TWO BITS: Powell, Easley, GameDay, returns

By Adam Silverstein
August 25, 2010

1 » Rumors are running rampant throughout the Florida Gators program Wednesday that five-star freshmen defensive end Ronald Powell and defensive tackle Dominique Easley have skipped either one or multiple practices recently due to anger over how they have been treated by veterans on the team – assumingly the starting offensive line. Further rumors emerged that the duo cleaned out their respective lockers and may even be considering transferring. Though the former information (missing practice) appears to be the most concrete, the latter seems to be a bit of a reach at this point.

The latest reports – from the Miami Herald and The Gainesville Sun, respectively – have Powell’s and Easley’s high school coaches unaware that there is anything wrong. Powell’s coach, Pete Duffy, told the Sun that his former player is “happy and very excited” at Florida; he had not heard about him missing practice. Easley’s coach, Pete Gambardella, told the Herald that Easley neither seemed upset, disgruntled nor angry when speaking to his former player Wednesday morning.

UPDATE: Powell and Easley are both practicing with the team.

2 » In a press release Wednesday, ESPN announced that College GameDay will return to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville, FL, for the Gators’ game against the Kentucky Wildcats on Feb. 5. The show’s first time visiting the basketball team since 2008 will also include former Florida dazzler and network reporter Erin Andrews, who told OGGOA that she will be in attendance as well, likely for her duties of hosting the first hour of GameDay at 10 a.m. on ESPNU.

Extra BIT » Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow (ribs) and Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (migraines) each returned to practice with their respective team on Wednesday after missing a number of days due to injury. Tebow had missed two practice and the Broncos’ last preseason game; Harvin had been sidelined after collapsing during practice on Aug. 19.

5 Comments

  1. Gatorgrad79 says:

    That kind of trash is EXACTLY why Meyer has banned the press. If they get a little sound bite they blow it up and twist it, and when they can’t get anything, THEY MAKE CRAP UP! Even rivals radio (Bill King whom I respect) had some fool from espn on today speculating that there was more to Haden & the other kid leaving, there must be problems, blah, blah,blah. It drives them wild when they don’t get total open access, so this is the result – plus the ones who DREAM of causing strife within the UF team egg it on.
    I highly suspect that the team is closing ranks and protecting each other ( I hope), and these are rumors from ill informed sources and intentional troublemakers.

  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    What the hell? Rumors were saying that Powell & Easley were skipping practice and considering transfers, and now we find out that both of them are still practicing with the team. Huh? Where the hell did that rumor come from! I mean that wasn’t a little rumor, that was a BIG ONE! If both Powell and Easley are thinking about leaving, then quite frankly, we’d be screwed! Thank God it now sounds like that isn’t going to happen. Still, that’s one messed up rumor man. When I first saw it I almost crapped myself!

    Adam, do you have any idea of who may have started this rumor?

  3. John Shanks says:

    Let’s not give this class too much crap, we’ve already lost 2.

  4. zach says:

    Powell needs to grow a pair

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