GatorCountry.com - Your Florida Gators Podcast: Football, Recruiting & All University of Florida Athletics News http://www.gatorcountry.com The Insider Authority on Gator Sports Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:00:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 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 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?
Nick:                         Yeah.]]>
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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.
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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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Prediction podcast for Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-texas-am/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:00:28 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98541 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-texas-am/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-texas-am/feed/ 0 GC brings you a Friday prediction podcast for Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M on Saturday. GC brings you a Friday prediction podcast for Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M on Saturday. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the keys for Florida and how the Gators offense can go faster with tempo.
Andrew and Nick also predict several games around the country, plus pick three players who could have big games on Saturday.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, prediction podcast time for Texas A&M and the Gators, at home on Saturday night in the Swamp in the Alligator uniforms. I think that the opinion is changing a little bit on the uniforms.

Nick:​They’re growing on me. They’re definitely more green. I think the question of what color are these, when they were released in the pictures and the video, I think there was a question about what the hell color is this? They’re definitely more green. They’re not for the boosters. People say, “They’re selling merchandise, so it is for me, the fan.” They’re for recruits, and they’re for players.

​18 months ago, Nike came to Florida and said, “We want to do this one time kind of special jersey for you guys, because you’re one of the elite schools for Nike.” Jim McElwain kind of turned it over the players. Chauncey Gardner said the players had input. At the time, it was some of the older guys that had input on what they wanted them to look like. You’re seeing it’s two different generations, and two different generations separated by other generations, where you’ve got older boosters that don’t like them, and young kids, recruits, young fans, that love them.

Andrew:​I think that’s the thing that we forget, and that’s what I was trying to tell people. This stuff is done for the players and for the recruits, not so much for the fans. Now, granted, they would love for the fans to get behind it and do it. Here’s the deal. Florida has been, I would say, in the news, on social media, a crap ton this week with the jerseys, people talking about the jerseys. Guess what? That helps them. People are writing stories about them. Florida’s recruiting gets a new edit for all that stuff. You accomplish what you want to accomplish.

Nick:​Right. The recruits love them. It’s another thing that Florida in the tunnel, coming out into the field, the tunnel where they walk from the locker room to the field, they have these glass cases with models set up of all of their uniform combinations that they wear, and they’ve already added this one. That’s something now that when a recruit comes by and says, “What’s that?” Even if they don’t see the game, didn’t see this. “What’s that?” “Nike came to us and said we want to build you a jersey, because you’re one of the elite schools.” “Coach, that’s cool. I haven’t seen that anywhere else.” It becomes a recruiting tool.

Andrew:​Here’s the deal. These prospects are like, “I want those gloves. I want those cleats.” That kind of stuff. Of course, Florida’s not able to give them that stuff, but it’s one of those things where they can say, “You come here. You get that stuff.” It’s everywhere. It’s not just Florida. We’re not saying that, by any means whatsoever. It keeps them in the news. It keeps kids talking about it, and it’s good. I will say this. I did change my opinion on them after seeing more of it and seeing the true color of it. I did change my opinion. Still, the only thing I don’t like is that gigantic ass sticker on one side. I just think it’s ugly.

Nick:​I think the oversize sticker is fine. I think you might not have liked the placement of it, you know what I mean? It was kind of, when Nick Washington was doing that model, it was kind of up too far to the front. Kind of like you’d have some negative empty space towards the back, and the gator head logo was too up front. Needs to be just more centered in the middle. To me,]]>
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Brauninger talks Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/brauninger-talks-florida-gators-vs-texas-am-podcast/ Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:00:58 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98497 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/brauninger-talks-florida-gators-vs-texas-am-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/brauninger-talks-florida-gators-vs-texas-am-podcast/feed/ 0 Ryan Brauninger of TexAgs joins the podcast to talk Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M. Ryan Brauninger of TexAgs joins the podcast to talk Florida Gators vs. Texas A&M. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre are joined by Ryan Brauninger of TexAgs to help preview the game as Brauninger breaks down the Aggies.
Andrew and Nick ask Brauninger the tough questions on Texas A&M and also update you on the Gators and the recent injuries.
TRANSCRIPT:
 
