TWO BITS: Neiron Ball’s health, annual LSU game

By Adam Silverstein
March 1, 2012

1 » Florida Gators redshirt sophomore linebacker Neiron Ball (vascular condition) wrote Thursday evening on Facebook that he will be able to rejoin the team for the 2012 season after receiving medical clearance from team doctors. “Got GREAT news today!!!I am CLEARED TO PLAY FOOTBALL AGAINl!This is one of many God’s Blessings….I am so thankful and excited!PRAISE GOD!,” he wrote. Florida has not officially announced that Ball has been cleared (he is not currently listed on the Gators’ 2012 roster) though head coach Will Muschamp said last month that he expected all to go well with his player’s evaluation. “Our medical staff is [reevaluating him]. They’re going to do that in March,” he said. “They certainly feel like he’s on schedule. That’s all I know at this point. He looks great but that’s something that will be totally up to our medical staff.” Ball was hospitalized last February after a blood vessel in his brain ruptured. He was diagnosed with a congenital vascular condition and released four days later but was forced to sit out the 2011 season as he recovered.

2 » In a story published Thursday by the Baton Rouge Advocate, LSU Tigers athletic director Joe Alleva said that the annual game between his team and the Florida Gators could come to an end as the Southeastern Conference looks for ways to tweak and adjust the league’s football schedule going forward. As part of his comments, Alleva said that both schools were “interested in ending” the annual series that began in 1971. However,’s Brett McMurphy reported Thursday evening that the feeling is not mutual on UF’s part as “Florida sources” told him “that the Gators have given no indication they want their series to end with LSU.”


  1. RickySlade says:

    1) That’s fantastic news, both for Ball and our team. He’s obviously excited about being able to play football again, and he just might have something to say about Fowler being the heir apparent at the Buck (once he gains the weight back, of course)…Ball looked like he had the potential to be a really good player for us before the aneurysm scare.

    2) They’d be crazy to drop the annual game against LSU…it really bolsters our SOS, and LSU is typically the best away game to attend. Instead of dropping the permanent West opponent in favor of another rotating West opponent, I vote for dropping one of the three OOC cupcakes and adding a ninth SEC game. Unfortunately, I don’t know how willing they’ll be to lose that payday every other year, but it’s clearly the best solution.

  2. Joe says:

    It doesn’t matter what UF or LSU wants, it depends on what Bama wants.

  3. John S says:

    Great news that Neiron Ball has made a full recovery. Glad that Muschamp left a spot for him on the roster, good man.

  4. Nick says:

    It isn’t good from fan perspective to drop the LSU game but it would probably help with the chances of winning the conference. Dropping the game though could hurt SOS in some years and also cash flow. It seems the other plus 12 conferences are leaning toward the 9 game conference schedule, maybe that forces the SEC’s hand in the end. Like Rick said though, many fans would probably be favor of dropping one of the sister of the poor schools to accommodate future scheduling needs.

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