FOUR BITS: Walker, Pouncey, SEC Network, Noah

By Adam Silverstein
July 23, 2014

1 » Five days after junior guard/forward DeVon Walker tore his ACL and four days after the news officially broke, Florida Gators head coach Billy Donovan has addressed losing a key role player for the entire 2014-15 season. “DeVon had two years under his belt. He was really finding out who he was as a player and looking good at workouts,’ Donovan said in a story on the school’s website. “I feel terrible for him because he had worked so hard to get himself to this point.” Florida also announced that Walker, who tore the ligament during an individual workout, is scheduled to go under the knife at some point later this summer.

2 » According to The Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, the torn labrum suffered by Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is likely to keep him out up to eight weeks of the regular season, three more than initially predicted. Though Pouncey was only projected to miss the Dolphins’ first four games (the team has a bye week in week five), he is now a candidate to be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list to start the season. Players on that list cannot return to their team until after the sixth game of the season. Pouncey will be included on the PUP list during training camp and into the preseason, but Miami will have the opportunity to decide whether to keep him on it before the first week of the regular season.

3 » The Sports Video Group posted on a story Tuesday about how well-prepared the University of Florida is for the new SEC Network due in large part to an investment made in 2012 to design and build “a centralized control room that was fibered to every athletic facility on campus (except for the tennis venue).” Luckily for the Gators, live streaming events for SEC Network and the channel’s digital outlet SEC Network + will be somewhat second nature because the school already has the facility and knowledge base in place to perform the necessary tasks well. “Thankfully, our engineering team here had the foresight to be thinking about this type of thing,” said GatorVision director of multimedia operations Jon Rubin. “So we have the fiber infrastructure in place. When ESPN said to the conference that they wanted everybody to have a centralized control room, we were already in good shape.”

4 » Entering the second year of an endorsement deal with adidas, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is now being used to promote the company’s Boost shoes, which promise an insert that “provides a higher energy return than any other foam cushioning material” currently used in the industry. Noah, the 2014 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and exact player one would think of when hearing the term “high-energy,” is the perfect front man for a campaign about this product line.

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