FOUR BITS: 2013 lines, SEC coaches, Miller, Norris

By Adam Silverstein
June 7, 2013

1 » The Golden Nugget casino in Las Vegas, NV, released college football gambling lines for nearly every 2013 regular season game on Friday. The casino has the Florida Gators favored in six of the nine games currently available for betting. Florida is -2.5 at Miami, -12 vs. Tennessee, -20 at Kentucky, -17 vs. Arkansas, -6 at Missouri and -2 at Florida State. The Gators are also +4 at LSU, +4 vs. Georgia (Jacksonville, FL) and +5 at South Carolina. No lines were provided for home games against Toledo, Vanderbilt (on homecoming) and Georgia Southern.

2 » Looking at the coaches currently leading Southeastern Conference football programs, ESPN.com’s Chris Low related that only two – Florida’s Will Muschamp and South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier – began their careers by playing college football in the league, a long-held prerequisite for many SEC teams when hiring coaches. As it turns out, while only two played in the SEC, four current head coaches actually played for Big Ten teams. Spurrier was the first person to point this out at the SEC Spring Meetings last month. “I got to thinking, ‘Where are all the guys who played football in this league over the last 30-some years?'” Spurrier said. “You don’t see many former players from the league coming back [to the SEC] to be head coaches anymore.” Asked about the abnormality, SEC commissioner Mike Slive noted he was also an outsider when he was initially hired. “When I had my opening press conference, I had never been to an SEC institution, and it’s worked out OK,” Slive said. “I’m a Northerner by birth and a Southerner by choice.”


3 » While participating in Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals on Thursday, Miami Heat guard Mike Miller had his head stepped on after diving for a loose ball. Jeff Van Gundy, on color commentary, called the action like this: “This guy has a bad back, he’s diving on the floor, foot to the face. … He’s a Gator though, he’s tough.”

4 » According to ZagsBlog.com, three-star forward Riley Norris (Albertville, AL) will be visiting Florida this weekend “and is expected to pick up a scholarship offer on the trip, according to his Team Thad coach Norton Hurd.” Norris (6’6”, 180 lbs.) was one of Rivals’ top unranked prospects as of two weeks ago but is described by recruiting analyst Eric Bossi as “one of the best shooters in the country” who has “become an SEC priority.” He currently holds offers from a bevy of SEC programs (Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt) and also has Baylor, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan and Texas involved in his recruitment.

6 Comments

  1. willgetin says:

    The video doesn’t include the “He’s a Gator though, he’s tough.”

    Bummer.

  2. Michael Jones says:

    Would love to get some of that Miami, LSU, Georgia, and SC action. Especially Georgia at +4. I would expect those lines to move before kickoff.

    • MAR says:

      College football betting 101……Never bet on your favorite team!

      • Michael Jones says:

        That’s why I only picked four of our games. You might have noticed that. Follow me around for a season when you’re ready for college football betting 202.

  3. Julio says:

    The fact that we’re just -2.5 against Miami saddens me but I realize that it probably has more to do with it being a heated rivalry game in South Florida than them being that close to our talent level. The funny thing is that the sheer amount of Gators in the area will mean that Sun Life will be at least 50/50, if not more, in favor of UF.

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