FOUR BITS: Heisman, Tebow, Meyer, Strong

By Adam Silverstein
December 12, 2009

1 » The 2009 Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday at 8 p.m. live on ESPN from the Nokia Theater in Times Square. Finalists for the trophy include Stanford Cardinal running back Toby Gerhart, Alabama Crimson Tide RB Mark Ingram, Texas Longhorns quarterback Colt McCoy, Nebraska Cornhuskers defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Florida Gators senior quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow, the winner in 2007 and third-place finisher in 2008, is expected to finish fifth in the voting. OGGOA will not be covering the Heisman ceremony live on Saturday, though we will post a message about the winner on twitter soon after the ceremony.

2 » Tebow sat down with a number of reporters and beat writers on Friday in New York, allowing them to informally ask questions regarding a number of topics including his Heimsan ballot. Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald broke down Tebow’s thoughts on who should be the 2009 winner and came to the conclusion that he voted for Suh. (This would be the correct vote, in OGGOA‘s opinion.)

3 » Losing former offensive coordinator Dan Mullen to the Mississippi State Bulldogs and then former defensive coordinator Charlie Strong to the Louisville Cardinals in back-to-back seasons, Gators head coach Urban Meyer‘s greatest test my be perfecting his coaching turnover, writes Gene Frenette of The Florida Times-Union. Couple that with the loss of a large group of seniors and several big-name juniors, and Florida’s transition to 2010 will have to be seamless in order to keep them at the top.

4 » Speaking of Strong, the new Cardinals coach spent his first two nights in Louisville sleeping at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium as he got acquainted with the program and university. “It’s kind of a whirlwind,” Strong said. “There are a lot of things to be done. The best thing is just catch your breath and take your time and make sure I do the right things.” He even gained a commitment from quarterback recruit DeMarcus Smith, “arguably the state’s best junior” according to The Courier-Journal. Strong will leave the program at the end of the week and return to Gainesville, FL, to coach the Gators’ defense for the 2010 Sugar Bowl against the Cincinnati Bearcats.

5 Comments

  1. O-town Gator says:

    Some Gator fans are starting to panic at the turnover and at reading some of the media reports, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Coach Meyer knows what he’s doing and has a solution for these issues involving our team right now. Tyrone Nix may have turned us down, but Meyer will find the right guy to replace Charlie Strong.

  2. BRLGator says:

    Hey adam

    you hear anything about steve wilks bday party and the connection to carlos dunlap and billy gonzales?

  3. I have not. But I would love to. Email me – Adam@onlygators.com

  4. Gatorfan33 says:

    Urban needs to get hot and replace Strong. If he waits too long it could hurt us with some of the defensive recruits.

  5. Better to take your time and get it right than rush and hire the wrong person. Recruits would jump ship faster if the Gators hired the wrong guy than if they took an extra week or two to hire the right one.

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