Man, it’s already the first of June.
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If Jim McElwain actually starts a full-blown pissing match with Boom, he will immediately become my favorite Florida coach of all time.
And, yes, that’s a very short list.
You might think that going to the bathroom during a national broadcast might be a tad embarrassing. But you don’t wear the orange and blue.
But don’t worry! While this kind of incident on national television might ruin some people for eternity, Lane has had quite the opposite reaction.
“It was the best thing that could have happened,” said Lane, via Jacksonville.com‘s Richard Johnson. “It got a lot of attention and just put me in a place where I was out there publicly and people knew who I was. I really didn’t get a lot of grief from it. A lot of people were really more focused on how well I did in the game more than anything. I feel like it was that way because I embraced it.”
Honestly, I got nothing to add to that.
It’s too soon to know if Florida has improved itself in the change of head coaches, but judging from Jim McElwain’s comments on the first day of practice, it’s certainly mellowed.
But the 6-foot-2 Grier, a decorated high school quarterback from Davidson, North Carolina, took the first snap of the spring Monday. Although many outsiders viewed it as an indication that Grier has an edge over the 5-foot-11 Harris, McElwain acted as if he didn’t even know Grier would get the first snap.
”I didn’t know, did he?” McElwain said. ”Did he take the first snap? ”I didn’t (see that). I didn’t. Somebody had to I guess, so he must have ran in there first. Good for him, nice job.”
Regardless, the spring will give McElwain a chance to evaluate his players, devise an offense and have at least a better idea of what to expect in the fall.
”There’s some base principles you’re going to get in no matter what,” he said. ”I think the big part for us is just the discovery of what guys do best, what guys need to work on and hopefully then in turn not put them in situations to not be successful. It’s kind of like `In Search Of’ with Leonard Nimoy. You know the old show Leonard Nimoy used to have? `In Search Of.’ That’s what we are this spring.”
You think Boom even knows who Leonard Nimoy was?
“I was very involved defensively at Florida and regardless of popular opinion I wasn’t as much on offense,” Muschamp said with a chuckle. “Should have been, but I wasn’t.”
No shit, Sherlock.
In fact, since Tebow’s departure, the Gators have had just two individual 300-yard passing performances in the last five years. Brantley threw for 329 yards against Furman in 2011, and Tyler Murphy threw for 305 yards in a home loss to Vanderbilt in 2013.
If you’re Georgia Tech, that’s no big deal. But for a team that runs a traditional offense – you know, the kind with quarterbacks who throw the ball to receivers – that’s amazing. And for a program that cut its teeth bringing the passing game to the SEC, that’s pathetic.
Part of me thinks Florida will bounce back this season better than I tend to give it credit for, simply because there’s no way McElwain can be as inept putting together an offense as Boom was.
(P.S. To save some of you astute observers the trouble, yes, I know, 38-20. Thanks.)