GatorCountry.com - Your Florida Gators Podcast: Football, Recruiting & All University of Florida Athletics News http://www.gatorcountry.com The Insider Authority on Gator Sports Sun, 21 Jan 2018 03:45:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.4 Since 1997 GatorCountry.com has been your #1 source for breaking and in-depth coverage of the Florida Gators! Listen to our weekly podcasts to get true inside info on all Florida Gators News & University of Florida Athletics.<br /> <br /> Join Andrew Spivey, one of the top college football recruiting analysts in the SEC, as he reveals recruitnik news nobody else gets. Andrew gets more Gator recruiting commitment scoops than anyone else on the Florida beat so don't miss your opportunity to be in the know.<br /> <br /> Tune into Nick de la Torre, GC's very own Florida Gators Football beat writer. Nick covers the X's and O's and can always be seen lurking around The Swamp as he hunts down the most accurate and up-to-date team news.<br /> <br /> Whether you follow Florida Gators football, recruiting, basketball, baseball, softball, gymnastics or all U.F. sports, the Gator Country podcast has something for you.<br /> <br /> Along with all the special guest hosts who join on the show, the Gator Country team of Andrew & Nick make this podcast channel a "must listen" for all real Florida Gators fans!<br /> <br /> - You already know *what* happened, we tell you how & why and break it down for you.<br /> <br /> GatorCountry.com - The Insider Authority on Gator Sports GatorCountry.com - The Insider Authority on Florida Gators Sports! clean GatorCountry.com - The Insider Authority on Florida Gators Sports! ray@gatorcountry.com ray@gatorcountry.com (GatorCountry.com - The Insider Authority on Florida Gators Sports!) Best Florida Gators Football, Recruiting & All University of Florida Athletics News from GatorCountry.com Insider Authority on the Florida Gators GatorCountry.com - Your Florida Gators Podcast: Football, Recruiting & All University of Florida Athletics News http://www.gatorcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/GCpodcast.jpg http://www.gatorcountry.com TV-Y Podcast previewing the Florida Gators official visit weekend and football updates http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/podcast-previewing-the-florida-gators-official-visit-weekend-and-football-updates/ Fri, 19 Jan 2018 10:00:01 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=100598 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/podcast-previewing-the-florida-gators-official-visit-weekend-and-football-updates/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/podcast-previewing-the-florida-gators-official-visit-weekend-and-football-updates/feed/ 0 GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we break down the official visitor weekend for the Gators, plus we talk about the latest news surrounding the football team. GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we break down the official visitor weekend for the Gators, plus we talk about the latest news surrounding the football team. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the six official visitors for this weekend, including which one the Gators have the best chance with.
Andrew and Nick also break down how the first week of workouts went for the Gators football team, plus how the basketball performed against Arkansas on Wednesday.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, got a lot to talk about on this podcast, on this good Friday. We’re taping this on Thursday. Later today, as you’re listening to this, the Gators will have six guys arrive on campus for officials. That’s six guys as of us taping this Thursday afternoon. Could it be more? Sure. Right now we’re expecting six guys, and six guys that are big needs for Florida.
Nick:                         This is really the first big week for official visitors, because you’ve only got three more weekends before Signing Day. You’ll see players coming into Florida. Guys that Florida’s still looking at going elsewhere as well. Big sprint to the finish line here. Some people were asking, and were kind of upset that Florida didn’t host visitors last weekend. My response back to that was, “Listen, there was only two guys that were going to possibly visit, one that was realistically going to visit. Why have one guy on campus when you can go out and be in homes with a lot of guys, and save it?” The guy, Justin Watkins, that was going to visit last weekend, bring him this weekend. Allow him to be around more guys, and make it a memorable weekend. Having one guy on campus, sure he’d have gotten a lot of attention, but it wouldn’t have been the same as if he’d had a bunch of guys on campus.
Me personally, I like it. I’ve always said have big weekends and get one guy to pop, and let that momentum go. That’s something Georgia and Bama do a lot, and that’s something Nick Saban talks about all the time. When kids get caught up in the emotion of it, they let themselves enjoy it a little bit. That’s something McElwain didn’t like. He didn’t like big weekends, because he thought that you couldn’t spend enough time with kids. I understand that, but the counterargument to that is you can have a good weekend. I personally like this approach with Mullen. I think the bigger the weekend, the bigger chance for homeruns.
Nick:                         A lot of that is coaches may not be able to recruit kids individually as much, because of the bigger crowd, but you get that kind of excitement that builds where kids recruit themselves. You see this collection of talent around you, and guys start to talk. You build relationships that way. I’m with you in the boat of I like it. I like having it. Have as much talent as you can. Don’t bring five quarterbacks on campus if you’re still looking for a quarterback, but bring as much talent as you can any week that it’s possible.
Andrew:                 It’s one of those things of you have to trust your coaching staff, your support staff, and you have to do a good job of planning it out. There’s no question about that. You have to do a good job of doing that, but if you’re a well-oiled machine, and you believe in yourself and believe in your plan, then you should be okay. I think that this staff does that. Again, I think it’s a good weekend.
Let’s just go ahead. Let’s dive right on into it. You got six guys coming on campus this weekend. Three of them are going to be committed elsewhere. Kind of leading that charge is a big defensive tackle out of American Heritage, Nesta Silvera, that’s committed to Miami. Big guy, a guy that may get a five-star ranking. Really did well out at the Army All-American game. He’s been committed to Miami for a while now,]]>
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Previewing Arkansas and Kentucky games for Florida Gators basketball: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/previewing-arkansas-and-kentucky-games-for-florida-gators-basketball-podcast/ Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:00:47 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=100546 http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/previewing-arkansas-and-kentucky-games-for-florida-gators-basketball-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/previewing-arkansas-and-kentucky-games-for-florida-gators-basketball-podcast/feed/ 0 GatorCountry brings you a new basketball podcast as we break down this week's games, plus recap how the Gators did last week against the Mississippi teams. GatorCountry brings you a new basketball podcast as we break down this week's games, plus recap how the Gators did last week against the Mississippi teams. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre are joined by Eric Fawcett who recaps the Gators two game stretch against the Mississippi teams before previewing this week’s games.
Andrew and Nick also Eric about why the Gators are struggling down the stretch in games and what they can do to fix that, plus why Kevaughn Allen is struggling.
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Andrew:                 What’s up, guys? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre, and our man, Eric, as we bring our second basketball podcast up for you. Eric, no bold predictions this week, man. You said it was going to be an easy week.
Eric:                          I must have jinxed us. I think it kicked in around the seven-minute mark in the left in the second half against Ole Miss, when we could only get one more field goal in the entire last seven minutes. I think that’s where my jinx fully kicked in. So, I better stay away from that this week.
Nick:                         During the game, do you start thinking that? Like, “Oh man, I went out and said this, and maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s because of what I said.”
Eric:                          I think my superstition comes from when sometimes there’s a game or something you can’t watch of one of your sports teams you like, and then either the team does really well when you can’t watch their games, or they do really badly when you can’t watch games. Suddenly you start like, “Maybe I can’t watch this game,” or “I need to watch that game.” I watch all the Florida basketball ones, so I can’t use that excuse.
Andrew:                 Trust me, I’m with you. There’s times where I cut it off, and I’ll check the app, and they’re doing well. I’m like, “Damn, I want to turn it back on, but they’re doing so well when I’m not watching.”
Eric:                          Thanks for doing that for the whole team, Andrew. We’re glad you show self-restraint in those situations.
Andrew:                 For real. So Florida goes out to the Mississippi swing, wins at home against Mississippi State, but then drops that game against Ole Miss. Eric, I know what you kind of had said about that Ole Miss team. I didn’t realize Ole Miss had lost so many games when they were up. I don’t know. I mean, it’s a bad loss, of course. I think at the end of the year we might look back at Ole Miss and say, “They’re a pretty decent ball club.”
Eric:                          Definitely. When you see the strength of that backcourt, you just know they’re going to win games. That’s what happens in college basketball. The team with the best backcourt usually wins games. Then, especially when you see that they actually also have some really good big guys inside. Hymon really cooked us at times, and they’ve got a couple of those international guys that didn’t really well inside, and they’re tough. They’re going to be able to grind some teams down.
You mentioned how many games they lost, but it’s crazy. They’ve lost three games in overtime this year. They’re 0-3 in overtime, and all those games were at home, and those overtime games, they’re sometimes a bit of a coinflip. If some of those go their way, their record looks a lot better, and they maybe look a little bit more like the team they truly are. I agree with you. I think they’ll be looking a lot better than the 9-7 team that Florida played. It’s not going to be a horrible loss, particularly on the road. Ole Miss has one of the best home courts in the League, in the SEC, and actually, nationally one of the best home courts. To loss a game like that on the road, in the SEC, that is incredible. SEC this season, that’s just going to happen.
