1. Don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for those TV shows when they pull back the curtain and show us what’s happening behind the scenes as the Tim Tebow documentary did (“Everything in Between”). I guess part of the “in between” was agent Jimmy Sexton, who came off as a bit of a draft genius when his scenario on Denver played out exactly as it was. Impressive.
Of course, Sexton was one of the producers of the show for ESPN, but even given that particular slant it was entertaining and informative. Highly recommended by Jump Starts. (If you missed “In Between,” we are hearing that it is suppose to be replayed tonight and several times over the weekend, although we are unable to find it on the grid and unable to reach ESPN by phone or text to confirm. If so, check it out and see who all you recognize as “extras.”).
2. I think the more we know about Will Muschamp, the better Gator fans are going to feel about him and his future relationships — with everybody from Charlie Weis to Jeremy Foley to the Gator Nation itself. Among those who are happiest for Will are Ward Pell, whose son Carrick attended Oak Hall with Muschamp. “We are all proud of Will,” Ward said on her Facebook message to us.
3. Most revealing parts of Muschamp’s recent interview with former Dolphin Joe Rose on WQAM:
a) That Charlie Weis took a substantial pay cut to come to UF;
b) That Weis’ wife Maura and their special needs daughter Hannah will move back to South Bend while Charlie and son Charlie Jr. head to Gainesville;
c) That Muschamp picked up the phone and called Weis on a bit of a whim;
d) That Muschamp says he’s talked to Johnny Brantley (but didn’t say what about or whether he thinks JBIV is coming back).
4. It’s way to early too start talking about a depth chart and positions yet, but have the feeling that by doing the right thing, both Muschamp and Brantley will be rewarded. I am also intrigued to see what Weis can do about Florida’s running game (the Chiefs were No. 1 in the NFL this season) and if he can bring out the talent that we all know JBIV has. Still wondering if Muschamp will pull a bigger running back/fullback type out in this recruiting class.
5. Aside from that, I can’t wait to see what Weis does with Jordan Reed, if Aubrey Hill can solve the mystery behind the disappearing act of Andre Debose and how long it will take Muschamp to put Trey Burton at safety (Trey has already made reference to it via social media). And, of course, what they’ll all do with Jeff Driskel — and how soon.
6. Speaking of Jeff Driskel, Friday is an important day because he’s scheduled to enroll at UF and that validates his commitment as a Gator, the same as if he’d signed on National Signing Day.
7. I can see that Muschamp-Weis tandem overcoming any personality clashes if Charlie is allowed the call plays and Will focuses on defense as Bob Stoops did with Steve Spurrier. They should remind themselves occasionally that the head coach has to worry about everybody, however, as did Spurrier when he was warned by his wife Jerri that riding on the offensive bus to games all the time could send the wrong message to the defense (so he changed).
8. Give it up for Andrew Luck, who has passed up being the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick to stay at Stanford another year and complete his engineering degree. Obviously Luck didn’t major in economics because he just passed up a gazillion bucks, but he made a powerful statement much like Tebow did by choosing to come back for his senior year. Here’s hoping Luck will have some luck for making that choice.
9. No way, no how that Jeremy Foley ever contacted Major Applewhite, he says, but no doubt Applewhite had a good talk with his friend Muschamp. It’s quite obvious that Applewhite will be under consideration as Mack Brown’s replacement after next season (can he possibly last past 2011?). So no need to make a lateral move. Same for Kirby Smart, who could be in line at Georgia as Greg McGarity’s first choice to replace Mark Richt should that vacancy occur.
10. What’s this, resigning Presidential Press Secretary Robert Gibbs threatening to turn the White House into Toomer’s Corner if Auburn beats Oregon for the national championship? Just wondering if he’ll pay for all that toilet paper himself or if it will be taxpayer’s money. (Actually, I love the fact that it shows the rest of the world just how passionate SEC football fans really are, although Gibbs is a graduate of N.C. State).