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Angry Florida Gator fans are demanding swift justice and some even are quick to offer disciplinary solutions to head coach Jim McElwain for trouble-making Antonio Callaway. “Kick him off! Railroad him out of Gainesville on the Midnight Express to Nowhere! Ship him off to Second Chance U!” (My paraphrased fake comments.) These are a few … Continue reading The Crime and Punishment for Antonio Callaway

There is no easy way to say good-bye to someone who has had a pronounced influence on your life and those of thousands more. So the best way I can think of bidding an earthly farewell to Ara Parseghian, a great football coach and even greater human being who passed from Earth on Aug. 2 … Continue reading Ara’s Mantra: You Send Me A Boy … I’ll Return You A Man

There is no easy way to say good-bye to someone who has had a pronounced influence on your life and those of thousand more. So the best way I can think of bidding an earthly farewell to Ara Parseghian, a great football coach and even greater human being who passed from Earth on Aug. 2 … Continue reading You Didn’t Know? Ara Parseghian Once ‘Fired’ George Steinbrenner

There is no easy way to say good-bye to someone who has had a pronounced influence on your life and those of thousand more. So the best way I can think of bidding an earthly farewell to Ara Parseghian, a great football coach and even greater human being who passed from Earth on Aug. 2 … Continue reading You Didn’t Know? Ara Parseghian Once ‘Fired’ George Steinbrenner

Once upon a time, I wrote these words in a book I authored titled “The Boys From Old Florida: Inside Gator Nation.” “The magnificent ‘Reaves-to-Alvarez’ play will be treasured forever by all Gators, because it came like a thunderbolt, splitting a blue sky without warning. The 70-yard bomb served notice to Florida’s opponents: You’d better … Continue reading John Reaves’ Life Was More Than Just One Pass

Resuscitation of the Ocala Quarterback Club, a possible second book with Steve Spurrier and new ‘Our Town’ show on Facebook Live are latest projects for this veteran journalist and best-selling author. When the University of Florida football team opens its season next month, Ocala’s Buddy Martin will be there in the press box again, covering … Continue reading Busy Buddy Martin

Tim Tebow is a fool. He bought into the American Dream. You know – that myth which they teach us in bedtime stories and nursery rhymes about never giving up and keeping our heads down so that good things will come our way. Dreams? Balderdash! There’s no dreaming in baseball! Even though he’s packing minor … Continue reading The Joke Is On Tim Tebow … Or Is It?

Right off I’m going to confess that I’m breaking my cardinal rule. When asked about Florida’s quarterback recruits at a luncheon last week I answered: “I don’t write or talk about a player not yet in uniform.” I lied. But for a good reason. The Gator Nation is rocking today after the verbal commitment of … Continue reading O.K., Corral No Passing Fancy For Gators But Maybe A Fancy Passer

When I first I heard Jimbo Fisher’s brazen declaration of World Supremacy for the Atlantic Coast Conference, it sounded like something coming out of the White House. “I think we’ve established ourselves as the premier conference in college football,” Fisher said Thursday at ACC Media Day in Charlotte, N.C. Given that Florida State’s coach has … Continue reading It’s time to move over, Jimbo tells SEC

ON THE ROAD TO HOOVER – We awakened Monday to discover the arrival of a summer sweet spot on our doorsteps and computer screens: SEC Media Days, sort of a soft opening for the 2017 college football season. The first wave of around 1,400 media types descended upon this suburb of Birmingham, Ala. — perhaps … Continue reading A heat-seeking missile from LSU-Florida rivalry fired prior to SEC Media Days

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