Daily Archives: July 19, 2020

Your Daily Gator is indignant.

Shot.

Chaser.

They don’t use Google in Gainesville.  They use Gatorpedia instead.

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‘We’ve got to go with Herschel, we’ve got to go with Herschel…’

Chip Towers wrote a nice in depth piece about Herschel’s first game… you know the one I’m talking about.

“You look at that first play against Bill Bates. This is the honest truth, you’ll see a hole open up that, no lie, you could drive a Mack truck through. They parted the Red Sea. I went straight up the middle, and Bill Bates happened to be right there in my sights.”

My Gawd, a freshman.

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You can take the coach out of Starkville, but you can’t take Starkville out of the coach.

David Wunderlich wrote a post about COVID and its effect on the 2020 college football season, but he touched on something about Dan Mullen I’ve been thinking about myself.

UF alone has 17 scholarship seniors in football, 18 if former walk on Tanner Rowell gets his 2019 scholarship renewed (there is room under the 85 cap for him). That’s a lot more people for one team, and it’d be expensive. It also would make roster math and management very hard in a lot of places. It’s more difficult to try to make a scholarship extension for football seniors work to any degree, so I think it’s likely that they’d just lose out on their last years of eligibility rather than get a makeup year.

It will also be unfortunate for Dan Mullen’s career trajectory at Florida. With a lot of contributing seniors, a senior returning starter at quarterback, and a favorable schedule and other circumstances vis-a-vis division rival Georgia, the 2020 season was the time to make a big statement. Maybe he still wins a lot in whatever this season looks like, but it’s not going to be seen as the same as winning big in a standard season. His 2021 outfit, minus all 2020 seniors plus a couple other likely NFL Draft entrants, will have a lot more questions about it than the ’20 team did right after the Orange Bowl.

It bears repeating that, mockery aside, I do think Mullen is a good coach.  One reason I say that is because he did a solid job of playing the hand he was dealt at Mississippi State, a program that lacks the resources and firepower that several SEC West programs have.  There’s no way a coach at MSU is going to be able to exchange punches year after year with the likes of Alabama, Auburn and LSU, so what Mullen elected to do instead was build a roster that every three or four years, with player development and a heavy reliance on multi-year starters, could hold its own with the big boys.  And you recruit in accordance with that plan.

But he’s at Florida now.  Resources aren’t a problem for him.  Nor is the division as loaded with powerhouse programs as the West is.  Even better, he’s recruiting in a talent-rich state at a time when the two other big programs are in a weaker position.

Despite all that, he hasn’t elevated his recruiting game to take advantage of that.  Maybe we’re reading him wrong.  Maybe it’s not that he’s a so-so recruiter so much as it’s a matter of old habits dying hard.

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A 5K PSA

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This isn’t about football, but it is about a damn good Dawg who’s a regular reader here.

Anthony Wallace is set to swim five miles to support a friend in need.

Wallace’s friend, Kevin Lewis, had laser refractive surgery two years ago due to his inability to wear contact lenses. The surgery resulted in corneal ectasia, when the cornea loses its structural integrity, and Lewis progressively lost all of his vision over the last two years.

In order to help Lewis navigate his daily life, Wallace will swim from Burnside Island to Isle of Hope in Savannah, Georgia in order to raise money for both Lewis’ GoFundMe page and the Blinded Veterans Association

The 5-mile swim will take place on August 1. Wallace, a U.S. Masters Swimming All-American and ePostal 5K National Champion in his age group, will start in Moon River, and then the majority will go through Skidaway River. A friend, Ben Umbreit, will kayak alongside him.

… You can learn more about Kevin’s story and donate to his GoFundMe page here. Since the launch 11 days ago, they have raised almost $20,000. You can also donate to the Blinded Veterans Association here.

We’ve got some good folks out there.

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Guinea pigs

Assholes.

It was late June, two days before a college football player left home for school and voluntary workouts, when he got a group text message from a teammate who also is his roommate.

He’d just found out he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Had the teammate not disclosed the news, the football player said, he might not have found another place to live while the teammate was infectious and in isolation.

The football coaches, medical staff and athletic director at the school never informed him his teammate had tested positive, said the football player, who spoke to USA TODAY on condition of anonymity and requested the name of the Division I school not be disclosed because he fears reprisal.

While college football players are routinely exposed to serious injury, this year many of them were exposed to COVID-19 more than two months before the general student body was scheduled to return to campus during the coronavirus pandemic. The football player who spoke to USA TODAY said he has sickle cell anemia and worries about research that indicates he and other Black people are at greater risk for getting infected.

You can probably predict the punchline.

The college football player who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the school for which he plays required him to sign a document  before he could begin voluntary workouts. According to a copy of the document viewed by USA TODAY, it states in part that the signee understands he may be at higher risk for exposure to COVID-19 because playing football involves close contact with others.

Somebody needs to out these fuckers.  Period.

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