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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Posted on: September 14, 2010 1:11 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 1:23 pm

Dear Miami, we want our trophy, thanks, Florida

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Since 1950, whenever the Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators have battled on the gridiron there has been more than state supremacy and bragging rights on the line.  There's also the majesty that is the War Canoe Trophy, which was traditionally given to the winner of each game.  Well, it used to be.

The teams have only met five times since the rivalry stopped being an annual affair in 1987, with the Canes winning the first four of those meetings and the Gators winning their last meeting in 2008.  So the War Canoe Trophy belongs to the Gators, but there's one problem. 

The trophy is currently on permanent display in the University of Miami Sports Hall of Fame.

Which hasn't really been a problem for anybody, but the Gators would like it back now, and even sent a letter to Miami to let them know it.  Don't believe me?  I have digital internet proof!

That photo comes courtesy of The Road to Tampa Bay's Twitter feed, and there is no word on whether or not Miami will be sending the trophy north to Gainesville.  Though considering all the Senators whose names appear on that letter, I'd assume it's only a matter of time before it happens.  Or at least until a bunch of people start arguing about it.

The Canes and Gators aren't scheduled to meet again until 2013.

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Posted on: September 11, 2010 3:53 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 3:56 pm

Gators good at winning ugly

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I think we all knew that the Florida Gators would have a tough time adjusting to life after Tim Tebow , but I don't think anybody was expecting the struggles we've seen in the first few weeks.  After having a hard time disposing of the Miami of Ohio Redhawks in last week's opener, the Gators didn't come flying out of the gate this weekend against South Florida either.

In fact, the Bulls had control of the game for the first 29 minutes of the action before quarterback B.J. Daniels threw an interception that the Gators were able to convert for a game-tying touchdown heading into the half.  In the second half that theme stayed the same.

B.J. Daniels kept throwing interceptions -- he finished the game with four interceptions while managing to complete only five passes to his own team -- and the Gators kept turning them into points, finishing the day with a 38-14 victory to move to 2-0.  Still, had it not been for the turnovers, this game would have been a lot closer.

Florida can be happy with its output on the ground, as they racked up 269 yards rushing on the afternoon, 139 of which belonged to the fastest man in college football -- and on the track -- Jeff Demps .  Demps' 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Gators a 14-7 lead, and they never looked back from there.

However, there are plenty of things the Gators need to work on before SEC play begins if they'd like to keep their hopes of playing for another national championship alive.  The run defense gave up 249 yards to the Bulls as the defensive line was routinely pushed around by the South Florida offensive line, and John Brantley may have a better arm than Tim Tebow did, but he hasn't really showed it off that much two weeks into the season.

Brantley threw for two touchdowns and no interceptions, but completed only 18 of his 31 pass attempts for 172 yards.  Efficient he has not been.

Granted, it's only two games and there's plenty of time for the Gators to get better, but who knows how much patience that Florida faithful will have in Steve Addazio ?  With a trip to Neyland Stadium to take on the hated Volunteers next week, he may want to get it figured out quick.

Posted on: September 11, 2010 12:59 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2010 1:46 pm

Gators struggling early again

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It must be another Saturday morning because the Florida Gators are once again having trouble at home in The Swamp.  After a quick three and out on their first drive of the game that featured yet another errant snap from center Mike Pouncey, the South Florida Bulls responded with a monster touchdown drive.

The Bulls went 96 yards in 17 plays, chewing up ten minutes in the process before B.J. Daniels found Andrew Ketchel for a two yard touchdown pass to give the Bulls a 7-0 lead.  Though most of South Florida's yards came on the ground, as Daniels, Lindsay Lamar and Moise Plancher combined to carry the ball 13 times for 79 yards.

Florida's response wasn't very impressive, either.  While they did manage to pick up 33 yards on seven plays on their second possession, they had to punt the ball back to South Florida, who now has the ball at their own 24-yard line to start the second quarter.

UPDATE : The Gators were able to put together a decent drive late in the second quarter, but Caleb Sturgis -- who is battling injuries -- missed a 39-yard field goal.  The score remains 7-0 USF with 2:14 remaining in the first half.

UPDATE: Following the missed Florida field goal, B.J. Daniels threw an interception with a minute to go in the half.  One big pass to Deonte Thompson and an eleven yard touchdown toss to Carl Moore later, and it's tied at 7-7 in The Swamp.  Though the ensuing kickoff did sail out of bounds, so South Florida has good field position with 44 seconds left in the half.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 11, 2010 10:03 am

Game day weather updates, September 11

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. Look out for how weather affects the high-powered offenses in South Bend.

