4 BITS: April Fools, Speights, McDonald, Spikes

By Adam Silverstein
April 1, 2015

1 » The Florida Gators pulled off an elaborate April Fools’ Day hoax on Wednesday – not that anyone was actually fooled, per se – by creating a “Freaky Friday Night Lights” campaign that included University of Florida president Kent Fuchs and head football coach Jim McElwain switching jobs after Fuchs supposedly exercised an unknown clause in his university contract.

The video is good. What really sent the “prank” home was the president and coach changing their respective Twitter profiles and the men, plus the players involved in the video, all playing along. And fun was had by all. Considering there is a Florida football practice this afternoon, though, maybe Fuchs will actually open up and provide some details on what exactly the Gators will be doing offensively this season.

2 » Golden State Warriors center Marreese Speights ahs put together a fantastic season to this point. This is what he did last night, posterizing “Big Baby” Glenn Davis, before Chris Paul for some reason flopped at his feet. Speights is averaging 10.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game this season. He’s been a great bench player for Golden State as it looks to end the regular season at the top of the Western Conference.

3 » Former Gators defensive end Ray McDonald, who was cut by the San Francisco 49ers last season following two separate domestic abuse allegations, has been given a second chance with the Chicago Bears. According to Bears chairman George H. McCaskey, who first forbid his general manager from signing McDonald, McDonald himself requested a sit-down conversation in order to better explain his situation. After that meeting, McCaskey gave his approval. “He … walked me through each [incident],” McCaskey said. “I was impressed with how sincere he was and how motivated he is. He understands, I think, that he could have well been facing the end of his football career, and he loves football and he wants that career to continue.” McCaskey also noted that he spoke with former Florida head coach Urban Meyer and some Gators assistants, as well as McDonald’s family, before making his decision. McDonald’s deal with Chicago is for one year at a base salary of $870,000 with a maximum value of $1.04 million.

4 » While McDonald has found a new home, former Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes remains without a team. Though the Buffalo Bills has yet to bring him back, they have given some indications that they would consider re-signing him as a two-down run-stopper. The Minnesota Vikings are also reportedly interested in Spikes, though they do not appear willing to meet his asking price, according to Minneapolis reporter Darren Wolfson.

Extra BIT » Florida announced via an e-mail to students that “student tickets will be sold on a first come, first sold basis” for the Gators 2015 football season. Students who had season tickets in 2014 will get a jump on those that did not, getting the opportunity to purchase their passes beginning Monday, April 13 at 6 p.m. For students that did not buy tickets last season or are new to the university, the on-sale date is quite a bit later on Monday, July 27 at 6 p.m. Student season tickets will cost $105 for the 2015 campaign when Florida takes on New Mexico State (Sept. 5), East Carolina (Sept. 12), Tennessee (Sept. 26), Ole Miss (Oct. 3), Vanderbilt (Nov. 7), Florida Atlantic (Nov. 21) and Florida State (Nov. 28).

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