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The Back Nine: Miami’s Diaz picks safe hand at quarterback

The Back Nine comes at you with the knowledge that the next one of these columns will be a kickoff to game week and that makes me want to run into a field screaming with joy. I know, I...

The Back Nine: Franks learning to have fun as Florida’s quarterback

The Back Nine comes at you with the sudden realization that we’re inside four weeks until the start of the college football season. Who needs a long summer? 10. It’s a fine line and Dan Mullen hopes his Florida football...

The Back Nine: Being a realist about Gators’ chances

The Back Nine comes at you after a couple of weeks away, some of it spent giving unsolicited advice to a pair of friends who had knee replacement surgery. Good luck to Chris Harry and Karen Kearney. I feel...

The Back Nine: X-factor teams in SEC

The Back Nine comes at you after a wonderful weekend if you were near any body of water. And that includes pools, but not kiddie pools, endless pools or standalone pools. You have to draw the line somewhere. 10. Sometimes...

The Back Nine: Alonso put in the work at UF, O’Sullivan says

The Back Nine comes at you after a few days of vacation where you got up in the morning and didn’t start sweating until, well, until you sat in the sun with a jacket on and even then it...

The Back Nine: Florida vs. Miami game closing on a sellout

The Back Nine comes at you hoping all you dads had a great Sunday and you sons and daughters were nice to your fathers. Me, I had a spectacular day. 10. If you are still looking for tickets to the...

The Back Nine: Someone will pick Florida to win SEC East

The Back Nine comes at you after a wild and crazy weekend that will never be forgotten despite the many damaged brain cells. Gainesville and the Gator Nation, I will forever be in your debt for the 25th Bob...

The Back Nine: Wait, what? UF baseball, softball seasons over

The Back Nine comes at you after an emotional weekend when my daughter turned 18 and graduated high school. How did she get so old? 10. Of course, there was a lot of attention...

The Back Nine: Florida still has plenty to celebrate

The Back Nine comes at you after what felt like a week in the press box at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium. And we had air conditioning and ice cream. 10. When Florida did not...

The Back Nine: UF baseball team has NCAA resume, but …

The Back Nine comes at you after a softball weekend in the brilliant sunshine of Gainesville and maybe the least amount of time I’ve ever spent watching a major. 10. Let’s start with what...

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....

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: 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: 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...

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...