SIX BITS: Strong is No. 1, vote for Tebow, Alabama players, Jones vs. Haden, volleyball in NCAAs

By Adam Silverstein
December 3, 2009

1 » Over the past few days, OGGOA has reported that Florida Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong is the leading candidate to replace Steve Kragthorpe as head coach of the Louisville Cardinals. Yesterday, it was reported that Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich planned to wait until after the 2009 SEC Championship game to contact Strong after asking Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley for permission. Jurich expanded on his stance to the Courier-Journal Tuesday evening. “I want to get the program rolling, I want to get after it, but I gave my word to several people that I didn’t want to be a disruption to their program,” he said. “A lot of guys are still playing for a lot of important things. I’m the last person I want to get in the way.”

2 » Senior quarterback Tim Tebow has been named as one of three finalist for the 2009 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, which is given annually to the top quarterback in college football. The other two finalists are Texas Longhorns QB Colt McCoy and Houston Cougars QB Case Keenum. Fans are given 5 percent of the vote and can cast their ballot for Tebow to win the award every day until Dec. 6 by visiting

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3 » Growing up doing the Gator Chomp in The Swamp, Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Colin Peek was expected to attend the University of Florida and wear the Orange and Blue. Instead, he bucked his family’s trend and found a program that fit his playing style better. “My grandmother, my grandfather, my mom, my dad, my three uncles, my three aunts and eight of my first cousins all went to Florida,” Peek said. His cousin Scott Peek is a back-up linebacker for the Gators.

4 » Alabama QB Greg McElroy went as far as to predict that some trick or gadget plays will be used against Florida’s offense on Saturday. “I think we might have a wrinkle or two,” he said. “It’s a big game. We’re 13 games into the season. We’re going to have to spark our enthusiasm a little bit. We are going to have some new wrinkles, some things we’ve actually been practicing for a few weeks now that are new and have yet to be transferred to the game.”

5 » He may have vanished for a while, but Crimson Tide wide receiver Julio Jones is back and ready to give Gators junior cornerback Joe Haden a tough time on Saturday.

6 » No. 15/15 Florida volleyball (23-5, 16-4 SEC) begins its NCAA Tournament run Thursday night as the No. 16 overall seed against the College of Charleston Cougars (18-2) in first round action at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center at 7:30 p.m. This is the Gators’ 19th straight appearance and 18th time hosting at least the first two rounds.

Extra Bit » Traveling to Atlanta, GA, for the SEC Championship? Weather reports are calling for a high of 40 degrees and a great chance of snow. As someone who was planning to go to this game but had to cancel, this is disheartening for me. Luckily for the players, the game is played in the Georgia Dome.

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