The Back Nine: Tackling the hype

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

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

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

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

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 for my column on the game. It could win...

Orange Bowl sweet alternative for rebuilding programs

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

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

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, Today, we give you the Gator football team of the decade...

The Picks: Sister Hazel’s Copeland has no chance

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

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?

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

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

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?...

The Picks: Weekend will decide fourth seed in playoffs

Once again, a college football season has flown by like paper in the wind (borrowed from Tom Petty’s “To Find A Friend”). And as the great one also sings in that underrated song, “Everything changed, then changed again.” That encapsulates...

The Back Nine: Gators made depleted roster work

The Back Nine comes at you after an eight-day stretch that included Thanksgiving, two Friends-givings, one awesome Saturday brunch and assorted other amazing eating opportunities. I’m full. This was an odd season for the Florida Gators with the...

Sunday Blog: Mullen making it happen at Florida

The Sunday Blog comes at you after an amazing Rivalry Week and some amazing food throughout.  * Although statistics count in both the championship games and the bowls, Florida finished the regular season with these rankings of note: 8th in scoring...

A night to remember when Gators took care of business against Seminoles

Beating FSU and clearly being the much better team.

Dooley At The Half: Gators dominate

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley looks at the first half of the Florida-FSU game: * OK, one thing we know is that Florida always starts slowly, right? Not on this supercharged night. The first drive was a thing of beauty...

Here’s the thing, UF needs to beat FSU

There was a time, long ago, back when Game Boy was big and the Chicago Bulls were good, back when the hate was real and the heat was really intense, that Florida vs. FSU was can’t-miss-TV. But only if your...

The Picks: Ignoring guidelines when picking games

While you’re sifting through the bones today looking for a last morsel of white meat so you can dunk it in cold gravy and declare Thanksgiving dinner (Part Deux) officially over, I hope you all stopped to give thanks...