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Record be damned, Gators are Outback Bowl-bound

Outback_Bowl_Logo Really, why do we pay attention to college football? This system is a joke.

The latest example of why: Florida is headed to the Outback Bowl to play Penn State, thereby leaping over South Carolina (Chick-fil-A Bowl) and Mississippi State (Gator Bowl), two teams that finished with better records (UF 7-5, USC 9-4, MSU 8-4) and beat the Gators. Shockingly, I was completely wrong.

Now, this is great for UF. Instead of settling into the Gator Bowl as deserved and taking an expected payout of about $2.7 million, they'll get about $3.5 mil to play in Tampa, and if I'm not mistaken, I get a free bloomin' onion.

There is absolutely no way the Gators deserve to be there, but as Snoop from The Wire said, "Deserve got nothing to do with it." Money does. The Outback Bowl chose them for financial reasons, hoping for better TV viewership and more fans in the stands. This is all allowed and probably a smart business decision, it just reinforces that this sport isn't really about football or entertaining you, it's just about the dolla dolla bills, y'all.

Here's a look at the bowls for UF, USC and MSU, in order of prestige. Overall records, conference records and place in the SEC standings are in parentheses:

Outback Bowl: Florida (7-5, 4-4, T-6th)
Chick-fil-A Bowl: South Carolina (9-4, 5-3, T-4th, beat Florida, East Champs)
Gator Bowl: Mississippi State (8-4, 4-4, T-6th, beat Florida)

The Gamecocks and Bulldogs both got screwed here. Like I said, great news for Florida to get into this game. But at the same time, this bid solidifies my opinion that no one should pay any attention to bowls.

How do you feel about this? Does it hurt your excitement for the game knowing the Gators didn't earn their spot? Or are you so used to the crooked-ness of this sport that it's all good?


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Boohoo! It's their bowl, their money and their CHOICE. They like the draw of Gator Nation. Tampa is ALL Gator.

Pound dirt Mikey Mike Mike Mikey Mike.

It's no secret the bowl system is all about money. Eventually we'll get a playoff system, so the bowl system will be about both money and football. In the meantime, there are several great matchups this year - including this one. Go Gators!


Perfect situation for Gator Fans, at least long term: gain some extra $ for the school, lose a bowl game to a decent team (I'd rather Penn State over Michigan), gain MORE reason to change things up next year, lose a non-fit QB and an uninspiring offensive coordinator, gain an opportunity next year to let Burton be a RB and let Reed run wild at QB.

SC should be happy too, Spurrier vs FSU is a great bowl game closer to home. MSU could feel screwed, but at least they're more likely to win their bowl game.

I'm with Bloomin on this one. If we finish on an "up" note, this ridiculous circus will continue. If I hear Adazzio say one more time "We graded out as champions" I'm going to puke up my pancreas -- it's best he doesn't get that chance.

Mike you need to read the SEC bowl agreement rules. After the BCS games are arranged the SEC and the bowls they are tied in with arrange match ups based on whats best for the conference, schools, tv share and ticket sales for the bowls. You will never see Florida in the Cotton or Ole miss in the Outback or Cap One even if deserved. Its about fans in seats and tv share after the NC game and Sugar is slotted.

Actually, Mike, I've read that South Carolina did NOT want the Outback, were pretty adamant about the Peach Bowl, therefore turned down the Outback bid.

Any corroboration on that?

Bowls historically have never been about the precise win-loss records per se, so it's naive of you to suggest otherwise. These choices fit both with the tradition and intention of the bowls.

South Carolina opted for the Chick Fil-A bowl -it's a great matchup that is close to their border and home recruiting territory.

MSU, however, did want to go the Outback but, just as teams from the SEC East almost never get seeded into the Cotton Bowl, MSU was less attractive to the Outback.

If you're seriouisly going to cover UF with this blog, how about taking a more mature and journalistic approach, e.g,. the follwoing recent piece about Auburn is extremely well-written. Would love to see the Herald write something as good as this about any of the state schools:


I have been so dissipointed with the way the Gators played this season, that I think they should have been passed over for a bowl. I had never seen a Gator team that was as undisiplined as they were. They should be ashamed to accept a bowl bid.

They'll fix it for next year, Bill. In all kinds of weather...

