1 » It has been three weeks since Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper (due to the vile word he uttered) has been in the news, but he made headlines on Thursday for getting into a fight with cornerback Cary Williams during practice. The two began to scuffle following a tackle with Williams going after Cooper again after the teammates were separated. Starting quarterback Michael Vick stepped between the two and Williams was escorted away. After the incident, Cooper said he did not believe the fight had anything to do with the prior controversy surrounding him. Williams refused to speak with reporters and noticeably ignored Cooper in the locker room later that day.
2 » The Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson investigated the reason that such a high profile game between the No. 9/12 Florida Gators and No. 24 Miami Hurricanes was being played in the extreme heat of high noon when so many other television slots that day were filled with sub-standard games. The reason? As hard as ESPN tried, the network simply could not fulfill Miami’s request to have the game at any other time – even on a different station – due to a number of different restrictions.
3 » Former Gators catcher Brian Jeroloman got absolutely crushed during a recent minor league game. Playing for the Harrisburg Senators, a Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, Jeroloman was waiting at home plate for a relay throw when Brandon Douglas plowed through him and knocked the ball free.
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4 » Just because quarterback Tim Tebow is no longer a member of the New England Patriots does not mean the team has to stop talking about him. Owner Robert Kraft told CBS This Morning on Tuesday that he hoped Tebow made the cut. “I love Tim Tebow and I very much wanted him on the team,” Kraft said. “If you look at four of the last five years, we’ve only carried two quarterbacks. … When he came in he came in as the third quarterback and we were all rooting for him.” Starter Tom Brady said on WEEI radio that he “enjoyed being around him very much” and called Tebow a “very talented football player” who has “become a friend.” There is always the chance that the Patriots bring back Tebow at some point during the season – perhaps if a roster spot opens up and the team wants to add some gadgets to its offense – but it does appear as if he may be without a team for the 2013 campaign.
5 » Florida and Miami playing a regular season game – after Saturday, of course – is not something that is in the foreseeable future. Though Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley told the Associated Press that you can “never say never” in regards to any type of scheduling situation, he added that it would be “really, really difficult” for UF and UM to come to an agreement on a future game. Why? With the Southeastern Conference likely moving to a nine-game schedule and Florida already having an annual non-conference opponent scheduled in Florida State, the Gators cannot afford to lose money by taking a game out of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Foley told the AP that Florida banked $700,000 over the last four seasons to mitigate the loss of the game. Perhaps the only way to continue the series would be with a neutral site agreement. “Maybe that’s what the future holds somewhere down the road,” he said. “Obviously, I won’t be [the one] making this decision forever.”
6 » It is not uncommon for two former Florida soccer players to be on the pitch at the same time as members of the U.S. Women’s National Team – striker Abby Wambach and defender Heather Mitts played together for years. But with Mitts now retired (serving as an analyst for FOX Sports) and a new team assembled, another former Gators talent has been added to the fold. Midfielder Erika Tymrak, fresh off a four-year career at Florida (2009-12), received her first senior team cap as she started for the United States in a friendly against Mexico on Tuesday. The Americans routed the Mexicans 7-0 with Wambach scoring a goal and dishing two assists. Tymrak played for the junior team during the 2008 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and should have the opportunity to make her mark on the senior team going forward.
Extra BIT » The famous “Florida Flop” from the 1971 Florida-Miami game.