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Florida Gators No.1 in AP poll; Plus the Ron Zook-Urban Meyer flap

GAINESVILLE -- As expected, the University of Florida is No.1 in the Associated Press Top 25. The poll was released on Saturday morning. The Gators received 58 of 60 first-place votes, which is a record for the preseason poll. The poll started in 1950.

Here's a link to the poll. LINK!

OK, all the polls have been released. Now, let's start the season already.

In other news...

Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Saturday that quarterback Tim Tebow had a sore lower back this week. Meyer said that Tebow rested during "live situations" but hasn't missed a practice.

Meyer added that Tebow was "fine, 100 percent."

"He has been held out of live situations against the defense, mostly go get [back-up quarterback] Johnny Brantley reps," Meyer said.

It appears Illinois coach Ron Zook took offense to Meyer's suggestion this week that UF freshmen were hazed during Zook's tenure at Florida. Zook released this statement in defense of the criticism:

"I was surprised to see that, once again, five years later, we're blamed for something else at Florida. But by now I guess I shouldn't be. This one was most disappointing because it implies we didn't look out for our players. From someone who wasn't there at the time. I can assure you I've never, ever been accused of that. I thought I was too much of a players' coach. The implication is incorrect. There is no place for hazing in college football and we've put a stop to that if we've ever seen it. I applaud Florida for fostering what they say is a wonderful family atmosphere. I would invite anyone to talk to any of our players here at Illinois and, although we don't look for media opportunities to brag about it, it is a wonderful family atmosphere."

Meyer addressed Zook's statement on Saturday.

"Some people said that they thought there was some criticism on Coach Zook," Meyer said. "There absolutely was not. That was about the locker room, the way the locker room was set up. Our staff has never been critical of any staff."

On Friday, Meyer said this about the locker room atmosphere before he arrived in Gainesville:

"This is a big-time college football program and we had some fights and stuff because they treat some freshmen like there were non-people," Meyer said. "Don't walk through here. We'll kick your tail, we'll shave your eyebrows. It took us awhile to break that great culture."

This is all nonsense, right? Moving on...



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