Are the Gators rolling the dice with Muschamp?

Even when the regular season is over, it ain’t over. So what did we learn, and what do we still want to know?:

1. Are the Gators rolling the dice with Muschamp? Urban Meyer announced his “retirement” last Wednesday after six years as the head coach at Florida. In the next 48 hours everybody from Bob Stoops, to Jon Gruden (there is that name again), to Chris Peterson, to Dan Mullen to Chip Kelly was considered to be the  front runner for one of the top five jobs in college football. Then suddenly, at 8:28 p.m. on Saturday (note the time) Florida announces that it had hired Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp as its next head coach. The press conference will be Tuesday. Some consider it a risk by athletics director Jeremy Foley, who got burned the last time he hired an assistant (Ron Zook). But those who know Muschamp know that he’s been groomed for this since he was a player at Georgia for Ray Goff. Muschamp has worked at LSU (for Nick Saban), at Auburn (for Tommy Tuberville), and Texas (for Mack Brown). He is ready.

2. Florida will win the SEC East in 2011: How ready is Muschamp? Well, here’s the first prediction for the 2011 season: Florida will win the SEC East championship. The problem at Florida last season was not talent. It was a lack of focus and a lack of leadership. The team was not focused because too many leaders had left and there was never a coherent offensive strategy. Muschamp can fix the leadership issue and if he hires a top-flight offensive coordinator the other problem can be fixed as well. Media reports say Muschamp is looking at Major Applewhite, an offensive assistant at Texas. My choice would be Dana Holgerson of Oklahoma State (who is in the running for the head coaching  job at Pitt.)

3. I’m disappointed in the timing of Florida’s announcement: This is strictly an opinion, but I wish Florida had waited until after the Heisman Trophy presentation to announce its new coach. The official press release came just minutes before Auburn’s Cameron Newton was handed the hardware in New York. The announcement opens Florida up to charges that it was trying to step on the moment of a player from another SEC school. And with Newton’s background at Florida, which includes concerns that academic information about his time at the school was leaked to the media, it is something that simply should have been avoided. I was informed this morning by Florida officials that they had every intention of waiting until after the Heisman Trophy presentation but that once the news leaked out through the social media the school felt it had no choice but to release the information.

4. What does the hiring of Al Golden tell us about the Miami job? First of all, I think Golden is a great hire. Remember that it wasn’t long ago that Temple considered dropping football. The school basically got booted out of the Big East. Golden took over and he took the Owls to a bowl in 2009 and this season went 8-4 (which included a win over Fiesta Bowl bound UConn). But it also tells you that Miami’s job is not one where the school can go out and command the services of a Tier One proven head coach. Jon Gruden wasn’t coming. Neither was a successful head coach at the BCS level. Miami is a tough job because if you don’t win and win big, the people just don’t come. Again, I think Golden is a super coach. He has been named as a possible replacement for Joe Paterno at Penn State. He will win at Miami. I just think Mike Leach would have been a more inspired hire.

5. If he goes to Vandy, how will Gus Malzahn handle the BCS championship? It looks like Vanderbilt is Gus Malzhan’s job to turn down. So what does the Auburn offensive coordinator do if he accepts, which could happen as early as today (Monday)? I certainly believe he would coach Cameron Newton one last time in the BCS championship game with Oregon on Jan. 10. But I’ve seen other coordinators try to get ready for a BCS title game while attempting to build a staff and organize a program at another place. Mark Richt did it at Florida State after he took the Georgia job in 2000. Richt admits now that it was very difficult. The only person I have seen pull it off really well was Bo Pelini, who was the LSU defensive coordinator for the 2007 BCS championship game while organizing his new program at Nebraska.

Stay tuned.

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BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
7:50 pm

War Eagle
December 13th, 2010
7:48 pm

I was shocked at Muschamp hire at Florida, it seems he would be ‘coach in waiting at UGA”. He will do a great job at Florida having experience at LSU, Auburn and Texas and being on the defensive side. He will bring in Applewhite experience at Bama and Texas. Hard combo to beat.

Applewhite is awful.

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
7:56 pm

This is for you Bama Dude! Auburn has won 2 out of the last 3 decades & this one is off to a great start….

Did Auburn have a better decade than Alabama? Yes
Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 11:03 AM
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News

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Auburn had plenty to celebrate in the last 10 years. (Birmingham News / Mark Almond)Nothing like the end of the decade to spark a flood of lists.

