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Top five reasons the Gators men's basketball team has struggled since 2007 and eight reasons there is hope for the future

GAINESVILLE -- There's more to the current struggles of the Florida men's basketball team than just losing its six best players off a national championship team three years ago ... (in order of importance, according to me)

1. Leadership: The 2006 and 2007 championship teams had it all, but what they had in abundance was leadership. Joakim Noah demanded everyone's best effort. He pulled it out of each player. Since Noah left for the NBA, a leader has failed to emerge at UF. Chandler Parsons is currently the closest thing to a vocal leader on the Gators' team. The only thing Alex Tyus and Joakim Noah have in common is bad hair. I currently see absolutely no substance to Alex Tyus. He just doesn't seem to care. Maybe he'll figure things out in the offseason (or, better yet, before the SEC tournament). Here's to hoping.

2. Attrition: Between players always leaving and assistant coaches always leaving, it's amazing the basketball team has won at least 20 games each season since 2007. Consider this starting line-up: G Nick Calathes, G Kenny Boynton Jr., F Chandler Parsons, F Marreese Speights, C Vernon Macklin. That's a pretty good starting five with Alex Tyus, Erik Murphy, Dan Werner, Jai Lucas/Erving Walker and Ray Shipman coming off the bench. But Speights left for the NBA after his sophomore season (2008) and Calathes left for Greece after his sophomore season (2009). It's hard to build a good team when your best players are leaving after their sophomore seasons. Now, instead of being a role player in his freshman season, Kenny Boynton Jr. is being relied upon to be an instant star. He wasn't ready for that. That brings us to ...

3. Recruiting: Missing on Patrick Patterson in 2007 really set back the program a couple seasons. Missing on Eric Bledsoe in 2009 has seemingly had the same effect. Amazingly, both of those players are at Kentucky. Kentucky is currently one of the best teams in the country and is being led by a first-year head coach whose programs get busted for cheating everywhere he goes! Meanwhile, Florida has had to settle for players like Nimrod Tishman, who seems to be a complete waste of a scholarship. Sad, I know. Maybe Nimrod can learn how to play a little defense and prove me wrong. Here's to hoping, but it seems more likely that Nimrod is just the latest in a long list of players who didn't or haven't developed properly or were just complete recruiting misses: Jon Mitchell, Adam Allen, Eloy Vargas, Kenny Kadji (final verdict still pending) and even Dan Werner and Ray Shipman to lesser degrees. As result of all these recruiting misses and busts, the Gators' bench is extremely thin. The team only has one point guard and the only quality power forward on the team is Macklin, a transfer from Georgetown.

4. Confidence/Toughness/Desire/Talent: Dan Werner is the toughest player on the Gators' team, perhaps because he's the only link between UF now and UF in its glory years, when UF was the toughest team in the nation. But what Werner has in toughness and desire, he unfortunately lacks in overall talent. Name one player on the Gators' team who could start for Kentucky? Name one player on the Gators' team who could start for Vanderbilt? If the Florida-Vanderbilt game had been played on a neutral court, UF would have lost by 20. Just like the Florida-Tennessee game, it seemed like the refs (meaning the SEC) did everything possible to get Florida a win to improve its NCAA Tournament resume. Even then, UF couldn't get it done. That's just a lack of confidence/toughness/desire/talent, with talent being the least important.

5. Injuries: Kenny Kadji and Adam Allen have both been injured the entire season. Allen's career really never got going. Kadji's development has stalled because of a bad back. Injuries are a poor excuse. Every program has injuries.

Obviously, I've been pretty critical here with this blog post, but you know what? At least it shows that someone cares. Caring is a good thing. Maybe that's the reason these rumors of Donovan leaving Florida keep popping up? Not enough people care about Florida basketball. Can you image the negative press Kentucky, North Carolina or Kansas would be receiving right now if those programs were in a position to miss the NCAA Tournament three years in a row?

