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July 16, 2013


Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome (maybe back!) to the Gator Clause blog. I’m Jesse Simonton, and I’ll be the newest CEO of this establishment.

From the words of one of my favorite TV characters ever, “There’s a new sheriff in town, boys. Ya’ll best get used to it.”

I’ve covered Florida athletics since college (yes, I’m a UF alum), but I actually grew up in Dawg country. Cue, instant shrieking.

I’m excited to make this blog an insightful and engaging community where even the most ghastly trolls are welcome.  This blog will maintain a steady stream of content, so let’s have some fun.

Bring out the banter; only don’t make the comments section read like the lyrics of Jay-Z’s latest album. Florida and SEC fans are preferred (kidding… sort of) but if Miami or FSU brethren want to join the party, we’ll kick it like Will Smith and reminisce about the millennium.



Now that introductions are over, some actual news from the Southeastern Conference’s Media Days in Hoover, Ala.

Shocking, I know.

While the SEC’s annual circus begins today with 1,500 media members waiting for the next Johnny Manziel quote, the league did announce the kickoff times and TV broadcasts for the first three weeks of the 2013 season.

Florida will host Toledo on Aug. 31 at 12:21 p.m. on the SEC Network. The Gators travel to Miami the following Saturday (Sep. 7) for a noon tilt (ESPN) with their in-state rival Hurricanes. Florida better start hydrating now.

UF is already struggling to sellout the season opener and the confirmed start time surely won’t help matters. The University Athletic Association recently began offering a “Meal Deal” package to entice fans to purchase tickets for the Toledo game. For $35, fans can get a ticket, soda and hotdog. No word yet if hand-held fans are included.

Later, I’ll have more from SEC Media days, as UF coach Will Muschamp and players Jeff Driskel, Dominique Easley and Jon Halapio all address the media this afternoon.

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