Marcus Thomas Thrown off Team

November 4, 2006

Yes, it’s official – Marcus Thomas has been thrown off the team. Urban Meyer issued a terse, one-sentence statement saying that he didn’t live up to his responsibilities and that he’s gone. I have not heard an explanation as to what the final straw was.

Obviously this is a big blow to the team. Steve Russell on AM850 said that they found out on Friday shortly before going on the plane to Nashville. It’s an even bigger blow to Marcus, who if he kept himself out of trouble could have been a first-day draft pick, if not first round.

I’m going to reserve my comments on the day’s action until it’s over, but I did want to address the Marcus Thomas situation. This is not good for anyone involved.

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Florida – Vanderbilt Preview

November 4, 2006

I’ve got nothing really. I’ve been so busy the past three weeks (with out-of-town office visits/interviews in each) that I’ve really slacked in updating this. Such is the life of a senior with a variable schedule.

Look, it comes down to this: if Florida loses today, it’s a monumental upset that sets the program back to the immediate post-Spurrier days and probably costs Florida a spot in the SEC title game. There’s nothing else to say, really. Florida has better players at every position. They should win comfortably.

Now, this year’s team doesn’t beat anyone but UCF comfortably, and games at Vandy are always closer than they should be for everyone. If Florida somehow loses though, that’s a huge hit against Urban Meyer’s credibility and especially Dan Mullen’s, a guy who a lot of people have been questioning. I’ll say Florida wins 28-17, but I have no confidence in that pick’s accuracy.