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The final blow to Percy Harvin's ego

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GAINESVILLE -- Percy Harvin isn't going to be on the cover of EA Sports' college football video game after all. Instead, the coverboys of College Football 2010 will be receiver Michael Crabtree of Texas Tech, quarterback Mark Sanchez of Southern Cal, defensive end Brian Orakpo of Texas and quarterback Brian Johnson of Utah.

EA Sports introduced the players at a party on Friday night in New York. Harvin wasn't introduced, but a former Gator sure did a lot of talking at the event, so that counts for something, right?

All the talk of Harvin gracing one of the covers and then not making the final cut led some to speculate that Harvin's negative publicity of late had something to do with his snub. That theory seems a little farfetched, if you ask me, but who knows? (And never mind that EA Sports' target audience for College Football 2010 is a bunch of stoners sitting around their dorm room playing video games.)

Who cares, really? Just a video game, right? Well, not so fast. Video games aside, how many possible endorsement deals are Harvin's alleged misleads going to cost him? Not many, if he's smart. 

Harvin's image, of course, isn't totally ruined over a few rumors by NFL Draft websites and Fox Sports. It can be salvaged. (And plenty of people don't even care one way or the other if Harvin smokes pot as long as he doesn't test positive once he's in the NFL.) Hopefully Harvin will spend some of that signing-bonus money on a savvy publicist. Americans love their sports heroes, but Americans really love their sports heroes who fall and then get back up. He's edgy, he's fearless, he's reformed now go buy his jersey.

ANYWAY, let's see what else is buzzing around campus these days ... In other words, let's talking RECRUITING!

--Former UF tight end Cornelius Ingram is appearing in Muscle & Fitness magazine.

--Former UF basketball player Allan Chaney defended his reasons for transferring in this article. Seems Chaney didn't think UF coach Billy Donovan ever gave him a chance. Puzzling.

--Defensive end Lynden Trail (6-7, 220 pounds) of Miami Booker T. Washington recently received an offer from Southern Cal but still says Florida is his top school.

--Jacksonville First Coast defensive end Tavaris Barnes (6-5, 250 pounds) says he plans to commit to Florida in May. Barnes recently received an offer from the Gators.

--Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas running back Giovanni Bernard (5-9, 198 pounds) attended Florida's spring game with friends and is interested in the Gators. Bernand's older brother, Yvenson Bernard, was a standout running back for Oregon State. Giovanni Bernard has about 20 offers.

--Basketball super-recruit John Wall of Raleigh, N.C., isn't considering Florida, according to his hometown paper. Wall is in Miami this weekend visiting The U.

-jo-

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Good post, jo.

There is NO WAY they "removed" Harvin from the cover. He must've not been on there to begin with. They are not going to make last minute changes on covers that have been in development for months unless someone gets thrown in jail or does something major. I hope they put Tebow on next year.

Does UF really want a one and done in Wall anyway?

Don't we need stability? Commitment?

Go away !

Would you rather Wall be at Florida next season or Kentucky? UK's new coach did a pretty good job at his last stop of mixing one-and-done kids into his program.

-jo-

UAA budget, not university budget. Get your facts straight.

Posted by: Adam S. | April 24, 2009 at 12:03 AM

Great, So UAA has a surplus! Could we use the $8,000,000.00 for the JumboTron to maybe keep from laying off maybe 80 professors for ten years instead? What are our priorities as taxpayers?

I suppose you think the lottery actually enhances education in Florida. It's a shell game. For every dollar the UAA "generates" "for" the school, the state is going to take money away "from" the school.

When the tide goes up, all the boats go up, when the tide goes down, all the boats go down! As a taxpayer, I think the prudent thing to do would be to curb this kind of wreckless government spending for non-essential services and infrastructure.

How could you "suppose I think the lottery actually enhances education in Florida" based on what I said? You seem to have a stick up your arse, sir.

If you KNEW ANYTHING, you would know the UAA is MORE THAN DOUBLING their contribution to the university this year. They are giving the University of Florida $6 MILLION for this year's budget, up from their average of $2.56 MILLION in a normal year.

GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

Also we, as taxpayers, do not pay for the University Athletic Association or for the Gators sports teams. The UAA is self-sufficient and profitable. Rather than trying to come on here on a crusade, I suggest knowing what you are talking about and doing your research. Or go stand in Tallahassee with some signs asking people to honk if they agree.

