Erin Andrews on death threats, ESPN and DWTS

In a feature on Sports Illustrated Monday, Jimmy Traina spoke with ESPN sideline reporter and former Florida Gators dazzler Erin Andrews about her time on Dancing with the Stars, recent death threats she has received and a variety of other issues. Portions of his interview pertaining specifically to her personal issues and sports career can be found below, but you can read the entire thing on How are you doing in light of the recent death threats against you?
Andrews: The past week was a really hard week. I’m not going to lie and say that it didn’t bring everything back that I had to deal with last summer. Granted, this was to a different level, but it brought back a lot of different emotions that I was trying to get past. But it just puts me back in the spotlight and makes me an example of how stalking is for real and it needs to be taken seriously, and I think it forces me even more to say to myself, “OK, how am I going to use this platform, how can I show women they have to be smart about their safety and protection?” But it’s been a difficult week. Your contract with ESPN is up soon. What’s the latest with that?
Andrews: My agent is handling all that. We’re in talks, trying to figure some stuff out. I miss sports a lot right now. I feel like I don’t know what’s going on and it kills me. And [ESPN colleagues] Chris Fowler, Craig James and Jesse Palmer are going to be in the audience this Monday, and I’m so excited to see them and get some sports in my life. So there are no plans to do something other than ESPN?
Andrews: Oh, God, no. I’m not even thinking about that right now. Before I know it, it’s going to be time for college football. There is, in the back of my mind, something I’d like to do with female safety and crimes against women, so maybe that’s something I can do in addition to ESPN. But you know me, I’m obsessed with sports. I miss it a lot right now. I feel like I was cheated out of March Madness because I didn’t get to see any of it. I was walking up and down the press line last Monday asking, “Does anyone have a Duke score?” Nobody knew what I was talking about. This is such a different world for me. How has being in sports affected you on DWTS?
Andrews: There’s a lot from sports that’s has rubbed off on me. I really wanted Maks as a partner because he reminded me of Urban Meyer and Nick Saban — your no-nonsense kind of coach. I wanted someone who wasn’t going take any of my bull. I hurt my back this week. It really, really hurt, but I wasn’t going to tell the doctors about it because I love athletes who tough it out. So, I didn’t want to go to the doctor, but Maks called production and said, “I need to get her a doctor because I need her back to be OK.” And I was like, “No, no, just tell me I’m good to go.” And I still think of this as a game. I always ask, “When are we getting to the stadium?” And people here are like, “Do you mean the studio?”

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FOUR BITS: Demps is fast, Andrews’ death threats

1 » Florida Gators freshman sprinter and junior running back Jeff Demps is fast. So fast, in fact, that the 10.11-second 100-meter dash he ran at the 66th Pepsi Florida Relays on Friday afternoon at Percy Beard Track is the fastest run in the world so far in 2010 (and it is not even the best time he has run in his life – 10.01 in high school. Demps won the 60-meter dash national title at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships and is hoping to add more titles to his resume in the outdoor season.

2 » ESPN sideline reporter and former Florida dazzler Erin Andrews, who is currently a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, has been the subject of death threats since the end of March, according to CNN. Andrews’ attorney, Marshall B. Grossman, says that radio talk show host Dan Patrick has been sent several threatening e-mails about Andrews beginning in September. The e-mails “were of a sexual nature but then turned violent” recently, according to Grossman. The FBI is already on the case and has identified the sender of the e-mails, per the Los Angeles Times.

Two more BITS on…No. 8/11 baseball, No. 3 women’s tennis and No. 6 men’s tennis all defeating Vanderbilt on Friday. Read more about these results…after the jump!

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SIX BITS: Tebow, Andrews, baseball, softball, lax

1 » Between critics, supporters and analysts, former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow always has plenty of people talking about him. You can add former USC Trojans safety Taylor Mays to that list. Mays – who has grown close with Tebow after appearances at college football awards shows, 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl and 2010 NFL Scouting Combinegot defensive when asked about his new friend’s ability to transition to the NFL. “I don’t understand it. He did everything right,” Mays said. “It’s not like everybody thought he was going to be the first quarterback taken, so I don’t understand why they’re killing him like that. You’re looking at one of the most established players in college football, ever. Ever! All these people they’re talking about don’t have half the credentials he does.”

