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Video proof of Stephen Garcia hitting bottom

  • 1:58 pm Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Amazing that Stephen Garcia and Connor Shaw (right) were teammates. Shaw's in NFL. (AP)

Remember Stephen Garcia, the overgrown frat boy and former South Carolina quarterback who was suspended something like 37 times by coach Steve Spurrier (expect, coincidentally, always in a non-game week because of Spurrier’s keen sense for timing)?

Well, I’ll recap Garcia’s failed attempts at professional football shortly. But first, let me share with you what he’s doing now.

Ready?

Here goes . . .

I’ll resume when you stop laughing.

Still waiting.

Still waiting.

OK . . .

Thanks to alert reader @MelissaRabb1 on Twitter for bringing this to my attention: Garcia, who managed to party his way out of a potentially great college career and possible [More]

Bad sign? Florida struggles in win (updated)

  • 3:44 pm Saturday, March 15th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz

(Updated: 4:30 p.m.)

Here’s your first NCAA bracket tip: Assume nothing with Florida.

The No. 1 ranked Gators took a 24-game winning streak into their SEC semifinal game against Tennessee Saturday and for most of the game looked rather pedestrian. They pulled it out in the end, winning 56-49 at the Georgia Dome, but not before leaving some doubt about how far they’ll go in the NCAA tournament – and for that matter how they’ll fare in Sunday’s SEC title game against the winner of Georgia-Kentucky.

Somebody asked Florida coach Billy Donovan if he would’ve considered a loss such a bad thing before [More]

Dimitroff concerned about player’s ‘skill set,’ not sexuality

  • 10:32 am Tuesday, February 11th, 2014 by Jeff Schultz
Thomas Dimitroff said he and coach Mike Smith wouldn't downgrade a player for his sexual orientation. (AP photo)

It’s common for there to be disagreement on where and when an NFL prospect will be drafted, so Missouri defensive end Michael Sam being projected to go anywhere from the third to fifth round to possibly not even taken isn’t unusual. But the fact an online sports book has posted an over/under on Sam’s draft spot – 125½ — should indicate he is not your typical mid-round prospect.

Sam is homosexual. It would be naive to believe there aren’t any gay players in the NFL. But no current player has gone public and Sam is the first athlete to go public [More]