I have heard there have been so many sponsorships thrown at him. I hope he can hold off on all of that until after the draft.
On a more sentimental note. It was the last time we will see Tebow or Riley Cooper in a Gator helmet. Wow!
But, in Boston they were able to overcome some less than perfect offensive production and play in the first half to make a run at Boston in the second and come away with a close win.
It was Derwin Kitchen with a three less than two minutes to go in the game that put the Seminoles ahead to stay.
The Seminoles then made their free throws down the stretch and this one was all over.
Give credit to Sanders for the Boston who made great shots in the first half and really kept the Eagles in this one. Also, Jackson off the bench for them and got hot in the second half and, made some key three pointers.
This puts the Seminoles at 4-3 in conference play. They are now home for Maryland on Thursday and Miami on Sat. They must hold home court. If they can do that they are in the drivers seat.....I think.
Great job guys!!!!
Dallas Cowboys, San Diego Chargers, Indianapolis Colts: 5
Atlanta Falcons: 4
New Orleans Saints, New York Giants: 3
Twenty-two teams received at least one vote.
Stefan Johnson, Brandon Graham: 3
Dexter McCluster, Taylor Mays, Riley Cooper, Eric Norwood, Jacoby Ford: 2
Georgia, Oregon: 3
California, Mississippi State, Boise State 2
South Alabama was one of 14 schools receiving one vote.
Urban Meyer: 8
Nick Saban: 7
Mack Brown: 3
Gene Chizik, Houston Nutt, Mark Richt, Paul Johnson: 2
Florida, USC, Michigan: 3
Ohio St., Texas, Missouri, Mississippi St.: 2
Kim Kardashian: 9
Alicia Keys: 8
Halle Berry: 7
Heidi Klum: 5
Rihanna, Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift: 3
Jennifer Aniston: 2
Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek: 1
Ray Lewis: 4
Reggie Bush, Tom Brady: 3
Lance Briggs, Demarcus Ware, Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, Drew Brees, Adrian Petersen, LaDainian Tomlinson: 2
Tommy Tuberville to Texas Tech: 12
Lane Kiffin to USC: 10
Turner Gill to Kansas, Larry Porter to Memphis: 4
Skip Holtz to South Florida: 3
Charlie Strong to Louisville: 2
Derek Dooley to Tennessee, Butch Jones to Cincinnati: 1
Cotton, Sugar, Fiesta: 6
Florida, Texas, Missouri: 3
Cincinnati, Penn St., USC, Cal, Virginia Tech, TCU, Miami, Florida State 2
Saints, Dolphins, Ravens: 4
Colts, Cardinals, Cowboys: 3
On another note....Riley Cooper has surprised many and is continuing to escalate his draft status. I know Riley's talent but, it is good to see the rest of the nation get a look at him. He is tough and a good route runner. He will make some noise next year in the NFL as a rookie just like Percy Harvin. And then what will people say about the WRs that come out of Florida? We all know what ROY Harvin did. But. Louis Murphy WR for Oakland Raiders made himself known too. If he had a better QB in the 2009 season I truly believe he would have pushed Harvin for ROY.
I know I am a homer. But, it's great to see the Gators draft well. And, just think Joe Haden S, Carlos Dunlap DE , Aaron Hernandez TE, Brandon Spikes, Brandon James KR Maurkice Pouncey C, will all be drafted in April too.
Dungy also has offers from schools such as Florida State, Oregon, UCF, USF and New Mexico. He will take an official visit to Oregon this weekend, and the Ducks, who won the Pac-10 in 2009, very well could be the team to beat, largely because as it stands now FSU’s offer is for a grayshirt. That means the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Dungy would not enroll there until January 2011.
I am not surprised by this offer. I have heard many times that Strong and Dungy are well acquainted with each and good friends.
Now, I do think Kentucky is headed to the tournament as a #1 seed but, I never drank the kool-aid that they would arrive unbeaten. The Gamecocks help prove me right.
Downey was only 9-21 shooting. But, USC out-hustled, out-rebounded, and out-played the Wildcats. And, it was fun to see and to know that the Sea Of Blue Nation would not like this.
