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GAINESVILLE -- It’s snack time, so eat up.

Former Florida center Jon Harrison, an outspoken team leader for several seasons in Gainesville, recently made waves with comments regarding the Gators’ dumpster-fire 2013 season.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Tuesday, Harrison, who started 39 games at Florida from 2009-13, created a firestorm when he said “the crumbling” Gators were derailed by infighting and poor off-the-field behavior -- leading to UF’s first losing season in 35 years.

The NFL Draft hopeful specifically mentioned a locker room fight, upsetting several former teammates on Twitter. 

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A day later, Harrison clarified his comments in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, saying he was “misinterpreted.”

Harrison was adamant he was not “misquoted nor did he dispute the facts,” but rather his true feelings about coach Will Muschamp and the program were “read out of context.”

My take: First, read both links. Now, as I tweeted, a predictable outcome is predictable. Harrison’s dirt wasn’t particularly revelatory (specifically, the post Georgia Southern-fight was previously reported, but the pregame partying was new information) but you knew the messenger (i.e. Harrison) would be ripped for breaking the locker room omerta and deviating from the traditional platitudes and coaching speak.

What’s most humorous to me though, is this was written just 18 months ago following the end of Florida’s 11-2 campaign.   

MOVING ON

Redshirt freshman safety Marqui Hawkins is transferring, the school announced Thursday.

Hawkins, a three-star wideout from Columbus, Ga., was one of five receivers signed in Florida’s 2013 recruiting class, but the 6-foot-1, 213-pounder was redshirted last fall and moved to safety during spring practice.

“Marqui came to me and expressed an interest in getting a fresh start on the football field,” Muschamp said in a statement to school website Gatorzone.com.

“He was never in trouble off the field and was attentive in the classroom. We appreciate the way he carried himself and represented the program and wish him nothing but the best of luck in the future.”

MOVING ON PART DEUX

Longtime Florida men’s golf coach Buddy Alexander, a staple at UF for 27 years, announced his retirement — effective after the 2013-14 season — Tuesday.

Alexander, the 1986 U.S. Amateur Champion and second-longest tenured coach ever at Florida, led the Gators to a pair of national titles (1993, 2001) and 11 top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships.

The men’s golf team has struggled of late, finishing 10th at the SEC Championships in 2012-13, and Alexander, 61, called coaching “a young man’s game” Tuesday.

“It’s simply time for me to turn the reins over to someone else and allow this great university, athletic department and golf program to be everything it should be,” Alexander penned in a statement.

Despite the program’s recent woes, Alexander leaves a legacy of excellence and a legitimate springboard for aspiring professional golfers (current PGA Tour pros include Billy Horschel, Matt Every, Chris DiMarco and others).

THIS & THAT

In a conference call with media members Wednesday, ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said former UF cornerbacks Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson are likely Day 3 selections following poor workouts (at both the NFL Combine and Florida’s Pro Day) -- citing slow 40-yard dash times, specifically. Both enigmatic defensive backs were once considered first round talents, but after each clocked around 4.62 seconds 40-yard dash -- coupled with lackluster junior seasons and off-the-field concerns -- their stock(s) plummeted. The NFL Draft starts May 8-10.  … New York Giants safety Will Hill, an embattled defensive back at Florida from 2008-10, reportedly failed a drug test for the third straight year and faces a suspension of six games to a year depending on what tests show. In 2013, Hill started 10 games for the Giants, recording 77 tackles and two interceptions.

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Jesse:

get the oxygen tank ready for jlo. His lil' effeminate heart can't take all this drama. You mean Purifoy and Roberson are not and never were the next Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan combo?

The horror. All I heard out of that lil' maggot was how those two could start on any team in the country and were first round NFL locks.

Harrison's comments should be read as an indictment of the Muscrap era, a foreshadowing of things to come and, really, the end of the Muscrap era. These things don't change overnight.

I will be laughing at jlo as the gatrs stumble again this year. Remember, jlo, it is awful fans like you that Spurrier hated and the reason he left.

Goooooooooo, Gatah.

candy cane trolls, nothing better to do than to pay too much attention to the Mighty Gators.

Lmao...sounds like south Carolina where u have to try to fail. Barfights, entitlement ,pregame partying,not going to class....muschamp is outta here. Love how foley said the whole football program is on the hotseat. Thats politics at its finest folks.coach didnt speak,teacjers didnt speak....what the heck is goi.g on at the state gunded mill?

