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April 26, 2011

Janoris Jenkins Released

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Jenkins at The Swamp last November

University of Florida’s Janoris Jenkins, a senior cornerback for the SEC powerhouse,was released from the Gators’ football team today.

Coach Will Muschamp was put in an unenviable position of choosing between releasing Jenkins or keeping him on the team roster after Jenkins was charged for the second time in three months with a misdemeanor for marijuana possession.  Jenkins is an All-SEC defensive player and his absence will hurt the team, but this is something that Jenkins did to himself.

Hopefully Janoris Jenkins will learn from these mistakes and realize that he not only puts the Gators at risk this season, but has now put his character into question, which may cost him in the future.

April 6, 2011

ZING!

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Al Golden took a shot at Gainesville this week.  When asked about the lack of fans at games last year and spring games this year compared to other schools, Golden responded-“I know this– we have a better chance of filling our stadium than Gainesville has of putting an international city right outside its city limits.”

March 26, 2011

Brad Stevens making another Final Four run

By DAVID FURONES

A major accomplishment for a mid-major program.

Most mid-majors are content with winning their conference and making the tournament, maybe even advancing to the round of 32 with a first round upset. Or if they make it through to the Sweet 16, they’re throwing parades on campus.

Not Butler.

With a 74-71 overtime win against Florida Saturday, Butler will, for the second consecutive season, play in the NCAA Tournament’s national semifinal. They await Sunday’s winner in the Kansas-Virginia Commonwealth Elite Eight matchup to determine who they’ll play in Houston.

After Brad Stevens’ squad made the Cinderella run through the brackets as a five seed a year ago to the Final Four in Butler University’s hometown of Indianapolis, IN, and then came within one good-looking, lined up Gordon Hayward halfcourt heave to beating national powerhouse Duke, the Bulldogs are at it again this year– this time as a No. 8 seed that many didn’t even have advancing passed ninth seeded Old Dominion in their bracket, or God forbid defeating Pittsburgh to get the Sweet 16.

Stevens is making a magical run once again and is propelling himself into the conversation of the nation’s elite college basketball coaches at the age of 34.

What makes the Butler’s accomplishment, coming out of the Horizon League, more special than that of Colonial Athletic Association’s George Mason in 2006 is the bit of consistency they’ve managed and established. George Mason was marvelous reaching the Final Four that season, beating storied programs like Michigan State, UNC, and Connecticut en route to their loss to eventual national champion Florida, but it was a fluke.

Butler’s success is no fluke for the mere fact that they’ve done what they’ve done twice.

Now we’ll watch on Sunday to see if the Bulldogs will face the basketball juggernaut Kansas or the Cinderella VCU to get back to the national championship game.

March 21, 2010

Attendance woes continue

Congrats, Katie Meier and the women’s basketball team.

For the first time in program history the Hurricanes have won consecutive postseason games.

It’s only the WNIT, but it came against the rival Florida Gators, and the margin of victory was double digits (77-64).

Sadly, the troubling attendance issue remains. Only 554 people can claim to have seen the playoff victory at the BankUnited Center Sunday afternoon.

That’s ridiculous considering both universities’ fan bases. And the spring break excuse isn’t valid because students don’t attend events at the BUC to begin with.

What must happen for people to start showing up?

Coach K and Duke visited a month ago and the place wasn’t sold out.

Nelly and other has-been rappers took part in a celebrity basketball tournament.

Maybe things can turn around (ha) when North Carolina A&T, of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, visits the host Canes at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Chances aren’t likely, and it’s a shame. Meier and company are making a nice run during an otherwise boring spring season at the University of Miami.