I didn't see the game. But, I really needed Kentucky to win. A loss by Tenn. would have kept us in third place since the Gators didn't handle business in Athens.
Oh well....great video anyway.
Riley Cooper said the test he’s looking forward to the most is the 40-yard dash. Asked what his goal was, Cooper joked, “I’d like it to be a 4.2. How realistic that is I don’t know. But I’d like to be in the 4.4s.”
The former Florida football players heading for the NFL Combine received advice last week from a couple of players who know what they’re talking about — Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy.
The reason that this on my page is because I am a Floridian. And, I have been to Sea World every year of my upbringing and that of my neices and nephews. The same holds true for Disney World and it's surrounding parks. We still go as adults and enjoys showing the younger kids in the family. Depart from the fact that this is really sad...but, I am a amazed that the show will go on.
SeaWorld Orlando also said, "it intends to continue using in its performances Tilikum, the 6-ton orca that pulled veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau to her death on Wednesday, though the animal will not be used Saturday."
But the executive was defiant when asked about the merits of keeping orcas in captivity.
"We have created an extraordinary opportunity for people to get an up-close, personal experience; to be inspired and connect with marine life in a way that they cannot do in anywhere else in the world -- and for that, we make no apologies," Atchison said.
The announcement everyone was waiting for finally came a little after 3 p.m. ET Friday.
“Some guy named Tebow on Podium C,” the public-address announcer jokingly said.
Tim Tebow, University of Florida quarterback and undisputed star of this NFL Scouting Combine, was about to address the media, and they were more than eager to hear from him. A crowd gathered in front of the podium and stood five deep. Reporters’ questions were shouted down by other reporters — a rarity here since most media sessions aren’t this heavily attended.
Through it all, Tebow was calm and collected. He politely answered every question for about 15 minutes, then did something befitting his character: He spent a whole minute handing back the stack of tape recorders that littered the podium.
If that comes across as vague, it was. Jones is due a reported $3 million roster bonus next month and is set to earn a base salary of $2.8 million next season, when he’ll be 32.
If the emergence of Shonn Greene makes Jones expendable to the Jets — which presumably would be the “decision” referenced by Tannenbaum — what came next from the GM felt like a send-off.
“All I can really say is I’m really fortunate we traded for him three years ago,” Tannenbaum said. “He’s done great things for us on the field and even more off the field. He’s really been our leader, [and] a tireless worker. He’s a really good player and a better person. So, we have a few more days to get that finalized, and once we do, we’ll let you know.”
Tannenbaum also said he expects RB Leon Washington, who is recovering from a broken leg, to be ready by Week 1.
If you want Tim Tebow's autograph, be prepared to reach into your pocket for more than a pen.
Tebow has signed an exclusive memorabilia contract with Palm Beach Autographs, the leader in Florida Gators signed and unsigned collectibles and his first autograph session will be March 6 at the Avenues Mall in Jacksonville.
Cost for an autograph will be $160. For $210 fans can get a professional photo and autograph or just a photo of the former Gators quarterback for $75.
Autograph tickets and photograph tickets may be purchased in advance on Palm Beach Autographs' website (www.PalmBeachAutographs.com), in any of their retail stores, or by calling (561) 776-1680. There are a limited number of tickets available. Photo tickets are good for a professionally posed photograph with Tim Tebow and his Heisman Trophy. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Tim Tebow Foundation.
During his Thursday news conference at the NFL Scouting Combine, Gailey wouldn’t address reports that the Bills might be interested in adding a veteran quarterback.
The Bills have Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards and Brian Brohm at quarterback, but some believe Gailey is seeking an upgrade.
“If we can try to improve our situation, we’ll improve it,” said Gailey, who added that holds true for every position.
Gailey spoke highly of Marshawn Lynch, who has been mentioned in trade rumors, and said he believes NFL teams need two quality running backs to be successful. Lynch lost some carries to Fred Jackson, who just posted his first 1,000-yard season.
Gailey also said he hasn’t talked to WR Terrell Owens, who came to Buffalo last season on a one-year contract and caught just five touchdown passes.
Gailey did acknowledge that the Bills are looking for help on the offensive line, especially after RT Brad Butler’s surprise retirement. Eric Wood and Demetrius Bell sustained season-ending injuries in 2009, but Gailey said their prognosises look good.
