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The latest on Florida freshman Dominique Easley, according to Staten Island Curtis coach

GAINESVILLE -- There are message board rumors swirling today that highly rated freshmen recruits Dominique Easley and Ronald Powell skipped practice on Tuesday.

Well, I asked quarterback John Brantley about it today and here's what he said, other than he didn't know anything about it ...

"I've heard those rumors from people but that's the coaches deal. They take care of that behind closed doors. I don't get let known to all that stuff."

So, we respect Brantley for his savvy plausible deniability...

No big deal right? Well, Florida's sports information staff reacted a little differently and abruptly ended Wednesday's media session after I asked Brantley about the rumor. Weird, right? It got me thinking. Maybe there is something to this...hmmm.

So, I called Dominique Easley's high school football coach, Pete Gambardella of Staten Island (N.Y) Curtis High. In luck! Gambardella said he spoke with Easley this morning -- he apparently speaks to him "all the time" -- and Easley didn't mention anything about missing practice.

ME: "Did he seem upset?"

COACH: "No."

ME: "Disgruntled?"

COACH: "No."

ME: "Anything out of the ordinary?"

COACH: "Nothing like that. Everything seemed fine."

ME: "Well, maybe the rumor isn't true."

COACH: "Hopefully."

Gator Clause will be working on this throughout the day, so we'll keep you posted...

UPDATES ...

1. Powell is at practice today.

1a. UF independent student paper reporting that Powell and Easley threatened to transfer on Tuesday after they skipped practice. Don't know how much stock I put in that, but worth mentioning.

1aa. Gainesville Sun reporting that Powell is happy being in Gainesville, according to Rancho Verde HS coach Pete Duffy.

2. Easley is at practice today.

-jo-

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WOW! Actual journalist investigative skills at work here. Not as mush fun at rampant speculation, but I like it.

More 5 star prima donnas who arent gettin the luv & want out & no story on ja'jaun story (haha). He definitely picked the right school 2 go 2 b/c the GAYtors luv thier players with rap sheets.
& urbie dont care as long as u can ball & pad his resume..

I thought they traded Easley to the Vikings for Sapp?

TIS THE SEASON THAT KEEPS ON GIVIN.....

An update to this story/non-story. Easley and Powell were seen walking onto the practice field on Wednesday. Pretty Mike Pouncey will be giving them an earful.

-jo-

Posted by: CANES play any1, anywhere.. | August 25, 2010 at 03:40 PM

September 16, 2006 Louisville 31 Miami 7

any1 anywhere....dats duhhh EWE

FYI this "rumor" started on a Vols message board as a joke and it blew up. The internet is God and we believe everything it gives us.

I'm calling BS on that one James. Pretty sure they were sick of getting "beaten like dogs," as one source told me, and didn't practice on Tuesday.

Moral of the story: Don't ever compare yourself and your freshmen buddies to James, Wade and Bosh. Upperclassmen will not like this.

-jo-

CANES play any1, anywhere..

You play in a basketball conference so you need to add big name schools to your schedule but in reality the majority of your schedule consists of basketball schools.

You mean anywhere except a home stadium cause you don't have one. Yeah your an elite program.

How many more years of mediocrity until you accept the fact that your best days are behind you.


Without another Pell Grant scandal on the horizon, you will continue to be an average team.

Canes used to schedule teams like tOSU as a power matchup.

Now it's just a PAY DAY.

sad...very sad

I hate the internet sometimes. Hysteria, mayhem, chaos - and yet they go to practice and nothing happens. Brilliant!

Posted by: CANES play any1, anywhere.. | August 25, 2010 at 03:40 PM

December 30, 2005
LSU 40
Miami Hurricanes
...........wait for it.............3

Pretty Mike Pouncey?

I'm pretty sure Mike Pouncey isn't pretty.

canesrule 21 ’ships says:
August 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm

The Lady Canes smashed you lousy Gaturd tards in the NIT, and ended up numero dos in the whole country.

