FOUR BITS: Jenkins, MLB, basketball, CWS

By Adam Silverstein
June 23, 2011

1 » Former Florida Gators cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who was kicked off the team by head coach Will Muschamp following multiple brushes with the law, has officially signed a scholarship with the North Alabama Lions, where he will play under head coach Terry Bowden. “I talked to everybody that I could possibly talk to at Florida, who had a relationship with him,” Bowden told “From Urban Meyer to Will Muschamp to Jeremy Foley, they all said he is a guy who made a mistake. But it does not represent his character or his time at Florida. They all thought he deserved a second chance.” North Alabama actually represents Jenkins’s fourth chance.

2 » A pair of former Florida baseball players are in the process of being removed from the disabled list by their respective MLB teams. Oakland Athletics second baseman Mark Ellis (hamstring) came off the 15-day list Wednesday and will continue to serve as a utility player with the squad. Texas Rangers relief pitcher Darren O’Day (hip) has been out much longer after having surgery in late April. He was placed on the 60-day list and will likely rejoin Texas on Tuesday.

3 » With the NCAA recently coming down hard on the Kentucky Wildcats for celebrating head coach John Calipari’s “500th” victory, the Gators have decided to adjust their men’s basketball record books due to sanctions levied against the team for the actions of former head coach Norm Sloan. “According to the NCAA infractions report, Sloan paid child support to keep one of his players out of jail and paid transportation from Gainesville to Boston to allow one of his players to work as a counselor at a summer basketball basketball camp,” The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway explains. The player in question is presumed to be Vernon Maxwell, who has his final two seasons with the team erased from the media guide. Florida has placed asterisks next to NCAA Tournament games and adjusted their books .

4 » Already 4-1 against the No. 6-ranked Vanderbilt Commodores this season (2-1 on the road, 2-0 at neutral sites), No. 2 Gators baseball will once again take on their Southeastern Conference East division rivals in the semifinals of the 2011 College World Series on Friday at 2 p.m. Florida (52-17) is one win away from advancing to the Championship Series, while Vanderbilt (54-11) would need to defeat UF twice in order to move forward. OGGOA will have complete coverage of the upcoming CWS game, including a full preview, throughout the day on Friday.


  1. GoRays! says:

    Gray and Garvin have shut us down this year. These will be 2 difficult games for Florida to win.

  2. Joe says:

    “North Alabama actually represents Jenkins’s fourth chance.” Nice one!

  3. GatorKen says:

    Best of luck to Janoris. Hopefully he learns a life lesson with this. These players need to figure it out and pull their heads out of their backside. They are not as special or great as they pretend to be. They get a free education at great Universities and act like they deserve more. When they do something real with their lives maybe then they will figure it out.

  4. Ken (CA) says:

    Who would have thought Mad Max is still haunting us 25 years later. It was a lot of fun watching the M & M boys play, but it is amazing how much grief he continues to give.

  5. zurbo says:

    If janoris committed capital murder, terry bowden would still take him

  6. Nick says:

    Anyone want to bet which school(North Alabama or Florida) will be the first to have a player selected in the draft?

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