators: Florida was ready

Offense A First half: The only thing Florida did not do well was score touchdowns in the red zone, as the Gators recorded only six points on three drives inside the 10. UF was balanced with 131 yards rushing and...

Dooley at the half: UF leads FSU

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley analyzes the first half of the Florida-FSU game: If Florida’s red zone offense had been any good, the Gators would have been threatening to turn the game into a rout by halftime. Florida came...

Biggest game of the season

As Dan Mullen walked off the field on Senior Day with his daughter Breelyn in his left arm, the Florida coach stopped to take congratulations from Florida president Kent Fuchs and his wife Linda. “Big one next week,” Mullen said. And...

The Picks: Tasty matchups on holiday weekend

Anybody hungry? Today will be all about the stuffing or dressing or whatever you call it in your house. I’m making it in mine so there is nobody to blame but myself. It has to be moist with a little...

The Back Nine: Mullen had a winning plan vs. FSU

The Back Nine comes at you after a wild weekend and the final home game in what has been an interesting season of Gator football. 10. The trip Saturday to Tallahassee for Florida’s football team hopefully will be a nice...

The Sunday Blog: Turkey Week

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a Saturday that could not have been much better for a lot of different reasons. * It was a bit of an irrelevant stat but in the press box we were noticing. Maybe...

Silky smooth Saturday for seniors, UF’s future

To truly understand the emotions that go into a Senior Day in The Swamp, there is no better place to be than under the goalposts watching the players as they leave the field they defended for the last time. There...

Dooley at the Half: UF routing Idaho

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley analyzes the first half of the Florida-Idaho game. Well, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson appealed for the fans to come out and send the seniors off the right way. It wasn’t a great crowd but for a...

Dooley: 10 reasons to attend today’s game

To refer to a game like today’s against Idaho as a necessary evil is not 100-percent accurate. Yes, it serves a purpose financially for the University Athletic Association and certainly beats playing Idaho on the road (the low on...

The Picks: Big game among cupcakes

Who says there aren’t any big games Saturday? There is a huge one — in Nashville of all places. It’s at 7:30 p.m. and I think it’s being televised on Nickelodeon. (Actually, the SEC Network and, yes, that is a...

The Back Nine: Thoughts on Gators’ missing defense

The Back Nine comes at you after another great weekend of sleeping in my own bed and watching so much football because I know the end of the season is coming soon. By the way, Happy Birthday to Robbie...

The Sunday Blog, Week 11: Gators pound the rock

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a terrific night of eating junk food (Cubans, wings, Buffalo chicken dip) and watching a ton of football. I love noon games. So if you had told me that Florida was going...