The Morning After: December 6, 2008

The Morning After: December 6, 2008

The Morning After: December 6, 2008
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Good Morning! How is everyone doing today? What? Why are you looking at me like that? Oh, you’re not still upset about that little post from yesterday, are you?

I myself finally witnessed the power of these here interwebs. Within minutes of yesterday’s posting, we set of an aboslute frenzy in the college football loving world, most notably in Idaho and Mississippi. However, even though I put up another post that was in response to the statement by Chris Petersen himself, I stand by my source. Is there a anyone at Mississippi State with the credentials Head Coach? I didn’t think so.

Oh, and let’s not kid ourselves. Miss St is a much better job than Boise State. Any BCS job is better than the Boise State job. The Broncos are undefeated for the 2nd time in Petersen’s tenure, and are even further away from playing in the National Title game than they were when they beat Oklahoma. Even Syracuse is a better job than Boise State. Coaches define themselves by how many titles they win, not by their win totals. When we say titles, we mean the No 1. in the country titles (unless you are Bo Schembechler, which beating OSU was all that mattered). Peteresen wants to win it all, he will not be in Idaho for much longer.

In other news….

Jason Whitlock and David Letterman are consoling one another this morning, following last nights loss by Ball State in the MAC Championship. The Buffalo Bulls took advantage of every single mistake made by Ball State to grab victory. Turner Gill took over one of the worst programs in college football just 3 years ago and has them winning conference championships and heading to January bowl games.

Antonio Pierce finally met with the NYPD. Now let’s go win the divsion.

Remember last year when everyone was talking about the Celtics possibily winning 70+ games? Start ramping that talk up again.

The Lakers want to be part of that discussion as well.

Saturday means abbreviated version of TMA. Being back here later for talk about the SEC and Big 12 Title games.

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The Morning After: December 6, 2008

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Did Percy Harvin Keep it Real?

Did Percy Harvin Keep it Real?

Did Percy Harvin Keep it Real?
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Did Percy Harvin Keep it Real?

Apparently former Gator and now Minnesota Viking wide receiver Percy Harvin was invited by some Florida coaches to come speak to a few recruits about his time at the university. The idea was to give them an NFL player’s perspective on how the school helped him not only get to the NFL, but also how they made him a better player in general.Well, things started great as he talked about how good the staff was to the players, how they won a couple championships, and how they helped him become a NFL first rounder…then he started keeping it real.

What we’re HEARING:

– Harvin discussed his continuous pot use, and how he was able to smoke it for the majority of his time at UF.

– Harvin also confirmed the long time rumor that he made a mistake and choked his wide receivers coach, and how the school gave him a second chance by covering it up so the media didn’t report it.

– He also talked about the benefits that being a Gator brought to the party scene in Gainesville.

Needless to say, the coaches weren’t very happy. Maybe they should just stick to Tim Tebow at these events?

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Deshaun Watson Suspended for Six Games, Reasons and impact on NFL

Deshaun Watson Suspended for Six Games, Reasons and impact on NFL

Deshaun Watson Suspended for Six Games, Reasons and impact on NFL
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Some breaking news this morning out of the sports world it has been reported that Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson has been suspended for six games in the 2022 and 2023 NFL seasons. That suspension came after Watson was accused of sexual assault and inappropriate conduct During massage sessions in civil lawsuits filed by 25 different women. Of those 25 lawsuits, one was dropped and 23 of the remaining 24 have been settled out of court, it has also been reported that Watson will not be fined. Watson signed a contract in March That will pay him 230 million dollars guaranteed over the next five years. The largest guaranteed contract in NFL history,

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I think a lot of Cleveland browns fans would agree with me It’s just nothing short of extraordinary that this franchise with, I Would say an up-and-coming franchise, they’ve got some great players on this team but they would bet their future on this guy with all of the legal problems that he’s facing.