Bypassing a bowl obviously would be costly in terms of revenue, exposure and a number of team practices. It's not realisitic to assume they'd turn down a bowl opportunity unless they were going to take a bath traveling out of state, e.g,. Indpendence Bowl, Humanitarian Bowl, etc..

Who cares we still suck! Fire Addazio!


I agree with just about everything you said, however with respect to the quality of this blog, it's not so cut and dry. MM is also the beat writer for the Gators, so in reality, as it was with Joe and any other newspaper beat writer for a team, the blog is superfluous and really the less focused upon medium for news communication and fan discourse, given the comments which can be made at the end of the newspaper articles themselves. So i think you should cut the guy some slack, anyway.

That being said, MM and every other beat writer/team page blogger have to prostrate themselves at the feet of Manny Navarro, who not only does an excellent job on the newspaper side, but whose Eye on the $%^#ing U blog is incredibly well populated with various current posts, that are informative and the intended discourse enablers. I'd say his blog is the best beat writer blog i've come across.

So MM, step up, beeatch.

Incidentally, the Outback Bowl is more than this team deserves.

I agree Rico Taquito. Our team sucks! I'll watch the game if they get Justin Beiber or Hanson for the halftime show. Maybe Mike-Mike can get us all backstage passes!

Is it wrong for me to bury my face in the pillow thinking about my gators?

It's only wrong because you are a UM troll, flummoxed by the perpetual state of Miami football mediocrity.

Yuor coach is fantastic. Literally.

Word has it that Urban is looking to replace Addazio with the OC from Ok St. It can't be!!!!! Didn't Urban just tell us that nothing was wrong with Coach Addazio aka Mr. Explosives? Urban lied? Is this the end of the jump pass and dive play?

Oh well gatornation. You can always go spraypaint some walls.

Go Gators!


The last time UM meant anything on the national stage.

No one want s to coach the U.

University of Miami is closer to becoming the University of Minnesota (7 NCs, for all you Miami "alums" on this thread) then it is to returning to the former lofty heights.

Sad, like a senile old man hollerin' in a Hallandale nursing home about the old days ...

If UM is down over the last 20 years, then what does UF's 1-7 record against UM over the same period of time say about U?

Posted by: The Gipper | December 07, 2010 at 07:06 PM

It says that for 12 of those 20 years Florida and Miami didn't play because U backed out of joining the SEC after initially agreeing to do so. Instead U stayed hidden in the BIG LEAST, that pizzzz poor league U boast about going undefeated in? U clucks hold onto that one like it's Ur useless baby blanket that's time to let go of. It's beyond weak, even for a Cane clod. Then U had another chance to join the Big Boys, but ran to the B-Ball Conference ACC and Big Sister of the Big Least to carry on Ur Fraud of a MAJOR POWER football program where U have done exactly jack squat since whimpering in 7 yrs. ago. And I'm not saying U ran from the Gators, U RAN FROM THE OVER ALL COMPETITION. That's a fact that ALL College Presidents and A.D.'s across the Country know it, but U'd never admit it because by doing so U would disprove Ur false bravado of, ANYONE, ANYWHERE, ANYTIME. (which by the way, a dozen other teams used that same cry for years before Mira Sr., Kelly or Kosar got curly hair number one). But the blind visionaries that were Ur Prez, A.D., Alumni Dir. and trustess of Miami thought the EASIEST and most logical road for ALL Miami SPORTS teams was the ACC and it was a monetary mistake. (btw plenty of U wussy Canes fans were calling to head back to the Bid East on ALL forums/blogs these past 2-3 weeks because the ACC was just to tough and the ACC Refs have it out for U. The refs again huh? And U know who U are Mr. n Mrs. anytime, anyplace, anywhere hypocrites... So now Ur stuck in Mediocrity in a mediocre Conference and any of U with any sort of self realization and honesty knows it. U made it, lay in it. It's what U are.

Just what have U done lately ?

Last Football meeting? 23 point Win Gators.


Last Basketball meeting? 20 point Win Gators.


Last 2 Post Season Baseball Meetings, Regional/Super ?


Ur ohhh for Ur last 6 U time warped tick. Join us in the 21st. Century anytime.

Welcome to the here n now U Fool.

Any more kids decommit since 4:30? Jeez, U only have 4 left huh ? Yup, strrrong Head Coachless Football Program U have going on down there Skippy. And it ain't getting any better til after last years Recruiting class moves on.

That High profile Homerun Head Coaching search ?