Andrew:                 What do you make of that game? Listen, first of all, the officiating was atrocious. Jalen Hudson is six feet in bounds,]]>
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Florida Gators basketball podcast discussing the Mississippi swing http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/florida-gators-basketball-podcast-discussing-the-mississippi-swing/ Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:00:47 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=100462 http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/florida-gators-basketball-podcast-discussing-the-mississippi-swing/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/florida-gators-basketball-podcast-discussing-the-mississippi-swing/feed/ 0 GC brings you our first basketball edition as we discuss the Gators upcoming two game stretch as they face Mississippi State and Ole Miss before the schedule gets tough again. GC brings you our first basketball edition as we discuss the Gators upcoming two game stretch as they face Mississippi State and Ole Miss before the schedule gets tough again. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre our joined by GC’s basketball guru Eric Fawcett as he breaks down the Mississippi State and Ole Miss games that will be played this week.
Andrew and Nick also Eric your questions on this basketball team as the Gators currently sit atop of the SEC basketball standings with an undefeated 3-0 record.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre, and it’s a special basketball podcast. We’re starting it off. It’ll be a weekly segment with our man, Eric. Eric, first of all, welcome to the podcast. We appreciate it. Tell everybody a little bit about yourself and about this good ole basketball run.
Eric:                          Thank you so much for having me. It’s great to be on the podcast. I listen to you guys every week. It’s great to finally be on and to have some basketball talk in time that the Gators are the top of the SEC right now. They’re 3-0. They’re rolling, and it’s kind of an exciting year for basketball. Even though they took some losses we weren’t really expecting in the nonconference, which happens when you play a nonconference schedule as difficult as they did. They currently played the 22nd toughest nonconference in the country. Missing John Egbunu, having some guys sick, missing some front court pieces, and to still end up with some really quality wins, getting wins over Gonzaga, over a ranked Cincinnati team that a lot of people are really high on, knocking off Texas A&M decidedly to start the SEC season, even though they’re floundering a bit. They’re still ranked teams.
I’ll take a few bad losses, if it means that we have a lot of really top quality wins, and that’s kind of where we’re at. When it comes to Selection Sunday, and the committee’s looking at seeding, looking at things like that, they’re going to look at the quality wins category. That’s actually what kind of has hurt Florida in the past is that they didn’t really have any bad losses, but they didn’t have those big time wins to get someone excited about them. This year they have those wins already, and they’re going to have a lot more opportunities, with a really good SEC, with a lot of ranked teams. So this is an exciting time.
Nick:                         Obviously, the outing in the PK80 was great, do you think maybe the fans got a little bit carried away with expectations? You take Duke to the brink. You just have a really good showing out there, and then maybe reacted too far one way because of the showing out West, and then freak out after a couple losses.
Eric:                          Absolutely. I think it’s kind of true with a lot of things in sports, especially in college sports, college basketball. I feel like teams are never as good as people think, and they’re never quite as bad as people think. There’s what you’re seeing in college basketball this year, how many one seeds have lost games. Watching Michigan State, the #1 team, get just absolutely rolled by Ohio State, a team that a lot of people think is a bad team that’s down. You just kind of saw that. The team that everyone thought was a national title contender by a long shot maybe wasn’t quite as good as they thought, and Ohio State probably wasn’t as bad as people thought. It was all doom and gloom after Thad Matta left.
Anyways, for Florida to go to the PK80 and just shoot the ball so, so well, obviously at a rate that was just unattainable, something they weren’t going to keep up, it had everyone excited. This was not just Florida fans. This was national media, so it’s really easy for Florida fans to get carried away when people like Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg, these national college basketball writers, are saying, “Florida is a national title contender.” Yeah.]]>
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Recapping Under Armour week and the new Florida Gators coaching staff http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-under-armour-week-and-the-new-florida-gators-coaching-staff/ Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:00:02 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=100451 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-under-armour-week-and-the-new-florida-gators-coaching-staff/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-under-armour-week-and-the-new-florida-gators-coaching-staff/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we recap how the Under Armour game went for the Florida Gators signees and targets, plus we talk about the new coaches who have been hired by Dan Mullen. GC brings you a new podcast as we recap how the Under Armour game went for the Florida Gators signees and targets, plus we talk about the new coaches who have been hired by Dan Mullen. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also break down the latest with the coaching staff as Dan Mullen has all but one coach hired for his first staff at Florida.
Andrew and Nick also break down how the coaches are regarded as far as recruiting goes, plus what the latest is with guys turning pro or staying in school.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re back. Holidays are over with, all that good stuff. Under Armour week’s over with, so we should be back on track. I know we’ve said that a couple times, and as soon as we get back on track it’s a holiday. I was in Orlando. You were back home, all that good stuff. I think we’re back on track. I hope everyone had a good holiday, Christmas and New Year.
Nick:                         Yeah. Just got my wisdom teeth out. Didn’t go too bad, but that probably kept us from podcasting over the weekend, which is why we’re doing it now.
Andrew:                 We should have let you podcast right after you got through.
Nick:                         Right after, when I was still on my general anesthesia? Man, it was easy. They knock you out. Doctor was like, “I’m going to put this in, and you can start counting backwards from 10.” I think I said 10, and then next thing I know, they’re like, “Surgery went well.” I’m like, “Nine?” I don’t know. It was easily, and luckily everything went well for me. Can’t recommend my surgeon enough, because I felt pretty much no pain. Daniel Torres down in Plantation. If you need your wisdom teeth out, go see him. He did a great job.
Andrew:                 There you go.
Nick:                         I’m not getting paid, by the way. Just got surgery, and felt no pain. All good to go.
Andrew:                 I was going to ask if you were getting a knockoff, a deal or something.
Nick:                         I wish, man. Apparently, my insurance doesn’t cover wisdom teeth removal. That was expensive. No. Not a paid advertisement.
Andrew:                 Maybe we’ll get it. Doc, if you’re listening, get back. Lot of things have happened since we’ve talked. We had the Under Armour game go on, and Dan Mullen is one coach away from having his first coaching staff complete at Florida. I guess, let’s do Under Armour first, Nick, since that was kind of the most recent thing. Recruiting right now is kind of the most talked about thing.
Under Armour, I think, overall was a good week. The biggest thing, Nick, that I took away from it was Florida had 13 guys total, counting commits and targets, really 14 that were in that game. That’s something that was different this time around. In the past you’ve had five, six, sometimes three or four. It was nice to see that that’s back.
The one thing, Nick, that I took away from that week is that the buzz is back around the program. Now, hold long that stays, we’ll see, but the buzz around getting Emory Jones and Trey Dean late in the cycle was back. Lot of kids were talking about it. Guys that hadn’t been talked about taking visits to Florida popping up saying, “I’m thinking about taking a visit now because of Emory, or because they have a quarterback.” Then the coaches reached out to them. Overall, that was the thing I took away from it.
As far as on the field goes, a lot of guys did well. I know there’s some up and down talk about Emory Jones, Nick, but you and I can agree. Not too many quarterbacks go to All-Star games and have a tremendous week. It’s timing issues, all that good stuff that goes into it. You just don’t see it very often.
Nick:                         There’s so much timing that goes into passing game, and so much chemistry that goes in with the running game.]]>
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Recapping the Early Signing period, plus previewing Under Armour week: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-early-signing-period-plus-previewing-under-armour-week-podcast/ Thu, 28 Dec 2017 10:00:46 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=100273 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-early-signing-period-plus-previewing-under-armour-week-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-early-signing-period-plus-previewing-under-armour-week-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we talk early signing period, preview the Under Armour All-American game and also take a look at how Dan Mullen is building his coaching staff. GC brings you a new podcast as we talk early signing period, preview the Under Armour All-American game and also take a look at how Dan Mullen is building his coaching staff. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also preview the Under Armour All-American game that take places in Orlando, Florida starting on Saturday as the Gators have five commits in the game.
Andrew and Nick also look at how Dan Mullen is filling out his coaching staff as he continues to put together his first coaching staff in Gainesville.
TRANSCRIPT: 
Early Signing Day
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, had a little holiday break. Had Signing Day. Had all that good stuff. Now we’re back and ready for action. Things are about to pick up again. Nice little week off, and it’s time to go again.