It was a nail biter, but the Gamecocks played with so much heart. I thought some played out of their minds and skill set. They were out to prove this Kentucky team lead by Wall could be stopped if you got them into a half-court game. And. that's what happened.
I still say the skill set is different in the SEC versus that of Conference USA. You are going to run into talented players that can take over a game and deliver the knock out blow to a higher ranked team. So, Calipari take note. No more Memphis Tiger like seasons. You will lose a game or two.
Congrats Gamecocks....for doing what no other SEC team could do so far this season. . It was fun to watch and fun to talk about all day today. One and done and you head back to Lexington.
I thought Georgia Tech did a very good job of creating enough of different types of scenarios for us. They changed their defensive systems, pressed us in two or three different ways. I thought they kind of scrambled the game and in the past sometimes we have lost our composure when teams have done that to us. Kitchen did a good job of keeping us in sync moving the ball and getting in and out of our systems. That made the biggest difference in the game.
Georgia Tech executes so well, they challenge you every time down the court and now that Shumpert is back and those ball screens, they create a lot of help and recover situations. It was one of those games that could have gone either way and I think we just made one more big play, one more free throw, got one more rebound down the stretch there that gave us a chance to win the game. It seems that is the way it goes in the ACC. Every possession is so important that you can’t afford to take a possession off and I thought our guys for the most part stayed focused for the entire 40 minutes and that made a big difference in having the opportunity for us to pull the win out.
There were a lot of heroes. Chris stepped up and gave us some good play. He is a good outside shooter but they weren’t falling tonight so he changed his approach and took the ball to the basket and I think that shows maturity on him. Solomon was very patient. They were giving him a lot of attention and coming down on him. That shows he is maturing a little bit and he is learning how to handle the different defensive schemes.
Overall this is a very important victory for us. It gets us back in the middle of the pack as we look toward a big game for us on Wednesday.
Q: Was it nice to get a roll on free throw like that?
Hamilton: We are going to be shooting a lot of free throws in the next two or three days. It’s interesting that as poor as we shot them tonight, that was the difference in the game. We hit the big free throws, got the big rebound, and got the stop that we needed to. Like I said once before, that seems to be life in the ACC and I am probably echoing the same sentiments as the other coaches that have played games this weekend. They are a dogfight. That is why every possession is important. It’s going to be interesting to see how things pan out as we move into the remainder of the season.
Q: Is that how the ACC is shaping out, is there going to be a lot of upsets?
Hamilton: I don’t think any loss or win in the ACC is an upset. That is going to happen when two ACC teams show up. Regardless if one is in the top spot or the bottom. You can take the word ACC upset out of your vocabulary for this season because every game is what you call a white-knuckler. It’s a ballroom brawl. It’s physical and very aggressive. I think the officials did a good job for the most part. When you have that many athletes, big guys that are working hard and aggressive ? it was a very clean game. A hard fought game. You have to give Georgia Tech a lot of credit. They are a great basketball team and they challenge you on every play. I think our kids just stepped up and made one more play than they did to give us a chance to win.
Q: How much of a concern is it to see what Oliver did?
Hamilton: It doesn’t concern me anymore than it does in any other phase of our defense. You have to give them some credit. When they have that much talent inside, you have to give their inside players a lot of attention. Maybe not cover the wings as much as you should. I think we are capable of defending a little better but I am just going to give the guy credit because he knocked down some big shots. We had some of the same looks that just didn’t go in. Hopefully for us, when our shots start falling from the perimeter, we won’t have to have so many nail-biters. You have to give him credit for executing. They did a very good job of screening and getting guys open. Their guys worked very hard on catching and shooting and we just didn’t get there in time. Every team in the ACC has a player that is capable of lighting you up like that. You might as well get used to having to guard for 40 minutes and unfortunately, sometimes you are going to leave a guy wide open.
Q: Talk about Chris beating people off the dribble.
Hamilton: I think he is improving in those areas. He has shown a consistent perimeter shooting in practices in all our shooting drills. He is getting much better in taking it off the dribble. They played him very close tonight and some of our post guys were fighting inside and opened up some passing lanes for us to drive. I think sometimes you forget that Chris is going from a center in high school to a small forward. I think he is making tremendous progress for a guy that has now been playing basically limited floor time unlike he did in high school. I think before he gets through, he is going to make the full transition and get better and better. He will get better at other parts of the game, taking the ball to the basket tonight which we really needed. When he made one of those drives, people start respecting that and he will be open on the perimeter.