Sam Bradford: 6-foot-4.2, 236 pounds, 34 3/8-inch arm length, 9 1/2-inch hand span
Jimmy Clausen: 6-foot-2.5, 222 pounds, 30 3/4-inch arm length, 9-inch hand span
Colt McCoy: 6-foot-1.1, 216 pounds, 31-inch arm length, 9 3/8-inch hand span
I am surprised to the Bradford and Tebow weigh the same. I am assuming it's because Bradford is taller. Bradford's toughness concerns me.
|24th-27th||Day 1 Arrivals*: Grp 1(PK, ST, OL), Grp 2(OL), Grp 3(TE)|
|Wednesday||Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews|
|Thursday||Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews|
|Friday||NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, *PK/ST Workout*, Interviews|
|Saturday||Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure|
|25th-28th||Day 2 Arrivals*: Grp 4(QB, WO), Grp 5(QB, WO), Grp 6(RB)|
|Thursday||Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews|
|Friday||Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews|
|Saturday||NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews|
|Sunday||Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure|
|26th-1st||Day 3 Arrivals: Grp 7(DL), Grp 8(DL), Grp 9(LB)|
|Friday||Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews|
|Saturday||Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews|
|Sunday||NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews|
|Monday||Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure|
|27th-2nd||Day 4 Arrivals: Grp 10(DB), Grp 11(DB)|
|Saturday||Travel, Registration, Pre-exam & X-ray, Orientation, Interviews|
|Sunday||Measurements, Exams, Media, Psych Tests, Interviews|
|Monday||NFLPA Meeting, Psych Tests, Interviews|
|Tuesday||Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure|
2. Jamal Reynolds DE (Florida State -- Drafted by Green Bay) [10th Pick Overall in the 2001 Draft]
3. Ashlie Lelie WR (Hawaii -- Drafted by Denver) [19th Pick Overall in the 2002 Draft]
4. DeWayne Robertson DT (Kentucky -- Drafted by New York Jets) [3rd Pick Overall in the 2003 Draft]
5. Reggie Williams WR (Washington -- Drafted by Jacksonville) [10th Pick Overall in the 2004 Draft]
6. Thomas Davis LB (Georgia -- Drafted by Carolina) [14th Pick Overall in the 2005 Draft]
7. Reggie Bush RB (USC -- Drafted by New Orleans) [2nd Pick Overall in the 2006 Draft]
8. LaRon Landry S (LSU -- Drafted by Washington) [6th Pick Overall in the 2007 Draft]
9. Darren McFadden RB (Arkansas -- Drafted by Oakland) [4th Pick Overall in the 2008 Draft]
10. Tyson Jackson DE (LSU -- Drafted by Kansas City) [3rd Pick Overall in the 2009 Draft]
2. Adrian Wilson SS (North Carolina State -- Drafted by Arizona) [64th Pick Overall in the 2001 Draft]
3. Brian Westbrook RB (Villanova -- Drafted by Philadelphia) [91st Pick Overall in the 2002 Draft]
4. Anquan Boldin WR (Florida State -- Drafted by Arizona) [54th Pick Overall in the 2003 Draft]
5. Darnell Dockett DT (Florida State -- Drafted by Arizona) [64th Pick Overall in the 2004 Draft]
6. Justin Tuck DE (Notre Dame -- Drafted by New York Giants) [74th Pick Overall in the 2005 Draft]
7. Marcus McNeil OT (Auburn -- Drafted by San Diego) [50th Pick Overall in the 2006 Draft]
8. LaMarr Woodley DE/ LB (Michigan -- Drafted by Pittsburgh) [46th Pick Overall in the 2007 Draft]
9. Ray Rice RB (Rutgers -- Drafted by Baltimore) [55th Pick Overall in the 2008 Draft]
10. Shonn Greene RB (Iowa -- Drafted by New York Jets) [65th Pick Overall in the 2009 Draft]
And, I can't say enough about Terrence Shannon. He played five minutes, got three steals, a lay-up and a rebound. He is going to be special and I think he earned more playing time against Clemson.
In the end, Wyche was impressed with what he saw. And if the reports out of Franklin are correct, NFL scouts might do well to give Tebow another look when he has his pro day (March 17).
"Would I draft him?" Wyche said. "Absolutely. Sure. If he's not taken early, somebody
is going to be called a genius for taking him wherever he goes."
Perhaps you have heard different reports, haven't you? Since the end of the season, skeptics have lined up to talk about the varied reasons why Tebow will not succeed in the NFL. At times, the talk was so harsh you wondered if those 47 games Tebow's Florida team won was a misprint, or if his 88 touchdown passes were just a rumor.
Some of that, naturally, is the way the draft process dissects a player. But some of it seems to be a backlash toward a player who was praised so often in college.
