FOUR BITS: Donovan, Tebow, Brissett, Drayton

By Adam Silverstein
February 10, 2011

1 » Head basketball coach Billy Donovan, who has won two NCAA National Championships (in three title game appearances), captured multiple Southeastern Conference Championships and led the Florida Gators to unprecedented heights since he took over the program in 1996, may be on the verge of earning his first SEC Coach of the Year award if the Gators continue their winning ways over the final handful of regular season games. FOX Sports Florida’s Bill Koss examines how Donovan has missed out on the honor previously, even though he’s on the verge of leading Florida to its 13th consecutive 20-win season. Donovan has been overlooked for the award on at least three occasions; this year his former assistant Anthony Grant, now head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, may stand in his way. Though Alabama is 15-7 on the season, they are 7-1 in the SEC and have won 10 of their last 11 games.

2 » Publishing house HarperCollins announced in November that it will be releasing Through My Eyes, described as “an inspirational memoir by one of the greatest college football quarterbacks of all time: the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner, two-time national champion at the University of Florida and current Denver Broncos first round draft pick, Tim Tebow” in April 2011. Companies like Amazon.com have begun taking pre-orders as the book’s release date has been pushed back to May 24. HarperCollins will initially print 200,000 copies of the book, which Tebow will promote via appearances/signings in Denver, CO, New York, NY, and various cities in the state of Florida. An audio book will also be available, and Through My Eyes will be released for the Amazon Kindle as well. You can pre-order it by Clicking Here.

3 » Four-star quarterback Jacoby Brissett indicated that the possibility of playing basketball as well as football was something he was considering when deciding which school he would commit to last week. Brissett chose the Gators which begs the question: How do the head coaches feel about his desire to play two sports? “As far as I’m concerned, in talking to Will [Muschamp], if he wants to be a part of our team, he’s more than welcome to do that,” Donovan said Thursday. “You talk about a guy missing workouts in September. October we start practice. November, December, January – he comes into (basketball) practice completely not knowing one thing. Now, as practice starts, he tries to go from football shape to basketball shape. Now, as we start to go toward the SEC Tournament, they start spring practice. I think what’s going to end up happening is he’s going to have to make a decision.” That being said, Donovan does think he is talented and capable enough to see the court. “There’s no doubt in my mind, watching him play, if he dedicated all his time to basketball he could definitely play here at Florida,” he said. “I think he’s a very, very good player.”

4 » Some Gators fans were confused when former running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Stan Drayton left Florida to take the wide receivers coach job with the Ohio State Buckeyes. However, listening to Drayton explain his decision, it makes perfect sense. “In 17 years of coaching, I’ve never had the opportunity to be around my family,” Drayton told BuckeyeSports.com. “My kids are born and raised in Florida, so they’ve never had an opportunity to be around their grandparents. […] I’m a Buckeye by heart. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. I used to go to coach [Jim] Tressel’s camps as a high school football player at Youngstown State. I had always admired his career, always tried to model myself on some of the principles that he holds his program to. I followed his career and always had a dream of coming back to Ohio State, I just didn’t know when.”

14 Comments

  1. SaraGator says:

    Sorry, Adam… Drayton is still a POS.

    • SC_Gator says:

      Hmm…yup…still shedding no tears on this one.

    • …not sure why you’re saying “sorry Adam…” What do I care?

      • SaraGator says:

        I had interpreted your statement, “it makes perfect sense.” as if you understood why Drayton left UF.

        It doesn’t make sense with me, but then again I am ultra sensitive to how he left UF. He’s a no good POS and I literally want to spit on him. And, I don’t spit. 🙂

        • Ah, I see. I don’t give my opinion in news pieces…it was just the general sentiment of the article cited in the post. If Parsons goes 20-10 in a game and I write that he led the team, it’s just an observation not so much an opinion. Same thing here.

  2. Gatorgrad79 says:

    If you want to go to your “dream school”, then just OWN IT, and leave out the family, touchy feely garbage…

  3. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    I can respect Drayton wanting to be closer to family and getting his dream job (lol) but his timing rots…he can’t just tell OSU let me see signing day through and then I’ll make the switch?

  4. Aligator says:

    adam, why did we sign briskett when we already had driskel? i know we are thin, but doesn’t that creat a logjam and one of these guys, probably briskett, will just end up transfering?? aligator

    • 1) His name is Brissett. He’s not a piece of meat.
      2) Driskel needs competition, just like every QB does. Just because you have a starter does not mean you shouldn’t have a capable back-up – even if they are the same age. Brissett will probably end up redshirting, which would give him at least one year to start after Driskel leaves (maybe two if Driskel is that good and leaves early).
      3) The team would rather have a player transfer after a two years than not have a back-up for those two years.

      • Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

        Let’s see Weis had some 6th rounder named Brady as backup when his starter got hurt back in 2001…I’d say that worked out fairly well

      • SaraGator says:

        lol @ piece of meat.

      • Aligator says:

        He is someone’s piece of meat:o) thanks, I appreciate that. Just hate to see that process and hope that it does not lead to a two headed monster …. you know his momma is going to be nay saying forever!

  5. Alex says:

    Stan Drayton: The only man who played his high school football at Youngstown State.

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