Gruden- U gullible dopes- U were the violin and Chucky was the string genius
Peterson- nope, no chance
Paterson- naw, no way
Whittington- try again
Mullen- thanks for the 500k a year re-up
Edsall- will recruit, but not live in Miami
Leach- DESPERATE, good fit for U @ Desperation U
Cristobol- Better gig @ better rising program
Rabbit out of a hat- Abracadabra ... Nada, zip, zilch
Randy again- some of U that have mentioned it. sadder, U mean it
Wannestache ? Good luck, he's all Urs.

Wannestache is on line 1 with Kirby. Enjoy.

pssssssssssst, Ur 33-23 since 2006 ... 2-FAMU-UCF-S.Fla. Wins each. Charleston S., Marshall, FIU wins plus 4 over Duke and 2 over Wake... Ready for the real math there U blind moron?

yup='s That's 18-23, over 5 years verses barely decent out of Conference and ACC competition ! EXPLAIN THAT U Windless Hurricanes ? I won't even go into record verses ranked, road ranked and the ZERO Signature wins...

But, lemme guess, U would have given Randy another year right ? Because Duh U has the best talent in the country right? Jesus, do U people live in a Cocaine snow globe down @ Sun-tan U ?Do U even remotely halfway realize just how stupid U and Ur fellow clueless caniacs sound by even mentioning that nonsense in public with total conviction? Obviously not. To the insane, the sane are insane but U are certifiable.

But U want to puff up and pop off about 1987 and 1991 ? Ur kidding right? What are U. a Notre Dame fan of the mid-80's teleported into 2010 ? God, U two fan bases will hit it off great out in Texas and Chicago in 2012. Ur both relic mirror, has been past images of Urselves. And that, is pathetic. Especially when Ur the last to realize it.

Now go and break out the white loafers n linen jacket U mid-80's, O.B. still in denial final game watching Cane Switeks ...







Any more decommits in the last 2 hours ? Wanny turn U down too yet ?

*** Seriously, last question ... Answer me this. There's no doubt Florida sucked this year @ 7-5, we all know this ... FSU the last 3-4 years as well. So tell me just what has Ur EXCUSE/REASON been the past 5-6 years in The City Beautiful ? Riddle me that. ***

Now, I am through with U ... U may go .

Gee, U don’t say ?


UM could have trouble finding right coach

‘Canes job not as appealing to some as a decade ago

Coral Gables — The first person Miami Hurricanes Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt pursued after firing Randy Shannon a week and a half ago was Jon Gruden.

That didn’t work out, but it showed how high Hocutt is aiming for a new coach.

Whether he’ll actually be able to make that home run hire many associated with the program feel he needs to and expect he will is another issue. Money won’t be a problem, Hocutt has said.

But some believe the Miami job simply isn’t as appealing as it was when Butch Davis left for the NFL a decade ago. Shortly after Shannon’s firing, Mark May said on the air that Miami “is not a marquee program,” adding, “This is not 2001. It’s not 2002. It’s 2010.”

Still, fellow ESPN analysts Kirk Herbstreit and Chris Fowler said on a conference call Monday they believe Miami remains “an elite job” for coaches.

“There are some challenges that are very obvious that you have to deal with that are a little different from some of your other elite jobs,” Herbstreit said, noting UM’s facilities compared to those of top programs, as well as the distance from campus to Sun Life Stadium and poor home attendance.

“I’m not saying that’s a deal-breaker,” Herbstreit said of the latter two, “but if I’m a coach that’s definitely a concern.”

Fowler said the situation won’t be easy for whoever steps in as Shannon’s successor.

“Finding someone who can maintain what he was able to achieve with his team off the field and win more games and win championships and do it with a flashy offense that’s going to capture attention is very, very difficult,” Fowler said. “And that’s perhaps why there aren’t people lining up for it. Coaches are very aware of that set of challenges.”

Andy Staples, senior writer for SI.com, said Miami is “a great job” for the right person.

“If you’re already at a school that has great facilities and great booster support, great fan support and a lot of money, then no, it’s not a good job for you,” Staples said. “But if you’re an up-and-coming coach who wants to win, who might be in a place that is kind of a lower-tier school that will not ever compete for a national championship, then you’d be crazy not to take it.”

It’s hard to know the level of interest in UM from the candidates on Hocutt’s list. More should be known the next few days.