Now that I've laid out the reasons why Florida has fallen off since 2007, it's time to outline the reasons why there is hope for the future.

1. Billy Donovan is still one of the best coaches in the country. He's had a tough run of late, but it's not like the program is in complete disarray. Keeping Donovan at Florida is the most important thing for the program's long-term success.

2. The team loses one significant player after this season, Werner. There are some good players returning. Chandler Parsons seems to be on the verge of having an All-SEC season as a senior. He should not even consider leaving Florida for the pros after this season. The same goes for Vernon Macklin, who will be a senior next season.

3. Kenny Boynton Jr. has had a decent season as a freshman. He needs to work on his shooting, but his overall defense and effort has been good. Boynton should make a significant jump in development next season if he dedicates himself to improving his shot in the offseason.

4. Point guard Erving Walker needs some help in the backcourt. Donovan must sign a quality point guard this offseason. Landing Brandon Knight, or someone of that caliber, should be a top priority. Can Nimrod Tishman develop his game enough this offseason to contribute off the bench next season? If he can't, then cut him loose and recruit another combo guard.

5. Alex Tyus is a pretty good player but he must demand more of himself. He should be the leader of this team. Anything else is unacceptable. He should start his transformation by shaving his head. Make a big deal about. Hold a ceremony at midcourt in the O'Dome.

6. There is still hope for Ray Shipman and Kenny Kadji but it's going to take a lot of work. Shipman and Kadji need to train like madmen this offseason. Eight hours a day. Every day. Sprints, running, shooting, lifting, eating properly. No more trips back to Miami for Shipman -- just shooting drills, sprints, shooting drills, stadium steps and even more shooting drills when he's dog tired. Shipman can be a good player if he puts in the work. Kadji needs to transform his body after he returns from his back surgery. More importantly, Kadji must transform his attitude. Get nasty. Get mean. Get junkyard-dog tough. Get in touch with Al Horford.

7. The same goes for Vernon Macklin. Your future as a basketball player is on the line, Vernon. Work harder than Tim Tebow this offseason and you might (MIGHT!) be able to make it in the pros. Talent means nothing if you don't put in the work.

8. Forward Erik Murphy appears to have the potential to develop into a solid player and Florida will gain some much-needed frontcourt depth with the addition of Jacksonville-area recruit Patric Young (6-8, 220 pounds).

Florida can challenge Kentucky next season for the SEC title, but it's going to take discipline over the offseason from players like Shipman and Kadji, toughness from players like Parsons, Macklin and Boynton and leadership from players like Tyus and Walker. Oh, and one or two guards who can come in and contribute immediately.

-jo-

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Any update on Brandon Knight - I know PineCrest plays in the state championship game soon

Oh and Jo thanks for a great blog and insight today.

Does show you care!

Recruiting still seems to be wide open for Knight. I've always thought he'd be going to either Syracuse or Kansas but maybe Donovan can convince him he'd be the man at UF. It's long been speculated that Knight does not want to play with Boynton.

-jo-

Wow Joe is seriously hurting his team is not that good.

Joe goody you dont know much if you thought Knight was going to Syracuse or KU. I guarantee you Knight goes to UK and another meltdown happens in Florida. Also Jogoody will trash Cal with unfounded garbage when it happens.

Donavan should just leave and takeover for Daddy pitino as planned after this season

Calipari Cheats everywhere he goes really He played a top player cleared by the Ncaa to play he also reported the Camby situation which was a pro agent who had no ties to the U Mass program thats cheating by Florida standards, get over it your run is over and not coming back. Two years of relevance in basketball does not make you a top tier program. Regroup and get ready for spring football, or Maybe you can bring back Jason I am stoned Williams or gambling Teddy Dupay stay classy gators.

How can you say J Calipari cheats, that statement is libelous.

And good bulletin board material for UK.

Why don't you ask Billy Donovan if he agrees and ask the NCAA if they agree.

