TWO BITS: Blakely to Auburn, USF/UF postponed

By Adam Silverstein
May 25, 2011

1 » Two weeks ago, the Florida Gators granted a transfer request for four-star freshman running back Mike Blakely, who enrolled in January but deemed that Florida was not a good fit him. Though it was believed that Blakely’s transfer request contained stipulations limiting him from moving on to Florida State, Miami or another Southeastern Conference program, multiple reports surfaced Wednesday morning stating that Blakely has chosen the Auburn Tigers as his destination. Gators head coach Will Muschamp apparently granted Blakely an unconditional release. “It’s just very fortunate that Coach Muschamp, a class act, went ahead and released him to go to Auburn,” Blakely’s high school head coach told the media in Alabama. “He didn’t think he would have an opportunity to go to Auburn, but it worked out.”

2 » In 2002, Florida and the South Florida Bulls agreed to play a pair of football games. Though the teams played with the Gators winning 38-14 last year, the second game in the series was originally scheduled for 2009 “then 2011, then 2015,” according to the St. Petersburg Times, which is reporting that the game is now “no longer attached to any year, though the two schools remain contractually bound to play.” Though the exact reasoning is not known, the Times reports part of the reason is that the Bulls’ entry into the Big East means that, with eight conference games to be played beginning in 2012, they will have to drop one out-of-conference game previously scheduled.

8 Comments

  1. npgator says:

    Hmm – I just wonder how much they are paying him?

  2. npgator says:

    50k then more than what he got at UF.

  3. John S says:

    Man that was pretty nice of Muschamp. I wish his release was a little more restrictive. I have to think there’s a reason no one else grants unconditional releases, at least of talented guys.

  4. Jeff says:

    Muschamp releasing Blakely to AU is gonna pay dividends down the road–public perception. Blakely’s coach said what a class act Muschamp was for allowing him to transfer out to Auburn. This will be one more campus where UF will always be welcome and probably a place where the coach may push his players to go to.

    I think it’s a really good move.

    • Gatorgrad79 says:

      I have to agree with Jeff, the good rep and relations with HS coaches for recruiting is more important than keeping a good player away from our conference competitors. (Besides if he was that good and without some other issue – grades,legal or attitude, don’t you think our coaches would have worked things out with him?)

  5. Mr2Bits says:

    Looks like UF is having a real problem with keeping Florida schools on the schedule. First UCF after their ass whooping and now USF.

    • Gatorgrad79 says:

      Maybe it really is a conference schedule thing. Look at our non-conference opponents. I don’t see USC or OSU on there. If ever they wanted a piece of us, the last couple years and this one upcoming are probably their best shot, so I don’t think they are failing to schedule out of fear….

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