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'KBJ' can't wait to be a Florida Gator

GAINESVILLE -- A quick note here before I put the blog to bed. Plantation American Heritage guard and future Florida Gator Kenny Boynton, Jr. attended Florida's 74-60 win against Miami on Friday night. I spoke to Kenny briefly during halftime and asked him why he wasn't down in Miami attending the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

KBJ "Because there is no place I'd rather be than right here watching this game," Boynton Jr. said.

[PICTURED: KBJ no longer sports the Ray Shipman hairstyle.]

Kenny can't wait to suit up for the Gators. (Billy Donovan can't wait for Kenny to suit up for the Gators). The South Florida prep star and McDonald's All-American sat directly behind the Gators' bench during the game. He drank soda. He ate hot dogs. He wore gigantic bling in his ears.

After the game, Boynton Jr. went into the Gators' locker room and sat quietly (three lockers down from Nick Calathes) with the team while reporters gathered their post-game quotes. Asked what he hopes to contribute next season as a freshman, Boynton Jr. said, "Defensive intensity."

-jo-

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Goody - How about a story on why the Gators will not play the U in FB?

It's a great series that should continue but for some reason the Gators will not sign the contract.

Again, it's the Gators who will not continue the series.

Where do you think KB will play next year, given Calathes' inevitable return and the maturation of Walker?

I'd love for Florida to play Miami in football every year, but Florida (at this moment in time) does not need to play Miami. I don't like it or agree with the decision, but the plate is full, the powers that be correctly understand that the SEC schedule, the Georgia in Jax game and FSU are plenty for us.

It is very simple, UF does not need to play UM and as a gator fan I only want to do so in the NC game. I really don't want to play FSU every year either but we seem to be stuck in that way. It is all about money and what is best for us, not anything to do with the UM (at least for me)!!!

Neither team NEEDS to play each other. It's just a great rivalry that SHOULD be played every season. Unfortunately, major college football is now more business than sport and the athletic directors and coaches would rather play Western Carolina every year.

-jo-

Gator Rod, you should get your facts straight a bit.

It is true, a decade (give or take a few years) ago, UF was given a proposal to play UM every year (or every two years) and rejected it. Part of it was financial, another part was probably because UM was really good.

But what is not publicized (because Canes fans are embarrassed to admit it) is that UM was presented with a proposal to play UF every year (or every two years) and THEY rejected it much more recently. I happen to know this for a fact. So it has gone both ways, most recently with UM being the ones who don't want to continue the series. (BTW, they play again in 2011 or 2013, I think.)

Aside from that, UF schedules FSU out of conference every single year. UM plays FSU in conference. We already have our annual out-of-conference rivalry and would be taking on a SECOND. For UM, I believe, it would be their first.

The only team I can think of that has two annual out-of-conference games is Notre Dame, and they're independent and not bound by conference scheduling. I could be wrong though...just can't think of another...

kenny B is a four year starter for UF and a bona-fide superstar... it doesn't matter who else UF has on the roster.

****AS A FULL CORRECTION, I take back what I said. Just read the latest article today about UF rejecting a proposal. My bad for not reading that prior to making my statement.

So I change my statement to the following:

UF rejected a proposal a decade or so ago, UM rejected a proposal in between and now UF has rejected another one. Point being, it is both sides that cannot come to an agreement, not just one.

Again, my bad.****

But nevertheless, my points about the in- and out-of conference games remain...as does the thing about a team aside from Notre Dame...

Rico,

To answer your question, I think next year's starting line-up could go a couple different ways.

OPTION 1 (If all goes according to plan and Calathes stays):
PG Nick Calathes
SG Kenny Boynton Jr.
C Kenny Kadji
PF Vernon Macklin
SF Alex Tyus
Coming off the bench...
PG Erving Walker
SF Chandler Parsons
SF Dan Werner
G/F Ray Shipman
SF Adam Allen
PF Deshawn Painter
C Ely Vargas/Erik Murphy

This option is assuming Kenny Kadji develops enough over the offseason to break into the starting line-up.

