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The Hoops Report: Bring on The ACC

I know football/recruiting is what spins the wheel at The U, but I'd like to make The Hoops Report a weekly feature on my blog now that ACC play is set to begin. The 13-1 Hurricanes deserve that at least.

So, I'll start with the big picture. The Hurricanes open ACC play Saturday at 2 p.m. at home against Georgia Tech (6-6, 0-0 in ACC play) in a game that is already sold out. UM then hits the road for Boston College (10-2, 1-0) and North Carolina State (9-3, 0-0) the following Tuesday and Saturday respectively.

For Frankhaiththose of you hiding under a rock or still buried under football season, here's a quick recap: The men's basketball team actually started the season 12-0 -- two wins shy of tying the school record -- before a six-point loss to a solid mid-major team in Winthrop (The Eagles have averaged 26 wins the last three seasons) at the Orange Bowl Classic. The Canes even climbed into the Top 25 poll, reaching as high as 19th before the Winthrop loss knocked them out. At that point, UM was one of nine remaining unbeatens in all of college basketball. The highlights of the winning streak: UM won a preseason tournament in Puerto Rico, beating VCU (9-4) and Providence (9-5) in the tournament, then the Canes picked up a really nice road win at Mississippi State (9-5).

So what has helped UM get off to such a great start? Some would say an easy schedule (the Canes strength of schedule is rated 242nd by RealTimeRPI). The schedule has helped, but the success on the court can be attributed to health, defense and some great three-point shooting.
Adrianthomas- Redshirt sophomore forward Adrian Thomas (torn ACL, out for the season) is the only player who has missed significant time this season due to injury. Last year, Miami was riddled with injuries and had several player suspensions.
- The Hurricanes defense, which finished dead last against the three and in field goal percentage defense, has climbed to No. 2 in the ACC in field goal defense (.375), scoring defense (60.3 ppg) and No. 3 in 3-pt. percentage defense (.306).
- Jack McClinton, who led the ACC in three-point percentage and free throws, is no longer the lone gunmen on this team. He and teammate James Dews have combined to hit on 68 of 140 (.486) from behind the 3-point line and 51 of 60 (.850) from the free throw line. The Hurricanes lead the ACC in three-point shooting and both rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the category.
- The Hurricanes don't have many guys ranked very high in the ACC in individual categories. McClinton ranks 8th in scoring (15.5 ppg), 5th in free throw percentage and 1st in three-pointers made per game as well as 3-pt shooting percentage (.508). And Anthony King (7.9 rpg) and (1.71) ranks 6th in both rebounding and blocked shots.
- But where UM is excelling is team categories. The Hurricanes have the fifth-best scoring offense (77.4 ppg), fourth-best rebounding margin (+5.8) and the second-best assist to turnover ratio (+1.17).

All that being said, the real schedule begins now and the Hurricanes know finishing under .500 in the ACC usually doesn't mean an NCAA Tournament berth. The ACC is rated the toughest conference in the country by the RPI with a 118-33 record in non-conference play, including a 29-16 record against the Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC combined.

OK, those were all the facts and numbers here's some analysis and insight. The Hurricanes have to win Saturday against Georgia Tech. No, it's not a REAL must win. But for confidence and to keep fans behind this team, UM needs to beat the Yellow Jackets Saturday afternoon. Georgia Tech owns the worst record among ACC teams at 6-6. Yes, Tech's six losses have only come by six points or less and yes, the Yellow Jackets appear to be improving according to coach Paul Hewitt. But this is a game UM has to win if it wants to finish in the top half of the conference and make the dance.

WILL KING PLAY?: Miami's starting senior center pulled his groin in last week's win over Penn and missed the second half of the game. Monday, coach Frank Haith provided an update during the ACC Anthony_king_action teleconference: "He hasn’t practiced since the game. He’s day to day. He’s moving better. We’re hopeful he’ll be ready for Saturday. We’re hopeful by Wednesday or Thursday maybe him doing a little bit of something [in practice] to see how it goes. He did have groin pull and we’re just going to take it day by day. That’s why we’re being cautious with it. There’s no need to rush it. In all honesty, it’s a blessing we’re not playing until Saturday. We’re trying to give it sometime. With a groin pull there’s not a lot you can do except rest it a little bit. The good news is he’s being more active on the sidelines in the stuff our trainers are having them do." Translation: He's iffy. If King is back in practice by Wednesday or Thursday, look for him to start. If not, Haith has the rest of the season to worry about and can likely survive with Dwayne Collins, Ray Hicks and Jimmy Graham.