Give Tebow credit for this much: He has at least been on a quest to get better. How many quarterbacks who were stars in college can say that? Former NFL offensive coordinator Zeke Bratkowski is the chief mechanic, but Montreal Alouettes coach Marc Trestman and Arizona State offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone have offered input, too.
As for Wyche, he became involved when Tony Dungy, the coach who replaced him in Tampa, recommended him to Bob Tebow, Tim's father. Wyche, now 65 and a county council member in Pickins, S.C., dusted off his whistle and came aboard.
"He's accurate," Wyche said of Tebow. "He's smart. He anticipates well. He's a commander in the huddle. He has good footwork. … He has agility. He has athleticism. So many things are right about this guy."
Wyche said their sessions began in the classroom. What does it mean when the free safety is in the middle? (It means a defense can't outnumber you.) What does it mean when the corner is bent at the waist? (Probably zone coverage, because it's not a good man technique.) What does it mean when the corner plays inside technique? (He doesn't have safety help.)
"He's as smart as anyone," Wyche said. "I was around Montana and Boomer, and they would be at the top of the list of understand theory coming out of college. They understood concepts. This guy is right with them. I hope he gets a good coordinator and a good quarterback coach. If not, he'll be smarter than they are."
Arm strength? Wyche says Tebow will have one of the strongest arms in the league. Footwork? Wyche says it's as good as anyone's. Accuracy? Along with intelligence, Wyche says that's Tebow's strongest asset.
Ah, but then there is Tebow's much-discussed delivery. While at Florida, there were a lot of plays when Tebow wound up like a pitcher and threw the ball like a shot-putter.
Wyche admits that if he knew nothing more than what he was seeing on film, that would concern him. As it is, Wyche thinks Tebow will quickly overcome his flaws in the manner that former NFL star Randall Cunningham did when he came out of college with his own awkward delivery.
"Everyone wants to talk about his long windup and dropping the ball," Wyche said. "But if he takes the ball up with two hands, which he didn't do in college, you have to put it in the same spot near your ear every time. If you wind up (as Tebow did at Florida), you get a different release point every time.
"Boy, he worked hard at it. He could tell when he tried and it wasn't right. He was coaching himself."
So where is Tebow going to be drafted? First round? Third round? As an H-back?
Wherever it is, Wyche said, he hopes there is a veteran there who can mentor him for a year or so.
"Paul Brown used to say to me, 'Don't tell me about how good an athlete a guy is. Tell me about how good a football player he is.' I think Tebow is one of the elite."
So, you ask Wyche. Is Tebow better than anyone you coached in Tampa Bay?
"You guys talk about a lot of that stuff and have to do that and have to cover that, really for us, we have three games left to play," he said. "It's really simple for me: The more games you win the better chance you have. I'm not going to look at it like this got us in, we lose this game we're out.
"I know you guys have to do that in terms of keeping readers or fan interest alive, like they're dead, they're over, now they're in, or they're not, or they're playing for a seed. You guys know as well as I do, it's smoke and mirrors and drama. Very simple and you guys can write this: The more games we win, the better chance we have to go."
I thought for a moment Providence was going to make a game of it. But, Syracuse showed they were too much for them.
I didn't see much of the Hoyas game Jon but....congrats!!
Coach Hamilton has his team in North Carolina preparing for tonight. My contention is if his team plays a complete 40 minutes, don't turn the ball over, and weather the initial emotions by the team and the fans...they can win.
I still think the Tar Heels player for player have more talent. But, they are not playing together. They are not playing smart. This is one that the Seminoles can steal. I will be watching.
This was a good win for the Gators. Irving Walker came alive in the second half and hit three straight 3s. Chandler Parsons then hit another. Both players ended with 19 points for the evening.
I like the way this team is playing. Now, I don't think they have all the pieces like a Syracuse or Kentucky to go deep into the tournament but, I am glad they are making a push to make it to the dance.
More to come on this win for sure.
Florida's SEC Gymnasts of the Week
Feb. 23, 2010
Feb. 24, 2009
March 18, 2008
Feb. 19, 2008
Jan. 15, 2008
March 20, 2007
Feb. 27, 2007
Feb. 6, 2007
Feb. 7, 2006
March 1, 2005
Feb. 1, 2005
March 16, 2004
March 2, 2004
Jan. 20, 2004
Feb. 11, 2003
Jan. 29, 2002
Jan. 30, 2001
Chrissy Van Fleet
Feb. 22, 2000
Chrissy Van Fleet
Feb. 15, 2000
UF's SEC Freshman of the Week^
Feb. 23, 2010
Feb. 2, 2010
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^started in the 2009 season
ESPN announced a two-week suspension of Tony Kornheiser on Tuesday afternoon, not exactly swift, but a reprisal nonetheless for allegedly humorous remarks (at least Kornheiser thought they were funny) about the way ESPN co-worker Hannah Storm presented herself on ESPN television.
