Here's another indictment of how mediocre the state's college football season has become.
The AP released its midseason All-America team on Tuesday, and the only first-team selection from Florida was ... Gators punter Johnny Townsend.
Two other players from the state were second-team selections: USF kicker Emilion Nadelman and Florida State safety Derwin James.
For comparison, the state had four players on the preseason team, including two first teamers (James and FSU cornerback Tarvarus McFadden)....
While the entire college football universe was focused on a sexual assault allegation against quarterback Jameis Winston during Florida State's 2013 national title run, another off-field scandal was playing out quietly.
Champions Way: Football, Florida, and the Lost Soul of College Sports explores allegations of academic impropriety (involving former Plant High star James Wilder Jr., among others) raised by whistleblower Christina Suggs during that perfect season. ...
As Butch Jones keeps losing, Tennessee Vols fans are turning to one of the media's favorite pastimes.
The Florida Gators are 3-3 for the third time since 1986, and things could be getting worse.
They might not make a bowl.
That's the conclusion of SBNation, at least, which doesn't have UF in its latest bowl projections....
Thanks to a 5-0 start, the Miami Hurricanes are back in the top 10 of the latest AP Top 25 poll.
Miami is No. 8 - its highest ranking since midway through the 2013 season. I had the ‘Canes at No. 5 ion my ballot (which you can see here).
USF continued its rise. The Bulls jumped two spots to No. 16 after beating Cincinnati on Saturday evening. That's USF's highest raanking since 2011. ...
After a predictably unpredictable weekend of college football, filling out my AP Top 25 ballot took a lot longer than usual.
I'll let a fellow AP Voter, also awesomely named Matt B., explain:
Coming to terms with the fact that there is no ballot that can be submitted today that will make perfect sense— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) October 15, 2017
So yeah, my ballot doesn't make perfect sense. It can't, because this weekend was ridiculous. Fun, but ridiculous....
GAINESVILLE — It took a month, but Jim McElwain's house of cards has started to fall.
The crumbling continued Saturday with Florida's 19-17 home loss to Texas A&M.
UF (3-3, 3-2 SEC) surrendered a fourth-quarter lead by giving up three late field goals to East Lake High alumnus Daniel LaCamera. His final one — a 32-yarder with 58 seconds left — temporarily cooled the hot seat of Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin....
GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Jim McElwain didn't need to see his team's swamp green alternate uniforms in action Saturday night to know that they served their purpose.
No, they were not universally beloved; McElwain said his hate mail tripled before Saturday's game against Texas A&M.
But the demographic McElwain wanted to hit — recruits — liked them.
"Man, the excitement has been unbelievable," McElwain told reporters Wednesday. ...
10/13/17 The Heater
More than 50 years before Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee during the national anthem, Jim "Mudcat" Grant stood in a Cleveland bullpen with something on his mind.
The Lacoochee native was a right-handed pitcher for the Indians, and he wasn't happy about how African-Americans like himself were being treated. He couldn't eat at restaurants with his white teammates. He couldn't stay in the same hotels, either, in certain cities. His former roommate, Larry Doby, received death threats after becoming the first black player in the American League....
Must-see and meh time frames Saturday for college football:
Lamest time window: Late. No top-25 matchups, and upsets seem more likely in the early games.
Noon: Kansas State seems good enough to ruin someone's season. Is that someone No. 6 TCU Saturday in Manhattan?...
Florida's Gator-themed alternate uniforms have been one of the most talked about topics in college football this week.
As the temperature rises on hot seats in the SEC and across the country, one number has become as important as a coach's record.
If Texas A&M wanted to fire coach Kevin Sumlin — whose Aggies play at Florida on Saturday — the school must pay him $10 million. That's about $2 million less than what Gary Andersen could have had when he left Oregon State on Monday. And it's $5 million less than what Arkansas would need to can Bret Bielema and his 10-24 SEC record....
Things are not going well at 3-2 Florida and 1-3 Florida State.
And it's beginning to show.
Like this tweet, from Gators receiver Dre Massey, after last week's 17-16 home loss to LSU.
Smh— Drè Massey (@D1Masseyy) October 8, 2017
After Florida unveiled this week's new alternate Gators-like uniforms Monday night, the Twitter reaction was swift — and not very kind.
While recruits might like them (and maybe they look better in person), we're not fans. That got us wondering: What other uniforms join these scaly monstrosities as the worst in recent college football history?...
Florida announced this week's new Gators alternate uniforms Monday night.
The Twitter reaction was ... not very kind.
Wow, even if Florida wins on Saturday they'll still take an L for this hideous uni. Yikes https://t.co/xNZqixxwLH...