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Chandler Parsons' heave-ho!

Here's the replay of Chandler Parsons' 75-foot buzzer beater on Sunday. The Gators defeated N.C. State 62-61. Florida has wins against four major non-conference opponents this season (Michigan State, Florida State, Rutgers and N.C. State). UF's Southeastern Conference schedule begins at noon on Saturday with an away game against Vanderbilt.

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It's almost over for Matt Elam, the recruitment of wild speculation and rumors, one filled with heartache and headaches for the five-star safety from West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer.

Elam kept Florida fans on edge for more than a year after his commitment in October 2008 by flirting with other schools, taking some visits and keeping things interesting.

On New Year's Eve, Elam switched his commitment from Florida to in-state rival Florida State, the ultimate poke in the eye for Gators' fans. But Elam said he wasn't being malicious. The state's top player by Rivals.com said he felt it was the best decision in light of the uncertainty surrounding coach Urban Meyer's health.

Elam made something clear Sunday here at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl: He and Meyer have had a lengthy relationship dating back to the days when Meyer recruited Elam's brother, Abram, to Notre Dame in the 90s. Without him at Florida - or with his return unknown - Elam didn't feel comfortable enrolling early, which he plans to do after this week at Florida State.

"It's tough, man," Elam said. "I made a commitment and I felt like I had to look around at some things just in case something might happen or pop up. Something did pop up. I didn't feel too good about it. I felt like if I got in (Meyer) would have left and I would have been really mad and upset. I decided to just go somewhere I can make a difference.

"(Meyer) was the only reason I was at Florida. I could say I was more committed to him than I was committed to Florida. That was a big issue. I didn't want to get in there and he ended up leaving and I didn't build a relationship with any other coaches. I just had a relationship with him. That would have hurt me bad. I decided to go someplace and make a difference."

That place was Tallahassee.

Florida State is piecing together a monster class and gobbling up big-time in-state players at a rapid pace. The Seminoles now have Elam, top-rated cornerback Lamarcus Joyner, four-star wide receiver Kenny Shaw and No. 1 inside linebacker Jeff Luc headlining their class.

"It's a new era," Elam said. "The offense is young and powerful. This is going to be the recruiting class to make a difference."

Stability played a big part in Elam's decision. Jimbo Fisher will coach Florida State next season. Meyer said "in his gut" he believes he'll coach the Gators but Elam's gut didn't have the same feeling.

Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said Elam's move is a big step proving Fisher can restore Florida State to national prominence. It won't be the end of Florida, though.

"For Florida State it means that a big position need has been filled," Farrell said. "It's getting a local kid who has a lot of national juice and it's a validation of Jimbo Fisher's ability to recruit, saying to Florida we're going to recruit with you. We're going to recruit the best kids.

"For Florida, they're young in the secondary already. They have some other guys who can fill that role at safety including guys in this class. It's not a huge loss. It does speak to the stability of the program after Meyer's decision and it's an example that kids are sketchy about whether he'll be there or not."

If one thing swayed Elam's decision it was his concern that Meyer wouldn't be back and he'd be playing for interim coach Steve Addazio or someone else if Florida decided to hire a new coach. Meyer has told recruits he'd be back in August. It was a risk Elam was not willing to take.


The uncertainty surrounding Urban Meyer's future was the main reason Elam switched.
"I was devastated," Elam said. "I wanted to go to Florida, but I didn't want to get in that situation. OK, Urban is sick and then I get there and he might get even more sick and he might leave and I didn't want to be there without him. I made my decision to go somewhere else. I built a good relationship with the Florida State coaches.

"(Meyer) called me that same night he was stepping down and he told me he was still going to be around the program and how he was going to help find a head coach. The next day he said he was going to take (a leave of absence). I didn't get that so I was thinking that week. I was going to stay the next semester (at Dwyer) and wait it out to see what happens, but I felt like I shouldn't waste my time. I wanted to get in and get ready to compete."

Elam's decision was not made lightly. He talked to his brother, his mother, his coach at Dwyer, Jack Daniels. Teammate Gerald Christian, a four-star tight end and Florida commit, said Elam "has to do what's best for him."

"I would like him to go (to Florida) but he has to make his decision," Christian said.

Fellow Florida commit Jaylen Watkins added: "He did it for a reason. What he felt was best was going to Florida State so you can't get mad at him. It is his future. If his hunch is he'd do best at Florida State then I wish the best for him."

Rumors of another switch have persisted just like the entirety of Elam's recruitment. A hot one making the rounds was that Elam was once again reconsidering things. But on Sunday he denied any surprises are in store.

What Elam said he wants is stability - and for recruiting to be over. It's been stressful and taxing 15 months for Elam and now he is finished and just wants to play football.