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Share 523 Comments ESPN.com has been pouring out all kinds of them.

The latest: SEC football programs of the decade.

Here is SEC blogger Chris Low’s list:

1. Florida

2. LSU

3. Georgia.

4. Auburn.

5. Alabama.

Hello!

I could go on, but the discussion around here starts right there.

That order may look strange, considering the way Alabama finished the decade, but if you look at the last 10 years as a whole, Low has it exactly right.

Auburn did have a better decade than Alabama.

Like Alabama, Auburn won one SEC title, played in two SEC Championship Games and had one undefeated season.

Alabama had the edge with one national championship.

Auburn had an edge with a 7-3 record against Alabama in the last 10 games.

Hence, Auburn had a better decade.

That’s ESPN’s opinion, and I concur.

Using the same criteria, in the in-state competition, you have to say that Alabama won the 1990s, and Auburn won the 1980s.

Don’t you?

Let me hear you.

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
7:58 pm

Auburn had an edge with a 7-3 record against Alabama in the last 10 games.

Hence, Auburn had a better decade.

That’s ESPN’s opinion

BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
7:58 pm

Since 1960- Bama 16 SEC titles, Barn 6
Since 1990- Bama 3 SEC titles, Barn 2

Cherry picking FTW!

Only stat that matters-

Total SEC titles:

Alabama 22
Tennessee 13
Georgia 12
LSU 10
Florida 8
Barn 7
Mississippi 6
Georgia Tech* 5

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
8:03 pm

Bama booster convicted in recruiting scandal found dead
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports ^ | April 11, 2006 | AP NEWS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — An Alabama booster convicted of bribing a high school football coach to get a top recruit for the Crimson Tide was found dead Tuesday in his Memphis home, and police were investigating it as a homicide.

Logan Young was convicted of bribing a high school coach to get a top recruit for the Tide. (AP) Police hadn’t yet confirmed the body was that of Logan Young, but his defense attorney said it was the Alabama booster.

“We’re treating it as a mystery homicide,” Sgt. Vince Higgins said in a telephone interview.

He said officials assume the victim was Young but needed to use fingerprints and dental records to confirm the identity.

“Suffice it to say, there was quite a physical struggle in this and this individual was injured severely,” he said.

Nashville defense attorney Jim Neal said he had been told the body was found by a housekeeper.

“I’ve had two or three calls about it, all to the same end, found killed in his home. … I heard that there was blood everywhere. That is all I know,” Neal said.

Higgins said Young’s housekeeper found the body after she arrived for work this morning. The body had not been removed from the house and no family members immediately arrived at the house.

The 65-year-old Young was convicted under federal law of money laundering and racketeering conspiracy in the case involving the peddling of defensive lineman Albert Means.

Young was sentenced last June to six months in prison and six months home confinement then two years supervised release. But he had been allowed to remain free pending his appeal.

His attorneys had argued Young needed a kidney transplant and could not get proper medical care in prison.

Former high school coach Lynn Lang, who avoided jail time after pleading guilty to taking part in a racketeering conspiracy, testified against Young, saying the booster paid $150,000 to get Means to sign with Alabama in 2000.

The NCAA has said it believed Means was unaware his football talents were being brokered. The player later transferred to Memphis, where he finished his college career.

Lang testified at Young’s trial that other universities, including Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi, Michigan State and Tennessee, offered him money or jobs to get Means.

No charges were filed against anyone with those schools. Three former coaches, Rip Scherer of Memphis, Jim Donnan of Georgia and Alabama assistant Ivy Williams, testified Lang was lying.

Means’ recruitment became part of an NCAA investigation that led to sanctions against Alabama in 2002, costing the Crimson Tide scholarships and bowl appearances.

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
8:04 pm

An Alabama booster convicted of bribing a high school football coach to get a top recruit for the Crimson Tide was found dead Tuesday in his Memphis home, and police were investigating it as a homicide.

Logan Young was convicted of bribing a high school coach to get a top recruit for the Tide. (AP) Police hadn’t yet confirmed the body was that of Logan Young, but his defense attorney said it was the Alabama booster.

“We’re treating it as a mystery homicide,” Sgt. Vince Higgins said in a telephone interview.

He said officials assume the victim was Young but needed to use fingerprints and dental records to confirm the identity.

“Suffice it to say, there was quite a physical struggle in this and this individual was injured severely,” he said.