@ Adam

D'OHHH

Some people can't tell the difference between public dollars and UAA dollars. Jealousy will do that to "U"


If you KNEW ANYTHING, you would know the UAA is MORE THAN DOUBLING their contribution to the university this year. They are giving the University of Florida $6 MILLION for this year's budget, up from their average of $2.56 MILLION in a normal year.

GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT.

Posted by: Adam S. | April 24, 2009 at 01:55 PM

So what you're saying is, if the UAA foregoes the $8,000,000.00 JumboTron, then they can give the univesity $14,000,000.00 this year, saving even more jobs over the next 10 years!

Brilliant!

Remember Adam, state jobs are held by people with families, and those families would rather their breadwinners had their jobs, as opposed to the $8,000,000.00 JumboTron! These families are some of the biggest supporters of UF ahletics in the state!

If you had to choose, would you save as many UF jobs as you could in these tough times, or would you buy the $8,000,000.00 JumboTron? "Both", is not a valid answer. Which is it, jobs, or $8,000,000.00 TV??

No, that's not what I'm saying, and you know that. That's what YOU are saying because you're trying to make some inane point that no one here agrees with or will give any credibility to. And writing out millions with 9 0s and two extra 0s for the cents is patently absurd...what a ridiculous way to exaggerate your point. You look like a fool.

None of your diatribe gives your opinions any credence. You started arguing about $8M to the univ. vs. a JumboTron, not realizing they were already contributing DOUBLE to the school compared to what they normally do.

It is not $8M for jobs vs. a jumbotron. Do you know why? Because that $8M isn't allocated for jobs and being moved to pay for a jumbotron. It was earned by the UAA and being utilized to enhance the prestige of the program and continue the profitability of the organization.

What you need to get through your head is that the UAA and UF academics are separate entities. The UAA is not responsible for contributing $6M per year to the university, let alone $14M. You may WANT them to, but you started your argument saying state funds were being used to pay for a jumbotron rather than jobs.

Well, genius, I've already proved you wrong on that point. So now you try to change the argument saying the UAA should pay the university more? You're a joke.

In that same respect, according to your reasoning, the university should not create the newly instituted beach volleyball program. They also shouldn't pay for any new buildings on campus, any new programs in Shands, shouldn't cut the grass or paint buildings or make new parking spots or do ANYTHING other than put every cent to paying for these jobs.

Seriously, how many left-winged professors does one school really need. Less professors and more football! That's the American way! (And someone had to install that Jumbotron. That's a job.)

-jo-

In that same respect, according to your reasoning, the university should not create the newly instituted beach volleyball program. They also shouldn't pay for any new buildings on campus, any new programs in Shands, shouldn't cut the grass or paint buildings or make new parking spots or do ANYTHING other than put every cent to paying for these jobs.

Posted by: Adam S. | April 24, 2009 at 03:31 PM

No crybaby, that's what YOU'RE saying! Everything you just described (with the exception of beach volleyball) is exactly what the money should be spent on, in ADDITION to the retention of employees!

You're putting the cart before the horse! You cannot divest the UAA from the university, simply to spend money as you see fit! The UAA would not exist without the university! Everything "given" to the UAA, was/is state property, profits included! Because of the boosters, the university president is now fored to beg for money from the UAA, but the UAA is not obligated to the university!

One year they may give $1,000,000.00, another year they may give $6,000,000.00, it's the boosters choice! And yet the facilities, logos, naming rights, etc., were/should be state property!

Even though the boosters have created the illusion that the UAA is a seperate non-profit, the fact is the intelectual and physical property that is UF athletics belongs to the state!

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090418/articles/904181008

Your boosters have turned your school president into their byatch!

Where did this guy come up with that 14 million number? Is that his 8X2 multiplication? Your poignant argument will continually fall on deaf ears Adam. He'll never grasp that the UAA actually enhances the university. He has an axe to grind. He's probably just the standard drive by UM honk.

I can't wait to see the Jumbo tron. It's been a long time coming.

Seriously, how many left-winged professors does one school really need. Less professors and more football! That's the American way! (And someone had to install that Jumbotron. That's a job.)

