JUST IN: What Do We Do Now, Gator Nation?

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    A message to the Gator Nation from one of the greatest Gators of all-time, Carlos Alvarez, a member of both the College Football and Academic All-America halls of fame:*

    What do we do now Gator Nation? It has been tough this year for all of us. You can only imagine if you live in Tallahassee like I do. It's been brutal.

    But what do we do now Gator Nation? Do we sulk? Do we boo? Do we complain about the coaching staff? Do we complain about the athletic department's administration? Do we get people fired? Do we do all of the above? Or is there a...



    Read the rest here... What Do We Do Now, Gator Nation?



    http://www.gatorcountry.com/feature/now-gator-nation/
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    Thanks Carlos, very well said.
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    We hang behind our team and support them no matter how bad the record is.
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    Wow. This is a great Gator telling it like it is. Or at least how it should be. Thanks for stepping up and doing a great job for the Gators once again.
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    Outstanding!
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    Thanks, great article & right on point. Someone other than a few insightful Gator Country posters needed to say that, I'm glad it was a Gator great!
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    Carlos needs to be the guest speaker and Mr. 2 bits for the FSU game. Great article.
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    We fight hard and stand behind our kids on the field.
    We can't win em all, but we can stand behind the guys that play their hearts out for us.


    Go Gators
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    Great read. Outstanding, actually.
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    Really liked this....Like hearing from someone that has credibility...

    Maybe our players will come out of this season as some tough mother f***ers that will carry us for years to come...
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    Awesome. Refreshing. Great stuff.

    Thanks for posting this.
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    Great way to start my day, thanks for posting.
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    Carlos Alvarez was one of the most exciting Gators to ever watch on the football field. Subsequently, he has been a great Gator off the field in leading an exemplary life. I appreciate this article at a time when most Gator fans feel lost. "In all kinds of weather, we'll all stick together" should be more than the words of a song we sing. It is the mantra which will continue to empower us as the #1 university in the state and one of the elite college programs in the country. Thanks, Carlos, for articulating the thoughts and the mindset we all need to embrace during this tough year on the football field. It's Great to be a Florida Gator!
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    Shannon Snell just spit coffee all over his computer.
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    he's a legend, and everyone is entitled to an opinion. he is one of the greatest that has every played for the gators!!!!!


    one point though, i just don't blindly follow a leader because we are all gators etc.
    my passion in life is my family and my gators, but just like in real life the danger occurs, however, when followers become so enthralled with a leader that they follow without thinking critically about the leader's vision.

    "great leaders are incredibly ambitious -- but their ambition is first and foremost for the institution, not themselves."
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    Great Gator who is still coming through for us. :yes:

    "Future players are looking at the Gator Nation to see how we respond. Think of recruits sitting in the stands hearing boos. Think of them reading rant after rant on message boards. On the other hand think of recruits at home or in the stands seeing the Gator Nation support the team through the toughest times. What do you think is best for our future? And as a side note but equally important, think of the present families and friends of Gator players and coaches at home and in the stands and the pain they are feeling. Their sacrifice deserves our respect. What would you do if a Gator player or coach was part of your family? Aren’t we supposed to be a big family?

    But here is the most important point. The Gator coaches and players are working tirelessly to make Florida successful. I have been at the practices and know how hard they work and how much they care. No one is more disappointed than they are about how this season has played out. They have devoted their lives to this team. If you can’t see Coach Will Muschamp’s heartfelt disappointment after Georgia and Vanderbilt, your eyes aren’t open. Is there anyone out there who has any doubts that Coach Muschamp is working relentlessly to change the course of this season? Support them now – despite all setbacks this season, they have not quit – and let the future be decided on merit and knowing that the Gator Nation never stopped supporting their efforts. Do not hamper their effort with negativity!"​

    In all kinds of weather. Kudos to Carlos.
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    So very well stated. We all need to stop and think what effects all this negative junk does in so many places related to the Gator Nation. It is time to circle the wagons and know that soon we will be back on top and enjoying the view again. I well remember the 0-10-1 season, but also remember the many wonderful days since then.
    Go Gators!
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    You know, it's hard to argue with Carlos Alvarez, a truly great player for the Gators.

    But ...

    What defines the family? We have an AD -- not a grad, but someone hired to do a job for UF. That's fine. He hires a HBC -- also not a grad, or a player but someone who is hired to do a job and paid well to do it. That's also fine (and he hasn't devoted his life, he's devoted three years). But do they deserve blind loyalty because of their job titles? Because someone hired them, are we supposed to then agree with all their decisions and loudly support them when they appear to be failing at the job for which they've been hired?

    We fans aren't consulted in any of these decisions -- by the contrary, JF made it very clear this week that while he sympathizes with our concerns, he's sticking by his hire. He hasn't exactly shown loyalty to us -- yelling at a fan, not singing the Alma Mater, even something as simple as not opening practices -- but we're obligated to support him because of his job title?

    And, if we were to take his advice, what would be the answer if WM just isn't a good head coach. If we all remain quiet -- if we refuse to hamper the program with negativity -- and the team still keeps piling up 7, 8 and nine win seasons without a hint of a championship. What happens then? Do we just assume the AD makes a change if everyone is applauding all the time?

    The only avenue any of us have to call for change is to complain. There's not an election system where we can vote guys we don't like out of office. I've no doubt WM is working hard and wants to be successful. He may just lack the skill set to do so. I've no doubt JF wants the program to succeed, but he may have a different definition of what success means than we do.

    So I understand his point. But if you think the program is in trouble -- if you think things are going wrong, that players aren't getting the football education they're entitled to -- then complaining, or booing, or writing bad things on a message board is not being a bad fan. It's being honest. And no one should be criticized for that.

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