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Landon Collins’ brother Gerald Willis III upsets mother again by picking Florida (Video)

Remember two years ago when five-star high school defensive back recruit Landon Collins committed to Alabama and his mother was incredibly disappointed? Collins is from Louisiana, and his mom is a huge LSU fan. Earlier this week, another one of her sons betrayed her.

Gerald Willis III, a top high school defensive end who happens to be Collins’ brother, committed to Florida after the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday. Willis had narrowed his decision down to Florida and LSU. Like his big brother, he decided to go against mom’s wishes.

“It is what it is,” Willis’ mother said. “Florida Gators, that’s where we’ll be. LSU’s still number one.”

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The good news for mom here is that she now has two sons playing Division-1 college ball, which means they have a chance to be incredibly successful in life. The bad news? They both play for SEC rivals.

Georgia Southern serving students gator in honor of win over Florida

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Florida may be having a terrible season, but that does not mean Georgia Southern’s win over the Gators two weeks ago was not one of the most important in program history. The FCS school pulled off a 26-20 upset win over Florida on Nov. 23, and the Eagles are still celebrating.

In honor of their big victory, Georgia Southern’s dining halls served up gator on Monday. Students had a choice of trying fried alligator, buffalo gator bites and alligator sliders.

I can’t speak for buffalo gator bites or alligator sliders, but fried gator isn’t actually as bad as it sounds. I’ve had it before and it pretty much tasted like chicken. Then again, I’ve never had it to celebrate one of the biggest wins in my school’s history. It probably tastes a little better to Georgia Southern students.

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H/T Dr. Saturday

Will Muschamp rips Florida fans: They need to get a grip

Will Muschamp was not in the best of moods following his Florida Gators’ 19-14 loss at South Carolina on Saturday.

Muschamp has been the subject of a lot of criticism this season, but he did receive a vote of confidence from the school’s athletic director during the week. The loss to South Carolina will have his job in question once again. After the game, Muschamp decided to address the negativity of some of the fans.

“You can say what you want to say and you can write whatever the hell you want to write, it’s real. It’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for that locker room,” Muschamp said.

“To hell with me — I’m worried about the kids. You know these kids have fought their butts off. There’s a lot of negativity out there and some of our fans need to get a grip. They really do. They got a bunch of kids in that locker room fighting their butt off.

“They can criticize me all you want. I’m great with that. They pay me enough money to deal with it. But those kids don’t. They really don’t. And they fought their butts off. And they’ve continued to fight and play hard. Nobody’s ever questioned their efforts.”

Muschamp was so upset during the loss, he actually cut his hand punching a chalkboard during halftime:

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Florida CB Loucheiz Purifoy reportedly suspended for failed drug test

Loucheiz PurifoyLoucheiz Purifoy is one of six Florida Gators suspended for the team’s opening game on Saturday against Toledo, according to reports.

On Wednesday, Gators head coach Will Muschamp said that starting linebacker Antonio Morrison would be the only player suspended for the game. He apparently changed his mind.

In addition to Purifoy and Morrison, defensive tackles Darious Cummings and Jay-nard Bostwick, wide receiver Latroy Pittman and offensive lineman Quinteze Williams have been suspended for the game for a violation of team rules.

Purifoy and Pittman failed drug tests, according to the Palm Beach Post. Purifoy was expected to contribute on offense and special teams in addition to being one of the top cornerbacks in the country.

The Gators are favored by 23 points in the game.

Florida removes Aaron Hernandez’s All-American brick from football facility

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Aaron Hernandez was selected as a first team All-American following his junior season at Florida in 2009. The university was proud of the accomplishment at the time and decided to etch Hernandez’s name in history with a brick outside of its football facility. In the wake of the 23-year-old’s arrest and ensuing murder charge, that pride seems to have disappeared.

Florida made the decision to remove the brick on Thursday.

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Urban Meyer reportedly turned in Florida coach over minor violation

urban-meyerUrban Meyer spent six great seasons as the head coach at Florida and won two national championships with the Gators, but business is business. Meyer is the man in charge at Ohio State now, and if he sees someone cheating he’s not going to hesitate to point a finger — even if it’s his former team.

According to Outkick the Coverage’s Clay Travis (via FOXSports.com), Meyer recently turned in Florida assistant coach Brian White after he allegedly committed an improper “bump” violation while recruiting Erasmus Hall (NY) High School running back Curtis Samuel. Investigations revealed no wrongdoing on the part of Florida. Samuel later revealed that Florida is no longer one of his top choices, but OSU remains on the list.

A “bump” violation is a secondary NCAA offense that basically means a coach or representative from a program contacted a recruit when they shouldn’t have. Meyer actually hired White while he was at Florida, which makes the report about him blowing the whistle even more surprising.

Samuel ran an impressive 4.36 40-yard dash at Nike’s The Opening on Monday. He received a scholarship offer from Florida on April 17 and seemed excited at the time.

“I’m interested in Florida and what they have to offer,” he told Gator Country in April. “I have watched them play since I was young and I was excited to have a coach from Florida come all the way to New York just to see me and offer me. I want to visit Florida so I’m going to try my best to set something up maybe for this summer.”

Meyer loves to win, but does turning in a former coach cross the line? If he thought it would help him land a recruit, I guess that’s all that matters.

UPDATE: Meyer told The Columbus Dispatch that the report about him turning in a former assistant is “absolutely not true.”

Florida may have paid off bouncer whose ear drum was broken by Aaron Hernandez

Tim Tebow Aaron HernandezIf you’re wondering why so many incidents involving Aaron Hernandez went unreported until now, it may be because some of them were covered up.

For instance, earlier on Tuesday we shared a report saying Hernandez punched a bouncer at a bar in 2007 when he was a 17-year-old at Florida. Hernandez apparently was at a campus bar called The Swamp and received two alcoholic drinks from a waitress and did not want to pay his bill. Bouncer Michael Taphorn supposedly got in Hernandez’s face and asked him to leave, and the tight end punched the bouncer in the side of the head.

Though Taphorn declined medical treatment at the time, he later discovered that he had a ruptured ear drum. The Orlando Sentinel says Gainesville police recommended felony charges for Hernandez, but the young player went uncharged. USA Today says that is probably because Florida reached a settlement with Taphorn.

According to USA Today, which obtained a supplemental report, Taphorn initially was adamant about pursuing charges. However, he later changed his mind and told police he was thinking about dropping the charges.

An investigator wrote in the report, “Taphorn did state that he had been contacted by legal staff and coaches with UF and that they may be working on an agreement. However, nothing is finalized.”

Taphorn was advised that he would have to contact the State Attorney’s Office if he wanted to drop the charges.

If Florida did reach a settlement with Taphorn so that he wouldn’t pursue charges, I’m sure that outcome would come as a huge shock to all of you college football fans. Programs paying off people or getting the police to drop charges? That sort of thing never happens!