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Andrew and Nick also break down how recruiting went for the Gators on Saturday and the big news around recruiting.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, spring football is over. I say it to you now, and that is it went by fast. It seemed like this year was a little bit different than last year. It was a lot quicker spring. Maybe it’s because we were so busy. Who knows?
Nick:                         Those first two weeks where everything was open, I’ll tell you that did not seem fast. We were at three practices and three hours. Some of the older beat reporters, they call it Meyer time, where practice doesn’t really end when they say it’s going to end. I started joking and saying, “Never had that problem with McElwain. How many periods is practice? 13. We’ve done 10 good ones, let’s get out of here.” There was never waiting around.
Then over the last two weeks, when things were kind of closed, there was some stuff for first responders and the police around Gainesville. We’ve talked about when we’ve had the past couple years where games have been cancelled because of weather, just how big the scope is and how many people it takes to create a safe game day environment. They had some stuff open for people like that. There was a practice open to university employees. There was still stuff, even though it wasn’t open to the media. Still stuff that was open.
We’ll get into the spring game, but I think as a spring as a whole I think Dan Mullen did a good job. The coaching staff did a good job. They probably got out of it exactly what they hoped to.
Andrew:                 I mean, it’s something guys have told us, and Mullen talked about, and that was the first 13 practices were the work practices. This game was more fun, have fun, let loose a little bit. Don’t get anyone injured, even though a couple guys did get injured in the game, and we’ll talk about that in a minute. You had that, and this was a game to get the fans involved and the former players involved. They got the former players involved. You had Lawrence Wright and you had Travis McGriff both catching a touchdown pass. Listen, was that gimmicky? Sure. Lawrence Wright and Travis McGriff are talking about that with everyone. Those guys had family members, young family members have never seen them play. They got to do that. It was just fun.
I told you this off the air, and that is which spring game is fun? There isn’t spring games that are fun. There is no winning a spring game, because if the offense looks good, your defense sucks. If the defense looks good, your offense sucks. We talk about the Feleipe Franks long 60-yard run, was that a long run? No, it wasn’t, but you had to do something. There again, who knows if he does get tackled. You don’t know. I don’t know how you make the game more fun. There’s probably nothing you can do really. We can go back to the Muschamp or McElwain seven-on-seven days, if you want.
Nick:                         Those were not fun. Man, those Muschamp ones where there were four healthy offensive linemen, those were not fun. I think the only thing, and I’ve seen something on Twitter, I got to meet him on Saturday. He’s GatorRyan on Twitter. I think he probably said the best way. He said, “Just let us know,” as far as fans, “Let us know that that’s what it’s going to be.” I think what he means is don’t build it up to where you think it’s going to be something, and I’m driving a couple hours, or somebody’s driving up from Miami, and they’re driving six hours, expecting to see something, and that’s not what they get.
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Previewing the Orange and Blue game 2018: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-the-orange-and-blue-game-2018-podcast/ Fri, 13 Apr 2018 09:00:50 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=102483 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-the-orange-and-blue-game-2018-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-the-orange-and-blue-game-2018-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we preview the Orange and Blue game, plus talk about the huge recruiting visitors planned to visit on Saturday. GC brings you a new podcast as we preview the Orange and Blue game, plus talk about the huge recruiting visitors planned to visit on Saturday. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what they’re looking for on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball on Saturday.
Andrew and Nick also break down the huge recruiting visitors list for the Gators on Saturday as Dan Mullen and his staff are set to host many top prospects.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, couple days left of spring practice, and the Gators kick it off for the finale, I guess is what you would say. The Orange & Blue game on Saturday. We’re taping this on Thursday. They practice on Friday, or do a little walkthrough on Friday, and then have the game on Saturday. The pack the Swamp thing, that’s kind of getting out there. Put you on the spot, does Florida break the 68,000 mark?
Nick:                         I say no.
Andrew:                 I’m going to say yes.
Nick:                         Here you go. They announced what, like 40,000 last year? That wasn’t close to being right. If they’re close, do they just announce it as more? Maybe. I don’t think so. That’s a lot of people. That 68,000 was coming off of a national championship going into Tebow’s senior year.
Andrew:                 I’m going to say they do. I’m going to say that it’s a big one. I’m going to say they break it, and I’m going to say it’s a legit break.
Nick:                         That’s a lot of people.
Andrew:                 Yeah. I think that fans are so hungry for something different, and I think Mullen’s done a good job. This is going to be crazy when I say this, but I think that it may be in part due to the students showing up. You and I both know that the students haven’t shown up in a long, long time. If they show up, that’s a good thing.
Nick:                         Another thing is it’s free. It’s a free ticket, and there’s so much going on campus. They’ve really made a big push for what they’re calling the We Chomp Weekend. You’ve got softball is in town. Baseball is in town. I think tennis?
Andrew:                 Lacrosse.
Nick:                         Lacrosse. A lot of stuff going on. Dan Mullen has been really a huge champion of really pushing this pack the Swamp movement that they’re trying to do. It’s not just a spring game, and that’s kind of what they’re saying. Sure, you’re going to come in for the Spring game on Saturday at 3:00. You and I were both big fans of McElwain moving it to Friday and making it a big event, but the pushback there was people coming in from out of town. Listen, I have work till 5:00 on Friday, I can’t get Gainesville if I’m coming from Tennessee, or if I’m coming from upstate Georgia, or if I’m coming from Miami. I can’t get to a 7:30 Friday night game, but I can get there for a Saturday game. I think that was probably the thought process of moving it back, to get a bigger attendance, even though we both did like that Saturday night feel where you were the only team, the only show in the country.
Andrew:                 I think that a lot of the reason, especially for you and I talking about the big push for that Friday night, was that there wasn’t a lot of momentum. There wasn’t a lot of excitement.
Nick:                         It was good for recruiting, because you didn’t have kids making a decision. I want to go to Florida State’s spring game, or I want to go to Georgia’s spring game, and I want to go to Florida’s too. I can go to Florida’s Friday, and then go somewhere else Saturday. Maybe that’s not good for recruiting, because you got kids leaving right away.
Andrew:                 Right. That’s what I’m saying. I think it was good for that point, because you didn’t have the excitement to really compete, but if you’re Mullen and those guys,]]>
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Talking Florida Gators spring football and recruiting: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-florida-gators-spring-football-and-recruiting-podcast/ Fri, 06 Apr 2018 09:00:54 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=102356 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-florida-gators-spring-football-and-recruiting-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-florida-gators-spring-football-and-recruiting-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators scrimmage and talk about the latest at practice and recruiting. GC brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators scrimmage and talk about the latest at practice and recruiting. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down how the offense looks and focus on the quarterbacks and how they’re performing this spring.
