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Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Florida wants you to stop using its logo

Posted by Tom Fornelli

There's a brand new trend taking place in the state of Florida where colleges go after state high schools for using their logos in their sporting programs.  First Florida State went after Southeast High School in Bradenton for using both the Seminoles nickname, and the spear head logo that Florida State uses.  Now Florida is going after another high school who is using the Gators name and logo, Palm Beach Gardens.

Palm Beach Gardens has used the name, logo and insignia for years, but it seems that Florida has decided it's time for them to stop, issuing a cease and desist order to the school through Collegiate Licensing Company.  CLC is a company in Atlanta that offers licensing protection to Florida and over 200 other schools.

Which isn't exactly music to the ears of principal Robert Egley, who himself is a Florida graduate.

"Initially, everyone was really upset by it," Egley said . "Why now? Surely there are other battles they can fight.  Legally, I understand it, but do battle with other people who are making money off it. We don't make a dime. We're just proud to be Gators."

Egley says he sent a letter to the CLC explaining that the school makes no money from using the logos or name, but said that it didn't matter and they may as well comply because the school can't "weather this storm."

Now, Florida does come off as kind of a jerk in this situation, since there really is no competition between the two schools.  It's not like there are people buying shirts from Palm Beach Gardens as a cheaper alternative for Florida gear.  Still, the school does have its reasons.

If the school doesn't police its trademark, and a hundred other schools begin using it, then the school would have a hard time proving that the logo truly belongs to the University of Florida.  Which would mean they'd lose a lot of money from merchandising.

Though who knows how much it's going to cost Palm Beach Gardens to get rid of all their current logos and produce new jerseys, equipment and everything else with a new one.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:01 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 11:05 am
 

Meyer: Demps probable, Brantley at full speed

Posted by Chip Patterson

Florida's home loss to LSU on Saturday night left Gator fans with a lot of "what if's."  Fans wondered how the game could have been different if quarterback John Brantley had been 100%, or if the outcome would have changed with the presence of speedy playmaker Jeff Demps.  Head coach Urban Meyer was able to deliver good news on both players on Wednesday.

"Good news on Demps," Meyer said during the SEC teleconference on Wednesday. "He's feeling a lot better than he did last week.  Obviously, we need his big-play shot. I put him as probable for Saturday (against Mississippi State). He's going to do some practice (Wednesday) and then, he's telling me, he's going to practice (Thursday)."

While the exact extent of Brantley's rib and thumb injuries have been a topic of much debate, Meyer continues to insist that his starting quarterback is ready to play.  Though this time he has some more evidence to present, with Brantley going full speed in practice for the first time in almost two weeks.  Brantley was limited leading up to the LSU game due to shoulder complications from his rib injury.

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:01 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 1:01 pm
 

It's time to practice for Chris Rainey

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Florida wide receiver Chris Rainey hasn't been with the team since his arrest following a threatening text to a woman he used to date.  Rainey has since reached a settlement in the case, but had not returned to practice.

That has changed.

Rainey is back practicing with the Gators though he is yet to be fully reinstated to the team.  According to Urban Meyer, Rainey will have to meet certain conditions -- which the coach wouldn't state -- before he's allowed to play again for the Gators.  He will not be allowed to play for the team's game against Mississippi State this weekend.

“Chris Rainey is working towards being part of our football team again,” Meyer said in a statement. “I’m disappointed that he violated a core value of our program, but he continues to pay a price for his actions. Chris will have to meet a set of conditions to become a part of our team again and although he is practicing, he will not play this weekend. The timetable for his return will depend on his ability to follow the guidelines we have laid out for him.”

No word on whether Meyer informed Rainey through a text message saying "time to practice."

Rainey also released a statement on Tuesday morning, the first time he's spoken publicly since his arrest.

“I am embarrassed and sorry for my actions and I apologize to everyone that I affected by my behavior,” said Rainey. “I’m working towards being a part of the Florida football program again and I realize that representing this University is a privilege. I have spent the last several weeks reflecting on my actions and realized that is not who I want to be.”

The Mississippi State game will be the fifth game Rainey misses thanks to his arrest, and while we can't know for sure when he'll be back, considering that Florida has a bye next week before facing Georgia on October 30, I'd bet that's the game Rainey makes his return.

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 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 5:15 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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