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Crowder Now Says He Has All His Old Gator Jerseys

Over the weekend, former Florida linebacker Channing Crowder suggested on his new radio show that “hypothetically” he might have sold his UF jerseys to some folks in Jacksonville who liked the way he played.  As you know, selling collectibles and merchandise is a no-no for college athletes.

Yesterday, Crowder backed off of his hypothetical suggestion while on ESPN’s “SportsCenter”:


“I have all four of them (UF jerseys).  My momma has two of my jerseys on her wall in her house, and I have the other two in my house.

I was playing off the whole Terrelle Pryor thing when businessmen were buying his stuff.  I was saying that, if somebody wanted to buy my jerseys while I was in school, why can’t I sell them because they’re my jerseys and have my name on the back?  When I was at Florida, I made ’55′ a relevant jersey number at Florida, so why couldn’t I sell my jersey when I was there with my name on the back?  That was the point.”


And that is the sound of a man trying to remove his foot from his mouth.

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SEC Headlines – 6/8/11 Part Three

1.  Remember when Terrelle Pryor had to promise to return to Ohio State for his senior year just so he could play against Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl?  Well, now he’s leaving OSU and some folks in the Natural State have noticed.  (Good Lord that was a terrible, unjust, stupid ruling by the NCAA in the first place.)

2.  The Hogs’ basketball roster still isn’t completely set as freshman Aaron Ross still has some academic work to do.

3.  Here’s one writer’s list of five potential SEC upsets this fall.

4.  And here are five more potential upset picks.

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Spurrier An Enabler For Garcia? Not In Our View

Matt Hayes of The Sporting News isn’t buying what Steve Spurrier is selling.  And we’re not talking about his pay-’em-out-of-his-pocket plan.


“Here we go again.  He has changed, really he has.

He’s a different man.  He has matured, he has developed, he has embraced the moment and the reality that this could be it.

‘One more problem,’ says South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, ‘and he’ll be finished.’

And one more embarrassment for Spurrier, and he’ll be finished.

There’s really no other way to look at South Carolina’s stunning fifth chance for troubled quarterback Stephen Garcia.  Five suspensions have come and gone, and at least three times, Spurrier has publicly stated Garcia is down to his last chance.”


Ouch.  Hayes then recounts Garcia’s five suspensions.  But are we the only ones who see Carolina’s quarterback as an A-1 party boy rather than as a guy facing charges of Murder One?

Public drunkeness as a freshman.  Underage drinking as a sophomore.  Girls and booze in his room after curfew on a bowl trip. 

We’re not talking about threatening to kill a girlfriend, beating someone up, or armed robbery here.  He did vandalize a professor’s car as a freshman and we cut him no slack for that bit of punkish behavior.  But even his most recent suspension came after a controversial dust-up at a team leadership event.  Some say he was way out of line.  Some say he was completely in line considering what a guest speaker supposedly said about him at the meeting.

Spurrier has a pretty good track record when it comes to discipline.  That track record has been formed over a lot of years.  So we think he deserves the benefit of the doubt in Garcia’s case.

Garcia’s errors are Brett Favre-ian.  He’s the Jim McMahon of the new millennium.  He’s the funky QB who likes his beer a little bit too much. While that’s not exactly the best example for young kids wearing their garnet and black, Garcia is not Lawrence Phillips.

Good athletes — especially quarterbacks — get more chances than scrubs.  That’s doubly so when the majority of their transgressions are good ol’ boy type stuff.

Hayes goes so far as to compare Spurrier to Jim Tressel in today’s column.  We’re awfully sorry, but if Terrelle Pryor’s biggest sin was having girls in his room and drinking a bit too much, Ohio State would still be in darn good shape today.

Spurrier is getting beaten up over the Garcia situation because he’s an easy target.  “Five suspensions” is a good, screaming headline.  Nevermind that the five suspensions — for the most part — were brought on by rather typical frat boy behavior.

We’re not excusing Garcia’s poor decision-making.  He’s crapped out again and again.  But cracking a beer doesn’t equate to armed robbery (Auburn), a cop getting knocked unconscious in a bar fight (Tennessee), a death threat (Florida), etc, etc.  So we think it’s a bit much for folks in the media to hammer Spurrier as though he’s allowing Hannibal Lecter back onto his team.

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Six Ohio State Players Suspended… But Not From Sugar Bowl

The NCAA announced today that five Ohio State football players — including hotshot quarterback Terrelle Pryor — will have to sit out the first five games of the 2011 season for accepting improper benefits.  A sixth player will have to sit out one game next year for receiving “discounted services.”

The players are accused of selling off university apparel and gifts going back to last year.

But all six players remain eligible for Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl date with Arkansas.  Huh.  How Cam Newton-y.

Ohio State officials self-reported the violations.  They also saved their players’ bowl eligibility by saying that they “were not as explicit without student-athlete eduction as we should have been in the 2007-09 and 2008-09 academic years regarding the sale of apparel, awards and gifts issued by the athletic department.”

According to ESPN, that led the NCAA to determine that the players “did not receive adequate rules education during the time period the violations occurred.”

Oh.  So their eligibility has nothing to do with keeping a big negative story out of the headlines during a highly-rated BCS game?  Okay.

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