NEW STARTING LINEUP: If King is healthy and ready to go, don't expect Collins to come off the bench anymore. Graham, usually Miami's starting power forward, found himself on the bench to start the game Jimmygraham against Penn the last time out. And it may be where he does the majority of his production. Haith said he feels Graham gets himself into foul trouble too quickly, a result in his opinion because officiating is so tight early in games. "It wasn't anything bad that Jimmy did," Haith said. "What we looked at was Jimmy starts the game and I don't want to [criticize officals], but I think officiating in the beginning of the game is when it's the tightest. And I think Jimmy always gets two fouls and he sits for 17, 18 minutes and he comes back in the second half and he gets his third foul. So, he ends up playing 18 minutes for the game. We want to get him more minutes, we want to get him on the court more. He got his first foul - I'm not going to move my theory like an Einstein - but he got his first foul in the second half. His aggressive nature hurts him start games sometimes. Obviously that was the whole thing behind that. He played a lot more minutes and played without fouling."
- Graham played 23 minutes, had seven points, five rebounds and just one foul against Penn. His replacement, Dwayne Collins, had 18 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks and three steals in the same game. After missing three games with a sore ankle, Graham played only 11 minutes in back-to-back games. So, it looks like Haith's strategy is working out.

GETTING RIOS GOING: There is no question freshman point guard Eddie Rios hasn't Edwin_rioshad the type of start he hoped for even though he leads the team with 14 steals on the season. In 14 games, Rios has shot 27.7 percent from the field, with 39 assists, 30 turnovers. The former Miami High standout and highly-touted recruit finally got going a bit against Penn, connecting on three of four from three-point range and finishing with 9 points, 4 assists and only 2 turnovers. Haith said he played Rios the majority of the second half in the hopes it might help him with his confidence. Miami certainly needs him to come around now that ACC play has started. McClinton, who is definitely more of a scorer, has had trouble with turnovers at times handling the point. While Lance Hurdle has filled in nicely, it would be nice to see UM's future at point guard show some more growth. Haith said Rios needs to handle his defensive assignments better, namely the way he handles ball screens.

"We need Eddie to play for us. I think Eddie needs to come along," Haith said following the Penn game. "I think in the first half, he went under the screen instead of over it. You go back to the Winthrop game, we gave up two threes because we didn't go over on ball screens. Tonight, we go under and they nail you. When we go over scouting reports and game planning, we got to be solid with what we do. He went underneath on the screen, the kid nailed the three. We got to get better from an execution standpoint in paying attention to the little things. "We need him to get out there and get comfortable. He's played a lot of minutes. He's played about 18, 19 minutes and but at some point in time he's got to take care of the basketball and make good decisions. He can playmake. He made some nice plays out there tonight."

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who is the new kid to get an offer from miami rivals site

Patchan Sr.
ur rights as a Cane are revoked

u r now a Gator
i wish u had never been a part of the U
i hope to never see u at dolphin stadium
and 3 yrs from now when we play UF
if u do show up
wear orange and BLUE
u traitor
NO ONE SHOULD EVER FORGET THIS

u freakin turncoat !


patchan sr says the decision was razon thin?
BS
it was black and white

randy is black
urban is white

its alright
cause its all white !

Manny are you serious? Did you think for one minute the folks on here would allow you to talk about anything other than football recruiting. I for one like to read about the basketball team and I appreciate your hard work. I think you'll be lucky to get anyone talking bball until after GTECH.

Great job Manny. Finally some real talk about basketball. This team is good, and even if they weren't -- college basketball is a great sport, and Hurricane fans fail to realize that (among other things). Don't get me wrong, I love the football team first, but talking about recruiting is the most impractical obsessive behavior a fan can have. It's the winter, football is 9 months away. Besides, what you're doing is talking about a bunch of kids who you will probably berate on this site next October anyhow. It's funny really...Go 'Canes. See you in the tourney. I say a 6 seed.

The Basketball team deserves our support!
Let'go Canes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BEAT GT IN A BIG WAY!!!

Props to the U basketball, hope they can continue to roll now that the ACC schedule has started. NOW back to FOOTBALL, lol. Yeah Pachan not picking us was a bummer, but we still could see some surprises. I hope Brandon Harris sticks with it, we need him, but our O-line needs addressing bigtime. Any inside info on that one Manny?