Andrew and Nick also talk about recruiting and the amount of visitors the Gators are hosting and who they will host this coming weekend.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re back doing our podcast. Easter weekend kind of threw the podcast schedule off, because we usually tape on Sunday. But never fail, we’re back. Guess what? This one will just be even more eventful. We’ll talk about the scrimmage from the last week, and then the Gators will scrimmage again on Saturday. We’ll talk a little bit about recruiting. Guess what, Nick? More top prospects are coming to campus this weekend.
Nick:                         Yeah. More top prospects. Easter weekend was good. I had family in town. Florida swept the baseball team. They’ve won seven now, seven straight, heading up to Tennessee this weekend. Tennessee is young, but they’re good. We will, unfortunately, since we’re only doing one this week, we’ll have less softball and baseball talk, because there’s a lot of football to talk about.
Andrew:                 Baseball’s doing well, like you said. We’ll talk about that. Softball, we’ll talk about softball. They’re doing well, despite dropping, I guess now they’re going to call themselves the Softball National Champion UCF Golden Knights. Dropped that game 1-0. That was a weird game.
Nick:                         Every national championship the road goes through Orlando. We’ll just say that.
Andrew:                 Oh brother. Here we go. Let’s just go ahead. Let’s get into it, Nick. You got to go to the scrimmage last Friday. Give me a recap just of what you were able to see, and then let’s talk about that and break it all down.
Nick:                         First thing is that I think the offense, as a whole, is still behind the defense in the first scrimmage, and I want to say this, and we’re not supposed to talk about scheme. The thing was, and some people were angry. We weren’t allowed to take pictures, video, or talk about schemes. I couldn’t say like, “Kadarius Toney’s doing a wildcat.” That’s scheme. I couldn’t say, “Florida’s running a lot of trips to one side of the field with tight end on the other side of the field and a running back.” Can’t talk about scheme.
But I can tell you that there was a lot of read option stuff. That’s not me talking about scheme that’s just you watch Dan Mullen’s offense for 15 years.
Andrew:                 Let me guess. There’s a lot of quarterback run too.
Nick:                         Yeah. So, the part is, and it’s human nature. When the quarterbacks are in a non-contact situation, which they were, and you’re running that read option, the defense knows they’re not going to run the quarterback, because we’re not getting anything out of that. We can’t hit the quarterback, so the defense isn’t going to get anything out of that. The offense isn’t going to get anything out of that. So, a lot of these running plays that aren’t going anywhere, you’re losing an element of that play. Now it becomes a play where we know exactly where the running back is running the ball to, because if he’s standing to Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask, Emory Jones’s right, he’s running left. We’re going to crash left. I think that had a lot to do into now we’re running 2nd and long, because we ran the ball on 1st down, and now the defense knows where we’re going. There were a lot of three and outs, and I think some of that led to it.
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Talking spring practice week #2 for the Florida Gators: podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-spring-practice-week-2-for-the-florida-gators-podcast/ Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:00:34 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=102168 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-spring-practice-week-2-for-the-florida-gators-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-spring-practice-week-2-for-the-florida-gators-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we recap Florida Gators spring practice week number two, plus talk recruiting and facility updates. GC brings you a new podcast as we recap Florida Gators spring practice week number two, plus talk recruiting and facility updates. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down which positions are doing well on offense and defense, plus how the practices are different under Mullen.
Andrew and Nick also talk about how recruiting is different under Mullen and recap the new facility news that was announced on Friday.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, lot of things going on over the weekend, and it’s another busy week in Gainesville. Let’s not forget, it’s Opening Week for baseball.
Nick:                         Yeah. Let’s see. Last weekend, little recap, Florida wins two out of three against Arkansas, after losing on Friday. You’re always surprised when they don’t a game that Brady Singer starts.
Andrew:                 Yeah.
Nick:                         Softball did well.
Andrew:                 Yeah. Softball, of course, plays on Monday night. We’re taping this on Monday, so we’re not going to be able to recap that. Florida’s 2-0, 3-0 on the week. They beat Jacksonville, and then they have the two games against A&M so far. Excuse me, they beat South Florida. You guys beat Jacksonville. Then Georgia loses a game, so Florida’s now right in the top of the SEC standings. Just a game behind South Carolina, who’s played three less games in the SEC. Everything seems to be going well. Gymnastics, they kind of had a good meet, except for a couple flaws, and they ended up finishing third in the SEC Gymnastics Championship. Overall, good week.
Good week of recruiting. Good week of spring practice.
Nick:                         Florida will play Florida State in Jacksonville this week, so that’s always a fun one. Then Vanderbilt comes in over the weekend.
Andrew:                 Florida has a non-SEC weekend this weekend in softball. With Vanderbilt not having a team, you always have one weekend throughout the year that you don’t play an SEC series. That weekend will be this weekend for Florida. They’ll host a few teams in kind of, I guess you could say a mini tournament this weekend. Then they’ll tilt it back up as they get ready to finish the SEC play. I mean, when you talk about SEC play, Nick, not only in baseball, but softball, South Carolina is really good this year. You look at what Mississippi State is doing this year. This is a really good SEC conference.
Florida started the RPI that was just released last week fifth in the RPI. I mean, when you think about it, it’s going to go way up. Texas A&M is #8 in the country, and Florida may very well sweep. You got Alabama. You got South Carolina. You got Mississippi State. You got LSU still to play. You got top 10 teams. That RPI is going to be way up there.
Nick:                         Yeah. I guess for Florida there’s times, I almost think for Florida it doesn’t even matter. I don’t know Florida’s RPI right now.
Andrew:                 What does it matter?
Nick:                         Just because they’re not going to be a team that’s like on the bubble to get into a regional. Yeah. Just by the sheer fact of who they’re playing, and who they have to play, absolutely.
Andrew:                 Yeah. It goes the same way with you guys over in baseball. It doesn’t matter, because you’re going to get in. Especially this year with softball, there’s a few good teams out in the Pac-12, and Florida has taken a loss already to Georgia, #6 team in the country right now. When you look at being one of those top teams to host through the Super-Regionals, that’s kind of where the RPI comes up. It may end up being a factor for baseball as well, but you want to have that high RPI. Again, baseball and softball both doing well.
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Recapping the open Florida Gators spring practices: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-open-florida-gators-spring-practices-podcast/ Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:00:40 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=101974 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-open-florida-gators-spring-practices-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-open-florida-gators-spring-practices-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as recap the Florida Gators open spring practice that took place last weekend and we recap basketball for the Gators. GC brings you a new podcast as recap the Florida Gators open spring practice that took place last weekend and we recap basketball for the Gators. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre recap what happened at spring practice for the Gators and how the team looked under Dan Mullen and his coaching staff.
Andrew and Nick also recap the basketball season for the Gators and recap what happened on the diamond for the Gators this past weekend.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, spring football, baseball, softball, and the end of the basketball season. That all took place this weekend.
Nick:                         Yeah. Tough weekend, or tough Saturday for Gator sports, but a packed weekend.
Andrew:                 Saturday was rough. I mean, baseball and softball took one on the noggin, and basketball, man oh man, that will go down as one of the worst officiating games I’ve ever seen in my entire life. I have watched a lot of basketball, and, Nick, that was terrible. When at one time in the game you have five guys with four fouls for one team, and another team that has one guy with two fouls, something’s wrong.
