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Brenden Martin shot this little video of Dan Mullen “Coming Home.” DanTweeted it: Coach Mullen @CoachDanMullen “Thank you Gator Nation. See you back in The Swamp again next week.” vimeo.com/287886614 @buddyshow #GNKStayLoyalToTheKingdom Thank you Gator Nation. See you back in The Swamp again next week. https://t.co/Wyn0Rnis6f @buddyshow — Dan Mullen (@CoachDanMullen) September 2, 2018

Late night Tuesday thoughts; August 28, 2018 A few late Tuesday evening thoughts: 1. Right now, Nick Buchanan is listed on Florida’s depth chart as the starting center with T.J. McCoy as the backup for the season opener with Charleston Southern. You’ll notice that the backup left guard is Brett Heggie, who missed all of … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

Thoughts of the Day/Night on Opening Week: By FRANZ BEARD 1. Feleipe Franks will start at quarterback Saturday when the Florida Gators open their 2018 football season with Charleston Southern. That doesn’t necessarily mean the quarterback situation is 100% settled but it does give Franks the opportunity to settle it on the field against live … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day/Night on Opening Week

Hidden Treasure Uncovered: Two ‘Missing’ Skywriters Surface Another in a series about the inaugural flight of the SEC Skywriters Tour which helped inspire the biggest college preseason football extravaganza on Earth: SEC Media Days By BUDDY MARTIN They were working stiffs. Their parents were survivors of The Great Depression when any job was a good … Continue reading Part 3: College Football In Black & White: The SEC Skywriters Of 1966

Thoughts of the day: By FRANZ BEARD 1. Here are three exceptional reasons to be optimistic about Florida football in 2018: (1) Dan Mullen won 65 games and went to eight straight bowl games at Mississippi State while playing in the SEC West with far less talent in any of his nine seasons in Starkville … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

Thoughts of the day: By FRANZ BEARD 1. If there is one thing that became abundantly clear Wednesday night when Megan Mullen spoke to the Ocala Quarterback Club at Center State Bank it was the University of Florida football program not only is in good hands for now and in the future but Scott Stricklin … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

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…