Florida Gators Hire George Edwards to be Defensive Coordinator

The search has finally come to an end.  Florida has hired George Edwards as its next defensive coordinator.  Edwards will replace Charlie Strong who left the Gators to become the head coach at Louisville.  There was speculation Florida would stay in-house and possibly promote safeties coach Chuck Heater to the position, but in the end the Gators went to the NFL, hiring Edwards away from the Miami Dolphins where he coached linebackers (including former Gator Channing Crowder).
Edwards is no stranger to the Florida program and has plenty of links to the school.  He was a linebacker at Duke under Steve Spurrier and coached with the Gators under the visored one.  Edwards joined up with Spurrier again in the NFL with the Washington Redskins.  He will actually be replacing the man that was further down the list when he was hired.  Edwards was offered the Florida defensive coordinator job in 2003 by Ron Zook, but turned it down, paving the way for Strong.  Seven years later, Edwards gets another shot at the position.
This is a bigger hire than many may think at first glance.  Having coaches with NFL experience is huge in the recruiting world and something prospects definitely keep an eye on.  With an ultimate goal being to reach the pros, playing under someone with a successful track record there is a definite benefit.  Look for Edwards to be put to work immediately by helping close out the Gators’ 2010 recruiting class.  With a number of big names still out there, a hire like this will greatly work to Florida’s advantage.
Concerning Heater, there have been rumors over the past few days that he could be inline for the defensive coordinator job at Michigan.  The hiring of Edwards may make that more likely to happen.  Talk about coaching turnover this offseason.
 

Sugar Bowl Preview: Florida Gators vs. Cincinnati Bearcats – 1/1 – 8:30

After all that’s happened in the last four weeks or so you’d think the Gators were 1-12 and not 12-1.  The majority of Florida fans seem to have abandoned ship and are ready to fast forward five years into the future.  If you believe everything you read (and you should, no one lies on the internet), Urban Meyer will resign again right after signing day, every draft-eligible Gator will leave Florida early, each verbal commit will sign elsewhere, every assistant coach will take jobs at other schools, and there’s no chance the Gators will win even half of their games in 2010.
Take it all with a hearty laugh Florida fans.  You were there for the Ron Zook era.  You may have even been there for the pre-Steve Spurrier era.  Dark times aren’t on the horizon.  Every season may not bring 12 or 13 wins.  There may be a Capital One Bowl (shudder!) appearance in there now and again.  But the Gator run isn’t over.  Those that think the run started when Meyer got to Gainesville are mistaken.  The run started years before that.  There were those three five-loss seasons under Zook, but there were still bowl appearances and some big wins.  Not all programs can say that.  The last time the Gators lost six games in a season?  1987.  FSU lost that many this season.  Miami lost at least six in 2006, 2007, and 2008.  Michigan hasn’t gone bowling in two seasons.  Alabama has lost at least six in four of the last seven years.  Even USC lost six as recent as 2001.  Florida?  1987.  Relax Gator fans, the end isn’t near.
With the pro-Gator rant over, it’s time to focus on the Sugar Bowl.  With New Year’s Day being the quintessential (spelled right on the first try, take that spell check!) day of lists, the usual list of things to look for is gone.  Call it a case of list overload or call it trying something new.  Too much structure leads to headaches and a desire to consume Busch Light at all too rapid of a pace.  So Florida takes on Cincinnati and here’s your preview.
Last season a certain team was 12-0 heading into the SEC Championship Game.  That team lost and was relegated to the Sugar Bowl.  In that game, they faced an undefeated, underrated team and lost.  Fairly handedly.  They didn’t want to be there and it showed and that team went from 12-0 to 12-2 in what seemed like a matter of seconds.  Last season, that team was Alabama.  The Crimson Tide then watched Florida win the National Title.  This time around the roles are reversed.  The Gators consolation prize is today’s game.  The Crimson Tide play for it all.
There can be no letdown.  No “we didn’t want to be here.”  There’s still a lot for play for.  That whole pride thing people talk about.  Apparently it’s pretty important to some people, so do it for that Florida.  There are the seniors (and those juniors who may be wearing orange and blue for the last time) playing their last game.  I could mention to obvious one, but that has been done too much lately.  Not to diminish Tim Tebow’s last game, but there are plenty of other Gators playing in their last game as well.  Recognize their contributions too.  There is Meyer and his health.  We still don’t completely know what’s going on, but we wish him well and hope he is back for the 2010 season opener.  Play for pride, play for the seniors, play for Meyer.  Whatever the reason, play and don’t give in before the game even kicks off.  Play to win.
And play to not be that team.  There are already enough of that team.  The team that didn’t get where they wanted at the end of the year and lays a Terrence Cody-sized egg in their bowl game.  Cincinnati wants this final win.  They want the undefeated season.  They want to prove they can finish the perfect year without Brian Kelly.  They won’t roll over and neither should the Gators.
And that’s that.  The last Florida game preview of the season.  There’s not much more about the game and matchups you can be told.  You’re nursing the hangover of all hangovers at the moment anyway.  You know the players.  You watched ESPN.  You’re popping Tylenol to get yourself ready for tonight.  You’ll be ready to cheer.  Whether you view the last few weeks of Gator history as a disappointment or not, you’ll be ready.  Go Gators!
 