Nick: Signing Day was about two weeks ago, so that means we got about a month till Signing Day?

Andrew: February 7, so a month next weekend, something like that.

Nick: I don’t have the numbers right now, but there’s only like a couple hundred, 400, 450 something kids left?

Andrew: Yeah. 60%, or 60 of the top 100 kids, signed. So that means there’s still 40 top 100 guys out there. There’s still some good prospects. The fish out there are definitely smaller, but so are the teams competing. You think about it. You look at Georgia, they’re at 20 or 21 guys, so they can only sign two or three more. You’ve got a lot of teams that are close to being filled up, so your competition is a little bit different.

The one thing that I have noticed the most is that a lot of teams are now focusing on 2019. Florida, the day before Christmas, or the day before Christmas Eve, the 22nd-23rd, they sent out something like 25 2019 offers out. Staff was kind of getting a head start. You’re seeing that a lot, and I think you’ll see that pattern kind of continue when they get out on the road. Florida has what? 15 commits in the class, so they have about eight scholarships left after the two transfers. They’re going to be visiting a lot of targets, but then I think you’ll also see them visiting a lot of 2019 guys.

Nick: Do you think that this, as many kids signing at the early period, do you think that’s how it’s going to be, or do you think it’s this is the first time, and it’s almost like a prestige thing? Like I signed early. Do you think if they keep it and do it next year that you’ll see kids maybe hold out a little bit longer?

Andrew: Yeah. You and I talked about this a little bit. I think it was the first time thing. You and I were like the rest of America in that we were …

Nick: How is it going to happen? Is everyone going to sign? Is no one going to sign? What’s going to happen?

Andrew: Yeah. Are they going to sign on Wednesday, or was it going to be Friday? You and I woke up Wednesday morning, and I think both of us were like, “These guys are scheduled to sign this time,” and it was five guys sign, and then it was on. David Reese signed at what? I think 2:00 in the afternoon. A little bit different. I think it kind of depends on how the coaching carrousel goes a little bit. If you see a mass exodus of coaches here in January, I think you start to see some guys say, “I’m not going to sign early,” next year. I really kind of think it’s a year to year thing that’s going to happen a little bit maybe. I don’t know.

Here’s the thing for me. I like the early signing period for the commits. For instance, David Reese or Amari Burney, those guys are never going anywhere. Why should Dan Mullen and those guys, and I don’t mean this is a bad way towards Burney and Reese, but why should Mullen and his staff have to visit those guys every week, and vice versa, why should Burney and those guys have to listen to phone calls, when they know where they’re going? Let them just sign the paper and be done with it.]]>
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Breaking down the new coaches and recruiting board for the Florida Gators: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/breaking-down-the-new-coaches-and-recruiting-board-for-the-florida-gators-podcast/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:42 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=99989 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/breaking-down-the-new-coaches-and-recruiting-board-for-the-florida-gators-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/breaking-down-the-new-coaches-and-recruiting-board-for-the-florida-gators-podcast/feed/ 0 GC's new podcast looks at the new coaches Florida has hired, plus how the recruiting board is shaking out under Dan Mullen. GC's new podcast looks at the new coaches Florida has hired, plus how the recruiting board is shaking out under Dan Mullen. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down how these coaches will fit in at Florida and where we think they will coach at under Mullen.
Andrew and Nick also run through the recruiting board to give you new names and also look at where the commits are at now that Mullen is in charge.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’ve been on a little bit of a break. First, you go down sick, then me. We’re both battling through it and persevere. We’re back.

Nicholas: Yeah. We both had the same thing. Luckily got over it. A little sinus infection held me down for a little while, and back to it.

Andrew: There you go. No break though. The news is fast, furious, and coming at you all the time. Let’s just dive into it, Nick.

Nick: Yeah. Starting to get a little bit of a staff assembled. Both through addition and subtraction, I guess.

Andrew: I think the most important hire is hiring the macho man, Randy Savage, as the strength and conditioning coach.

Nick: The strength and conditioning coach, Florida’s last two have gotten a lot of blame. I don’t know if you can blame them for what’s happened. Football’s a dangerous game, and people get hurt. I mean, I know people were not happy with Mike Kent towards the end of his run, and people were not happy with Jeff Dillman towards the end of his run. I know South Carolina dealt with a bunch of injuries this year as well. The strength coach is the guy.

At Ohio State, and what Urban Meyer did when he was at Florida, it was symbolic, but he handed keys to Mickey Marotti, and basically that’s saying, “This is your football program now. I might be the head coach, but NCAA rules prohibit the time that the coaches can spend with players, and really it’s the strength coach that takes them through the time after the season ends all the way up to spring ball, and then once spring ends all the way up to the season.”

Andrew: Listen, Florida hasn’t had a strength coach since Mickey left. Period. Mike Kent is what he is. Listen, I’m not trying to be rude or anything else, but Mike Kent wasn’t firing those guys up. Jeff Dillman was while he was sniffing his salt, but he’s not a football strength and conditioning coach. He was very good for the Olympics, that kind of stuff, but yeah. Florida hasn’t had one. Florida needs that energy back. You go, and I tweeted out a video on Saturday or Sunday. The days are kind of running together. It’s a mic up with Savage, and it was just him running around and having midnight workouts, that kind of stuff. You got to find ways to create competition.

That’s something Dan Mullen said in his opening press conference is they want to have competition every day of the week, and that’s something you want to have with workouts. You got to do it. Those mat drills. Everyone talks about those mat drills, the pounceys talk about it. It’s competition. Competition brings out the best in you. I don’t want to say that Florida hasn’t been competitive since Urban left, but you haven’t seen a lot of so-called competition. You haven’t seen the weeding out the weak of the guys and that kind of stuff. I do, I think there’s been a lot of hires, and we’re going to get into those in just a second, but the biggest hire was getting Savage.

Nick: Yeah. It goes back to that. Just listening to the opening press conference for Dan Mullen, and even when Strickland was speaking before, you’re looking at how much they mentioned the strength program and getting that right. You knew Kent wasn’t coming back. Nick Savage is a young guy, younger than us. He’s 28 years old. He graduated from Youngstown State, and then got his Masters in Toledo.]]>
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Discussing the Dan Mullen hiring and more: Florida Gators podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/discussing-the-dan-mullen-hiring-and-more-florida-gators-podcast/ Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:00:50 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=99796 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/discussing-the-dan-mullen-hiring-and-more-florida-gators-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/discussing-the-dan-mullen-hiring-and-more-florida-gators-podcast/feed/ 0 Our new podcast breaks down the hiring of Dan Mullen and just why he's the right fit for the Gators moving forward. Our new podcast breaks down the hiring of Dan Mullen and just why he's the right fit for the Gators moving forward. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre breakdown why we think Mullen can be successful at Florida, plus who he’s bringing with him on this staff.
Andrew and Nick also look at who he’s recruiting and who fits his program, plus we talk about the other coaching searches around the country.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we got a lot to talk about, my friend. New football coach in town. Things are rolling.

Nick: Yeah. Dan Mullen’s not wasting any time on the recruiting front. There’s about 20 days left, 21 days left, three weeks, till that early signing period, so no time to waste.

Andrew: No time to waste. Got in, and cleaned house. Randy Shannon, you’re fired. Best news of the day, Nick.

Nick: I’m not going to be celebrating anyone getting fired. Than can be your thing. I think Randy did a good job the last month that he was here.

Andrew: Yeah. Well, when you hear things about Randy, and I know some players are taking up for Randy, and that’s fine and dandy, whatever. Whatever he did. End of the discussion with Randy Shannon before we move on is this. He caused a lot of divide. He caused a lot of people to not like him. He caused terrible decisions in recruiting, him and his Randy specials, and him just straight up disrespecting people not from South Florida. It was old-school. Nick, I know you’re from South Florida, and maybe that’s the reason you like Randy Shannon. You’ve heard some of the stories I’ve told you about Randy Shannon. Straight up, he was disrespectful. He deserves what he’s got, and that’s it.

Dan Mullen’s the new chief in town, Nick. I’m going to tell you, straight up, I’m excited.

Nick: Let’s get into how this all happened.

Andrew: Okay.

Nick: Obviously, this wasn’t the old Jeremy Foley/Jim McElwain special where it was this is the only person we talked to, that nonsense where you know it’s not true. It better not be true, because you better not only talk to one person if you’re trying to hire a coach at the University of Florida. You better talk to as many people as you can and do your due diligence.

Andrew: Right.

Nick: Obviously, they went up and talked to Chip. They beat around and inquired about Scott Frost. I think Scott Strickland and the people, he kept a very tight circle for this search, but I think they did their due diligence, and they asked aroun.

Andrew: Right. Here’s the thing, Scott Strickland was honest about things, Nick. That’s what I respect about Strickland. I know Chip Kelly’s out there saying he was never offered a contract by Florida. That’s bullshit. That’s bullshit. We both know he was offered a contract by Florida, whatever. He was offered a deal to come to Florida. It is what it is, but I’m very appreciative of the way Scott Strickland handled this deal. Listen, Nick, I know people are going to say that you and I are spinning this. I’ve told you stories in the past about why I like Dan Mullen. Granted, you’re my only witness to this, but I like the hiring of Dan Mullen.

Nick: The reason why I like it is, and I think it’s something that I wrote my story about it right after he was hired, Florida’s a tough job. It’s a place where you can win big. We say it all the time, Texas, California, Florida, and Georgia are probably the best states as far as recruiting. Not probably, those are. Florida’s got a lot of expectations, and there is nobody in the country, outside of the Meyer family and the Spurrier family, that understands that more than Mullen, because he was here for probably the most successful run in Florida history.

