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Arkansas Razorbacks Broadcaster Fired for Wearing Florida Gators Hat

August 17, 2010

Broadcaster Renee Gork has been fired after she was spotted wearing a Florida Gators hat at a recent news conference with Arkansas Razorbacks football coach Bobby Petrino.

They sure do take their football seriously in the SEC!

From ESPN:

Gork, a Florida graduate, said it was an innocent mistake to have the hat on in the first place and that she sent a letter of apology to Petrino, who remarked during the press conference that he wouldn’t be answering any more questions from her while she was wearing that hat.

“It wasn’t a stunt I was trying to pull, and I wasn’t trying to get any attention. It was just a dumb mistake,” said Gork, who added that her station (KAKS Hog Sports Radio) fired her because it didn’t appear that she would be allowed to cover practice any longer.

Florida’s Urban Meyer Changes His Mind

December 27, 2009

During a press conference this afternoon, Florida coach Urban Meyer stated that he will not step down but will take an indefinite leave of absence instead.

From Sports Illustrated:

Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will serve as the Gators’ interim coach in his absence, but Meyer, 45, will coach No. 5 Florida against Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day.

“It’s full speed ahead. We’re going to do everything possible we can do to win this game,” he said.

Meyer also said he expects to be back on the Florida sideline at the start of next season.

“I do believe in my gut that will happen,” he said at a news conference in New Orleans.

He told reporters he was offered and encouraged to take a leave of absence earlier in the week. He said being with his players at a “spirited practice” Sunday morning persuaded him not to resign.

Urban Meyer Resigns

December 26, 2009

Shocking news from the University of Florida football program as head coach Urban Meyer will step down due to undisclosed health reasons.

From Yahoo Sports:

The day after his team’s loss in the SEC Championship game, Florida coach Urban Meyer checked himself into Gainesville hospital due to “dehydration.” He was quickly released, and the story passed without much attention at the time. But as of tonight, it may go down as the moment that Meyer’s burgeoning Gator dynasty came to an end:

Urban Meyer is stepping down as coach of the Florida football team, athletics director Jeremy Foley announced Saturday afternoon in a release.

“I have given my heart and soul to coaching college football and mentoring young men for the last 24-plus years and I have dedicated most of my waking moments the last five years to the Gator football program,” Meyer said in statement. “I have ignored my health for years, but recent developments have forced me to re-evaluate my priorities of faith and family.”

Meyer plans an official press conference on Sunday; he will coach against Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, then hang it up for the foreseeable future. He has suffered in the past from extreme pain as a result of a brain cyst, but isn’t in the hospital and isn’t facing any immediate health issues. There’s no indication he’s planning to return to the sideline anywhere else anytime soon. He’s just had enough of the grind for now.

The BCS Truly is BS

October 20, 2009

I’ve said it since the beginning: we need a playoff system in college football!

Let either the top 8 or 16 teams play each other to determine who is the true champion each year. Forget the computers. We know who the top teams are each season. Yes, a team or two might get left out, but at least we don’t have to go with just the “top 2″ in the country in a winner takes all game.

Great article by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports who discusses how teams such as Florida and Texas, who play patsy preseason schedules before their actual conference games are ranked at the top, while teams like Oklahoma and USC, who play “real” teams, are left out.

From the article:

On Sept. 5, while Florida feasted on Charleston Southern and Texas opened with Louisiana-Monroe, the Oklahoma Sooners played a strong BYU team on a neutral field.

That’s when Sam Bradford sprained his shoulder while being sacked, an injury that derailed OU’s title hopes.

A week later, while Florida annihilated Troy and Texas blew out Wyoming, Southern California played at Ohio State.

That’s when freshman Matt Barkley was himself sacked and hurt. He was forced to sit out the next game, which the Trojans lost. Now they’re behind the national title 8-ball.