You are not a true sports journalist because you can not get your facts correct.

How many teams has Calipari coached to the Final Four? 2? 1? The answer is zero.

He hasn't been spanked by the NCAA yet, but the programs he left behind have suffered. UK may be winning now, but they will pay later. The OJ Mayo situation is a cautionary tale for those who recruit the one and dones--players without true ties to the University.

Oh, and don't forget that UF, "a football school" has more titles than UK this century.

"Kentucky is currently one of the best teams in the country and is being led by a first-year head coach who cheats everywhere he goes! " You call yourself a sports journalist..?? Why not report also that calipari turned marcus camby in...you left that part out and the ncaa clearing Rose is caliparis fault...left that one out as well...face it florida is done...enjoy the good ol days...

Great blog Jo. Swinging that big lumber as usual.

PAGING URBIN MYERS, PAGING URBEN MYERS, IT'S TIME 4 YOUR MEDICATION...

Too many bias opinions to be considered a legitimate sports writer...ohhh yea..good luck with brandon knight sighing w/ UF...lol

Hey Jr, UK has 7 national championships! How many does uf have?

Plus, they're a whole lot closer to upping that number. How's your year looking?

just an update on urbin myers. his rehab (oops vacation) is going good, he's able 2 sit up in bed, & he's able 2 eat with silverware but under supervision. but progress is being made & hopefully he'll be able 2 coach this spring.
KEEP UR FINGERS CROSSED gaTOR FAN......

Dude you are a serious jack a**.. how you going to call out 18 & 19 year old kids like this. It's a good thing you wouldn't be willing to say any of your bs to these guys in person! You don't care, all you wanna do is get hits, hence your comment about calipari, which has no baring on why we've missed the NCAA's last 2 years and possibly this year

A real sports writer you'll never be!

i love that people lable cal asa cheater even though he has ZERO personal inferactions during his career. do u know how many pitino and donovan have? cal cheated because a pro agent gave him money???? explain cals role in that scadal.... g on ill wait.... oh ok, hes just theguy tha turned him in. that takes integrity douche bag. and with mephis he played a guy that the ncaa cleared... so if rose went to florid, guess what... theyd hae lost their season too, only they would have had an NIT bid removed instead of a final four. get some facts, then write about sports, not the other way around.

It's a shame in this country how you can be found completely innocent and yet others will still consider you guilty w/o a shred of proof. Are you telling me that if one of Meyer's recruits was found (not proven) to have "possibly" had someone take the ACT for him, that Meyer should be considered a cheat? Or if a football player secured an agent w/o Meyers' consent or knowlege that Meyer would surely be a cheater of the worst kind. I didn't think so. Try not to be so jealous. It's an ugly trait.

Joseph - Did you speak to The Miami Herald counsel before publishing that libel against Calipari? Jesus, dude. You don't want to endanger your job over something like that! I know it's "just a blog," but seriously, that's dangerous legal territory. You're not e-mailing a friend here. Exercise a little discretion next time you want The Miami Herald named in a Sullivan suit. (No fee for initial consultation.)

Author's attack on Cal undermines his credibility. Too bad, because he's a good writer with valid points to convey.

This guy must be that John W***** man from UCLA i dont think i have heard a man that knows so much about basketball.All i am sorry had a friend tell me that he is just a crazy A** sports writer.

You sir are a complete jerk!!!!!!!!!! To say that Cal cheats everywhere he goes is insane. Stick to the facts and not self-made statements!! You're another Jerry Tipton!!!! LAUGH OUT LOUD

My journalism degree says you have absolutely no skills, draw conclusions that are factless and hopelessly biased....that's tabloid kid! Why no call this what it is.....the FL version of the Enquirer? Get your facts straight or we'll nominate you to the Hall of Shame!

Ethics ....dead!

Your aarticle is pretty terrible, but smart move blasting Cal so you could get a lot of hits. Well, since I'm here...