Listen, you and I were fans back then,]]>
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Latest coaching news for the Florida Gators and FSU talk: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/latest-coaching-news-for-the-florida-gators-and-fsu-talk-podcast/ Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:00:58 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=99531 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/latest-coaching-news-for-the-florida-gators-and-fsu-talk-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/latest-coaching-news-for-the-florida-gators-and-fsu-talk-podcast/feed/ 0 Our new podcast discusses the latest coaching news, plus we start to preview UF/FSU on Saturday. Our new podcast discusses the latest coaching news, plus we start to preview UF/FSU on Saturday. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break that down, plus start to talk about the Gators vs. Seminoles game on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville.
Andrew and Nick also talk about the Gators basketball team and how they’re off to a fast start.
TRANSCRIPT: 
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, been away for a couple days, but it’s not like we haven’t been working. The coaching search was in full blast on Sunday. That kind of took away our time for the most part. Apologies there.
Nick:                         If you’ve been on the site, you haven’t been missing anything.
Andrew:                 Correct. If you haven’t been on the site, we have a cool little Black Friday deal that’s running right now. I would advise everyone to take advantage of that. It’s a great deal. It’s something that we do every year, and it’s usually a very big success. Come check it out. It’s pretty good timing, Nick, if I have to say so.
Nick:                         Got coaching search news going on, and once you get the head coach, then you’re hanging on for assistants and recruiting. You sign up on the Black Friday special, and that leads you a couple months later, not even a couple months later, early signing period this year. A couple weeks later, you’ve got the early signing period, and that leads you right up to National Signing Day.
Andrew:                 I said this to someone on the message board. They were talking about Chip Kelly, if he’s the guy, what will it do for recruiting. I said, “Listen, Chip Kelly is going to have no problem recruiting offensive players for the University of Florida.” That should be the furthest thing from your mind is offensive recruits coming to Chip Kelly’s offense.
Nick:                         My question, I was talking about it, I think, with Baileigh, when we were in the press box last Saturday, is the Oregon offense from ’09-’12, is that starting to get a little far removed for the recruits? It was a question I didn’t really have an answer to, so I wanted to ask you.
Andrew:                 No, I don’t think so.
Nick:                         These kids were like 10, 11 years old when Chip Kelly was at Oregon.
Andrew:                 Yeah, but they still know him from the 2010 Auburn game, and a lot of these kids grew up rooting for Oregon, because that was the cool thing, because of all the cool uniforms. That’s something, I think, has got these kids attention a little bit. We talked to Damien Pierce, and he said, “I’m going to do cartwheels if Chip Kelly goes to Florida, because not only would I get to go to Florida, but I would also get to play for Chip Kelly, who I grew up rooting for.” I don’t think so, Nick. I think when you start to talk about Tebow, that’s when you’re starting to get to where these kids don’t really remember.
Nick:                         We’re getting old, Bro.
Andrew:                 Yeah. We’re getting old, man. I think that’s where you get into that situation. As far as the Oregon thing, I think you’re still okay. I guess, Nick, we should just lead into that, what we’re hearing on the coaching search.
Nick:                         Okay.
Andrew:                 You want me to start, or you want to start?
Nick:                         Have at it.
Andrew:                 We know that six members flew on the UAA plane to New Hampshire on Sunday night. We know that. We know that happened. Strickland came back, and had some media show up, and I would say take him a little bit by surprise. We know that happened.
What we have conflicting things is what happened in New Hampshire on Sunday night. Some people are saying the deal has been signed.]]>
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Friday prediction podcast for Florida Gators vs. UAB Blazers http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/friday-prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-uab-blazers/ Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:00:53 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=99422 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/friday-prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-uab-blazers/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/friday-prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-uab-blazers/feed/ 0 GC brings you our Friday prediction podcast for the Florida Gators vs. UAB Blazers game on Saturday. GC brings you our Friday prediction podcast for the Florida Gators vs. UAB Blazers game on Saturday. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the keys in this game for Florida, plus talk about the latest injury news that the Gators are facing.
Andrew and Nick also discuss the latest coaching news, plus we predict our players to watch for the Gators this week.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, are you alive over there? This coaching search is getting wild, brother.

Nick: I’m over it.

Andrew: Me too.

Nick: I’m over it. Until that’s figured out, that’s what people want to know.

Andrew: I don’t know. It’s a rollercoaster ride, and we said it, and we continue to say it, and that is we believe that Florida and Chip Kelly side and agreed on what it’s going to take to make him Florida’s coach and what not. It’s just a situation now of getting some fine lines figured out. We reported on Thursday that there’s some holdup on the facilities. There’s some holdup on the speaking arrangements, of how many he’s got to do and all that kind of good stuff. That’s a question mark that they’re going to have to work out. It’s a wild ride.

Nick: Yeah. There’s a lot of things to consider there. We’re still told it’s not even AD and coach talking. Right now it’s all lawyers and people like that that are hammering out and ironing out those details.

Andrew: That’s kind of where we’re at as well. Like you said, it’s the hammering out the details. I’ve heard nothing that makes me believe what we reported on Tuesday night, that Chip Kelly is likely to be the guy, is wrong, at all. We know that Chip Kelly and Scott Strickland have worked out what it’s going to take verbally and all that good stuff. We’re talking at 12:15 on Thursday. I still think Chip Kelly is that leading guy in the race.

Nick: It’s not Lane Kiffin?

Andrew: Not Lane Kiffin.

Nick: What am I doing here?

Andrew: Not Lane Kiffin. Man, oh man, how fun would that be? I’m just going to tell you, man, I’m excited to see if Chip comes how offense goes. I don’t know about you, Nick, but I’m here for those 50 point games.

Nick: You’re not allowed to score 50. I think that’s like a monthly thing. You’re giving 50 points a month, and you can figure out when you want to use those 50. That’s how offense works, right?

Andrew: That’s how offense has worked lately, but Chip Kelly’s not going to run offense like that. He’s going to run offense where you score, and you score, and you score, and then, as the old ball coach used to say, “You put in the second string and allow them to score for a while.”

Nick: Can we get off coaching for a second? I got something that’s really hurting my heart.

Andrew: Okay.

Nick: Ray Guy Award came down to their finalists.

Andrew: It’s your fault, Nick. You’re a voter.

Nick: We aren’t allowed to vote until the semi-finals come out. I was given a Ray Guy vote this year, obviously, but I couldn’t vote until the top 10 came out. Our boy, Jonathon Townsend, is not there.

Andrew: Pretty ridiculous, Nick. I’m just going to let you know. Second in the nation in punt average, 48.5 yards. I mean, he’s Florida’s offensive MVP.

Nick: Probably just the MVP. You can say MVP. Not even going to specify offense or defense. Just MVP.

Andrew: Yeah. Wow.

Nick: I may be foregoing my vote. I may just not vote.

Andrew: You’re going to make a write-in.

Nick: Yeah. I will write in a vote.

Andrew: Okay. It’s what you got to do, my man. Whatever you got to do over there to make the dream come true. The good thing is you get to see him in the Senior Bowl.

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Midweek podcast for Florida Gators vs. UAB Blazers http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/midweek-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-uab-blazers/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:00:05 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=99390 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/midweek-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-uab-blazers/#comments http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/midweek-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-uab-blazers/feed/ 1 We bring you a new podcast as we discuss the latest coaching news and breakdown the UAB game. We bring you a new podcast as we discuss the latest coaching news and breakdown the UAB game. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre discuss the latest news surrounding the Gators as they head into Saturday’s game.
Andrew and Nick also discuss the latest coaching news as the Gators look for a new football coach.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, didn’t do a Sunday recap, Monday for you guys. You were traveling. Quite frankly, I don’t know what there is to talk about about that game on Saturday, Nick.

Nick: Yeah. I normally fly, but did a little drive this time, so I spent like nine hours in the car on Sunday. About that game, after the initial onslaught Florida outscored South Carolina. There was a positive.

Andrew: Okay. There’s your positive. Whatever. Whatever you want to make out a positive, Nick, you can make out a positive. I’m tired of giving moral victories around this football team and everything. I’m just ready for the season to be over with.

Nick: Two short weeks.

Andrew: Two short weeks. That’s right. Really this week, and then next week is Thanksgiving week, so it’ll be even shorter. This week’s a cool week though, Nick, for me personally. Maybe not for Florida fans, because I personally really believe that UAB is going to come in and win this football game.

Nick: We’re going to get into that, your reasons why. Tell the people about your relationship with head coach over there.

Andrew: Bill Clark is the head coach over at UAB. Bill’s actually the guy that hired me at the University of South Alabama. He was the defensive coordinator there, and was actually the guy that hired me, and got me into the college ranks. I have a little bit of respect and a little bit of ties to Bill, Coach Clark.

Nick: What did Bill hire you to do?

Andrew: I was the GA. I was basically there to kind of follow around on the defense and help out on the defense. Did a little bit of filming as well, and that kind of stuff. Was there to assist in practice. That was my job. I was a GA on that staff with them. Was kind of his guy, and he was the defensive coordinator. It was fun. I love it. Wouldn’t trade that for anything, that experience of working under him.

