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Posted on: October 11, 2010 5:04 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2010 5:11 pm
 

A letter about Nick Saban's use of foul language

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Coach Nick Saban:

I'm writing in regards to your comments made Monday afternoon about your team's performance thus far this year:

"The focus is not on what you need to do to be successful," Saban said. "It's drinking the Kool-Aid, thinking that just because they say it on ESPN, it's so, reading the newspapers all week. Just because you beat Florida 31-6, people start talking about you being the best team in the country. We're not the best team in the country. ...We had the best team in the country last year. We proved it. We proved it over 14 games. This team hasn't proved s***. Excuse my language. That's how I feel about it. I'm really upset that I used bad language. I'm sorry. I'm sure I'll get some letters on that, and should."

Indeed you will, for this is one of those letters.

As a football coach, you are held to high standards of performance and professionalism. You are a role model, not only to your football players and assistant coaches, not only to all Alabama fans, but to all football fans, young and old. You are tasked with upholding that responsibility every time you appear in public, whether that is on or off the field.

As such, your use of language on Monday was distressing and disturbing. That type of amateurish, juvenile use of language cannot be tolerated by any football coach, much less a man of your prominence, and I demand an immediate retraction, apology, and correction.

What every self-respecting adult knows you should have said is as follows:

We proved it over 14 games. This team hasn't proven s***. Excuse my language.

Everything else is completely correct.

Best wishes,
Concerned Grammarian

Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:03 pm
 

Meyer: Gators 'haven't given everything yet'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Florida Gators find themselves in an unusual position, as they've lost two straight games and find themselves looking up at South Carolina in the SEC East.  Quite frustrating for a team that has grown accustomed to winning, and winning often, under Urban Meyer.   Of course, the Gators head coach is frustrated as well, saying during his press conference on Monday that his team hasn't "given everything yet."

"I told the team it was that far [from winning]," Meyer told reporters while holding his thumb and index finger a few inches apart. "Who in this room right now who is devastated could give that much more to find a way to win that game? Obviously there's a bunch of guys who gave everything they had, but there's still a bunch of guys that haven't given everything yet. That's kind of what we have to identify and address and get better.  We've got to find a way to get that."

There's no question that Florida has a lot more talent on its roster than it has displayed so far this season, but Meyer's perceived lack of effort along with injuries have proved problematic.  Not to mention the off the field issues.  There's also the fact that the Gators don't exactly have a quarterback who fits the system they're trying to run in John Brantley.

Which is just my way of saying that while effort might be a problem, I think there's a lot more at work here, starting with the coaching.  As I said last week, until the Gators coaches adjust to what they have instead of trying to force the players to adjust to them, there are going to be problems in Gainesville this season.

Maybe Meyer needs to give a little more.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 11:23 am
 

Caleb King jailed on Monday morning

Postedy by Tom Fornelli

Mark Richt woke up on Sunday morning with a smile on his face.  The sun was brighter, the flowers smelled better and his breakfast was tastier than it had been in months.  He finally had a victory to celebrate and got to spend a day not worrying if his team's latest loss would cost him his job.

He got a whole 24 hours to be happy. 

Then on Monday morning he found out that his running back Caleb King was in jail for failing to appear in court for a speeding ticket.  King was pulled over for doing 76 mph in a 55 mph zone on June 20, and had a court date for the ticket on August 6.  Which, obviously, he didn't show up for and had a warrant issued for his arrest.

"I was hoping that someone would pay his bond up there in Clarke County and we wouldn't even have to pick him up," said Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman early Monday morning. "But as of right now, no one has paid it, so I've got a deputy en route to pick him up."

According to a Georgia spokesman, Mark Richt is aware of King's arrest and is "continuing to gather information."  King is the eleventh Georgia football player to be arrested since March, and though speeding isn't exactly a terrible crime, it's not something Richt wants to deal with at the moment either.