Confidence/Toughness/Desire/Talent. You're right in that all opf those traits matter. But honestly, you can't get it done without talent. What was the last team to win a championship without multiple NBA level players on it? You can talk about all of the heart and desire the UF championship teams possessed, but in the endd they were just more talented than their opponents. That's why they won. And they were well coached. Speaking of...

You guys are SO lucky to still have Billy Donovan. I am amazed that he doesn't look at his crap recruits, half empty gym, and CONSTANT football talk and say to himself "Why am I doing this?". Again, I am amzed he hasn't bolted and you guys should be very thankful that a coac of his calibre has remained.

Just my 2...

So, If Brandon Knight is down to Florida & UK then he is UK's to loose. Why would he go to Florida which hardly ever fills their small old stadium when he could go to UK & play in front of 24,000+ each night and a national tv audience?

Valid points Jo. Cal has never been convicted as a cheater by NCAA, but as a blu-blood I can't honestly declare that he's not walked the line often. I'm glad my squad is back to the name on the jersey and I hope everything works out cleanly. That said, UF is a good bball school and everyone knows they have a great coach. He may have been lucky with some recruits, however, without superior coaching they wouldn't have been victorious. I expect they'll return to that same level should Donovan decide to remain coach. I sure as hell hope he stays away from UL! Easy with the hate and best of luck going forward. No, I'll not ever do that damn gaytorchomp!

Hey KP, UF has 2 national titles. Kentucky has 7, but the majority were before 1960. What is your point? Portugal was a major power back in the 15th and 16th century.

To all who are defending Cal with the "he is completely innocent" line, think about what you are saying. Do you care about Cal or UK? Yes, Cal has never been "found guilty." However, he has been the coach at programs which later had to vacate wins. Isn't the impact of a coach on the program the important part?

Also, it is oddly gratifying that UK fans care so much about UF's basketball program. You won't find a UF fan talking about UK's football program. We appreciate your interest.

Cal cheats everywhere he goes? Please do explain- because I don't believe he's ever been accused of cheating anywhere.

I really wish the paper would get sued for such libel. Unbelievable.

Hey Jr, win another then talk your crap. Better yet, make it to the NCAA tourney first.

By the way, the only reason UK fans are on here is because a link to this article was posted on a UK blog

This guy is an idiot.

ok his schools had to vacate wins... we all know that. why dont
u TRY to explain how cal was at fault for those situations. you cant. if u could you would use facts to make your argument instead of simply saying ''hes a cheater'' i mean we are all ears here so explain to everyone what Cal did to cheat... did he pay an agent to give camby money then turn around and turn him in??? or did he convince the ncaa to clear rose despite knowing the kid cheated??? be a real journalist and find some facts and/or at least make an intelligent argument. what u r currently doing is simply petty and childish.

PAGING URBEN MYERS, PAGING URBIN MEYERS, IT'S TIME FOR YOUR MEDICATION...

PAGING URBEN MYERS, PAGING URBIN MEYERS, IT'S TIME FOR YOUR MEDICATION...

Posted by: FRASIER | March 05, 2010 at 05:17 AM


That's the best U got canefan? At least it's a wee bit better than U making parody of him almost dying of a heart attack. U keep up the jealous bitter vitriol now

Hey Joseph why don't you take a good look in the mirror before you start judging people and making accusations of cheating against anyone. Seems to me that the best part of you ran down your mama's leg when you were born just like all the other jealous Kentucky haters. GO BIG BLUE.

YOU GO JOE! Keep stirring the pot! Your comments about Calipari are exactly what every announcer on ESPN, CBS, et al. want to say but can't or won't. The last few seasons for Donovan are not a knock on him but symbolic of what college B-ball is today. He has to deal with the same thing Pitino, Izzo, Boeheim, Williams and other elite coaches have to deal with -- the talent gamble. These guys don't forget how to coach in down years. It's a "me" culture for the elite kids today and the way talent moves up to the NBA great coaches can't build dynasties like they could 30 years ago. Donovan will do fine Gators.