I told you this story, Nick, a little bit. UAB took their program and shut it down. Coach Clark was actually asked to come back to the University of South Alabama and coach, would probably be the head coach here now, had that happen. He’s a guy that stuck it out, and look at what he’s done. I can make a claim he should be Coach of the Year, Nick.

Nick: Absolutely. You look at UAB. They were bowl eligible in 2014 for the first time in a decade. Before 2014, the last bowl game they had been eligible for was in 2004. Shortly after they get the news that we’re bowl eligible for the first time in 10 years, they’re deciding to shut the program down. I think that took everyone by shock. They said there was a lack of funding, and there was really outrage, certainly in Birmingham and in Alabama, but really nationwide.

Shortly after that, about six months after that, and they decided that we’ve got money, and we’re going to bring the football program back. That process took two years, and now you’re looking a team, and Bill Clark and his staff had to get creative. How do we field a football team? You only have two years to get ready, and now you look at them. They’ve got seven wins. They’re bowl eligible again. Quite a story for Bill Clark, and for everyone there at that program.

Andrew: Yeah. Half of his guys, more than half of his guys, transferred, because they were able to transfer and be eligible immediately.

Nick: Right.

Andrew: Several of their guys transferred to South Alabama,]]>
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Previewing Florida Gators vs. South Carolina 2017 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-florida-gators-vs-south-carolina-2017/ Fri, 10 Nov 2017 10:00:10 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=99247 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-florida-gators-vs-south-carolina-2017/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-florida-gators-vs-south-carolina-2017/feed/ 0 Our new podcast previews the Florida Gators vs. South Carolina game on Saturday afternoon. Our new podcast previews the Florida Gators vs. South Carolina game on Saturday afternoon. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the game and the team mindset heading into the game as the Gators look to get back in the win column.
Andrew and Nick also break down what is a loaded weekend of good football games, plus give you some players to watch for the Gators on Saturday.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, I know it’s not been a fun week. It’s been a quiet week, but the Gators do play up in Carolina on Saturday, and Willy Muschamp is waiting for them.

Nick: For everyone that’s asked, no. They cannot forfeit the rest of the games. It’s almost over.

Andrew: I kind of wish they would. There’s a little celebrity softball game up in Atlanta this weekend that I’d rather be checking out than watching a football team that doesn’t care to play.

Nick: I thought the Braves regular season ended.

Andrew: It did, but now we’re playing a little softball.

Nick: They are a softball team.

Andrew: Okay. There you go. Nick, you’re traveling up. You get to go see Willy Muschamp in person and see Boom. I know you’re looking forward to it, but, Nick, I’m not sure this team’s looking forward to it. Everything we’ve kind of been told is that this team has, I don’t want to say checked out, but checked out almost.

Nick: You don’t want to say checked out, but checked out.

Andrew: I mean, what’s the best word to say except for say checked out? I mean, they’ve checked out.

Nick: I guess I can get that, but I don’t understand that, because you’ve got guys that are still competing for their future, and your resume when you’re a football player is your tape. If you’re going to be a guy that checks out, and you just have terrible tape the last month of the season, those are questions you’re going to have to answer when you start going to combines and stuff, and start talking to NFL teams. Hey, what happened this month? The team wasn’t good. Our coach got fired, so we decided not to play. No. Who are you impressing with that?

Andrew: Right. You’re starting to look at some of these guys that are with the potential to go on and go early, the Cece Jefferson, Martez Ivey, Taven Bryan, those guys, and you have Randy Shannon publicly call out Martez Ivey during the week about him not playing well. You don’t think teams are going to look back at that and say look at what happened?

Nick: Yeah. He really just, didn’t he just call him out for the red zone offsides?

Andrew: Yeah. He said that they were playing with lack of effort, I believe is the what the words were, or the attitude or something was the words he used. It was kind of mind-blowing a little bit that he used that. To be honest with you, I haven’t been impressed with the way Randy Shannon has handled things.

Nick: You don’t say. You haven’t been impressed with Randy Shannon?

Andrew: With Randy Shannon the way he’s done things. You’re looking at him calling out Lamical Perine. When you start to call out your team, granted they need to be called out, but they don’t need to be called out in the media, in my opinion, in the public eye. Especially with the divide going on so much right now.

Nick: Yeah. I don’t know. I think there’s something to it. You see it a lot in basketball.

Andrew: Yeah. You know what I’m saying? Do you agree that it maybe should be a situation where he kind of chills out a little bit with this team? I mean, he’s close to losing his team already.

Nick: Well, I don’t think Randy Shannon is going to be here long, so I don’t think he’s worried about hurting feelings.

Andrew: Okay. Maybe you’re right then.]]>
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Clark joins GC’s Podcast to talk Florida Gators vs. South Carolina http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/clark-joins-the-podcast-to-talk-florida-gators-vs-south-carolina/ Wed, 08 Nov 2017 10:00:02 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=99143 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/clark-joins-the-podcast-to-talk-florida-gators-vs-south-carolina/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/clark-joins-the-podcast-to-talk-florida-gators-vs-south-carolina/feed/ 0 Chris Clark explains how Will Muschamp is doing, plus talks Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Chris Clark explains how Will Muschamp is doing, plus talks Florida Gators vs. South Carolina Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre are joined by Chris Clark of Gamecock Central to help us breakdown how Will Muschamp is doing at South Carolina, plus the mindset of the program.
Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest injuries and how David Reese’s comments were needed for this team headed into this week.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, midweek, and we’re going to talk some football today. Surprise, surprise. There is a football game this week. We’re going to bring on our good buddy, Mr. Chris Clark, from Gamecocks Central. Good friend of both of ours. Really knows everything about South Carolina. Knows everything about Will Muschamp, and I think there’s going to be a football game this weekend.

Nick:​At noon too.

Andrew:​Here’s the thing. I say it’s going to be a football game, because that’s what they call it. I’m really thinking it might be a snooze fest.

Nick:​Maybe we’ll be surprised.

Andrew:​50-50?

Nick:​Two bad teams get together. No. We probably won’t get a combined 50. Maybe two bad teams get together, and you get a good game. Who knows?

Andrew:​Maybe. I would like to see it though. Can we just play flag football or seven on seven, and just kind of see what can go on here and score some points? I mean, I think you and I both agree that there’s not going to be much points scored against this, but can we agree to play seven on seven and see what happens?

Nick:​Maybe like ultimate frisbee, instead of football.

Andrew:​Something. Something to make it fun. We’ll talk to him in a second. Couple news and things to get out of the way real quick. No new updates on the suspended guys. Rick Wells and Jordan Scarlett did have their preliminary trial things yesterday. Nick, I believe they signed, correct?

Nick:​Yeah. This is all semantics at this point. Everyone that’s agreed to it just goes in front of the judge, and the judge officially places them in the program. Now Rick Wells and Jordan Scarlett will have to go in front of the Student Conduct Board, but they can’t go in front of the Student Conduct Board until they’re officially placed into the program. Like Antonio Callaway doesn’t go to court until a week from yesterday, Tuesday the 14th. So then his process with Student Conduct Board would start.

Andrew:​Okay. So there’s no update there. The big news is Brett Heggie’s out for the year. We kind of hinted at that ACL injury for Brett. Tough luck. Was playing probably the best ball of any Florida lineman. Kadarius Toney and Jachai Polite are both out this week for South Carolina with injuries. Hopefully you get those guys back for UAB, and then Florida State. Get Tyrie Cleveland. He’s going to be back again and playing. That’s there.

​Nick, we’re going to talk about this in a minute, but what a difference a week makes, man. Randy Shannon had a good press conference a week ago, and then this Monday, that was a train wreck, brother.

Nick:​Not a lot of answers. Sounded a lot like a McElwain conference.

Andrew:​Would you agree it was a train wreck?

Nick:​Yeah. It was not good.

Andrew:​Yeah. Nick, we’ll go to Chris. We’ll talk to Chris real quick, get his thoughts on South Carolina, get his thoughts on Willy Muschamp, and we’ll come back and break down Chris’ comments, and we’ll continue trying to break this game down. Maybe talk a little coaching search. Here we go. Let’s go to our man, Chris.

​Welcome back, guys. We’re with my good man, Chris Clark. Chris, up there in Carolina country, and I’m not going to lie to you, my man. Had I talked about this game at the beginning of the ...]]>
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GC PODCAST: Recapping the Florida Gators loss to Missouri http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-football/recapping-the-florida-gators-loss-to-missouri/ Sat, 04 Nov 2017 23:18:23 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=99145 http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-football/recapping-the-florida-gators-loss-to-missouri/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-football/recapping-the-florida-gators-loss-to-missouri/feed/ 0 We recap the Florida Gators loss to Missouri and what happened in this podcast. We recap the Florida Gators loss to Missouri and what happened in this podcast. Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, I don’t know what we watched on Saturday. They supposedly call that football, but I didn’t watch football on Saturday with that game.
Nick: To me the most disheartening thing is that, at least from the outside, it appears that you had a team that quit. I think that was really evident on one play in particular, that’s when CJ Henderson gives up on a play. I get it, he’s stiff-armed. Should have been offensive pass interference, but that doesn’t mean you stop playing football. I think, not just him, but kind of all over the place you saw guys not playing their hardest, and that, to me, is an issue. I get that you went through a lot, but there’s no reason to quit. If you don’t want to be here, if you don’t want to be playing football at the University of Florida, there’s plenty of people that do.
Andrew: Here’s my thing, Nick. It goes back to Coach Mac, what Coach Mac said, and I’m not trying to bring up the past, but he always had that statement, and it’s true. You are what you put on film.