2 » While Mays was defensive, New England sports writer Tom Curran went on the offensive against Tebow Wednesday. Curran opines that Tebow’s very public meeting with New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is out of character for the team and was perhaps done in order to boost Tebow’s 2010 NFL Draft stock and, in some way, help out his friend and Gators head coach Urban Meyer. Side note: Tebow spent two days in Boston; he was not just there for a dinner. Curran also questions what Tebow is as a person. “I mean, how do we know the kid’s a virgin? He talks about it. And just as it’s his right to talk about it, it’s the right of observers to wonder what the motivations for doing so are,” Curran wrote. “Is he a football player? A spokesman? A vessel of the Lord? A well-crafted public relations creation? All of the above?”

Four more BITS on Erin Andrews’ ESPN contract and future as well as results from baseball, softball and lacrosse…after the jump!
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Erin Andrews drops a Gator Chomp on DWTS

Former Florida Gators dazzler and ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews was facing elimination on Tuesday night’s edition of ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars. After learning she had been spared, Andrews dropped a solid Gator Chomp in celebration.

NOTE: Skip until 5:00 in the video…unless you actually want to watch five additional minutes of DWTS results. Thanks to OGGOA reader Sarah R. for passing this along.

Lest we not forget Andrews’ second dance (below). Or her first.

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Erin Andrews debuts on Dancing with the Stars

Former Florida Gators dazzler and ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews made her debut on ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars on Monday night. Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy scored a 21, which OGGOA is told is solid first-round score.

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Erin Andrews’ stalker gets 27-month prison term

An Illinois insurance executive found guilty of secretly filming former Florida Gators dazzler turned ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews nude in her hotel room on numerous occasions was sentenced to a 27-month prison term Monday. Though Barrett cried in court and attempted to provide a sincere apology, Andrews rebuffed him with vigor.

“You violated me and you violated all women,” Andrews said. “You are a sexual predator, a sexual deviant and they should lock you up.” She went on to say that a sentence of “thirty months isn’t enough” because “It’s my body on the Internet. I’m being traumatized every single day for what he did […] This will never be over for me.”

After his release, Barrett, 48, will be subject to supervised probation for three years and will not be allowed to stay in a hotel without prior approval by a probation officer. He is also prohibited from contacting Andrews or anyone close to her for that period of time and, should he accept employment anywhere, the government will notify Andrews.
“There are no words to tell Ms. Andrews how sorry I am for what I’ve done to her,” Barrett said in court. “I hope someday she can forgive me.”

Though the case is now closed in California, other states may prosecute Barrett for the up to 32 different videos he loaded of potentially 16 other women.

OGGOA has more details on this story after the jump…
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Erin Andrews will be Dancing with the Stars

Former Florida Gators dazzler and current ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews has signed on to be a contestant on the 10th season of ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars.

Andrews will join Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, model/actress Pamela Anderson, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, actress Shannen Doherty, singer Nicole Scherzinger, Olympic gold-medal ice skater Evan Lysacek, actress Niecy Nash, actor Aiden Turner, reality show star Kate Gosselin and former Bachelor Jake Pavelka on the latest edition of the hit ABC dancing competition. The show will premiere on March 22, 2010 at 8 p.m. (EST).

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TWO BITS: ‘Canes threatened, Andrews’ stalker

1 » In South Florida, it remains “all about The U,” but some including former Miami Hurricanes defensive back Bernie Blades are worried that the Florida Gators are taking all of the state’s elite talent. “If we allow these kids to leave South Florida and go to the Gators, we will keep starting below the curve,” Blades told The Miami Herald. “I love Randy Shannon. But if we cannot start keeping these kids at home, then we have to focus on finding someone who will.”

2 » Former Florida dazzler turned ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews continues to fight as she faces her stalker in a California courtroom. In a sentencing memo that was filed Monday with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, CA, Michael David Barrett appears to have uploaded videos of 16 women aside from Andrews into the same online account. According to the document, Barrett allegedly conducted 30 background checks on various women and uploaded 32 videos in all. Barrett accepted a plea bargain and pleaded guilty to interstate stalking and agreed to spend 27 months in prison. Andrews and her attorneys have not approved that sentence, are demanding $335,000 in restitution and are scheduled to make their case heard in court on March 15.

Extra Bit » OGGOA wants to send its warmest wishes to former Gators golfers Billy Horschel and Brittany Nelson, who got engaged to each other Tuesday evening. You can congratulate them at their respective Twitter pages here and here.

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