As far as the canes go...I hope your bankrupt football program is still around in 5 years. Maybe you guys can invest in a curling program?

An announcement 4 all GAtor fans;
there will be an NIT watch party, sunday 12 noon at 'the University Club'.
I know there's no need 2 put out this announcement, 'cuse most of u'all r vip'ers, anyways..

ever since the coach did the flip flop, the same will happen in football.

Hardy har Har

Florida basketball will never amount to a bean on UK basketball's arse.

Best thing ever happened to UK was Pitino talking Donovan into NOT to accept Uk's job.

It's a blog not a published article, you morons.

blog (a contraction of the term "web log")[1] is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.

Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability of readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (Art blog), photographs (photoblog), videos (Video blogging), music (MP3 blog), and audio (podcasting). Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts.

As far as the canes go...I hope your bankrupt football program is still around in 5 years. Maybe you guys can invest in a curling program?

Posted by: Bada Bing | March 05, 2010 at 07:56 AM

LOL - curling!

KENTUCKY WILL ALWAYS BE FLORIDA'S DADDY WHEN IT COMES TO BASKETBALL. GET USED TO IT. ALSO, UK, KANSAS AND UNC WOULD GET NEGATIVE PRESS FOR MISSING THE TOURNEY 3 YEARS IN A ROW BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ROYALTY OF COLLEGE BBALL. FLORIDA ISNT EVEN CLOSE TO BEING ON THE SAME LEVEL AS THOSE PROGRAMS. NEVER WILL BE.

Damn, I should of gone to Florida!

Thanks for visiting Kentucky fans, who apparently still feel guilty for having to hire Cal to win again. One weekend and done in the tourney, then one and done with Wall and Cousins.

-jo-

By the way, Cousins family already meeting with "financial advisors" in Mobile. Happened during Senior Bowl week. Agent (who is from South Florida) told me he took his father to dinner.

-jo-

Jo

Since when do UK fans check in on the Miami Hearld? The UK fans are probably canes fans just bashing UF again.

As a UK fan I just want to thank the Univ. of FL for keeping Billy Donovan and not letting him come to UK. UK has had to run one NIT Billy out of town, thank god we didnt have to run another NIT Billy out of town. Though it would have been funny watching Cutler chase Donovan down the hall.
I wont comment on your brilliant "Coach Cal is a cheater" piece of journalism brilliance, seems like everyone else has taken care of that. Oh and enjoy watching UK in the NCAA tournament, you'll have plenty of time to catch all their games since FL will be done in the NIT pretty quick again this year.

Ha it's soo funny. You guys are so far removed from your back to back NCs and are now living in the past!

Go 'canes!

Ha it's soo funny. You guys are so far removed from your back to back NCs and are now living in the past!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 11:10 AM

You're putting down your own program again?? What gives "Fakey"?

Go 'canes!

Didn't realize UK fans were so tuned-in to the Gators. Don't tell me the Gator envy has spread north?!

The EIGHTIES is the distant past clueless canefan
The NINETIES are bordering on the distant past.

thats where U live.

How many ACC titles does Dandy have again?

Jacob Adam Brooks, The NCAA has a little something called "lack of institutional control." You cannot simply claim "I didn't know" in defense of the shenanigans going on at your school. The fact is, these problems happened while he the coach at these schools. Of course, the fact that Cal didn't take any responsibility (i.e. "the buck stops here") shows the high class fellow Cal is.

UK fans are clearly nervous... it explains all of the vitriolic posts... some might say y'all are being a little defensive.

I think I might buy a bottle of that Cal Makers whiskey. I will open it when he resigns and leaves a wreck behind. Then I'll take stroll down Hal Mumme Drive (remember? that great hero of the UK sports program). Because we all need to have goals.