-jo-

Posted by: Goody | April 24, 2009 at 03:50 PM

That is funny! Expected, but none the less funny!

You really are pathetic, man. How am I a "crybaby?" You're the one crying about this. I'm providing facts and figures that you just choose to dismiss because you have a differing opinion. You are the one that brought this up.

I'm not divesting the UAA from the university...it is a separate entity as far as earning $, spending $ and budgeting. Yes, the UAA needs the university, which is why they are giving them MORE THAN DOUBLE the amount of money they normally do for this year's budget, because the university needs it. You're demanding they give 5.5X as much! That's absurd.

Here's an idea that you'll love, let's abolish the UAA and all athletic programs and give all that money to professors for jobs. BUT WAIT, high tens of millions of dollars less per year will come into the university. The school will lose prestige, which means less people will apply, which means worse students will get accepted...I can keep going...

Your argument has no point or basis. I also like how you say "your school" meaning YOU are not a Florida student/teacher/alum. So are you one of the privately funded UM or one of the other public universities in the state? I wonder how much the FSU, UCF, USF and FAU programs COMBINED are providing to their schools also making cutbacks?

13-1, I also am very excited to see the jumbotron...will be nice to see timely, clear highlights of all those sick hits and great plays on the field.

Your argument has no point or basis. I also like how you say "your school"...

Adam, I stand corrected! As a taxpayer, UF is MY school!

Once again, Brilliant!!

Great retort. ::rolling my eyes::

You should feel good that your tax dollars are going to the exact area you want it to - the school and education - not sports.

I hope you have children who are lucky enough to attend the University of Florida and receive the fine education that myself and many others have.

If you feel so passionately about this, I suggest you write the university and Congress rather than a Percy Harvin thread on a Florida Gators blog.

Here's an idea that you'll love, let's abolish the UAA and all athletic programs...

Posted by: Adam S. | April 24, 2009 at 04:00 PM

Here's a better idea, rather than abolish athletics, why not let the university president control the UAA instead of the AD?

Answer: Because you won't get your $8,000,000.00 JumboTron, or the $8,500,000.00 for two employee salarie's!

The booster's are running the UAA, not the school administration! They are using school property to generate revenue, but there is no set payment to the school for the use of the services. In the article I sent you previously, the president said he would like to "set" the payment annually, but the AD said he could not do that!

The article also states that the UAA gets to decide where the $6,000,000.00 goes! Where do you think the money will go???????

Quote: But Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College, said the report is flawed... The accounting methods of athletic programs make it hard to determine whether any revenue is being contributed to academic budgets, he said.

"There's so many different ways to make these funds go back and forth without us seeing them," he said.

Hey Adam, Gooooo Gator's!! Just realize that the Bernie Madoff's of the world also like college football, and they decide where the money goes, not the school president!

I'm not going to bother picking apart that last post, I've grown tiresome of your insane argument. As I suggested, bring this up to the university and to Congress if you care so much, not a Florida Gators blog. You are obviously either a fan of another team or have some other biased reason for having this attitude. It is not concern over your tax dollars or anything else. As I said previously,

You should feel good that your tax dollars are going to the exact area you want it to - the school and education - not sports.

I hope you have children who are lucky enough to attend the University of Florida and receive the fine education that myself and many others have.

State revenue is being diverted away from it's real need, in order to satisfy the fancies of a few fat cat boosters!

I would be willing to bet that over 90% of UF faculty, students, and alum would agree that the money being used for the JumboTron, salaries, etc., could be put to better use! It's a complete waste of money!

If you put lipstick on a pig, you still have a pig!

State revenue is being diverted away from it's real need, in order to satisfy the fancies of a few fat cat boosters!

Posted by: JumboTron, we don't need no stinkin' JumboTron! | April 24, 2009 at 05:17 PM

No, it's not. That's a fallacy you have created.

That's a fallacy you have created.

Posted by: Adam S. | April 24, 2009 at 07:00 PM

UF's president has no control over his AD, or the UAA revenue. That is not a fallacy, it's a fact!

"They ought to take the same cut as everybody else," Machen said.

The athletic budget increased this academic year, but more money was dedicated to the growing salaries of coaches. The UAA's contribution dropped to $1.8 million, including $1 million for the scholarship program, according to athletics officials.