Sorry abojt the spelling jlo....keys are too close together plus laughing doesnt help.

We used to be the u of mediocre.

candy cane trolls, nothing better to do than to pay too much attention to the Mighty Gators.

U do realize UM has much higher entrance standards than public schools right? If not, it figures.

Also our coaches make sure students go to class. Uf , not so much. Foley knew, muschamp knew, and the teachers knew athletes weren't going to class. Ufraud says it all.

Can I get a backstab?

Dumbing down of america starts at the gator clause by obsessed, degenerate, GED wonders that call themselves cane fans. If we suck so bad and you hate our school so much and we are inbred hill billy's, then why the f'ck do you come here? I think the same way about Pee U, except insert "no spicky inglish" over hill billy, except the last thing in the world I would do is obsess and dwell on the cane blog.

Btw, dummy, Pee U is a private institution and can make the admission standards whatever they want them to be. UF goes by the same standards that any other public university goes by. Explain this genius, if Pee U has such high academic standards, how the hell did thug U become thug U? We all know that the only thing these guys did right on their SAT was writing their name down in the right place. Even some received extra points if they spelled their name right.

I don't see Warren Sapp for Mayor or Michael Irvin for Governor or Bernie "Sufferin Succotash" Kosar as a color analyst. Since those standards are so high, the only stand up guy you guys claim is Ray Lewis. Hell, Ray Lewis for President since the once accused murder turned his life around. Now that is something to hang your hat on.

candy cane trolls, nothing better to do than to pay too much attention to the Mighty Gators.
U(nranked) do realize that NOBOBY...and I mean NOBODY cares what you think.

SUCKS TO BE U

just focus on your own upcoming losing candy cane season (3-9 at best) and don't let the door hit your thug ass on the way out.

Don't see anything wrong with Harrison's comments. The player who wrote "you a thot for that bra" is a total coward and imbecile. By the way, "thot" is slang for b**ch. Stupidest slang word ever. Society's a mess.

It makes sense that the team is full of me-first losers, hence the embarrassing season.

I for one was not impressed by the Spring game. None of our QBs could complete any deep passes or anything farther than 15 or 20 yards. Our receivers still suck, and our QBs are still mediocre at best.

I hope I'm wrong, but I predict another crappy year, with Muschamp getting fired before it's all over.

Too bad this blog has just become a bunch of UF vs UM nonsense.

Canes will have an abysmal season as well (due to their QB situation).

Go Gators nonetheless!

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3-9....? Lol....thats a stretch eve for the gators....well maybe not the gators....

Jess, what was wrong with my comment???

We punked your sorry azzes. The sound that was ricocheting all over the Swamp Dump was

OOOOOOOOOOF. As in OOOOF Gatahs.

More of the same this year at the state's largest diploma mill. And, really, Trailerville is such and eyesore dump. Failing academics and now the foosball team stinks. What is a trailer donkey to do?

Go to class for starters!

Go to class for starters!

Class? You mean like StarCraft? Or Facebook and Instagram? Those are classes any top notch university offers.

The OoFraud students would also go to computer class but the brainiacs at OoFraud discontinued that curriculum.

Poor academics reflective of this mostly white-trash state.

Class? You mean like StarCraft? Or Facebook and Instagram? Those are classes any top notch university offers.

The OoFraud students would also go to computer class but the brainiacs at OoFraud discontinued that curriculum.

Poor academics reflective of this mostly white-trash state.

Jlo/Ollie/dumbing which ever personality you are today, you are pathetic much like the diploma mill that you cheer for and definitely did not attend because you definitely come across as a Comm. College grad if that. Let me guess you picked gator trash because it most resembled your family, riggghtttt.

blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah i'm a dick

^^^^^^^ not me jlo, so no need go call me a virgin.

