Scary things happen in Starkville

It has been awhile since any of us have been to Starkville, Mississippi, but I don’t remember any proliferation of black cats or broken mirrors or ladders begging to be walked under. There are no subdivisions built over cemeteries (cue...

The Picks: Free agency in college football

Welcome to college football free agency. You may not have realized it, but we were already in the middle of it for more than a decade since the grad transfer rule was instituted. But this week, it got really intense as...

Different ‘Dog house awaits Mullen

The coach will be looking around at the stadium he once called home. So strange, this feeling, standing on the opposite side of where you once tried to guide the players you are now coaching against. Everything seems so familiar,...

The Back Nine: UF offense climbing stat chart

The Back Nine comes at you refreshed from a 12-hour sleep after one hour the night before. We’ll see how that works out. 10. The obvious storyline this week is going to be about Dan Mullen’s return to Starkville. (One...

The Sunday Blog, Week Four: Pierce on loose

The Sunday Blog comes at you on an hour’s sleep on drive from the Jax Airport. Don’t worry, Robbie’s driving while I type. Once again, we saw Dameon Pierce break a long run late in the game Saturday night....

Gators gain confidence, but also need consistency

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The cavernous stadium had long been reduced to a few Tennessee fans who had yet to escape into the night, but that wasn’t going to stop the Florida football players from celebrating this one. First, it was...

Dooley at the Half: Tennessee game

Gainesville Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley analyzes the first half of the Florida-Tennessee game tonight: Obviously, Florida was helped a lot by Tennessee’s ineptitude. But let’s not take away from the fact that the Gators did manage 204 yards...

Dooley: Defining a great game

A column, in three acts. Florida vs. Tennessee ACT 1 — What is a Great Game? We all know what happened last year when Feleipe Franks connected on a last-second touchdown with Tyrie Cleveland. But was it a great game? You had a great...

The Picks: Have Vols played better recently in series?

Another week, another attempt to distract you from my record. Hey, let’s talk about the SEC schedule for 2019 that came out Tuesday, which probably knocked out any hope Florida fans had of next year being the year things turn...

Rivalry that was, hopes to be again

There is nothing like Tennessee week. The trash-talking, the Heisman Trophy implications, the leg up in the SEC East, the poll ramifications. The hype is so loud you can barely hear yourself think. Oh, wait. I had a ’90s flashback. Back to...

The Back Nine: Mullen wants players to be like Hulk

The Back Nine comes at you with another busy week ahead and the first road trip of the year looming. By my count, this will be my 17th trip to Knoxville to cover a Florida-UT sporting event. I should...

The Sunday Blog, Week 3: Improving offense

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a day when I realized how lucky we are to be in a press box that has an air conditioned lounge. How did you sit through the hottest day ever in The...

Franks a work in progress, Mullen’s top pupil

There were smiles all around as Florida’s players left the field Saturday in sweat-soaked orange jerseys and slapped hands with fans. It was only Colorado State, but after the way these same players felt coming off the same field...

Dooley at the Half: Game 3

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-Colorado State game: * There were a good number of empty seats on the student side when the game started, but who could blame them? It...

Georgia player returns to Swamp as Colorado State coach

The last time Mike Bobo was at The Swamp was not the best day of his college football career. Not only was it raining buckets and his Georgia team was getting killed by Florida (52-14 final in 1994), but the...

The Picks: Open debate on two open dates

If you ever needed perspective as a college football fan, another dangerous and powerful hurricane making landfall on a football weekend definitely makes most people realize that it’s just a game. We pray for the first responders and the people...

Stability needed to rebuild UF’s program

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I’m not reading this right. But it feels like the college football world has moved on from the Florida Gators. They were not even a flavor of the month before being cast aside like an...

The Back Nine: Mullen still working on culture

The Back Nine comes at you after one streak-busting performance and one great birthday party for a special woman (Robbie’s wife, Jill) so that it wasn’t a completely lost weekend. 10. So all of us who drank the Kool-Aid smoothies...

The Sunday Blog, Week II: Snell punished Gators

The Sunday Blog comes at you after another late night of Pac-12 After Dark and trying to figure out how we were so badly fooled about Florida’s physical side. * I think I heard this right in a noisy press...

The rebuild will take longer than we thought

There was that moment, that flash in your brain when you thought it could happen again. Sure, Kentucky had been the dominant team on both lines of scrimmage. But we’d seen it happen so many times, why not one more...