Dooley Noted: Gators Need to Find Winning Way; Guest: Tom Hart of ESPN


Pat Dooley, the Gainesville Sun sports columnist, dives into another episode of the Dooley Noted podcast with guest Tom Hart, ESPN announcer. This episode Pat talks about the Gators basketball team, Billy Donovan, college football coaching, and, of course, Three Things.

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1:30 Let’s Talk Gators Basketball

9:20 Billy Donovan returns to Gatorville

12:45 What does the basketball team need to do mentally to win

16:45 Preview of Gator opponent Texas A&M

18:15 The SEC is an average basketball league this year

21:21 Interview with Tom Hart, ESPN announcer

35:20 College football coaching changes

40:00 Weird stuff in college football

48:15 Scheduling for FSU

50:00 Three Things


  1. Totally disagree that Donovan was the best coach ever at UF. Second best to SOS. I contend we did have a bit of history in BB prior to Donovan, with Kruger and Sloan. We had almost as much success in BB as FB. SOS was so innovative, such a red herring that he cannot be left off the top spot. Spurrier is what made Donovan possible.

  2. I disagree too, Pat, with something you said in your ”said podcast.” You said all that matters in college basketball is making it to the NCAA Tourney and ”how you do in said tournament.” Well, winning in SEC title in basketball, TOO, is still very, very special for some of us. As I still remember and cherish the Gators 1st ever SEC Men’s Basketball title! Thanks Vernon and the late-great Dwayne Schintzius! Go Gators!

  3. And old timers, I know Vernon Maxwell wasn’t part of the ’89 SEC Championship, but Vernon brought the ”bright lights” (both good & bad to Florida Men’s Basketball). And you local young people, Vernon Maxwell and Ricky Knight were some of the BEST ATHLETES that Gainesville, FL. has ever produced to date, in my opinion. I was literally mesmerized at times by Vernon’s athletic skill set.

  4. Pat, if I understood you correctly, you basically said that coaches and journalists have sold out.

    The coaches will say all the right things to get recruits to sign with them and then bolt for a better job. So lying can be justified when money is involved.

    Likewise, there’s the comparison between the AAF and the XFL. The difference between them is that the AAF didn’t have Fox and ESPN talking them up like they did for the XFL. Again, it comes down to money. The journalists at Fox and ESPN are owned by big money. They report (or ignore) what they are told to talk about. Is deliberate omission as bad as lying?

    So who are our role models that we can trust and respect if not the coaches and journalists? The Chief Executive? Judges? Religious leaders? Tim Tebow?