SIX BITS: Guy, Koch, Bennett, Bullard, Meyer

1 » While the Florida Gators wait to figure out which scholarship quarterback to bring in as part of their 2012 recruiting class, the team has offered a preferred walk-on role to three-star Jacob Guy (Dade City, FL). According to the Tampa Bay Times, Guy has scholarship offers from Massachusetts, Ohio and Western Michigan and is also being considered by Memphis and Miami (OH). He is unlikely to make a decision before National Signing Day on Feb. 1, probably in order to see how the situations shake out at all of his potential destinations.

2 » Former Florida golfer Gary Koch will be inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 class on March 19-20 in Tampa, FL. He is one of 14 athletes to be included in the ceremony and will be inducted alongside names like Charlie Ward, Alonzo Mourning and George Smith. A four-time All-SEC first team member, three-time All-American, two-time SEC Champion (1973-74) and NCAA Champion with the Gators, Koch won six PGA Tour events but never finished better than tied for fourth at a Major Championship (The Open Championship, 1988). He also spent time on the other tours and has worked for both ESPN and NBC Sports as a sportscaster.

3 » Five-star power forward Anthony Bennett, Florida basketball’s lone remaining target for its 2012 recruiting class, is not any closer to making a decision where he will play next year. In an interview with SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria, Bennett said that his mom is favoring UF and Kentucky but that UK has told him they expect to lose up to seven scholarships next year so he could come in and start right away. With the Gators, Bennett notes that head coach Billy Donovan is telling him that he will be able to develop his inside-out game better than any other school. His top five also includes Oregon, Washington and UNLV.

4 » In a feature by The Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu, Florida 2012 commitments five-star defensive end Jonathan Bullard (Shelby, NC) and three-star defensive back Rhaheim Ledbetter (Boiling Springs, NC) discuss their long-time friendship and a trick Bullard played on his buddy before committing to the Gators. “We’re going to be roommates at Florida. We talk about it a lot, how much fun it’s going to be,” Ledbetter said. “It’s just going to be real nice to have an extra few years with my best friend, playing on the same team. It’s crazy.” Bullard added, “I’m glad it worked out the way it did. Maybe it’s a sign that we need to be together and achieve our goals together to win championships. It’s exciting. We’ve got a strong bond. We’ve been best friends since the sixth grade. I see him as a brother now.”

5 » Former Gators head coach Urban Meyer committed last October to be the keynote speaker at the Daytona Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner on Feb. 7. However, just a month before the event was sent to take place, Meyer has now notified the organization that he “could no longer honor his commitment,” according to The Daytona Beach News-Journal. The chamber has been selling advance tickets ($100 apiece) to the event for a while but luckily as of Jan. 24 has not had anyone request a refund. Meyer has since been replaced as the keynote speaker by a pair of political analysts, CNN’s Paul Begala and FOX News’ Tucker Carlson.

6 » Florida announced Wednesday that Paul Spangler, “a 10-year assistant track and head cross country coach at The Virginia Military Institute,” will be the new assistant coach for distance and cross country with the Gators. His responsibilities include being the head cross country coach during the fall and an assistant for the distance track and field athletes during the indoor and outdoor seasons. “I’m really looking forward to this outstanding opportunity to get back to the SEC and contribute as a coach at the University of Florida,” Spangler, a former Alabama cross country runner, said. “I’m excited to be in a position where I can work with the Gator student-athletes one-on-one to help them reach their full potential and work towards a common goal of bringing another national championship back to Gainesville.”

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7 Responses to “SIX BITS: Guy, Koch, Bennett, Bullard, Meyer”

  1. Ryan says:

    After missing out on Stokes and the kid from Pitt, Billy needs this Bennett kid. If Young leaves, we’re in big trouble.

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I would be very surprised if young leaves, he has often stated he planned to be here long term, often implying all 4 years. I think we will be lucky and have him for at least 1 more year.

      Beal spoke a lot like that as well in his recruitment and signing. While both will likely be lottery picks, it would be great to see him hold to what he said early on as well and stay 2-3 years as well. As talented as he is, he could definitely use another year at this level to accelerate how good he will be at the next.

  2. SC Gator says:

    Cool story about Ledbetter and Bullard. If either are even close to as good at their positions as Spikes was at his then it’s a damn good pickup for us.

  3. gator says:

    Meyer must want to spend more time with is family.Weasel

  4. Scooterp says:

    No. He has a full-time job, now. Good lord
    Move on already!

  5. Ken (CA) says:

    As much as I respect what Meyer did to take us up to even another level (which i never thought possible), the way he left us, the disaster of a team he left, then poaching our coaches to go to OSU, I am so over him. He isn’t a Gator anymore, even if he said many time he was a Gator for life. Hope OGGOA doesn’t waste any more bytes on him.

  6. scooterp says:

    He wasn’t a Gator the moment he stepped down. So what?…… you guy’s take it so personal like he peed in your Cheerios this morning. Coaches poach thats what they do and I don’t think the roster was as bad as everyone makes it out to be. It was full of all those 4/5 star recruits that gave us top 5 recruiting classes every year. They just didn’t have a good staff to put them in the best position to win or a head coach a that felt 100% invested. Just be greatfull that he left when he did. He could have milked it another 4 or 5 years like some coaches do, but he didn’t think he could do it anymore and stepped aside. Good for him.

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