Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Gator News

Florida gators continue to make their mark in the NFL. In week 14 of this season's NFL 22 former Gators were active and 14 started for their respective teams.  One of the key players was Aaron Hernandez who scored two touchdowns. We also want to give a shout out to Major Wright who started and recorded five tackles, a pass defense and an interception. Many other gators are on the injured reserve including Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, Jeff Demps and Marcus Gilbert.

We saw some serious coach scrambling in the SEC at the close of the season. Let's start by welcoming Joker  Phillips to the University of Florida. After being let go by Kentucky the Gators swooped in and hired Phillips to coach wide receivers and serve as recruiting coordinator.

Tennessee picked up a new coach after Dooley disappointed the Volunteers one too many times. Butch Jones will be leading the Volunteer safter three seasons at Cincinnati, where he led the Bearcats to first-place finishes in the Big East. He had also been named the Big East Coach of the year in 2011. He has 50-27 career record. Tennessee was interested in former Gator coach Charlie Strong but he turned downed their overtures and appears to being staying at Louisville, at least for now. He did a superb job with the Cardinals and is set to face the Gators in the Sugar Bowl.

Arkansas has hired Bret Bielema as its new head football coach. He is the former head coach from Wisconsin and went 68-24 with the Badgers. During his seven years as the Wisconsin head coach, he led the team to three consecutive Rose Bowl appearances and three consecutive Big Ten championships, including a 70-31 win over Nebraska on Saturday.