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LAMM AT LARGE: Urban Meyer Back Coaching?

Urban Meyer said last week he was no longer interested in coaching. Well that's smart on his part. Who the hell would hire him? Despite a wonderful college career that included winning national championships at Florida and Ohio State, Meyer is toxic now. He has jumped from program to program and it never ended well. So called medical problems caused him to retire, unretire and eventually leave the Gators' program […]

todayFebruary 8, 2023

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LAMM AT LARGE: In State Rivalries Go Deep

It's usually difficult to get excited about college basketball in Florida. No school in the state would ever be compared with the blue blood programs. But several state schools have had their moments. None more so than the Gators, who won back-to-back national titles in '06-'07. The Seminoles lost in the national championship game '72. Ditto for JU in '70. Usually, however, there's an early exit the few times Sunshine […]

todayFebruary 1, 2023

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LAMM AT LARGE: 2022 A Season of Rebirth

In 25 years, when a thirty-something Jaguars fan is flipping through the team's record book, she'll notice the 2022 team record, 10-9, because . . . well, because there are too many games. How'd a 10-9 team make the playoffs, particular when she sees how awful the team was the year before, 3-14? Could it be a typo, she'll wonder? No, but the final record doesn't come close to telling […]

todayJanuary 25, 2023

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LAMM AT LARGE: Can Stenson Bennett Make it in The NFL?

What more can be said about Stetson Bennett's remarkable career as Georgia's quarterback? It's difficult to imagine a college football fan not knowing Bennett's journey and success. But his career is so incredible it bears repeating now that's its over -- punctuated by a second consecutive national championship. Bennett was rated a 2-star quarterback coming out of high school in Georgia. His best college offer came from Middle Tennessee State, […]

todayJanuary 13, 2023

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LAMM AT LARGE: Do You Believe in Destiny?

Do you believe in destiny? Or de ja vu? Let's go back 26 years to the Jaguars '96 season. No surprise the second-year franchise was 3-6 and seemingly going nowhere. Then Coach Tom Coughlin benched Andre Rison in favor of Jimmy Smith. The Jaguars won 6 of their last 7 games, including their last 5, and -- poof! --! they were in the playoffs. In the final game, the Jaguars […]

todayJanuary 10, 2023

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LAMM AT LARGE: Thoughts on Damar Hamlin

As Buffalo safety Damar Hamlin lies in a Cincinnati hospital in critical condition after collapsing on the field in a game last Monday night against the Bengals, sports fans remain in various degrees of shock. How could this happen to a healthy 24-year-old athlete who's had excellent care by a bevy of doctors since his days in college at Pitt? Yes, it's always shocking when athletes go down on the […]

todayJanuary 4, 2023

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LAMM AT LARGE: How much has Trevor Lawrence improved?

How much has Trevor Lawrence improved? Enough that you could make a case for him being among the top five quarterbacks in the NFL. The sample size is now big enough. Any list of NFL quarterbacks starts with Patrick Mahomes, Joe Burrow and Josh Allen, all in the AFC. Because of an outstanding season, an MVP favorite, you have to include Jalen Hurts as No. 4. So, who's No. 5 […]

todayJanuary 4, 2023

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LAMM AT LARGE: End of The Year Notes

Like most of my colleagues, I've always done an end of the year piece reviewing the past year. Unlike most of my colleagues, I don't necessarily just write about the biggest or most important stories. I talk about what left a lasting impression on me. The late season run by the Jaguars was outstanding, but the vast improvement of quarterback Trevor Lawrence won't be forgot. The battle to get out […]

todayJanuary 4, 2023

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LAMM AT LARGE: Bowl Games Aren’t The Same

Many college football bowl games are ruined. Some are almost unwatchable. Because of the explosion of players opting out of bowl games to protect their bodies for the NFL draft, teams are often far different from the ones that got them to the bowl games. There's no better example than the Gators, who went to the Las Vegas Bowl without their quarterback Anthony Richardson, their best defensive player, outside linebacker […]

todayDecember 21, 2022