SIX BITS: Gaffney, Hill, Hayes, Spurrier, Meyer

1 » Former Florida Gators wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, currently employed by the Washington Redskins but in danger of being cut before the season, told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Wednesday that head coach Mike Shanahan specifically told him not to report to camp and to see if his agent can find another team for him prior to the draft. “I talked to Mike Shanahan myself. He is the one that told me I don’t have to come up there until two weeks from now when they start installing the offense. So that is why I’m not at voluntary workouts,” he said. “I am working out in Florida now though. Shanahan told me that I can take this time and let my agent see if he can find a better situation for me. So they are pretty much telling me that myself or Santana Moss are going to have to go. I want people to know that I told Shanahan myself that I want to be a Redskin, but if I can’t then of course there are options I would like.”

2 » In the latest Rivals150 for the 2013 basketball recruiting class released on Monday, Florida gained a five-star commitment and top-10 overall prospect. Point guard Kasey Hill (Clermont, FL), listed as a four-star recruit and the No. 27 player overall a few weeks ago, has added another star to his designation and moved up 19 spots to No. 8 overall. Teammates with UF commitment and 2012 four-star shooting guard Michael Frazier (Clermont, FL) at both Montverde Academy and on the Florida Rams AAU team, Hill has been turning a lot of heads recently with his play.

3 » Speaking of basketball recruiting, the Gators are still waiting to hear a decision from five-star 2012 power forward Anthony Bennett (Henderson, NV), who is still meeting with coaches and taking visits before making a decision in early May. In the meantime, head coach Billy Donovan has been in hot pursuit of center Bradley Hayes (Jacksonville, FL). Unrated and raw, Hayes’s size (6’11”, 250 lbs.) and potential has intrigued Florida’s coach. The Gators have yet to offer him a scholarship as the team wants to hear a final decision before doing so, but it has been widely reported that Hayes likely favors staying in-state and playing for UF. He told SNY’s Adam Zagoria on Wednesday that Florida is in his final four along with Connecticut, Georgetown and Texas A&M. “I like their coach,” he said of the Gators. “I like coach straight up. He wants the best, and I want to be the best.” Donovan is set to watch Hayes play in Pittsburgh, PA over the weekend.


4 » South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier will be introducing a proposal at the upcoming Southeastern Conference spring meetings. According to SI.com’s Andy Staples, Spurrier plans to suggest that the SEC decide its division champions based on division record rather than conference record. “Your division champ should be decided on division games. Last year, it wasn’t fair for Tennessee and Florida,” he said. “They both played LSU and Alabama. Us and Georgia didn’t. So, us or Georgia almost had to win the division simply because of the schedule.” USC went undefeated in the SEC East in 2011. “It probably won’t pass because I made it,” he joked.

5 » Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer appeared on ESPN‘s SportsCenter on Wednesday and spoke candidly about New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow and defensively about the recent Sporting News article concerning his time at Florida. “I actually talked to Tim [Tuesday] night,” he said. “When Tim first came to us, Chris Leak was our quarterback. The ability to play two guys that are very different at what they do causes defense a lot of problems. Tim has a unique skill that not many people have. From everything he tells me, he can’t be more excited to be in New York, play for Coach [Rex] Ryan and be with Sanchez and the rest of those players. He’s about as positive as I’ve ever heard him in pro football.” He was not as forthcoming regarding the article that inferred the Gators were out-of-control. “I’m going to move on from that article. It was a three-month investigation that said that we treated players better than other players or something like that,” he quipped. “There’s probably a lot of truth to that – that we did. If you did go to class, you did really commit yourself to excellence. As every program that I’ve ever been a part of, I wouldn’t say preferential treatment, but you get a lot of access to things, you get to move off campus. I made that point – maybe less study hours. I was very proud of our time at Florida. There is not an article that’s going to tarnish what we did down there with our coaching staff and players.”

Meyer may not think his tenure ended poorly but Andy Marlette of the Pensacola News Journal conveys his own opinion in the cartoon below.

6 » Fashion photographer Arnaldo Anaya-Lucca recently tweeted a preview of his 2012 London Olympics campaign for Ralph Lauren featuring a pair of former Florida student-athletes – soccer player Heather Mitts and swimmer Ryan Lochte.

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8 Responses to “SIX BITS: Gaffney, Hill, Hayes, Spurrier, Meyer”

  1. Michael says:

    There is also this cartoon from the Gainesville Sun on Urban that I thought was funny:

    http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=GS&Date=20120415&Category=OPINION04&ArtNo=120419744&Ref=AR&MaxW=445&border=0

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    I have often thought about what Meyer is proposing, although a lot of it will depend on whether they keep permanent games in the other division. I always thought it was unfair to count UF playing LSU every year on an equal basis with the teams playing ole miss or MSU. First tiebreaker should be how you did divisionally, then how you did head to head, then total conference record.

  3. MAR says:

    That cartoon is crap. The swamp has 2 more national championship banners (or logos) and a Tim Tebow statue from Urban’s time there. He may have left in a questionable manner, making many doubt his character, but the man could coach and recruit. Thank you Urban! Now, be ready for a butt whipping if you are ever in the swamp again (or if you are ever anywhere against an SEC team)!

    • G8rgr8 says:

      @Mar
      Remember bro, Tebow’s recruitment began with zook. I respect meyer for what he did when he wanted to be here. I don’t respect his comments as an analyst for espn just before the season when he said “they are loaded down there”. That obviously was not true, and proves the point that he was jockeying for another job while he was still a hot commodity (because of players that wanted to be Gators). Spurrier caught hell for leaving us with limited depth so, why doesn’t Meyer deserve the same. For the record I don’t believe he was wrong for the “circle of trust” stuff. I am pissed at the fact that Mushchamp allowed him to have an office with the coaches last year (unheard of) and he knew our depth issues and told America (with a straight face) that we were “loaded”. That was an attempt to take Boom’s legs out on the recruiting trail because he knew he would compete for recruits very soon at another institution. That’s what they call “dirty pool”.

      • MAR says:

        Point taken. Meyer still won the battle with Bama for Tebow and still won two championships. I am glad to have had UM as our coach. However, I am also glad he is no longer our coach. His true colors came out starting right after the 09 loss to Bama. I don’t think we need to tarnish his entire legacy with negativity though. Let’s just be glad OSU gets the shady Meyer and we got to enjoy his prime years as a coach. I will never refer to the Swamp as a Cesspool, no matter how Meyer left.

  4. Fermzpat says:

    Michael, that cartoon was hilarious, thanks for sharing.

  5. Courtney says:

    Totally agree will the ole ball coach. I hope we land a quality big man, he really doesn’t have to start we just need more quality depth. Sorry nothing lasts forever we won 22 games in a row 2 nat title and 2 sec titles, come on people get a grip. This is college football caoches and players come and go.

  6. corey says:

    Spurdog is right. Each division plays a round robin, so why not send the true winners to Atlanta?

    Meyer is parsing words like a politician, as usual. Why are we still talking about him and not Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong? or Will Muschamp? Muschamp will go down as a far better coach, when all is said and done.