King has rushed for 228 yards and a touchdown for Georgia this season.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: October 11, 2010 9:53 am
 

Report: Brantley played with cracked ribs

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida quarterback John Brantley's health has been a hot topic of speculation in Gainesville, particularly following the 33-29 loss to LSU under the lights in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday night.  Brantley struggled at times to move the offense down the field, particularly in the first half.  LSU's defense kept pressure on Brantley all night, holding him to 154 yards and forcing an interception.  Brantley downplayed the effects of an injured throwing thumb and banged up ribs on his play after the game.

"There was never any doubt that I was going to play," Brantley told reporters after the game. "I knew since Monday or Sunday I was. They're [ribs] just a little banged up. Nothing too serious. Nothing you can't play through."

A report from ESPN.com's Joe Schad tells a different story.  While head coach Urban Meyer and Brantley described the ribs as "damaged" and "banged up," the injury is actually hairline fractures in four ribs, according to Schad's source.  Brantley reportedly wore a protective vest during the game, and complications from the injury kept him from throwing in practice on Thursday and Friday.  Additionally, the thumb which Brantley described as a "minor thing," is actually reported to be fractured.

Regardless of the extent of Brantley's injuries, the Gators need to get healthy soon.  It's the first time in six seasons the Gators have had back-to-back losses, and with South Carolina's victory over Alabama, the battle for the SEC East just became very interesting.  The Gators will gladly welcome a change of pace with Mississippi State and an off week before their annual matchup with Georgia in Jacksonville.

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Posted on: October 10, 2010 12:04 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 1:07 pm
 

What I learned from the SEC (Oct 9)

Posted by Tom Fornelli



1. Les Miles is the smartest, craziest moron to ever coach a college football team.   Seriously, the man took nothing but grief all week from the media and his own fans following the near debacle against Tennessee last week.  And it was well deserved!  It's not like it was the first time he's had problems with clock management at the end of the game.  Then the Mad Hatter goes and pulls another white rabbit out of the hat against Florida by calling that fake field goal in the video above.  You know what kind of guts that takes to make that play call when your fan base is already calling for your head on a plate? Then he managed to have his team spike the ball following a big catch by Terrence Tolliver to set up a first and goal.  A few plays later it was Jarrett Lee hitting Tolliver on a fade to win the game, and the Mad Hatter had struck again.  LSU is 6-0.

2. Alabama is mere flesh and bone, just like you and I.   Following its 31-6 win over Florida last week, Alabama had been crowned as the clear-cut best team in the country, and people like me were wondering if it would ever lose again.  Turns out it would.  The Tide saw their 19-game SEC win streak come to an end in Columbia on Saturday, 'Bama's first regular-season loss since 2007.  Now they find themselves in the unfamiliar position of having to win out to have a chance to get back to the SEC title game.

3. The Ol' Ball Coach still has it.   With the win over Alabama, and Florida's loss to LSU, the Gamecocks find themselves in the driver's seat in the SEC East.  Odds are that when they roll into Gainesville on November 13 there will be a trip to the SEC Championship on the line.  As long as Stephen Garcia doesn't try throwing any more passes through the uprights, I like their chances.

4. The Auburn defense needs work.   Listen, it's nice that the Tigers are 6-0 and tied with LSU atop the SEC West standings, but if their defense doesn't play better than it did in Lexington on Saturday night, they can kiss any hopes of an SEC title goodbye.  The Tigers were torn apart through the air, as Kentucky completed 24-of-29 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns.  They needed a last second field goal to get out of Lexington alive and keep this from being one of the saddest Saturdays in the state of Alabama's history.

5. Mark Richt and the Bulldogs have a pulse.   The first five weeks of the Georgia season had been a nightmare for Richt and his team, and it was one it had to be wondering if it would ever wake up from.  Richt will have to thank Tennessee for remembering to set the alarm.  Georgia finally played like the team we're all used to seeing on Saturday, putting up 402 yards and 41 points on the overmatched Vols.  Georgia needs four wins in its last six games to go bowling, and looking at the schedule, suddenly it seems manageable.