OPTION 2 (IF Calathes stays):
PG Nick Calathes
SG Kenny Boynton Jr.
C Vernon Macklin
PF Alex Tyus
SF Dan Werner
Off the bench...
PG Erving Walker
SF Chandler Parsons
G/F Ray Shipman
C Kenny Kadji
SF Adam Allen
PF Deshawn Painter
C Erik Murphy/Eloy Vargas

Option 1 (If Calathes leaves):
PG Erving Walker
SG Kenny Boynton Jr.
C Kenny Kadji
PF Vernon Macklin
SF Alex Tyus
Off the bench...
PG Recruit Eric Bledsoe (Birmingham Parker)/Recruit Rico Pickett (Miami-Dade College)?
SF Chandler Parsons
G/F Ray Shipman
C Eloy Vargas/Erik Murphy
SF Adam Allen

Option 2 (If Calathes leaves):
PG Erving Walker
SG Kenny Boynton Jr.
C Vernon Macklin
PF Alex Tyus
SF Dan Werner
Off the bench...
Everyone else

I'm interested to see how the addition of PF Vernon Macklin and the further development of C Kenny Kadji helps the small forwards. I imagine either Chandler Parsons or Dan Werner could emerge as legitimate scoring threat. If Chandler and Dan don't have to work as hard on the inside, then they should still have their legs by the end of the season. Say what you want about Chandler and Dan, but they could create match-up problems when given help on the inside. (That's the theory, anyway.)

-jo-

No disrespect to UM but Florida has at least 4 rivalry games every year. That is the result of competing in the toughest conference.

When almost every conference game packs 80,000+ fans into them. Rivalries are born.

2009 rivalries include UT, LSU, Miss. St., GEORGIA, FSU. If you throw South Carolina in the mix, that's six rivalries UF will face this year. Sorry Miami, Our participation in the top conference in the country makes you an afterthought.

Miss St. and South Carolina? Nah. Just because our former coaches / products play there, does not make them rivals. We have four rivals (that you listed) above. That's a ton.


Ah, I don't consider MSU a rival, even (or especially) with Mullen there. Frankly, I wish we were playing Ole Miss again this year to get some revenge. Sure hope they find a way to win the West.

I now know why UF and UM won't play. UF has to deal with Mississippi State every five years.

-jo-

What is our record recently against Miss St? They have been a thorn in our side and will fill their stadium on Oct 25. Not a huge rivalry but they do feel like they can beat us.

Sure we've dominated SC but the Spurrier angle does give it a certain allure. They certainly don't like us and all of them can tell you who Jarvis Moss is. We travel to Columbia this year and they should be improved.

I'd say that five our eight conference games in 09 have some rivalry aspect to them. It's just the nature of the conference and the huge attendance these games bring.

Losing games to a team does not make them a rival. Miss. St. is certainly a thorn in our side, but they're not a rival in the true sense of the word.

As an aside, when you look at our schedule, do you get as pumped up to see the date of the MSU game as you do the LSU, UT or FSU game? No chance. I'd say Auburn is our biggest rival aside from the big-four, because we can't f'n beat them. Or couldn't beat Tubby...

I surrender . You're right..lol. I threw it up, it didn't stick.


"do you get as pumped up to see the date of the MSU game as you do the LSU, UT or FSU game? " - The Clincher

I respectfully retract my argument and will attempt to accomplish some actual work now.

I would love to bring Werner off the bench and have a front court of Tyus, Macklin, Kadji. That being said, the 1 and 2 will have to be lights out three point shooters -- but they will get a ton of looks. Even if Walker comes off the bench to make room for Boynton/Calathes, he should get a ton of looks as he is the team's best shooter at the moment.

I see some good interchangeable lineups depending on matchups with frontcourts of Tyus/Macklin/Kadji and Parsons/Tyus/Macklin.. maybe even substitute Chaney in for the 3 if he is with the team. Small ball with Parsons/Tyus/Chaney could provide a great shooting, high foot-speed front court.

I guess you can tell, its not Boynton who is necessarily exciting me at this point, its the potential for an awesome 3/4/5 combo next year!

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