"I'm so happy it's over with," Elam said. "I'm ready to play. I'm so happy. It's overwhelming. It's tough."

Yahoo! Buzz

oh well...we have plenty of other good players aside from Matt Elam. have fun losing at FSU, kid. we now own them by the way...

Good riddance DIVA

As they come in I will post them for you gator fans. All day every day.

Posted by: ThisIsWhatIDoAllDay | January 04, 2010 at 03:00 PM


GREAT !!!! Pass along ALL the good news !



Please post ALL beatdowns for our enjoyment. Thanx

Can you believe this cretin Soldy?

Am I a canefan? Lmao! I'm a FOOTBALL fan U cretin. I've been to plenty of UM games bUt not a "canefan." U should be thanking Soldy and I for helping U oUt with yoUr denial issUes. It's nothing more than comedy and PSA's for Soldy and I.

Does JaPicky now need sUrgery? I'm hearing whispers. JaPicky has one lug nut remaining on each wheel. Thank god for the end of the season. One more game against a physical team woUld have been the end of him. Can yoU imagine what game day woUld look like with JafUmbly on the bench?

Short memory canefan can officially dismiss alk the smoldering fires and look to 2010.

NC BABY
J-12 BABY
BCS BOWLING... WOOOOHOOOO
SWAGGER!

It soUnds absUrd even to U hUh Schlitz?
That's because it IS U tard.

Ohhh, and.... Bacon

GO CANES!

Posted by: Cook???? Buuuhh.... Wuhhhh | January 05, 2010 at 08:31 AM


Wow kehoe 2:55 am. I guess we know what that means. "Trick momma" got detained again last nite huh. Dont worry run along to bed like a good boy. The bad news is mommy could not afford to replace the toaster after she pawned it to buy A pack of smokes. The good news is at least you wont burn down the trailer.

"... mommy could not afford to replace the toaster after she pawned it ..."

pawned the toaster.... Lmao. Congrats fool, I actUally bUsted out laUghing on that one. Not that U are actUally fUnny. Don't get bowed Up. The bit is yoUr typical lame nonsense. The visUal of pawning a toaster was fUnny thoUgh.

Even a blind sqUirrel gets a nUt once in a while.

YoU're still a SCuMBAG!

Well, Manny has finally updated his "Champs Bowl Thoughts" Blog and it looks like the verdict is in... The fan "fallout" is in full swing... will calm over the Summer ... but U will be right back to where U are right now in 350 days .

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http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2009/12/champs-sports-bowl-thoughts.html#comments
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Hate to tell U that Arty, myself and others tried to warn U so, but ...


U stay young ...

Posted by: Soldy | January 05, 2010 at 01:14 AM

for all the number crunchers who drool over stats- yeah you in ESPN. Yeah you Luginbill, Schad, Kiper:

Chris Johnson was a what star recruit coming out of high school?
Answer: 2 star
How many 5 star recruits out of high school ran for 2000 yds in the NFL this year?
Answer: none.

And that has nothing with "developing players". These kids were studs, but nobody saw that. Even the pseudo intellectuals who get paid to analyze this stuff.

Posted by: jaime | January 04, 2010 at 07:03 AM

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Well, U keep right on stockpiling those 2-3 Star Kids year after year and see just what results U keep getting ...

Meanwhile, the Big Boys will load up on 4-5 Star Studs and remain at the top of the College Football Foodchain ...

It's all about attrition and strength in numbers trickledown talent which equals 2-3 quality deep depth ...

U just don't have that and it's not going to magically appear next or the year after... U are what U are... Average.


Posted by: I'll Pass On Ur Chicken Salad Thankyou ... | January 05, 2010 at 02:15 AM


Thank you for calling out the people that wear their entitlement on their sleeve. The people calling for Randy Shannon's head right now only care about wearing the Miami t-shirts, and sporing the Miami license plates. People that want to fire Randy for a quick fix, or think Tubberville, or any top-dog coach would want to come back, don't understand the longevity. They have instant gratification problems. They don't have their own life success, so they need Miami to be great RIGHT NOW, so they feel successful.

Randy is on the right track. The people that are following the DETAILS, the real things that matter, understand that there has been progress. They understand what it means for the LIFE of Miami if Shannon is successful in 5 years. 5 years is nothing, when Randy is young enough to coach for 20 years.

Look around college football. Everyone is jumping. Randy won't jump. If he turns this around in 5 years, he will have success that lasts for 20.

In 2007, Randy had to straighten out the discipline of the team and establish a requiting class of skilled players. People that could make an impact at the scoring positions.

In 2008, he had to start filling in the gaps.

In 2009, Randy said, this team would be great IF we stayed healthy. He KNEW our team was young and the depth chart was shallow. He was spot on. When we got injured, we fell. With a schedule as hard as we opened with, the second half of the season was ENTIRELY dependent on the depth chart. We had NONE.

