Nice bravado, sir.
… during halftime of UF’s basketball game on Saturday against Vanderbilt. That’s when McElwain was trying to fire up the crowd and perhaps get the attention of many marquee football recruits who were attending the game.
When McElwain and some of his current UF football players were introduced at halftime, McElwain — with microphone in hand — ran out to center court and whipped the O’Dome into a frenzy.
“I’ll tell you something, what an awesome arena and a great crowd,” McElwain said. “It’s because of the energy every day that we were able to go undefeated in the Swamp, we were able to go to Atlanta back to back years. … And because of you guys, when we get back to Atlanta next season, we’re going to kick the door down!”
Only problem with that, Jim? Florida has played Alabama. It hasn’t worked out too well for you either time.
Florida high school coaches don’t seem particularly impressed by Jim McElwain’s efforts on the recruiting trail.
“From what I can see, they have to do a better job of identifying the younger studs and kind of lovin’ on those guys really early the way the other big dogs do like Florida State, Alabama, Ohio State,” Ross said. “They identify those young kids pretty early on and do a good job making sure that ‘hey man, we love you, we want you to come here.’ From my experience and how [Florida has] been around us, they tend to wait until that kid has those big-time, Power 5 offers and then they try to sneak in.
Um… that kind of sounds a little familiar.
“Florida will always be a big name, but they just aren’t that premier team yet like some of those other schools right now,” Ross said. “I think once they have a great season, it will kind of snowball with recruiting, but until then, they have to do a better job of jumping on the younger kids and showing them love.”
Once they have a great season? The Gators have won the SEC East two straight years. The message is getting muddied. As a Georgia fan, that’s okay by me.
If you’re of a mind that much of Florida’s success in the SEC East the last two seasons can be chalked up to a salty defense that didn’t lose much, if anything, in the transition from Boom to Geoff Collins, then this news might be of interest to you.
Geez, somebody’s gotta win the East next season, fellas. But who?
With Florida’s win in Baton Rouge yesterday, Jim McElwain became the first coach in SEC history to take his team to the championship game in each of his first two seasons. So you’ll have to forgive him if he’s a little pissy about the backstory to yesterday’s game.
Wait a minute…
Georgia players escape being busted for a game and a Gator won’t be making the trip? What universe is this, anyway?
… but you can’t kick Athens out of the coach.
Gary Danielson certainly has his share of flaws, but I appreciate his game analysis. Here are a few early observations he has about Georgia-Florida.
He sure loves Eason’s arm.
He’s right that neither of these offenses qualifies as dynamic. Barring a weird turn of events — my usual caveat about turnovers applies, as always — this won’t be a high scoring game. Can the Gators shut Georgia out, though? I guess that’s up to Jim Chaney.
Florida has those terrific corners, so I expect to see plenty of single coverage. That’s a recipe for disaster if the Dawgs decide to come out in power formations and run the ball, because it’ll be an invitation to throw those safeties into run support and clog the line of scrimmage, something that’s been a winning approach throughout the season for opposing defenses.
Of course, with the way this season has gone, Chaney will probably find a way to do just enough on offense to have the game come down to special teams play. Winning!