Props to the U basketball, hope they can continue to roll now that the ACC schedule has started. NOW back to FOOTBALL, lol. Yeah Pachan not picking us was a bummer, but we still could see some surprises. I hope Brandon Harris sticks with it, we need him, but our O-line needs addressing bigtime. Any inside info on that one Manny?

AP top 25 MIAMI #25

Manny,

Can you break down GT for us? Do you expect them to press Rios (or whoever is bringing the ball up the court)?

EVERYONE TAKE A LOOK AT THIS!!!!

Let just focus on incidents from the last decade involving UF. I admit I copied this from another site:

Here are my top 10:
1. After Jarvis “Puffy” Moss jumped up (Ganja increased his vertical by 18?) and salvaged the croc’s season against the Gamecocks by blocking a last second field goal attempt, it was revealed he to also failed a drug test during the summer as the clock ticked to zero. Guess what game he missed? The showdown between top ranked UF versus division 1AA Western Carolina.
2. Gator great, Marcus “Medicinal Puff” Thomas - a multiple drug test failure, pot and GHB. Gator fans tried to convince us all it was from the same test… then the truth came out, near the end of the season with his dismissal from the team. Moss and Thomas were both drafted by the Broncos. WTF was Shanahan thinking?
3. Baby Momma Slappin Avery Atkins. The alleged victim, Benerah Sanford, told police: She and Atkins argued Saturday on a drive to Atkins’ grandmother’s house. Atkins leaned over and punched her at least 13 times, and pushed her face against the car’s window while he conversed with relatives. Every time Sanford tried to exit the car, Atkins either punched her or stepped on the gas. When the pair finally arrived at Atkins’ home, she ran off and called the police.?Earlier this month, Atkins was found in a car in Daytona Beach with weed, gun and digital scales. To top it off, it was not his car. He had enrolled in UF in January with plans to “fight his way back to the cornerback slot.”
4. Brandon James a football player and Brandon Powell who coincidently is the basketball player who sucker punched the Vandy student in the back of the head [link], were found together in Gainesville with…. you guessed it: marijuana in the car during an undercover “buy bust”. One felony and one misdemeanor — purchase of a controlled substance and possession of >20 grams of marijuana — suspended indefinitely.
5. WR Riley Cooper smashed a windshield, welcome the perfect gater. And just who is Jasim Alidina? Adlina was the victim of Freshman Riley Cooper’s flailing haymaker through his car window. While Alidina survived the incident, remarkably unscathed, neither Cooper nor the car were as lucky. Cooper was taken to the Morton Plant Hospital.

6. Florida defensive back Dorian Munroe charged with felony for removal of parking boot and placing it in his trunk. This was later ironed out as expected as UF is thin at the corner. One felony — theft of a police metal parking boot from his car
7. At Da Club, Ronnie “The Rifleman” Wilson slaps some guy, then spits on him, then ends it by shooting at him, luckily police actually stepped in one time before he killed that guy. two felonies and one misdemeanor — gun in a parking lot near campus — suspended indefinitely
8. LB Dusty “Rhodes” Doe, pummels some dude (ala Channing the Chainsaw Crowder) in a Alaucha County vs. Pasco County gang fight (Reds vs. Crips style). Punishment? No suspension from Meyer. Doe to face the (Jaws intro theme) Leadership Committee. one misdemeanor — disorderly conduct for parking garage brawl
9. The 7-Man shower Self shooting gun incident, Gator players led by Dee Webb, Andre “Bubba” Caldwell and Reggie Lewis had a $60,000 SUV loaded with improperly registered AK’s and other machine guns… and they were all drunk while shooting at apartment windows for fun. Of course initially nobody took the blame and they all said they were in the shower (together) and that the gun must have shot itself… Gators went with the deniable plausibility angle when Dee Webb shot off his arsenal saying he had already declared for the draft, so he was no longer a Gator.
T10. Dallas “Bike Taker” Baker, steals a bike, but when cops questioned him, Dallas said, “heck man, I just thought the bike was ‘abandoned’”. The sophomore was issued a sworn complaint from UPD as an officer stopped Baker near Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (which is a great place to take a deuce). Baker said he was late for an appointment and picked up an abandoned bicycle. Misdemeanor!!!
T10. Linebacker Taurean Charles. A UF student said Charles touched her against her will, the sworn complaint issued by the university police department said. Charles allegedly slammed her on the bed and onto a computer desk, picked her up over his head and threw her down on her roommate’s bed, according to the complaint. Charles was later dismissed from the Florida team.
Who is worse? Florida or Montana? [link]
Honorable Mention
Nyan (Cap’n Stabbin) Boateng gets into a heated arguement with some chick, a knife fight breaks out, Nyan Dogg ends up bloodied on the floor, luckily he was still alive.


