Richt’s wrong motivating ploy

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Mark Richt apologized, in a way, for his Georgia team storming the field after the first score of the Florida-Georgia game last year. But don't expect it to take anything away from the newly intensified rivalry.Richt said Thursday morning, after a long...

Coaches that get “it”

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Coaches have come to SEC Media Days full of themselves because of a roster that appeared to be loaded. Often, when we have checked in with them five months later, it wasn't so good. The...

Tebow, and who else again?

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When you look at the roster of players who are to be featured at SEC Media Days, it makes you wonder if there is a lot of star power in this league. There are only two...

Road trip to SEC Media Days

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Ah, the wonders of modern technology. On our drive up to Hoover, Ala., for SEC Media Days, Robbie Andreu and I decided to stop for lunch in Dothan. So about 20 miles south of the sleepy town I pulled...

CWS venues similar but different

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OKLAHOMA CITY " It's my sixth day here in Okie City at the Women's College World Series and I'm struck by the similarities to the other College World Series. I've been there with the Gators three...

Oklahoma City honors stars with streets

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OKLAHOMA CITY " I'm standing on the corner of Flaming Lips Alley and Mickey Mantle Drive if for no other reason than to say I'm standing on the corner of Flaming Lips Alley and Mickey...

Blues come alive in Okie City

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You think Oklahoma City and I'm guessing you're not thinking "the blues." But in Bricktown, there is a place that has character and a character. The character is French Hickman, a 77-year old practicing orthodontist who...

A moving memorial in OK

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OKLAHOMA CITY " On the flight out here, a stewardess on my flight was telling me about the memorial in Oklahoma City for the bombing victims at the federal building in 1995. And as she...

Better way to run a tournament

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Being at the SEC Tournament reminds me of why I like the event ... and why it is also one of the most flawed things in sports. Consider that Florida played two games and both were...

Nice place to play

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Hello from Hoover. This bedroom community south of Birmingham is hosting the SEC baseball tournament for the 11th straight year. On a picture perfect morning this year's tournament began in front of a decent crowd for...

Kim gets scare from turtle

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH " Anthony Kim survived the second round of The Players Friday as well as a scare on the eighth hole. From a turtle. As Kim and playing partner Boo Weekley...

Alternates get call at TPC

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PONTE VEDRA BEACH " Fred Couples didn't find out he was playing until Friday. Dustin Johnson didn't find out until 7 a.m. Thursday. The two golfers played early in the first round of The...

Predicting the TPC winner

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PONTE VEDRA " No Tiger may mean no buzz for The Players Championship but there are still 1.7 million reasons " the winner's share for this year's event " for the...

Hangin’ with Omar Hunter

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I just finished spending some time with Omar Hunter, the Florida recruit whom Urban Meyer has called the Tim Tebow of the latest recruiting class, and I can tell you he's the real deal. I don't...

Catching up with Larry Fedora

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I caught up with Larry Fedora this week. The former Florida offensive coordinator is one of the great guys in the profession and is now the head coach at Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles just finished their...

NCAA stories sound familiar

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The deja vu continues. I was watching some of the sports talk shows Tuesday and the talking heads were dissecting the national title game and someone pointed out that Kansas was a team that had no...

First visit to The Garden

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NEW YORK " During my many travels, one of the few places that I had never been was Madison Square garden. Until of course, Tuesday. It's a very impressive arena, albeit worn down. It's funny that...

Groundhog program

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Covering Florida athletics is starting to feel like the Twilight Zone. Actually, it has felt that way for some time now.I keep waiting to hear the music and see Jeremy Foley standing in my doorway saying, "Submitted for your...

Historic schedule changes

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ATLANTA " Outside Alexander Memorial Coliseum, hundreds of Kentucky fans found out that the SEC Tournament was over before it started for them. Because of the tornado that forced Georgia Dome officials to declare their facility unplayable,...

Weather gives dome a scare

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It was both surreal and scary. So many things flashed through my mind during what seemed like a 10-minute rumbling (it was probably more like 30 seconds). When the sound first began, I wondered what the...