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I was one of the "level headed" Gator fans prior to the Vanderbilt game. While friends, family, and my fellow Gator Nation wanted Muschamp's head - I was trying to assuage their fears by noting the injuries and the record of last year (which, in regards to last years record, was even more impressive after Meyer completely burnt down the program). But, a couple of things changed my mind. First, even when the Gators started the year without injuries they looked awful. I didn't see any progression or advancement of the offense at all - indeed, it appeared to reverse itself and decline. In addition, the defense wasn't dominating and special teams looked dreadful. Second, four losses in a row - I can't even remember the last time this happened (which if Mr SEC could oblige to find out, I would find very interesting). Third, a loss to Georgia that could have been a win (again). Fourth, Vandy at the Swamp. Say what you want about injuries, but with the recruiting and talent level plus home field advantage, there is no excuse to be blown out by Vandy (a lesser program in many different ways and also one that had its own share of the injury bug). This was the first time since *1945* that Vandy won at our house. We will have a losing season for the first time since *1979*. These all add up to serious and legitimate concerns for the direction and coaching of the Gators football team. I think that it would be in the best interest for the program to move on at this time (and I didn't always feel that way). Now, I will say that Muschamp could earn back his job and there are two ways to do that. One, fire Pease. I think he is a decent coach, but it just isn't working. Second would be recruiting (this season is lost). If he can manage to get a top 5 recruiting class this year I'd feel more inclined to keep him for another year and see what happens. Having said this - if some back room dialogue indicates Charlie Strong would like to come back to Florida, I'd fire Muschamp regardless.
1 year, 4 months ago on No Vote Of Confidence From Florida AD For Muschamp Yet… But The Coach Deserves Another Year
They are both awesome! The SEC has the best coaches, players, and fans in the world. Go SEC!
1 year, 6 months ago on Bama Dress Or Gator Yard?
Spurrier, in an effort to enjoy the last days of summer, plays golf too much during the week and UGA wins this one 27-24.
1 year, 6 months ago on Richt: Georgia Won’t Be Holding Back Against Carolina
I’ve been watching Florida football all my life. I can remember when we were boring and lost – *frequently* (somewhere in my attic, I have a “Give ‘Em Hell Pell” bumper sticker which was the first Gator sticker I was proud to have – those were *good* years too). I’ll take a win no matter how “fugly” it is. Spurrier made games fun and certainly brought the Gators to national prominence (I actually give partial credit to Pell and Hall who paved the way no matter the means), but Spurrier was lucky to win some of the big games during his tenure and often lost the biggest games in ugly fashion (remember that Nebraska championship game or the “Choke at Doak”? I do unfortunately). I would count him as a great offensive mind, perhaps even a genius during his heyday - but he has never been a great head coach (IMO – OMG THE HERESY!). Some of that is his own doing; he is a bit lazy (relative to other coaches). He also is stubborn and knows only one way to win. It is one reason I don’t expect South Carolina to ever win big – well, at least without some luck. Lucky isn’t something you can count on. You can count on dominating defense, running the ball with authority, moving the chains, and taking a few big shots down the field as needed. Pease is doing exactly what he needs to do with Driskel (who is still developing) and Muschamp’s blueprint is (and will always be) power football (ala Saban). As long as Pease stays away from dive plays and tries to be a *smart* coach (versus getting that guru card), I’m in his corner and would actually take him with Muschamp over Spurrier every day. I think it is time to stop saying Florida fans are “spoiled” or have certain expectations due to Spurrier. We will always have a fond spot for the guy – he was an interesting character for sure, but he hasn’t thrown a visor on our sideline in a very long time………and fortunately we’ve won more championships because of that.
1 year, 6 months ago on UF O-Coordinator Pease Wants Wins, Not A “Guru Card”
Maybe I should start a website for all the convicted criminals to show their other side too. Really, they aren't so bad after all - it just depends on what you choose to see or not see.
1 year, 6 months ago on Aggie Fans Celebrate “The Johnny We Know”
At some point - you've got to bench this kid for a substantial game (and more if that is what it takes). Not for the NCAA, not for the sports writers, and not for the talking heads - but for that kid himself. He needs to learn a lesson that his actions have consequences - but more importantly how to handle himself with class and maturity. Beyond the big money and fun we all have with football, I feel that these kids need to leave their respective colleges with more than just dreams of the NFL - they should learn valuable life lessons and depart with valuable knowledge as well. The vast majority of these kids will never play a down in the NFL and many of those that do will find themselves out of a job within 1 to 3 years. Furthermore, it isn't fair to differentiate one individual from the rest because a team learns as a team - each individual action will impact others both directly and indirectly (on and off the field). If they can have a solid college education and learn valuable life lessons along the way, their collegiate careers will be worth more than any football they played. Every college owes it to each and every one of their student athletes to provide guidance beyond football. It is their responsibility as an institution of higher learning, but it is also their obligation and burden since they readily take all the money and reward for an athletes blood, sweat, and tears. They owe something in return - beyond money and fame - they owe an education (not just academically either).
1 year, 7 months ago on Tossing Taunts And Touchdowns, Johnny’s Back; A&M Beats Rice 52-31
It is ridiculous that in this day and age - and considering the mega dollars being generated by both public and private entities - that a player cannot make legal money (as in what is legal for any other citizen) off their success. This whole thing was a farce in more ways than one. The half game suspension is laughable, but it also probably means that the winds are shifting toward more power for individual athletes (and that is good in my book). Manziel is a punk kid - I don't really like him as a person, but I do enjoy watching him play. On a personal level I'm glad I will get to see that A&M/Bama matchup in its full glory now.
1 year, 7 months ago on NCAA Takes The Easy Way Out With A&M’s Manziel
Nothing is certain but death and taxes.
1 year, 7 months ago on The Hype For Alabama Grows And Grows, But The Tide’s Not Invincible
@John at MrSEC @kaffeen
I agree it isn't easy and is a long and painstaking process - fortunately we have computers these days to help (I don't mean that in a snarky way either). I just believe that the SEC should adopt a scheduling strategy similar to the NFL. That involves "home and away" against division opponents, teams from another division on a rotating basis, and all other games based on a first place team playing against the first place team - second place, third, fourth and the rest being matched the same way. Obviously, some variation would take place due to differences in games played, location, strength of schedule, and number of teams - but it is a reasonable and logical place to start I think.
1 year, 7 months ago on That Didn’t Take Long: Whines About “Unfair” SEC Schedule in 2014 Begin
So, Foley runs the SEC now? No politics at all now! The SEC may want to be warned that he was also an Amway salesman once. All kidding aside - didn't he just sign off on keeping a certain *type* of scheduling (6-1-1) and keeping certain teams of priority? If he had more of a role, please provide a link to that information.
Thanks for reading my comment.
Bianchi is calling it right on this one. It is unfair to Florida. I think if you rate the strength of schedule, you would find that Florida has earned the distinction of having the toughest SEC schedule - not just in the SEC, but in the Nation (and not just for this schedule, but for a couple of other years too). This wasn't a random scheduling. It was arranged for television and ratings. I'd argue that the best team in the SEC should have the toughest schedule the next year. The other scheduling should be based on how each school finishes the prior year too. Wouldn't that be more "fair"?