LL
Does this list look better?
Agent Issues
Fred Taylor - Dealings with agent Tank Black
Reidel Anthony - Dealings with agent Tank Black
Ike Hilliard- Dealings with agent Tank Black
Javon Kearse - Dealings with agent Tank Black
Jacquez Green - Dealings with agent Tank Black
Mike Peterson - Dealings with agent Tank Black
Reggie McGrew - Dealings with agent Tank Black
Johnny Rutledge - Dealings with agent Tank Black
Keith Council - ?Dealings with agent Tank Black
Tim Beauchamp - Dealings with agent Mike McDonald
Dock Pollard - Dealings with agent Mike McDonald
Mo Collins - Accepted cash from agent
Tony George - Family at Holiday Inn on agents credit card
Thefts
Jabar Gaffney - Multi thefts of money and items
Reidel Anthony - Credit card fraud
Fred Taylor - Credit card fraud - some law books among other things
Ron Graddy - Accessory armed Robbery, driving a getaway car
Doc Pollard - Multiple - Book theft - skipping classes
Jamie Richardson - Threw a deadly missile into a restaurant, aggravated battery (pool stick), credit card fraud
Damian Hill - Book theft
Pat Browning - DUI, Purse theft
Takeo Brown - Domestic Violence (slammed pregnant girlfriend), credit card fraud
Assault
Derrick Corker - Domestic battery and criminal mischief
Dwight Edge - Aggravated Stalking, battery
Jamie Richardson - aggravated battery with a pool stick (1997)
Jamie Richardson – credit card fraud
Jamie Richardson – Discharging a deadly missile (1996)
Anthony Mitchel - Misdemeanor Battery
Ernie Badeaux – Battery (1995)
Ernie Badeaux – Battery (1997)
Johnie Church - Domestic Violence (assaulted wife)
Elijah Williams - Sexual Battery, obstructing justice, coercing witnesses to lie
Takeo Brown - Domestic Violence (slammed pregnant girlfriend), credit card fraud
Tony Davis - Held girlfriend over the railing of her fourth-floor dormitory balcony and threatened to let her go
Aubrey Hill - Assault women
Darren Hambrick - Assault with deadly weapon
Anthony Riggins - Assault with deadly weapon
Willie Jackson - Attacked police officer at Gator Growl
Dustin Doe - Arrested for assault and battery in parking garage 2007
Avery Atkins – domestic assault – kicked off team
Ronnie Mathew Wilson – Aggravated assault, simple battery
DUI/Driving
Pat Browning - DUI, Purse stealer, theft
Ryan Kalich - DUI, crashed into an off-duty deputy
Ian Skinner - 15 Days jail - multiple driving infractions
Drugs
Gerard Warren - Marijuana possession
Ian Skinner - X
Marcus Thomas - kicked off team for drug violations
Jarvis Moss – suspended for drug violations
Major Parker - BB Player and Assistant coach at UF during - Busted for selling 1/2 kilo of coke to undercover officers.
Guns
Zach Zedalis - Gun in dorm
Demetrice Webb – Involved in shooting in residential complex
Kenneth Tookes – Involved in shooting in residential complex (shot Webb’s AK-47)
Ronnie Matthew Wilson – Display and firing of a concealed weapon
Betting
Kyle Morris - Betting on football
Shane Matthews - Betting on football games
Unknown
Eugene McCaslin - 3 game rules violation
John Demps – kicked off team for traffic violations (more unknown)
(this list does not include the Gaffney and Respert incidents)
1999) Derrick Corker - Arrested for domestic battery and criminal mischief.
1999) Dwight Edge - Felony Stalking.
1999) Rod Graddy - Accessory Armed Robbery.
199 Dwight Edge - Misdemeanor battery.
199 Jamie Richardson - aggravated battery.
1997) Anothny Mitchell - misdemeanor battery.
1997) Ernie Badeaux - Assualt.
1997) Elijah Williams - Sexual assualt.
1996) Jamie Richardson - Charged with throwing a deadly missile into a restaurant.
1995) Ernie Badeaux - Charged with hitting someone in the back of the head.
1995) Johnie Church - Domestic violence.
1995) Teako Brown - Aggravated battery against his girlfriend.
I know a few are missing and I’m only going back to ‘97 (I only found the recent, someone else found the others, but a little more digging would turn up more).
Sep 17, 1999 (Source: Orlando Sentinel) -Warren, who was arrested Jan. 7, agreed to a deferred prosecution arrangement, costing him fines and community service that had him reading to local elementary school students in the off-season. UF’s Office of Student Judicial Affairs, which rules independently of the court system, slapped Warren with a two-game suspension.
July 3, 1999 (Source: Orlando Sentinel) - Coach Steve Spurrier was out of town and unavailable for comment. He has said since spring workouts that several players would be held out of early games due to violations of department or team rules as well as class attendance policies.
January, 1998 (Source: Various) - Florida tight end Dwight Edge is arrested on misdemeanor battery charges. Later, coach Steve Spurrier reinstates tight end Dwight Edge for spring drills after he agreed to enter a deferred pretrial intervention program. Edge has started sparingly for the Gators.
January, 1998 (Source: Sun-Sentinel [Ft. Lauderdale Fla.]) - University of Florida wide receiver Jamie Richardson was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, a second-degree felony, for his part in a fight at a downtown Gainesville nightclub. Richardson was accused of striking club employee Jonathan Harris, 22, on the back of the head several times with a closed fist, knocking Harris to the ground and striking him with a pool cue. The arrest occurred just 23 days after Richardson came off a six-month probation, stemming from a no-contest plea to misdemeanor battery charges.