Posted on: October 9, 2010 7:16 pm
 

Spurrier finally gets his big win in Columbia

Posted by Tom Fornelli

The Ol' Ball Coach has been calling ball plays at South Carolina since 2005 but in Steve Spurrier 's first five years at the school the Gamecocks had never picked up that program-changing win.  They have now.  Following its 35-21 win over defending national champion Alabama on Saturday afternoon Spurrier's Gamecocks have officially arrived on the national scene.

Yes, the Gamecocks had some big wins in Spurrier's first year in Columbia, knocking off Tennessee at Neyland Stadium for the first time in school history, and beating Florida for the first time since 1939, but neither of those wins propelled South Carolina to an SEC championship game, and the school has found itself as nothing but a middle of the road SEC team since.

This win against Alabama, though, may just do the trick.

Now the Gamecocks still have a long road to travel before they can ge there, with two tough tests against Arkansas and Florida -- in The Swamp -- remaining in their way, but if they can knock off a team that had won 19-straight in the SEC and took home a title last season, they can win both of those games.

Whether they do or not, however, isn't what's important here.  It's the fact that it's possible at all.  There have been many critics who have wondered whether or not Spurrier would ever be able to build a SEC contender at South Carolina, and considering that he's only won eight games once and one of four bowl games, their doubt was understandable.

But is it a coincidence that now, in his sixth season at the helm, and with a roster full of his own players, his Gamecocks find themselves 4-1 with a shot at winning the SEC East?  I don't think so.

Five hours ago I was one of the many people who wondered if Spurrier had it in him.  Now?  Now I'm not sure anybody else in the SEC has it in them to take it away from Spurrier.

It's amazing what one win can do.
Posted on: October 9, 2010 5:27 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2010 5:42 pm
 

Alabama has some work to do

Posted by Tom Fornelli

 
































Those two touchdown passes by Stephen Garcia to Alshon Jeffery gave the Gamecocks a 21-3 lead before Alabama managed to miss a field goal following a long drive and put a touchdown on the board just before the half.

Of course, they missed the extra point following that score, so it's 21-9 as the third quarter gets underway.

While there is no need for the Crimson Tide to panic being down two scores with 30 minutes left to go, there are some adjustments they need to make.  First of all, you can't let Stephen Garcia complete all nine of his pass attempts for three touchdowns.  Some pressure on the mistake-prone quarterback would be a good idea.

When they have the ball, though, Alabama can't give up on a ground game that has been stuffed for the most part through the first thirty minutes.  The Tide are averaging 2.2 yards per carry, but experienced some success when running out of the Wildcat in the first half.  Considering what Cam Newton and the Auburn spread option attack did to the Gamecocks earlier this season, the Tide may want to keep trying it in the second half.

Also, if there was ever a game in which Greg McElroy was going to have to put his team's offense on his shoulders to win, this is it.  You have Julio Jones, use him.  Run some deep routes and hope you can open up some running lanes by doing so.

This isn't the first time Alabama has trailed at halftime this season, trailing Arkansas 17-7 at halftime in Fayetteville a few weeks ago, so we know they can come back and win this game.  Whether they do it this time around remains to be seen.



Posted on: October 9, 2010 5:15 pm
 

Report: John Brantley a game-time decision

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It seems Las Vegas may know more than Florida coaches are willing to give them credit for.  Earlier this week several Las Vegas sportsbooks took the Florida and LSU line off the board thanks to some questions about the status of Florida quarterback John Brantley.   Florida coaches said Brantley was fine, and he practiced during the week.

Now, just a few hours before game time, we get this.  According to a tweet from Gator Country , sources are saying that Brantley will be a game-time decision.



Obviously if the report is correct and Brantley can't go it would put Florida at a serious disadvantage against LSU.  Well, as big a disadvantage as you can face when Jordan Jefferson is starting for the other team.
 
 
 
 
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