GAINESVILLE -- It's official. Florida is out of the running in the Orson Charles sweepstakes. Charles eliminated Florida from his short list on Wednesday. Only UGA, Tennessee and Southern Cal remain.
"I appreciate Florida's interest. I think very highly of Coach Meyer and the Gators," Charles said in a statement. "This was a tough decision for my family. Please understand me and my family's call. Thank you and God bless."
For some reason, I don't think this is the last Florida fans have heard of Mr. Charles. If he stays in the SEC, he'll be lining up against the Gators next season. Good luck.
AROUND THE SEC
--Mobile Press-Register columnist Paul Finebaum brings his usual dose of sarcasm to an important subject. CLICK ME!
--Former Alabama lineman, Andre Smith, is surrounded by stupid people. CLICK ME!
--So is prep running back David Oku, a sought-after recruit by Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Syracuse. CLICK ME!
--Former UGA receiver Andre Hastings is into dogs. CLICK ME!
--Not a dog lover. CLICK ME!
--Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen on Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin. "I guess everybody has their own style," Mullen said on Monday during a radio interview. "You coach within what your style and your personality is. I guess that's his style and his personality."