Posted on: September 18, 2010 5:11 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 5:13 pm

Gators lead the Vols 7-3 at halftime

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It's nice to have Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson back on the mothership this afternoon, but it'd be nicer if the Florida Gators and Tennessee Volunteers could provide a crisper game.  The teams head to the locker rooms with Florida holding a 7-3 advantage while both offenses struggle to get any real momentum going.

At times it looks like good defense is the reason for the low point total, but usually, it's been some sloppy offense.  The Gators have managed only 94 total yards in the first half -- with only 19 coming on the ground -- and while that seems to be a pretty low total, the Volunteers offense is doing even worse.  The Vols have 70 yards of offense, and only 17 rushing yards.

It's a miracle either team has managed to score ten points.

The Vols had a golden opportunity to take a lead in the second quarter when Janoris Jenkins muffed a punt, giving the Vols excellent field position.  Matt Simms hit Zach Rodgers with a pass for 33 yards on the very next play to set up a first and goal, but a few plays later Simms was throwing an interception in the end zone, foolishly thinking he could sneak a pass by Jonathan Bostic.

It'll be interesting to see which direction this game goes in the second half, but let's remember that the Vols hung with Oregon for a half last Saturday before Oregon's offense finally got in gear and exposed Tennessee's lack of depth on defense.  Derek Dooley needs to hope that's not the case again this week.

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Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 18, 2010 11:30 am

Game day weather updates, Week 3

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Will the heat affect teams' gameplans in the southeast? All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

No. 12 Arkansas at Georgia, 12:00, Athens, GA: Lower 80s, clear, hot

Maryland at No. 21 West Virginia, 12:00, Morgantown, WV: Upper 60s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 8 Nebraska at Washington, 3:30, Seattle, WA: Mid 60s, cloudy, scattered showers

No. 18 USC at Minnesota, 3:30, Minneapolis, MN: Mid 50s, partly cloudy

No. 10 Florida at Tennessee, 3:30, Knoxville, TN: Mid 80s, clear, hot

Evening kickoffs

Clemson at No. 16 Auburn, 7:00, Auburn, AL: Mid 80s, cloudy, slight chance of showers

No. 6 Texas at Texas Tech, 8:00, Lubbock, TX: Mid 80s, partly cloudy, windy

Late kickoffs

No. 9 Iowa at No. 24 Arizona, 10:30, Tucson, AZ: Lower 90s, breezy, hot

No. 23 Houston at UCLA, 10:30, Pasadena, CA: Upper 60s, clear

Wake Forest at No. 19 Stanford, 11:15, Palo Alto, CA: Lower 60s, clear

Posted on: September 17, 2010 10:15 pm

Ex-UF broadcaster gets 12 years for child porn

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Earlier this year, former Florida play-by-play announcer Steve Babik was charged with a litany of child pornography possession charges. Babik had been relieved of his duties for the Gators just months prior when the university was made aware of the investigation, and suffice it to say, Babik will in no way be associated with Florida football.

So it's just a matter of procedure that we report that Babik has been convicted of the charges facing him, and he has just been sentenced to 151 months (12 and a half years) in prison. Now, at the very least, Babik has an opportunity to get the help he needs and this sad chapter can end.

With that, we'll end our commentary there and turn things over to a very, very special guest.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 17, 2010 1:27 pm
Edited on: September 17, 2010 1:28 pm

Will Hill to play for Gators on Saturday

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Will Will Hill play this Saturday after being forced to sit the first two games when Florida goes to Knoxville?  Why, yes, Will Hill will be playing, at least that's what Urban Meyer said on Thursday following Gators practice.  Hill had been suspended for Florida's first two games for "disciplinary reasons."

Those disciplinary reasons reportedly being due to Hill skipping two classes, so the team decided that if he wanted to skip two classes he got to skip two games as well.  Either way, Meyer says he's likely to play this weekend and could possibly start .

Coach Urban Meyer said Hill would return and said, "I think he will [start)."

Hill has led the team in special-teams tackles the past two years. Meyer said he was encouraged by the special-teams play in practice Thursday.

"I can see the development," he said. "When Matt Elam starts playing really well on special teams. He's starting to play really well. When Will Hill's doing the things he did today on special teams, I'm expecting a really good game out of him. Cause that means they're locked in, they're unselfish and they're ready to go."

The junior free safety is on the preseason watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award for the country's best defensive back, so his return to the field will make the Florida secondary -- one of the facets of the team that hasn't played poorly this season -- even stronger.  His presence will also help on special teams, as Meyer alluded to in the quote above, as Hill has led the Gators in special teams tackles each of his first two seasons in Gainesville.

Well, unless he decides to skip a class on Friday, anyway.

Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:02 pm

Urban Meyer on Gator arrests:: 'Enough is enough'

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Florida head coach Urban Meyer is, as you could probably guess, not terribly thrilled with the latest news about Chris Rainey's arrest. Here's what he had to say to the Palm Beach Post:

“I’m real upset about that,” he said about the arrest total. “After a while, enough’s enough. If there’s something we can improve on, we’re certainly looking into that. It’s like if our graduation rate stinks, then we’ve got to improve that. If there’s other issues in the program, that’s our job to get it better. People making stupid mistakes – that’s something we’ve got to correct.

“We follow the rules and some guys make some mistakes and we’ve got to correct those mistakes, but we follow the rules, we do it the right way at Florida. We have to do a better job of correcting some of the people making mistakes.”

That's strong rhetoric, and not really out of character for the strong-willed Meyer. Unfortunately, equivocation isn't out of character either, to the point where we've been conditioned to expect wiggle room out of what should be an airtight statements like Steve Addazio's "He's no longer a part of the team" and Meyer's "He's not with us." Sure enough, Rainey's suspension is merely indefinite, and even if he's kicked off, is what Rainey did all that worse than, oh, letting off an AK-47? And since it's not, would Rainey or anybody else even believe his dismissal is permanent?

In other words--if Urban Meyer really wants his players to play by the rules, he'd probably be wise to make them fear breaking the rules first.

Posted on: September 15, 2010 8:57 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2010 9:21 pm

UT fans make 'Time to Die' shirts for Gators game

Posted by Adam Jacobi

When it comes to smack talk between two rival schools, there are only two instances where a reference can be considered "too soon":

1. Someone has died very recently.

2. Just kidding, there is no #2.

And so with the Chris Rainey fiasco, Rainey only texted the victim that it was "time to die"; nobody actually lost their lives or was even attacked. Thus, Tennessee fans are on the ball with a quickness:

That's via FanHouse author (and gleeful UT partisan) Clay Travis. No word on where, precisely, the t-shirts are being sold; the university would probably like to know, seeing as how that's their logo being used in a hilariously inappropriate fashion. Nonetheless, expect to see them all over Knoxville this Saturday when Florida and Tennessee lock horns. If, y'know, gators and volunteers had horns.

Posted on: September 15, 2010 2:12 pm

Urban Meyer talks about Chris Rainey

Posted by Tom Fornelli

After news broke on Tuesday about Florida wide receiver Chris Gainey 's run-in with the law following a rather ominous text to his lady friend -- though "TIME TO DIE" may have been a reference to a spider he'd found in his home -- offensive coordinator Steve Addazio took some time off from yelling "halfback dive" to explain that Rainey was "no longer part of the team."   What he didn't do was expand on whether that was a permanent vacation for Rainey, or whether or not he'd be back at some point in the future.

That decision belongs to Urban Meyer , and on Wednesday Meyer addressed the situation publicly for the first time.  Though he doesn't seem all that sure of what Rainey's status with the Gators will be in the future either.

"I can't do that (give timetable) because I don't know,'' he said. "He's not with the team. It's just further evaluation as we go. As of the immediacy of it, he's not with us.''

So it sounds as if Meyer is content to let the police figure out the matter before making a final call on Rainey.  Which is probably the right thing to do, though Rainey has admitted to sending the text message. 

Whatever Meyer decides to do in the future he'll have a lot of precedents to fall back on while making his decision.  After all, this incident does mark the thirtieth time one of Meyer's players has been arrested since he came to Gainesville.  That's one arrest for just about every two of Meyer's 59 career wins at Florida.

One decision Meyer was able to make is that Omarius Hines will take Rainey's spot in the starting lineup this weekend against Tennessee.

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Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:34 pm

Addazio: Rainey 'is no longer part of the team'

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Following the arrest of Florida Gators wide receiver Chris Rainey after threatening text messages he sent a girl, there are two questions that need to be answered regarding Rainey's future.  First and foremost, what, if any, legal ramifications will he face for the incident?  He was released on Tuesday morning following a hearing in an Alachua County courtroom.

The second question is what, if any, punishment he'll be receiving from the Florida Gators.  Well, we got a hint of that on Tuesday afternoon when offensive coordinator Steve Addazio said that Rainey "is no longer part of the team."

What exactly that means, I'm not entirely sure. 

There's a lot of wiggle room in Addazio's statement.  Rainey may just be suspended for the time being, or he could have been kicked off the time being.  Given Urban Meyer 's history of discipline with his players -- more accurately, his lack of discipline -- in the past, there's no telling what will happen with Rainey.

While Addazio's quote indicates that Rainey is no longer a member of the Florida football team, until Urban Meyer comes out and says that Rainey will never play for the Florida Gators again, I'll remain skeptical.

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