Florida’s Meyer rolling the dice with Chris Rainey

Nobody asked me but:

1. Urban Meyer is rolling the dice with Chris Rainey: The Florida wide receiver had his felony stalking charge knocked down to a misdemeanor and will not be prosecuted for this text message threat to a Gainesville woman. I know that Meyer likes this kid and has tried to work with him, but if Rainey is allowed back on the team and something goes wrong, the University is going to be in a very vulnerable position from a liability standpoint. Meyer knows the kid. I don’t.  Local authorities have assessed the situation and don’t believe there is a threat. The woman involved is not pressing charges and issued a public statement saying that she does not believe there is a threat. That’s all well and good.

All I know is that since the Virginia lacrosse case (where a male member of the lacrosse team killed a female member of a team in the same sport by beating her head against a wall), the wisest policy is zero tolerance when it comes to threats towards women.

2.  I was wrong about Mark Ingram and the Heisman Trophy: When Ingram missed the first two games of Alabama’s season with a knee injury, I assumed that he was out of the Heisman Trophy race and would not repeat as the winner. I was wrong. I think Ingram is very much in the Heisman race after his 157-yard day against Arkansas. A lot of national media saw his incredible 54-yard touchdown run early in the game and how he was the most dominant player on the field in the fourth quarter when Alabama stormed back to win 24-20. Saturday he gets another national stage when No. 1 Alabama hosts No. 7 Florida.

3. Playoff PAC is out of line: Playoff PAC is a political action committee that is working towards eliminating the BCS and replacing it with some kind of playoff system. This is America and that is what political action committees are for: advocating and advancing a point of view through the political process. I have no problem with that. But the lawyers who work  (free of charge) for Playoff PAC have been sifting through the tax returns of the four BCS bowls looking for dirt. They think they’ve found some in the compensation packages for some of the bowl executive directors. Playoff PAC has filed a 27-page complaint to the IRS.

These guys want a playoff  and someday that might come to pass. It’s a good argument but they haven’t won it yet. So in order achieve your objective you’re going to sick the IRS on people who deem to be opponents? I’m for a four-team playoff but guys but this is over the line. It’s just a football game.

4.The ACC may be bad, but the Big East is worse: We’ve been beating up the ACC and its 1-9 record against non-conference BCS opponents in the first three weeks of the season. But the Big East is worse at 1-10 against the BCS and 6-13 against all Division I-A opponents. Pittsburgh, which was supposed to be one of the two best teams in that league just got mauled at home by Miami. West Virginia, the other top team, lost at LSU. The lowest ranked team to ever play in a BCS game was 8-3 Pittsburgh, which played and lost to Utah in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl. That team was ranked 21st in the final BCS Standings. The Big East champion of 2010 could be worse.

5. LSU may have the best defense in the SEC: I have to admit that I had my doubts about the LSU defense when it got torched for over 400 yards passing in its opener with North Carolina. But since then John Chavis has whipped his troops into shape. Chavis has moved from  working the game from the sidelines to up in the press box. I don’t know if that is a factor but here are the results going into Saturday’s home game with Tennessee: LSU is first in the SEC in total defense (254.0 ypg), first in rushing defense (74.8 ypg), and second in scoring defense (12.0 ypg). Alabama leads in scoring defense at 9.8 points per game. Chavis told Scott Rabalais of the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate that he has been emphasizing speed over size. “For some reason I can coach the ones who run faster,” Chavis said. That speed will come in handy next week when LSU goes to Florida.

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343 comments Add your comment

GatorGuy

September 29th, 2010
2:47 pm

I don’t think Cam Newton was ever kicked off the team. He was suspended and decided that he wanted a fresh start somewhere else. Seems to be working out for him and John Brantley.

seabass

September 29th, 2010
2:55 pm

I would love to say any other team an Rainey would be off the team. But I’ve seen this happen before with other teams who star player’s got in trouble. i. e.- Oregons running back last year. They kicked him off, then he was on the practice squade, then he is starting again. And that coach just got a six year extension.

Laughing at T3

September 29th, 2010
3:02 pm

T3

You are so full of yourself it is funny! In reality you’re just full of bitterness and cynicism. Surely it comes with being an ACC fan.