Hocutt expected to speak to some candidates in New York, where he was Tuesday for the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame awards dinner, an event attended by the nation’s top coaches and athletic directors. Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, who along with Connecticut’s Randy Edsall is believed to be at the top of the list, was among those who planned to attend.

Longtime former UM assistant coach Don Soldinger, who would like to see UM hire Mike Leach, believes “it’s going to be hard to attract” many coaches who aren’t familiar with the dynamic in Miami.

“It’s very different than any other college atmosphere,” Soldinger said. “It’s not like Florida. It’s not like a Florida State. It’s not like Clemson. Mississippi State, which is in the middle of nowhere, has better facilities, better crowds than Miami.”

To stress his point, Soldinger added of Mullen, “Why isn’t he interested in Miami?”

Mullen’s interest in UM isn’t known, though he did say Sunday he’s working on a new contract with Athletic Director Scott Stricklin and plans on being at MSU “for a long time.”

Herbstreit said Miami needs a coach that will come in and “win big.”

“There’s a personality they’ve got to be able to find that fits Miami,” Herbstreit said. “Butch Davis — if I were to look for a blueprint of what I would try to shoot for, that type of coach: a guy who can motivate, who can be a disciplinarian, who can be a father figure.

“If you can find a guy that can fill all those needs and you can put a good staff together and you’re able to recruit, Miami will be right back to winning championships.”


It’s only just beginning Cane Fan … Put on Ur seatbelt. It’ll get a lil bumpy …

Longtime former UM assistant coach Don Soldinger, who would like to see UM hire Mike Leach, believes “it’s going to be hard to attract” many coaches who aren’t familiar with the dynamic in Miami.

“It’s very different than any other college atmosphere,” Soldinger said. “It’s not like Florida. It’s not like a Florida State. It’s not like Clemson. Mississippi State, which is in the middle of nowhere, has better facilities, better crowds than Miami.”

U got that right Donnie …


More players arrested at UF.........Check!

The CANE ENVY is so obvious that its gettin a bit creepy, GAtor fan. U all need 2 get a life.
Frat boy is talkin about ur bowl game & u'all have enough trouble with ur own program 2 keep u occupied 4 weeks & months (gimmicky offense, arrests, new coaches, drunks, fire aDAZZEio, etc..
& GAtor nation is debatin the CANES (very creepy). Now i know its hard when u come from a 1 horse town where all u have 2 do is go 2 GAYtor games, watch 'men who stare at goats' (life in GAniesville) & do ur drug of choice..

Canes fan on the GATOR MESSAGE BOARD saying Gator fans have Cane envy. Isn't it ironic? Dont ya think?

At least you guys got rid of Bozo the head coach. You now have no head coach and people are turning you down left and right. I guess having no head coach is a step up from Randy Shannon. Good luck with that mediocre coach you guys will hire. No big name wants to step foot in that mess.

Horrible facilities.
No fan support.
Some stadium a million miles away without any college feel.
Ohhh but you have some overrated South Beach which was a popular thing in the 1980s.
Things are looking up for dah U.

Posted by: Rawpimple

Agree with you on all points besides South Beach which is still really cool. I would bet that more UF Grads live in South Beach then UM grads.

Obsessed cut and paste troll Sean Wilson has gotten banned from one site, has his racist threats erased from another, and then posts the same long hate-filled diatribes on multiple Canes boards, but yeah, Gator Trolls are not obsessed with the Canes. Good luck with that lie, Rawpimple. A little retaliation here for three years of racist comments is hardly ironic, it is just a little overdue payback.

Probably not a smart thing to say with the various UM trolls unhealthily obsessed with UF lurking about Gator Clause comment sections,but I live in Tampa, and I am struggling with whether i should go to this bowl game. I honestly cannot recall a point in time during my years of following UF that I've been more apathetic than this year. Last year was dissapointing, but more in a heartbreak sense. This year has been the most disappointing year, for me. '88 was very disappointing as well. But this is easily worse.

I'd like to hear if any Gator fans agree with me. Or give me a more disapointing year than this year.

Dude, don't be lame. Even in '88, we still went to all the games. Granted you could leave at half time and get back in (VIVA $1 Kamikazes at the Purple Porpose!!).

If you lived through those dark days, I think you can deal with the past season and go to a bowl in your backyard.