This article was publshed in the Gainesville Sun!

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090418/articles/904181008

This was a fun read (From Swamp Thing):
UF faces potential layoffs and the elimination of some academic programs in order to absorb a $30 to $90 million slash based on the Senate and the House's versions of the budget. In a worst-case scenario requiring 10 percent in cuts next year, UF will consider eliminating 748 jobs and closing several academic programs to save about $75 million, Machen said.

SEVEN-HUNDRED-AND-FORTY-EIGHT families are losing their job! Could we wait say 5 years to buy the JumboTron? How many of these jobs could we save with the $8,000,000.00?

I love how Foley say's he's "donating" money to the university! It's the school's money to begin with!

Wouldn't it be prudent to close down athletic programs, before you close down academic programs? Let me answer that for you, OF COURSE, DUUUHHHHHH!

Now with that said, wouldn't it send a positive message to the university employees, if the UAA "donated" the money for the JumboTron to the school to help defray some of the layoffs?

I read where Meyer is signing books to help defray some of the cost of his salary. Nice!

Why not give some of the salary back? Better!

It's al of OUR money Adam. The party's over!

That is, it appears as though the average I-A athletic department ran a $1.02 million surplus. Not bad.

Missing links

What’s missing? Lots.
First, the total revenue figure includes student fees allocated to athletics. This sum amounted to an
average of $2.46 million an institution in 2004-05, up from $1.425 million in 2000-01.
Second, the figure also includes what is called “direct institutional support,” such as outright budgetary
grants or services provided to the department. These amounted to $2.985 million in 2004-05, up from
$2.525 million in 2000-01.
Third, the revenue figure also includes direct government support to athletics, but Petr’s report gives no
data on this category. Overall, the sum of athletic department revenue from these subsidies came to an
average of $7.69 million a school.
If we subtract this allocation from the total revenue average, we find that the average I-A athletic
department generated $27.9 million in revenue in 2004-05. This means that without the institutional and
government subsidies, the average department ran a deficit of $6.67 million.

In fact, the real situation was still worse, for two reasons.
The first is that the NCAA methodology includes all alumni and booster athletic contributions as net gains
to the school. The problem here is that there is ample evidence that contributions to athletics often
substitute for contributions to the school’s academic programs.
That is, the net contribution to the university is smaller than the gross contribution to the athletics
department.
One striking illustration of this tendency occurred at the University of Connecticut. When the UConn
basketball teams rose to prominence in the early 1990s, donations to the athletic department increased
from $900,000 in 1989 to $4.29 million in 1993. Over the same period there was a decrease from $7.5
million to $4.5 million to the university’s general fund, leaving a net gain of less than $400,000.
The second reason the real situation is worse than it appears is yet more significant: The NCAA’s figures
do not yet deduct capital expenditures in their reckoning of costs. New or renovated buildings require debt service payments and/or depreciation charges.
Some schools have spent hundreds of millions of dollars on facilities in recent years. Others have spent
tens of millions. To exclude an accounting of these costs grossly distorts the bottom line.

FU sucks and so does adam s. He just doesn't get it, he wants his big toy. Guess he making up for something he is missing.

LOL "The curse of the visor." Yeah, insulting my manhood with a jumbotron and saying that I suck really gets a point across and makes you sound intelligent. At least you gave me a chuckle before I go to sleep. Like I really give a flying F what you think.

JumboTron guy, it's not "our" money and it's not the university's money. It is the UAA's money. AGAIN, you can keep perpetuating the fallacy that the UAA is doing something wrong all you want - they're not. Your facts in regard to the university cutting jobs are correct, but they are not relevant in this argument. You keep ignoring the fact that you have NO IDEA what you are talking about in regard to the UAA. And Meyer signing books? He did that for charity, not to off-set his salary. YOU - ARE - A - JOKE.

And AGAIN, if you feel this passionately about it, GET SOMETHING DONE. Talk to your local Congressperson, write letters to the university, be the upstanding citizen you are TRYING to perpetuate yourself as being. Endlessly writing on a blog where no one truly cares about your opinion doesn't help get anything changed. People like you are all talk and no bite. GET OFF YOUR ARSE AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Don't blab on and on about it on a Gators blog...a lot of good that will do you!

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