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, A&M week. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about this game, for some reason. It’s just because A&M’s different. Those spiraling back and forth opinions of these uniforms. I mean, after last week’s game.
Nick:                         We’ll get to the uniforms.
Andrew:                 We’ll get to the uniforms. Don’t worry. It is. I say this. It’s kind of refreshing to play A&M a little bit. It’s kind of fun to see a team that you don’t see all the time. Let’s roll the ball out and see what happens.
Nick:                         Yeah. I love that. I didn’t get to go. I wasn’t working here when they went to Kyle Field, but that’s a great spot I would love to go to. I’m most excited because this is a good football team in A&M. I know they’ve had their struggles, but it’s a good football team, and they got a little offense. They got a freshman quarterback, who we’ll talk to Ryan Brauninger about. A freshman quarterback, and they’re doing some stuff. I’m excited to see offense.
Andrew:                 Am I wrong in saying this is almost like a bowl matchup? Just because.
Nick:                         It almost feels like that, and that’s weird, because it’s a conference match. It almost feels like a bowl matchup, yeah.
Andrew:                 I say that, and that’s no disrespect to A&M at all. You don’t see A&M, and it’s just kind of like a bowl matchup. Florida’s only played them once as a member of the SEC. It’s kind of like that bowl matchup where it’s like they’re here. Here’s another thing, and maybe I’m going to catch some heat for saying this, and I’m sorry if I do. It’s one of those offenses that’s that old Big 12 style of offense a little bit. Spread them out, and air it out. It’s kind of like the old Varsity Blues. Five wide? Five wide? It’s just that kind of offense. I’m excited to see it. Listen, any offense we get to watch is offense. I don’t care if it’s A&M, or if it’s Missouri, or if it’s South Carolina. Offense is offense.
Nick:                         What’s that? What’s offense?
Andrew:                 Yeah. We’re going to talk to our buddy, Mr. Ryan Brauninger, from TexAgs. Those guys at TexAgs do an amazing job, man. They do really good work. Nick, you and I have got to spend a lot of time with Ryan in Orlando at the Under Armour events. We talked to him a little bit with baseball. For a program like Texas A&M that doesn’t get a lot of talk, they’ve got some really good sports. Women’s soccer is really good. Their baseball team is really good. Softball program is on the uprise. Basketball is doing good. They do a good job over there. I’m excited to talk to Ryan, our good friend. Nick.
Nick:                         Yeah?
Andrew:                 What are your quick thoughts on A&M as a program?
Nick:                         I think it’s interesting. I think it’s a program that has a lot of promise. They’re huge in terms of alumni, in terms of fanbase, especially crazy, cool game day experience from them with their traditions. My cousin’s actually in their band, and they’ll be traveling with their band down. That’s another cool thing, I think, that a lot of teams in the SEC do. Vanderbilt didn’t do it. Traveling with your band, I think that’s a cool thing.
Andrew:                 The midnight yell.
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Recapping the Florida Gators vs. LSU game: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-florida-gators-vs-lsu-game-podcast/ Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:00:37 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98453 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-florida-gators-vs-lsu-game-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-florida-gators-vs-lsu-game-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators loss to LSU on Saturday. GC brings you a new podcast as we recap the Florida Gators loss to LSU on Saturday. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre talk about what went wrong in the game for the Gators on both offense and defense.
Andrew and Nick also break down what the Gators can do better to get the ship turned in the right direction going forward.
TRANSCRIPT:
 