August, 1997 (Source: St. Petersburg Times) Anthony Mitchell, a defensive end, was charged with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving another student into a dorm room wall in April. was suspended for the season opener against Southern Mississippi on Aug. 30.
August, 1997 (Source: Sun-Sentinel [Ft. Lauderdale Fla.]) - Four days before the start of fall practice, defensive tackle Ernie Badeaux left the Florida team transferred to Nichols State. According to published reports, the national champion Gators kicked Badeaux off the team, allegedly for violence off the field. Badeaux had off-field problems since he arrived in Gainesville . He got off to a shaky start when he hit another student in the back of the head outside a bar. His last incident reportedly involved another case of physical abuse.
February, 1997 (Source: St. Petersburg Times) - Guard Ryan Kalich, who started every game on the offensive line in 1996 pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and faces a year of probation and six months without his driver’s license. Kalich, 20, was arrested Feb. 2 after his car collided with a car driven by an off-duty police officer. Breathalyzer tests showed his blood-alcohol level to be more than twice the legal limit. He was suspended from the season opener against Southern Mississippi .
August, 1997 (Source: St. Petersburg Times) - Zach Zedalis was suspended two games for having a BB gun in his dorm room. Zedalis said the BB gun was not his, but the university’s Student Judicial Affairs Committee denied his appeal twice.
March, 1997 (Source: St. Petersburg Times) - A 19-year-old UF student filed a sworn complaint of felony sexual battery against Elijah Williams. The state attorney’s office declined to press formal charges. Williams instead was charged with a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer without violence, accusing him of lying to investigating police and encouraging witnesses to do the same. Williams pleaded no contest last month and is serving 90 days of non-reporting probation, in addition to paying court costs. Elijah Williams was suspended from the season opener.
GAINESVILLE - University of Florida athlete Dwight Edge was arrested Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of aggravated stalking. Edge’s second episode of off-the-field violence prompted his immediately expulsion from school, sources said.
INCIDENT ENDS GRADDY’S UF CAREER
Orlando Sentinel - Published on 08/11/99
GAINESVILLE - This time, Rod Graddy didn’t need to get in trouble. Just being around it was enough to end his University of Florida football career.
Graddy, a junior strong safety and the Gators’ lone full-time starter returning from last year’s defense, was kicked off UF’s team for his involvement in the aftermath of a robbery in downtown Gainesville last weekend, school sources said.
February 1999 - (Source, CBS Sportline)- Former UF football players Tim Beauchamp and Dock Pollard have been named in an investigation for accepting cash from a sports agent during the past football season. The roommate of the two University of Florida football players, has been charged with illegally funneling money from a Lousiana sports agent to the athletes.Michael Joseph McDonald, 23, acted as a middleman for the agent and distributed the money to players. McDonald, of Gainesville , was charged with one felony count of unlicensed athletic agent activity. “We’re anticipating more charges” against other individuals, said policespokeswoman Sandy Badics. She could not say whether other players were involved. Florida officials said they learned about the investigation in late November, after the regular season had ended. The school suspended Beauchamp and Pollard on Dec. 28, before the Orange Bowl, for a violation of university rules. UF officials did not go public with incident until February, 10, nearly three months after the incident and a week after national signing day.
A recruiter for agent William “Tank” Black, who heads operations at Professional Management Inc., (”PMI”) of Columbia , S.C. , reportedly has been accused by agents of trying to bribe a Louisiana State assistant coach into funneling a top NFL prospect to PMI. PMI represents ex-UF players Fred Taylor, Reidel Anthony, Ike Hilliard and Jacquez Green, as well as outgoing Gators Jevon Kearse, Mike Peterson, Reggie McGrew and Johnny Rutledge.
January, 1999 - (Source, AP) Tight end Dwight Edge, 20, of Apopka was arrested and charged with felony aggravated stalking. University officials dismissed Edge from school soon after his arrest. A backup through most of the 1998 season, the sophomore was expected to compete for a starting position next season. According to a release from the University of Florida Police Department, Edge had been harassing and stalking a Florida student since she ended a relationship with him this past September. The release said Edge waited outside the victim’s residence, threw rocks at her window and placed harassing phone calls to her residence. Police said that on two occasions, Edge chased the victim through campus in his vehicle at speeds up to 50 mph.
January, 1999 - (Source, AP) Defensive lineman Gerard Warren, 20, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession. Warren, a redshirt freshman from Union County , had not been in legal trouble previously. His case, which is still pending, is expected to result in a fine and possible community service. Neither the school, nor Spurrier has announced whether Warren … who is expected to be a starter next season … will be penalized….