Look at our 2010 class. Randy is recruiting the depth chart. He KNOWS what we lack. He has said that we have the potential to be special if our young guys step up and dedicate themselves in the off-season. He knows we're filling in the depth chart, that we can handle injuries better.

But the people behind in the depth chart will still be young.

2011 the depth chart will be stacked, our position coaches and coordinators will be established. THAT'S when you can judge Randy.

Until then, if you're bitching, you're only thinking about your t-shirt.

Posted by: Jonathan.boyle@opensports.com | January 04, 2010 at 08:28 PM

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If's and But's huh ?...

Still with all the Excuses ?

U'll be right back where we are now in 350 days .

Stay tuned.


Posted by: Randy's Chump Bowl Presser ... "We were right where we wanted to be at the end of the game... With a chance to win." ... | January 05, 2010 at 02:45 AM


Yo 'Del ...


turn the page .


U got 2 better than good gaurds huh ?

Posted by: Bruce Hale | January 05, 2010 at 05:40 AM


Or you could always start a blog about how 147 out of ESPN's Top 150 2010 High School Football Recruits told The U ... No Thanks.

Posted by: 2011 ? | January 05, 2010 at 05:56 AM


You guys posting other guys as "bandwagoners" kill me. You arent suppose to get behind a program and cheer blindly if you dont like whats going on. These Gator fans are irritating but I doubt any of them stood there and said "Hey lets keep Zook and let him grow". No, they knew he was not a very good HC, just a great recruiter. And they dont even have the history we do so they should have been the ones screaming patience.

Posted by: kbboy80 | December 30, 2009 at 05:48 PM


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sssshhhhhhhhhh, don't tell nobody .


but do tell that Urbie will be back come August 2 a-days ...

Posted by: What's a few more years ? | January 05, 2010 at 06:42 A
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Flattery will get you no where douchbag!

Trying to think of something witty to type kehoe? This could take A while.

Can you believe this cretin Soldy?

Am I a canefan? Lmao! I'm a FOOTBALL fan U cretin. I've been to plenty of UM games bUt not a "canefan." U should be thanking Soldy and I for helping U oUt with yoUr denial issUes. It's nothing more than comedy and PSA's for Soldy and I.

Does JaPicky now need sUrgery? I'm hearing whispers. JaPicky has one lug nut remaining on each wheel. Thank god for the end of the season. One more game against a physical team woUld have been the end of him. Can yoU imagine what game day woUld look like with JafUmbly on the bench?

Short memory canefan can officially dismiss alk the smoldering fires and look to 2010.

NC BABY
J-12 BABY
BCS BOWLING... WOOOOHOOOO
SWAGGER!

It soUnds absUrd even to U hUh Schlitz?
That's because it IS U tard.

Ohhh, and.... Bacon.

Posted by: Cook???? Buuuhh.... Wuhhhh | January 05, 2010 at 08:31 AM
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mack brown is gone to fsu too.

http://13psi.com/who-are-the-gators-recruiting/

Good read on some of our recruits. The best of the best.

Harris was on crutches for at least a couple days after the Hurricanes’ 20-14 loss to Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl. Harris also strained ligaments in his ankle and knee. He slightly injured the foot on his other leg during the game when a Wisconsin defender stepped on it. The source said none of those injuries, however, will require surgery.

You forgot to mention A torn ligament in his thumb. The kid was beat up. It is obvious to everyone injuries afected his play down the stretch. you just made your self look stupid by bringing up his injuries when you post about how bad A QB he is when anyone with half A brain knows he played hurt. He threw for over 3,000 yards and ended up ranked 14th in the country as A true sophmore. yea kehoe he sucks.

In my haste I forgot to use the correct screen name of my numerous alias on the above post Ala kehoe. Read below for the correct one.

THE JOHH IN PINECREST REPORT

It looks like Bedrord might not be leaving, as he was in homestead today (tuesday) meeting with a recruit named Kitchens at Homestead High along with Addazzio.

Elam apparently spoke with Meyer this morning and the possibly of a flip-flop-flip-flip is ongoing. I hate to be married to this guy. We will see but Meyer seems to like him.

hearing good things about Floyd, Hicks, Powell and Sentrel henderson. Coach Meyer apparently is not on his LOA yet and is working...also telling them he is not leaving and that Florida has the best class put together and they are going to want ot be part of it...

Oh yeah, look like Chuck Heater is the New Defensive Coordinator...Congratulations....and Urby hired and linbackers coach and runnign backs coach....mack Brown take notice! and he did...will / did speak today......

...the Big Orange and Blue maching Rolls on...
Long Live Urban Meyer.....

It is Graet To Be A Florida Gator!

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