Nick:                         Yeah. Great game. If you take your fandom away from it, it was a great basketball game.
Andrew:                 It was a great game.
Nick:                         Back and forth. That was fun to watch. Tough to lose and go out, especially when you see FSU make it to the sweet 16. I think Mike White is a good coach, and they’ve got a good recruiting class coming in. Interested to see what they’ll look like next year, when you get those big guys back.
Andrew:                 Let me ask you this. I’m asking you this, because I’m just wondering your take on things. Do you feel like Mike White has improved since he got to Florida? Me, personally, I think he has. I hear a lot of people say, he’s still struggling with the X’s and O’s and this and that. Listen, I’ll be the first one to admit that I’m not the smartest when it comes to basketball X’s and O’s like I am with football and baseball, but to me, personally, I think he’s improved from Year 1 to now Year 3.
Nick:                         I think this was just kind of an incredibly frustrating team for him.
Andrew:                 Injuries, Nick. I mean, it seemed like every time you turned around. Gorjok Gak had a concussion, Ballard had a concussion. Then you lose John Egbunu and Isaiah Stokes for the year, when at the beginning of the year Mike White says, “We should be able to get those guys back for conference play.” Let’s just be honest here. He played without a big man. I mean, Kevarrius Hayes gave Florida minutes.
Nick:                         Chase Johnson never played.
Andrew:                 Chase Johnson never played. Kevarrius Hayes shouldn’t be your starter inside, and that wasn’t the plan. Again, Mike White had a tough year with injuries, and to do what he did is still pretty good. I mean, let’s just be honest with each other. He’s a three-pointer away from going to overtime with a chance to go to the Sweet Sixteen. Every year you get to the Sweet Sixteen, I think that’s a successful year for most teams.
Nick:                         I really like Mike Okauru. I don’t think I’ve ever said that right the first time I tried to say it. Mike Okauru. Chase Johnson, interested to see what he is. I think Keith Stone comes back. Dontay Bassett is back. KeVaughn Allen should come back.
Andrew:                 Allen’s coming back.
Nick:                         Has to, right?
Andrew:                 My question is Jalen Hudson.
Nick:                         He’s probably the biggest one.
Andrew:                 Some people say he’s a late first-rounder, second-rounder. I think if you’re Jalen Hudson you probably need to come back.
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Spring Florida Gators football preview and diamond sports preview: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/spring-florida-gators-football-preview-and-diamond-sports-preview-podcast/ Fri, 16 Mar 2018 09:00:24 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=101844 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/spring-florida-gators-football-preview-and-diamond-sports-preview-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/spring-florida-gators-football-preview-and-diamond-sports-preview-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we preview spring football for the Florida Gators, plus we preview the diamond sports for the Gators this weekend. GC brings you a new podcast as we preview spring football for the Florida Gators, plus we preview the diamond sports for the Gators this weekend. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about the things they’re looking forward to seeing, plus what Dan Mullen had to say on Tuesday at his press conference.
Andrew and Nick also preview who the baseball and softball teams play this weekend as they take on SEC opponents on the road this weekend.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, baseball, softball, and spring football, and March Madness. What more can you ask for? And Tiger is on the course.
Nick:                         Yeah. Tiger’s on the course. March Madness is starting right now, as we’re recording this. We’re going to be watching Trae Young in the background. In case one of us starts yelling, he probably hit a 60-foot shot. Baseball is on the road. Softball is on the road?
Andrew:                 Yes. Softball’s on the road at Georgia this weekend.
Nick:                         Spring football. Friday, Saturday will be open to the public. I already gave you the warning. Be prepared to see guys in shirts and shorts and not a ton of football stuff. It starts this week. Busy week in Gainesville.
Andrew:                 Everyone wanted open practice, and why not? Here’s the thing. Mullen had a good answer. It was something that kind of caught my attention a little bit. It almost was like someone told him to say this. He said he wanted open practice because he wanted the fanbase and the players and the team to come together as a whole again. You’ve said it more than I have in the past, and that is that there is a big disconnect under Mac between fans and team. What better way to do it than to have an open practice?
Nick:                         Yeah. We have dates and stuff. There will be open portions to the media. These are the only two practices open up until that spring game, which is technically just another spring practice. We don’t know what kind of portions will be open. We will be talking to assistant coaches and coordinators throughout spring practice, but we don’t know if it’s going to be like it was with McElwain, where we’re watching three portions of practice, or if we’re watching the full practice, but we can’t report on certain stuff. We’re still kind of working that out with Florida as to what we’re going to be allowed to see throughout the spring. That’s kind of still up in the air.
Andrew:                 Before we move on to talk baseball and softball, we’re going to preview spring practice here after we talk baseball and softball. I wanted to say that the one thing you won’t see from a Mullen practice is dropped passes like there were under Mac’s. I’m afraid Mullen will shut it down and say, “Restart.”
Nick:                         There was a lot. That was a lot of dropped passes with no one covering.
Andrew:                 Mullen made no guarantees, except for one thing, and that was you’re going to have guys working hard. They’re going to go hard. He said, “They don’t have a choice.”
Big weekend on the diamond. Big week, it depends, we’re taping this on Thursday, so possibly Florida could be out of the tournament. If not, big weekend on the hardwood for the Gators. Let’s talk baseball and softball before we get into talking football. Nick, Kevin O’Sullivan, does he just have Mike Martin’s jersey hanging up in his house, and he says, “I own you, dude.” Because Sully doesn’t lose to Florida State. What a performance on Tuesday night in Gainesville.
Nick:                         Sully, Florida State kind of had Florida’s number for the longest time, and Sully right now is 27-11-1 against Florida State, and Florida still trails by 20 games in the overall series. Sully’s that far ahead, over 500. Kind of tells you where Florida was before his...]]>
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Talking Selection Sunday for the Florida Gators basketball team: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/talking-selection-sunday-for-the-florida-gators-basketball-team-podcast/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 09:00:55 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=101733 http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/talking-selection-sunday-for-the-florida-gators-basketball-team-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/talking-selection-sunday-for-the-florida-gators-basketball-team-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we break down how the Florida Gators basketball team fared on Selection Sunday. GC brings you a new podcast as we break down how the Florida Gators basketball team fared on Selection Sunday. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre are joined by Eric Fawcett who breaks down the Gators match-up in the tournament as Florida earned the number six seed in the East Region.
Andrew and Nick ask Eric the tough questions about the Gators after they took a tough loss in the SEC tournament to Arkansas on Friday.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre, with our man, Eric. We’re joining you guys after Selection Sunday. It’s one of the popular days. TBS just ruined that day for us all.
Nick:                         That was pretty maddening to release 69 teams alphabetically. Just give me the bracket. Just say, here are the teams. Here is when they’ll play and who they’ll play against. Here you go.
