TWO BITS: Georgia Southern, Tip-Off, Chandler

By Adam Silverstein
November 27, 2013

1 » A previously published piece of film from the Florida Gators’ 2011 game against Tennessee has CBS’s broadcasters noting that head coach Will Muschamp, while an assistant at LSU, told Nick Saban that their team should not schedule the Georgia Southern Eagles due to the team’s difficult-to-defend triple option offense.

“Remember when Will told us about Nick Saban? … Will said that there was an opportunity to play Georgia Southern [while] at LSU. And WIll Muschamp said, ‘We don’t want to do it.’ And he spoke to Nick and Nick didn’t know what Georgia Southern did and said, ‘Yeah, no problem, that sounds good.’ And then Will said, ‘Nick, come here, I want to show you this triple option.’ Nick watched three plays, marched down to the AD’s office and said, ‘We’re not playing Georgia Southern.'”

The game against the Eagles was actually scheduled for the Gators while Urban Meyer was head coach of the program in May 2010. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley was classmates with Georgia Southern AD Sam Baker at Ohio University (both earned master’s degrees in sports administration in 1976) and thought the game would be a good idea. Baker resigned in July 2012 after leading the program for 17 years.

2 » According to’s Andy Katz, the Gators have agreed to participate as the headliner in the 2015 Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic. The annual event, which includes eight preliminary-round games at on-campus arenas, concludes with a four-team semifinal and final at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Florida will participate in the Naismith Division of the event alongside Purdue, Saint Joseph’s and Vermont. UF will play two of the teams in the Springfield Division (Buffalo, Niagra, North Carolina A&T, Old Dominion) in preliminary-round action in Gainesville, FL, before travelling to Uncasville to compete against the teams within its own division for the event title. Duke has also been tabbed to headline the 2016 event, according to Katz.

Extra BIT » Former Gators wide receiver Wes Chandler served as the honorary Mr. Two Bits before Florida’s game last Saturday against Georgia Southern. forgot to include the video in the post-game report, but you can check it out below.


  1. g8ter27 says:

    We should have hired Wofford ‘sor Furman’s coach to help us defend that triple option.

  2. Alex says:

    Yet everybody and their mother has crushed them except us.

    Don’t want to hear it

  3. Ken (CA) says:

    Adam – I think you mean 2015 for Duke as well

  4. Michael D. says:

    If the triple option is so difficult to defend and can be run with inferior athletes, why doesn’t Florida run it???

  5. The Truth says:

    Am I crazy to think that josh mcdaniels would be a good oc hire after this yr. Unless the patriots win the Super Bowl he won’t be discussed for a head job for a couple of yrs. If he came here and worked wonders he could get whatever he wants and if we get rid of champ after next yr whose to say we wouldn’t keep him here. He works with maybe the best qb in the nfl everyday and knows how to get the most out of his players(look at there skill players this yr). I understand he has a pretty good setup but if wants to become a hc sooner rather than later I would think him turning us around would do more for himself then continue what he’s doing for the patriots.
    I know this might be inappropriate to bring this up before pease is actually fired but I hope we make moves fast so we can keep and get recruits. Just a thought

    • Gatorgrad79 says:

      Truth ,
      The impact on recruiting really has me concerned! 24/7 Sports was discussing UF and the impact on recruiting and named two 4 Stars we will almost definitely lose through decommitting (2 receivers)and worst of all, one is leaning to fsu and the other to georgia! If champ stays , even with a new OC, recruits may expect the same offensive philosophy and decide they don’t want to be decoys and blockers for 3 or 4 years…

      • There are two players who might leave the class – a RB and CB/WR – but the former is TBD.

        • Gatorgrad79 says:

          Exactly, unless that starts a domino effect. Thankfully Will Grier is working his contacts hard to keep the class together…his leadership will be welcome. Just hate to lose anyone to fsu or georgia,,,or lsu,bama,so car,…….

          Adam, where will offensive line help come from in this class?

        • Tractorr says:

          The biggest problem is there aren’t any quality running backs left this year so look for this to be a problem area two or three years from now.

          • g8ter27 says:

            If Taylor and Jones stay healthy and Lane is as advertised I think we will be ok there. Our lines are the problem. It seems like we are always signing dbs and receivers but no big time lineman (especially on the O-line). We are now seeing how that pays off and I don’t see much help coming either.

            • Tractorr says:

              Well we have three OL right now in this recruiting year but another 1 or 2 would be nice. The problem with OL in general is that very few are able to play their first few years. Look at DJ Humphries, he was the number one OT recruit coming out of high school and he still is only a serviceable lineman. It could of course be argued that part of the problem is the OL coach but if you look at good offensive lines there are usually 4 or 5 upperclassmen. I think it just takes a few years of college weightlifting and going against really fast college DL to get to that elite level.

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