Didn't realize UK fans were so tuned-in to the Gators. Don't tell me the Gator envy has spread north?!

Posted by: Canes Trolls Use UK as a Beard | March 05, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Paranoia will detroy 'ya! What a psychotic TOOL!

Go 'canes!

lmao @ "Canes Trolls Use UK as a Beard"

apparently U aint seen south beach. The poofsters flaunt it. Cane fan does like being in drag but is nowhere near a beard.

Exhibit A -- the one for whom Sara 'cane is Avatar

...I meant the tool for whom Sara is avatar.

CALLIN ALL gaTOR FANS THERES A 'NIT' WATCH PARTY AT 12 NOON AT THE UNIVERSITY CLUB. YOU ALL KNOW WHERES ITS AT...

Ha it's soo funny. You guys are so far removed from your back to back NCs and are now living in the past!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 11:10 AM

You're putting down your own program again?? What gives "Fakey"?

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 11:28 AM

yeah it's indirect swipe on the living in the past canes. Pay attention - did you not eat your meatloaf today?!

yeah it's indirect swipe on the living in the past canes. Pay attention - did you not eat your meatloaf today?!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 02:27 PM

OOOOHHHHHH, I get it now "Fakey"! By putting down the Gators, you're actually putting down the 'canes!!! You little rascal! Very clever!

Is that why you constantly "light" flaming bags of poo on Jo's (Your team's) blog??? So we won't know it's you "D" Bag? Clever again!

Here let me try: "The gator's suck and have never gone undefeated!"

It worked! Donna just fired Randy!

Here let me try again: "UF has only managed to beat UM 1 time in the last 8 meetings!"

Holy crap "D" Bag, UM just vacated all of their NC's!!

Keep it up!

Go 'canes!

yeah it's indirect swipe on the living in the past canes. Pay attention - did you not eat your meatloaf today?!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 02:27 PM

OOOOHHHHHH, I get it now "Fakey"! By putting down the Gators, you're actually putting down the 'canes!!! You little rascal! Very clever!

Is that why you constantly "light" flaming bags of poo on Jo's (Your team's) blog??? So we won't know it's you "D" Bag? Clever again!

Here let me try: "The gator's suck and have never gone undefeated!"

It worked! Donna just fired Randy!

Here let me try again: "UF has only managed to beat UM 1 time in the last 8 meetings!"

Holy crap "D" Bag, UM just vacated all of their NC's!!

Keep it up!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:18 PM

What are you talking about? Nice try "D" Bag, nice to see you trolling the gator blog all day and talking to yourself!

Go 'canes!

What are you talking about? Nice try "D" Bag, nice to see you trolling the gator blog all day and talking to yourself!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:28 PM

Great comeback "Fakey"! Man U are "on" today!

Go 'canes!

What are you talking about? Nice try "D" Bag, nice to see you trolling the gator blog all day and talking to yourself!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:28 PM

Great comeback "Fakey"! Man U are "on" today!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:36 PM

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:18 PM

What are you talking about? Nice try "D" Bag, nice to see you trolling the gator blog all day and talking to yourself!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:28 PM

What are you talking about? Nice try "D" Bag, nice to see you trolling the gator blog all day and talking to yourself!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:28 PM

Great comeback "Fakey"! Man U are "on" today!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:36 PM

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:18 PM

What are you talking about? Nice try "D" Bag, nice to see you trolling the gator blog all day and talking to yourself!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:28 PM

I despise the Gators but I hate the demented person even more who makes up fake names and lures my cane brethren into arguments. I guess we have to do what we can as canes to stay relevant.

yeah it's indirect swipe on the living in the past canes. Pay attention - did you not eat your meatloaf today?!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 02:27 PM

OOOOHHHHHH, I get it now "Fakey"! By putting down the Gators, you're actually putting down the 'canes!!! You little rascal! Very clever!