Andrew:                 Then break it down. I don’t need to hear it alphabetically.
Eric:                          At least we’re lucky, Florida got announced pretty quick what bracket they’re in. For those of you listening, the Gators were announced in their bracket, and like four minutes later we’re recording this. No need for us to stick around. We just went right to it. The bracket is actually still being announced as we record this, but luckily, we know where Florida is playing.
Nick:                         I was fully mentally preparing myself for Florida to be the 68th team named, and we’d be sitting here until like 8:00 on Sunday night waiting to talk about it.
Eric:                          Can you imagine? Let’s announce every other matchup first. We’ll do alphabetically, but just say Florida last. How about Florida getting booed when they weren’t even doing seeds? They were just alphabetically saying what teams had at large bids, and Florida got booed by the old Atlanta crowd there, the 23 people that are there. That was kind of funny. Got a chuckle out of that.
Andrew:                 I don’t know about this whole live deal. To me it just screams TV advertising. It’s retarded, but that runs the business. Florida gets the six seed in the East region, will take on the winner of the play-in game of Saint Bonaventure and UCLA in a Thursday bracket out in Dallas, Texas. Overall, I think after Friday’s performance we all probably agree that Florida was going to get a six-seed heading into Sunday, right?
Eric:                          That’s what they deserved. It’s really not too bad. It’s crazy. The difference between like a one and a two seed, or a two and a three seed, that is kind of big difference. Once you get to the difference between a five or a six seed, it isn’t a huge deal. The difference between playing the 11th and the 12th team is not a major deal. Again, the whole bracket hasn’t even been announced yet, because we are recording this as it happens. Loyola Chicago is an eleven seed, and Davidson is a twelve. The difference between those two teams is not that large. The difference between a five and six for Gators is not a huge deal.
Andrew:                 If you’re Florida, if you’re lucky enough to make it to the Sweet Sixteen, would you rather play Villanova or Purdue?
Eric:                          That’s a great point too. I’ll say Purdue every time.
Andrew:                 Yeah. Let’s just look at this. Obviously, Florida’s opponent is not known yet, because of the Saint Bonaventure-UCLA play-in game on Tuesday. Eric, quick, I know you had a chance to briefly look at this. You told me that you thought a surprise could happen in this game. What do you see this game?
Eric:                          I mean, when you see the big brand-name UCLA, and then you see Saint Bonaventure, you’re probably thinking power conference team, Florida is going to see UCLA. If I was doing one of the brackets where you pick who you think is goi...]]>
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Talking SEC opening weekend for softball and spring football: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-sec-opening-weekend-for-softball-and-spring-football-podcast/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 10:00:45 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=101661 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-sec-opening-weekend-for-softball-and-spring-football-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-sec-opening-weekend-for-softball-and-spring-football-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as preview the weekend on the diamonds, plus get into previewing spring football for the Florida Gators. GC brings you a new podcast as preview the weekend on the diamonds, plus get into previewing spring football for the Florida Gators. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre also talk about how the baseball team is doing as they have one more weekend before SEC play starts next weekend.
Andrew and Nick also get into talking spring football and what positions they’re looking forward to watching this spring.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we talked basketball, and that’s kind of dominating the storylines and everything in Gator Nation, and that’s cool. Basketball deserves its spotlight. Playing well right now. Across the campus a little bit, the diamond sports. Softball, #2 in the country. Baseball, #1, maybe next weeks. I don’t know. They got swept by UCF this weekend. Biggest question is is UCF national champions now?
Nick:                         That was the joke of the week. No. They’re not claiming a national championship. It’s certainly a good win for UCF. It’s not like UCF is a bad team. They’re going to be a regional team. They threw their Saturday guy on Wednesday, and that’s baseball.
Andrew:                 It is. Man, Florida won’t see very many guys that throw like that guy. That is an old-school lefty pitcher. Barely hitting the radar gun at what, 85, Nick? I saw at times it was 83, 84. I can’t say I heard him hitting 90 all night, but maybe I was wrong. He was very sporadic. At the beginning of the game he was pretty sharp, and then he loses his control a little bit, and then some bad calls. We’ll get into that in a second. Then JJ Schwarz flies out to the warning track, almost hits a grand slam.         I thought Sully and Wil Dalton were about to get chumped.
Nick:                         Wil Dalton, he runs the count to 3-0, two questionable strike calls, and then now it’s 3-2, and you get two bad calls. You swing at a bad pitch. You strike out. Dalton pointed his bat at the umpire and said, “That’s on you.” You might be able to get away with telling the umpire that’s on you. A lot of times you’re not going to get away with pointing a bat at him. I think Sully came out of the dugout quick kind of to just get in the way of Dalton, in case he got too hot.
Andrew:                 I also think Sully was letting him know, listen, that sucked. That called sucked. First of all, the 3-0 pitch maybe, because it’s just to get me over fastball. A lot of times umpires are lenient with that pitch. I guess I can understand that a little bit, but then the 3-1 pitch was just as bad.
Nick:                         There was a lot of frustration the night before in Orlando. The strike zone was terrible. You’re looking at a team in Florida who has the best, from a pitching standpoint, the best walk to strikeout ratio and walk per night in the country, and then for them to have 10 walks in a game that’s not a bad game, that’s just a bad strike zone. The umpire Wednesday had nothing to do with the game on Tuesday, but Florida’s players did, and there was definitely some frustration carrying over.
Andrew:                 I don’t even know. I don’t even know what to say. It was bad. That was bad, bad umpiring. Let’s move on a little bit. Kind of talk about what we’re going to talk about in this podcast.
Nick:                         Real quick. There’s a lot, you’ll get it too with softball, and we talk about it more than once, there’s a lot of football mentality when it comes to being a fan and watching these. I get that everyone isn’t a diehard baseball guy like us, but losing to UCF is not embarrassing. It’s baseball. Florida lost two games last year to Florida Gulf Coast, and then won a national championship. It’s not embarrassing.
We’ve talked about the scholarships. There’s a ton of teams and guys in the state of Florida that can’t go to Florida,]]>
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Previewing the SEC tournament for Florida Gators basketball: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/previewing-the-sec-tournament-for-florida-gators-basketball-podcast/ Thu, 08 Mar 2018 10:00:41 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=101624 http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/previewing-the-sec-tournament-for-florida-gators-basketball-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/previewing-the-sec-tournament-for-florida-gators-basketball-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as preview the SEC tournament for the Florida Gators basketball team as the Gators start play on Friday night. GC brings you a new podcast as preview the SEC tournament for the Florida Gators basketball team as the Gators start play on Friday night. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre are joined by Eric Fawcett to talk about the Gators latest winning streak, plus who they could face on Friday night.
Andrew and Nick also ask Eric about where the Gators look to be seeded heading into the NCAA tournament and how Florida can improve that seeding this weekend.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre and our basketball man, our man, Eric. He didn’t jinx anyone last week. Guess what? The Gators went undefeated last week and beat a good Kentucky team, and beat them handily at home. Eric, surprised by how well they played on Saturday?
