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Dooleys Desk

Insightful commentary from our sports columnist

NIT expenses worth it

At a school that just gave its football coach a $750,000 raise per year, 10 percent of that feels like tip money. But that’s about what Florida spent on its three-game run in the National Invitation Tournament, right around $75,000 according to UAA executive associate athletic director Chip Howard. Had the O’Connell Center been available, Florida would have hosted all three rounds and actual would have made some money. But the O-Dome is under construction forcing the Gators to travel,… Read More »

Just in time, Top 25

Another college football season is in the rear-view mirror so, of course, everyone with a pulse has come out with what they call the “way too early” Top 25 predictions for next season. Why is it way too early? It’s never too early to think about the next college football season. Even if there are still decisions to be made for juniors. Even when there are staffs that will have some changes once signing day comes. Even if there are… Read More »

Final Sunday Blog of football season

The Back Nine comes at you a little late after an uneventful drive down I-75. Which is the best way to drive down I-75. 1. Even though the crowd at the Georgia Dome was 70-30 in favor of Alabama, I never felt like noise was an issue. People in the stands told me the Alabama fans were almost bored with the game. And Florida fans did a heckuva job despite being outnumbered. There are some questions I can’t answer, but… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, as tired as Florida’s defense in the fourth quarter

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a late Saturday night/Sunday morning. The tailgates were great, the game not so much. 1. So here are some stats to throw at you concerning Florida’s offense this season: Total offense — 104th in the nation. Third down conversions — 81st. Red zone scoring — 116th. Isn’t the Florida head coach supposed to be an offensive guy? Obviously, the quarterback situation is a mess and the lack of playmakers is still a leftover… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week 12

The Sunday Blog comes at you after another late night of watching college football games go down to the wire. It never gets old. 1. It has been hard to watch the way the Florida offense has regressed since the Georgia game. Some of it is an offensive line that seems to have hit a wall. Some of it is a quarterback who refuses to throw the ball to open receivers. Some of it has been play-calling. Whatever it is,… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week 11

 The Sunday Blog comes at you from I-95 (don’t worry, Robbie’s driving) after another Florida win in an improbable season: 1. Jim McElwain and Dabo Swinney had something in common. They were both trying to explain to the media how tough it is to win college football games. I get it, believe me. All you have to do is sit and watch a night of college football to understand that it’s not about style points over the course of a… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week 10

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a long night of watching football. Oh, and I also saw Florida vs. Vanderbilt. 1. Wow, did you see where there are more than 30 Missouri players who are refusing to practice because the president of the university hasn’t done enough about racism? His name is Tim Wolfe and he doesn’t plan to resign. There have been a series of incidents and he apparently has been sitting on his hands. 2. Quote of… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Nine

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a great weekend, the best part of which was spending some time with my father in St. Augustine. 1. So, Georgia went to its third-team quarterback because he would give the Bulldogs a different look and … that didn’t happen. “The big thing with Faton (Bauta) is — mobile guy, can make some plays with his legs, and things like that, and we were looking for a spark,” offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said.… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Eight

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a perfect Saturday off. The only bad thing is that it’s over. 1. There are a lot of reasons why I don’t gamble. Saturday was definitely one of them. It looked to me like the lock of the year was FSU giving only 6½ points to an awful Georgia Tech team. Unless it was third-ranked Utah being an underdog at 3-3 USC. How do these guys know things that I don’t? I guess… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, Week Seven

The Sunday Blog comes at you after a weekend of cool weather and a hot football game in Baton Rouge. 1. It’s amazing that Florida had a chance to win Saturday night’s game despite getting nothing from the running game. Take away the 55 yards on scramble runs for Treon Harris and the Gators ran 18 times for 35 yards. LSU has a really tough defense, but the Tigers played two deep safeties for much of the game which should… Read More »