Will Muschamp

‘A.C.’ equals ‘all cool’ per the Gators


Apparently.  Or allegedly, if that makes your allegiance feel better.

Mid-February, Florida tight end A.C. Leonard was arrested on a charge of simple domestic battery involving his live-in girlfriend.  The details surrounding the arrest were far from simple but certainly in the battery range, lowlife division:

The report states Leonard and his girlfriend — they’ve lived together for about the past month — were involved in a verbal dispute at around 7:20 when the fight escalated into a physical confrontation. Leonard reportedly “shoved [his girlfriend] forcibly with both hands in her chest/neck area. The force of the shove knocked her down to the ground, causing her head to strike a dog cage that was behind her.”

Leonard then reportedly told the woman to leave and attempted to drag her by her hair out the door. When she resisted, the police report states Leonard grabbed his girlfriend by her feet and pulled her out of the apartment before locking her out.

On the same day that incident came to the public light, Leonard was suspended indefinitely by head coach Will Muschamp.  In a statement at the time, the coach laid down the law in regard to his players, saying emphatically in a statement that “his behavior will not will be tolerated. It is not what we expect from the University of Florida football program.”

Wednesday, Muschamp announced in a statement that Leonard has been reinstated and is now permitted to practice with his teammates.  There is, though, a string or two attached to that reinstatement.

“[H]e still has a lot of things to work through before his status for the fall is addressed,” Muschamp said, without directly addressing Huntley Johnson‘s role in Leonard’s status.

We’ll assume, then, that curbing the urge to (allegedly) drag a female by her hair out the door is one of the things to be worked through.  Or, as a reminder,  as Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post put it:

Leonard’s girlfriend told police that he shoved her and dragged her through his apartment by her hair and feet.

I have three daughters, and I’ll be damned if…

SEC shut out of AP top five for first time in half a decade

Stephen F. Austin visits Amon G. Carter Stadium to play the No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs.
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The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.

Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.

And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.

That group breaks down as follows:

  1. Ohio State
  2. TCU
  3. Baylor
  4. Michigan State
  5. Utah

An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:

  1. Ohio State
  2. Oregon
  3. Boise State
  4. TCU
  5. Nebraska

Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.

None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.

Georgia loses ILB Reggie Carter for the season

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After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.

Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.

The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.

Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.