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Ex-Gator Jenkins Says Meyer Would’ve Kept Him

Urban Meyer received some, ahem, praise from a former player yesterday but it’s doubtful that it’s the kind of praise he’d want.  Ex-Gator defensive back Janoris Jankins — booted by Will Muschamp after a pair of back-to-back marijuana arrests — is starting over at North Alabama.  In his view, he wouldn’t be at North Alabama if Meyer were still running the Florida program:


“No doubt, if Coach Meyer were still coaching, I’d still be playing for the Gators.  Coach Meyer knows what it takes to win.”


Meaning weed?  Or meaning the ability to look the other way when a star player gets busted for weed?

Perhaps that’s why Meyer’s players rolled up some 30 arrests in Alachua County on his watch.  When there’s no fear of punishment, there’s no reason for one to stop “dabbling in the illicits” as a friend of mine used to say.

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Audio Tape Of Arrested Gators Goes Public; Manager Expected No Preferential Treatment Outside Of Gainesville

Over the years, the Florida football program developed quite a reputation for having players arrested.  Some charges were small, some were dismissed.  But they were still arrests.  At least 30 of them under previous coach Urban Meyer.

During that streak, the police in Gainesville and Alachua County took their share of grief for picking up and locking up Gator players.  It’s been suggested that some of the cops in that area were targeting Florida athletes.

But that’s not what a student-manager for the Florida basketball team told a fellow arrestee — one of two Gator hoopsters — nabbed while attempting to break into a car over the weekend.

Microphones in the police cruiser caught Joshua Adel — the manager — speaking with sophomore Erik Murphy.  Freshman Cody Larson also called Adel before eventually turning himself into police.

FirstCoastNews in Jacksonville (WTLV-TV and WJXX-TV) obtained the audio tapes and here are some highlights:


Adel: “Bro, do you know how f***** I am because of y’all dumb m***** f******?  I’m fired.  Like, you’ll have another shot.  I’m done.  I have no second shot, bro.”

Murphy: “I don’t have a second shot either.”

Adel: “And I told y’all to stop doing that.  You did that.”

Murphy: “I know.”


And…


Murphy: “I’m getting you out of it.”

Adel: “F*** that man.  It doesn’t matter.  My job was supposed to, I’m supposed to be looking after y’all.  And y’all are f****** going into f****** cars that I said not to.”


But here’s the kicker…


Murphy: “Have you ever gotten arrested before?  Then we could get off.”

Adel: “There’s no getting off.  We’re not in f******* Gainesville.  They (St. Augustine police) don’t give a f***.  Do you understand I’ll be fired and I have no chance of ever pursuing any type of career in basketball?”


Sounds like Florida’s student-manager for basketball believes he and the two players would have had a shot of getting out of the mess if they had been in Gainesville.  That hardly sounds like “the cops are picking on the Gators” talk that’s popped up in Alachua County in recent years.

The television station asked a Florida spokesperson about the idea of Gator players getting preferential treatment in Gainesville.  Via email the spokesperson said: “I cannot comment any further than what we’ve already said.”

Check out the story above and you’ll find that the three Gators arrested had already said plenty on their half-hour greatest hits tape.

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Newton’s Traffic Records Now Making News, Too

If you check the messageboards across the SEC today, you’re likely to spot a link to the Alachua County Clerk of the Court records website.  Alachua County is home to the Florida Gators, in case you’re wondering.

Last December, The Orlando Sentinel reported that Florida’s football players had logged a grand total of 251 traffic citations between 2006 and 2009.  The Alachua County site logged a lot of pageviews in the days and weeks following the report.

Traffic records are once again in the news now as part of the ongoing Cam Newton smear campaign.  And the news isn’t good for Auburn’s quarterback.

Now personally, I don’t worry too much when someone’s been hit with a speeding ticket.  I’ve been pulled over on occasion myself and I’m far from a felon. 

But I don’t have 13 court cases to my name, either.

If you search Newton’s name in the Alachua County database, the following cases pop up:


4/25/2007 — “TAG-NONE-OBSCURED-DEFACED IMPROPER DISPLAY”

5/7/2007 — “$125 – FAIL TO STOP AT STEADY RED SIGNAL”

6/5/2007 — “UNLAWFUL SPEED – NO SPEEDS INDICATED”

6/13/2007 — “TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVIS – FAIL TO OBEY”

7/9/2007 — “PASSING IN A NO PASSING ZONE”

7/19/2007 — “DL NOT CARRIED – EXHIBIT ON DEMAND”

8/6/2007 – “FAIL TO OBEY TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE – RAN RED LIGHT”

12/10/2007 — “TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICE – FAIL TO OBEY”

7/24/2008 — “UNLAWFUL SPEED – NO SPEEDS INDICATED”

7/28/2008 — “DL NOT CARRIED – EXHIBIT ON DEMAND”

8/27/2008 — “VIOLATION MUNICIPAL SPEED – POSTED – (REQUIRES SPEEDS)

11/7/2008 — “UNKNOWINGLY OPERATING VEHICLE WHILE DL SUSPENDED – CANCELED – REVOKED”

11/21/2008 — This document dealt with Newton’s possession of a stolen laptop


First, either Newton never took Driver’s Ed in high school or he doesn’t take the rules of the road seriously. 

Second, if Newton were still at Florida, it’s doubtful that Florida fans would be directing people to the Alachua Country website.  (They must not think that rival fans will follow up by checking on the names of other former and current Gators.)

Third, once again this is great fodder for messageboards and it will certainly help to further erode Newton’s Heisman support, but it has nothing to do with his college eligibility.  So while this kind of stuff is bouncing all over the internet, we still must wait to find what the NCAA uncovers in its investigation of Newton’s recruitment.  The rest of this stuff has nothing do with Auburn.

Unless it drives Newton to the pros, of course.

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