1 » Yahoo! Sports took a closer look at the Florida Gators football program that has been remade this season under head coach Will Muschamp. As part of the feature, a couple of players described how fractured the team had become under Urban Meyer. “Toward the end of Coach Meyer’s time here, a lot of guys were out for themselves – not buying into the team concept,” redshirt senior defensive tackle Omar Hunter explained. “He was out for himself, so they thought the same thing. … Guys were showing up late for practice and workouts. Guys were supposed to be back on Sunday and didn’t get back until Monday. There was no discipline.” Muschamp also discussed his recruiting philosophy in the piece. “I’ll turn my back on a five-star guy if he isn’t a good guy,” he said. “I have zero reservations about that. Zero reservations. … I’m the recruiting coordinator here. You’re not a good guy, you go somewhere else. We’ll play you. We’ll beat you.”
2 » The New York Jets will face Arizona on Sunday, three weeks after quarterback Tim Tebow fractured his ribs in a game. Though Tebow has been dressed for each of the last two game and even played two weeks ago, he missed last week’s contest. Head coach Rex Ryan on Wednesday said Tebow will again be cleared to play on Sunday. Whether or not he actually steps on the field remains to be seen.
3 » Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, off to a great start in his sophomore NBA season, missed Wednesday’s game against Oklahoma City and is undergoing an MRI on his right shoulder on Thursday. The MRI is believed to be precautionary, and he is expected to return on Saturday if he is cleared by team doctors as expected.
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4 » Florida’s big 37-26 win over the Florida State Seminoles on Saturday was a huge victory for the team and a great way to end a tough 2012 season. Towards the end of the contest, a handful of Gators offensive players (mostly linemen) decided to taunt the Seminoles fans just a little bit. The below video is courtesy of Gainesville Television Network sports reporter Julie Quittner:
5 » Atlanta Hawks forward/center Al Horford recently sat down for a long question-and-answer session with Grantland in which he touches on a number of topics ranging from his kid brother’s now-famous video to how his team is progressing with an almost entirely brand new roster. Below are a few excerpts from the interview, which can be read in full by clicking here.
Did you ever tussle with Joakim Noah, maybe in practice back in college?
Like, fighting? No. But we’ve had our intense battles. We’ve gotten after it. Jo was a hard-working player, in your face. But, nah. We never got into it physically like that.
What’s been going on with the free throws recently? Someone described your current 4-17 streak as “a psychedelic free throw line excursion.”
Even in my collegiate career, I’ve never been through a slump like this. I’ve worked with Mark Price in the past, when he was with the team. He shot me a text recently: “Hey, if you need to get together, let me know. I can help you out. We can look at some film.” So what I’m doing is just getting more reps up, making sure I’m more confident when I get in the game. It’s definitely mental, because my form is fine.
6 » For the second-straight year, injuries have ravaged the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line. Among others, former Gators right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) is out for the season, and even center Maurkice Pouncey missed two games with an ankle injury of his own. Pouncey, who is currently No. 1 in Pro Bowl voting at his position, is back in the fold now but may not be playing center this week if left guard Willie Colon (knee) remains injured. “Whatever is best for the team,” he told the Pittsburgh Tribune about possibly moving to left guard for the week. “I will be ready.” Brother Mike Pouncey, the starting center for the Miami Dolphins, is not in the top-five of Pro Bowl voting but has been having an even better year than his brother. It remains to be seen if he will have an opportunity to be rewarded for his great play.