Nick: Yeah. Listen, there’s a lot of guys that will be going to the NFL early, juniors, redshirt sophomores, that maybe wouldn’t have, but that kind of stuff happens when you get a new coaching staff in. You’re putting out crap film. You’re not going.

Andrew: Right.

Nick: You’re not going to get what you expected to get, at least, in terms of where you’re going to be drafted. The rest of the season, these next three games, you got to win three games now to even get the chance for a fourth game, and it doesn’t look like these guys even care or want to go to a bowl game. Talk is cheap, especially when all week you say there’s a lot to play for, and yada, yada. Then you go out, and you look like that. Pretty disheartening.

Andrew: Nick, this team’s not going to a bowl game. You can go ahead and make reservations to join me in Orlando for the Under Armour game.

Nick: I’m not going to be in Shreveport for whatever that bowl game is called now?

Andrew: The Duck Dynasty Bowl.

Nick: Yeah. On Christmas Day.

Andrew: You can go ahead and forget that. Here’s the thing, Nick, and this is what’s disheartening to me. This is what bothers me, from the outside looking in, and talking to people. This team was dealt a terrible hand. Let’s just call it what it was. This team didn’t deserve a couple Mondays ago to happen with the death threats. It didn’t deserve for the head coach to be dismissed in the middle of the year. It didn’t deserve the credit card stuff. There’s a lot of things it didn’t deserve.

At the end of the day, you’re playing for the name on the front and the name on the back. I’m not here for sympathy, Nick. I told you last week, I’m not here to give out awards for excuses. I’m just not. It’s disheartening, and it brings me to my next point, Nick. When and why did this team start getting a me against the world mindset and turning against its fanbase?

Nick: That’s Jim McElwain. This is my opinion, and I think people will agree with me. Jim McElwain had that whole thing where he was always looking for sympathy and always playing the sympathy card with fans, “Our facilities and this and that. Well, I’m not going to use an excuse.” Then stop bringing it up. If it’s not an excuse, then stop bringing up injuries and stop bringing up suspended players and not having enough guys. You say it’s not an excuse, but you sure as hell use it a lot. To me, it’s that, and then Jim McElwain’s called the fans out multiple times. It’s also the culture and the time we live in, with guys being on social media, and the fans having expectations based on what the guys have that might be unrealistic.

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GC PODCAST: Prediction podcast for Florida Gators vs. Missouri http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/gc-podcast-prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-missouri/ Fri, 03 Nov 2017 09:00:30 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98965 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/gc-podcast-prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-missouri/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/gc-podcast-prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-missouri/feed/ 0 Who will stand out for Florida on offense with Malik Zaire starting at QB? We explain on this podcast. Who will stand out for Florida on offense with Malik Zaire starting at QB? We explain on this podcast.
Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what the Gators offense with Malik Zaire starting at quarterback and what Florida can do differently this time.

Andrew and Nick also predict some games around the country, plus name three players to watch from the Gators this week against Missouri.

TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, game week. Friday prediction for Missouri, and breaking news. There is a game this week.
Nick:                         Yeah. Not really an exciting game, on paper, but there is a game this week.
Andrew:                 A game this week, and Randy Shannon made some breaking news on Thursday morning. Quarterback Malik Zaire will get the start. Nick, I think you and I both agree, and if not, I’m speaking for you, and you can say you disagree here. I think that we both agree that that was going to be the case. When Shannon opened up the competition, and then didn’t name a starter on Tuesday, and didn’t name a starter on Wednesday, pretty much knew Zaire was going to be that guy, or at least I did. Just because of the way it was. I think, just from the standpoint of Shannon saying, “Let’s see something different.”
Nick:                         Yeah. I wrote it. Might have been harsh when I wrote it, but you’ve seen what you get from Feleipe Franks, and it’s gotten you a 3-4 record. Like I said on Wednesday’s podcast, or Monday’s, you’ve seen what you get from Franks. Randy Shannon is, right now, whether he’ll admit it or not, auditioning for his next job as a head coach. I know what I’m getting from one guy, let’s try the other one. Let’s shake things up, and see what it gets us.
Andrew:                 Here’s my thing to you, Nick, and I think we said this as well the other day, and that is had Franks been the guy and had looked good, and everyone in the world thought he was going to be your quarterback of the future, then you keep him in there and let him continue to learn or do whatever he’s been doing this year. He hasn’t been learning, because he hasn’t gotten better. Whatever he’s been doing, you would do that. I think the world knows that Feleipe Franks just isn’t going to be that guy for the future, and, at the end of the day, you still owe it to your team. You still owe it to your program and to your university to make a bowl game, and if that’s with Zaire, you got to do it.
Nick:                         Do you think he has a quick leash? Do you think he has a long leash? What do you think we’ll see?
Andrew:                 I think he has a long leash. You don’t want an interchangeable quarterback going on here. My question, Nick, is what do they do? Do they mix it up a little bit? Here’s the thing, and we said this last year, and I don’t want people to take it the wrong way, but you can allow Zaire to run the ball and take that risk of him getting his helmet knocked off, or him having to leave the game for a play and Franks coming in, because he has played. You can run that risk, in my opinion, of letting Zaire run the ball and take some hits and all that good stuff, because you do have Franks in the wings.
Nick:                         Yeah. That’s something we got into the past, however many years, where you’re not taking advantage of Treon’s running ability, because you didn’t have anyone behind him after Will Grier was suspended. Then it was the same thing Appleby. Listen, if you got a quarterback that can run, let him run. If he gets hurt, figure it out later. If you got a quarterback that can run, let him run.
Andrew:                 Don’t you agree that the biggest thing this week is to see how the offense chances up?
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GC podcast: Florida Gators coaching talk, plus Missouri prep http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/gc-podcast-florida-gators-coaching-talk-plus-missouri-prep/ Wed, 01 Nov 2017 09:00:09 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98896 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/gc-podcast-florida-gators-coaching-talk-plus-missouri-prep/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/gc-podcast-florida-gators-coaching-talk-plus-missouri-prep/feed/ 0 How are the Gators preparing for Missouri with Randy Shannon as coach? We discuss on the podcast How are the Gators preparing for Missouri with Randy Shannon as coach? We discuss on the podcast Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about what changes Shannon made, plus how things can improve against Missouri.
Andrew and Nick also breakdown the keys for Florida in this game against Missouri, and how we think they must attack the Tigers on Saturday.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew: What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re moving forward here. Randy Shannon took over officially as interim coach on Monday. Had a pretty good press conference, so it’s on to Missouri. We’ll try to talk as much Missouri as we can, but we still have to talk coaching change.

Nick: Yeah. I think the first thing we’ll talk about then is, whether he wants to admit it or not, it’s an audition for Randy Shannon. He basically has a month, and if you make it to a bowl game, two months, to put his best foot forward and say, “This is what I can do when given the keys, and what I can do when I’m running a program.”

Andrew: I don’t think he has two months. I think he has four games. Florida’s going to have a coach by the early signing period. Everything we’ve been told behind the scenes is that Scott Strickland plans to have one first week of December, if at all possible. Let’s face it, Nick, Randy Shannon is not getting this job at Florida. He’s just not.

Nick: No. I’m not saying that. I don’t think a new coach would take over the team to coach a bowl game.

Andrew: You’re saying an audition for …

Nick: Yeah. It’s an audition for Randy Shannon nationwide to say, “This is what I can do when I have the chance.” Florida’s next head coach is out. He’s not going to get the head coaching job at Florida. I’m saying he would have two months. You get a month for a bowl practice.

Andrew: Okay. I see what you’re saying now. I took it as you were saying he was auditioning for the Florida job. For sure. Here’s the thing, Nick, and this is what I’ll say. I’m not a fan of Randy Shannon being the defensive coordinator at the University of Florida. I think his time has passed. I think his defense is very soft. I think his defense plays not to lose, and I’m not a fan of his recruiting at all. I will say this, and that is that his press conference on Monday was very good. It was very energetic, and it was very needed. Randy Shannon has that swag about him.

I think Randy Shannon may just need to go find a smaller school, be the head coach there, do his thing, and then retire. That’s nothing against Randy Shannon. He’s had a great career. I told you that on Monday’s podcast, when we taped it on Sunday. 15 years ago Randy Shannon was one of the best minds in the game. He didn’t lose that, but he hasn’t grown with the game, and that’s nothing against Randy Shannon. That’s a tough job to do. I just will say this, and that is that right now he’s a good job trying to get things refocused on the way things need to go to get that three wins to get to that bowl game.

