Dooley Noted: A lot going on in college football

Florida Gators head coach Dan Mullen stands on the sideline before the start of the rivalry game against the Florida State Seminoles in Tallahassee on November 24, 2018. The Florida Gators won 41-14. [Lauren Bacho/Staff Photographer]

Sun sports columnist Pat Dooley flies solo this week in another episode of the Dooley Noted podcast. Pat talks about Urban Meyer, teams in bowl games, Seasons of College Football, spreads and of course Three Things.

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1:00  There’s a lot going on in college football

1:36  Urban Meyer announces retirement

6:30  What’s Meyer’s legacy

10:00  Gators get to the Peach Bowl

12:30  Kirby Smart lost a lot in the game

18:15  What’s the bowl games going to be like

27:00  The Seasons of College Football

27:04  The voting season

32:25  The hiring season

34:50 The transaction season

38:45  Spreads and bowls to watch

43:30  Three Things


  1. What can’t people understand about the concept of “innocent until proven guilty”? That is a principle we are supposed to embrace in this country. Zac Smith denies he did it. Women sometimes make false accusations. I don’t agree that you should fire a guy because of an accusation. If he gets convicted, then fire him. If it is causing a distraction at work, then suspend him until it is resolved. But it’s not “looking the other way” or defending abuse when you have no way of knowing who is telling the truth. Employers and bosses are not criminal prosecutors or judges.

    • If it wasn’t for the text where the guy admitted choking his wife I wouldn’t condemn him. And there is no doubt that Urban knew what was going in when he now admits that he protected him because of who he was related to. Otherwise I’m in complete agreement on innocent until proven guilty.

      • Hi Sparky. Yeah, I know what you mean at the text, but that is again why we have courts of law rather to review evidence in its entirety rather than public opinion. We only saw what was put out by her. One possible explanation- text replies like that can often be replying to something texted previously and then the person sends another text before the person could send the reply. That could lead to a situation where someone appears to be replying to one thing but is actually replying to something else. Is that the case here? I have no idea. Again, I’m not saying the guy is innocent. He might be guilty as hell. I am only saying we should let the judicial system do its job before we condemn a person and take away his livelihood. I don’t believe in employers taking the law into their own hands.

    • Patrick, I agree with you.

      Zac Smith clearly has anger management issues and this story goes back at least to 2009, when he was on Meyer’s staff at UF. Yet, for reasons known only to her, his wife remained by his side through multiple “incidents,” job changes and relocations until sometime in 2016.

      I would NEVER even consider physically abusing a woman. The thought of it is repulsive to me. However, my wife of nearly 40 years has commented to me when stories like this one pop up, that I would only get one chance to hit her and she’d be out the door faster than a scalded cat. So, it definitely takes two to tango and the Smiths had what I would refer to as a “complex” relationship.

      Can any of us, not knowing the “complex” inner workings of that dysfunctional marriage, really pass judgement over it? I know I can’t blame Urban Meyer for choosing to stay out of that situation until it became a distraction to his program. Alas, post modern America clearly does NOT agree with Meyer’s call on this one.

      • Hi StL. Yeah, well it’s not unusual for a victim to stick around in an abusive relationship. Is that what happened here? Again, I don’t know. We don’t even know if she was a victim or if he was an abuser. Key terms at this point are “alleged” and “accused”. Let’s let the judicial system figure that out with due process.

        • Patrick, in light of today’s “Me Too” movement, “due process” for men is DEAD in the court of American public opinion. Any man with a public profile today is “deemed guilty” the minute any woman makes a public allegation of abuse against him, period, end of discussion. No trials in legal courts are necessary.

          Men are serial “abusers” and women are their “victims,” regardless of facts, or witness testimony. That’s the media “narrative” today and anyone who challenges it will be destroyed in the court of public opinion.

          Meyer didn’t fully appreciate this aspect of post-modern American culture when he LIED to the media at Big 10 Media Days to protect his friend’s privacy. He well knew of the Smiths’ marital problems back then and Mrs. Smith (for her own reasons) made him pay dearly for denying it. The media was only too happy to act as his judge, jury and executioner. After all, he is NOT a member of any protected “victim” group, which made him fair game.

          So, now Meyer’s “health issues” have claimed another successful stint at a major university. The “heat in the kitchen” just got too high for his “brain cyst” to deal with.

          Most people have rejoiced over this news. Karma being what it is, he “got what he had coming to him.” However, I for one, am saddened that a hall of fame coaching career may have ended on such a sour note.

          Go Gators!!!

  2. It’s kind of nice resting in the comfort knowing Dan Mullin brought this team back from the rut in one good season. The MI game will be interesting to see how Dan utilizes the prep and game to prepare for the Spring and next year. MI maybe too tough to bring in Emory Jones or things could go so bad it doesn’t matter and he plays a package anyway. Winning the game would have value, but not that much. Based on last year, this year is a solid 8 or 9 out of 10. Recruiting is already benefiting. Predict FSU sinks further into their hole. UT is better off than them.

    We do eventually have to live the affects of our actions. That’s what keeps getting to Meyer.
    Pat: The pod cast was very informative tonight! Thumbs up.

    • The intriguing thing about the upcoming game vs. Michigan is that the Gators will be starting the same QB and essentially the same OL that were embarrassed in the 2017 opener. There will be no shortage of motivation on that side of the ball for us. Our D held its own in that game, at least until it became clear our O was inept. Then, they did what became their MO the rest of that miserable season. They quit! Something tells me that won’t happen this time.

      Jones should practice and be rewarded for it with his own package of plays vs. Michigan. However, if bowl games are meant to reward the players that brung you there, Franks should start and play most of the game.

      I’m not as pessimistic as some other folks about the Gators’ chances in this one. If we don’t turn the ball over and put some pressure on their QB, we have a chance to finally win one against Michigan.

      Go Gators!!!

      • This is one of those games where I really have no idea what will happen. I agree that Franks should start, but I hope to see a lot of Jones (hopefully not for bad reasons). We did well this season, so whatever happens happens. I’m happy. I just hope it’s a good game and we put up a good fight. With Mullen I think we will. I look forward to kicking back with some cold beer and enjoying it.