They went into this eyes wide open Watson of course, didn’t play last year as a member of the Texans with this legal matter looming over his head and the Browns traded for him anyway and gave him a record-breaking contract and he’s had a signing bonus of over $45 million that’s not impacted at all by the suspension. He gets to keep all of that and the six games seem remarkably light The chatter in the last few months, was that he was going to be suspended potentially for an entire season Now he’s only six games despite having been credibly accused by 25 different women. There are a lot of browns fans out there, really unhappy with this suspension And it also just looks like another moment of the NFL’s justice system being looked out of whack here. Remember Tom Brady got suspended four games for allegedly deflating footballs?

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And just this past year, Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley bet some money did some sports betting which like the NFL, like so many other professional leagues, is more and more embracing online sports betting, Ridley was suspended for an entire year over matters of a few $1000 and yet Watson gets six games for this. It’s I think a lot of Cleveland browns fans not very happy with this entire situation Not good for the credibility of the NFL coming up

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The Ultimate 11: Defense

The Ultimate 11: Defense

The Ultimate 11: Defense
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With college football just around the corner — less than one month away! — I figured now would be a good time to piss off a lot of people by unveiling my ultimate 11. This is sort of a preseason All-American list, but it is my list, so I expect to get hammered in the comments section due to leaving off your favorite player. Yes, there are several great players at each position, but only one can make it. This means I will undoubtedly leave someone off who may deserve a spot on the list. For this I’m sorry (honestly, I’m not sorry, but I figured I’d give you a weak apology to ease your anger). The numbers mentioned indicate the players’ stats from last season, not projections for the upcoming year. Here is you’re Ultimate 11 on defense (we did the Ultimate 11 on offense yesterday). Let the bitch-fest commence!

Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU: Hughes has been a stud for TCU for the past few years and he looks to have one more sack-filled season before he opts for the NFL. While many people know next-to-nothing about TCU, the college football nuts know that this is one of the premier Non-BCS schools alongside Utah and Boise State. The Horned Frogs have gone 30-9 over the past three seasons, and almost all of that success has been due to a stout defense. Hughes is the statistical leader of the TCU defense, finishing last season with 52 tackles, 15 sacks, one forced fumble, two interceptions and one touchdown. The guy is a freak. Though he is small for a defensive end (6-2), he is quick and has some serious strength.

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Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska: Not as many people know about Suh as they should. Last season Suh was the best defensive tackle in the country, but because Nebraska has been all-but-forgotten in the national media (losing a lot will do that), he went relatively unnoticed. That won’t be the case this year. Nebraska has four nationally televised games and Suh will be the anchor of a Bo Pelini defense. Last season Suh tallied 76 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions and two touchdowns (one of them on offense). The guy is a total beast and will most likely be a top-1o pick in the 2010 NFL draft. Here is a 2 minute video of Suh whopping that ass.

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma: McCoy is a beast, like Suh, but his stats don’t tell all of the story. He finished last season with 26 tackles, six sacks and one interception, but he did so while facing double and triple teams weekly. McCoy is a huge dude, standing 6-4 and weighing just a shade under three bills, so his body can take the pounding that the NFL will demand. While I think he is not quite the player Suh is, he is still a dominant force.

Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida: Dunlap is an interesting cat. He stands 6-6 and weighs 290 pounds, but he looks quicker than he is strong. He plays like a pure speed rusher, but the man is gigantic, which makes him scary as hell to offensive lineman. Last season he finished with 36 tackles and nine sacks. Before Florida defensive tackle Torrey Davis left the Florida team, Dunlap looked like he was a lock for single coverage most of the year. Now that the big man in the middle is gone, Dunlap can once again deal with double teams early and often. I still like him to get to 10 sacks this season, and then bolt due to a top-10 draft grade.

Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State: The Spartans have always seemed to be one great player short of making a run at the Big 10. They might have a good offense, but the defense falls short. They might have a great running game, but their quarterback falls short. This year the Spartans are said to be a defensive team first. This is not a real surprise as head coach Mark Dantonio comes from a defensive background. The Spartans are led by preseason defensive player of the year winner Greg Jones. Jones is a man-child for Sparty. Any time you are recognized as the best linebacker in the Big 10, you know you’re good. While Jones’s sack numbers are low (six in the past two years as a starter), his tackle numbers are insane. Last year he finished with 127 tackles (80 solo). This year he will be the face of the Spartans and should make his presence well known.

Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida: One of the most ridiculous stats entering the 2009 season is that the defending national champion Gators return all 11 starters from last year’s defense. I don’t remember ever hearing about a team winning a title and returning all starters on any side of the ball. The Gators defense will be led by middle linebacker Brandon Spikes. As a sophomore Spikes led the Gators in tackles with 131, but last year, with a much-improved defense, his tackles dipped considerably (87), but he added four interceptions and two touchdowns. Spikes turned down the NFL (rumors were he did not get a first round grade) and will now look to make it three national championships in four seasons for the Gators. He can be seen here almost killing Knowshon Moreno.

Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma: This is one of the defensive choices that will probably enlist a harsh response. Lewis started for the Sooners last year after their initial starter went down to injury. As a true freshman, Lewis finished with 135 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and four picks…as a true freshman playing in a league where offenses dominate. This year Lewis will be a stud for the Sooners and should help Oklahoma bring the pain on that side of the ball. With McCoy eating up offensive lineman, look for Lewis to be able to attack the quarterback more often than last year and make a name for himself nationally.

Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky: Lindley might be the most unknown member of my Ultimate 11, but the dude can play. Sadly for him, he plays for Kentucky so no one cares what he does. His a legit lock-down corner, so he gets few balls thrown his way. Last season he ended with four picks and one touchdown to go along with 38 tackles. While he is a relative unknown, the dude can play and just may be a first round pick when he opts for the big leagues.

Ahmad Black, CB, Florida: Black might not be as well known as fellow Gator defensive backs Joe Haden or Major Wright, but the dude is a baller of the highest order. As a sophomore he finished with 54 tackles, seven picks (for 191 return yards) and two touchdowns. Black is just one of the reasons why Florida will have the nastiest secondary in college football next year. He has speed, quickness and all of the confidence to be a top flight corner. While he is on the small side (5-9), he makes up for it by being a total badass.

Eric Berry, SS, Tennessee: You know what is depressing? Having a man-crush on one of your rivals’ star players. Berry was the one lock for this list for me. Dude is a machine. Last year he finished with 72 tackles, three sacks and seven picks. He has averaged, in just two years, 243.5 yards in interception returns. He is just 15 yards shy of breaking Terrell Buckley’s record, which he will most likely do in the first game. Now that he has the best defensive mind in football coaching him in Monte Kiffin, the sky isn’t even the limit for Berry this year. While Tebow and Bradford gets all of the love in the national media, Berry is my pick as the best player in all of college football. Here you can watch Berry dominate.

Taylor Mays, FS, Southern California: Mays is somewhat of an enigma. He has the size (6-3, 230) and speed (electronic sub 4.4 forty) to dominate as a free safety, yet his numbers aren’t what they should be. He had just 53 tackles last year and had a grand total of zero sacks and interceptions. However, his lack of numbers may have been due to the fact that his USC defense was unstoppable last year and by the time the ball reached Mays’s spot in the secondary the play was over. Mays shocked the college football world when he opted to stay at USC for one more year, but he stayed to be the team leader on defense and this year look for Mays to share the defensive limelight with Eric Berry.

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Ryan Kerrigan retires

Ryan Kerrigan retires

Ryan Kerrigan retires
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Ryan Kerrigan retires after 11 seasons in NFL

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“It has been an honor to play for the Washington Redskins for the past 11 seasons,” Kerrigan wrote in a statement released by the team. “I will always appreciate the lifelong friendships I have developed with my teammates and coaches as we shared some of our fondest memories.

I would like to give a very special thanks to Mr. Snyder, Bruce Allen, and all of our fans who have supported me over my career.

I have had the honor to play for two outstanding head coaches and I am blessed to have played alongside some great defensive linemen.

I would not be where I am today without the support of my family, and I want to thank them for their continued support.”

Kerrigan, 31, has spent his entire NFL career in Washington after being drafted by the Redskins with the No. 16 overall pick in 2011 out of Purdue. He has not missed a game since his rookie season.