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
8:07 pm

Bama Dude do you think Logan Young REALLY committed suicide?????

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
8:09 pm

Hey Bama Dude who was Albert Means again I forget?

oledawg

December 13th, 2010
8:15 pm

Looks like the Mayans could be right about time ending soon.

Bama Dude Is a Gomer

December 13th, 2010
8:20 pm

My bad I meant to say “did he really die by accident”? LoL

War Eagle

December 13th, 2010
8:40 pm

What so bad with Major Applewhite, could it be was`nt a Saban kiss a** man and was run off to Texas, one best programs in the country?? He seem to have high respect everywhere except Capstone,

BAMA dude

December 13th, 2010
8:46 pm

War Eagle
December 13th, 2010
8:40 pm

What so bad with Major Applewhite, could it be was`nt a Saban kiss a** man and was run off to Texas, one best programs in the country?? He seem to have high respect everywhere except Capstone,

If by “not a Saban kiss a**” you mean, “wanted to run a gimmicky offense instead of a real one” then you are correct.

wreckmaniac

December 13th, 2010
9:04 pm

Recent History for Langley: Does that mean that a decent guy like Bill Curry will be fired if Auburn loses to Bama as happened in ‘89 ? If you’re going to tell a story why not tell all of it ?

Chuck Uga

December 13th, 2010
9:22 pm

Tony,
Since you are predicting a Florida SEC East title in 2011, I presume you will also predict that 2011 will be Mark Richt’s final season in Athens? Also, with some predicting a Tennessee SEC East title in 2011 (a virtual impossibility), then 2011 will most certainly be Richt’s swan song should he lose to Tennessee and Florida. Personally, I don’t see much of a chance that either school wins the SEC East. It will be Georgia or South Carolina, and that is only because Tennessee’s schedule is too difficult and Florida’s staff change will hurt them in at least one or two games. Sorry, but first year coaches just don’t win like that.

MikeP

December 13th, 2010
9:55 pm

Muschamp is more than ready to be an SEC head coach, and Florida has the talent to win the east with ease next year, assuming that Richt keeps on coaching great recruits down instead of up.

When UGA installed the outdated 3-4 defense, they set the stage for a bunch of 6-6 seasons.

Give up 31 points to Florida, 49 to Auburn and 34 to Tech in the last three games? C’mon, Florida couldn’t score 31 against the Sisters of the Poor this season. Better get Willie Martinez back!

Chuck Uga

December 13th, 2010
10:18 pm

Hey Mike, clearl you need to learn a little more about football. You cannot run the 3-4 with no nose tackle and no experienced D-linemen. UGA had nothing to offer on the DL this season other than a solid rush end. if you cannot get to the QB and also don’t have a lot of experience in the secondary, you are burnt toast. That is why UGA game up so many points. Outside of that, even I cannot believe UGA broke several school records on offense scoring 30+ points in several games. Can you imagine if they had a defense and a solid ground attack? Wow.

The Baseball Coach

December 13th, 2010
10:19 pm

The Golden hire by Miami follows their usual pattern. They have never hired a big name coach from a big name school, and none of them were “names” until after they came to Miami: Schellenberger was a Dolphins asst., Jimmy J wasn’t a name when he came from a 30-25 record at Okla State, no one knew Dennis Erickson when he came from Wash State, Butch was a Cowboys assistant, and Coker and Shannon were Miami assistants.

Way Down South Dawg

December 13th, 2010
10:40 pm

Tony: Tell me why you think the documentary of SMU’s high-flying crooked past followed the Heisman Awards. Auburn is destined to hit the wall!—They are already DEAD!The bullet just hasnt gotten there yet.

For the life of me, I just don’t understand why you continue to beat the Cam Newton drum. I really think your work is tops, but rethink your position on the War Eagle. They are about to go down in flames !

Cam will be in the NFL with that big $hit eating grin on his face believing that he really pulled this thing over on all of us—especially you. Your buddy Brent Musburger stated that he didn’t think the NCAA would ever hand down the Death-Penalty again, mayby you agree, I don’t know, but they darned sure should.

You in the media have a responsibility to call them out on this morality issue; what in the hell has happened to the whole idea of sportsmanship? Has it too been reduced to $portsman$hip?

AUhasthe1st

December 13th, 2010
11:07 pm

loophole Heisman winner.All in baby!

