The Back Nine: It was a super Bowl

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The Back Nine comes at you after a Super Bowl Sunday that included Super Bowl Sundaes (it’s a Karen Dooley tradition) and the return of the two-TV system for my sports room. Woo-hoo. It was a fun Super...

The hysteria is starting early

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There is nothing quite like football hysteria in a college town … in February. We’re not talking about the Super Bowl or those wonderful 94-degree opening days or big-game Saturdays that damage your voice boxes. College football in a place like...

The Back Nine: Sad days, indeed

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The Back Nine comes at you after a tragic weekend that started out so well. And in the end, we were reminded once again that we are just dealing with games. It’s the people who count. This was...

Soft Gators no match for top-ranked Bears

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After the game, I checked the box score of Florida’s double-digit loss to No. 1 Baylor. It turns out that some of you were wrong. Baylor did not get every rebound in the game. OK, so it may have seemed like...

The Back Nine: Toney adds to punch

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The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend that saw a noisy Saturday and a sleepy Sunday or was that just me? The final shoe did not drop, as Kadarius Toney decided to play his senior year...

Florida gives a glimpse of what it’s capable of in big win over Auburn

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Omar Payne didn’t really see this coming. Heck, he didn’t expect to be a starter this season. “I just came here to learn from (Kerry Blackshear Jr.)” said the freshman center. “I came here to be his back-up.” Instead, Payne has...

Final look at 2019 rankings and a look ahead to 2020 season

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Another college football season is behind us, the longest one ever after starting when it was hotter than ghost pepper soup and finishing up almost a full five months later in the coldest indoor stadium press box in America. Who...

The Back Nine: Tackling the hype

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The Back Nine comes at you after a be-a-u-tiful weekend (that’s not from “Bruce Almighty”, it’s from the old WGGG jingle in the early 1960s) that saw some wild NFL games, another egg falling out of the Gators’ hoop...

Why UF football feels different

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It is still a long way off, like some kind of a desert mirage (although I prefer a good dessert mirage) and you usually would not see it applied to a sport that has a mere four-game playoff (how...

The Back Nine: No worries, Gator Nation, Cowboys go different direction for coach

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The Back Nine comes at you after an interesting weekend that included an amazing game at Exactech Arena and a wild, wild wild-card over two days. It feels like Florida fans exhaled en masse Monday morning when the...

Dooley Grades The 2019 Gators: Another step up for Mullen-led UF

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It was hardly perfect and the most critical of fans will find fault even in the victories. But 2019 was another step in getting Florida to elite status as a program. 

The Back Nine: Gators’ 2020 schedule will look different than when first released

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MIAMI GARDENS -- The Back Nine comes at you after a busy week and we hope you enjoyed the coverage from the Orange Bowl. Make sure you check out Gatorsports.com for my column on the game. It could win...

Orange Bowl sweet alternative for rebuilding programs

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FORT LAUDERDALE — At the final pre-game news conference before the final Orange Bowl practice, the final question came from deep in the back of the media room Sunday.  Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall was asked what a win in the...

Trask’s style what Gators needed to end up in major bowl

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FORT LAUDERDALE — In the Atlantic Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel where two rooms set up for media access on a warm Friday morning, I asked Van Jefferson the kind of question you tend to ask at bowl games. Give...

Florida’s All-Decade Team

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On Sunday, we will present our top-10 Gator stories of the decade in the newspaper along with our athlete of the decade in each sport on our website, Gatorsports.com. Today, we give you the Gator football team of the decade...

The Picks: Sister Hazel’s Copeland has no chance

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So what did you get for Christmas? Or maybe you just got up and are reading this before the first present has been opened. Either way, here’s hoping you are having a wonderful Christmas and will take some time to...

Mullen continues Florida’s rebuild

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As Dan Mullen walked across the “Abbey Road”-like walkway on Gale Lemerand Drive to another Signing Day news conference, his current team walked behind him toward the locker room, laughing and joking with another practice in the books. It hit...

The Back Nine: Will Gators be tough enough against Virginia?

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The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend that included a chachture, er, a chakuter, um, a chtuteroie, oh, heck, after a wine, cheese and meat party. And a glorious Sunday on the golf course. (Eat your hearts...

The Back Nine: Florida has history in Orange Bowl

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The Back Nine comes at you after a wild and crazy weekend, Part II, where coaches were hired and bowls were set and rankings were scrutinized and — gasp — the Patriots lost a home game. There seems...

The Sunday Blog: LSU in great spot

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The Sunday Blog comes at you after a great trip to St. Augustine and a College Football Playoff that is finally set in stone instead of speculation. * So if nobody wants to play Clemson, why wasn’t Clemson No. 1?...