Apparently, the talking will continue until Florida and Kentucky take the field this Saturday.
After Gators offensive coordinator Brent Pease was asked to respond on Tuesday to comments he made during the summer about running up the score on the Wildcats this season, former UK quarterback Jared Lorenzen, the original impetus for the comments, responded Wednesday in an article published by Lexington Herald-Leader.
In it, Lorenzen is quoted as saying the two never got along during Pease's time as offensive coordinator in Lexington from 2001-02. Lorenzen started as a freshman under then-coach Hal Mumme, but when Mumme was fired and Guy Morriss was promoted -- with help from players like Lorenzen petitioning for him with the athletic director -- he brought in Pease and Lorenzen was forced to split time with true freshman Shane Boyd.
"Let's just say we got into a lot of heated arguments," Lorenzen told the Herald-Leader.
Lorenzen regained the starter's role in 2002 and helped the Wildcats go 7-5 after a 2-9 season the year before. Morriss and Pease were suddenly hot names in coaching circles and left after the season to take jobs at Baylor.
"Really, I didn't have problems with anybody on that staff other than with Guy (Morriss) and Brent (Pease)," Lorenzen said. "And it had more to do with the way they left."
"We were told Guy was going down there just to talk to them. I figured he's just looking to get more money out of UK. But then 24 hours later and they're heading up out of town."
Lorenzen had his best statistical season under Pease, but that doesn't mean he always saw eye to eye with the coordinator. In the article, he seems to have matured slightly and admits that he might have been a little short sighted as a player.
"He can be creative, that goes without saying," Lorenzen said. "Some of the stuff he was drawing up was extremely creative. Maybe it was just me being a little bit of a hard-head being the young guy. We just didn't agree a lot."
As for Lorenzen's tweets about Pease when Florida hired him, he said he was taken aback by how quickly word spread. But that doesn't mean he's apologizing.
"I'm an emotional guy. I think anybody who has been around me knows that," he said. "I was surprised how quickly it got out because the next thing I knew my Twitter (feed) was full of Boise and Florida people."
"If the offensive coordinator from the University of Florida, or anybody for that matter, is worried about what a former player said about him instead of an SEC (opponent) — cool." Lorenzen said. "If it takes the heat off the guys, I'll take every bit of it because I bleed blue more than anybody in this world."
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips had a different take. When reporters told Phillips about Lorenzen's comments and Pease's pledge to hang 50 on the Wildcats this Saturday, Phillips responded succinctly.
"Tell Jared to shut the hell up," he said.