Eric:                          I have to point out that I did mention in our last podcast, although I didn’t make a prediction, I said that I thought whoever won was going to blow the other team out. I thought that either Florida wasn’t going to be able to score, and therefore Kentucky would be able to get out and transition and score, and then Florida would lose by a lot, or I thought Florida was going to score, therefore taking away Kentucky’s transition opportunities, and I said Florida was going to win big. Luckily, that happened. I did expect a little bit of a blowout, at least in one team’s direction, and I’m glad it went Florida’s way, of course.
Nick:                         Count it.
Eric:                          Am I surprised? Not really.
Nick:                         What you’re saying is you called bank.
Eric:                          I called bank. That’s an accurate way to put that. I didn’t call the game, but I called bank.
Andrew:                 Let me ask you this, then. If you’re not surprised by that, because you and I and Nick, we talked two weeks ago, roughly two weeks ago. Florida had just lost to Vanderbilt. They had the final four games of at Tennessee, Auburn, at Bama, and then Kentucky. We all said we didn’t think Florida would go undefeated. We all said we didn’t think Florida would lose all four. Florida wins three out of four and do it in pretty big fashion. The Auburn game is a six-point win, but we all can agree it could have been worse for Florida in that game. Are you surprised that, as Mike White said, they’re playing the best basketball now? I’m going to say you’re not surprised, because nothing surprises me with this team.
Eric:                          It’s crazy too, because that Tennessee game was within reach, and Florida didn’t play all that well and were still in the game. They almost could have had a four game winning streak out of that really difficult challenge. I think that’s what is crazy about college basketball, how quickly things turn. Florida was kind of losing water really quick, and then they got one big win, and then it turned into two big wins, and suddenly you’re hot. Then you go dominate Kentucky. It’s not like the pro sports, where you have to win six or seven in a row to be considered hot. In college basketball it turns on a dime.
Am I surprised that it took this long for Florida to kind of play their best basketball? I think that one thing people have to remember is just how many moving pieces there were. Two of the guys that play upwards of 30 minutes a night, Jalen Hudson and Egor Koulechov, they obviously were new pieces this year, and they’re both very unique pieces.
Koulechov is one of the most unique players in college basketball. He is a guy who is a tough shot maker catching the ball off screens, and then he’s also a guy who wants to take you down in the post, even though he’s 6’5” and 205 pounds. That can be kind of a tough guy to integrate, and it’s kind of taken till the end of this season for Coach White to figure out how exactly he wants to use him. Then you have Jalen Hudson,]]>
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Talking about Mullen’s speaking tours, recruiting and more: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-about-mullens-speaking-tours-recruiting-and-more-podcast/ Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:00:45 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=101507 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-about-mullens-speaking-tours-recruiting-and-more-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/talking-about-mullens-speaking-tours-recruiting-and-more-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we recap what Dan Mullen said during his speaking tour, plus recap junior day for the Gators. GC brings you a new podcast as we recap what Dan Mullen said during his speaking tour, plus recap junior day for the Gators. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about what Mullen said this week, plus we recap junior day for the Gators.
Andrew and Nick also talk about how the baseball and softball teams have done this year, plus preview this weekend’s action on the diamond.
TRANSCRIPT: 
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re back. Going to do a little baseball, softball, but we’re going to start off talking a little recruiting and all that good stuff. Good to be back. I’m glad that it’s baseball and softball season.
Nick:                         Back on the diamonds. Both sports ranked #1. Kelly Barnhill is unhittable.
Andrew:                 She was only trio co-pitcher of the week.
Nick:                         I guess someone else matched not giving up a hit or run or walking anybody in a game.
Andrew:                 Throw a no-hitter, two walks, and then you turn around and throw a perfect game, and you’re trio co-pitcher of the week.
Nick:                         Who knows?
Andrew:                 We’re taping this on Thursday, and it’s officially four weeks until opening day of Major League baseball.
Nick:                         Super excited about Derek Jeter’s Marlins. Thanks, man. Appreciate you.
Andrew:                 Let’s talk football first. We’ll talk a little football. We’ll talk a little recruiting. First, I wanted to talk with you, Nick. Dan Mullen had his little pre-spring tour this week. You were in Jacksonville and then in Orlando. Our man, DK, Dan Thompson, was down in Tampa on Tuesday. I’m going to say this, Nick. We talked about this last week or the week before. I can’t remember. I said, this staff has confidence, and will it pay off, I don’t know. I can tell you one thing, and that is Dan Mullen walks around this state like he owns this thing. Nick, I don’t know how many times you and I have said this. You’re the coach at the University of Florida. You have the Florida Gators logo on your chest. You should do that. You should. You’re the Florida Gators.
Nick:                         He is witty. He’s quick. He’s funny. I think he’s a little bit more relatable than Jim McElwain. I know I said it in the past, even during his first year, and people kind of maybe didn’t agree with it or thought I was taking shots at him. I was like Jim McElwain was like every sitcom dad rolled into one. I think Dan Mullen just comes off as more personable. He certainly lightened up the rooms. Obviously, you’re 0-0. Everyone’s happy. You haven’t lost any games yet. But he’s doing what he needs to do, he’s creating excitement.
I think the biggest thing he’s trying to do is they didn’t used to have these meetings with Boosters and Gator clubs before spring football. I think he’s really trying to make that spring game a big event in Gainesville, and I think that’s going to lead us into our biggest conversation today about early signing period and Junior Day and stuff like that. The new rules with recruiting are going to let more kids come to that event. I think rising juniors can come to the spring game now with the new rules. I think he’s really trying to create that excitement around the program to really get not a typical spring game crowd, not 20,000 people. He wants 75,000, 80,000, 90,000 people at the spring game.
Andrew:                 It’s kind of like you said. They’re able to do the whole spring visits, or spring official visits, and all that stuff. I think a majority of your big schools won’t do that. It’s like you and I talked about off the air a little bit. Do you really want to have an official visitor in April and the kid don’t sign in December?]]>
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Recapping the Florida Gators basketball winning streak: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/recapping-the-florida-gators-basketball-winning-streak-podcast/ Thu, 01 Mar 2018 10:00:50 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=101478 http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/recapping-the-florida-gators-basketball-winning-streak-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/recapping-the-florida-gators-basketball-winning-streak-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we recap the last two wins for the Florida Gators basketball team, plus preview the Kentucky game. GC brings you a new podcast as we recap the last two wins for the Florida Gators basketball team, plus preview the Kentucky game. Andrew and Nick de la Torre talk with Eric Fawcett about how the Gators beat those teams, plus how they match-up against Kentucky on Saturday.
Andrew and Nick also talk to Eric about where the Gators stand as far as seeding goes in the NCAA tournament.
TRANSCRIPT: 
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re back. It’s basketball time. Our man Eric is here. He hasn’t jinxed anybody, so do not be messing with my man Eric. He can stay alive for a couple weeks.