December, 1998 (Source, Florida Times Union) - Three Florida players, including senior defensive end Tim Beauchamp, were suspended for violating university policy. Pollard and Browning, who have been in and out of trouble since enrolling at UF, will not return to the team. Pollard started the first five games of the season at cornerback before being suspended for the next two because of academic problems. He missed another game later in the season for a violation of university policy. Pollard was also part of a book theft incident with former player Damian Hill, although charges against Pollard were later dropped by the state attorney. Browning had been in trouble twice at UF, once for what he claimed as taking a student’s purse as a prank, and the other for driving under the influence.
August, 1998 (Source, USA Today) receiver Ian Skinner spent 15 days in county jail after a July 31 conviction for driving with a suspended license, which followed several previous arrests (4 times) on the same charge. He was also put on probation and ordered to pay fines. Skinner has not been suspended, pending possible action by the school’s Student Judicial Body. Skinner was quoted saying, “[t]he judge told me my driving record was so bad that I was looking at a year (in jail)….” Skinner said he spent part of his incarceration playing catch with toilet paper with other inmates. “But I was lucky. I told the attorneys I played football for the Gators and I had practice in a couple of weeks, and they brought it down to 15 days with probation.”
August, 1998 (Source, Various) Five gators were suspended for the season opener against the Citadel. Rod Graddy and Teako Brown were suspended for the opener against the Citadel for violating the University Athletic Association’s class- attendance policy in the spring. Junior Keith Kelsey, UF’s top backup linebacker, did not travel with the team for a game. Kelsey was serving a one-game suspension for violating University Athletic Association rules. Junior RB Eugene McCaslin of Tampa , was suspended for the first three games for violating team rules.
Fall, 1998 (Source, Various) Dock Pollard has been suspended three times for skipping class.
January, 1998 (Source: Various) - Florida tight end Dwight Edge is arrested on misdemeanor battery charges. Later, coach Steve Spurrier reinstates tight end Dwight Edge for spring drills after he agreed to enter a deferred pretrial intervention program. Steve Spurrier took undisclosed disciplinary action during spring practice.
January, 1998 (Source: Sun-Sentinel [Ft. Lauderdale Fla.]) - University of Florida wide receiver Jamie Richardson was arrested and charged with aggravated battery, a second-degree felony, for his part in a fight at a downtown Gainesville nightclub. Richardson was accused of striking club employee Jonathan Harris, 22, on the back of the head several times with a closed fist, knocking Harris to the ground and striking him with a pool cue. The arrest occurred just 23 days after Richardson came off a six-month probation, stemming from a no-contest plea to misdemeanor battery charges.
November, 1997 (Source:USA Today) Football player Pat Browning was arrested on theft charges last November. Charges were dropped. . . .
August, 1997 (Source: St. Petersburg Times) Anthony Mitchell, a defensive end, was charged with misdemeanor battery after he was accused of shoving another student into a dorm room wall in April. was suspended for the season opener against Southern Mississippi on Aug. 30.
August, 1997 (Source: Sun-Sentinel [Ft. Lauderdale Fla.]) - Four days before the start of fall practice, defensive tackle Ernie Badeaux left the Florida team transferred to Nichols State. According to published reports, the national champion Gators kicked Badeaux off the team, allegedly for violence off the field. Badeaux had off-field problems since he arrived in Gainesville . He got off to a shaky start when he hit another student in the back of the head outside a bar. His last incident reportedly involved another case of physical abuse.
February, 1997 (Source: St. Petersburg Times) - Guard Ryan Kalich, who started every game on the offensive line in 1996 pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and faces a year of probation and six months without his driver’s license. Kalich, 20, was arrested Feb. 2 after his car collided with a car driven by an off-duty police officer.Breathalyzer tests showed his blood-alcohol level to be more than twice the legal limit. He was suspended from the season opener against Southern Mississippi .
August, 1997 (Source: St. Petersburg Times) - Zach Zedalis was suspended two games for having a BB gun in his dorm room. Zedalis said the BB gun was not his, but the university’s Student Judicial Affairs Committee denied his appeal twice.
March, 1997 (Source: St. Petersburg Times) - A 19-year-old UF student filed a sworn complaint of felony sexual battery against Elijah Williams. The state attorney’s office declined to press formal charges. Williams instead was charged with a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer without violence, accusing him of lying to investigating police and encouraging witnesses to do the same. Williams pleaded no contest last month and is serving 90 days of non-reporting probation, in addition to paying court costs. Elijah Williams was suspended from the season opener.