Charlie Strong, A Quick Look Back

With his fourth stint at Florida about to come to an end, we take a quick look back at the career of associate head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Charlie Strong.  Barring some unforeseen set of circumstances over the next few hours, Strong will be named as the next head coach of Louisville later this afternoon.  Although he’ll be missed, this is a great opportunity for Strong and one all Florida fans should be happy he got.  He was on the very short list of assistants next in line to get head coaching gigs.
Yes, you read it right above.  This was Strong’s fourth go-round with the Gators.  He started his coaching career in 1983 as a graduate assistant at Florida.  Two years later, Strong would move on to Texas A&M and then get his first full-time assistant job coaching wide receivers at Southern Illinois.  He returned to Florida in 1988 and took control of the outside linebackers for two years before the lure of coaching pass catchers proved too much again and Strong headed to Ole Miss.
Strong would return to Florida again in 1994 as an assistant head coach and the leader of defensive tackles.  From there, he went on to Notre Dame where he coached the defensive line for four years.  A year after Strong joined the Fighting Irish, a wide receiver coach by the name of Urban Meyer was hired.  The two would spend three years on the Notre Dame staff together before Strong was hired by South Carolina to coordinate their defense.  After four years with the Gamecocks, Strong was asked to become the defensive coordinator as part of Ron Zook’s coaching staff at Florida.  He’s been a Gator ever since.
Strong does have limited (VERY LIMITED) head coaching experience.  I’m sure you remember the 2004 Peach Bowl.  Unfortunately he’ll start his full-time head coaching career with a record of 0-1, but it shouldn’t be long before Strong gets his first win as a head coach at Louisville.  Although the last three seasons have ended without a bowl game on the schedule, this is a program that went to and won the Orange Bowl as recently as 2006.  With Strong’s experience running successful defenses and his recruiting expertise, there’s no reason to think he can’t get the Cardinals headed in the right direction.
The job he did with the defense at Florida was nothing short of phenomenal.  Critics can point to the 2007 season as a major downturn, but you really have to look at what Strong was working with at the time.  Many of the key members of the defense of the past two seasons were freshmen or sophomores during 2007 and getting significant amounts of playing time for the first time in their careers.  Their struggles during that season helped propel them to the defense they are today.  One that has helped the Gators to a 25-2 record over the last two seasons.
Florida will miss Strong, but this is an opportunity he more than deserves.  And who knows, in another five years when the next Notre Dame head coach doesn’t work out and the Irish make another large push for Meyer, maybe Strong will find his way back to Gainesville.
 