Q: Part of that maturation appears to be willing to take a gamble. Is that a fair assessment?
Hamilton: I think he is more confident in his approach to the game. He doesn’t get rattled, he is focused, and he has a feel for the game. I think as his skills continue to improve on the perimeter, you are going to see him make more and more contributions to our team.
Q: Talk about going on the road and how the last few games have been going down to the last shot.
Hamilton: Unfortunately life on the road is going to be similar to home. We just have to hope that once we go on the road that we are prepared mentally and have good focus and understand that once again, no formula is a secret. We have to take care of the ball and make sure we execute our system whether you are at home or on the road. You can’t relax when you are at home and you have to step it up a notch when you go on the road.
The problem is the Big East itself belongs to Syracuse. It's theirs to lose with maybe some competition from Villanova. I continue to be impress with them. I love their inside game and I love Scoop Jardin. And, they (Syracuse) have it all....great perimeter play and good inside presence. Tell your brother to enjoy this one.
Peter King talks Tim Tebow.....
Tebow worked out with CFL coach Marc Trestman [who coached Chris Leak with Montreal -mlm] for two days early this month, and then daily for the past two weeks in Nashville at the D1 Training Center, under the coaching of former NFL quarterback and coach Zeke Bratkowski. Tebow's thrown to tight end Jimmy Graham of Miami and wideout Jordan Shipley from Texas. He's dropped seven pounds (from 245 to 238).
On Friday I spoke to Tebow for the first time, mostly about football, but some about the commercial -- and, specifically, what impact it might have, if any, on his draft prospects. I told him most NFL teams like their rookies to be seen and not heard, and certainly not heard in any politically divisive way. And there isn't a subject in this country that touches more buttons than abortion.What I heard from Tebow was the voice of a kid with convictions, who doesn't shrink from what he believes -- even if it might hurt his draft prospects."That's always going to be a part of who I am, and I won't try to hide it,'' Tebow told me from Nashville, where he was working out with Bratkowski, the former Packer quarterback and longtime NFL assistant coach. "A team that doesn't want that shouldn't take me. Pro-life is very important to me. My mother listened to God late in her pregnancy, and if she had listened to others and terminated me, obviously I wouldn't be here. If others don't have the same belief, it's OK. I understand. But I hope they respect that at least I have the courage to stand up for what I believe in.''---[On Tebow's throwing motion] "I've been training every day since the Sugar Bowl. Every day. And that's one of the things I've been working diligently on. I think the scouts and coaches will see it's something I've improved on.''---
[On what Tebow will show to scouts] "I want to show, number one, that I'm a competitor and I'm not afraid for teams to see everything about me. My goal is to find just one team, one out of 32, to believe in me as a quarterback. I'm not just the guy who can play in the spread offense, or throw a jump pass or run the triple option. I'm a football junkie. I study it all the time. I've studied every type of offense -- pro style, West Coast. Just because I haven't played every kind of offense, why can't I? Why can't I run the West Coast? My coaches at Florida didn't just teach us a system. They taught us football. So I want the NFL people to put me through everything. Grind on me, test me. I feel I've worked my whole life to prepare for this.''---
[The Peter King Tebow Draft Gambling Pool] Throw $5 in the pool, and pick the team that drafts Tim Tebow. I proposed we do the order of the draft with those living farthest from Gainesville having the first pick, and here it went:Mike Silver, Yahoo! Sports (Northern California) Jacksonville
Sam Farmer, L.A. Times (Southern California) St. Louis
Albert Breer, Boston Globe (Boston) Buffalo
Peter King, Sports Illustrated (Boston) San Francisco
Jeff Duncan, New Orleans Times-Picayune (New Orleans) Miami
Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com (South Florida) Cleveland
Jeff Darlington, Miami Herald (South Florida) Tampa Bay
Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports (Gainesville, Fla.) New England
Asked Rick Gosselin, the hugely respected draft/NFL man for the Dallas Morning News who does the best mock draft in our business, for his over/under on the overall pick for Tebow. "Twenty-eight,'' he said. [San Diego currently holds the 28th pick. -mlm]
Have fun today though, and be proud that your team made it this far. They truly earned all of the attention.