On his Washington D.C.-based radio show last Friday, Kornheiser described Storm's outfit as "horrifying." He said, she is got on these red go-go boots....He called her shirt "very, very tight" and suggested her skirt, a "Catholic school plaid skirt" was, as Kornheiser said, "way too short for somebody her age." That age, Kornheiser said, was upper 40s or maybe past 50. The horror! Storm is 47, by the way.
In any case, ESPN's executive vice president of content, John Skipper, released a statement Tuesday afternoon that said: "Tony Kornheiser's comments about Hannah Storm were entirely inappropriate. Hurtful and personal comments such as these are not acceptable and have significant consequences. Tony has been suspended from PTI for two weeks. Hannah is a respected colleague who has been an integral part of the success of our morning SportsCenter."
1. Michigan 8 871,464 108,933
2. Penn St. 8 856,066 107,008
3. Ohio St. 7 736,830 105,261
4. Texas 6 607,049 101,175
5. Tennessee 8 793,760 99,220
6. Georgia 6 556,476 92,746
7. LSU 7 647,420 92,489
8. Alabama 7 644,084 92,012
9. Florida 7 634,446 90,635
10. Nebraska 7 601,216 85,888
11. USC 6 508,796 84,799
12. Oklahoma 6 508,670 84,778
13. Auburn 8 676,911 84,614
14. Notre Dame 7 565,565 80,795
15. Wisconsin 7 560,764 80,109
SEC – 64
ACC – 41
Big Ten – 41
Big 12 – 41
Pac-10 – 40
*****Big East – 26 bringing up the rear
Saturday – Offensive Line, Specialists, Tight Ends
Sunday – Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs
Monday – Defensive Line, Linebackers
Tuesday – Defensive Backs
But, with this success it made me think. I have come to the conclusion that Jonny Flynn was no big deal. He was not the asset that Cuse fans thought he was. He was their stand around and watch guy, their bail out guy. And, obviously this type of guy can ruin your team chemistry. This kind of player limits team play. And, yep I know they had Devendorf last year. But, even with Devendorf and his experience everyone still seem to look towards Flynn.I thought he was a ball hog. Sure he was a hustler and a beast....but, probably not the right fit to make a serious run at the championship.
Flynn's game is obviously more suited for the NBA. He is a scorer and a creator on offense. Not a good thing in college long term. He was smart to take his game to the next level.
I look for them to make a bigger push this March. Syracuse that is. They have what it takes now. They have the right mixture....
The mixture that makes you friends on and off the field. These guys are balling and headed to a number one seed.
And, there will plenty talent left next year. This is a fairly young team.And, I am impress with them.
I don't know why I thought this situation would be any different from the Shaun Alexander or Edgerrin James....or Emmitt Smith. Once you hit that wall you are gone.
I personally think he hit it two years ago when he took himself out of that playoff game and never left the bench or took off his helmet.
But, when does the organization owe you just a little more loyalty. Sure, they gave Ladanian millions but, belive me they made millions more.
"We had a pretty good outing against Virginia last week. We played very well and played a complete game for 40 minutes. We got a much needed weekend off. Coaches will say that this is the time of year where you have a lot of nicks, bangs, and bruises. So we used this weekend to do some mental work and look forward to what we know is going to be a hard-fought University of North Carolina team."
Q: Would you be for or against the expansion of the NCAA Tournament field to 96 teams?
Hamilton: Well, in the first place, if you look back at the history of how the NCAA Tournament has evolved, years ago it was 16 (teams) and people asked the same question when they expanded it to 24, and then they asked the same question when they wanted to expand it to 32. Then there was concern about the quality of the tournament when they expanded it to 48. Now that we have expanded it to 64, I don't know what the number is but we have added a lot more teams to the overall NCAA group of teams to pick from. So it is only logical to me that if the number increases, that you would increase the number of participants. Secondly, there seems to be such an emphasis placed on the criteria that you are supposed to meet in order to be able to qualify for the Tournament and that seems to be a moving target. One year it is strength of schedule, then it is road victories, and now we get a point-and-a-half for a road victory, a point for a neutral site, and half-a-point for a home victory. We go behind closed doors and we vote. So why not take that mystique out of it, include more teams. I think we will all admit that basketball has improved. You have more of the mid-majors that are of higher quality. You have the BCS-type schools where parity is setting in. I think it is only logical and reasonable when you take under consideration the percentage of football teams that go to bowls versus the percentage of basketball teams that go to the NCAA Tournament. The only right thing to do is to increase the pool.
