University of Florida

Is Mullen’s task harder than Spurrier’s?

November 29, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 4 a.m. You are Dan Mullen, Boss Gator. And where do you start? You are Mullen, the guy who finally didn’t say no. Chip Kelly is off trying to spell UCLA. Scott Frost will soon be trying to make Nebraska relevant again. But you are here, and as unimpressed as some may be with […]

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The Predictions: Can Miami knock off Notre Dame?

November 10, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Friday, 2 a.m. Twenty years have passed. The volume has not ceased. Want to get up the dander of a University of Miami football fan? Want to hear a Notre Dame fan launch into the Victory March? Then mention the Convicts against the Catholics. In some ways, they’re still playing the game. Now, that’s a […]

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Florida, FSU sink in the world of college football

October 18, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Wednesday, 3 a.m. The big guys have turned into little guys. The little guys have become big. Footballs now come with training wheels attached. The world is upside down. Welcome to Florida, the land that big-time football forgot. Quarterbacks are equipped with scatterguns. There are too many bulbs for the scoreboards. Coaching seats are warming […]

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Missed extra point dooms Gators vs. LSU

October 8, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 3 a.m. It’s a sandwich play. You know, a bathroom play. A let-the-cat out play. A take-a-break-from-the-game play. Usually, you don’t even think about an extra point. It’s a short putt. It’s a layup. It’s a routine grounder to short. It’s a point-after kick. And when a team has a kicker like Eddy Piniero, […]

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Will this be the year that Miami finally beats FSU?

October 5, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Thursday, 2 a.m. How much does it matter who a team has played? Answer that, and perhaps you can guess who will win Saturday’s game between Miami and FSU. Miami, for intance, is 3-0. But it’s 3-0 while playing Bethune-Cookman, Toledo and Duke. It would be a huge story if the Hurricanes had lost to […]

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Gators return to Franks in win over Vanderbilt

October 1, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 3 a.m. Once again, frankly, it’s Feleipe. Redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks resumed his control of the University of Florida offense Saturday afternoon, coming off the bench to lead a 38-24 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores. Florida had trailed, 17-14, before taking over in the second half. Franks, who replaced injured starter Luke Del Rio, […]

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Random Thoughts: Exporting the Jags is cruel

September 24, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Sunday 4 a.m. I love Great Britain, which gave us the Beatles, Shakespeare, James Bond, King Arthur, Robin Hood, the Rolling Stones and Ms. Peel, among others. So why are we giving them back the Jaguars in return? Hey, this isn’t North Korea. – I haven’t been paying attention. Tell me: When did Butch Jones […]

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College roundup: FSU falls in Blackman’s debut

September 23, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Saturday, 7 p.m. A season that started with great expectations has turned to disappointment already. The FSU Seminoles fell to 0-2 Saturday with a 27-21 loss to North Carolina State at Doak Campbell Stadium. If you want, you can call it the final casualty of Hurricane Irma; the Seminoles played after a 21-day layoff. The […]

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Hail Feleipe! Gators win on game’s final play

September 17, 2017 College Sports in Florida

Sunday, 4 a.m. The pass soared straight and long. It went beyond the doubts and critics. It went beyond the questions and the whispers. It flew above Will Muschamp, and above Jeff Driskell, and above Will Greer. It went behind average quarterbacks on the fields of the legends. It went beyond a bad offense and […]

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Which team could have used a game the most?

September 8, 2017 College football

Friday, 3 a.m. As far as a football team goes, they all needed to play. Really, they did. You should have no problem, however, with the series of cancellations in which Miami, Florida, USF and then FSU all pulled the plug on what probably would have been a series of easy victories for this weekend. […]

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