Nick:                         Before we started, I said we figured out the formula. We just can’t have Eric talk before the Gators play a basketball game. We’ll have him talk after the games, and he can tell us what happened. When he talks before, they lose. Florida plays a game Saturday. We might not have to talk about it today.
Andrew:                 Eric, do not, don’t you dare speak of any kind of win on Saturday.
Eric:                          I will keep the W word out of my vocabulary. It’s just crazy. You jinx one game early in the season, and you never shake the reputation.
Nick:                         Spivey will not let it go.
Eric:                          That is something I have to live with. I can take that.
Andrew:                 There you go. Listen, Coach White, he may bring you in to speak to other teams.
Eric:                          If Cal Perry wants me in their locker room before Saturday, I would be happy to go in there and give those guys a piece of my mind.
Andrew:                 The only locker room I’d tell you to say out of is Frank Martin. He may tie you up in there.
Eric:                          Better stay out of there. He might give me, the way he was named in the FBI probe, maybe he’ll give me a couple thousand bucks. Maybe I want to be in there.
Nick:                         I thought it was hilarious. After Florida beats Auburn, some of the fans are throwing money at Auburn as they leave the O Dome court. Auburn self-reported themselves to the NCAA to say, we had some money thrown at us while we were leaving a game.
Andrew:                 For $6. Then, what is even funnier, Bruce Pearl thinks the administration is going to give that $6 back to Florida.
Eric:                          That is hilarious. I can just see them mailing it in a giant cardboard box, like six dollar bills. It’s just so funny to me. Obviously, Auburn was named in that FBI probe. They’re missing two of their best players. Bruce Pearl has probably been in their compliance office enough already the whole season, so I just imagine their compliance officer doing their work, and suddenly Bruce Pearl comes in. They’re like, what’s next? And he has a fist full of dollar bills that he says Florida, the student section, gave to his players. The visual is hilarious to me.
Nick:                         I really enjoyed Mark Fox. They asked Mark Fox, who’s the head basketball coach at Georgia, about it, and he said he’s disgusted, this and that. Who is surprised by any of this stuff going on with the FBI and what we’re finding out about these schools? I’m not surprised. It’s always been like college basketball’s dirty secret. The fact that it’s coming out now is not surprising to me whatsoever.
Andrew:                 Here’s another thing. Mark Fox, dude, you get a five-star like every couple years. Bro, who are you paid?
Eric:                          He just lost a five-star too. Ashton Hagans just decommitted from him. I do like the guy. Also, you’re talking about all these coaches getting involved, that was also in the back of my mind when Mike White slander hit an all-time high, when Florida was on their losing streak there.]]>
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Talking Florida Gators basketball and football: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/talking-florida-gators-basketball-and-football-podcast/ Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:00:26 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=101285 http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/talking-florida-gators-basketball-and-football-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/talking-florida-gators-basketball-and-football-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we talk Florida Gators basketball and football as we preview the upcoming basketball games and the latest around the football program. GC brings you a new podcast as we talk Florida Gators basketball and football as we preview the upcoming basketball games and the latest around the football program. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk to Eric Fawcett about the basketball team and the recent struggles and what they need to do in order to get into the NCAA tournament.
Andrew and Nick also discuss what the assistant football coaches have talked about in their first press conferences as members of the Gators coaching staff.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre, and, of course, our man, Eric. He’s ready to jinx somebody in basketball. If you’re a basketball fan and want to bet against what Eric says, take a listen.
Eric:                          I might have to start jinxing some other teams. We’ll have to have a segment where we can talk about some Big 12 game, and I can go jinx Baylor or someone. I’m kind of tired of jinxing Florida.
Andrew:                 There you go. We’re going to do this podcast a little different than we do our normal basketball podcast. Nick and I had all intentions of doing a podcast yesterday, just didn’t work out. So we’re going to do the first half with Eric, basketball, and then Nick and I are going to finish this with some football talk. Most of the assistant coaches have done their first media appearance.
First things first, Eric, let’s talk basketball. Man, you go from top 5 team in the country, almost beating the #1 team in Duke two months ago, to now you’re talking about can they make the NCAA Tournament. What’s going on?
Eric:                          How long ago does that feel, that PK80 tournament out West. You mentioned a couple months ago. It feels like a year ago almost. It seems almost so far in the rearview mirror. I think that Florida got figured out a little bit. The funny thing with college basketball, because the season is so long and so stretched out, games in November and December teams are at a certain level, and then you’ve got to get better, because there’s a couple months left in the season.
I feel like Florida probably started the season a lot more skilled than a lot of other teams and were able to jump on them early, but a lot of teams have gotten significantly better, and I’m not sure how much Florida has gotten better. You always want it to be that subtle climb all the way through the year, where you get better every single game, every single week. I feel like Florida had a higher starter point than a lot of other teams, but they haven’t had that incremental success of getting better and better, where a lot of these other teams have gotten better and better every week. Florida has got to try to maybe get a couple notches up here in the last couple weeks of the season.
Andrew:                 Eric, let me just ask you this. I’m just going to come straight out at the point with you here. What is it about this team that can start so well in games, and they struggle at the end? I mean, it’s not just the post presence. I hear a lot of people saying, “It’s just the post presence.” It’s not just the post presence. It’s a team that just almost lacks a leader. What is it?
Eric:                          Like you said, you can’t blame the post presence, because if you see the other teams that close games really well, it’s not the big men they’re going to. When teams are in the clutch and really need a bucket, they don’t go down low. It’s all about guard play, especially down the stretch. Florida hasn’t gotten really good guard play, outside of Chris Chiozza, who’s been really good, mostly good. Although he had probably his roughest game of the year against Vanderbilt.
You said it. Leadership. You have these guys that have not wanted to take the lead, have not wanted to execute the team schemes, and that’s what’s been talked about in post-game by both Mike White and Jalen Hudson and Egor...]]>
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Recapping National Signing Day for the Florida Gators: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-national-signing-day-for-the-florida-gators-podcast/ Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:00:48 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=101060 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-national-signing-day-for-the-florida-gators-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-national-signing-day-for-the-florida-gators-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a podcast as we recap national signing day for the Florida Gators as the Gators did well in the 2018 class on Wednesday. GC brings you a podcast as we recap national signing day for the Florida Gators as the Gators did well in the 2018 class on Wednesday. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre recap the six guys that signed with the Florida Gators on Wednesday.
Andrew and Nick recap the class and talk about how these guys fit into the Gators program, plus much more.
TRANSCRIPT: 
Andrew:                 What’s up Gator Country, your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, Signing Day is over. We get a little bit of a breather, and softball is right around the corner. Baseball is right around the corner for you. Basketball is still in full swing. Guess what? They’re already ready for 2019 recruiting.
Nick:                         Most important thing that happened on Thursday though is Wade County is back. My boy, Dwyane Wade getting traded by the Cavs. Just went nuclear in Cleveland. They blew up everything. I think they got rid of everyone except for LeBron, and they sent my boy, Dwyane Wade, back to Miami. Wade County is back. Love to see it. Yeah.