 

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In his time with the Redskins, he has been named to five Pro Bowls, was a First-Team All-Pro in 2014 and Second-Team All-Pro in 2013, tallied 35 sacks, forced 16 fumbles, and recovered four others while playing in all but two games. He set a franchise record with nine sacks in 2013 and was the first Redskins linebacker to be named Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. That same season he was a First-Team All-Pro selection by The Sporting News and PFF.

His last sack came earlier this season as he helped lead Washington to a Week 7 victory over Buffalo on Oct.

 

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Receiver Andy Jean 247 is committed to the Gators

Receiver Andy Jean 247 is committed to the Gators

Receiver Andy Jean 247 is committed to the Gators
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Receiver Andy Jean is committed to the Gators at their second commitment today Saturday, July 30th joints four-star safety Jordan himself committed earlier today.

Andie Jean as you sit out there watching the gator cookout with a bunch of top prospects in town right now, why you’re covering a cookout if you’re not going to get the ribs at 2 in the same day with that with a tagine pulling into the fold and I can’t say enough nice things about Native at Miami Northwestern one of the Premier schools in South Florida in the number he’s put up against the competition that they play against. I think he’s got good football speed runs great routes and he’s kind of one of the more Dynamic players to go with an RT really impressive wide receiver classes for his putting together so Carrie Koker man that guy is hot on the trail right now if he gets another one of his top targets along with Carrie Colbert being involved here quit Raymond was big in there being the area recruiter Benedict Hyperlite who is on the off-field role as assistant why are you running backs coach has a lot of ties South Florida at Miami so those are the Florida State game coming out of an official visit.

There in late June, this is one word this was a guy that at the time of June while he had four, was thinking about taking things in the fall you’re seeing some of these top schools play some games, check things out to gauge that how they would do in the fallen order through persistent through having them on campus over the night-lights on Saturday for the cookout near got him to move his timeline if your knee is joining both it’s a big win for Florida to 16 total 2023 recruit meaning of them are considered four stars on the 24/7 Sports composite.

if I miss anybody but then out consists of eating Mizell and Jean Eugene Wilson Creek Whittemore and Tyra Patterson in four of those guys are in the 4-star category a couple of them in the top 24/7 and Carrie Colbert just going out really showing that he can recruit putting together at the clock at the wide receiver position to be seen more. This is a pretty deep class and it’s getting hits there are a lot of guys is it sake or where do they go now?

 

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Things slow down in his story is someone out there that Florida is looking at it, the question with him is do you need another wide receiver because that’s one says he’s being looked at Noah see a guy that you need when you already have a pretty solid class is also being looked at as a safety another area, any Jordan to spell as they did earlier in the day on Saturday that with him being an athlete it’s more where does he fit and where do they feel like he’s the best if they do go that route but right now, for this pretty happy with the wide receiver Hall they have this week for Florida recruiting without question for recruiting three days they jumped up for number 23 now at number 12 in the 2023 team recruiting rankings.

Do you think we could see them climb within the next week is that camp starting on August 3rd?

The actual football team guys were already in Gainesville. Officially are we going to see more gross? you always say gauge your class at the end of July that’s where you get your solid nucleus of guys or you have that Rush of guys that want to be done before the start of their senior year that maybe sometime in the later part of July like what we’re seeing now maybe a couple go and tell you the early part of August the others there’s some guys that we can make you see depending on their timeline looks like, things will slow down it’s making more money right now you would like to change it to see some guys have a visit go good on Saturday weather at the cookout and there’s still a lot of water maybe things are still fluid there and we’ll maybe have a better idea about that after the cookout of some of these guys are here but that general just from what I’ve seen through recruiting is he has that thing where it fixing of that timeline of to end of July where things really pick up and do guys get their decisions and then that’s where you gauge, where your classes and then you kind of see things slow down with the season starting in August and into the fall but he will pick back up obviously with the dead.

Opens back up Vishal visits for games official visit for games but you know that depends more so on anything on the timeline because a lot of recruiting class at the end of July before they head into kind of season mode here a couple of big prospects as you mentioned still on the table for the Gators as well to the room to grow in with that we are going to bid you farewell from this breakdown again for Star wide receiver Danny change to commit to a turn on Saturday, July 30th in the afternoon.

 

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