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Joker Phillips and the street people

So word is Florida is pissed that Miami turned in Joker Phillips for violating the bump rule and none of the cool kids will hang out with the ‘Canes these days.  At least that’s what a bunch of unnamed sources claim.  I’m not exactly sure it’s such a bad thing.

“There’s a lot of street people in Miami,” one of the assistants said. “How do you think they feel about what the University of Miami did to Joker Phillips?”

Yeah, because if you’re a college football program trying to shake off the aftermath of the Nevin Shapiro mess, you really don’t want to mess with the street people.

Whoever that assistant is, he’s an idiot.

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“I’m just over it.”

This will never get old.   Nor should it.

I just wish they’d show it on the big screen during the Georgia-Florida game.

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The many faces of Agent Muschamp

Man, it seems like everyone you ask about Boom has a different opinion.

He’s squarely in “Danger, Will Robinson!” territory on Dennis Dodd’s hot seat list.

Herbie thinks he’s destined for a major rebound this season.

And he’s got a “no worries, mon” from the guy who really counts around Gainesville.

Foley has supported Muschamp as public criticism of the embattled coach has intensified, saying on the Paul Finebaum show in July that “We’re going to be better, and we’re excited about the future under Will. [We] feel the same way about him as the day we hired him.”

As long as Muschamp keeps coming up short at the Cocktail Party, Foley can stay as excited as he likes.

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Sunday afternoon buffet

Eh, let’s clean out the pantry.

  • Gus Malzahn promises “clarity” on how he’ll use Nick Marshall in the opener.  Won’t that be dependent on how much of a game Arkansas gives Auburn?
  • Tennessee claims it drew 40,000 to an open scrimmage.  Let’s see how they turn out in November.
  • DJ Shockley is as puzzled by Georgia’s SEC championship drought as anyone:  “It’s beyond amazing, and I can’t even imagine how this has happened,” Shockley said. “It’s almost like a string of bad luck. I look back at all the talent that has been there since I left and the guys that Georgia has put out, and it’s just amazing. It’s one of those things that has baffled me just like it’s baffled the fans.”
  • Can you believe Will Muschamp has had a hard time recruiting élite offensive talent to Gainesville?
  • Brandon Larrabee makes a solid point about how LSU does a good job surviving its NFL departures.  But, man, the Tigers sure have to replace a lot of skill position experience this season.
  • I don’t think it’s a good sign if Ted Roof thinks from watching Tech scrimmages one of the things his defense needs to improve is the pass rush.

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Saturday morning buffet

It’s time to eat.

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“The Gators will forever receive the benefit of the doubt.”

Bill Connelly’s preview of Florida is an honest one, which means he isn’t projecting the Gators to Atlanta.

This is an odd time for Florida. Even in 2012, fan interest in Muschampball seemed to wane at times (it’s certainly not particularly pleasant to the eye), and in 2013, when injuries forced him to get creative to avoid disaster, he couldn’t do it. It’s hard to be too pessimistic about a program that was 11-2 just one full season ago, but it’s hard to be particularly optimistic about a team that looked as bad as Florida did for much of last year.

Thanks to recruiting and 2012, in the Football Outsiders Almanac 2014 the Gators get a faithful No. 30 projection, with a likely record of 7-5 (29 percent chance of 8-4 or better, 38 percent chance of 6-6 or worse). That’s as good a starting point as any for expectations, but the odds of another 2012 are small.

And that leads to the $64000 question for Boom.

And will 7-5 be enough to earn Muschamp a fifth year in Gainesville?

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“As long as it’s more than four wins, I’ll be happy.”

Damn, Florida fans.  What’s happened to you?  All that smug arrogance, reduced to this?

“Last year, it is what it is,” Gainesville native Steve Woulard said. “But watching Duke in the ACC championship game and watching that offense transfer to the talent that the Gators have, we have high hopes that that offense along with the Gator talent will produce more wins than last year.”

Living vicariously through Duke?  That ain’t right.

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