Quarterback rating: Ranking the SEC signal-callers after spring practice

Spring has sprung and all of the spring college football games are completed, so what better time to look at the SEC’s quarterbacks heading into the off-season workouts? The conference has some real stars,...

The Back Nine: A weekend to celebrate sports

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend with plenty to celebrate whether you are a fan of Tiger Woods or Gator baseball or UF tennis or an injury-free spring football game. 10....

Dooley: Chance to see what Mullen’s offense is capable of

In a spring game with summer weather Saturday, Florida decided to make defense optional to have some fun. It’s an entertainment business, right? And the easiest time to entertain is when you can script the unscriptable.

The Back Nine: Ideas to spark up annual spring game

The Back Nine comes at you after an interesting weekend and a very sad Monday, because we had to put down little Stella, a rescue dog who was part of our family for long enough to make an impression...

The Back Nine: Satisfying second week of NCAA Tournament

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend that had a lot of everything, including what may have been the greatest Elite Eight ever. 10. The first weekend wasn’t much. The second weekend was ridiculous. March Madness will get...

Buy-in factor a rare skill set

It was Wednesday, it was rainy and there were a lot of famous people in town. The red carpet to Florida Pro Day always has more A-listers when the team they are going to see won a bunch of...

The Back Nine: Power conferences flex during NCAA Tournament

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend where I might have made a Homer Simpson-like impression on my recliner. Beer, Marge. 10. The NCAA Tournament, a.k.a. Big Dance, March Madness, Gambler’s Paradise, has been devoid of drama with...

Veteran Florida players leading way

If there is a theme to Florida’s spring football camp it is that there are at least two of them — one, is that everyone knows what he is doing and, two, everyone knows where he wants to go. There...

Just how deep will Gators advance in NCAA Tournament?

What kind of picker are you? Do you study every bit of information you can right up until the deadline? Do you choose by mascots or colors or coaches’ attire? Do you pick the team with the best fight song...

The Back Nine: Florida’s tourney draw difficult

The Back Nine comes at you after a crazy weekend and way too much green beer. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. 10. Mike White figured Florida had to be in based on the metrics, but as...

The Back Nine: Check back on 3 byes, Mullen says

The Back Nine comes at you after a busy week that included one of the best concerts I have ever seen, two run-rule softball games between top seven teams and (ho-hum) another national championship for the mightiest Mouse. 10. Dan...

The Back Nine: Two bye weeks are a good thing

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend where I really didn’t watch much sports, which is about as rare as a white rhino. I was unavoidably detained. But I caught up quickly. 10. Even with so much going...

The Back Nine: Winning weekend for Gators

The Back Nine comes at you after a wild weekend in Pollen-esia (oy, my sinuses), a lot of used notebooks and more hardware for the UF athletic program. 10. On a Monday after one of these three-day festivals we have...

Forget guesswork, gritty Gators just need to win

You thought you were out. And they pulled you back in. Less than two weeks ago, Florida’s NCAA Tournament hopes were on life support. On Wednesday night, the plucky Gators came up with the huge win they needed in beating No....

The Back Nine: Spurrier must-see TV

The Back Nine comes at you after a busy weekend in Gainesville and if you think that was busy wait until you see what’s in store for you this weekend. 10. The Back Nine is a big fan of lists...

The Back Nine: Good start for spring league

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend with way too much Executive Time, as we kind of rested up for what should be a wild week of Gator athletics. 10. Yep, I watched all that was offered in...

In new age of transfer portals, recruiting classes will be judged on who stays

Remember when it used to be such a big deal. This DAY. Not Signing Days but DAY. Instead, the second one with the new early-signing period had only a little more drama than a Globetrotters game result. We now have a...

The Back Nine: A distaste for zone defense

The Back Nine comes at you after a Super Sunday that resulted in a meat hangover. Maybe you shouldn’t mix brats, wings and baby backs. 10. What is it about the Super Bowl that always has social media with sharpened...

The Back Nine: NCAA more lenient granting transfers

The Back Nine comes at you after an uneventful weekend, which is actually a good thing sometimes. And before we complain about Sunday’s weather, remember that it could be — and is — worse elsewhere (the chill factor in...

The Back Nine: Keeping same coaching staff difficult trick

The Back Nine comes at you after a remarkably unproductive weekend unless you get credit for watching sports, drinking beer and annihilating chicken wings and if you do I am a magna cum laude graduate. 10. One thing we know...