Morning Reading: It’s Time Once Again to Talk about Notre Dame

It’s that time of year to once again talk about the head coaching position at Notre Dame.  As usual, there are two reasons this discussion becomes relevant.  The first is due to the fact that, let’s face it, Charlie Weis just ain’t all that and a bag of chips (more like all that, a bag of chips, a block of cheese, a side of ham, a few burgers, a turkey leg, and a gallon of lard to wash it all down).  The other reason is the one that directly affects those of us that are Florida fans: the Urban Meyer to Notre Dame rumors.
This time around though, I’m not sure us Gator fans have anything to worry about.  We all know that at one point Meyer himself may have considered the head coach of the Fighting Irish to be his dream job.  We all know he may have seriously considered heading to Notre Dame five years ago.  We all know that it may still cross his mind as stories of Weis’ future come up each time the Irish lose another game.  But we also know what Meyer is building at Florida.
Just a few weeks ago, Meyer secured his fifth-straight nine-win season with the Gators.  Nine wins for a power program may not seem too impressive, but coming off the Ron Zook years, it is.  Meyer, like Steve Spurrier while he was at Florida, being good for nine wins a season at least is a very good thing.  Then look at the bigger accomplishment – the national titles.  There have been two so far and deep into this season, the Gators are again in a position to play for another.  Add being able to recruit from talent-rich Florida as well as the rest of the nation as seemingly easily as he can, and there’s little not to love about staying in Gainesville.
Many people will talk about the marquee jobs in college football.  The Alabamas and Michigans of the world.  Notre Dame is said to be atop that list.  It’s been said to be THE program you want to be the head coach of.  But if that’s true, why are we looking at a recent coaching string of Bob Davie, Tyrone Willingham, and now Weis?  All had good resumes and good reason to get a job at a premier program at the time they were hired, but if ND is truly the most desirable and best job in the entire nation, why isn’t Mack Brown or Jim Tressel or Bob Stoops or, even, Urban Meyer there now?  Of course part of it is attributed to who the Irish brass go after, but who they’ve gotten recently has been more of “hmm, okay, well let’s see how he does” and not “wow, did you hear Pete Carroll is going to Notre Dame!”
The reason is simple.  It’s not the premier program it’s made out to be.  Don’t get me wrong, the Irish have every opportunity to be one of the nation’s best teams on a consistent basis, but it’s not the drop everything and coach Notre Dame it may have once been considered to be.  Too many other programs also have the name, history, and recognition these days.  Why go to ND when you already are heading up a power?  The way it is now, if Weis does go, there’s just as good a chance the next coach will be Brian Kelly as there is it will be one of the nation’s top leaders.
 

Morning Reading: Urban Meyer vs. Steve Spurrier

We could spend days, weeks, months debating about who is the “better” Florida head coach.  The man with 2 national championships in the last 3 seasons?  Or the man that can largely be credited for making the Gators into a true national power?  Okay, okay.  We all know the absolute greatest Florida coach to ever roam the Gators sideline is Ron Zook.  Disagree?  Without Zook consistently losing 5 games each season after Steve Spurrier left for the NFL, Urban Meyer might not be in orange and blue.  If Zook was even slightly more successful, he might have held onto the job a little longer and Meyer could actually be coaching that team in South Bend he’s constantly linked too.  So give credit where credit is due.  Zook has a piece in the current success too.  Anyway…
This Saturday, Meyer and Spurrier will face off for the 5th time since the 2 assumed their current jobs.  With no losses to Tennessee and FSU and 2 national titles, it’s hard to imagine Meyer’s Gators actually having a loss to a program like South Carolina, but they do.  During both coach’s first season at the schools, the Gators traveled to Columbia and were defeated 30-22 at the hands of the Gamecocks.  Florida outgained South Carolina, had more 1st downs, and an over 8-minute time of possession advantage.  The problem was with penalties and the Gators could never recover after getting down 20-3 early.  It was a huge win for Spurrier and South Carolina, but in a weird way, a good loss for Meyer and Florida.  The Gators would only lose once more in their next 20 games and take home the national title the next season.
Since that 2005 game, Florida has won 3 straight in the series.  2006 gave us one of the greatest games ever played in The Swamp.  The Block.  Or more accurately, the blocks, helped propel a Gator team very similar to the 2009 version to the national title.  Florida would only lose one game that season – a few weeks earlier to Auburn – and liked to keep them close.  The win over South Carolina was Florida’s 2nd 1-point victory of the season.  In 2007, we got the Tim Tebow show.  Tebow ran for 5 touchdowns and passed for another 2 while accounting for 424 yards of total offense in the 20-point win.  Last season, Percy Harvin was the star in the 56-6 Florida win.  Harvin ran for 167 yards on only 8 carries with his 2 touchdown runs covering 106 yards alone.
This time around, we get a South Carolina team coming off 2 big losses after starting the season 6-2.  The Gamecocks were making noise nationally once again and climbing the rankings before dropping consecutive games to Tennessee and Arkansas.  What Spurrier and company do on the field on Saturday is anyone’s guess.  Against a Florida team struggling to find an offensive identity, the Gamecocks could keep it close.  Or the Gators could come out and strike early and often and put it out of reach in the 1st half.
 

