Emotional Franks’ play silences some of his detractors

This is why you go to the games. This is why you stay when it looks bad. This is why you are a fan. Games like this one. Where a young man is turned into a villain and responds by becoming a hero. Where...

Dooley At The Half: Gamecocks with momentum

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-South Carolina game: 1. It is amazing how Florida’s defense has regressed so badly in the last three games. South Carolina came out in the hurry-up...

Imagine that, Muschamp brings in better offense

Like all opposing head coaches who enter the field at the start of the game, the one from South Carolina will be booed today. Heck, the guy they named this field after was even booed when he came out...

The Picks: An opponent in making predictions

Apparently, some people did not like my choice of Georgia over Notre Dame in my Associated Press poll this week. Most of them left out curse words, there were no threats of physical attacks and only one was written...

Decreased stadium capacity coming

When last week’s Florida football game started at The Swamp, you wondered if the Gators had accidentally scheduled a spring game instead of Missouri. The east side of the stadium had so many empty seats it looked like a Thursday...

The Back Nine: Franks still most ready at QB

The Back Nine comes at you after the first weekend that required a second layer. I think that was our winter. Spring will start tomorrow. 10. Dan Mullen wouldn’t say who will start at quarterback Saturday, but here’s what I...

The Sunday Blog, Week 10: Franks on the run

The Sunday Blog comes at you on a drizzly morning as we’re still trying to understand everything that happened Saturday: I am not here to defend Feleipe Franks and I still believe that the coaches know better than the...

UF defense has taken step down from elite level

When Kyle Trask finally entered the game Saturday, the cheers started slowly and built. They were more cheers of relief than enthusiasm, fans tired of errant throws, poor decisions and ready for something, anything, else. The problem was that Dan...

Dooley at the Half, Missouri leads

Gainesville Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley analyzes the first half of the Florida-Missouri game: It’s important to put the first half played by the defense in context and still remember that every game is its own game. But Missouri...

Dooley: Two teams in search of consistency

On paper, Florida could be in real trouble today. You look at the stats and Missouri is fourth in scoring, third in passing and third in total offense in SEC play. Florida has issues in the secondary and we have no...

The Picks: 8 Power 5 teams still short of bowl eligibility

It’s a ritual that involves spooky venues, costumed adults and overindulgence. I’m not talking about Halloween on Wednesday night. I’m talking about college football’s bowl season. Now that we are into November, speculation heats up at board meetings for the...

Another gut-check Gator game

There were a few moments Saturday when you could mentally pencil the Florida-Missouri game into the CBS 3:30 p.m. slot this week. Florida had just taken the lead on Georgia and Mizzou was handling Kentucky. Alas, things did not go...

The Back Nine: Mullen keeping Franks as starter

The Back Nine comes at you after another Florida-Georgia game that left Gator fans feeling empty. My theory on why people party so much at tailgates at the WLOCP is that they know half of the fans are going...

Gators have their roll slowed by better executing team

JACKSONVILLE — In the corner of the Jaguars meeting room where he had just conducted a second losing news conference as Florida’s coach, Dan Mullen was still talking excitedly on a day when no Gator fans were excited. He was...

Dooley at the half, Georgia up

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley takes a look at the first half of the Florida-Georgia game: The game couldn’t have started more miserably for the Gators. First, Georgia gashed UF on the first drive of the game. Then Feleipe...

A chance to be great on the line in Jacksonville

The energy is different. It reeks of wheelbarrows full of liquor being dragged from one tailgate to another and two fan bases who have had years where they’d just as soon stay at the tailgates. Florida-Georgia is different, but this...

The Picks: Targeting rule worth closer look

We used to think the heat coming out of Baton Rouge was from the spicy gumbo. But not this week. This week, everyone wearing purple and gold has been steaming because elite linebacker Devin White was ejected for targeting in...

The Back Nine: Gators may have to grind it out

The Back Nine comes at you after a bye week that included watching a lot of football with my Dad, hitting a perfect dive bar in St. Augustine and mainly just decompressing. Let’s go, it’s Florida-Georgia week. 10. If you...

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.