Lou Holtz aka the Spitting Cobra

September 29th, 2010
3:03 pm

Seabass- the difference being that Byron Hout was not LeGarrette Blount’s girlfriend… that we know of.

travy

September 29th, 2010
3:08 pm

this column is a disgrace.

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
3:10 pm

For the record, it’s also “pleaded,” not “pled.”

travy

September 29th, 2010
3:11 pm

seriously, what kind of ‘liability’ does the university face beyond public relations?

Army of the Gators

September 29th, 2010
3:30 pm

ATL Gator…well put! Got alot of Gators/Bama fans/alum here in Iraq,having our own game in the desert sands.Will post the results Sat.

Coach O

September 29th, 2010
3:31 pm

Atlanta Gator

September 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

Pleaded Guilty
A Modest Plea

By Evan Jenkins

The bank, a news article reported, “had pled guilty to charges that it made false entries.”

Why “pled”? A lot of lawyers (and a lot of lawyerly writings) seem to prefer it, and some dictionaries list it as an alternative past tense for “plead.” But we don’t say someone “pled for his life,” or “pled for mercy.” We say “pleaded.” And so it should be with legal pleas. Case closed, one hopes.

But no, not quite closed, and fair enough.

Drew Trott, a staff attorney at the Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose, saw those thoughts on the Web and was doubtful. He said he looked in the ultra-comprehensive Oxford English Dictionary and found quite a few examples of “pled,” starting with Edmund Spenser in 1596. For himself, Mr. Trott said he not only used the word and ran into it in both formal and informal contexts, but found it more pleasing to the ear than “pleaded.”

“I suspect it is for similar reasons,” he e-mailed, “that we don’t say ‘readed,’ ‘bleeded’ or ‘speeded’ — they are unpoetic…I acknowledge that we lawyers do say ‘deeded,’ but in that instance, consider the alternative.”

Aha! A point well taken. And more research seemed essential.

The O.E.D. traces “pled” to Scottish legal usage and dialect. The dictionary’s citations are balanced, and those for “pleaded,” by gum, include Blackstone, the giant of Western law.

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Bottom line: Within the legal profession, “pled” is preferred over “pleaded” as the past tense of the verb “to plead.” So, to review, it may be correctly said that “Chris Rainey pleaded with Coach Meyer not to kick him off the Gators football team,” but also correct to say that “Chris Rainey pled ‘nolo contendere’ to the misdemeanor charge of making threats.”

Q: Are we clear on this point, Mister Kaffee? [pause] Are we clear?

A: Crystal.

LB

September 29th, 2010
3:36 pm

I will take Urban Cryer in Athens. Atleast his Thugs Win!

Atlanta Gator

September 29th, 2010
3:40 pm

Army of the Gators—-

God bless you, son. There are many days when I feel guilty for not being there with you.

Permission granted to kick some “Army of the Tide” backside, but God bless you and those Tide alumni, and everyone else who serves with you. And when your Tide-Gators game is over, please keep your heads down.

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
3:40 pm

Pled, Pleaded;
To-may-to, To-mah-to;
Po-tay-to, po-tah-to . . .

dap01

September 29th, 2010
3:44 pm

CUM has little integrity.

Coach O

September 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

Tampa Gator

September 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

Little know fact not being reported in the media. Cam Newton WAS kicked off the UF football team after he stole a student’s laptop. Now he’s the media darling at Auburn. UF did the right thing but gets no press for that. Some of these 30 odd arrests are from 6 years ago. Get your facts straight.

Atlanta Gator

September 29th, 2010
3:48 pm

Anonymous is really channeling the spirit of Ira Gershwin. Who knew? Or is it really the ghost of Cole Porter?

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
3:52 pm

For what it’s worth, EA Sports’ NCAA Football 11 has Alabama beating Florida 38-28.

Atlanta Gator

September 29th, 2010
3:53 pm

TG—-

While Urban Meyer did boot Cam Newton off the team, I have no doubt that Newton could have earned his way back into the coach’s good graces. Newton chose to make a clean start elsewhere, which may have been the best thing for Newton. In either event, I bear the kid no ill will. He was a good kid, from a good family, who screwed up. I wish him the best (except when he plays the Gators next year).

Coach O

September 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

Can’t argue with the computer rankings. :-)

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

George & Ira, 1937.

