Unhappiness over playing time, or lack thereof, has led to two players parting ways with the Florida football program.
In a release, UF confirmed that tight end Gerald Christian and wide receiver Robert Clark have asked for and been granted a release from their scholarships. Both players were recruited by former head coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff.
As noted by Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post, Christian and Clark are the eighth and ninth players to leave the program since Will Muschamp took over for Meyer in January.
“Both of these players have expressed a desire for more playing time and felt that it would be in their best interests to transfer,” Muschamp said in a statement.. “We wish them both the best of luck and appreciate their contributions to the program.”
Christian was a four-star member of the Gators’ 2010 recruiting class, and the No. 2 TE in the country. This season he had four receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown, but did not see the field near enough to his liking and will attempt to find another situation that will afford more substantial playing time.
“I’m looking for an opportunity to play more,” said Christian. “I have no bad feelings about Florida or the coaching staff, I just want to get a fresh start and see the field more.”
Clark, on the hand, had no catches this season after hauling in seven for 69 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman last season.
“I’ve enjoyed being a part of the Gator program but at the same time I’m excited about future opportunities to play more,” Clark said. “I will have nothing but good memories from my time in Gainesville.”
It’s unknown at this point in time where either player might ultimately land.
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.
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.