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, this ain’t going to be a fun podcast. Just going to throw that out there. If somebody’s tuning into this hoping for some sunshine, turn it off now.
Nick:                         Yeah. Not a lot of sunshine here.
Andrew:                 Turn it off now. There ain’t going to be no sunshine on this podcast. This is about to be straight fire, straight truth, straight three years of same old, same old that is over with.
Nick:                         Jump into it. You’re teasing. Jump into it.
Andrew:                 First off, let’s just go ahead and recap it. 17-16 loss to LSU. Nick, you and I both picked LSU. I mean, we picked Florida to beat LSU. I texted you before the game, and I said, “31-17 LSU.” Then I said, “No way Mac loses to this team, right?”
Nick:                         You went back and forth.
Andrew:                 I don’t know why, but for some reason, as soon as Troy beat LSU, I just thought Florida would lose this game. That was simply because of a couple reasons, Nick. That is that this team always plays down to competition. You look at the U Masses of the world, the UAB, the Northern Colorados. They seem to always play down to teams like that. They never blow out the teams they’re supposed to blow out. I think that this team came in over confident, and not thinking this is still LSU.
Nick:                         That’s what I said all throughout the week wouldn’t happen, because it’s LSU. You know what I mean? If you were playing Missouri, and Missouri had just come off of a really bad loss, okay. Even Missouri’s in your division, there’s not really that rivalry factor. I thought the rivalry factor, everything that happened last year, the fact that there’s so much bad blood between these two teams, I thought that it didn’t matter if they lost the week before, that rivalry factor would outweigh it.
Andrew:                 No. It didn’t. That’s the issue that I think we all have to come back to here. That is that why. Why did this happen? Why did this team come in like this? LSU played without a good bit of its roster against Troy. Now, granted, Troy beat them. LSU is not a good football team. LSU is a very mediocre football team. To come out of this game and allow that to happen is mind boggling to me. You and I said it on the podcast, and I said, “If Florida comes into this game and LSU jumps out in front, watch out. LSU is going to have confidence.” Guess what happens? LSU comes out, has a great drive, wins the game in the first quarter, in my opinion.
You just never seen a sense of urgency in this team, and it goes back to this a little bit, and that is we said, “Don’t let the running game beat you. Make Danny Etling beat you.” They rushed for 216 yards, Nick. 216 yards, a majority of that by wide receivers.
Nick:                         Their wide receivers had one catch and 10 carries. 10 carries for 108 yards. Wide receivers from LSU.
Andrew:                 Let’s just start here then. We’ll just start here. Nick, we’re in Year 3, bud, and you and I said this last year, and we blamed it on the offensive line. It’s no longer just the offensive line. Why does this team come out with no sense of urgency? Why does this team come out lackadaisical? Why does this team come out with no passion to work, to win a football game? You practice all week to come out and beat up on your opponent, and there is none. How do you explain that, Nick?]]>
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Previewing the Florida Gators vs. LSU game: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-the-florida-gators-vs-lsu-game-podcast/ Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:00:00 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98397 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-the-florida-gators-vs-lsu-game-podcast/#comments http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/previewing-the-florida-gators-vs-lsu-game-podcast/feed/ 1 GC brings you a new podcast as we preview the Florida Gators vs. LSU game on Saturday. GC brings you a new podcast as we preview the Florida Gators vs. LSU game on Saturday. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the key match-ups in this game, plus how they think Florida can jump out early against LSU.
Andrew and Nick also predict several games around the country, plus pick three players to watch for this week’s game against the Tigers.
TRANSCRIPT:
 
