FOUR BITS: Pouncey, Brantley, Arkansas, Page

By Adam Silverstein
August 16, 2010

1 » Remember how former Florida Gators center/guard Maurkice Pouncey was supposed to start at the latter position for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010? The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that fans should not jump to any conclusions considering the fact that Pouncey has actually been splitting time with incumbent starter Justin Hartwig at first-team center in recent practices. Whether or not Pouncey starts at center during the first week of the 2010-11 NFL season is of no consequence; already getting reps there is indicative of his bright long-term future with the team.

2 » Speaking with the Sporting News, former Florida Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Danny Wuerffel said he doubted Alabama running back Mark Ingram could repeat his 2009 honor while putting Gators redshirt junior starter John Brantley firmly in the running. “I’m not just being a loyal Gator on this one – OK, maybe a little bit. Brantley has tons of young offensive talent around him and supposedly a new scheme that fits his style better so he could put up huge stats,” Wuerffel said. “Plus, the best teams on Florida’s schedule – Alabama, LSU, Georgia and Florida State – all return less than half of their defensive starters from last year. If UF loses two regular-season games or less,which I think is likely, Brantley will be in the discussion.”

3 » Arkansas radio personality Renee Gork was fired by her station – KAKS – on Monday after Arkansas Razorbacks head football coach Bobby Petrino became enraged that she wore a Gators hat to his press conference on Saturday. According to the Associated Press, “Gork, a Florida graduate, said she grabbed the hat without thinking Saturday because it was raining outside. She also said she sent a letter of apology to the university and Petrino.”

4 » Former Florida star women’s basketball player and 11-year WNBA veteran Murriel Page was hired as an assistant coach under head coach Amanda Butler on Monday. Inducted into the University of Florida Hall of Fame this past April, Page (1994-98) was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference honoree in 1997 and 1998 and a finalist for the 1998 Naismith Player of the Year and Associated Press National Player of the Year awards. “Murriel’s professional experience, her passion for the Gators and the quality of person that she is makes her the perfect fit for our program,” Butler said in a UF release. “We looked at a number of different applicants from a variety of backgrounds and locations and Muriel stood out to everyone.”

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  1. Joey Secoy says:


  2. Gatorbuc15 says:

    If Bobby is gonna be that sensative, about something as insignificant as that, then coaching in the SEC might not be for him.

    Get over it Bobby! Everyone makes mistakes!

  3. Sarasota 'cane says:

    Not following you Gatorbuc. The SEC seems like the most logical place for someone to react like that.

  4. Daniel M. says:

    I wouldn’t even call it a mistake Gatorbuc. She’s a UF grad and it’s a FREAKIN HAT! He became enraged? He wouldn’t have given a flying crap if she wore a Vandy hat if you get my drift.

  5. gatorgrad79 says:

    Someone out there help find Renee Gork a job! ( need any help, Adam? You can add video interviews and podcasts to the site, hmmmmmm?)

  6. TheBrave8842 says:

    Too bad she can’t go back wearing an Atlanta Falcons hat.

  7. Basshole says:

    I saw a clip of Renee asking Petrino a question, and I would not say he was enraged. He calmly stated he wouldn’t answer another question with that hat on. Her company chose to let her go, and they are a “biased” Arkansas media source.

  8. Daniel M. says:

    Adam, I’ve refreshed the Florida Gators 2010 Regular Season countdown timer 3 times this morning and it says 18 days every time. Is there something we can do about this?

  9. Do you happen to have a DeLorean DMC-12 with a flux capacitor and enough plutonium to generate 1.21 gigawatts of power? If not, then there is nothing I can do – sorry.

  10. Basshole – Quiet rage? Enraged enough to get the girl fired over it, no?

  11. Daniel M. says:

    DUDE! Of course I have a freaking DeLorean DMC12 with a flux capacitor and ample plutonium. Pffffft! Still says 18 DAMN DAYS.

  12. SC Gator says:

    Yeah, because Bobby Petrino is ALL about loyalty to a school or organization…

  13. armygator says:

    I don’t blame the coach for not wanting to answer questions from a reporter in a rival hat. Imagine Adam going to a press conference with Urban Meyer wearing a UT hat. How would Urban react?

    Do you really believe that Petrino really had her fired? I wasn’t there and I don’t know much about him, but I find it hard to believe that he did.

    The station brags of being biased towards the Razorbacks; I’m sure that her actions embarrassed the station. That, and with her negative facebook and twitter (as I heard) postings, she was fired.

  14. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Good point SC Gator

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