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 … Continue reading The Real Reason Steve Spurrier Chose To Be The HBC Again

Apr 09, 2018
Buddy Martin

What the Florida basketball team needs is a closer. Maybe Scott Stricklin should hire Mariano Riviera as a consultant to Mike White, because right now the Gators couldn’t close the door of a barn if you spotted them a 150-mph Kansas tornado at their back. Yet another game got away on Saturday as the Gators … Continue reading ‘Here Lie Mike White’s Gators’ – Or Do They?

Feb 18, 2018
Buddy Martin

We gotta stop this stuff, Gator Nation. We’re getting all mushy about Dan Mullen, who has been on the job less than three months. He hasn’t called a play yet for Florida, let alone won a game. He just simply can’t be that good, can he? Part of this is the “Love At First Sight” … Continue reading How Mullen Resembles Gators’ Two National Championship Coaches

Feb 13, 2018
Buddy Martin

Buddy Martin’s Stocking Stuffers: 1. Why do I keep hearing about Percy Harvin sightings on the Florida campus and suggestions that he has been retained in some capacity as a member of Dan Mullen’s staff? Seems to me Percy’s relationship as a player with Mullen’s trusted offensive assistant Billy Gonzalez was anything but stellar. Things … Continue reading Mercy, Mr. Percy — Can These Rumors Possibly Be True? Dilly Dilly & Merry Merry!

Dec 24, 2017
Buddy Martin

Where I grew up, the incoming Florida quarterback was always going to be the next Crown Prince. It’s been that way all the way back to the dark ages of Gator football, when I first heard the names Angus Williams and Haywood Sullivan. There’s always been an implied birthright – right through the Tim Tebow … Continue reading College Football Recruiting Just Got A Whole Lot Worse

Dec 19, 2017
Buddy Martin

Florida fans can exhale now and be thankful that it’s so much greater to be a Gator than a Vol right now – not to mention a Seminole. Hard to believe it hasn’t even been a week since Gator Nation felt like its world was spinning out control, Tennessee style, after they were jilted by Benedict Arnold Kelly.   On … Continue reading The Mullens Are Bringing That Old-Time Family Feeling Back To Gainesville

Dec 01, 2017
Buddy Martin

Somehow, I inadvertently inherited the Chip Kelly Watch and I would like to get off the train as soon as possible to enjoy my “Thankmas” celebration.   As my family of journalists from three states understands from all their past experiences, however, I just can’t let go of this story until a resolution is reached and … Continue reading Florida’s Undercover Mission: The Silence Is Deafening, But We Hear You and See You, Chip Kelly

Nov 23, 2017
Buddy Martin

The University of Florida is seeking a new head football coach. Four million people know the right guy to hire, but there are 15 different “right” answers.   Welcome to the Blood Sport of Hiring & Firing College Football Coaches.   Everybody knows, but nobody knows.   Radio Silence. Whereas the stillness gives us respite, the roar … Continue reading Florida’s Next Coach? You Think You Know Who It Is? Chances Are You’re Going To Be Wrong

Nov 13, 2017
Buddy Martin

The Florida Gators need to find a coach in a hurry because it’s getting darn-right ugly out there.   It sure doesn’t feel so good to see Humpty Dumpty – the Florida Gators – appear to be crashing right in front of your eyes. It sure doesn’t feel so good down here near Rock Bottom … Continue reading It’s Getting So Ugly Maybe Florida Should ‘Drain The Swamp’

Nov 07, 2017
Buddy Martin

Jim McElwain was not the right coach. It almost felt like he was a Nick Saban Wannabe in a Gator costume. For a while he fooled himself — fooled all of us, including me. His tenure was a rocky road from the start, however, and the potholes only got deeper with time and circumstance. Jim … Continue reading So Long Mac. Thanks. And Looking Back, It Never Really Was A Good Fit.

Oct 30, 2017
Buddy Martin