Second Fetch Friday of the regular season and this one is off another blow out win that your's truly picked correctly in the ITB Pick'em Pool you should have already entered. Oklahoma State going HAM on the Juron Criner-less Arizona Wildcats. The Pokes looked like they even had a defense at times, which I'll believe when they play Oklahoma or Texas A&M this season. For the picks heading into the rest of the weekends games, starting tonight with Mizzou out in Tempe against the Sun Devils get plugged into the Slate of Eight.
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We've had a solid week here on the site and before we get into the fun here's some Florence + The Machine. Because that's what I woke up with a hankering for.
Something that been rambled about on the twitter and on the websites this week thanks to Boise State's beat down? Mark Richt's "situation" in Athens. We had Russ Mitchell from CFN on the podcast and things got pretty clear; this is my do or die, last stand, line in the sand, make it or break it week in the "Richt can turn it around" corner. But that isn't the only Richt deal that has become vogue to discuss.
There's also the Richt Rumor Mill where he might be moving to Honduras or where he, UGA and UNC might be doing the Tubby Smith-UK-Minnesota dance. Personally, as the guy who wrote this just yesterday, I'd like to respectfully decline the acceptance of CMR for the Heels. Thanks but no thanks.
Now for the Sharrif Floyd discussion. Yesterday the NCAA released word that the Florida defensive lineman would be eligible for play after sitting out one more ball game and arranging for the repayment of some $2,700 to a charity of his choosing. By missing this weekends UAB game that would mean the Gators' defensive end would be suspended a grand total of two games. That didn't exactly fall in line with the NCAA's scale of benefits that was utilized against the Canes, UNC, UGA and other schools so immediately flags went off.
The reason for the reduction in length of suspension? Sharrif not only told Florida about the benefits but the "benefits" themselves were a lot less "extra" and a lot more "necessary" in nature. In short, Steve Gordon of Student Athlete Mentoring Foundation was found to be providing Floyd with living expenses. Living expenses. Not a trip to Miami (UNC fan who is butthurt), not free meals or VIP at a club (Miami fan who thinks it isn't fair), not tattoos (Ohio State fan who wants his guys back). Living expenses.
And to be quite honest I'm more on the side of Will Muschamp, Gators AD Jeremy Foley and ESPN analyst and long time NCAA critic Jay Bilas. Not pleased the kid was suspended at all but I understand the NCAA's thought process and big picture thinking. Just don't like it.
The slate is nice, the games are plentiful and as your fearless leader I'll be playing a home game, not visiting my beloved Kenan Stadium as I did last weekend. Why is that a good thing for everyone out there in interwebs land? I've got my phone charger and there shall be tweets.