Q: Can you talk about Solomon Alabi and getting the ball to him and how he delivers in late-game situations? What is it about him that makes him a good finisher when the game is on the line?
Hamilton: Well, Solomon during the year that he was injured really spent time improving on certain skills, certain aspects of his game that we wanted him to be a little more proficient in when he became healthy. His jump hook, his turnaround jumpers, his free throws, and his overall understanding of the game. So he has worked very hard in all of those areas and he is confident, he works very hard, and he is a sponge. He is one of those players that coaches like to have on your team because he is eager to follow directions and allow himself to be coached. We are the kind of team that has to win games by committee, so it is very difficult to assess who we are going to go to when the game is on the line because I am not real sure that our go-to guy may not be the guy who might have the best opportunity or is the open guy. So I think in that particular game against Marquette and some of the other games, we felt that we may have had an advantage at that particular time or the type of defense we were facing, so we thought it was best to go to him but in different games it might be someone else.
Q: Your team is right on the cusp of finishing anywhere from third to sixth in the ACC right now, and with the top four seeds getting a bye in the ACC Tournament, how important is it to get in the top four and get the bye in the first round?
Hamilton: I think it is very important that when you look towards the ACC Tournament that if you have an opportunity to get a bye and be able to get an extra day of mental and emotional preparation, it is very good for a team, especially a team that is dominated by freshman and sophomores like our team is. But the thing that we have tried to avoid doing is looking too far ahead with our young and inexperienced team. We literally have gotten to the point, and I know it is something that all coaches say, but where we just try not to look too far ahead of ourselves. We just try to make sure we stay focused on who we are, where we are, and the areas where we need to improve. I think that we will put ourselves in the best position come tournament time to be as high of a seed as we possibly can. But to answer your question, I think it is very important for a team, more than anything else psychologically, to know that you finished in the upper-echelon of the league and to have an opportunity to go into the ACC Tournament on a positive note.
Q: One of the reasons why your team is at the cusp of that position is that your team has had some success on the road this year winning three road games in conference. Can you talk about doing that with a young team and being able to win on the road in the ACC?
Hamilton: Well our team seems to be maturing and finding out more about each other and how we need to play with the talent that we have in order to be successful. I think we stubbed our toe a couple of times and it has gotten the attention of our guys. I think we have played fairly well on the road especially since we have gotten into conference play. In the times where we have not played as well, I think we have evaluated ourselves and it has been very motivating to our players to assess how we faltered. So I think we have two home games and two road games remaining, we are hopeful that we can be successful on the road because obviously that gives you some more 'quality points' as it relates to the NCAA Tournament, once that selection process is started.
Q: When you beat Virginia that may have been your best road games you played this year and then you had seven days off before your next game. Would you have rather played this past week after beating Virginia or did the seven days off come at a good time?
Hamilton: I think we needed the rest. I think most coaches, we all go through periods where we are playing games without very much preparation and you get bumps, bruises, little ankle turns, sore tips to your fingers, and things of that nature, so to kind of be able to work and practice on fundamentals without some of the physical contact is sometimes good. Guys get a chance to get a little more treatment and into the cold tubs, and things of that nature, so I am thinking it came at a very good time for us. I am not real sure one game on the weekend is that big of a difference this late in the season.
Q: You are heading to Chapel Hill to face a North Carolina team that is struggling, does that take any of the edge off the game or does it make you more hungry to get them? Does it have any impact at all on the game?
Hamilton: I hope that doesn't have any impact on our preparation. We have been operating with adversity as well and trying to deal with injuries. Sometimes hungrier, they are more attentive, and we all know it is just a matter of time before Carolina is going to explode with the talent that they have. We know that they are going to be on their very best game and they are very capable of playing good basketball. You watch every game that they play and there are periods where North Carolina just looks scary. The potential is there. Our approach is going to be like any other time. We have a tremendous respect for them. Roy (Williams) does a great job in preparation. We don't have the luxury as a team in our position or a team that is trying to move up the hierarchy of the ACC to do anything other than play at our very, very best. We have not always done that when we have gone on the road or at home for that matter. We try to not concern ourselves as much with the name on the jersey of our opponents as we have tried to develop a sense of pride and identity of who we are and what we are about. That is what we have been preaching to our players. They seem to be buying in. Hopefully that will be our motivating factor going into the game on Wednesday.
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