Nick: Randy Shannon’s 51. He’s not retiring.

Andrew: I didn’t say that. I said find another job, a smaller job. Coach for a few years, and then ride off into the sunset. He’s been doing it for a while. Like I said, or go be a position coach somewhere. Randy Shannon, nothing shows me and is going to show me that Randy Shannon needs to be a defensive coordinator in the SEC. His recruiting, as well, is staggered at times, and there’s nothing that proves to me that Randy Shannon is going to do that. I don’t want to harp on Randy Shannon this whole podcast. Everyone knows my opinion of Randy.

Nick: Be retained for a year, or for two, depending on who the next head coach is.

Andrew: I seriously doubt it. From everything I’ve been told, that is not the case.

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GC PODCAST: On McElwain’s firing as Florida Gators coach http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/podcast-talking-jim-mcelwain-being-let-go-as-florida-gators-coach/ Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:00:15 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98835 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/podcast-talking-jim-mcelwain-being-let-go-as-florida-gators-coach/#comments http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/podcast-talking-jim-mcelwain-being-let-go-as-florida-gators-coach/feed/ 2 The GC crew breaks down why Jim McElwain was fired as head coach in our new podcast. The GC crew breaks down why Jim McElwain was fired as head coach in our new podcast. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what went wrong for him and where Florida goes next.
Andrew and Nick also talk about some names that should be on the Gators short list of coaching candidates to replace McElwain.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re not going to say it’s going to be a down podcast. It’s going to have some ups, some downs, some mediums. It’s going to be a podcast full of lit observations.
Nick:                         It’s lit.
Andrew:                 It’s lit. It’s always going to be lit. It’s ready to go. Let’s go.
Nick:                         Let me get something out of the way.
Andrew:                 Go ahead.
Nick:                         Florida lost, 42-7 to Georgia. They fell to 3-4. They will not be going to the SEC Championship. Georgia will, and that’s probably the last we’re going to talk about football.
Andrew:                 Probably not, because one of my supporting stats coming up in a few minutes will involve that game. First of all, Nick, let me just say one more thing about that, and that is that it is very telling when fans, when us in the media, when everyone goes into that game thinking, “What’s the largest blowout in this history? How bad is this going to get?” Never should you say that at the University of Florida. Never, ever.
Nick:                         I found that stat real quick though.
Andrew:                 I found that stat for you.
Nick:                         You found the stat. Thank you. You were my minion.
Andrew:                 Whatever. We all have to help the dumb every once in a while. Anyway, yes. That brings me to the next point. Obviously, Nick, you and I were out in front of this, and had said some things throughout the week. Really got to the point on Friday where you and I had started hinting that was going to be it for Mac. I know you had some opinions that you thought he would make it through the FSU game. Then also had your opinions this was going to be it.
Sunday, the news breaks. We’re taping this at 4:20. The technical terms haven’t been released. Right now, the term is Mac is no longer the head football coach at Florida. By the time you’re listening to this, you’ll know he’s either fired or resigned and got some of his money. Basically, he’s gone. The question is did they settle on an amount of money or not?
Nick:                         That’s why we kind of waited to report. I’m writing a story. It’ll be up on Sunday, so hopefully you’ve read that by the time you’re listening to this. It’s basically an autopsy of two months ago the University of Florida and the UAA is putting out stuff comparing Jim McElwain to Steve Spurrier, because of the record in SEC games to start their career. Two months later, Jim McElwain doesn’t have a job. How does that happen?
What really happened is the infrastructure, the foundation was already cracked. The relationship between the administration and Jim McElwain was already cracked. Florida got leverage on Monday when Jim McElwain erroneously talked about death threats. Florida got leverage. The longer you wait, the less powerful that leverage becomes. They really took the opportunity to say, Jeremey Foley is saying, “What must eventually be done should be done now.” Something like that. They took the opportunity of, “Listen, we have leverage now. We’re not going to have it later. We don’t want to pay him $12.5 million.” They tell him, and they tell his agent, “We’re going to fire him for cause. We think we have enough to fire him for cause. We would like to give you an opportunity. Let’s reach a settlement. Let’s find a number that we can both stomach.”
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Florida Gators prediction podcast for Georgia Bulldogs 2017 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/florida-gators-prediction-podcast-for-georgia-bulldogs-2017/ Fri, 27 Oct 2017 09:00:27 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98780 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/florida-gators-prediction-podcast-for-georgia-bulldogs-2017/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/florida-gators-prediction-podcast-for-georgia-bulldogs-2017/feed/ 0 Check out our prediction podcast to find out what we think of the Florida Gators vs Georgia game. Check out our prediction podcast to find out what we think of the Florida Gators vs Georgia game. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the game and talk about how the Gators offense can score against Georgia.
Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest news regarding the suspensions, plus predict who the players to watch are.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, back, ready, Friday, for Jacksonville. Florida-Georgia. As I said on Monday, one of my favorite games of the year. Coming across that bridge is pretty cool. Seeing that atmosphere is pretty cool. I’m having a feeling we’re not going to talk about much football in this podcast.

Nick:​Can we please just talk football?

Andrew:​Do you want to just get it out of the way?

Nick:​Yeah. Just get it out of the way.

Andrew:​What are you thinking Jimmy Mac? What are you thinking, Coach?

Nick:​You’re not. You’re not thinking. That’s the problem.

Andrew:​What are you thinking, Coach? Just be quiet. I don’t mean that in a disrespectful manner. Coach is a grown man, but just be quiet, Coach. You dug yourself a hole.

Nick:​Yeah. I think he just said something that he probably regretted saying, and he came out on Wednesday and said it wasn’t even something that had happened recently. It was something that happened in the past, but for whatever reason that day it was on his mind. It’s like he said. I think he said enough on Wednesday, as far as an apology, to kind of close the book on it.

Andrew:​Did it close the book on it?

Nick:​I think so. As far as needing to talk about it and needing to write about it, I think so. I think he learned a lesson, because the statement that the UAA came out with certainly did not back him. You’d expect a statement to say, “We’re working with Coach. We take anything like this very seriously, and we stand behind him.” The statement was, “He offered no further detail.” You’re kind of just like, what? What do you mean? To me, that disconnect was kind of like that’s not good. I think, for me, it’s like he addressed it, and let’s move on. There’s a pretty big game this weekend.

Andrew:​I don’t think it’s passed, Nick. I don’t think it’s passed. I think it’s a situation where it’s going to take time. People are frustrated by it. Nick, I think the thing that bothers me, there’s two things that bother me with it. This was something that didn’t need to be mentioned. It was very uncharacteristic of Mac to mention it in the first place.

​Secondly, what a poor job by the communications department at Florida. What a poor job. Had you left the last five words out where he said he did not offer any further details, this might have blown over on Monday. Part of me blames Mac for this thing, and then part of me blames the communications department. This was handled very bush league. This was handled very poorly on all parties, and it almost shows the world how separate the two parties are, and how there’s a mess in the department, Athletic Department. I think that is what makes this worse is that it now kind of shows an outlying problem.

Nick:​I think they sent a message with that.

Andrew:​Okay. That is?

Nick:​It’s kind of like we’re not going to sweep this under the rug. Listen, we’re sending a message with this statement of this can’t happen. You know that this can’t happen. You messed up. I think they were sending a message to McElwain.

Andrew:​You don’t get the impression that it was uncalled for?

Nick:​On their part?

Andrew:​Yes.

Nick:​Well, we’re not behind closed doors. When they met with him and asked him for details, what was said? Obviously, not enough to make them happy.

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Preparing for Florida Gators/UGA week 2017: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/preparing-for-florida-gatorsuga-week-2017-podcast/ Mon, 23 Oct 2017 09:00:18 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98685 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/preparing-for-florida-gatorsuga-week-2017-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/preparing-for-florida-gatorsuga-week-2017-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as the Florida Gators prepare for Georgia this Saturday. GC brings you a new podcast as the Florida Gators prepare for Georgia this Saturday. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about how the Florida Gators match-up with Georgia and how the Gators can get things going on offense.
Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest commitment to Florida when offensive lineman Richard Gouraige committed to the Gators on Friday.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, getting ready for Florida-Georgia. I love this week. I love going to Jacksonville for the game. The atmosphere is awesome. I don’t know about you, Nick, but this is definitely my favorite game to attend for Florida every year, and that includes going to Dallas earlier this season.

Nick:​It’s not that great for us in the press box. For fans, it’s an experience. You got to go. If you’re a Gator fan, or a Georgia fan, you have to go a World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. For us, it’s weird. I think we talked about. We’ve definitely talked about it before. It doesn’t get loud enough. The stadium’s split in half, and then the press box is enclosed. We’re watching a football game like with it on mute, basically.