Yeah, I know I must be on something right?
J.E.T.S........Jets Jets Jets!!!!
The addition of D.J. Durkin as linebackers and special teams coach will be "a little bit of help" on Meyer's responsibilities but he admitted he didn't know how much.
Meyer said he loves new defensive coordinator George Edwards and that he "blew us away" when Edwards visiting with Florida's coaching staff. Edwards, from the Miami Dolphins, takes over for Charlie Strong, who left for Louisville.
"I love coach Edwards," Meyer said. "He's a great hire and I've known him for a while, came strongly recommended by many, many people and blew us away when he came up here."
New running backs coach Stan Drayton takes over for Kenny Carter, who left to be on Strong's staff at Louisville. Drayton disparaged Florida's offense after leaving for Tennessee a few years ago but Meyer said he and Drayton don't have any relationship issues.
"Coach Addazio felt very strongly about that, I felt very strongly about Stan," Meyer said. "When he left I realized I wished I had him back."
On recruiting, Meyer said "they" don't want me traveling and that he's pulled back from his regular routine. The assistants are clearly handling things well since Rivals.com rates Florida's class No. 1 after receiving commitments from three five-star prospects - Matt Elam, Ronald Powell and Sharrif Floyd - at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Elam is already enrolled. Powell, the nation's top player by Rivals.com, is officially visiting Florida this weekend. Meyer said the next couple weeks before signing day is "awful" and that it's "game day for 10 days."
"If we get their signatures in 10 days it's going to be encouraging," Meyer said. "That's a long ways from now."
"I'm going to have a series of tests in February to try to figure this thing out," Meyer said. "I have to take some time off. I've been instructed to by my bride and my boss. I have to change some things. That's obvious."
Mackenzi Adams QB Vanderbilt
Bryan Anderson WR Central Michigan
Ciron Black OT LSU
Jeff Cottam TE Tennessee
Jonathan Crompton QB Tennessee
Jimmy Graham TE Miami (Fla.)
Derek Hardman OT Eastern Kentucky
Will Harris S USC
Michael Hoomanawanui TE Illinois
Linval Joseph DT East Carolina
Joe Pawelek LB Baylor
Austin Rogers WR Tennessee
Taylor Scott DE Central Arkansas
Jordan Shipley WR Texas
Al Smith DT Northwestern St.
Lee Sweeney QB Tennessee Tech
Tim Tebow QB Florida
Jared Veldheer OT Hillsdale
Update On Lacrosse From Gatorsports....3/20
The No. 10 Florida lacrosse team battled against a quick, aggressive Syracuse squad to defeat the No. 11 team in the country, 16-11, in front of 937 fans at Donald R. Dizney Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Gators were led by sophomore attacker Ashley Bruns (Ellicott City, Md.), who tied her career-high and her own school record with six goals while adding an assist for a season-high seven points. Florida also saw hat tricks from sophomore midfielders Kitty Cullen (Rockville, Md.) and Brittany Dashiell (Bel Air, Md.).
Sophomore attacker Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) tied her career high in points with four (2 goals, 2 assists), adding two draw controls. Sophomore attacker Caroline Chesterman (South Nyack, N.Y.) scored and added an assist while sophomore midfielder Jamie Reeg (Atlantis, Fla.) scored her first goal of the season.
The Gators were a perfect 4-for-4 from free position and outshot the Orange, 27-20. Florida won the battle on the draw, 18-10, continuing the Gators’ streak of winning the game when out-drawing their opponent. Chesterman and Dashiell each had a team-high four draw controls, which is Chesterman’s career high.
“The draw is so important,” Florida head coach Amanda O’Leary said. “When you possess the ball, they can’t score. Those 18 draws were critical because we needed possession of the ball. Their attackers are such threats and if you give them an inch, the ball is going in the back of the net.”
Heisman Trophy Winners Since 1970 ....just not relevant to me before then.
Reggie Bush (vacated)
Florida Football 2011 Commitments