Josh Kendall

November 4, 2013

Kendall's Morning Meeting: Gators will be desperate when they visit Gamecocks

Florida didn't do South Carolina, or its head coach, any favors with the way it played against Georgia on Saturday. The Gators are reeling but still will be a dangerous opponent on Nov. 16.

Josh Kendall

News and views about Gamecocks football

    Nobody, aside from some fans on Twitter I am sure, is calling for Florida head coach Will Muschamp’s job yet.

    But they may be by the time the Gators visit Williams-Brice Stadium on Nov. 16 in what will be South Carolina’s next football game after this weekend’s bye. Florida plays Vanderbilt in The Swamp this week, and the way the Gators are playing, there are no guarantees of wins.

    Frankly, it’s surprising the rumbling about Muschamp hasn’t started yet in Gainesville. It’s not just that Florida lost for a third straight time to the Bulldogs or fell to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the SEC. It’s the way the Gators did it. Here’s a review from a Florida columnist. The Cliff Notes are this: Almost every time the Gators did something that looked like a positive football play, they undid it with a penalty or poor decision.

    Florida, which rode a stunning plus-15 turnover margin to 11 wins last year, is the most-penalized team in the SEC this year. It has been flagged 62 times for 497 yards, and its 7.8 penalties per game rank 117th in the country.

    The reason all this is important to South Carolina fans is the Gamecocks must beat the Gators in two weeks to remain in the SEC East race. Florida won’t come into Williams-Brice a good team, but it will come in a desperate team and South Carolina must be prepared for anything.

    Around the SEC:

    Very sorry to hear the mother of Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, who led the Bulldogs against the Gamecocks on Saturday, died on Sunday morning after a bout with cancer.

    There were rumors that Arkansas athletics director Jeff Long was getting interest for the Texas A.D. job, but Long has denied any interest in the job.

    Alabama head coach Nick Saban was the feature of a “60 Minutes” profile on Sunday night. In it, Saban said he regretted not telling the truth while interviewing for the Alabama job ("Absolutely. I really, in the end, it affected my integrity as a person by saying one thing and doing something else.") and the school’s chancellor defended Saban’s salary (more than $5 million annually) by saying, "Nick Saban's the best financial investment this university has ever made. We have made an investment that's been returned many fold."


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