Andrew:​No. I’m talking about just pregame, that kind of stuff. Getting to go on the field pregame and just see the way things go, and just going into the stadium. It’s really cool. I like it, being right there on the water pregame, that kind of stuff. Last year we had the opportunity to kind of go to SEC Nation and kind of walk around a little bit more. I just think it’s a cool event. I think if you’re a football fan that is looking for a good atmosphere, that’s something to definitely go and see. There’s a lot of good ones you can go to. Alabama-Auburn’s a good one to go to, but they’re all at home stadiums. This is kind of split. It’s almost that bowl game feel. It is cool. I like it.

Nick:​Really cool atmosphere. We can’t really partake in the actual World’s Largest Cocktail Party portion of it. I think that’d be frowned upon. We had some football games going on this weekend. Miami continues to slide by. They played some defense, but that #8 ranking next to their game, I’m sure it’ll go up after some teams lost. That is so fake. It’s just a house of cards. I was talking to one of my friends, huge Miami fan. I went home for the bye week, and I said, “Listen, man, look at this schedule. I see a Mark Richt loss in there somewhere. Like at Virginia.” He was like, “No way do we lose to Virginia.” I was like, “I’ve seen it. I’ve seen Mark Richt figure out ways.”

Andrew:​Mark Richt will figure out a way, or he’ll go undefeated into the ACC title game, and then just fall flat on his face, and then get blown out in his bowl game. It’s waiting to happen. It just is. Here’s the thing. I know that there’s going to be some Miami fans that are tagged in our thing. I still don’t believe Miami is a great football team. I think they’ve just been benefit of the schedule they’ve played. I mean, who’ve they played?

Nick:​They played FSU, who we’ll get to in a second, because they are not going to a bowl game. Here’s another thing. He probably wishes he would have done it. How good would that team be, I mean, AC Slater, their quarterback, is playing well, but how much better would they be with Brad Kaaya at quarterback?

Andrew:​Yeah. You’re right. They are. Malik Rosier is doing good, and then you got to think. They lost Mark Walton, so not good for them as well.

Nick:​No. They’re going through some stuff. A win is a win, and they’re undefeated. Three undefeated teams in the state of Florida.

Andrew:​I didn’t watch a ton. Went and watched my South Alabama Jaguars play for the first time this year. Did watch that Florida State game against Louisville.

Nick:​Did South win?

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Bye week talk for the Florida Gators football team: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/bye-week-talk-for-the-florida-gators-football-team-podcast/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:00:30 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98660 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/bye-week-talk-for-the-florida-gators-football-team-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/bye-week-talk-for-the-florida-gators-football-team-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we talk about the bye week for the Florida Gators. GC brings you a new podcast as we talk about the bye week for the Florida Gators. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what the Gators have been doing this week, plus what the weekend holds for the team.
Andrew and Nick also talk about recruiting and who the coaches have visited during the bye week.
TRANSCRIPT:
 
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, Friday, no prediction podcast, because this is a bye week. Do the Gators win this week?
Nick:                         It’s going to be a tough game. Hard fought. Low scoring.
Andrew:                 You just rinse and repeat.
Nick:                         Yeah. That’s every game with Florida. No. It’s an important bye week for Florida. I think they really need to hit the reset button this week. Maybe let some guys just get out of town, recharge, and come back focused and ready to pull out the huge upset against Georgia.
Andrew:                 That’s the thing. Most of the guys are heading home. No practice Thursday, and no practice Friday, because of the speech on campus and the potential of whatever’s going to happen. Hopefully everything stays peaceful. We’re not turning this into a political podcast, so not going to talk about that. The guys are mostly headed home Wednesday night and Thursday. They’re mostly headed home. Good chance for those guys to kind of recharge the batteries a little bit, get their mind off of football, and get going. It’s one of those things. I don’t think people understand the importance of a bye week, especially with the way this team is going, and the way the last two weeks have gone. Getting away and just coming back with some energy next week might be a key.
Nick:                         Yeah. You look at, Georgia’s in the same boat. They’ll get a week off. When you look at the series, especially of late, when both teams have been given a bye the week before, I think that is really a huge factor when it comes to how unpredictable this game has been.
Andrew:                 Yes.
Nick:                         You give coaches two weeks to prepare. You get the players to be able to recharge their batteries. It’s actually like right in the middle of the season as well. USC plays this week, and the big talk about the Trojans was they don’t have a bye week. I think this bye week for both Florida and Georgia comes at a perfect time. It’s right in the middle of the season. Florida certainly, on the injury front, needs a bye week to get some guys healthy.
Also, just to go home, get away from the negativity. Every day they’ve been dealing with media and Twitter. You guys suck and this and that. Having to deal with that, that weighs on you mentally. You might even be hearing some of that on campus with people talking. Maybe not talking to you, but talking to each other about the football team. Just get away. Go home. Enjoy a free weekend. Watch some football.
I think really for both teams that’s kind of really played into that unpredictability. There’s always some trick plays. Mike McNeely running around. Who the heck is Mike McNeely? Stuff like that. I think that’s kind of what makes this Florida-Georgia game so competitive every year.
Andrew:                 Yeah. I mean, it’s unpredictable, for sure. Like you said, it’s kind of a chance to go get a mental break from things. If you’re Georgia, you probably don’t want that. You probably want to continue on playing the game. If you’re Florida, you definitely want that. It’s a chance for Florida to get out, do some recruiting as well. They spent Monday and Tuesday out on the road, and then they’ll spend Thursday, Friday, and even some of Saturday, out on the road.
Then come back and get the battery charged. Like you say, try to get things going. Figure out a way.]]>
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Recapping the Florida Gators loss to Texas A&M: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-florida-gators-loss-to-texas-am-podcast/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:09:39 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98601 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-florida-gators-loss-to-texas-am-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-florida-gators-loss-to-texas-am-podcast/feed/ 0 GC recaps the Florida Gators loss to Texas A&M in this new podcast. GC recaps the Florida Gators loss to Texas A&M in this new podcast. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what went wrong in the game and who’s to blame for the Gators offense struggling.
Andrew and Nick also talk about what can happen to fix things and what to look forward to during the bye week.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, taping this on a Monday instead of a Sunday, but I think we can all spare a day after what we watched on Saturday. It was Florida football for the past seven years 2.0.
Nick:                         Yeah. Something out of the Muschamp era.
Andrew:                 I mean, Nick, you joked with me last week about getting some hats and shirts made with Make Florida Football Fun Again. Nick, is Florida football fun? I’m asking you. I want you to take a step back and just look at everything. When’s the last time Florida football has been fun?
Nick:                         It was fun Jim McElwain’s first game. I remember we were talking, that was kind of the whole theme. It was like after two years of it being really, really not fun, you play New Mexico State. You win 61-13. 28 1st downs. 222 rushing yards. 384 passing yards. You have 600 yards of offense. That was fun.
Andrew:                 Then the Ole Miss game.
Nick:                         Then immediately after that you barely beat East Carolina. Then you barely beat Kentucky. Then you barely beat Tennessee, and then you beat Ole Miss. That was a great game, when Ole Miss came in they were ranked top five in the country. Yeah. After that’s it’s 21-3 Missouri. That was a terrible game.
Andrew:                 After that came the Will Grier saga.
Nick:                         Yeah. As soon as Will Grier was done. I mean, with Will Grier playing there’s 61 points, 31, 14, 28, 38, and then you’ve got 21, 28, but a loss, 27-3 win over Georgia. Then 9, 24, overtime victory over FAU.
Andrew:                 I remember that game. That was awful.
Nick:                         You scored just a safety on Senior Day against Florida State. That wasn’t fun. Then last year. What was fun last year? U Mass wasn’t great.
Andrew:                 LSU was fun.
Nick:                         Crushed Kentucky. Crushed, beat North Texas 13-0. Lost to Tennessee. Vanderbilt was a miserable game. Missouri was terrible. That game was a 40-14 win, but that was handed to you. The Georgia game was kind of boring. That was 24-10 though. You’re kind of just holding on. Got crushed by Arkansas. South Carolina wasn’t a great game. LSU was fun. Then you got crushed by Florida State and Alabama. Like five fun games.
Andrew:                 As a whole, Nick, and I’m asking you this. I know you’re going to try to dodge it, but I’m going to ask you to please answer this. That is, going into games, do you expect Florida to look good?
Nick:                         No.
Andrew:                 Yeah.
Nick:                         No. Every game, it’s kind of like when we make our predictions with every game, I feel like I’m a broken record. I say, “I think it’s going to be …”
Andrew:                 Close game.
Nick:                         Close game, low scoring. It’s like, you say that every week.
Andrew:                 Rinse and repeat.
Nick:                         Yeah. That’s what it is. It shouldn’t be that way in Year 3. It shouldn’t be that way after 33 games. Jim McElwain was hired because of the prevalent feeling, which we had Saturday, Jim McElwain was hired to not have that any more.
Andrew:                 Right.
Nick:                         It’s a feeling of not only is it a loss, but it’s not even an entertaining loss. It’s just at some point I look down,]]>
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