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COUNTDOWN TO FIRING DAY: EDITION FIVE Saturday marks the midway point of the college football season and unless some coach gets the hook this weekend we’ll head into the second half schedule still looking for the first firing. There are some strong candidates for a negotiated buyout and the obligatory press conference in which they … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; OCTOBER 4, 2018 CUTTING THE HEAD OFF THE SNAKE – AGAIN Another week and the game plan for the 22nd-ranked Florida Gators (4-1, 2-1 SEC) will seem a lot like the one that worked so well last week when the Gators stopped Mississippi State, 13-7, in Starkville. It’s called cut the … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; OCTOBER 3, 2018 MIKE WHITE STRIKES AGAIN One day after landing 4-star center Omar Payne (6-9, 215, Kissimmee, FL/Montverde, FL Montverde Academy), Florida basketball coach Mike White landed the second 5-star recruit in his 2019 class when small forward Scottie Lewis (6-5, 185, Evantown, NJ Ranney School) committed to the Gators … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

“It was under that Big Oak Tree with Wisteria in 1988 that I first talked personal business with Jack Vickers while covering the Masters for the Denver Post – a conversation that would change my life….” By BUDDY MARTIN Jack Vickers drove expensive cars, wintered in Palm Springs, drank the best Scotch money can buy, … Continue reading Remembering Jack Vickers: A man with class, grace, style, vision and respect for others

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; OCTOBER 2, 2018 IT STARTS UP FRONT Since that embarrassing manhandling at the hands of the Kentucky Wildcats in the second game of the season, Florida’s defensive front seven has undergone a serious transformation. They were a sieve against Kentucky, allowing 303 rushing yards (7.19 per carry), but they’ve turned into … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; OCTOBER 1, 2018 A few thoughts to kick start your Monday morning. The defining moment in Florida’s 13-6 win over Mississippi State Saturday night in Starkville came with 7:28 remaining in the game with Florida facing fourth-and-one at the MSU 13. Dan Mullen’s initial instinct had been to go for it … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

COUNTDOWN TO FIRING DAY: EDITION FOUR September is waning and we still haven’t had a firing in college football, which comes as somewhat of a shock. We’re close. Buzzards are circling at a number of places, but we still haven’t had that first good press conference where some AD and school president talk about what … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; SEPTEMBER 27, 2018 A few thoughts to kick start your Thursday morning. Florida’s defensive task Saturday night in Starkville is to neutralize Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. On the other side of the ball, the Gators have to find a way to control the line of scrimmage. They will be going … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 A few thoughts to kick start your Wednesday morning. The late, great Al McGuire once described his defensive philosophy as “you cut the head off the snake.” Al was talking basketball but the same philosophy applies to football, particularly for the Florida Gators when they travel to Starkville … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; SEPTEMBER 25, 2018 A few thoughts to kick start your Tuesday morning. Two years after his death, Thomas Wolfe’s marvelous novel “You Can’t Go Home Again” was published, a tale about an author named George Webber who writes a book with references to his hometown. When Webber returns home, he receives … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

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