4th and 1: Florida’s Arrests, a USF Commitment, A.J. Green…

A little college football to get you through your Friday.

1st.  Urban Meyer claims Florida is not a dirty program.  Technically, he’s correct.  The Gators aren’t a dirty program.  Dirty programs violate NCAA rules – you know, like giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to a star player.  Florida’s problem is different.  Not the actions of the program itself, but the actions of certain players.  Arrests.

There have now been 30 arrests since Meyer took over as the head coach of the Gators.  That averages out to about six a season being that were still early in his sixth year.  There’s no acceptable amount, but that many is too much.  Some are very much on the minor side and many end up with the charges dropped, but they add up and ultimately they include some of the bigger stories.  Chris Rainey and Ronnie Wilson among those.
Look at it this way: Meyer has coached 185 players during his time with the Gators.  27 different players were among those 30 arrests.  That means nearly 15% of the players Meyer has coached have faced charges.  I’ll wait a minute for you to bang your head repeatedly against the wall.  Done?
It’s hard to say what can be done to solve the issue, but it needs to be a combination of things.  Can Meyer and staff crack down and lengthen suspensions were necessary?  Yes.  Do the players need to be held accountable for their actions?  Definitely.  Does something need to change one way or another?  YES!
2nd.  USF is doing what it can to address the loss of almost all depth at the tight end/fullback position at the end of this season.  The Bulls received a verbal commitment from Griffin (Griffin, GA) tight end Tye Turner this week.  Turner selected USF over Western Carolina and Western Kentucky.  He also had interest from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest.
The 6’2”, 245-pound tight end has also played fullback during his high school career.  He hopes to be used more in the passing game as a senior this season.
3rd.  Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green will attempt to have his suspension reduced today.  The NCAA will hear an appeal requesting that Green be reinstated and be able to play this Saturday against Arkansas.  Green was given a four-game suspension after…GASP!…selling a jersey.
After dropping their conference opener to South Carolina, the Bulldogs desperately need a win against the Razorbacks.  Falling to 0-2 in SEC play could prove disastrous.  Having Green on the field gives the Bulldogs a much better chance of that not happening.  And it gives Aaron Murray a reliable receiver he can count on during key situations.
4th.  Russell Wilson likes the number three.  333 passing yards and 33 rushing to go along with three touchdowns in NC State’s win over Cincinnati on Thursday night.  Wilson started the season with a little rust as a result of playing too much of that other sport we all stopped following a few weeks ago.  Rust no more.  Look out ACC, Wilson is oh so very good.  And delightful to watch as well.
And 1.  Did you know Jeff Demps almost ended up at Tennessee?  Now you do.  Demps was seriously considering the Vols before David Cutcliffe left for Duke.  If he had headed to Tennessee we can all assume frustration over playing for a third head coach this season would have set in.  Luckily we only have to imagine Demps in Vol orange, we don’t have to actually experience it.

The Long Snapper (6/11/10)

College football.  Quick and to the point.  All new issue free of expansion talk!
USF’s football team is making progress in terms of academics.  The Bulls’ four-year score increase matched Illinois for largest in the nation.  USF achieved a 956 this year raising their four-year score from 909 to 930.  Four years ago, the Bulls scored an 879.  Quite an improvement in that span.  And in case you’re wondering, the lowest score in the Big East goes to Louisville at 926.  Get those kids headed in the right direction Charlie!
Remember Demar Dorsey?  Sure you do.  Super recruit who committed to Florida, flirted with Tennessee, and then signed with Michigan.  Well folks, he won’t end up a Wolverine.  After qualifying academically (supposedly), Dorsey wasn’t admitted by Michigan.  It’s rumored prior charges may have had something to do with it.  Dorsey had previously been charged with two felonies – one was dismissed and he was acquitted of the other.  The defensive back was recruiting by virtually every big school and could end up anywhere now that he has been released from his letter of intent.
The Colorado Rockies seem to have a thing for college football quarterbacks.  They have a couple of former SEC QBs in their organization and just added two from the ACC.  With the 26th pick in the draft, the Rockies took Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker.  Earlier this season, Parker became the first athlete to throw 20 passes and hit 20 homeruns in one academic year in division one college athletics history.  Being selected that high could mean Parker won’t be returning to the Tigers’ football team.  Colorado may offer him more than enough money to make that decision for him, but head coach Dabo Swinney hopes Parker realizes he’s an extremely talented football player as well.  First round talent though?  Probably not.
In the fourth round, the Rockies selected NC State quarterback Russell Wilson.  Wilson threw 31 touchdown passes to lead the ACC last season and hit .306 for the baseball team.  Unlike Parker, he already seems sure of his future.  Wilson would like to see what he can do in the Rockies system as well as return to play QB for the Wolfpack.  He’s hoping arrangements can be made for him to do both.