12:00 kickoffs

No. 22 Georgia at No. 24 South Carolina: mid 80's, scattered thunderstorms later
South Florida at No. 8 Florida: upper 80's to low 90's, scattered thunderstorms later

3:30 kickoffs

No. 12 Miami at No. 2 Ohio State: lower 70's, thunderstorms
Michigan at Notre Dame: lower 60's, rain
No. 17 Florida State at No. 10 Oklahoma: upper 80's, partly cloudy

7:00 kickoffs

No. 18 Penn State at No. 1 Alabama: mid 80's, scattered thunderstorms
No. 7 Oregon at Tennessee:
upper 70's, thunderstorms

Posted on: September 5, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 7:21 pm

GOATs and Goats, Week 1

Posted by Adam Jacobi

GOAT*: Denard Robinson. Michigan's electric quarterback Denard Robinson thrilled fans at the Big House, completing 19 of 22 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 197 more yards and another score. Robinson even shook off a third-quarter hip injury, returning after just one series. Robinson's performance was downright seismic: it likely drove backup Tate Forcier to transfer, and it's the type of on-field brilliance around which Heisman candidacies are built. Of course, it was against UConn, and Michigan will not play UConn for every game; if they did, Jim Delany would be fired immediately. But it's hardly a guarantee that Terrelle Pryor can outperform Robinson over the course of the season, and last we checked, Terrelle Pryor was basically the nation's best Heisman candidate coming into week 1.

Goat: Mike Pouncey. Florida's season debut against Miami University--the one that's in Ohio, mind you, and went 1-11 last year--was almost a disaster of the highest order. Yes, Florida won 34-12, but that was a rather deceptive final score--Florida converted a 4th and 21 touchdown near the end of the game to push the margin to 22, and Miami was within 9 points in the 4th quarter (and that's without scoring a single touchdown).

Don't let the 34-point tally fool you: Florida struggled mightily on offense, and the primary culprit was Mike Pouncey, who had moved from guard to center to take over for his brother Maurkice, a first round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers this spring. Pouncey was an unmitigated disaster at center: ESPN announcers counted over a dozen botched snaps, usually out of the shotgun, and the dropped snaps usually killed whatever momentum Florida was trying to sustain against a young but aggressive defense.

Pouncey's unlikely to last more than one more game at center; if he even makes it to the South Florida game, it's because his inevitable replacement needs another week to work on his timing with QB John Brantley. But Pouncey's struggles were some of the worst we've ever seen from a center, and Urban Meyer has never been patient with ineptitude from his players.

GOAT: Jack Crowe. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks pulled one of the most unlikely upsets in years with a 49-48 comeback stunner at Ole Miss, and for head coach Jack Crowe, the irony must have been delicious. 18 years ago, Crowe was on the other end of the "I-AA team beats SEC team" when his Arkansas Razorbacks were upset by the Citadel, 10-3. Crowe was fired just the next day.

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt probably won't suffer the same immediate indignity as Crowe did 18 years ago, mainly because I-AA teams are far more capable of beating their I-A opponents than 18 years ago, when these types of games were such mere formalities en route to 60-point margins that they didn't even count toward bowl eligibility. But this loss--especially after Jeremiah Masoli was granted eligibility the day prior--may prove fatal to Nutt's career in Oxford at season's end.

Goat: the Oklahoma secondary. Any talk of Oklahoma as a national title contender should be tabled indefinitely, if the Sooners's disturbing 31-24 victory over Utah State is any indication of how they'll perform this season. The USU Aggies--generally considered a middle-of-the-road WAC team--rode a 341-yard, 2 TD performance by quarterback Diondre Borel to rack up 421 yards of offense. The Aggies even had the ball in Oklahoma territory midway through the fourth quarter, but the Sooners defense stiffened and pushed USU back to the 33 before the Aggies missed a 50-yard field goal. Still, this is Utah State we're talking about here.

Oklahoma has Florida State coming to Norman next week, and while it's not like Christian Ponder's about to throw 4 TDs in a half again like he did to Samford this week, it sure seems like he's going to find a porous secondary to shred--not the stout defense that typifies a BCS champion. So, Sooners. It's either shut down Ponder or watch your title dreams get eaten by scorpions. No pressure.

*Greatest Of All Time, natch.

Posted on: September 4, 2010 3:13 pm
Edited on: September 4, 2010 3:43 pm

A simple question about the Florida Gators

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Florida has just defeated Miami by a score of 34-12. John Brantley completed 17 of 25 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns, including a deflected touchdown on 4th and 21 for the game's final score. Brantley was hampered by awful play from Mike Pouncey at center, as the two combined for about 15 poor snaps. The final margin was 22 points, but Miami was within 9 in the fourth quarter.

So, having seen Florida's performance in this season opener, do they still deserve to be in the Top 10?


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