Poor obsessed Miami Moron now you claim that Spurrier left because of "awful fans". Just like you said Jesse hates us and that I am every other Gator fan posting here. Maybe in your cane clown fantasy world that is so. In real life Spurrier left for the NFL and wanted to return but Foley hired Meyer instead.
Then, for the millionth time you idiot, just because you post under different names everyday does not mean it is normal and everyone else does it too. That is loser behavior that only imbeciles do, like you.
It does not matter how many times you try to bad mouth The Flagship University in the great State of Florida, those in the know understand that UF is the best University in the State by far. Both in academics and athletics. You just show your stupidity every time you post.
And yes you are one lonely and pathetic 40 year old smelly virgin that lives in a dump of a house with a large florida room but no indoor plumbing, living in the shadow of Gainesville in a hick town, having to go to Jacksonville for "fun" and getting abused by all the folks in the area that are predominantly Gator fans. No wonder you are such a loser, such a poor excuse for a human being. Pitiful.

Sticks and stones baby....sticks and stones..... you're still delusional and immature. . Flagship universities let their athletes skip class ? In the sec you have to try to fail.....not my words!

Jlo/Ollie who ever you are today. There are many cane fans posting here to torment the likes of the pond scum that is know as ufail. Wait cant call it ufail because in the sec, you cant fail, riggghttt! Academically, uf is 70th or so in the nation and Miami is top 30 so nice try and of course athletically, in the big 3 sports, uf has 5 and Miami has 9, you lose again. Now that the facts have been provided go back to cleaning the toilets at Stake & Shake.

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it's official, i am mentally retarded.

i promise next week, i will get a life and get off this computer in my mom's basement and get out and meet some nice men. next week, i promise.

"Academically, uf is 70th or so in the nation and Miami is top 30 so nice try "

This is the US News & World Report kool aid that the USA Today- type, short attention span losers take as gospel. Instead of looking at that tabloid's list go find a respected academic organization and peruse the rankings: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/ or http://www.aau.edu/about/article.aspx?id=5474.

As far as athletics go listing 9 ancient titles may make you feel better, but we all know in the past decade, in the 21rst century, UF is light years ahead of University of Mediocre, in all athletics as well.
Again hands down the Premier University in the Great State of Florida.
Delusional? Yes you are. Immature? That too, and also retarded.

It really is hilarious when cane fans, who never stepped foot on the campus, talk smack about academics and act like they actually went to school there. That is exactly why they're the most delusional fan base in college football. Well that and the fact that they can't seem to grasp how long they have sucked and still do!

Comenting on gator clause on how the world is laughing at UF and then calling "Steak and Shake" by "Stake and Shake" looses all credibility. The world is trying to figure out why U made it past the abortion cut off. Please keep keeping us proud.

Donkeys d's. With screennames like that you uphold the stereotypes of gator fans.
Jlo, not again. Ufelons are lightyears ahead of UM? Do you know how far a light year is? Why is it ok to use the past decade as an example when you tell us to quit dwelling on the past? Lets keep it in the present because we all know UM's past is much better than uf's. We hold the latest win in football, two of three in baseballand a winning record at the end of the 2013-2014 season. How exactly is that lightyears ahead? Is a division ll lose at home one of those light years?
Gatorlummy,you guys had one 11-1 aberration season and lost to us while muschamp has been head coach. You were 4-8 last season for your gods sake. Uf sucks as of right now.

Why does these supposed gator fans NEVER comment on being at a game? NEVER comment about being at a spring game? Watchi.g games on tv makes you a gator follower. I personally drive600 miles round trip to canes games and spring games. This last spring game is the first one I have missed in years . That makes me a fanatic ( fan ). I would put money on the fact I have been to more games in the swamp than all the posers on this blog put together. I have been to 3 games in the swamp( only because My brother-in-law got free tics from a doctor that never went). Thats why I know why they call it the swamp. Its a poorly designed stadium that allows minimal air circulation.
I have been coming on this site since last spring and not on peep of "I was there" or I am going" about anything gator.

Jlo/Ollie, you make my point, shows you never attended uf, just that the criminal element and inbreeds that represent the institution most resemble your family. I quote from US News and World Report, a world respected news organization and you quote "Times higher education UK" reealllyyy? Then you reference the 9 titles as ancient when I was simply responding to your baseless comment of "UF is the best University in the State by far. Both in academics and athletics" but proved you wrong again on both counts. By the way no need for a period in the middle of a sentence, dummy.

