Franz Beard's Thoughts of the Day: June 23

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More help has arrived for Florida’s offensive line in the form of T.J. McCoy, son of Gator great Tony McCoy, an All-SEC defensive lineman (1991) who played nine years in the National Football League with the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. McCoy enrolled early at North Carolina State in January and went through spring practice, but his dad is battling Leukemia (currently in remission) and T.J. made the decision to transfer closer to the family home in Groveland. He has been granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA so he is eligible immediately and has four years of eligibility remaining.

A 6-1, 314-pounder, T.J. played both center and guard at South Lake High School where he was the FACA District 8 MVP. At NC State, he had an outstanding spring, taking most of his snaps at center where he moved quickly up the depth chart. At Florida, McCoy will probably play center where he has a chance to get early playing time. The most experienced center is redshirt sophomore Cameron Dillard, who has played in four games. Fellow freshman Tyler Jordan and McCoy should start fall camp in August as the backups.

McCoy is the second transfer offensive lineman added this month. Earlier, Mason Haltar transferred in from Fordham where he was a Division 1AA All-American last season. With the addition of Haltar and McCoy, the Gators will have 15 offensive linemen on the roster when fall practice begins in August.

Tackles (6): Mason Halter (6-8, 300 SR/TR); David Sharpe (6-6, 350, SO); Kavaris Harkless (6-5, 292, RFR); Andrew Mike (6-6, 302, RFR); Martez Ivey (6-6, 295, FR); Fredrick Johnson 6-8, 310, FR)

Guards (6): Trip Thurman (6-5, 310, RFR); Antonio Riles (6-4, 312, RSO); Tavaris Dorsey (6-2, 323, RFR); Brandon Sandifer (6-4, 329, FR); Nick Buchanan (6-4, 295, FR); Richerd Desir-Jones (6-3, 290, FR)

Centers (3): Cameron Dillard (6-4, 297, RSO); Tyler Jordan (6-4, 290); T.J. McCoy (6-1, 314)


Eli Carter will finish his college basketball career at Boston College. Carter has graduated from the University of Florida so he will be immediately eligible at BC, which lost shooting guard Olivier Hanlon early to the NBA Draft. Carter will compete for a starting job on the wing. He averaged 8.8 points per game at UF last year, but averaged more than 14 per game in two seasons at Rutgers before he broke his leg at the end of the 2013 season.

With Carter gone, redshirt junior DeVon Walker, redshirt freshman Brandone Francis and true freshman Kevaughn Allen will compete for playing time on the wing when the Gators are in a two-guard set.


December 30, 1962

Unlike today where more than 70 teams will go to a bowl game at the end of the regular season, there were only a handful of bowls in 1962 and the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville was considered just one small step below the Rose, Sugar and Orange (there was no Fiesta or Peach Bowl at the time). As the Lambert Trophy winner, Penn State was considered the class of the East while the Gators were viewed as a better than their record 6-4. The Gators won three of their last four regular season games, suffering only a 17-15 loss to Miami and its All-America quarterback George Mirai. The Gators really turned their season around after a 23-0 loss to 6th-ranked LSU when sophomore lefty Tommy Shannon took over at quarterback. Gene Ellenson’s defense suddenly caught fire, giving up only 42 points in the last four regular season games that included a 22-3 win over then 10th-ranked Auburn. With their 9-1 record and a defense led by All-American linebacker Dave Robinson, the Nittany Lions of Coach Rip Engle (Joe Paterno was his offensive coordinator and QB coach) were heavy favorites. The northern media billed this game as “Civil War II” and the Gators even wore Confederate flag helmet stickers (this was before integration and there were segregation laws in place in the South) to play up the North vs. South billing. Ellenson’s defense was superb that day, holding Penn State to 139 total yards and just eight first downs. Shannon threw touchdown passes of 1 yard to Larry Dupree and 19 yards to Hagood Clarke and Bobby Lyle kicked a 43-yard field goal as UF finished the season 7-4. This was a huge win for UF because it was the biggest intersectional win over a nationally ranked opponent in school history. As a side note, three years later Engle’s cousin Jerri became Mrs. Steve Spurrier.