Ron Zook Will Coach Illinois in 2010; Other Big Ten Teams to Start 1-0

Numbers are fun.  Let’s do the numbers.  Ron Zook lost 14 games in three years as the…gag…head coach of Florida.  It took Steve Spurrier seven years to lose the same amount.  In five and a half years, current leader Urban Meyer has lost nine.  Zook’s propensity to keep a national power out of titles talks led to his release and his subsequent pick up at Illinois.
After two years and a 4-19 record, it looks like Zook was better suited coaching an intramural fraternity team, not a BCS conference program.  Then 2007 happened, chaos ensued, and the Fighting Illini went to the Rose Bowl.  Since then, Illinois returned to earth and has gone 6-13, bringing Zook’s record at the school to 19-36.  A mind-altering 10-27 in the Big Ten.  In his eighth year as a head coach, Zook is 42-50.  The question you’re asking yourself is something to the effect of “how does this man keep his job when I forget the coversheet for one measly TPS report and I get a written warning?!?”  There is no answer.  At least not one that won’t make you want to shove a spoon into your eye.
But wait, it gets better.  Illinois athletic director Ron “I Think I’m a Good Judge of Results” Guenther has come out and said the blemish on Jeremy Foley’s record will return in 2010.  Clearly, winning one of your last 10 games means progress in the right direction.  Even if Zook does make it to the 2010 season, we can’t imagine him being at Illinois for the long run.  He’s on a career in reverse and we’re more than excited to see him follow it through.  From power, to middle of the road, to small school, to police athletic league, to summer camp flag football.
 

Morning Reading: The Florida/Tennessee Rivalry is Back

My feelings toward Tennessee are no secret. I’m in the group that views them as the most hated rival. I’ve stated why, but here’s a quick recap: I was at Florida during the time of complete dominance over Georgia, so they never reached that level to me, and as high as FSU is on the list, they aren’t a conference rival. So it was always Tennessee. I don’t hate everything about the school or all the players or all the coaches. It’s merely a collegiate rivalry sort of thing. I’m sure there are plenty of great Tennessee fans out there. I’ve cheered on plenty a former Vol in the NFL (and even liked to see some of them succeed while at school…Eric Berry is swell!). And we all know the role Monte Kiffin played for my hometown pro team over the years. But I still get a little more up for that third game of the season than any other one on the schedule. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s part of what makes sports great. And now, the rivalry is definitely back…

Part of what made the Florida/Tennessee rivalry so great during my younger days were the jabs Phillip Fulmer and Steve Spurrier threw back and forth at each other. It intensified the rivalry and made fans everywhere never want to just beat the other team, but absolutely annihilate them. It’s part of the reason I’m happy with Saturday’s 10-point win, but could be much happier. It’s also part of the reason a number of Tennessee fans aren’t quite as upset as they thought they’d be.

Then Spurrier moved on and we got stuck with Ron Zook. Zook was too busy creating division in the locker room and trying to stand up against campus fraternities to take the time to ruffle the feathers of any of Florida’s rivals. We got sort of a dead period. Not that the games weren’t great and the rivalry wasn’t alive, but it didn’t have what it did during the Spurrier years.

But now, Lane Kiffin and Urban Meyer have made sure it’s returned. We all know the comments Kiffin made from the time he was hired to only a few weeks ago. And we all know the Meyer is more of the subtle trash talker, but still gets his punches in. The game came and passed with not much said leading up to it, but now that it’s over, the gloves are off again. Meyer has commented that a number of key players were sick and even went as far as saying he “didn’t feel like they were going for the win” when referring to Tennessee. And now Kiffin has shot back stating if the Vols aren’t exciting about their performance in the future, they will just tell everyone they were sick.

As a fan of either school, you may get enraged, but I love it. I said early on, if Kiffin brings anything to the SEC, it’ll be entertainment. And entertaining he has been. Hate him all you want Gator fans. And Vol fans, feel free to loathe Meyer. You are supposed to. This is a rivalry at its best and I’m sure we all can’t wait for next year.

Wednesdays with Willy: Urban Meyer’s Comments, Notre Dame, and Mascots

Another question and answer session with your favorite one-eyed friend.

Urban Meyer’s comments about the state of the program when he got to Florida…something people (i.e. Ron Zook, the media) should care about? Or nothing of any importance? Here is the thing…whether or not people SHOULD care about them, we all know that people (including myself and you TBG) DO care about them. For right or wrong, it’s just how we are. Mainly because in a weird way we care about almost everything that comes out of Urban’s mouth and about 99.9% of the stuff that relates to the UF football team. Urban should know this fact better than anyone given what happens every time he says something about coaching at Notre Dame or Shane Matthews or our third-string freshman LB that no one has even heard of. My biggest thing is that there is no reason for Urban to say what he said. Who cares how the program was 5 years ago – it’s not like that today and today we are winning. So don’t take a jab at Zook or Steve Spurrier, that’s our job as fans. If asked the question about the state of the program and how it has changed in 5 years, Urban should merely say that every coach does things differently and he is doing things the way he feels will best prepare the team to win each and every Saturday. It may not be the fun and exciting answer, but it’s the right answer in this situation. Remember, bulletin board material will come back to haunt you 9 times out of 10.