All that glitters is gold


Posted by: Nut Bowl Goody Bag | August 25, 2010 at 04:35 PM

August 25th, 2010


Wait for it..........

28 > 26 HTH

5 > 3 Ships

3 > 0 undefeated seasons

4 > 1 THIS DECADE

6 > 1 HTH record the last 24 year

0 < 4 Winless seasons


jo, lose the beanie. You look like a french florist. It's "pretty"

Posted by: The FACT remains

ha ha you will atill be posting that ten years from now...remember when I got 'em on the gator blog

Pathetic u


You play in a basketball conference so you need to add big name schools to your schedule but in reality the majority of your schedule consists of basketball schools.

28 > 26 HTH

5 > 3 Ships

3 > 0 undefeated seasons

4 > 1 THIS DECADE

6 > 1 HTH record the last 24 year

0 < 4 Winless seasons


SLAM DUNK!



Posted by: Use the Delorean it takes 10,000 gigawatts | August 25, 2010 at 05:24 PM


I will "atill" be posting this 10 years from now because it never gets old numb nut. That and your chicken shyt AD wont play us so you can try to rectify the situation.

I almost forgot:


28 > 26 HTH

5 > 3 Ships

3 > 0 undefeated seasons

4 > 1 THIS DECADE

6 > 1 HTH record the last 24 year

0 < 4 Winless seasons

jo, lose the beanie. You look like a french florist. It's "pretty"

Posted by: The FACT remains | August 25, 2010 at 05:16 PM
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That's my mushroom hat.

-jo-

jo, stick with liqour. Whats urbie going to think when the bull gives you the horn while picking shrooms in a cow pasture?

And at the end of the day....u still are irrelevant

The link? Dont u dare!

AN OFF-SEASON that keeps on givin!!!
A head coach on prozac, ur 3rd defensive coordinator since last season, a president doin the demolition derby on campus, ur HOF inductee (Emmitt Smith) cant remember his alma mater, 3 arrested so far, 1 kicked off the team so far, 2 have transferred so far, incomin freshmen want out or more love..
& the season hasnt even started yet....

The link? Dont u dare

Don't fret son because I did not. You want to know why? I feel sorry for you. Your like the special needs child playing a game of hide-N-seek. When it's his time to hide instead of being quiet and still he jumps up and says "I'm over here" while the other kid is searching. Although funny, it's quite sad really.


And at the end of the day....u still are irrelevant


28 > 26 HTH

5 > 3 Ships

3 > 0 undefeated seasons

4 > 1 THIS DECADE

6 > 1 HTH record the last 24 year

0 < 4 Winless seasons

And at the end of the day your still 2nd in the state.


jo, stick with liqour. Whats urbie going to think when the bull gives you the horn while picking shrooms in a cow pasture?

Posted by: The FACT remains | August 25, 2010 at 05:52 PM
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That I'm a bull rider.

-jo-

I am sick and tired of these lame-o prima donnas...what did they expect? that they were just going to be given a starting job on the number 3 ranked team in college football? you gotta work for your scraps...I hope Urban doesn't make this a normal reccurence with these scrubs.
If these guys dont wanna work hard to play and expect everything just to be given to them, I hope Urban does the right thing and boots these losers off the squad; we don't need garbage like that on our team. On a lighter note, Go Gators!

5-star recruit is starting to sound like 5-star diva~!


Posted by: 305_Gators | August 25, 2010 at 07:15 PM

Touche my friend......