Douche, 9 wins is not a good season! Especially when you got destroyed by every good team you faced. Maybe when you're used to winning 7 games on a regular basis it is, but it really isn't. Especially when you watched Duke play for the championship. Beating one of the worst teams the gators have had in a long time and needing 5 turnovers to do so, is not an accomplishment. This is exactly why you guys are so delusional. How convenient of you to only count this years games in baseball, when in all actuality it's 3 of the last 20 for the canes who are actually ranked below the Gators right now. And to the poster above. Some of us have families as well as lives and can't travel 8 hours round trip to games on a regular basis. But you can bet for damn sure that I've been to every game they've played locally, including last years aberration. So congrats on being the rare breed of cane fans who actually goes to games. I don't buy for a second you travel 600 miles round trip to every game, but then again you can't believe much of anything a cane fan says on here. But hey, continue being 1 of the 15,000 that actually goes to the games. At least there are some true die hard cane fans, and not just the ones who constantly run their mouths on here.

You guys gotta quit with this " worst gator teams of all time" crap. You had basically the same team as the eleven win team minus a few seniors and a couple juniors. We beat you head to head without injuries on a "reloaded" team. Why did harrison say it was lockerroom problems that led to an 8-4 season? He was on the team. Is he wrong? Are you right because of what you saw watching games on tv? Look up Darrell Oliver on facebook and ask him if sid goes to all the games and drives 600 miles round trip. He was on the 83 NC team and would have no reason to lie for me.
Also if your comprehension skills were any better you would have understood when I said lets look at the present. We own you all time in baseball also so why stop at 20 something games. Your as dumb as jlo.

Also, I have a U tatoo on my back and a 10" sebastian tattooed on my calf. That is the definition of a fan(fanatic). Also have a manvave shrine to my school bigger than most gator followers trailers(440sq.ft) with 3 tv's . I also have traveled to bowl games, not all but some. What do you do for your team other than talk crap on blogs using partial stats to fit your agenda?

Sorry....4-8 season....LMAO! 8-4....what was I smoking?

blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah i'm a big d-bag with a tattoo and by back and calf. seriously, i'm not making this up.

Forgot to add that I also have a tatoo of Jacory Harris on my left butt cheek and a 21" portrait of Shalala tattooed on my right one. Also I forgot to plumb the manvave shrine to my school and it can get pretty smelly there but I'm used to it and since I'm always alone, who cares. I also have traveled to Jacksonville every time I feel like getting out from my country style of living and going to the big city. For years I thought I was going to Miami instead and that is why I started following the canes, then when Jacksonville landed the Jags I realized I was never in Miami after all. But no matter I still folow the canes and come to Gatorclause daily to vent my daily beatings from Gator fans around the Jax- Bunnel corridor.
Most of the time I stay inside my smelly cave watching my 3 TVs and wondering if I should ever get indoor plumbing. Nahh.

When are the block your own player drills?

That's actually pretty sad that you have stupid tattoos on your body like that, then brag about them. But hey, to each is own. Again, congrats on being the biggest Lame fan!

I have only seen my team beat one division one team, I got a tattoo to celebrate it.

This blog is like being in 3rd grade again.lol. say something then an actual player makes you out to be a liar then you attack the messenger.

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See what I mean^^^^^^^^^ that wasnt me......

"Also, I have a U tatoo on my back and a 10" sebastian tattooed on my calf. That is the definition of a fan(fanatic)."

Dude, THAT (above) is my definition of an idiot! Did you even go to UM?

I'll tell you what: we're not Gator fans, we're not Gator followers, we're Gators... specifically, we're Gator alumni.

Not because we have tattoos or shrines at home, but because we have degrees and diplomas on our walls, something U obviously don't have.

Degrees and diplomas from uf show what? That any minion can graduate from u cant fail. Although it is true that your degrees mean something, I mean when I hire someone to wash my car, landscape my yard and clean my home, I look for uf grads, at least the few without criminal records.

Meant to say, Degrees and diplomas are foreign to me. Any minion like me wishes he could graduate from high school. Although it is true that your degrees mean something I can't understand, I am more comfortable with tattoos and building shrines in my trailer. No one checks for diplomas when they hire me to wash cars, landscape yards or clean homes. I look at uf grads with lots of envy and can't help coming here and making a fool out of myself.

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Real mature there Jlo/Ollie/gatoralum whichever dummy you are today. Shows the IQ of a gator grad. LMFAO

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