Long day for Signing Day. Baseball is picked to win the SEC. Softball just a week away.
Andrew:                 Softball starts, you guys are listening to this on Friday, so softball starts today. That’s the way things are going to go. Like I said, 2019 recruiting is already going on. With Signing Day yesterday pretty much being as is, the coaches were able to talk to a lot of 2019 guys on Signing Day, on Wednesday. So things are in full motion.
Man, what a day. Listen, I know somebody’s going to say, “What a day, Florida shit the bed.” Whatever. Florida had a good day. Outside of Noah Boykin, the Gators got who they thought they were going to get, and they also landed Malik Langham, who a couple days if I’d have told you that you would have asked me what I was smoking, because Florida had zero chance of getting him before a late push from Sal Sunseri.
Nick:                         Here’s the thing. What was the miss?
Andrew:                 It’s Noah Boykin.
Nick:                         Yeah, but what was the miss? I feel like the Noah Boykin to Notre Dame, I feel like just the fact that he went to Notre Dame, I feel like that was a surprise, but if you’d been following along and been listening to what you’d been saying, what you’d been putting on the message board. Petit-Frere wasn’t coming. I’m blanking on the two offensive linemen that went to North Carolina. You knew that they weren’t coming. So what was the miss that made you so angry from 10:00AM until Jacob Copeland committed at 2:30? What happened that pissed in everyone’s Wheaties for that period of time? Other than Barnes, it was what you expected.
Andrew:                 Yeah. That’s what I’m saying. Listen, I understand some people believed other sites that said Nesta was coming to Florida. Listen, there was a time when the Florida coaching staff felt like there might be a chance. Never did they think he was coming. I think I told you guys on the podcast, and I put it on my mock class on the message board. I said, listen, is there a chance he comes? Sure. Don’t think so. I mean, I just don’t. He had been committed to Miami for so long now. Miami’s right down the street for him, and it was going to be tough for him to turn it down.
Did Florida have a chance? Sure. But it was a slim chance. Had Mac stayed at Florida, maybe there would have been a little bit more of a chance, because he was a little bit more familiar with him, but it was too little, too late. I don’t understand why people are all mad about that. Would it have been nice to get him? Hell, yeah, it’d been nice.
It’d been nice to get Nick Petit-Frere. It would have been nice to get them all. It would have nice to get Noah Boykin. It just didn’t happen. To say it was a bad class, it wasn’t. Listen, I understand that Florida was 14th in the recruiting rankings or whatever. They signed 19 guys.]]>
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Previewing NSD for the Florida Gators class of 2018: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-nsd-for-the-florida-gators-class-of-2018-podcast/ Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:00:48 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=100929 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-nsd-for-the-florida-gators-class-of-2018-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-nsd-for-the-florida-gators-class-of-2018-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we preview NSD for the Florida Gators and we give you a mock class of how we see things finishing for Florida. GC brings you a new podcast as we preview NSD for the Florida Gators and we give you a mock class of how we see things finishing for Florida. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down how this past weekend’s official visits went and if the Gators have a chance with those three guys.
Andrew and Nick also give you a mock class on how they see things finishing for the Gators on Wednesday and how they grade the class as a whole.
TRANSCRIPT:
Previewing NSD for 2018
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, when you guys listen to this we got one day till Signing Day. We’re taping this on Monday here at about 11:30, and things are winding down. The 2018 class is officially ready to roll, and Mullen is officially ready to put the stamp on the 2018 class. Overall, I think what we’re talking about is that this is going to be a pretty good class in what everyone calls a transition year.
Nick:                         Yeah. It should be a pretty good class. I think, like we talked about last time, last podcast, what really helps is that there’s a lot of crossover in coming from an SEC school to another SEC school. Those relationships are already built there. So I think that really helps. It’s kind of like we talked about before, next year you’re still behind the eight-ball probably a little bit, but I think by Year 3 with Mullen, actually his second full recruiting class that you can probably say he’s caught up with everyone else. What really accelerated that timeline is the fact that being at Mississippi State he’s recruiting and basically looking at the same kind of guys that Florida would be looking at.
Andrew:                 That’s the thing. You’re going to have relationships that are built. You’ll see a broader approach in 2019, because of the relationships. Again, you’ll be a little behind the eight-ball on some of the instate kids, but overall, you’ll still be able to have a pretty good amount of time to build relationships. A lot more time than you did in the 2018 class. Like you say, you still have guys that were at Mississippi State that maybe they had recruited as a 2019 guy, and maybe they just knew they weren’t going to have a chance at Mississippi State because of Mississippi State, but we’ll see kind of how that builds. As it goes on through 2020, that’s when you’ll start to see these guys really have these relationships.
Again, I think Mullen is a guy that can makeup time and make up these relationships really well. I mean, he’s done such a quick job in the 2018 class. Again, I don’t think you can say enough about how good of a class he’s going to have in what we call the transition year.
Nick:                         Let’s go to this past weekend, last weekend of official visits, and talk about some of those guys. I think we’re looking at some of those guys potentially being in this class as well.
Andrew:                 Yeah. When you go back and you kind of look at what Mullen was able to do with his last official visit weekend before the early signing period, he went 4 for 4, I believe is what it was. So now he brings in three guys here on the last weekend of this signing period, and I think he can go 2 for 3. He possibly could go 3 for 3. They had Fabien Lovett in town. They had Dorian Gerald in town, and then they had Jacob Copeland in town. I would say Jacob Copeland and Dorian Gerald are two strong leans to Florida at this time. Florida has a really good chance with those guys.
Fabien Lovett is a little bit different. I think he probably ends up at Mississippi State right now. Had a good visit. Was once committed to Mullen at Mississippi State, but it was his first trip to Gainesville, and it’s always a little bit difficult to get guys out of Mississippi, simply because they either grow up rooting for Ole Miss, or they grew up rooting for Mississippi State,]]>
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Florida Gators podcast: Previewing the final official visit weekend of the 2018 class http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/florida-gators-podcast-previewing-the-final-official-visit-weekend-of-the-2018-class/ Fri, 02 Feb 2018 10:00:36 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=100804 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/florida-gators-podcast-previewing-the-final-official-visit-weekend-of-the-2018-class/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/florida-gators-podcast-previewing-the-final-official-visit-weekend-of-the-2018-class/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we preview this weekend's official visitors who plan to visit Gainesville. GC brings you a new podcast as we preview this weekend's official visitors who plan to visit Gainesville. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre preview the three official visitors who plan to visit Gainesville this weekend and breakdown the Gators chances with each of them.
Andrew and Nick also talk about the latest surrounding the Gators targets and commits heading into signing day next Wednesday.
EDIT: Our podcast was taped before the news of William Barnes and Ed Montilus cancelling their visit.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, we’re back, and we are just a few short days away from National Signing Day. Seems like just yesterday we were down in Orlando for the Under Armour game and in Atlanta for early signing period. Now it’s Signing Day. Let’s go.