MikeP

December 13th, 2010
11:36 pm

You dawgs need to get current. If teams of skilled investigators from the SEC office (working for ten months) and the NCAA (working for five months) find not one bit of evidence, it’s time to face reality. Auburn and Cam Newton did nothing wrong. Nothing is coming.

Quoting Sports Illustrated writer Lars Anderson last Friday: “Sources inside the NCAA tell me the Auburn/Cam Newton case is over with. It’s done, dead. Time for people to move on.”

Quoting ESPN writer Joe Schad last Saturday: “The NCAA is very satisfied with that investigation. The case is closed.”

You dawgs need to turn your attention to why Richt recruits top-five classes every year and can’t do better than 6-6.

Auburn is 13-0, SEC champs and heading to the BCS game. Cam Newton won the Heisman, Nick Fairley won the Lombardi award and Gene Chizik is National Coach of the Year. it doesn’t get any better than that!

It’s great to be an Auburn Tiger!

JRW7

December 13th, 2010
11:44 pm

AUBURN CHEATS!

JRW7

December 13th, 2010
11:45 pm

CAM IS A SCAM!

joe

December 14th, 2010
12:35 am

Barnhart trolling for blogs. End of year bonus time at the AJC for the writer with the most
blog hits. Schultz probably will win.
Next years theme: More out of sight stories and hard hitting journalism to get more blog hits. Count
on it.

Richt > Muschamp

December 14th, 2010
2:26 am

muschamp his having trouble getting a staff together at uf. He will not last 4 years down there–mark it down. Richt will own muschamp for years. Dawgs win the SEC in 2011!!!

Coach O

December 14th, 2010
6:59 am

There’s no way that I would take a job at one of the 3 SEC schools that has been tainted by the presence of Cam and Cecil Newton. I don’t doubt that the NCAA would like to see this whole story disappear. They have made every effort to sweep it under the rug so far, but those damn pesky reporters just won’t keep their noses out of it. The same thing happened at USC. I figured that Florida had their hiney covered, but the only reasonable explanation for what’s going on in Gainesville right now is that Meyer and Foley fear that they don’t.

chazzo

December 14th, 2010
7:06 am

I think Muschamp is rolling the dice at well. UF may be a dream job, but the natives are restless right now. Florida faithful were screaming about their OC all season. The first post-Tebow year was messy. No offensive identity and a weak D. AJ was throwing their players around like they were rag dolls. While he will now be a multi-millionaire, he is walking into a tough situation. Urban left things messy, and there are a lot of disillusioned young players. I actually wish him well.

UF should have waited until after the Hesiman announcement. You can’t tell me either that there isn’t some satisfaction in Gainesville about the ability of this hiring to get in Georgia fans’ skin. They are petty down there. Ultimately, I look for a house cleaning in five years.

Cam "I didn't cheat or steal a laptop" Newton

December 14th, 2010
7:07 am

Only pasess I never completed at UF were my dump off of the laptop out the window and three “screened” passes on my tests, but hey, dids ya see me on Letterman last night?

Atlanta Gator

December 14th, 2010
7:27 am

Au contraire, mon ami. The majority of Gainesville natives are not so much “restless,” as they are hopeful, welcoming and generally pleased given Muschamp’s strong background. Local media is generally supportive:

1. http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20101213/ARTICLES/101219806/1090/gatorsfootball?p=1&tc=pg&tc=ar

Atlanta Gator

December 14th, 2010
7:37 am

chazzo—-By the way, I have yet to see any serious opposition from Florida alumni and Gators fans on the basis of where he went to undergraduate school. Far from being a “petty” group of fans, it appears that most Gators think Muschamp is a good hire in the tradition of Jeremy Foley’s other young, up-and-coming coaches who have proven very successful in Gainesville.

However, your own comment would seem to qualify for your chosen adjective. You would do well not to attribute personal qualities to others that others might ascribe to you, lest objective observers believe that your opinion is rooted in the Freudian concept of transference.

As for my own opinion, I think Muschamp is a very solid choice as the Gators’ new head coach, and, frankly, I am far more concerned about his choice of offensive coordinator. Does that make me “petty?”

chazzo

December 14th, 2010
8:11 am

Atlanta Gator,
It is rather petty of you to come up with some pseudo-psych babble about my personality, having never met me and based on a blurb on a sports thread. By the way, as smart as you intend to sound, you blew the definition of transference and obviously don’t know what you are talking about when it comes to Freud. That again makes you petty. Also, you should take note, that in my post I said that I wished him well (a very un-petty thing to say). If you think that a first time head coach will not have his hands full, following Meyer and inheriting a young team in transition, I question your knowledge about football as well as your knowledge about the father of psychoanalysis.