Due to their schedule, many think Notre Dame could have a pretty good season (hell, Lou Holtz believes they’ll be in the national title game). Can they really do it? Or is this just another case of people getting hyped on the Irish? Could Notre Dame go to the NC game and maybe even win it? Absolutely not. Could ND have an above-average season and turn some heads in the process? I think so. Let me first say that I, like 75% of this nation, hate everything there is to hate about ND. They are my NY Yankees or LA Lakers of college football. And I especially hate the fact that they get the benefit of the doubt year-in and year-out. A 9-3 ND team is comparable in the mind of the pollsters to most 10-2 or 11-1 major conference teams and that makes no sense to me. It seems to me like they are given a free game or two each year to lose which won’t have a huge negative effect on their final rankings or bowl participation. But if you look at their schedule, they really have no reason to lose more than 2 or maybe 3 games this year. The only preseason AP top 25 team then play is USC. And they play them at home. And I for one believe that USC is in for a huge letdown year this year behind their all-world freshman QB and could lose as many as 3-4 games. Besides that they play #28 Pittsburgh, #29 Michigan State (at home) and #40 Boston College (at home). These are the only teams in the AP extended preseason poll that they play and the extended poll technically goes out to 54 teams. So even if they lose 2 out of those 4 which I think is a decent possibility, I wouldn’t be surprised to see ND still in a BCS game or at worst a second-tier bowl game. Oh yeah, and Jimmy Clausen should be better this year and I actually think their offense will be pretty good and score a lot of points…if anything lets them down it will be that slow D that teams in the Midwest like to put on the field for some unknown reason.

What’s your take on mascots? Real people (the previously mentioned Notre Dame for instance)? Or those dressed in large animal costumes? As far as mascots are concerned, I am really ok with either the human mascot (ala the aforementioned Notre Dame – although he does look a little like the creepy guy from the movie The Burbs that lives in the basement of his parents’ house) or costume mascots (ala the National Champion Florida Gators). What I am not ok with is half-and-half mascots (ala the Purdue Boilermaker retard). I am also not ok with double mascots like the Auburn Tigers/War Eagles or the Alabama Crimson Tide/Elephants. Make up your freakin’ mind already. Lastly, I am definitely not ok with mascots that just flat out don’t make any sense like the Stanford Cardinal tree. Best mascot ever – the Western Kentucky Hilltopper. Hands down.

Morning Reading: Jarred Fayson Ready to Shine at Illinois

One of the very few downsides of being a highly productive program is transfers. Most of the time, it’s just a player far down the depth chart heading to a small school to get more playing time. But occasionally, you’ll get a bigger name recruit looking for something better at another recognizable program. These are the ones you never are a fan of. Especially when it’s someone you hoped would really make an impact.

Jarred Fayson was one of those to me. He was a star at Hillsborough High School in Tampa and when he committed to Florida, Fayson was the next great player I wanted to cheer for. Not that I don’t cheer for all players that put on the orange and blue, but you always have a special place for the ones from your hometown.

Fayson came to Florida with Percy Harvin – a player with a very similar style to him. Unfortunately for Fayson, Harvin had more talent and was given a large role in the offense immediately. That’s not a shot at Fayson. Harvin had more talent than most anyone who ever suited up for the Gators. But not only did Fayson have to fight Harvin to get on the field, it was rumored the two didn’t get along. A rumor that seemed substantiated when Harvin had some harsh things to say about transfers shortly after Fayson left.

So Fayson looked to move on. And Illinois pursued. Former Florida head coach Ron Zook (shudder) offered and Fayson accepted. And now, he’s eligible. Fayson joins Arrelious Benn and Juice Williams in what, on paper, looks to be an extremely exciting offense. Now Fayson has a chance to resurrect his career in orange and blue again.

KP’s Korner: Fan Reform 2009

As dictated by KP.

As we look forward to the 2009 season – an anticipated championship run and a slate of fantastic home games (Thanks Charleston Southern for making the trip!) – let’s pause to reflect and prepare to be responsible alumni and fans. Why should we engage in this exercise of self examination? Because if we don’t now, you’ll regret it later.

