Dooley: A rivalry unlike any other

There is no shortage of rivalries for the University of Florida, and that doesn’t count Gatorade vs. Powerade and jorts vs. Bama bangs. And then there is the rivalry that is not a rivalry, except it is. You are now...

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...
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Usual suspects top my Top 25 preseason ballot

It’s easy to tell that we are nearing the start of the college football season because I managed to irritate two fan bases in three days this week. Talking season is officially over. The first of the frustrated were the UCF...

These Gators might have knack for big plays

Florida football took a big step last season, right? The Gators won 10 games and offense — OFFENSE! — finally returned to a fan base that had been deprived of the nutritious manna for almost a decade. Of course, it depends...

Mullen still searching for leaders

The theme of the day at Dan Mullen’s weekly briefing for the media boys and girls was Dogs. Not the Bulldogs he used to coach or the Bulldogs up north he wants so badly to beat, but the Dogs...

The Back Nine: Season-opener has look of a low-scoring outcome

The Back Nine comes at you with a heavy heart after the events of this weekend that make you wonder if our flag should just be kept permanently as half-staff. 10. I have been telling people all summer that the...

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...

Greenard’s love of the game

It’s different here, different than Louisville anyway. Jonathan Greenard is trying to adjust to Gainesville, where the summers can be hotter than a fajita skillet. “I take at least three or four showers a day,” he said. “And I have...

O-line enters season with plenty of ifs

On the fifth floor of the stadium, usually reserved for big money boosters and dignitaries, it was Media Day and there were plenty of Florida football players you could point at as being “It Factors.” The quarterback. The corners. The...

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...

Update: Dressel continues to shine at world swimming championships

Dressel's other golds came in the 50 butterfly, a non-Olympic event, and the 4x100 free relay.

25 Things I Learned at SEC Media Days

SEC Media Days has become a TV event just like about everything else in our business. The SEC Network would probably like to follow around a half-dozen sportswriters for the week — call it “The Real Hacks of Hoover”...

High QB quotient in SEC

HOOVER, Ala. — There is still another day of this edition of SEC Media Days, but in some ways it kind of ended Wednesday. After all, the parade of quarterbacks is over. Today, the three teams who will finish this thing...

Florida building to be at Georgia’s level

HOOVER, Ala. — In the frigid main media room at SEC Media Days, Kirby Smart was part swagger and part humility. His team has been so close to taking down the king of the league in consecutive seasons, losing on...

Relax, Gators say they got this

HOOVER, Ala. — Dan Mullen wanted to talk about his hole-in-one a couple of weeks ago. Reynolds Plantation, National Course, 173 yards, 7 iron. He wanted to talk about his shoe game (sweet, custom Jordans) and his vacation and the...

Florida’s Trask is not backing down

Kyle Trask had just been through a workout and slapped on his backpack after a quick shower. It would be another typical day for the quarterback in what has not been your typical college football career. If there was ever...

Dooley: Alabama is always the safe pick

We are approaching the different college football media days for the Power Five conferences, the SEC’s stretches out over four days and the others crammed into windows so short you’d think they were trying to get nine holes in. The...

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...