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, almost LSU week, and it wouldn’t be LSU week if there wasn’t another freaking hurricane. Joe Alleva, what are you doing?
Nick:                         Kind of came out of nowhere, dude. Not really, that area, Nate, is that what it’s called?
Andrew:                 Yeah.
Nick:                         That area doesn’t really hit us normally.
Andrew:                 Yeah. It’s usually one of those things where that one pops up, one of those little things pop up, and it runs through Costa Rica or runs through Mexico. It very rarely you see one pop up and then travel up to affect the inlands and the States and stuff like that. That’s that. Good news is Joe Alleva has nothing to back out, because Baton Rouge may be hit harder than Gainesville. Joe, don’t even start.
Nick:                         LSU’s already played all their non-conference games. There’s no easy solution if you were to cancel a game, which I don’t think they’re going to cancel it. We talked to Jim McElwain Wednesday after practice, and he didn’t even know there was a storm.
Andrew:                 There’s zero percent chance the game gets cancelled. Gainesville’s not going to be affected. I was just making more of a joke on that. Nick, what in the world happened on Ed Orgeron’s call in show? Holy crap.
Nick:                         Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Muschamp have live call ins for a minute?
Andrew:                 Yeah. So does McElwain.
Nick:                         Those are heavily screened. I feel like there’s no way they were screening Ed Orgeron’s calls. Some guy calls in and says that Joe Alleva is too feminine.
Andrew:                 That is so awesome, because, I mean, first of all, I wouldn’t use feminine. I would use a very derogatory term when I mention Joe Alleva. The funny thing is is my text messages start flooding with, “People are really seeing Joe Alleva now.” Then the next caller calls in and says Orgeron doesn’t deserve the job, and Orgeron has to say, “I deserve the job.” First of all, any time you have to be your own guy to prop up your own self, you know the drill, Nick.
Nick:                         Do you feel bad for Coach O at all?
Andrew:                 Do I feel bad for O?
Nick:                         For O.
Andrew:                 Hell, no, I don’t feel bad for O. Man weaseled his way into the job.
Nick:                         That’s not his fault.
Andrew:                 Isn’t his fault, but the guy sucks. The guy’s an awful coach. How in the world he got the job in the first place is beyond me. I mean, is he a good recruiter? Sure, as a defensive line coach. I mean, no, I don’t feel bad for O. The guy’s a bozo. That’s how you talk. The joke running on the TV show was did they have a translator to intercept what he was saying to make it go back out clearly.
Nick:                         I think people down there understand him.
Andrew:                 Some do. Some don’t.
Nick:                         I think that’s scary that they understand him. I have no idea what he’s saying.
Andrew:                 Here’s the thing I will say, Nick, and that is we can laugh it about it all you want to, but all this talk is doing nothing but fueling LSU.
Nick:                         Which talk?
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Dellenger talks Florida Gators/LSU on the podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/dellenger-talks-florida-gatorslsu-on-the-podcast/ Wed, 04 Oct 2017 09:00:52 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98353 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/dellenger-talks-florida-gatorslsu-on-the-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/dellenger-talks-florida-gatorslsu-on-the-podcast/feed/ 0 Ross Dellenger joins the podcast to talk Florida Gators vs. LSU game and much more. Ross Dellenger joins the podcast to talk Florida Gators vs. LSU game and much more. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the game with Dellenger as we ask him the tough questions about the state of the Tigers program.
Andrew and Nick also discuss the latest injury news for Florida, plus how the Gators can get the offense going.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, LSU week. LSU, they may be bad, but it’s still LSU week, bud. It’s still LSU week.
Nick:                         Yeah. Players are saying the right things this week. Not taking the bait. Not talking about last year and is there any emotion that spills over from last year and this and that. No. It’s we’re focused on this team. It’s two completely different teams. They’re saying the right things, although they’re lying through their teeth, because there is definitely some emotion carrying over from last year.
Andrew:                 Exactly. It’ll be interesting to see. I tell people this, and I don’t think that people are listening to me, but LSU was overlooking Troy. They had guys sitting out in the game. Is LSU a good football team? Absolutely not. I think as bad as things looked on Saturday against Troy, absolutely not. But there’s disaster down in Baton Rouge.
Nick:                         Yeah. They’ve got some issues. We’re going to talk to Ross Dellenger from The Advocate about that. They’ve got a whole heap of issues. Starting with their head coach, how much money it would take to fire their head coach.
Andrew:                 Here’s the thing, Nick. Hold on. I hate to interrupt you, but now he’s telling the offensive coordinator what he can and can’t run. Oh, just a year ago you were the defensive line coach, and now you’re going to be telling Matt Canada, who is widely considered one of the smartest guys, not to run motions and shifts and all this other stuff? This is starting to turn into Will Muschamp.