That’s two tough games, two season-changing injuries and two more examples why as long as the Bowl Championship Series exists, there is no good reason any power team should risk playing a rugged non-conference schedule.

Check out the BCS standings. Florida and Texas are ranked No. 1 and 3 respectively, despite playing weak non-conference teams. Both know if they win out, they’ll play for the title anyway.

This isn’t scheduling cowardice, it’s, in fact, what passes for BCS intelligence.

Florida #1 in First BCS Rankings

October 18, 2009

UPDATE: Good story on the BS that is the BCS.

ESPN has posted the initial BCS rankings for 2009:

1. Florida

2. Alabama

3. Texas

4. Boise State

5. Cincinnati

6. Iowa

7. USC

8. TCU

9. LSU

10. Miami

Very interesting to say the least. It’s nice to see Boise State at #4 but I am very surprised to see USC at #7. Yes, their loss to Washington was bad, but they did win at Ohio State and Notre Dame. Also, seeing at Cincinnati at #5 is great for their program. What a surprise they have been and they have been VERY good so far!

I’m still not sold on Iowa but they will have a couple of tough tests left. TCU could also make some noise if they defeat BYU this coming weekend. LSU and Miami are right where they should be.

Any thoughts on the standings?

From Fox Sports:

The Gators were the top-ranked team in the first BCS standings of the 2009 season, holding a slight lead over their SEC rivals, .989 to .953. Despite struggling to get past unranked Arkansas on Saturday, Florida was ranked No. 1 in each of the three components used to determine the BCS standings — the Harris poll, the coaches poll and the computer rankings.

Would-be BCS buster Boise State is ranked fourth, and has strong support from both the human voters (No. 5 in both the Harris and the USA Today polls) and the computers (No. 5). Cincinnati, meanwhile, is ranked fifth and doesn’t face a ranked team the rest of the way. While that soft schedule won’t help them in the computers, the Bearcats are looking like a decent bet to finish the season undefeated.

Undefeated Iowa is ranked No. 6, in large part because of the strength of its showing in the computer polls; the computers have the Hawkeyes ranked No. 3, while the human voters are considerably less enamored of the Big Ten frontrunner.

USC, TCU, LSU and Miami round out the rest of the top 10.

From USA Today:

The Gators are No. 1 in both the USA TODAY Coaches’ poll and the Harris Interactive polls used in the formula and they are the top team in the computer rankings. The polls and computers have the Crimson Tide  second.

Texas, Boise State and Cincinnati round out the top five followed by unbeaten Iowa.

Boise State is making the highest debut as a team from a league that does not get an automatic berth. The best previous debut was Utah at No. 7 in 2004.

Alabama Takes Over the Number 1 Spot

October 18, 2009

I guess I was right after all.

Associated Press voters have moved the Crimson Tide to the #1 spot in the land today, dethroning the previously #1 ranked Florida Gators who have held the spot all season.

I’m going to go out on a limb now and say that Alabama will be ranked #1 in the first 2009 BCS rankings which are due out shortly. Florida will most likely be #2 followed by Texas, USC and either Boise State or Cincinnati.

From the Associated Press:

The Crimson Tide, which received 10 first-place votes last week, got 39 out of 59 from the media panel. Florida received the other 20 first-place votes.

Texas is No. 3, followed by Southern California, Cincinnati and Boise State at No. 6. The Broncos dropped a spot.

Unbeaten Iowa moved up four places after beating Wisconsin 20-10 on the road. Miami, LSU and TCU round out the top 10.

Alabama started the season ranked fifth, then immediately moved up a spot to fourth after beating Virginia Tech to start the season. After two weeks at No. 4, the Crimson Tide moved up another spot to No. 3.

After three weeks behind Florida and Texas, Alabama jumped the Longhorns last week and finished the climb to No. 1 on Sunday.

Alabama was No. 1 for five weeks in the second half of last season, including two weeks when SEC rival Florida was No. 2.

