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I've got two choice words for the moderator of the Sugar Bowl's coaches' teleconference

GAINESVILLE -- And those two words are "fine job!"

Whoever you are, nice work on Sunday night keeping everyone on topic and running a streamlined teleconference with Florida coach Urban Meyer and Cincinnati coach Brian Kelly. When three reporters strayed off topic and, you know, asked questions people actually care about, you were there to keep everyone focused on the meaningless Sugar Bowl match up of Florida vs. Cincinnati. If ever there was an award for teleconference moderators going beyond the call of duty, you would win it.

First, Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel tried to ask Meyer about his health and his hospital visit on Sunday morning. The teleconference moderator cut Fowler off before Meyer could answer, reminding Fowler that only questions pertaining to the Sugar Bowl could be asked. Before the teleconference began Mr. No Fun informed reporters they could only ask questions about the Sugar Bowl. Then it was the Miami Herald's turn to get shot down. I asked Meyer, "Going into the Sugar Bowl, how is your health?" Cheeky, I know. Again, no dice. The all-time MVP of teleconference tyranny spiked the question.

Later, another reporter asked Kelly how rumors regarding the open coaching position at Notre Dame might affect his team's preparation for the Sugar Bowl -- a valid question if there ever was one. Once again, the teleconference cop was on the case. Kelly didn't have an opportunity to answer the question.

Luckily for everyone involved, some important questions were allowed. Will Carlos Dunlap be available for the bowl game? Meyer said that a decision hasn't been made. He indicated that UF athletics director Jeremy Foley would have to make the final call. Foley will likely be under direct orders from UF president Bernie Machen, who has a strict no-tolerance policy for Florida students who are convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. In many cases, Florida students are kicked out of school for a semester for a DUI.

Another important question: Will UF defensive coordinator Charlie Strong be around to coach the bowl game? Strong interviewed for the head coaching position at Louisville on Sunday evening, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal. Meyer said that Strong will likely not coach in the bowl game if he is hired for the position. Reading between the lines, Strong was not offered the job on Sunday. If Louisville takes its time in hiring a coach, this could be a problem for the Gators. Some could argue that it already has been a major problem. Not me, of course. I think Alabama just got lucky.



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Sure, Alabama got lucky ? Tebow and Meyer were confused and perplexed. They lost at every single facet of the game. Lucky is a wide right, a critical penalty, a bad call, not a summary execution on the field.

The Gators were dominated a few times during the year like at Arkansas and Tennessee but got lucky and scraped by. When will you rabid fans learn something about the game aside from your fan loyalty. I am not a tide fan or a Gator fan. The Gators believed their own press and took this game to lightly. Saban is a far better master of these kinds of games and proved it.

Harmon fell for the setup answer... Wow, you really must be from Alabma. I for one hope Strong comes back as one of the highest paid Off Cooridinators in the country, then acheives another national championship with Brantley. This offense works better when there is a 50/50 split between run and pass. Look at the big games in 2008; where UF used 5-different receives and at least 3-running back.

Urban wasn't really sick...he was having a clandestine meeting with ND reps at Shands.

Byron, unless i misread your post, something is awry. Charlie Strong is the DEfensive coordinator, NOT the offensive coordinator as you posted.

In many cases, Florida students are kicked out of school for a semester for a DUI.

That is students Jo, not UF football players. The rules are different for them, especially when they are decent players.

Ronnie Wilson got all the breaks in the world, but he still had to sit out of school for a year as punishment for rolling through Gville with a chopper.



Ronnie Wilson had to sit out a year because he spit on someone then fired an AK-47 into the air to intimidate that person....then, after he fulfilled his legal obligations, he decided to take on 3 people in a fight at a party. One or two of them were women.

He would have been kicked off any team even the Hurricanes teams from the '80 and '90s.

You did not seriously bring up Ronnie Wilson's name as an argument, did you?

and Ronnie Wilson shouldn't have just sat out a year...he should have been not just kicked off the team but kicked out of school. Who wants to send their kids to a school that has kids toting machine guns around (and not from ROTC).

The canes of the 80's would have likely suspended wilson for a game or two. When it comes to discussions on team ethics/morals it is safe to say that no canes fans should ever bring up the 80's.

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