You know how people describe something and then say “if you don’t know who we’re talking about, then we’re talking about you”? This is how to avoid being the Old A-Hole Alumni on your next trip back to campus.

Less is More – While this is applicable to a lot of areas, specifically, it’s about your gear. The clothes, paraphernalia and memorabilia you choose to embarrass yourself with when you set foot on campus. You forget that you are now years removed from student status. That doesn’t mean that for every year gone you get to add a piece of loud goofy crap to your outfit. Remember when you were a student? The closest thing most students wore to a “Gator Game Day Outfit” was something that contained either Orange or Blue (or both if you were really sassy) and in rare cases, actually contained the word Florida or had a Gator emblem on it. Harken back to those days. You get some leeway; no one is thinking you are even a grad student at this point when they see you. So lose the Gator crocs, the Gator shorts, coaches Gator shirt, Gator hat, Gator sunglasses, Gator koozie, Gator belt, Gator watch, Gator pin and the “beat team x” sticker you picked up from the Cicerone on the corner. You can start slowly downsizing now; treat the next few Saturdays as a test. Wear all your gear and go out. The game day excuse won’t be available and booze won’t be flowing on the way to Home Depot, so take a look and see what reactions you get. Those are the same ones you get on game day; you just mistook the looks of shame and ridicule for appreciation of your zealous display of Gatorness. So tone it down, let the colors speak for themselves and when September rolls around pick one or two things other than your shirt and leave it at that. You’ll still be an embarrassment to current students, just less of one.

You Can’t Drink Like You Used To – Something happens to the liver between the ages of 18 and 25. That something is alcohol in mass quantities. That means what you could do and wake up without missing a step as a freshman, will lay your butt up for two days now that you are more years away from college than you spent in college. Beer in Gainesville is much less expensive than in your town. Football comes and you bring your hollow leg back to your old favorite night spot and try to recapture the magic of all those time you got hammered and went after it. First, you can’t handle your drinks like you used to. Second, it’s not chalked up to being young and in college anymore when you reek of Jim Beam and emerge from the bathroom with vomit stains on your shorts because you decided to play the role of T-Rex in Jurassic Park and roared into the toilet for the last 30 minutes. Third, puke and rally is the slogan of degenerates and should be followed by you handing your name and home phone number to the bartender to call your wife so she can call a bail bondsman to get your drunken butt out of jail in the morning. You just tipped your hand poker star and the bouncer and nearest member of law enforcement are timing the next 15 minutes in a bet to see if you’ll make it the full time before you are tossed into the patrol car.

No You Couldn’t – Much like your delusions of grandeur with drinking, you weren’t pulling them when you were in school. You aren’t going to now, and you wouldn’t if you were 18 again. The same reason you didn’t then is why you wouldn’t now. Everyone had their conquests, their stories and aspirations. Just because you rolled into town with six of your old buddies to relive your glory days and are now parked in an RV on someone’s lawn you don’t know and you are going to slay it tonight, take a deep breath first. News flash, no one is going to be impressed by your stories of how they are doing exactly what you were doing FIFTEEN YEARS AGO. Keep it to yourself and to your friends, drink yourself into a stupor and stop kidding yourself that any current student has an interest in you or that you will survive a bar room brawl these days. Same logic applies there. Sit down, drink up, bunk up in the RV and stop kidding yourself and annoying the rest of the world tough guy.

You Are Not a Coach – We know you were here for Galen Hall, Steve Spurrier, Ron Zook and now Urban Meyer. We know you sat through the days when the team didn’t win and you stuck with them. We know that you have watched or been to every game, every year for the whole of your Gator existence. But the same thing that puts you in the stands is the same thing that should keep you from trying to educate us on why Tim Tebow should have thrown it instead of running it on that last play. You are not a coach. But yelling from your seat in section 65 row T is very helpful so keep that up. In fact, why don’t you just call Jeremy Foley and ask him to get you a set of headphones with a microphone that you can use to directly talk with Urban and tell him what you think? That would at least keep the rest of us from having to hear you swear at everyone from the ref to the coke guy when things aren’t going how you, the Vince Lombardi of Section 65, feel they should. Every passionate fan has an opinion and an outburst when things go awry. But this season, let’s agree to limit your nuggets of knowledge to those you came to the game with and let the rest of us swelter in the 90 degree 100% humidity festival of goodness that is a noon game without having the added joy of your unnecessary commentary.

Now get to work. Only a handful of Saturdays left before the new, less a-holeish you goes back to Gainesville.