The Gators, the defending national champions, came into the season as an overwhelming No. 1, receiving the highest of percentage of first-place votes ever in the preseason poll.

First BCS Rankings: Who’s #1?

October 17, 2009

UPDATE: ESPN has just announced that Florida is #1 in the first BCS rankings for 2009.

UPDATE 2: Good story on the BS that is the BCS.

Sunday, October 18, marks the release of the first BCS standings for 2009. Hold on to your hats, this could be fun!

We almost had a complete upheaval of the top ten this weekend, but #1 Florida and #2 Texas both hung on to win their games. Overall, it was a pretty scary day all around, not just in wins and losses, but for individual players themselves.

Heisman Trophy hopeful Colt McCoy looked terrible throwing for under 150 yards, only one touchdown and one interception. To make things worse in the same game, last year’s Heisman winner, Sam Bradford, re injured his shoulder and judging from the reaction of his coach, Bob Stoops, I would have to assume that he will miss the rest of the season. At 3-3, Oklahoma is having its worst season in recent memory and they appear that they may have to carry on without their team leader.

If not for a last minute drive by Tim Tebow, who knows how the Florida/Arkansas game would have ended. I’ve got to give it to Tebow, he can play and knows how to fire up a team. I’m just not sold on Florida this year. Two straight weeks they could have easily lost their game if not for some late heroics. And what about the Texas Longhorns??? I mentioned McCoy’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day already but looking at the season so far as a whole, they are the most unimpressive undefeated team in the nation right now. I’m pretty sure that they will lose at least one game in their conference and it could happen as early as next week.

As much as it pains me to say it, Alabama looks very impressive and in National Championship form. They dispatched of South Carolina today with some great defense and the running game looks equally good. Virginia Tech said goodbye to any chance they had of a National Championship with their loss at Georgia Tech. USC had Notre Dame on the verge of a blowout until they decided to let them back in the game (and nearly win if not for a last second goal line stand). If not for the hiccup against Washington, USC could easily have their hat in the ring for the top spot in the BCS. Alas, they will have to settle for 4th at best (you can see my predictions below).

And the team from the land of the Smurf Turf had some major problems putting away Tulsa on Thursday night. They really need some blowout victories, and an undefeated season, to have any chance at at a BCS National Championship game. Heck, they might even get passed by TCU for a BCS Bowl bid if the “frogs” go 12-0 this year. The Broncos looked great against Oregon to open the season, but they’ve played down to the level of their opponents the past two weeks and with a weak schedule, any more games like this could easily relegate them  to a non-BCS game.

Anyways, it will be interesting to see how the players fall tomorrow afternoon when the standings are finally released. I’m looking forward to seeing how both the AP and Coaches poll shift this week, but what will play the most important role is the computers. I’m no expert, so I’m going to go out on a limb here and make my predictions how I see the top ten playing out:

1. Florida

2. Alabama

3. Texas

4. Boise State

5. USC

6. Cincinnati

7. Iowa

8. LSU

9. Miami

10. TCU

To be the best, you have to beat the best. And at this time, Florida is still the team to beat until someone knocks them off their pedestal.

I strongly believe that Alabama is the number one team in the country right now, but can’t see enough voters changing their ballots to drop Florida out of the number one spot. I also see USC leapfrogging Boise State based upon their quality wins over Ohio State and Notre Dame. I’m most intrigued where teams like Cincinnati, Iowa and Miami end up. It’s pretty much a crapshoot after the top 4-5.

It will be interesting to see how it all ends up, though. Personally, I would love to see a lot of upsets the rest of the way and Boise State sneaking into the National Championship Game. Yes, it’s a dream that will most likely NEVER come true, but it would still be fun to finally see someone stick it to the BCS!

Everyone who knows me, knows that I’m in favor of a playoff. Whether it be an 8 or 16 team playoff, let them fight it out on the field to determine who really is #1.

Thoughts?