manny:
talk football manny..football, recruting..
yeeez!!!!

Manny, Basketball Question..

how come no PT for Julian Gamble or Cyrus McGowan? If King or someone gets hurt, wouldn't it be smart to develop these 2 for front court depth?

How do we matchup without King to GT Manny?

Guess what The U is ranked again (25) although it is only in the AP the coaches have us at 27

Manny:

Isn't basketball that thing with round ball they play between LOI day and Spring Practice.

Focus your energy on football dude.

Nice work.

Ok wanna know why patchan chose uf over miami? YOU guys you suck. You rip guys before they committ,LIke harris sure jacory is a um verbal but when you heard he had fun at oregon you guys lit in to him.YOU can't rip guys before they play a down why should they choose the u if you do that.

I don't agree with people ripping 17 years olds that are just checking things out. The 17 year old that is just looking for attention should be ripped. Jacory did nothing wrong by going to oregon. PJ did by saying everything he said and none of it was true. Patchan probably better you didn't come to Miami because Jason Fox was going to rip you a new hole for what you said. When we want your opinion we'll let you know. Go be a GAYTURD.....Bring your KY

The blog for every school rip recruits. I don't agree with it either, but this isn't the only blog ripping into recruits. Its unfortunate, but these kids need to develop thin skin quickly.

How do you know the people that rip these kids are Canes fans at all Mainecane?

Julian Gamble is red shirting and as a transfer Cyrus McGowen HAS to red shirt no choice

Just saw Urban Meyer on the Nat Champ pre-game. Just when you thought is was possible to dislike a Florida coach more than Spurrier. Then you got Tressel and Les Miles...I can barely stand to watch this game.

I love JJ mocking Urban about the recruiting.

Maybe Patrick Johnson and his new Escalade will be part of the halftime show.

Hey man football season is over. Let it go Hurricane nation and let,s get behind the basketball team. They will need our support heading into the ACC schedule. Please stop talking about the Gators on our website. They have several of there own.

Coach Nix I hope you are taking notes on how to use the TE and 5 receiver sets

I saw that new Escalade Patrick Johnson is driving today. DAMN! I wonder what USC and Ohio St give their players if LSU gives out Caddys!

I bet he's saying it's "His Father's" car! That works everywhere else. Darren McFadden got caught at a dealership in Arkansas with an agent(Mike Conley Sr.) buying an Escalade 2 1/2 months ago and after all the media broke the story he said that the Agent was merely a "family friend" and the Escalade was "A Gift For Darren's Mother!" Gotta love how you can always "bend" rules!

please talk bout the game instead of the damn bands and a f.g contest Fox SUCKS

Patchan Sr.
ur rights as a Cane are revoked

u r now a Gator
i wish u had never been a part of the U
i hope to never see u at dolphin stadium
and 3 yrs from now when we play UF
if u do show up
wear orange and BLUE
u traitor
NO ONE SHOULD EVER FORGET THIS

u freakin turncoat !


patchan sr says the decision was razon thin?
BS
it was black and white

randy is black
urban is white

its alright
cause its all white !

