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Busy day in Gatorland: Heisman, arrests, hoops, snubs

GAINESVILLE -- Sitting in the media room inside the O'Connell Center and thankful that this long day is finally over. Let's review...

We learned around mid-morning that Florida defensive end Jermaine Cunningham and former linebacker Jon Demps were arrested early Wednesday for raising cane inside a local sandwich shop. Cunningham threw some empty cups and Demps heaved a sandwich at an employee after being asked to pay for some chips. Most bizarre and yet another case of a Florida football player getting into trouble...

After talking with Florida coach Urban Meyer about the arrest -- he called it "ignorance" -- official word came that Tim Tebow was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Tebow is in Orlando tonight. I probably should have gone but I chose to stay in Gainesville to cover the basketball game...which was a HUGE mistake.

The basketball game was over in 10 minutes after Florida went on a 24-0 run. The Gators beat Florida A&M 91-52 and freshman guard Nick Calathes had 20 points, nine assists and eight rebounds.

During the game I learn that SEC coaches voted Arkansas running back Darren McFadden SEC player of the year over Tim Tebow. This seems a little fishy, considering Tebow rushed for more touchdowns than McFadden and Tebow isn't even a running back. At least sports writers got it right. The Associated Press named Tebow its SEC player of the year.

Well, off to Orlando on Thursday and then to New York on Friday...

-jo-   

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