USC Hangs on to Defeat Notre Dame

October 17, 2009

USC should have dominated this game, but they kept letting Notre Dame get back in it.

I thought in the end that Clausen was going to send it to overtime, but the Trojan defense held on.

With Florida and Texas nearly getting knocked off, and Virginia Tech having trouble with Georgia Tech, I wonder how the Top 10 will look on Monday. Alabama should jump to number one, in my opinion, if they win, and win big over South Carolina.

From the Associated Press:

Jimmy Clausen threw three incomplete passes into the end zone in the closing seconds as No. 6 Southern California held on for a 34-27 victory and its eighth straight win against No. 25 Notre Dame on Saturday.

Notre Dame’s streak of last-minute victories ended at three, but the Fighting Irish at least showed they could compete with their longtime rivals this season.

Referees Give #1 Florida Gators a 23-20 Win

October 17, 2009

UPDATE: Virginia Tech knocked off by Georgia Tech! Check out my BCS predictions here.

UPDATE 2: Good story on the BS that is the BCS.

Arkansas played well.

Florida played awful.

The referees were the worst. *A close second goes to the two missed kicks by the Arkansas kicker who could have won the game for them*

I’m not a Razorbacks fan, or a Gators fan, just a college football fan. This was embarrassing to watch. Usually, you see one or two bad calls in a game. But in this game, there was bad call after bad call including two on a 4th quarter drive that got Florida back in the game and eventually the win with a 29 yard field goal with only 9 seconds left to play.

Nice attempt at the hook and lateral on the kickoff, though, by Arkansas.

So Florida hangs on. Texas hangs on. Alabama and Virginia Tech still to play. Who’s number one?

I’m not going to downplay how good the SEC is. They are the best conference in all of college football. But they ONLY PLAY EACH OTHER.

Most of the teams play patsy schedules, outside of their own conference. I saw during the game today that the announcers were talking about the BCS Championship game and how if all the teams end up with one or even two losses, that an SEC team should automatically play a Big 12 team. Honestly, that would probably be a GREAT game. But it should not be automatic because the teams play in the Big 12 and SEC.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: WE NEED A PLAYOFF! That’s all I can say. Whether it be an 8 or 16 team playoff. It’s necessary. Look at a couple years ago when Boise State upset Oklahoma. Last year when Utah routed Alabama. Just because teams play in conferences that are considered “weaker” than others, they get no respect. I would love to see the teams play it out on the field, and not amongst voters and computers.

Just my opinion. What’s yours?

Sam Bradford Returning to Oklahoma

January 15, 2009

Yet another college football star not entering the draft this year. Are they afraid that they might have to play in Detroit???

From the New York Times:

The Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford was not ready to give up the life of a college quarterback — not without a national championship. Bradford, a third-year sophomore quarterback, will return to Oklahoma next season, forgoing a chance to be a top N.F.L. draft pick.

“I’ve dreamed about playing at Oklahoma since I was little, and my three years here have been probably three of the best years of my life, and I really feel that there’s no need to cut this experience short,” Bradford said Wednesday at a news conference.

“I’m really looking forward to coming back and competing for a fourth straight Big 12 championship and another opportunity at a national championship.”

His return also means another shot at a Heisman Trophy. Archie Griffin of Ohio State is the only player to win two Heismans. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the 2007 winner, finished third behind Bradford in the Heisman voting this season.

For the first time, the top three vote-getters for the Heisman will return to college football. Tebow announced his intentions Sunday, and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy said he would be back for his senior season long before the Longhorns won the Fiesta Bowl.

Bradford led the nation with 50 touchdown passes and a quarterback rating of 180.8. He probably would have been one of the first quarterbacks taken in April’s draft. He led the Sooners to the Bowl Championship Series title game last week, but they lost, 24-14, to Florida.

Southern California scheduled a news conference for Thursday amid an ESPN report that quarterback Mark Sanchez would turn pro.


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