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Will Zaire gamble pay off for Gators?

June 5, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Monday, 4 a.m. For a moment, for just a moment, he was a star. For a moment, for the flickering of a light, college football’s future seemed to belong to him. Instead, Malik Zaire became a very small deal, an afterthought for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Mostly, he watched. Mainly, he waited. He was […]

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A glance back at the Final Four, heaven’s darling

April 4, 2017 Basketball

Wednesday, 4 a.m. It has gotten younger. It has gotten bigger. It has gotten louder. And still, heaven loves the Final Four. The games are so good, and the moments are so plentiful, that most of us don’t notice that, really, the talent isn’t what it once was. How could it be? So many freshmen […]

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Can Gregory be the guy to make you care about USF?

March 15, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 4 a.m. The only thing I know for sure about the USF men’s basketball program is this: I think they should have one. So someone needs to clean the gym. Hang some baskets. Blow up a ball. Buy matching shorts. Get this barn ready to burn. Hoop city, baby. Wait. What? They do? Already? […]

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Here’s to those who would doubt Dalvin

March 8, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Tuesday, 4 a.m. No offense to Dalvin Cook, but I hope scouts look at his surgically repaired shoulder and shake their heads. I hope they look at his 40-times, where six backs were better, and come to the conclusion that he is Pee-Wee Herman in cleats. I hope they look at his vertical jump and […]

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The problem: Cheaters sometimes do win

February 21, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Monday, 4 a.m. You love your alma mater. You remember the days walking past the library, smelling the spring air. You remember hanging around the student union and drinking milk shakes. You remember the football stadium on Saturday afternoons, and the way you would paint your face and scream for your team. It’s your school, […]

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The appeal of recruiting goes beyond reason

February 2, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 4 a.m. I’m going to be honest here. I don’t know Cam Akers from Green Acres. I don’t know James Robinson from Mrs. Robinson. Coo-Coo-Ca-Choo. I’m not sure if Kevaughn Dingle is still single and ready to mingle, or if he’s a receiver who will make Bulls’ fans tingle. You know what? If you’re […]

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Random thoughts: Can Longo reach Hall of Fame?

January 22, 2017 College Sports in Florida

USA Today ranked the next Hall of Famer for every team. The Rays’ representative was Evan Longoria, although the website said he needed “four or five” more productive seasons. Still, the website pointed out the considerable distance between Longoria and the next guy. – Maybe it’s just me, but I’d have Fred McGriff first. But […]

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Even after Saban, Bryant lives in memories

January 9, 2017 Alabama

Monday, 4 a.m. He looked as if he was cut out of leather. He sounded as if his voice was being dragged across the rocks. When he stared at you, you would swear he saw clear to the other side. He was Bear Bryant. And he still matters. The years have not been kind to […]

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Gators’ coach McElwain faces his toughest job

January 3, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Tuesday, 5 a.m. The first season is always tough. There are new faces and new opponents, new schemes and new surroundings. The second season is a grind, too. Everyone wonders if you can repeat your success. Everyone wonders if the league can catch onto you. Ah, but for Jim McElwain, Gator, it is the third […]

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FSU wins Orange Bowl on incredible comeback

December 31, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 2:30 a.m. FSU had blown it. They had the game in their grasp, and they had let it slip away. It was going to be a lousy finish for the Seminoles. It was going to sting for a while. And then it wasn’t. The Seminoles charged from behind with a memorable comeback to beat […]

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