Daily Archives: September 12, 2018

“It was the cherry on top, you could say.”

Remember the Florida player who announced his departure from the program within minutes after that disappointing loss to Kentucky?  Most observers chalked that up to a lack of confidence in Mullen, but after reading this, I’d say Mullen’s lucky he left.

The rest of the story goes back months, when Lemons said he had problems with marijuana that earned him a suspension for the opener against Charleston Southern. The punishment could have been worse in a program that has grown stricter since Dan Mullen took over for Jim McElwain, who signed Lemons in 2017.

“Mac, he was letting a lot players get away with a lot of stuff,” Lemons said. “Mullen came in. He was really strict with the rules.”

Lemons said Mullen told him to either go to a rehab program or lose his spot on the team. Lemons agreed to go to Gainesville’s Florida Recovery Center over the summer. That’s the same program Browns receiver Josh Gordon attended.

The initial plan, Lemons said, was to stay for a month, but Mullen asked him to stay another week. He did.

“I’m showing him genuine passion I really wanted to change myself,” said Lemons, a 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore. “I don’t know if he really even saw that.”

Or maybe Mullen did see it, but it didn’t matter because UF has a crowded backfield with Jordan Scarlett, Lamical Perine and Jesuit High alumnus Malik Davis.

The carries Lemons thought he earned in part because of his effort to get clean never materialized. He didn’t rush the ball Saturday, although he returned two kickoffs for 47 yards.

Lemons had previously expressed displeasure at UF, tweeting before the 2017 Vanderbilt game that it would be his last. He was planning on leaving soon after the Kentucky game (regardless of its outcome) but was “pretty much fed up” after the defeat.

He said his frustration spiked after the game, when he became disruptive while “expressing myself a little too much,” during Mullen’s address to the team. Lemons was asked to leave the locker room. Not long afterward, he tweeted his intention to transfer.

“I barely got touches that game,” Lemons said. “I’m outta here.”

Hell, if I were Mullen, I would have offered to help him pack.

I don’t think Florida’s problems this year are limited to talent.


Filed under Gators, Gators...

“You better never count a Bobo out.”

If Kirby was this excited after Mike Bobo’s comeback win over Arkansas, imagine what kind of reaction he’d have if CSU somehow manages to upset the Gators.


Filed under It's Not Easy Being A Mid-Major

It’s shaping up to be another fun year on the Flats.

TFW it’s only two weeks into the season and you’re already resorting to gallows humor:


Filed under Georgia Tech Football

Urnge, rested and ready

Per Rivals UT beat writer:

The most interesting and notable note from Tuesday was Phillip Fulmer’s presence on the field. The former Hall of Fame coach has been at every practice this fall, but today, Fulmer wasn’t in khakis and a jacket but full sweats with a practice outline in his hand. He watched the QBs, WRs and TEs, but mostly observed the offensive line, offering tips to Trey Smith, K’Rojhn Calbert, Drew Richmond and Riley Locklear, among others.

In case you ever wondered how much Jeremy Pruitt wanted a head coaching job, that’s how much.


Filed under The Glass is Half Fulmer

“College football isn’t fair.”

Man, two weeks in and Messrs. Massey and Peabody ain’t foolin’ around about the likely CFP field:

There is a clear Big Five right now — Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Oklahoma — that have separated themselves from the pack, and all have between a 61 percent chance (Georgia) and 44 percent chance (Oklahoma) of making the playoff. The next best: Penn State at 15 percent.

And to think there are people worried about what player compensation would do to competition.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, Stats Geek!

Gamecock roundup

It’s midweek, so it’s time to put the South Carolina game in the proverbial rear view mirror, but not before I leave you with a few final choice nuggets.

  • Interesting choice of words, but to what should be no one’s surprise after the hurry up blew up in their faces, Will Muchamp’s offense sounds like it’s getting back to grinding on offense.
  • LOL“Is it time to start thinking about getting rid of Will Muschamp?”
  • Try to guess who said this“No matter what happens, we made a statement that we’re a force to be reckoned with.”

As the saying goes, the more things change…


Filed under 'Cock Envy

Regrets? Montana has a few.

I had to chuckle when I read Stewart Mandel’s opening to this week’s Mailbag ($$):

Brand​ bias is a very real​ thing among​ those​ of us who​ cover​ college​ football.​ It’s​ why we continually​ overrate teams​​ like Texas and USC while assuming Clemson would revert to the mean as soon as Deshaun Watson left the building.

And it’s probably why ostensibly informed writers like me and Bruce Feldman thought South Carolina was going to give Georgia a game last weekend.

Does that mean the Gamecocks don’t have a brand bias?

BTW, Mandel’s all aboard the Kirby train now.


Filed under Georgia Football, Media Punditry/Foibles