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It was like a playoff win. When you measure the residual fallout from Florida’s timely Outback Bowl victory you can easily label is one the one of most important of Jim McElwain’s brief era. However, with the rest of the state schools closing in on Gator Country, there isn’t much time. The UF’s recruiting universe … Continue reading McElwain answers his critics with bowl win

Well, Alabama head football coach Nick Saban apparently couldn’t spend another seven days with Lane Kiffin as his offensive coordinator. Not surprised – Kiffin has that effect on people. Saban, whose No. 1 Crimson Tide seeks a second consecutive College Football Playoff National Championship against No. 2 Clemson next Monday at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium, … Continue reading Lane Kiffin is his own worst enemy

If I was a betting man, I’d make book on this: Ohio State will be back in the national championship picture in 2017, if not the College Football Playoff National Championship Game when it is played on Jan. 8, 2018 at Atlanta’s new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The reason? Urban Meyer. The Buckeyes’ coach certainly didn’t like … Continue reading Been there, done that: Urban Meyer knows how to make changes and win national championships

By Peter B. Gallagher Peter B. Gallagher is a writer of story, song, poem and legend who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has documented his experiences in the Old South, where he was born, and in the New South, where he lives now, since the 1960s. Swamp buggies once roamed over South Florida anywhere … Continue reading Last Stand of the Swamp Creatures Takes Place in Collier County

By Peter B. Gallagher Peter B. Gallagher is a writer of story, song, poem and legend who lives in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has documented his experiences in the Old South, where he was born, and in the New South, where he lives now, since the 1960s. When Seminole medicine man Bobby Henry has to … Continue reading Bobby Henry: Seminoles’ Main Man of Medicine

When Terry Bradshaw elected to say that Pittsburgh’s Mike Tomlin was “not a great coach,” it stirred a firestorm among Steeler fans. Tomlin fired back that he was a Dallas Cowboys’ backer anyway and also grew up a Hollywood Henderson fan. Terry tells Buddy Martin that he meant nothing by the comment, “and I really … Continue reading Bradshaw on Tomlin: In his defense I would say ‘touche’

We’re gonna need a bigger dishwasher – to deal with all the bowls we have this holiday season. Not counting the three bowl games that will decide the eventual national champion, there are 38 other postseason games in the Football Bowls Subdivision (FBS for short). Double that and add the four teams playing in the … Continue reading We don’t need more bowl games — we need more Tupperware

Ali, Howe, Summitt and Palmer – now that’s a sports Mount Rushmore if ever there was one. All overcame humble beginnings to become greats in their chosen professions as well as human beings.

Just a couple of days after the gleeful leap of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott into the Salvation Army bucket in the end zone at AT&T Stadium, Steve Spurrier was walking into a Gainesville restaurant when he noticed a bell ringer. Spurrier, always known as a thrifty man, reached into wallet and found five … Continue reading Ezekiel Elliott’s jump one giant leap for the Salvation Army

MOCCASIN GAP — Frank Bradley credits his long life to hard work, homemade sausage and buttered grits. At 84, he is still willowy, still a tough old cob with a bone-crushing handshake. • Sometimes, just to keep his cardiologist happy, he eats Cheerios for breakfast. But not every day. He’s a Florida boy. One day … Continue reading At the old-timey Bradley’s Country Store, the grits are fresh and Florida history keeps turning

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