BTW, I am basing my “restless” statement on what i have heard coming out of the mouths of all my Gator friends all season, usually involving play calling. You see if you did know me well enough to make any kind of judgement about my personality, you would know that I grew up in central Florida and have a bevy of UF friends. I still think it was petty to announce the hiring during Heisman time.

Furthermore, who are all these young, up-and-coming coaches? There was Meyer, and…

chazzo

December 14th, 2010
9:28 am

What difference does it make? Cam is going pro after one stellar year. AU will still have a solid team in 2011 but no Cam. So, friends, it just doesn’t matter.

All that aside, I will still pull for the SEC team in the NC.

Dooley may turn about to be a great coach… or not. Who knows? Same with Muschamp…. and, for that matter, Grantham. Time will tell. I would say based on MSU’s performance that Mullen is destined to be a great one. Bama and LSU are solid.

There is an unrealistic expectation placed on new coaches. (Although, one cycle seems to be that there are great builders of teams, and there are closers. We’ve seen it time and time again. One coach spends years putting a phenomenal team together but can’t quite reach the promised land. A new coach steps in and rides it to a championship then rests on his laurels.)

We love college football because so much chance is involved and sometimes dumb luck. It is all about the chemistry: the right coaches, the right players maturing at the times, the right schedule, and usually three or four crucial play calls throughout a season going right. It is exciting. It is great to see players develop, especially when we get to see them develop character and overcome obstacles. Who cares if a bunch of rich alum can spend a bunch of cash to put together a team so that they can brag?

So whether we love or hate coaches, players or programs and even though we bicker and snipe at each other (out of fun, hopefully), demand quality from your program. Demand excellence and academic achievement. Let’s all enjoy watching young men play out their dreams and achieve great things. Happy Holidays!

SEC_Analyst

December 14th, 2010
12:09 pm

Sounds about right. Happy Holidays chazzo!

Atlanta Gator

December 14th, 2010
8:27 pm

chazzo—-Calling me “petty” does not make it so. Shoot, why not play the race card, too, while you’re at it? That’s the usual last refuge of someone who attributes his own qualities to others. Try it, but I suspect no one will buy that taunt anymore than they will buy your accusation of me being “petty.” There are too many people who have read my AJC blog posts, and with whom I have traded both serious comments and good-natured jabs over the past five years, to swallow that load of silliness.

Gators being petty about the timing of the Muschamp announcement? No, not at all. The story was breaking on the internet as Foley was flying back from Austin Saturday afternoon, and they decided to get ahead of the rumors before it stepped on their own roll-out of their new coach. The original plan was to have a press conference today, at which Muschamp would have been announced and introduced. Instead, it was only an introduction. First Rule of Good Publica Relations: Always control the narrative. Once the Muschamp story started to leak, the media, bloggers and columnists and ESPN talking heads would have had the first chance to define the Muschamp hire. Instead the Florida sports information guys decided to take control of their own story. That’s smart, not petty. But, hey, let’s always try to impugn the motives of others without listening to their story first, right?

As for the young, up-and-coming coaches that Jeremy Foley has hired in his eighteen years as the Florida athletic director, they include current crop includes women’s soccer coach Becky Burleigh (11 SEC and 1 NCAA championships), basketball coach Billy Donovan (3 SEC and 2 NCAA championships), football coach Urban Meyer (2 SEC and 2 BCS championships), gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn (1 SEC championship), track coach Mike Holloway (6 SEC and 1 NCAA championships), softball coach Tim Walton (2 SEC championships and 2 WCWS appearances), baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan (1 SEC championship and 1 CWS appearance), women’s tennis coach Roland Thornqvist (6 SEC and 1 NCAA championships). And that doesn’t even include established Gators coaches that Foley has managed to keep in the fold such as men’s golf coach Buddy Alexander (6 SEC and 2 NCAA championships) and volleyball coach Mary Wise (19 SEC championships in 21 years!), or his newest hires Amanda Butler, Jan Dowling and Amanda O’Leary, from whom much is expected. O’Leary, the new women’s lacrosse coach, had the top-ranked recruiting class in the program’s first year (2010). So, yes, you could say that Foley has a pretty decent record of hiring “young, up and coming” coaching talent.

