The Picks: No magic formula to hiring coaches

There are no secret formulas for hiring successful head coaches. Sometimes picking the low-hanging fruit off the Nick Saban tree works, sometimes it does not. You can use a search firm or you can create your own, trusted administrators who...

Dooley Noted: Kerwin Bell talks football and Vandy recap

Kerwin Bell, the former Florida quarterback and Valdosta State football coach, joins Pat Dooley this week, along with a recap of the Gators win over Vanderbilt and picks for the upcoming weekend.

The Back Nine: 3 ‘Villes no problem for Mullen, Gators

The Back Nine comes at you after 12 hours of sleep again. I can’t think these sleep patterns are good for me, but it’s good to have an off week to take care of things around the house. Tell...

Sunday Blog: SEC rule needs changing

The Sunday Blog comes at you from the Charlotte Airport finishing up our third trip in four weeks. Nothing but in-state games from here on out. The penalty assessed to both benches in Saturday’s Florida-Vanderbilt game was a...

Dooley Grades The Gators: Florida is bowl eligible

Offense A- First half: On the one hand, the Gators were super efficient making 18 first downs. On the other hand, they were super sloppy with two turnovers costing UF points. Lamical Perine had himself a half with 63 rushing...

Gators overcome turnover, mistakes, deficit, near coaches brawl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On a day that started out looking like it was headed toward disaster, Feleipe Franks walked off the field at Vanderbilt Stadium waving a Gatorade towel wildly over his head in celebration. As a gaggle of Gator...

Dooley at The Half: Florida trailing Vanderbilt

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-Vanderbilt game: It was a pretty pathetic performance on both sides of the ball. The biggest issue were the two turnovers by Feleipe Franks....

Dooley: Gators executing a gameplan can be tricky

Dan Mullen was kidding. I’m pretty sure. But not 100 percent. I asked him on the SEC conference call Wednesday whether running trick plays in each of the last two games — one for a score and the other setting up a...

The Picks: Predicting winners not easy

Caller: What if five teams go unbeaten, but Alabama loses to Georgia by a field goal in the SEC Championship Game and Urban Meyer announces he can’t coach any longer the day before the final vote and UCF joins...

What we think now about college football season

We all know it’s coming, but a college football season is like a runaway subway train with the conductor locked in the bathroom. It flies by like a cheetah chasing a speedy meal. The treadmill doesn’t take any time to...

The Back Nine: Impressive bounce back for Gators

The Back Nine comes at you after an exhaustive week that required a low-key Sunday just to get the sweat out of your clothes and your voices back. At least that’s the way it was at my house. 10. So...

Sunday Blog: Pressuring opposing QB part of winning formula

The Sunday Blog comes at you after what I thought would be wild night at home, but everybody was too pooped to party. One thing that continues to be impressive about this Florida team is that the...

Gators had Swamp rolling with every counter punch

Dan Mullen was soaked, but this time it wasn’t from a celebratory Gatorade bath like he received in Starkville. Instead, this was sweat soaking through his untucked shirt and turning his regular slick coif into a wet mess. It was...

Dooley at the Half: Gators trending

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-LSU game: LSU hit eight plays of longer than 10 yards in the first half, but after their opening drive that went 75 yards...

Good series that turned to rivalry

The 2008 team that will be honored at halftime of today’s Florida-LSU game is special to current Florida coach Dan Mullen for a number of reasons. The obvious one is that it won a national title. The secondary reason is that...

The Picks: Where is Florida headed?

When I think about SEC football as we enter the second month of the season, there is a song that keeps floating through my head. “Where are you going, Where do you go? Are you looking for answers, To questions, under the stars?” Dave...

Orgeron, LSU better than expected

Way back in July, back when the love bugs were still quiet and football season seemed so far away, back before we got on the college football treadmill set to extreme speed, we had an easy task. We had to...

The Back Nine: Ring of Honor ‘means a lot,’ Tebow says

The Back Nine comes at you after back-to-back road trips, so pardon the grouchiness. I stepped in a hole on the sidewalk in Mississippi (can I sue?), wore headphones at the game because the P.A. was so loud and...

The Sunday Blog, Week Five: UF’s blitz bonanza

The Sunday Blog comes at you from the road again, this time at the Atlanta airport where it is not as much fun as I thought it would be watching the Ryder Cup. The safety blitz that finished off...

Mullen’s new team proved to be tougher

STARKVILLE, Miss. — In the walkway that leads from the field to their locker room, the Gators were still hitting. As they left the playing surface dragging another road victory behind them, players bounced off each other as sweat ricocheted...