You're still slayin' player...even with homer Jo

Gator Brother, here's more of the full story:

This same thing happens every year. Dallas Baker almost quit. THe shock is tremeNdous. And under Meyer it is probably greater than anywhere. He is breaking them to humble them, buIld them back up and build the type of character you want. This is classic Bear Bryant, Woody Hayes stuff. It happens eveRY year. And the Gators are consistantly the toughest team around. The same thing is going on now in Tuscaloosa. The five stars are eating @#$%....this is how character is built and unity is built. Just like in Hell week if you were ever in a fraternity. Just like in boot camp. Only weak coaches like Ron Zook don't believe in this. As a matter of fact, I do not think Randy Shannon does anything like this, and look how soft his teams are. EVERY YEAR UNDER SHANNON THE CANES FINISH THE SEASON WORSE THAN THEY STARTED. Soft. Weak, Easily discouraged. Not all of them, but collectively as a team. .....REMEMBER "IRON SHARPENS IRON".......Anyway, here is the full story on this rumor:


Despite rumors that the high-profile recruits had left the team this week, both players are currently still with the program, although there had never been an official announcement they had left in the first place. UF held a press conference at noon Wednesday, but only quarterback John Brantley attended and he said “as far as I know” all the freshmen were intact.
Meanwhile, websites blew up with reports and talk radio shows exploded with speculation that Powell, the five-star defensive end from California, and Easley, the outstanding defensive tackle prospect from Staten Island New York, had cleaned out their lockers and failed to report to Tuesday practice.
Sources close to the team said more was being made out of the incident that really warranted, pointing out that nearly 50 percent of all freshmen consider quitting the team at one point in their first year.
The combination of a hot, long training camp and freshmen fighting for a starting spot against veterans seemed to have heated up matters in recent days.
The first hints that an issue involving the team’s freshman class was raised Tuesday afternoon, when Gators center Mike Pouncey, a senior captain, called the freshmen “cocky” and implored them to know their place within the program. There had been unconfirmed reports that Pouncey and Powell had a scrap in practice early in training camp and the senior offensive linemen reportedly got the better of the freshmen.
“At the end of the day, freshmen just need to shut their mouths and just come play,” Pouncey said. “They haven’t done nothing on Saturday, and most of the fans don’t even know who they are. Until they prove themselves, they just need to sit back and let the older guys play.
Most of the freshmen linemen, however, drew praise from all the upperclassmen.
Interestingly, Pouncey also singled out newcomer Sharrif Floyd as the “most mature” of the three high-profile linemen.
By Wednesday morning, rumors were rampant that Powell and Easley had grown disenchanted with the program and left the team.
On Wednesday afternoon, Florida officials declined to make an official statement about the players’ status, and while quarterback John Brantley — the only player made available to the media — acknowledged that he’d heard rumblings about Powell and Easley’s status with the team, he offered little information on the matter.
“I’ve heard those rumors from people, but that’s the coaches’ deal,” he said. “They take care of that behind closed doors. I don’t get let known to all that stuff.”
Asked whether the freshman class was still intact, he said, “As far as I know.”
Powell, a defensive end from California’s Rancho Verde High, was tabbed by some as the nation’s top overall recruit in the Class of 2010 after totaling 60 tackles and 13 sacks as a high school senior.
Easley, a defensive tackle, was also considered one of the nation’s top recruits. He was named MVP of the prestigious Under Armour All-American game and, along with Powell, was seen as a recruiting coup by Florida head coach Urban Meyer.
Despite their high-profile and regular praise from defensive line coach Dan McCarney, neither player is expected to start early on this season.
While Pouncey’s comments drew the most attention following players’ meeting with the media on Tuesday, at least one senior — Carl Johnson — praised the freshman class, particularly fellow offensive linemen Chaz Green and Ian Silberman, on Tuesday and made it a point to say that freshmen could step up one day and help in a key moment.
Asked if freshmen who felt “entitled” were targets for reprisal by the veteran players, Johnson stopped short of totally agreeing with that.
“I guess you could say that,” he admitted reluctantly, “because you don’t want to be shown up by a freshman. … But at the same time they’re our teammates. We might need one of these freshmen in a huge game against LSU, against Tennessee – you don’t want to beat up on them and tear down their confidence. You want to help them, too.
“You want to show your dominance, but also be a great teammate,” he added. “That’s one thing the veteran guys do here: We embrace the young guys. We show them: If you’re having a tough day, lean on one of us and we’ll carry you. Because we need for you to do that for us one day when we might have a tough day.”
In addition, Marcus Gilbert, who has been working at both tackle positions, says freshmen arrogance is nothing new.
“The same thing happened to our class in 2006,” said Gilbert. “We thought the same thing. But coming to college ball, it’s a lot faster. A lot more aggressive and hard-nosed football. Most of them realize what they got into and now they’re getting a lot out of it.”
Asked if some of the freshmen came in thinking they might continue on where they left off as high school stars, senior linebacker A. J. Jones said: “A lot of them come in like that and a lot of them have got to adjust fast. Us older guys try to tell them, ‘We had to our turn to play. It was rough at the beginning, but just keep working hard and everything will get better.’”
In regards to whether the ’10 recruiting class was a little more cocky that usual, Jones responded: “Not much. If you want to say it like that, our class was pretty rough, too.”
Jones said he had “some confidence” as a freshman and some of the other players called him aside to calm him down “just like what’s going on now.” They told him to wait his turn, “which is what I’m trying to tell them now.”
According to Meyer, meanwhile, this year’s training camp was the hardest in recent memory. He admitted Monday that he purposely made players as “miserable” as possible to in an effort to prepare them for Southeastern Conference road games.
He also said that this approach hasn’t been a problem during his tenure in Gainesville.
“We want them to be miserable and push them to that line because that’s what it’s going to be like in Knoxville and that’s what’s going to happen on the road,” Meyer said. “So we’re preparing right now for road games, not home games. Well, how do you do that? You make it miserable, make it loud, the coach is screaming and yelling — that’s the way we do things.
“You want to push them to that point,” he added, “where they’re not sure they want to keep going.”