But, hey, I’m just trying to sound smart, right?

Next time you poke this Gator, I suggest you bring your “A” game, not your unsubstantiated opinions.

chazzo

December 14th, 2010
10:41 pm

Whatever Dude… this is a silly bunch of crap.

Atlanta Gator

December 14th, 2010
10:48 pm

“Whatever.” The sarcastic response of an insecure teenager who has been told that he is wrong by the adults.

Atlanta Gator

December 14th, 2010
11:40 pm

One of the several news stories and blogs that began to circulate on the internet last Saturday afternoon regarding the possibility/likelihood of Florida’s hiring of Muschamp:

http://andreu.blogs.gatorsports.com/10638/it-might-be-muschamp/

Please note the time on the article: 4:54 p.m. Foley hadn’t even landed in Gainesville yet, and the Florida sports information division guys were afraid they were going to lose control of the announcement. Muschamp’s hiring was announced little more than three and a half hours later. That’s lightning speed, especially given that Foley had offered and Muschamp had accepted the job only earlier that same afternoon.

Sorry, guys, but there was no “petty” conspiracy to suck the air out of Cam Newton’s Heisman ceremony. Once again, we have members of the media fanning the flames of another non-story in an effort to sell newspapers (or at least drive web hits).

Coach O

December 15th, 2010
7:25 am

@Atlanta Gator

It was a good run — while it lasted. I know that it will be hard for someone with such a high opinion of himself to become accustomed to mediocrity in his favorite football program, but you’re a smart guy… You’ll learn to cope.

coping skills

December 15th, 2010
7:51 am

I’m going with the Gator on this one

Atlanta Gator

December 15th, 2010
8:02 am

@Coach O

My self-esteem is based on something a little more substantive than whether the Gators win or lose a football game.

Robert

December 15th, 2010
9:17 am

59bulldawg – I agree!

chazzo

December 15th, 2010
9:24 am

So the guy who uses (actually misuses) the term “transference” to say I am rubber you are glue, the guy who babbles some irrelevant incoherence about a race card…. that guy. That guy is calling me immature, now?

Atlanta Gator,

For someone who feels perfectly secure and not worried about this new hiring or anything else regarding UF, you certainly are defensive. Yes, going on about minutia like Foley’s flight schedule is petty, irrelevant, and defensive. No one really believes or cares if Foley plotted to release this announcement to overshadow Cam based on some stored up resentment. The whole thing is preposterous. The strands of that conspiracy are just too plain thin. The motivation just isn’t there. All that it is good for is getting a guy like you worked up.

I am glad that your self-esteem is based on something a substantive that whether the Gators win or lose a football game. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saban Looks Like Willie B

December 15th, 2010
12:21 pm

Bama Dude Is A Gomer!!!!

Atlanta Gator

December 15th, 2010
1:32 pm

“No one really believes or cares if Foley plotted to release this announcement to overshadow Cam based on some stored up resentment. The whole thing is preposterous. The strands of that conspiracy are just too plain thin. The motivation just isn’t there. All that it is good for is getting a guy like you worked up.” Chazzo, 9:24 a.m., 12/15

“UF should have waited until after the Hesiman announcement. You can’t tell me either that there isn’t some satisfaction in Gainesville about the ability of this hiring to get in Georgia fans’ skin. They are petty down there.” Chazzo, 7:06 a.m., 12/14

Good lord, son, you’re not arguing with me. You’re arguing with yourself. So, which is it: the Florida athletic association, the most professional and successful in the SEC over the last 20 years, is “petty?” Or the “preposterous” conspiracy theory about Foley intentionally stepping on Cam Newton’s Heisman ceremony isn’t true?

Coach O

December 15th, 2010
2:57 pm

“@Coach O

My self-esteem is based on something a little more substantive than whether the Gators win or lose a football game.”

Remember that over the next few years – it’ll come in handy. :-)

But seriously, it was a good run.

Atlanta Gator

December 15th, 2010
3:08 pm

@Coach O

Thanks for the concern for my emotional well-being. In the wise words of Jimmy Buffett, “If it all blows up and goes to hell . . . we did it for the stories we could tell.”

Beau

December 16th, 2010
4:07 pm

Really, Tony? Muschamp hasn’t hired one assistant and no one has a clue what next year’s Florida team will look like…but they’re going to win the SEC east? Good grief.