I have a question.......

Who made the decision that the FOX network gets to broadcast every sporting event known to man. They have the worst broadcast coverage and signal quality of any station but yet any sport of interest HAS to be on fox. This is BS. Why can't I watch a championship game on ESPN? Why do I have to listen to Whiny Joe Buck during every baseball playoff game? Why do I have to listen to Phil Freakin Simms and Troy Aikman every freaking Sunday?

We get your point RAGU. Stop it and quit crying. The kid weighs like 130 pounds anyways. So we missed out on a fat white offensive lineman. So what. We still have 27 kids that want to play here and we'll get more next year! Get over it!

Damn enuff on MP he aint coming give it a break

Doesn't it make you jealous to watch the LSU offense and say "Damn I wish we could move the ball like that." Hopefully Nix is watching. Maybe Randy will watch this game and fire Nix for someone who can spread out a d like this and then blow em up!

rogperu...

are you serious? playin the race card? well, since you brought it up...

maybe we should go easy on coker for his recruiting woes. ya see, maybe all these athletes that he couldnt lock down in south fl didnt wanna play for him because he was a white coach. maybe it wasnt his fault, maybe he wasnt a poor recruiter. the old white guy couldnt identify with the brothas?

if you cant do anything but play the race card, STFU and just dont post, youre showing youre ignorance. patchan is a 17 yr old kid who made a decision that he thinks is best for him, why ya gotta read into it make up sh&t?

da u....

it helps to have a qb who can make plays

Ya, throw jump passes to TE's and running the option and occasionally throwing an out or post really takes an outstanding QB. Damn Unbearable you are wise!

It also takes a Offensive Coordinater that knows how to cut up a D!!!!!

i never said an outstanding qb... but it does take a good qb. you remember the nc state game??

Brandon Harris just committed to the U!

The qb is just makin simple plays instead of bad throws wish our qb was like this

Next Year I don't care if a team in the Big Ten goes undefeated they shouldn't be allowed in the BCS championship no matter what! This is 2 years in a row that they make it to the NC and get blown out! Face it, THE BIG TEN IS WACK!!!!!! Jesus Christ, You could pick 6 ACC schools that would have made this a good game! The "Computer's" should've learn after UM lost to app st that THE BIG TEN IS WACK AND OVERRATED DUE TO ESPN BIAS!!!!!

pj- you're an idiot

Look at what Illinois did with USC. Damn I'm so sick of sitting down on a saturday afternoon and having to see a triple-header on espn or espn2 that goes like this.

noon- Minnesota vs Purdue
3:00- Illinois vs Northwestern

and the primetime game of the week on ESPN

7:00- Indiana vs Ohio St.( Usually with Kirk Herbstreet as Analyst)

I know we say it every season, but when you look at how horrible this year's bowl games have been, how can you make any argument what so ever for the current "BCS" system? WE NEED PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!! PLEASE TAKE THE BIASED MEDIA OUT OF THE EQUATION!!!!

What do top recruits see in this program. Sure you can beat up on bums but in bigboy football you get hammered

Wow he pulled a K.W

I'm not sure other than they know that they will get plenty of face time and exposure by ESPN. That has to be the reason. And to an extent I can kind of see where they are coming from.

Manny where are you with some inside scoop of recruits like Liuget, Harris, Ben jones, and some good players we really dont knw about and all of the rumblings about the Stoops fella being the DC........I understand its Bball season but you cnt leave us hanging out here for some inside news

BIG TEN IS WHACK!!!!!!!!!
BIG TEN IS WHACK!!!!!!!!!

Thanks for the blog on UM Hoops, Manny. I'm glad to hear that this will be a recurring feature.

This game against GT is a big game, because our schedule to open conference play isn't too kind to us. Going to BC and Clemson is always tough, and then UNC at home will be quite the challenge. BC did lose to Robert Morris (I had never even heard of them before tonight), but we historically don't play well against them.

Hopefully AK can go on Saturday. If not though, I think we'll be ok with Jimmy, DC, and Ray Ray.

Thanks for the B-ball insight.You do a better job than Hurricane hotline on WQAM.We have a sellout vs. GT Saturday and I can't wait to finally hear some NOISE in the arena.Go Canes!!!!!!!!!

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