Is that why you constantly "light" flaming bags of poo on Jo's (Your team's) blog??? So we won't know it's you "D" Bag? Clever again!

Here let me try: "The gator's suck and have never gone undefeated!"

It worked! Donna just fired Randy!

Here let me try again: "UF has only managed to beat UM 1 time in the last 8 meetings!"

Holy crap "D" Bag, UM just vacated all of their NC's!!

Keep it up!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:18 PM

What are you talking about? Nice try "D" Bag, nice to see you trolling the gator blog all day and talking to yourself!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:28

Great comeback "Fakey"! Man U are "on" today!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:36 PM

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:18 PM

What are you talking about? Nice try "D" Bag, nice to see you trolling the gator blog all day and talking to yourself!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:28 PM

What are you talking about? Nice try "D" Bag, nice to see you trolling the gator blog all day and talking to yourself!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:28 PM

Great comeback "Fakey"! Man U are "on" today!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:36 PM

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:18 PM

What are you talking about? Nice try "D" Bag, nice to see you trolling the gator blog all day and talking to yourself!

Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | March 05, 2010 at 03:28 PM

Posted by: mmmm...mom's makin MEEEEEATLOOOOOAF | March 05, 2010 at 04:20 PM

Ha Ha Ha this is crazy...gator b-ball to a bizarro blog duel between the same blogger to meatloaf.
100% pure entertainment - kind of like the Randy Shannon's head coaching tenure...

21-17 is the foundation for success....


Like I said... childish and petty. If instututional control is your only argument than its a pretty weak one, especially when your calling him a cheater on your end.

He's a dirty cheater... why... because he didn't have control of his program. Ahh... it all makes sense now. Clearly that means he was purposely cheating. Way to clear the air Matlock.

Do you not see how pathetic that is. We're obviously not worried, as you would like to believe. We have the #3 team in America and we have one of the best coaches in the nation... which for some reason you believe we should feel guilty about... still not sure how that one is supposed to work.

Either way, its clear that you have no ability to make a legit argument to support your attacks so you'll continue to fall back on the "Nana nana boo boo" approach.

UK will continue to be relevant, UF will continue to not be relevant... seems all is right in the world.

"Either way, its clear that you have no ability to make a legit argument to support your attacks..."

Posted by: Jacob Adam Brooks | March 05, 2010 at 05:58 PM

Attacks? WAHHHHHHHHHH. Grow a set shoeless wonder. U sound like one of those cane fans that endlessly cry about racism...

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Wow! You're HARDCORE "Fakey"! Stick a fork in this blog, it's done!

Nothing says you hate UM more than when you blow up Jo's UF blog! I mean...wait a minute...that didn't make any sense...why would "D" Bag blow up the UF blog to get back at UM?

CUCKOO...CUCKOO...CUCKOO...

Go 'canes!

C'mon, Jo'...you must know that after that litany of losers and accompanying rationalizations, to come back with "...but Donovan's one of the best coaches in the country" is empty "hope" indeed. I know we're in no position to expect other top coaches to vie for the position, but responsibility for all the mistakes, missteps and lost opportunities lies SOMEWHERE, and it starts with the head coach. Certainly the "window of opportunity" we all heard about and hoped for, the chance to build a program that could sustain success longterm and at least begin to rival football's following has by now officially closed, don't you think?
We had the "right few guys" together here for a few years, a kind of "perfect roundball storm", if you will, and it BOUGHT us that "window"; it will likely be a long time (if ever) 'fore we see its like again.
As things stand, we're back to making the Dance for a season or two here and there (MORE often if/when they enfold the NIT and go to 96 teams, but so what?--it's just the opposite of what makes Div. 1-A, especially how we play it in the SEC, so great, life-and-death every game through the whole season)--maybe winning a game before losing to a school one-tenth our size...after that 0-for-11 shooting to end the Vandie game when the team knew EVERYTHING was riding on the outcome, well, it's all just "more of the same", and hardly appealing to a fan base that has every right to expect more, given our resources.
Meanwhile, though, it's just DAYS 'til Spring Practice. Can't blame most of us for already looking ahead to Gator football.

