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Meyer’s retirement already impacting Gator recruiting efforts


Aside from the preparations for the Gator Bowl against Penn State, one of the areas most immediately impacted by Urban Meyer‘s stunning resignation/retirement is Florida’s recruiting efforts.

And, already, it appears the Gators have lost out on a player they were favored to add to the 17 verbal commitments they currently have in their pocket for the 2011 class.

Thomas County (Ga.) Central football coach Bill Shaver told USA Today that one of his players, defensive lineman Ray Drew, will likely cross the Gators off his list in the wake of Meyer’s departure.  Drew is currently rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 player in the country at his position.

“They’ll be out. Ray’s biggest draw to Florida was Urban Meyer,”  Shaver told the paper. “His schools now are Clemson, Georgia, Auburn and LSU. At first he was hot and heavy to go to Florida, but they signed a lot of defensive linemen. But he and coach Meyer really hit it off well.”

The nation’s No. 1 pro-style quarterback, one of UF’s 17 verbals, has for now taken a wait-and-see approach to the turnover in Gainesville.

“I just heard about the press conference a minute ago,” Florida high school QB Jeff Driskel said. “I don’t even know if it’s true yet. I’ve established a good relationship with Coach Meyer. I’ve also established a good relationship with (quarterbacks) coach (Scott) Loeffler. That I’m interested to see how it plays out. I never really thought about (Meyer’s departure). I always assumed he would be there.”

Just a guess, but we’re thinking that, if somebody whose name rhymes with “Schman Schmullen” were hired in the coming days, he’d be able to solidify Driskel’s commitment without much effort.  And a whole helluva lot of other commitments as well given his familiarity within both the state and the program.

Regardless of who it is, though, it would behoove athletic director Jeremy Foley to find Meyer’s replacement sooner rather than later.  As far as recruiting goes, this is bad, bad, bad timing on Meyer’s part.  You can almost hear the negative recruiting going on as I’m typing this.

Foley needs to stop the potential bleeding of the talent pipeline as soon as possible.

UPDATED 4:38 p.m. ET: Tampa running back Hunter Joyer, one of those 17 commitments, is remaining true to his verbal for now.

I’m still solid with them,” Joyer told the Tampa Tribune. “I don’t know who will replace (Meyer) but I’m solid with my commitment

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.