Former Purdue quarterback Danny Etling will enroll at LSU. By rule he will have to sit this season and will have two years of eligibility remaining. In 13 games at Purdue, Etling completed 238-429 of his passes for 2,490 yards and 12 picks. Is it possible that Etling will appeal to the NCAA for immediate eligibility? ... A pair of incoming freshmen and a juco transfer are not among the enrollees for Summer B at LSU. Defensive end Arden Key and offensive tackle Chidi Valentine-Okeke aren’t among the enrollees, nor is safety Jeremy Cutrer, a transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College … Former LSU and Vanderbilt quarterback Stephen Rivers, younger brother of San Diego Chargers QB Phillip Rivers, is now at his third school. He’s transferring to Division IAA Northwestern State (LA) where he is immediately eligible to play … Alabama senior associate athletics director Milton Overton is the new AD at FAMU … Missouri defensive tackle Harold Brantley, who had 54 tackles and 5 sacks last year, has improved from serious to good condition after surgery on his left leg following a Sunday auto accident. Brantley will have knee surgery in three weeks to repair ligament damage. He also suffered several rib fractures … writer Brian Fischer rates the Arkansas combo of Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins as the #1 running back combination in all of college football. Georgia’s combo of Nick Chubb and Keith Marshall ranks #4 while the Alabama duo of Derrick Henry and Kenyan Drake ranked fifth … Devondre Seymour, son of former Georgia All-American DT Richard Seymour, has decided to quit playing football. He’s the second offensive lineman to leave Georgia this month ... South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner and basketball coach Frank Martin have joined the chorus demanding the removal of the Confederate flag at the statehouse. Football coach Steve Spurrier stated his opposition to the flag way back in 2007 … Talk about aggressive non-conference scheduling, Alabama will play Southern Cal in 2016, Florida State and Fresno State in 2017 and will play in the Cowboys Classic in either 2019 or 2020 … Marcelys Jones has transferred out of Ohio State and will enroll at Kentucky.


A&M chancellor John Sharp was asked if the Aggies would follow the lead of the University of Texas and sell beer and wine at its athletic events. Sharp’s reply:

“Our athletic program has not reached the point where we require the numbing effects of alcohol.”


The last of the Pete Rose lies has been exposed. When he admitted – finally – that he bet on baseball in 2004, he insisted that it was only during his days as a manager and that he never once bet against his own team. Documents obtained by ESPN’s Outside the Lines just shot holes through that lie, leaving Rose exposed for the talented, troubled and pathetic figure that he is.

It turns out that Rose not only placed bets on baseball and other sports while he was the manager of the Cincinnati Reds, but he was betting on games when he was a player in, something he steadfastly denied for years. He regularly bet between $2,000 and $5,500 on sporting events.

For 15 years, Rose swore that he never bet on baseball and lobbied everyone who would listen that he belonged in the Baseball Hall of Fame. By supposedly coming clean and admitting that he bet on baseball in 2004, Rose was hoping to gain sympathetic momentum that baseball’s all-time hit king (4,256 hits, lifetime .303 average) belonged with the greatest of baseball’s greats. Since his 2004 admission, Rose has tried to paint himself as a victim of bad judgment and bad habits. His many supporters have claimed that Rose’s gambling habits as the Reds manager shouldn’t take away from his greatness as a player, therefore he should be in the Hall of Fame. This new report torpedoes that notion.

Bad judgment and bad habits are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg it turns out. Pete Rose is not only a compulsive gambler but he’s a compulsive liar as well. While there is no denying Rose was a great hitter, there is now proof positive that he was and is a sleaze whose presence would taint the Hall of Fame. You can make an argument that the players who juiced up belong in the Hall instead of Rose because at least they were trying to recover from injuries and play better so they could help their teams win. Perhaps those sins are pardonable.

Betting against your team to win can’t be pardoned. Not now. Not ever. Kiss the Hall of Fame good-bye, Pete Rose.


Have the additions of Mason Haltar and T.J. McCoy to Florida’s offensive line depth chart in any way alleviated your concerns for the unit heading into the fall?


When Donald Fagen released his solo album “Kamakiriad” in 1993, it broke a writer’s block that lasted several years. The album is typical Fagen with catchy, soulful tunes and funky lyrics. The album, which was nominated for a Grammy Award, is about a journey in a futuristic car called Kamakiriad, which is Japanese for praying mantis.

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