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...

The Back Nine: Despite departures, Bama still the choice

The Back Nine comes at you after a super weekend, especially because my wife and I both finally put together an Adirondack chair that had been sitting in pieces on our back porch since before the Peach Bowl. Of...

Dooley’s final AP ballot and way too early Preseason Top 25 ranking

There were about 10 minutes remaining in the national title game Monday when I saw the white flag. Alabama coach Nick Saban punted down by 28. That meant I could send in my final Associated Press ballot with Clemson at...

The Back Nine: SEC East, West gap tightens

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend full of sports results, some good and some not so good, but remember that there can’t be good without bad. Or can there? 10. So we’re done with college football for...

The Back Nine: Gators got grooving late in South Carolina game, haven’t stopped since

The Back Nine comes at you after a very Peachy four days in Atlanta that included a lot of Chick-fil-A, a world class hospitality room and a dominant performance I didn’t see coming. 10. So I want to take you...

Mullen brings back that championship feeling

ATLANTA — The cannons went off and the brightly-colored confetti began to flutter through the air. In the stands Gator fans were standing on their heads in orange-and-blue ecstasy and on the podium, the players were mugging and dancing. This...

Lot on the line for Florida, Michigan

ATLANTA — Dan Mullen put a foot on the table laid out for the final pre-game news conference to show off his orange and blue Retro 4 Jordan sneakers, the perfect complement to the suit he was wearing. To his...

Former teammates reunite in Atlanta

ATLANTA — At the Wednesday night Peach Bowl function, two former teammates were on different floors at the College Football Hall of Fame. Shea Patterson, on the second floor, kept texting Van Jefferson on the first floor, “giving him crap...

Michigan another opportunity for Gators to prove 2018 is different

ATLANTA — Practice was over and the Florida players were making their way off the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But not everybody was finished. In one end zone, defensive end Malik Langham was working hard on technique with Tyrone Smith,...

The Picks: Expanding college playoffs; Challenging Sister Hazel’s Copeland

First of all, The Picks wants to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah or whatever way you celebrate the holidays and hope everyone has a Festivus Miracle in the coming year. Secondly, because I have taken some...

Gators make great strides on offensive line

So everybody can breathe again. The first big day of the early signing period is over and Florida did fine. Not spectacular, but fine. Not Alabama/Georgia fine, but you sense that the day when the Gators can have a top-five...

A lot on line in these five bowl games

We are now officially into bowl season, our toes dipped into the water knowing the big wave is coming. If you don't watch sports on TV, you may not know that Dec. 29 is either the College Football Playoffs semifinals...

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...