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THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: MARCH 13, 2019 SOME FIRST DAY SPRING PRACTICE NOTES About the most exciting thing that happened at Florida’s first practice of the spring Tuesday afternoon was the appearance of Tony Gray, a former Ole Miss offensive lineman who chose the Rebels over the Gators back in 2017. Listed at 6-5, 311 … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: MARCH 12, 2019 SPRING HAS SPRUNG; FOOTBALL IS HERE Spring officially begins today. Forget what the scientists say about the equinox. What the heck do they know? Anyone worth his salt knows fully well that when spring has officially sprung there is college football once again. That awkward time after the … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

The Dan Jenkins I knew was a fraud. He made it look too easy. “They should lower every pin flag on all 18 holes at The Masters in his honor. There will never be another Dan Jenkins.”—Ron Higgins. By BUDDY MARTIN I can still see him at Calvert’s on Berckmans Road in Augusta, standing there … Continue reading Dan Jenkins Remembrance

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: MARCH 11, 2019 THE HOLLOWAYS (MIKE AND GRANT): AS GOOD AS IT GETS An argument could be made and easily supported that the Holloways – Florida track coach Mike and super athlete Grant (Mike’s nephew) – are the best the NCAA has to offer right now, no matter the sport. When … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: MARCH 8, 2019 MIAMI GAME MOVED UP TO AUGUST 24 When the 2019 football season begins, the Florida Gators will take center stage. Instead of opening the season against Miami in Orlando on August 31, the opener has been moved up a week to August 24 which means the Gators will … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: MARCH 7, 2019 “He who hesitates is lost.” – English essayist Joseph Addison, 1713 With three seconds remaining in overtime and the Florida Gators (17-13, 9-8 SEC) trailing 10th-ranked LSU (25-5, 15-2 SEC), KeVaughn Allen had the ball in the left corner but instead of launching a 3-pointer he hesitated for … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: MARCH 6, 2019 CAN THE SENIORS GO OUT WINNERS TONIGHT? The final home game of the season means Senior Night for KeVaughn Allen, Kevarrius Hayes and Jalen Hudson. It probably hasn’t been the kind of senior year any of the three envisioned but if they can help the Gators (17-12, 9-7 … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: MARCH 5, 2019 A COUPLE HOURS WITH SCOT BRANTLEY I’ve been sitting at my computer for the better part of two hours trying to come up with the words that adequately describe Scot Brantley the linebacker. I spent a couple of hours with him at his Ocala home Monday afternoon and … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: MARCH 4, 2019 OPPORTUNITY LOST It was the perfect setup. Earlier in the day Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina all lost, which meant sole possession of fourth place in the SEC was there for Florida’s taking but a funny thing happened on the way to 10-6 in league play. … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY: MARCH 1, 2019 THE STREAK IS MOSTLY ABOUT THE DEFENSE To understand how the Florida Gators (17-11, 9-6 SEC) have transformed from this team that might have been sitting on the NIT bubble into one that both Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm have solidly in their NCAA brackets, you first have … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

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