Nick:                         It’s certainly, to me, it was a peculiar hire, and then when you look at the contract, I think it makes it even a worse hire.
Andrew:                 All I know is I want Coach O’s agent to be my agent, because if anybody can talk a team, first of all, can talk a team into hiring you. Second of all, talk a team into hiring you and then giving you a $12 million buyout. Man, that guy was smart.
Nick:                         Yeah. Props to his agent.
Andrew:                 That was some Jimmy Sexton move. That was some good stuff. I mean, that was like a Scott Boras move in baseball.
Nick:                         I don’t know what Joe Alleva was thinking. He probably wasn’t thinking, because that seems par for the course for Joe Alleva.
Andrew:                 There you go. You just said Joe Alleva and thinking in one sentence. That just threw off your whole argument there. Our good buddy, Ross, he does a great job over there in Baton Rouge covering the Tigers. We’ll talk to him. We’re going to ask him a few questions about the team. You know I’m going to ask him about O and his $12 million contract. Let’s just go on to Mr. Dellenger, and then we’ll come back, and we’ll talk injuries and all that good shnaz here in just a second.
All right, guys, we’re back with Ross. Ross, we appreciate you joining us for another year. It’s been fun. The rivalry is finally fun again, I think.
S3                               Yeah. Definitely. It’s got a lot of intrigue to it. There’s no doubt. It’s just all, you got the baseball stuff, hurricane stuff last year, and it seems like there’s certainly a lot of storylines heading into this one.
Andrew:                 Before we brought you on the air, we jokingly said that it kind of seems that the two teams are a little bit the same...]]>
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Recapping the Florida Gators win over Vandy: Podcast http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-florida-gators-win-over-vandy-podcast/ Mon, 02 Oct 2017 09:00:19 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98309 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-florida-gators-win-over-vandy-podcast/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/recapping-the-florida-gators-win-over-vandy-podcast/feed/ 0 GC brings you a podcast recapping the Florida Gators win over Vandy. GC brings you a podcast recapping the Florida Gators win over Vandy. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down how the Gators won the game on Saturday behind a strong rushing game and with Felipe Franks.
Andrew and Nick break down the positives from the win and the negatives from the win and look ahead to next week’s game against LSU.
PODCAST:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, this is about to be one of my most favorite podcasts in the entire time of you and I doing a podcast.
Nick:                         Why is that?
Andrew:                 Na, na, na, na. Hey, hey, hey. Butch is gone, man. There is no other way to say it, my friend. Did he just look like a man who had got run over by a tractor on Saturday? He had no answer.
Nick:                         He did get run over by a tractor.
Andrew:                 Well, he got run over by Chubb.
Nick:                         41-0 at home to Georgia. Is there another way just to have it shown that you don’t belong? Clearly Georgia right now is playing the best of any SEC team, or any SEC East team, excuse me. Don’t want to disrespect the Alabama machine, which is outscoring the rest of the SEC 150-something to 3. Clearly Georgia’s been playing the best of any team in the East, followed by Florida. That was just a you don’t belong.
Andrew:                 Yeah. Here’s the thing, Nick. You want to talk about the state of the SEC first, or do you want to get into the game first? You want to just have a quick discussion on this first?
Nick:                         Let’s do this. We’re already here.
Andrew:                 This is where I’m at with the SEC and college football. Maybe I’m just wrong, but it’s a bad year for college football. Alabama’s kicking everyone’s ass. Do I think Alabama is very, very good? Absolutely. Do I think they’re 130-something to nothing good? No. On an average year they’re probably not. It’s the same thing with Georgia. Let’s remember, Georgia barely snuck by a bad Notre Dame team. I think Georgia’s a good football team. Are they the #8 team in the country? No. I’m not believing that. I’m not believing in Fromm. They’re running a team once again that has a quarterback that doesn’t just look like a punter in Bryce Ramsey usually.
I think in general college football is down. You look at USC, and you can make the argument USC could have lost three straight games. you look at Oklahoma, they look really good one week, and then the next week they kind of struggle. Oklahoma State looked like a powerhouse for a while. Ohio State was supposed to be a good team. They’re just absolutely struggling. We all make fun of FSU, and rightfully so, but, I mean, should they really be struggling with a backup quarterback against Wake? I just think college football in general is down this year.
Nick:                         It could be. I disagree with you. I am all in on Fromm. I think Georgia’s got a real deal defense too.
Andrew:                 I think they got a good defense, absolutely. I think they got a real deal defense. I agree with that.
Nick:                         You’ve got a real deal defense. You’ve got two great running backs, and a freshman quarterback who’s not playing like a freshman.
Andrew:                 Yeah. I don’t know. I’m not sold that Fromm is that guy yet. I think they’re a very good football team. Zero doubt in my mind. They are playing the best of the SEC East. That is no question about that whatsoever. Wouldn’t disagree with that. For some reason, I just think the SEC is down in general. My God, think about the guys, Nick. Hello, Ed Orgeron. Hello, Butch Jones. Hello, Will Muschamp. Hello, Kevin Sumlin. Am I missing anyone? Who else? There’s got to be more.]]>