Above, I meant "...it's just the opposite of what makes Div. 1-A FOOTBALL so great..."

Just wanted to make clear the comparison I stress there.

paging urbin myers, paging urben myers, it's time 4 ur MEDICATION.

Canefan has a mancrush on Urban. It's cute. If Meyer expressed interest in scUM, canefan would be the vanguard of the FIRE RANDY TODAY parade. Guaranteed.

Dream on bloodied canefan.

Your broke azzz is stuck with Marble Mouf.

There's little chance that UK fans are actually reading a blog at the Miami Herald, so I guess Cane fans are using this opportunity to pose as UK fans, since they've run out of things to say about UM's deplorable football and basketball program.

I think what Jo meant is that Billy is the best coach that UF will ever get, and if he leaves could only be replaced by a second or third tier coach. What has cost UF is simply recruiting. The fact they couldn't utilize 2 NCs to their benefit and sign any decent recruits should have led to a congressional investigation. Billy D is simply a bad evaluator of talent - if only Urban could show Billy D how to recruit top athletes, UF would be fine....

5 star recruits under urbin 'i'm eatin with silverware' myers;
'06
jarred fayson, transferred 2 Illinois.
jamar hornsby, used dead girls credit card.
carl johnson, a restraining order against him.
brandon spikes, suspended 4 an eye gouge.
'07
torrey davis, cited 3 times 4 driving without a license.
john brown, transferred 2 Tenn.
carlos dunlap, cited 4 drunk driving.
aaron hernandez, doesn't know how 2 block.
lorenzo edwards, james wilson, deonte thompson, chris rainey, nothing significant so far.
'08
omar hunter, carl moore, matt patchan, will hill, again nothing significant so far.
'09
jelani jenkins, tasered at night club,
gary brown, kicked off team 4 beating up 2 women,
xavier mixon, andre debose, again nothing significant.
SHOULD BE AN INVESTIGATION IN2 WHY ALL THIS TALENT IS WASTED AT UFELONY.

How cute fact challenged canefan has a mancrush on Urban and the boys.

U post completely inaccurate nonsense but are still stuck with Marble Mouf.

That's really all that needs to be said.

Nice try "D" Bag!

Another great weekend for the 'canes. Our "O" beats up our defense. We lose to the 'Noles in basketball and the Gators in baseball. Good thing the meatloaf is warm and the view is on.

Go 'canes!

Wow, it's hard to believe fans of a one trick pony like UK can rip UF sports and all of the top notch programs they put out every year.

JO:
I posted a lengthy response to your piece as well as shtick intended for these Gator site marauding, incoherent UK "alums".

Regarding your piece, very nice work ,well thought out and very accurate. I would (unfortunately) like to add that Billy D and his staff are responsible for instilling discipline in his squad. If the players they selected didn't have the discipline to work on their respective games before they got here, the staff needs to push the appropriate buttons to make them care. I realize there is only so much a coaching staff can do to accomplish this, however there have been far too many examples of Gator players not meeting their potential during their time at UF. As an example, if Shipman and his immense talent will not become an off season gym rat in the manner Craig Brown or Brett Nelson, He will never reach the next level as a collegian, and certainly not as a potential pro player. Lots of us care about Gator hoops, but this is and always will be a football state. Just ask the SEC and ACC tournaments, bombs here in Tampa.

Funny, Gators fans say Cal cheats. Newsflash, Cal is to Kentucky basketball as Urban Meyer is to Florida football.

Hmm, one thing you left off Jo, its hard for Florida to recruit when they don't have the basketball tradition of a Duke, Kansas, Syracuse, or Kentucky. They don't go as far back or draw nearly as many fans as those schools.

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