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COUNTDOWN TO FIRING DAY: EDITION SIX This is that time of year when certain Division I college football coaches are going to feel as if there is a blowtorch permanently lodged in the khaki pants they wear on the sideline. In other words, the firing season is about to begin. One coach whose time of … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; OCTOBER 11, 2018 VULNERABLE VANDY In each of their three losses this season, the Vanderbilt Commodores (3-3, 0-2 SEC) have given up more than 200 rushing yards. Notre Dame pounded out 245 yards (5.1 per carry) in a 22-17 win over Vandy. South Carolina, which isn’t known for its prolific running … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; OCTOBER 10, 2018 IMPROVEMENT ON THE O-LINE Call it the Hevesy Effect. We haven’t seen a drastic change in personnel on the offensive line but Florida’s offensive numbers, while not great, are much improved over 2017. Four of the O-line starters (LT Martez Ivey, LG Tyler Jordan, RG Fred Johnson and … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; OCTOBER 9, 2018 AVOIDING COMPLACENCY After two straight wins over ranked teams, the critical task for the 14th-ranked Florida Gators (5-1, 3-1 SEC) this week is to maintain their focus, avoiding what some might think is the inevitable letdown when they travel to Nashville to face unranked Vanderbilt (3-3, 0-2 SEC), … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

THOUGHTS OF THE DAY; OCTOBER 8, 2018 THAT WAS THE WEEK THAT WAS In the course of eight days the Gators whacked then 23rd-ranked Mississippi State on the road in Starkville, picked up basketball commitments from 4-star center Omar Payne and 5-star wing Scottie Lewis and then rocked The Swamp with a 27-19 win over … Continue reading Franz Beard: Thoughts of the Day

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

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