Florida is in bed with SEC commissioner Slive just like Alabama

Rawpimple, you must be a '99 UFelony grad with no clue (which is redundant). South Beach didn't exist in the '80's. Do more research, junior. That is, of course, if that horsecrap education at Ufelony taught you how to research.

CONFIRMED …Urban Meyer Steps Down as The University of Florida’s Head Coach … Happy Cane Fans ?

Mullen is Next …


Urban Meyer is stepping down as Florida's head coach, sources have confirmed to Andy Staples

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/#ixzz17Y8UZlV8

Thanks Urban you have been great and successful to the program....Unlike a certain mush mouf down south.

oh and good luck in Denver!!

CONFIRMED …Urban Meyer Steps Down as The University of Florida’s Head Coach … Happy Cane Fans ?

Mullen is Next …



Didn't this happen last year?


can someone give me directions to Gatard Nation.


Dude, don't be lame. Even in '88, we still went to all the games. Granted you could leave at half time and get back in (VIVA $1 Kamikazes at the Purple Porpose!!).

If you lived through those dark days, I think you can deal with the past season and go to a bowl in your backyard.

Posted by: Say it isn't so! | December 08, 2010 at 12:47 PM

I know, I know. I'll end up going, sort of like in '98, ironically the last time we played Penn State i beleive in the Citrus bowl. That was also a tough year as well.

In conversations with some Penn State folks, it's a humorously pathetic pissin' contest about whom will lose to whom, only they think they suck worse than Florida does at this point in time and will lose badly, while many Gator fans think the opposite will occur.

But at least we have a coach. And an on campus stadium.

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gator_clause/2010/12/record-be-damned-gators-are-outback-bowl-bound.html#comments#ixzz17Y7brpHp

Shove some more prozac down his throat.

But at least we have a coach. And an on campus stadium.


RICODOUCHE, You don't have a coach! He just quit..........again!!!!

Maybe Addazio can coach the bowl game? That should help lure recruits. lmao

Next Coach at UF?
Mullen?...You hope
Spurrier?..Nope, happy with the fighting chickens
Addazio?....fits your loser mentality

Gatard stench kills coaches. First, Josh McDaniel, then Urban. Billy D is next.

Where you at MikeyMike-Mike-Mike- da-Mike-Mike?

Time to post that picture of the train wreck again!!!!


Ooooooooopppps. Rico Douche spoke a bit too soon. Seems you are as dumb as your diploma says you are.

Open mouth, remove foot, Rico Douche.


Gainesville smells like burnt manure once again!!!

Where you at Piggy?

Posted by: Tell me please, just when will U be back ? | December 07, 2010 at 09:49 PM

Open mouth.....insert foot!

d-bags. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving fan base.


it sure is quiet in here!

And it's a fine on campus stadium, at that.

Wow. As i was typing it too...

Ready for a few bumps and a nice old vines Zinfandel about now.

And my foot tastes like crap...

RicoPallazzo shows he has more class than the racist troll with mother issues, Sean Wilson.

Don't worry about foot in the mouth, it comes back out. Being a Gator fan is not a crime, right? And just like the Canes fans on our blog, we can say stuff that tastes of shoe leather.

Good job owning up and being here, unlike a certain blog terrorist coward that is off trying to come up with another ID to post as on all the Canes blogs.

Thanks. I literally recieved more than 10 emails as i was typing the second to last post.
couldn't believe it when i hit "send" clicked on the inbox and saw 20 emails from my hack buddies, everyone sending the same 2 links about Urban Reteyer. Said to myself "Those ruthless Cane trolls are going to roast me!"

Think this one is for good.

Or at least until he figures out that staying at home all day with your lady isn't all its cracked up to be...

Donna should have hired Mullen 5 days ago. If that's what she was going to do, it will now be more costly.

Let's see how this shakes out for both schools.

What a fuked up year.

Rico, I will apologize for calling you a douche. My bad. U owned up to your post. You are right, we are both in the same boat. Too bad you have too many trolls ruining our blog. Otherwise we could've had a more productive discourse.

I do not think that Mullen was really considering the U. I think he was using it to negotiate a larger contract. I do think he will consider UF though. He is familiar with the school and some of the players. That would be an easier transition for him.

Just put the Canes on your schedule... home - away... not "neutral/; Orlando.....

BTW, WTF else is there to do in Hogtown?
Dont remember thousands of folks from all over the world dying to visit your town.....


it sure is quiet in here!

feel alone much ?

try to find Christ

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