Nick:                         Yeah. Kind of weird for us. You and I were talking before the podcast. We’re saying Signing Day is like Hell Day for us. It’s wake up at 5:00am, and there’s so much work from our side that goes into it, but we kind of had that huge busy day for the early signing period. We talked about is the new early signing period going to be the big day, and really took care of most of the class there. I think Florida’s still obviously looking to finish strong, but probably not going to have as, I don’t know if I can say that. There’s probably still going to be as much drama. I remember the Cece Jefferson drama three years ago.
Andrew:                 Oh, brother.
Nick:                         There’s always something. Alex Collins.
Andrew:                 Byron Cowart.
Nick:                         Byron Cowart. Alex Collins, what is it? His mom ran off with his letter of intent to Arkansas. There’s always something that happens, but, at least from a number standpoint, it’s not going to be as crazy as it has been in past years.
Andrew:                 Yeah. I mean, you got nine spots, maybe 10.
Nick:                         As opposed to like 25 coming down to the last day. Right.
Andrew:                 Let me hit on that real quick. Everyone’s talking about Florida should get that scholarship back for Randy Russell. Listen, Florida’s going to get the scholarship back for Randy Russell. That’s not a question. The question is when do they get that scholarship back for Randy Russell. Is it now? Is it at the end of the year? What is it? I think that that’s the biggest question mark. Florida did sign him, so he counts against them right now. Florida’s already put in that waiver to get that tenth scholarship back, or get that tenth spot back to be able to sign someone here next week. They should be getting something back by then, but, Nick, you and I both know the NCAA doesn’t work at any fast paced time.
Nick:                         They’re like the legal system.
Andrew:                 They’re the government. Yeah.
Nick:                         It’s like the government. Listen, it’s going to get done. I wouldn’t hold your breath on time. I wouldn’t put a bet on what day it’s going to be done by. But it’s the right thing to do. Not saying Randy Russell will do this, but an option is to take that medical hardship. It’s something that Rod Johnson did. It’s something that James Robinson did. It’s a tough thing to do. What it is is you’re signing a paper that says I can never play a Division I sport again. Not even just football. Let’s say Randy Russell was a great basketball player, and some school, Arizona said, “Hey, we’ll clear you to come play basketball.” If you sign this, you can never play a Division I sport again, but it allows the school to still honor your scholarship. You’re still going to get your school paid for.
As much as I bash the NCAA, and as much as the NCAA gets bashed, I really like that rule where if there’s a medical reason that you can’t play a sport,...]]>
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Florida Gators basketball previewing Georgia and Alabama: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/florida-gators-basketball-previewing-georgia-and-alabama-podcast/ Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:33:46 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=100759 http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/florida-gators-basketball-previewing-georgia-and-alabama-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/florida-gators-basketball-previewing-georgia-and-alabama-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we preview the Georgia and Alabama games for the Florida Gators basketball team as they come off of a 1-1 week last week. GC brings you a new podcast as we preview the Georgia and Alabama games for the Florida Gators basketball team as they come off of a 1-1 week last week. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre are joined by our basketball guru Eric Fawcett as he recaps the win over Baylor and how the Gators lost to South Carolina last week.
Andrew and Nick also get the in-depth previews for the Georgia game on Tuesday night and the Alabama game on Saturday from Eric.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre, and our man, Eric. It’s basketball time. Eric, who you jinxing this week, man?

Eric:​I still kind of got a jinx on last week, because I said that South Carolina wasn’t going to shoot the ball very well. The fact that they went out there and just torched the nets for 40 minutes against the Gators, I’m still saying jinx in there. On today’s jinx, I could go to Georgia, who shoots the ball really poorly. I could say that they’re not going to be able to put in any tonight. I could say that the Gators are going to be able to shut down Yante Maten, their best player by a long shot, and maybe he’ll go for 25. A few possible jinxes for me this week.

Andrew:​That’s your problem. You’re a jinxing machine over here. If I don’t want somebody to win, I’m going to start just calling Eric and saying, “Hey, put the jinx on these people.” He’s the jinx machine.

​I do want to kind of hit on that last week. They played really well against a Baylor team, and then just kind of threw up bricks against South Carolina. You and I had talked about it on the podcast. It was going to be a game that was going to be a good defensive game. Personally, I just think Florida settled all game long.

Eric:​It’s really easy to settle when you play against teams like South Carolina that are going to make everything difficult for you. A lot of players have that, whether it’s conscious or subconscious, where it’s either, “We’re going to have work really hard for the full 30 seconds. We are going to have to explode off of every screen and cut super hard just to get a half decent look against this team, or we can chuck up an ill-advised jump shot.” That seems a lot easier a lot of the time.

For a lot of the Gators who are shooters, who are shot creators, they took that option instead of kind of trusting the offensive sets and going through them to generate offense. There’s some guys who kind of went rogue and thought, “I can get a jump shot that’s half decent here. I’m going to put it up.” They didn’t fall, and that ultimately was the demise.

Nick:​Like you said, South Carolina just torched the nets. They shot 50% from the field and from behind the arc in the second half. Shooting 52% from three, and that’s really an area where Florida struggled, 3 of 11 on the game.

Eric:​That was really the difference maker. If South Carolina shoots 40%, instead of above 50, that’s probably the game right there. 40% is still a great shooting night, so South Carolina could have shot really well, but not great, and probably lost. I think that Florida got into trouble when, really early the game, from the first two possessions of the game, the ball got down low, and they had two guys go double and a third guy kind of stunt down and get his hand in there trying to maybe get a steal. It gave up and opened three, and it fell, and that happened on the second possession. They all really scrambled down low to triple team a guy, and it gave up a wide open three. They hit it. Two straight threes to start the game.

I think that teams that don’t shoot the ball well, if they’re able to get two threes where they just set their feet, no defender in sight, they let the ball fly, and they see nothing but net, that gets their confidence up. That’s kind of what happened. They hit the easy threes early, and that’s what gave them the confidence to make the tougher threes ...]]>
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South Carolina/Baylor basketball preview: Florida Gators podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/south-carolinabaylor-basketball-preview-florida-gators-podcast/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 13:53:43 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=100647 http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/south-carolinabaylor-basketball-preview-florida-gators-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/florida-gators-basketball/south-carolinabaylor-basketball-preview-florida-gators-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new basketball podcast as we preview the South Carolina and Baylor games for the Florida Gators after they went 2-0 last week. GC brings you a new basketball podcast as we preview the South Carolina and Baylor games for the Florida Gators after they went 2-0 last week. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre are joined by Eric Fawcett to talk about those games, plus how the Gators fared last week and how they won at Kentucky.
Andrew and Nick also ask Eric about the Gators chances with 2018 forward Emmitt Williams who visits the Gators this weekend.
TRANSCRIPT coming later today
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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.
TRANSCRIPT:
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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