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Sports writers were fun-loving, hard-working journalists, often overworked and unappreciated. The SEC Skywriters, however, was sort of a flying press box with assigned tasks. Writing about SEC football made those assignments important. “At that time, all anybody cared about below the Mason-Dixon Line was SEC football. East of the Mississippi River and South of the Mason-Dixon Line, that was their world. The Skywriters covered that world,” said noted sports writer/columnist Dave Kindred, who later joined the 1969 Skywriters for one campaign.

The ring is a constant reminder to Scott Trimble of what happened on the field in 1984 By FRANZ BEARD On the field, the Florida Gators won the Southeastern Conference championship, the first in school history, but off-the-field run-ins with the NCAA put the Gators in the NCAA jailhouse. Five months after a championship season … Continue reading 1984 Gators: A Championship Scorned

Buddy Martin was one of 21 sports writers on the inaugural flight of the 1966 SEC Skywriters. As sports editor of Florida Today, he made all 10 stops and wrote numerous articles. His roommate was Neil Amdur of the Miami Herald. Martin and Amdur would one day wind up as semi-competitors in New York. Buddy became sports editor of the New York Daily News. Neil was sports editor of the New York Times.

The phone rang, and when I picked it up, I could almost hear the grins of Steve Spurrier wafting over the AT&T airwaves when I said: “So, you’re a Head Ball Coach again! Congratulations. I’m so happy for you.” In case you missed the announcement March 20, the Alliance of American Football, an eight-team development…

What the Florida basketball team needs is a closer. Maybe Scott Stricklin should hire Mariano Riviera as a consultant to Mike White, because right now the Gators couldn’t close the door of a barn if you spotted them a 150-mph Kansas tornado at their back. Yet another game got away on Saturday as the Gators …

We gotta stop this stuff, Gator Nation. We’re getting all mushy about Dan Mullen, who has been on the job less than three months. He hasn’t called a play yet for Florida, let alone won a game. He just simply can’t be that good, can he? Part of this is the “Love At First Sight” …

Buddy Martin’s Stocking Stuffers: 1. Why do I keep hearing about Percy Harvin sightings on the Florida campus and suggestions that he has been retained in some capacity as a member of Dan Mullen’s staff? Seems to me Percy’s relationship as a player with Mullen’s trusted offensive assistant Billy Gonzalez was anything but stellar. Things …

Where I grew up, the incoming Florida quarterback was always going to be the next Crown Prince. It’s been that way all the way back to the dark ages of Gator football, when I first heard the names Angus Williams and Haywood Sullivan. There’s always been an implied birthright – right through the Tim Tebow … Continue reading College Football Recruiting Just Got A Whole Lot Worse

Florida fans can exhale now and be thankful that it’s so much greater to be a Gator than a Vol right now – not to mention a Seminole. Hard to believe it hasn’t even been a week since Gator Nation felt like its world was spinning out control, Tennessee style, after they were jilted by Benedict Arnold Kelly.   On … Continue reading The Mullens Are Bringing That Old-Time Family Feeling Back To Gainesville

Somehow, I inadvertently inherited the Chip Kelly Watch and I would like to get off the train as soon as possible to enjoy my “Thankmas” celebration.   As my family of journalists from three states understands from all their past experiences, however, I just can’t let go of this story until a resolution is reached and … Continue reading Florida’s Undercover Mission: The Silence Is Deafening, But We Hear You and See You, Chip Kelly

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