Exclusive college coverage in Florida by Gary Shelton Sports

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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Did Bulls look Strong enough to Charlie?

December 30, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 4 a.m. Through the eyes of Willie Taggart, Oregon Duck, it probably looked familiar. Through the eyes of T.J. Weist, Bull for a day, it probably looked promising. Through the eyes of Quinton Flowers, MVP for the game, it probably looked good at the end. Ah, but how did it look to Charlie Strong? […]

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Sitting one out for the old Alma Mater

December 23, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 4 a.m. So much for boolah-boolah. So much for the old college try.. Leonard Fournette is skipping the Citrus Bowl, evidently, because of Orlando traffic and the crowds at the Hillbilly Jamboree. And because he’s been hurt, and he wants to play in the NFL. He wants to practice for the NFL in ways, […]

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Strong soundbites highlight first press conference

December 16, 2016 College football

Friday, 4 a.m. Nobody loses their opening press conference. Before you can decide who the USF Bulls have hired in Charlie Strong, keep that in mind. Nobody fumbles. Nobody loses. Nobody mismanages the clock. There are no interceptions and no dumb penalties and no wasted opportunities. There are no losing streaks. There is simply a […]

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Florida has quite the collection of coaches

December 15, 2016 College football

Thursday, 3 a.m. I imagine them meeting in a quarterback’s living room. I imagine there isn’t enough of mom’s chicken wings to go around. Jimbo Fisher is at the table. Jim McElwain is at the door. Mark Richt is in the quarterback’s room. Charlie Strong is coming up the driveway. The family has put Scott […]

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On replacing Taggart, USF’s most popular coach

December 8, 2016 College football

Wednesday, 4 a.m. Once, there was a man named Willie… The first loss was shocking. Had South Florida ever been worse? Had a coach ever had a more rotten debut? It was August 31, 2013, and it’s fair to say that Willie Taggart had just done a particularly wretched job of saying hello. His team […]

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Random thoughts: Will Rams get past Jeff Fisher?

December 4, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Sunday ,5 a.m. Hi. I’m Jeff Fisher, coach for life. And next year, we hope to be even better than 7-9, whether we need to be or not. – Did Alabama score again? I drifted off. – I was shocked that Tony Dungy endorsed Willie Taggart for the Oregon job. I was thinking he’d pick […]

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Committee’s job is to select the best four. Period.

November 30, 2016 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 3 a.m. They do not cure inflation. They do not fix the Electoral College. They do not turn Justin Bieber into a musician reasonable people can stand to listen to. They pick four teams for the playoffs. That’s it. They do not make the Mid-American Conference a major league in professional football. They do […]

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