4 BITS: Wilbekin, Sturgis, Pouncey, Shanahan

By Adam Silverstein
August 18, 2014

1 » Former Florida Gators point guard Scottie Wilbekin has found a professional home, according to RealGM.com, which reported Monday that he signed a one-year deal with the Cairns Taipans of Australia’s National Basketball League. Wilbekin is not currently on the roster and his signing has not yet been reported by another outlet, however, it is supposed to contain an out clause that would allow him to leave for the NBA if a team makes an overture for his services before the end of December.

Update: Head coach Billy Donovan, during a speaking engagement with the Atlanta Gator Club on Monday, confirmed Wilbekin’s destination.

2 » Beat writers that cover the Miami Dolphins believe former Gators kicker Caleb Sturgis may be on the verge of losing his job but not due to anything he is doing on the field. In fact, that is exactly the problem, as Sturgis suffered yet another groin injury early in training camp and aggravated that injury this past week. The Dolphins brought in third-year K John Potter to challenge Sturgis, and he impressed during Miami’s second preseason game by drilling field goals from 48 and 51 yards out. Sturgis struggled during his rookie season but was also put in tough situations. Before he got injured, the Dolphins had not brought another kicker into training camp as competition.

3 » While Sturgis is focused on returning before the end of the preseason, Miami center Mike Pouncey is worried about getting on the field as soon as possible following June hip surgery. Pouncey is hoping to avoid starting the 2014 season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, which would force him to sit for the first six games of the campaign. Considering the Dolphins have a bye week early in the season, the earliest Pouncey could play is Week 8 if he was to start the year with that designation. “I’m just praying that they don’t put me on PUP,” he said, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Chris Perkins. “I’ve been thinking I’m ahead of schedule. I feel really good. I just can’t wait until they really just let me loose.”

4 » Former Florida offensive coordinator Mike Shanahan (1980-83), better known as the two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach of the Denver Broncos was on campus Monday wearing a Gators T-shirt and meeting with players. OnlyGators.com inquired with UF as to why Shanahan was on campus and around the team facility, though no answer has been provided as of press time. The following picture of a very-sweaty Shanahan was shared on Instagram by redshirt senior long snapper Drew Ferris.

What an honor to meet legendary and former #gator coach Mike Shanahan today. Once a [Gator] always a [Gator] #gatornation #classact #camplife


  1. Dr Leo Spaceman says:

    re: poll, i dont comment because i dont feel like posting from phone. and ill just bug you directly on twitter anyways

  2. Michael J. says:

    If Sturgis can’t recover in time, he can still get another job in the future, just like the guy who may replace him. As for pouncey, it might be a little something called karma that’s rearing it’s head after he was such a jerk this past year.

  3. SW FL Joe says:

    Stoops and Shanahan have always been on Foley’s short list. Maybe he’s now only 900% behind Muschamp.

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