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: Two bye weeks are a good thing

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend where I really didn’t watch much sports, which is about as rare as a white rhino. I was unavoidably detained. But I caught up quickly. 10. Even with so much going...

The Back Nine: Winning weekend for Gators

The Back Nine comes at you after a wild weekend in Pollen-esia (oy, my sinuses), a lot of used notebooks and more hardware for the UF athletic program. 10. On a Monday after one of these three-day festivals we have...

Forget guesswork, gritty Gators just need to win

You thought you were out. And they pulled you back in. Less than two weeks ago, Florida’s NCAA Tournament hopes were on life support. On Wednesday night, the plucky Gators came up with the huge win they needed in beating No....

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...

In new age of transfer portals, recruiting classes will be judged on who stays

Remember when it used to be such a big deal. This DAY. Not Signing Days but DAY. Instead, the second one with the new early-signing period had only a little more drama than a Globetrotters game result. We now have a...

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...

Dooley’s final AP ballot and way too early Preseason Top 25 ranking

There were about 10 minutes remaining in the national title game Monday when I saw the white flag. Alabama coach Nick Saban punted down by 28. That meant I could send in my final Associated Press ballot with Clemson at...

The Back Nine: SEC East, West gap tightens

The Back Nine comes at you after a weekend full of sports results, some good and some not so good, but remember that there can’t be good without bad. Or can there? 10. So we’re done with college football for...

The Back Nine: Gators got grooving late in South Carolina game, haven’t stopped since

The Back Nine comes at you after a very Peachy four days in Atlanta that included a lot of Chick-fil-A, a world class hospitality room and a dominant performance I didn’t see coming. 10. So I want to take you...

Mullen brings back that championship feeling

ATLANTA — The cannons went off and the brightly-colored confetti began to flutter through the air. In the stands Gator fans were standing on their heads in orange-and-blue ecstasy and on the podium, the players were mugging and dancing. This...

Lot on the line for Florida, Michigan

ATLANTA — Dan Mullen put a foot on the table laid out for the final pre-game news conference to show off his orange and blue Retro 4 Jordan sneakers, the perfect complement to the suit he was wearing. To his...

Former teammates reunite in Atlanta

ATLANTA — At the Wednesday night Peach Bowl function, two former teammates were on different floors at the College Football Hall of Fame. Shea Patterson, on the second floor, kept texting Van Jefferson on the first floor, “giving him crap...

Michigan another opportunity for Gators to prove 2018 is different

ATLANTA — Practice was over and the Florida players were making their way off the field at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. But not everybody was finished. In one end zone, defensive end Malik Langham was working hard on technique with Tyrone Smith,...

The Picks: Expanding college playoffs; Challenging Sister Hazel’s Copeland

First of all, The Picks wants to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah or whatever way you celebrate the holidays and hope everyone has a Festivus Miracle in the coming year. Secondly, because I have taken some...

Gators make great strides on offensive line

So everybody can breathe again. The first big day of the early signing period is over and Florida did fine. Not spectacular, but fine. Not Alabama/Georgia fine, but you sense that the day when the Gators can have a top-five...