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Wednesdays With Dr. Football, Vol. III

It’s time for Wednesday’s with Dr. Football, your weekly summer football fix. But first, a shout-out to the Gator softball team. LOUDER! Ohh-ohh-oh-oh-oh-oh-ohh. 1. With so many teams replacing quarterbacks, the SEC race is as open as it has been in awhile. And I’m not just talking about the top. What’s a person to do about Missouri, which lost so much talent? And Texas A&M, which kicked two players off a bad defense on Tuesday? Or Georgia, which has already… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, Vol. II

Wednesdays With Dr. Football is a weekly online feature that will continue until the start of football season. 1. I’m not sure when the love/hate relationship began for Florida fans with quarterback Jeff Driskel. Was it the Sugar Bowl when he had three turnovers and the Gators lost to Louisville? Or was it the Miami game when he made three bad throws and threw for 291 yards? Both were debilitating losses for the Gator Nation and there are plenty of… Read More »

RPI or RIP?

In any sport, RPI isn’t the only definitive factor when NCAA committees set up their tournaments. But it’s always interesting to look at it as a tool that helps them slot teams. Clearly, when it comes to baseball, RPI is an ever-changing dynamic. Some years it matters, some years it’s almost irrelevant. But I thought it would be interesting to look at the cumulative RPIs of each baseball regional. It’s not surprising that Florida’s is the toughest because when it… Read More »

Wednesdays With Dr. Football, Volume I

After a brief respite from blogging, I’m back. To help get you through the summer, every Wednesday until game week this space will be devoted to “Wednesdays With Dr. Football” with five topics about college football. 1. I keep hearing and reading these rumors about Florida renewing its series with Miami. Forget it. It’s not going to happen. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has said in the past that he is open to playing a game down the road at… Read More »

The Sunday Blog, marooned in Dallas

The Sunday Blog is a little cranky today because the NCAA won’t allow us to leave our hotels early despite the Florida loss and despite the fact that the power has been out all morning. Death to the NCAA. Greedy is way too soft a word. 1. A perfect example of how poor offense can lead to a run by the other team came against UConn. Casey Prather was on a fast break and tried to lob the ball awkwardly… Read More »

The Sunday Blog heads to the Final Four

The Sunday Blog comes at you after three hours of sleep, which is about 20 minutes less than someone who was supposed to share a cab with us to the airport. I’m not naming names, Open Mike. 1. Memphis should have a regional every year. Check that, I should get to cover a regional in Memphis every year. You couldn’t have asked for a better situation with the Westin hotel across the street from the arena and a block from… Read More »

Sunday Blog and on to Memphis

The Sunday Blog is more tired than Scottie Wilbekin right now. Long drive home. The good news is I get to drive back to Orlando Tuesday top fly to Memphis. Hey, it’s a tough job watching all this great basketball. 1. You kind of get blinded by the work in these tournaments and spend way less time looking at other news than you do at what you’re covering. Buzz Williams left Marquette for Virginia Tech? Marquette is targeting Ben Howland?… Read More »

Quick look at Florida’s bracket

In the press room, which is a term you can only use loosely as the SEC Tournament because of all the hanger-ons, Billy Donovan’s dad was looking at the TV where the Selection Show was being broadcast. ‘They didn’t do us any favors, huh?” he said with his ever-present smile. Florida’s bracket for the NCAA Tournament appears to be a tough one on the surface. The Gators face the Albany-Mount St. Mary’s winner in the opener and those two teams… Read More »

The Sunday Blog from Atlanta

The Sunday Blog comes to you from a rainy Atlanta where Round III of Florida-Kentucky will take place. Coincidentally, I watched the last 15 minutes of Rocky III last tonight. 1. Here is one thing I have learned from the SEC Tournament — they still don’t get it. And they’re still calling it. We wondered if the new emphasis on hand-checking would subside as the season wore on. Remember when they decided a few years ago to penalize coaches who… Read More »

The undefeated Sunday Blog

The Sunday Blog comes at you a little late because I didn’t know we lost an hour last night. Or did we gain an hour? All I know is I have a headache. Saturday was that much fun. 1. Seriously, it wasn’t enough to beat Kentucky to make history. The Gators had to pummel the Wildcats. They recorded the largest UF win over Kentucky in program history. They teased the Kiddies there in the second half and then pulled away… Read More »