Army of the Gators

September 29th, 2010
3:54 pm

Thanks for your comments ATL Gator…I actually live in Douglasville now.Don’t really see a problem with Bama over here(Iraq).Got a great GATOR NATION tribe over here too. GO GATORS!

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
3:56 pm

You know you’re old when . . .

Atlanta Gator

September 29th, 2010
3:57 pm

Yes, but did you know that George, Ira and Cole were friends, and often contributed to each other’s lyrics?

Atlanta Gator

September 29th, 2010
3:58 pm

Army of the Gators—-

Hooah!

Coach O

September 29th, 2010
3:58 pm

I’ll bite.

You know you’re old when . . . you bend over to tie your shoe and find yourself thinking “Is there anything else that I need to do while I’m down here?”

Atlanta Gator

September 29th, 2010
3:59 pm

Sorry, Coach O, but I’m not there yet.

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
4:00 pm

jtdawg

September 29th, 2010
4:00 pm

“Legitimate government oversight is an oxymoron, government health care programs shouldn’t exist in the first place, and this blog is the wrong place to discuss any of it.”

Smartest thing I’ve ever herd a Bama fan say…

jtdawg

September 29th, 2010
4:00 pm

Sorry, that should be heArd

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
4:01 pm

Me thinks thou doth protest too much, AG!

BAMA tard

September 29th, 2010
4:02 pm

Geez, wutz up wit all da Aubarn fanz on dis blog. Dis ain’t no Aubarn blog! ROLL TIDE!!! Dis is a Bama blog. YEE HAWWWWW!!!!!!

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
4:03 pm

jtdawg,

“Herd:” a group of Alabama elephants.

Atlanta Gator

September 29th, 2010
4:04 pm

Army of the Gators—-

I have several fraternity brothers who were Florida ROTC grads; all are career active duty. One is a USN CAPT and the CAG of a CVN air group, another is a LTC in the Corps of Engineers, and the biggest drunk in the House is now a Bird Colonel in the Army Rangers. Great guys. Proud of all of you.

brokeback jacket

September 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

tech is rolling the dice on even having a football program. Selling tickets to embarrassing games can’t be easy. What a disaster, honey bees!!

BAMA tard

September 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

I named ma trailer after Nick Saban!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
4:05 pm

Apologies to Bill Shakespeare;
“Methinks” should’ve been one word.

Coach O

September 29th, 2010
4:06 pm

It’s really intended to be a generic college football blog, but Auburn fans are also welcome. Just don’t start bragging about your swim team.

BAMA tard

September 29th, 2010
4:07 pm

Coach O

Maybe dem UGA fans can brag bout der jimnastics team!!!! WOOO, dem girls is fine!!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!

100 National Titles, 200 SEC Titles!!!!!!!!!!! ROLL TIDE ROLL WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Atlanta Gator

September 29th, 2010
4:08 pm

Always, Anonymous. It’s an occupational hazard.

But there are many more Norman French phrases in the Anglo-American law profession than obscure Scots-English past participles.

BAMA tard

September 29th, 2010
4:08 pm

“Turd:” a group of Alabama elephants.

Coach O

September 29th, 2010
4:10 pm

Have a nice day Patrick. I’m outta here.

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

Be well, AG.

:o )

Anonymous

September 29th, 2010
4:11 pm

You too, Coach.

Blog monitor

September 29th, 2010
4:12 pm

Bama tard,

Quit being an imbecile. Its childish behavior like yours that ruins it for everyone. Grow up! And if you are going to insult the bammers at least make it original and or funny. You are neither

brokeback jacket

September 29th, 2010
4:16 pm

Blog monitor: Bama tard is just mad because he’s swinging a small hammer.

Charter Business Solutions

September 29th, 2010
4:21 pm

Charter has solutions available — even if you only have a small staff operating in a tight space.

Paulie

September 29th, 2010
4:24 pm

Cool story, bro.

Army of the Gators

September 29th, 2010
4:28 pm

ATL Gator…20+ yrs active..Special Ops,etc..now retired working DOD now.Still love serving…was at UF in the 72-75 (history major) time fram. Always go back when I can. Son graduated in Dec there.

Army of the Gators

September 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

Good night to All.. God Bless America…and GO GATORS!!