Dear Gators Basketball Program....

Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by akaGatorhoops, May 2, 2018.

  1. akaGatorhoops

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    ....whatever is or is not happening with regards to Coach Gates, execute a decision and/or make an announcement.
    If there is no substance whatsoever to these rumors—- squash em.
    If there is a looming parting of ways... equally important to expeditiously executing that decision is transparency as to the reasons. Taking the “high road” could be equviilant to inadvertently falling on the proverbial sword in this situation.
    I say this because few will believe “not the right fit” or “mutual decision” mantras here. Circumstances, timing, tweets, etc. do not lend themselves to such a scenario.
    Instead, one side will be blamed and rumors circulated. It is not hard to project which side will take that fall, as it is easier (and, in some cases, more beneficial) to demonize a program than an individual. In fact, this has already begun, with some entirely whacky and potentially very damaging “reasons” being perpetuated.
    If.... IF... Florida has reason and does indeed part ways with Coach Gates, provide those reasons as tactfully as possible. Doing otherwise may seem the classy move, but it will invite unfair, undeserved, unwelcomed and unflattering speculation.
    So, make a decision (or an announcement of “no decision needed”) and be forthright in the rationale for such decision.

    That’s all I’ve got.
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  2. HallGator

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    Sometimes, in an attempt to keep thing under wraps I believe it does more harm than good. All kind of speculation and rumors start floating around. When there is an elephant sitting in your living room it's a bit hard to simply act as if he/she is not there.
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    UF has always been pretty good at doing the right thing. No matter the sport I have faith.
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    Can you guys please tell us what you are referring to?

    Sorry, have not been following.
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    Not always. Charley Pell almost got us deep-sixed. Galen Hall and Norm Sloan seemed to not grasp fully the importance of that.
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    I once worked for a boss who liked to say, "the person who tells the story first tells the truth." His point was that if you sit on information someone else will spring it for you, correctly or incorrectly, and then you spend all your time in crisis mode responding and correcting and getting your own version out. Sage advice.
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    If only we didn't live in the real world, where organizations long ago ceded review and approval of their actions to risk-obsessed lawyers ...
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    I don't think anyone here even knew about this rumor until a few insiders thought they'd pour gasoline on the thing.
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    I would imagine there’s likely to be some sort of mutually agreed upon confidentiality agreement to go along with any sort of separation agreement....right?

    So brace yourself for not much info....and brace yourself for the negative PR.
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    It was posted by someone on the insider board over a week ago, with most people disputing it at the time. Multiple other message boards relating to Nebraska, Northwestern and college basketball in general have also picked up the supposed story. Various basketball related Twitter accounts have offered some wild speculation.
    Quite frankly, NBN has been well behind the “news cycle” on this one. So I am not sure that our fan base learning via its own message board of a potentially breaking and nationally discussed story should be some sort of indictment.
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    Uh huh....
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    Shrug it off if you wish, but your naivity doesnt change the reality of my post.
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    I see a person who is trying to cover their tracks because he's responsible for spreading this rumor on the free board.
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  14. akaGatorhoops

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    If covering my tracks, far more effective would be to simply erase any posts.
    I have said that I have heard Gates is leaving. I said this days after refuting the initial post on the insider board. I am not walking that back at all.
    I am suggesting the program deals with the rumors or it’s possible decision in a transparent manner.
    Fwiw, the same person who broke this on the insider board.... also did so on a rival, free forum. Kudos to you for remaining loyal to nbn, but it has apparently sheltered you a bit here.
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    You were the only one here to flat out say Gates is gone. Not "I have heard Gates is leaving".
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    Part of the rumor was that Coach White was racist. That shouldn't even deserve a response.
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    I don’t recall my verbiage, but I don’t doubt your account. I believe I posted in response to a Nebraska fan posting on our site that Coach Gates was headed to Lincoln. That may serve as evidence to how far behind the story nbn was on this one.
    As mentioned, a week or so earlier a rival free forum had a thread titled “Gates is gone”.
    You can credit me for breaking the story or even pouring gasoline. The reality is that I spent days refuting the original post, until I heard differently.
    Since then, my posts have been consistent...but also occasionally refuted suggestions that Gates was leaving Florida for some possible nefarious reasons.
    Yes... I have posted what “I have heard”.
    I didn’t know that qualifier was needed. How else’s would you presume I learned of this information? Telepathy?
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  18. akaGatorhoops

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    Yes. And that was tweeted by college basketball twitter handle before nbn was even discussing the story.
    So... while this crap is being tweeted nationally, to suggest that I or any other insider were the ones to pour gasoline... is beyond disingenuous.
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    Exact verbiage:
    Monday at 6:50pm "Gates will be leaving UF"
    Tuesday at 8:46am "gates is outta here!"

    That's called pouring gasoline on the fire my friend.
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    Yea because a guy with less than 10,000 twitter followers who tweeted this is really national news. No one gave this credit to it until you said for certain that he was gone.
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