FOUR BITS: Elam, Cooper, Wilbekin, Andrews

By Adam Silverstein
February 26, 2014

1 » Baltimore Ravens safety Matt Elam, who just completed his rookie season, returned to Gainesville, FL recently in order to take classes in hopes of completing his degree program. While in town, the former Florida Gators star has also decided to take a job at FinishLine. According to his team’s website, Elam wanted to experience working in retail because he would like to open a sports merchandise store of his own someday. Elam has been working 20 hours per week at Oaks Mall since January. “I didn’t realize there was so much organization, so much planning. I didn’t realize there was so much to it,” he told “I just thought you’d say you want a shoe, so then you’d go back and grab a shoe. There’s way more to it. You have number coding. You have color coding, all of that. I just realized that there’s more to it than I thought.” Elam also said he has been recognized quite often but has no problem with the attention.

2 » Contrary to a weekend report that stated the Philadelphia Eagles had prioritized signing wide receiver Jeremy Maclin over Riley Cooper, reports that Cooper is by far the preferred potential signee. “We’d previously heard that the market for Cooper is expected to be active,” wrote Mike Florio. “Which means that, if the Eagles plan to keep him, they need to match or beat whatever Cooper could get as a free agent.” Cooper only earned $2.11 million during his four-year rookie contract and will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. He had his best season – by far – in 2013, hauling in 47 receptions for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. In his previous three seasons, Cooper had just 46 receptions for 680 yards and four scores.

Late Wednesday, The Philadelphia News reported that the Eagles and Cooper are nearing agreement on a multi-year deal that could be announced by the end of the week.

3 » Florida senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin has been up-and-down as of late, but he was definitely on during the Gators’ shoot-around on Tuesday. Hours before UF took down Vanderbilt on the road, Wilbekin drained this H.O.R.S.E.-caliber shot (see video embedded below via GatorVision) and celebrated like he had drained a buzzer-beater.

4 » It was announced this week that former Gators dazzler Erin Andrews, who is currently working as a studio host and sideline reporter with FOX Sports, has been hired to co-host ABC‘s Dancing With the Stars. Andrews, who told last summer that she tried out for a hosting gig for FOX‘s So You Think You Can Dance? but was ultimately not hired, will be allowed to do both jobs simultaneously. She previously participated in the 10th season of Dancing With the Stars and finished in third place.


  1. Daniel M. says:

    Unquestionably the hottest thing Erin Andrews has ever done. Her statuesque figure grinding in a yellow dress. Holy….! Family never really did understand why I was glued to that one season of Dancing With the Stars.

    • SaraGator says:

      And, that is why they chose her to co-host the show. Glad for Erin – I wish her the best of luck!

    • gatorboi352 says:

      Thank you for that, Daniel. That was cringe worthy to say the least.

      HAWT! She’s so HAWT! *eye roll*

    • Ken (CA) says:

      I don’t watch those hokey reality shows, so first time I saw his, but wow… As nice a she is and such a great personality, not to mention how sexy, hard to believe she hasn’t got a guy yet….Adam, next time you interview her, let her know I am still in the market! 🙂

  2. Ken (CA) says:

    HAHA. Welcome to the real world Matt! We regular Joe’s don’t just coast through life in our mundane jobs. Kudos to you though for going in and learning about the business before you become one of the statistics that make bad investment decisions and fritter away all your earnings to bankruptcy.

    Adam – When you get around to gymnastics update, there was a great interview on Gatorzone friday with one of the judges who was a national level judge, judged thousands of meets, had given a total of 5 tens, talking about how amazing what UF has been doing was, and then right out of the gate, she gave a 10!

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