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Fun in Fort Worth

For several years, he was just a voice on the other end of the phone or an occasional text message. But on Thursday, I finally met Gilbert Little, a big Florida Gator fan who was Hal Sutton’s agent for 15 years. He called me one day many years ago about a column I had written and we stayed in touch. He moved to Fort Worth seven months ago and I showed up here for the NCAA Gymnastics. Little gave me… Read More »

Hard to find good SEC non-conference games

If the SEC doesn’t get a team into the second College Football Playoff, it only has itself to blame. The conference is still the best in the land but the non-conference scheduling is pretty pathetic. Four SEC teams don’t play a non-conference game against another Power Five conference team. Only South Carolina plays against two of them. It’s slim picking when we look for the best non-conference games in this conference, but we’ll try to rank the top 10. 1.… Read More »

SEC’s big weekends

We continue with our weekly look at the SEC schedules to get you pining for the season to start. Hey, it’s only five months away. This week, we look at the best weekends in the SEC: 1. Week 13, Nov. 28 No real surprise here that rivalry week takes the top billing. Best game: Alabama at Auburn. And then there are: FSU at Florida, Texas A&M at LSU, Clemson at South Carolina, Georgia Tech at Georgia, Missouri at Arkansas, Ole… Read More »

SEC Swing Games aplenty

The Final Four is this weekend and The Masters is next week, but it’s never too early to talk SEC football around here. So for the next few weeks we’re going to look at the conference and the schedules each team will face. Today, we look at the Swing Games. Everyone’s definition of a Swing Game is different. To me, it’s the game that doesn’t necessarily define a season like a rivalry game, but it’s a game that each team… Read More »

Sunday Blog from Nashville

The Sunday Blog comes at you from rainy Nashville where the skies are clearing and there are puddles on the ground. Puddles of what, I have no idea. 1. Florida may be a long way from the NCAA Tournament, but the Gators are represented because of Wyoming’s big win Saturday in the Mountain West Tournament. Not only is former UF assistant Larry Shyatt going to the Big Dance but Matt Wise, who served as a grad assistant to Billy Donovan… Read More »

Sunday Blog Marches On

The Sunday Blog took last week off because my fingertips needed a rest. But it’s back today on another busy weekend. * The Sunday Blog received word late Saturday night that Kentucky gymnast Shelby Hilton, who had to be removed on a rolling stretcher Friday night after hitting her head on the floor exercise, sustained no injuries from her fall but was held in Gainesville for observation. It was sobering moment when the O’Connell Center was dead quiet while Hilton… Read More »

Five sports, four days, one Sunday Blog

One of the reasons I still enjoy living in Gainesville after 28 years is a weekend like this one. Look, football is my favorite sport and I love college basketball. But I am also appreciative of the other sports and the fact that Florida is so good in them makes it even more interesting. So covering five events in four days was a blast. This diary is probably more for me than you, but here it goes: Thursday: I’m going… Read More »


The Sunday Blog returns after a short hiatus. Hope everyone enjoyed the Super Bowl, National Signing Day, the bowl season and the first half of college basketball conference seasons. Man, I missed a lot. 1. There has been a lot of criticism about the disingenuous coaches in college football recruiting kids to one school and then leaving once they sign. It has been a part of college football for a long time, but it’s getting more attention this season because… Read More »

A Saturday Blog

Just because I’m in the mood, a rare sighting — The Saturday Blog. 1. If you thought Alabama-Auburn was big before … the tag team of GusChamp vs. SabaLane should be something. I think Will Muschamp made the right choice, turning down a Houston program that is on the periphery of big-time football to stay in the SEC. It’s pretty amazing that Muschamp and new Florida coach Jim McElwain will be making roughly the same salary this season. But in… Read More »

Freeze never met with UF or received offer

Hugh Freeze has reached an agreement with Ole Miss on a contract that will pay him $4 million a year, according to reports. That would put Freeze out of the running for the Florida job. The question is whether or not he was ever a serious contender. There was no offer made to Freeze, despite numerous false reports that there was. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley never met with Freeze and if you know anything about Foley, he has never… Read More »