It never fails. I leave for vacation and the Florida Gators make headlines.
Last year it was Billy Donovan's change of heart. This year, the news is less spectacular but more concerning. First Jamar Hornsby gets busted for credit card fraud and then Matt Patchan gets shot. Hornsby was kicked off the team and Patchan is recovering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
Our prayers go out to Patchan and his family for a quick and painless recovery. Matt was at a Tampa-area park when he, reportedly, got caught in a crossfire. It has been a tough year for Matt. First he had mononucleosis, then he had surgery on his shoulder and now he's recovering from a bullet to the shoulder.
Before his latest injury, Patchan impressed his coaches with a strong spring practice. He played both offensive and defensive line during the Orange and Blue Game. Florida coach Urban Meyer was hoping Patchan could provide depth to the Gators' weak defensive line next season. Patchan's playing time now depends on how fast he recovers.
SIDENOTE: I'm getting married on Sunday, so check back next week for the latest news on the Gators.