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Friday prediction podcast for Florida Gators vs. Vandy http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/friday-prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-vandy/ Fri, 29 Sep 2017 09:00:14 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98269 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/friday-prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-vandy/#respond http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/friday-prediction-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-vandy/feed/ 0 GC brings you our Friday prediction podcast for Florida Gators vs. Vandy. GC brings you our Friday prediction podcast for Florida Gators vs. Vandy. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the key match-ups in this game and answer your questions about the team.
Andrew and Nick also predict the big games this week, plus Florida’s game and also give you our three players to watch in the game.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:                 What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, another Friday prediction podcast. That means another game day is right around the corner. Gators-Commodores. Noon Eastern time in the Swamp on Saturday. It figures to be a good game.
Nick:                         Everyone complains about noon games except for us. I love noon games.
Andrew:                 I do too. It’s one of those things where you can get what you need to get done done. What figures to be a sloppy football game can be put to rest with a good day of other football.
Nick:                         Yeah. So many times, listen, we have a cool job, but when Florida plays at 3:00, I’m only really watching the Florida game that day. Everyone else is tailgating, and they’re watching whatever while they’re tailgating. I’m kind of in the stadium mulling around doing some work. Then the game goes on. When Florida plays at 3:30 on CBS, I’m not watching any other 3:30 games. I’m watching Florida.
Then after the game I’m interviewing and writing stories and casually, maybe, glancing up and getting to see some of the prime-time games. 3:30 game, CBS, ends at 7:00, 7:30. I’m not leaving the stadium probably until 10:30, 11:00pm. Most of the games are done. I don’t get to see anything.
With a noon game, all these beautiful prime-time games, Alabama-Ole Miss on ESPN, Clemson-Virginia Tech. I get to watch some of these this week. I’m all about a nooner.
Andrew:                 Maybe everyone won’t be in cardiac arrest this week.
Nick:                         I joked with Nick Washington about that. I think it’s a real question about how do you bounce back from two emotional wins. A lot of coaches would talk about it as when you play a game like that you kind of empty the bucket, and you empty the bucket emotionally and physically. What’s left in the bucket after doing that two weeks? It’s a noon kick, which is different for players. They’re probably not as excited about a noon kick as I am. What’s left in that bucket this week?
Andrew:                 Yeah. They struggle all the time with noons, and that’s just a struggle that it is. It’ll be a test. Like I said, it’ll be a test, because there is going to be a good game, because I do, I think this is always a game. Everyone kind of made fun of Mac.
Nick:                         A good game, or a close game?
Andrew:                 A close game.
Nick:                         Okay.
Andrew:                 Never a good game. I don’t remember the last Vandy-Florida game that was a good game. A close game. Everyone made fun of Mac on Wednesday when he said, “This is always a battle.” Our good friend, Zach, over at SEC Country, he threw some stats out there talking about the number of times it was a one score game with Vandy with Myer and Spurrier, and people were shocked. Nick, I don’t think that people understand this is always a game that’s close. I can’t say this enough. Every team has that one opponent that no matter how good or bad they are, it’s going to be a close game. Florida’s is Vanderbilt. Why that is, I don’t know. It just it.
You and I were talking about making predictions on games, and I said we should pick the Alabama-Ole Miss game. You said, “But we’ll both pick Alabama.” I said, “Yeah, but it’ll be a closer game than many of us expect.” That’s true. That’s Alabama’s weakness. Even when Alabama’s steamrolling all these teams,]]>
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Midweek preview podcast for Florida Gators vs. Vanderbilt http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/midweek-preview-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-vanderbilt/ Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:00:10 +0000 http://www.gatorcountry.com/?p=98229 http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/midweek-preview-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-vanderbilt/#comments http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/midweek-preview-podcast-for-florida-gators-vs-vanderbilt/feed/ 1 GC brings you a midweek preview podcast for Florida Gators vs. Vanderbilt. GC brings you a midweek preview podcast for Florida Gators vs. Vanderbilt. Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre ask Lee the tough questions about this game and ask him the strengths and weakness of Vanderbilt.
Andrew and Nick also talk about the charges being brought against the nine Florida suspended players.
TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew:​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew Spivey, here with Nicholas de la Torre. Nicholas, it’s going on. Wild Monday.