Gator John,

So, what you're telling me is this is a non-story?

-jo-

You're so full of shyt Gator John! You keep believing that crap! Bear Bryant? Your comparing this UF squad to "The Junction Boys"?

Which one of Bear's boys stole a dead girls credit card? Which one of Bear's boys pulled the AK 47 during a bar fight? I would bet money that Bear Bryant didn't have 30 kids arrested during his entire career.

The "Speech", the "Statue", and now the "Junction Boys"???????????????????? What a Fing joke!

On a side note, kudos for having the nads to put "Miami" back on the schedule this year!

Jo this team is picking up right where it left off! (Right where it left off before beating a coachless patsy!)

You cant spell Undefeated without The "U"! (You should try it sometime, it feels REAL good!)

EVERY YEAR UNDER SHANNON THE CANES FINISH THE SEASON WORSE THAN THEY STARTED. Soft. Weak, Easily discouraged.


Posted by: Gator John In Pinecrest-Lovin It!

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You mean like in the GA Dome when Nicky was stuffy Urbie's ball down his throat? #2-13 or something like that until he started taking a knee so the humiliation was capped? Wasn't that your "tough guy" crying crocodile tears on the sideline? Wasn't that your "Bear Bryant" coach with an EMT over him applying CPR because he was so unnerved by the beatdown? Wasn't that the same "winner" that quit because of the beating? "Winners" don't quit Bull Johnny. Tough teams don't cry either.

Remember, "RUST CORRODES WEAK METAL, AND THE TURDS ARE MADE OF SCRAP"

Tool face, at least we make it to the GA Dome.
Or a conference game, for that matter.

Man, I guess i posted a good one! Hit a nerve? I cant really read your posts because there written like your screaming mad with saliva spewing all over the place. Junction boys were from the inner city. Can't compare the boys but the system is about the same. Let's see how the canes finish this year............also, i love the way all of sudden academics and arrests are below the canes when there not winning. Lets talk about how the canes are above all that. Ill take the arrests and the national championships!

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