THIS BLOG POST HAS BEEN UPDATED... AGAIN ... FOR THE THIRD TIME!!!
(UF's sports information director just informed me via text message that UF coach Urban Meyer, defensive coordinator Charlie Strong and linebacker Brandon Spikes formed the group that decided to sit Spikes against Vanderbilt.)
GAINESVILLE -- Some interesting news to report tonight. After Wednesday's practice, Florida coach Urban Meyer announced that linebacker Brandon Spikes will now sit out the entire game against Vanderbilt. Spikes' attempted to gouge the eyes of Georgia running back Washaun Ealey on Saturday and was originally suspended by Meyer for the first half of Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.
"A lot of negative things out there are really weighing heavy on his heart right now, so as a group we decided that it would be in the best interest of the team to not play him Saturday," Meyer said. "It's a group decision and we're doing it out of respect for our team so we can focus on trying to win our ninth game. We think it's the right thing to do and we support Brandon for it. We look forward to him getting back and finishing the season the right way."
Meyer said on Wednesday that the choice to sit Spikes for the full game was a group decision based on minimizing distractions for Saturday's game against Vanderbilt, a 35-point underdog. Meyer did not answer questions about the change. Spikes spoke with reporters on Wednesday night but did not answer questions.
"I really don't want to be a distraction to the team," Spikes said. "I want the guys to prepare without any negative things going on and I feel like if I would play it would be a big thing. I'm just trying to stay out of the way and just motivate the guys and I'm pretty sure that Stamper's got my back and my teammates support my decision."
OK, this whole suspension upgrade is pretty bizarre. Is it possible that Spikes Achilles' heel flared up again or his tender groin muscle needs to rest a week considering UF is playing Vanderbilt, a 35-point underdog. Spikes and Meyer refused to answer questions from reporters on Wednesday night, so who knows.
Another question that needs answering: Is Spikes suspended for the first half and then voluntarily sitting out the second half? We didn't find out on Wednesday because neither Meyer nor Spikes answered questions. Also, who was in the group that made the decision? Spikes? Tebow? The SEC commissioner? The UF athletic director?
Again, it's all speculation because Spikes and Meyer did not answer questions on Wednesday. As the world turns ...