Nick:​Monday. It’s the beginning of, not necessarily the beginning of the end, but the beginning of a resolution to all of this.

Andrew:​Yeah. It was a lot more severe than a lot of us had thought it was going to be. It happens. It looks like things are going to start moving, as you said, to a direction of coming to an end. It looks like there might be several guys that face some long-time punishment.

Nick:​Yeah. This is going to take a while for the state attorney to finish it, to finish his investigation. That’s certainly on the table as far as guys could be getting in trouble and facing a lot of trouble, or guys could go through pretrial diversion and, if they’re good, they’ll be okay. It’s really kind of just up in the air, and it’s going to be on the state attorney.

Andrew:​I don’t know a better way to say it, Nick, except for what dumbasses. I hate to use that word for that, but what dumbasses, Nick. You know what’s right from wrong. I mean, I understand smoking marijuana. It’s whatever. Those guys smoke marijuana. They think it’s cool. Whatever. Stealing another man’s credit card, Nick, and purchasing stuff that you know is rightfully not your money is wrong. You know it’s wrong. You know you’re not going to get away with it. I have no sympathy for these guys.

Someone on Twitter was arguing with me on Monday night about how Alabama would brush it under the rug. Well, I don’t care what Alabama does. This is a difference between right and wrong. Football’s a privilege. Going to school for free is a privilege. It’s not something you’re guaranteed. It’s not something that is promised to you. It’s not something everybody can get. If you can’t follow the rules, you shouldn’t play football. If you’re going to steal from another man, no. I just have no sympathy for you.

Nick:​Then when you look. There are a couple guys, seven of the nine guys involved, only did it once. You can kind of explain that away as being young or as making a mistake. When you’re using, in Kadeem Telfort’s case, trying five, six different cards multiple times, over 30 times, you can’t explain that away as a mistake.

Andrew:​Right. Exactly. I don’t know, Nick. Maybe I’m being harsh on them. I don’t know what it is. I don’t agree. I don’t think that this should have been swept under the rug or tried to cover up or anything else. You do the crime, you face the punishment. Everyone, me and you get pretrial diversion. Everyone in America gets that at some point or another, and if that’s what the state attorney decides to do to these guys, then that’s fine, but no special privilege should be given to these guys whatsoever. Quite frankly, even if they do get pretrial diversion, like you said in your story, it’s unlikely they’d be back. They shouldn’t even have the opportunity to come back. Not this year.

Nick:​What about this? Jim McElwain has earned a reputation as a player’s coach. He stuck his neck out there for James Robinson, has done that for other players. What would it do recruiting wise if he kicks nine people off the team? Seven, because you would assume that Scarlett and Callaway would be leaving anyway.

Andrew:​Well, I don’t think that it does anything from that standpoint. It’s simply, at the end of the day, Nick, they have a job to do. Mac has a job to do, and the university has a job to do,]]>
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