Franz Beard's Thoughts of the Day; August 14

A few thoughts to jump start your Friday morning...

While numerous reports during the past couple of months have pegged Florida’s cost of attendance figures at $3,320, a look at the University Athletic Association budget for 2015-16 shows a higher number. According to the UAA budget for the athletic fiscal year, $1,027,000 has been set aside to cover the cost of attendance stipend. With 264 scholarships for 21 sports, that averages out to $3,887 per scholarship athlete. That’s nowhere near the money being doled out at Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama or Mississippi State, but it is an improvement and matches the number at Florida State.

Florida still ranks eighth in the SEC in cost of attendance stipends but expect some upward movement for the next athletic year (2016-17) as the NCAA and Southeastern Conference address this issue. When you have coaches such as Nick Saban and Urban Meyer calling for either a national cap or a set figure that all schools will have to abide by, then you can expect some kind of effort to make a uniform policy instead of one in which everyone makes their own rules like we have now.


Since 1990, the Gators are 239-78-1, the fourth best record in all of college football. Against ranked teams the Gators are 75-60-1 but 164-18 against non-ranked teams.

Here are UF’s coaches since 1990 and their records vs. ranked teams:

Steve Spurrier (1990-2001): 43-25-1
Ron Zook (2002-04): 5-11
Charlie Strong (2004): 0-1
Urban Meyer (2005-10): 22-10
Will Muschamp (2011-14): 5-13


There is that old adage that you have to be able to run the football to win games. With that in mind, here is a look at the last decade of Florida’s running game, which peaked from 2007-09 when Tim Tebow gave the Gators a running threat at quarterback.

2005: 146.8 (3.9 per carry)
2006: 160.0 (4.7 per carry)
2007: 200.2 (5.3 per carry)
2008: 231.4 (5.94 per carry)
2009: 221.79 (5.59 per carry)
2010: 166.92 (4.31 per carry)
2011: 143.0 (3.96 per carry)
2012: 187.69 (4.53 per carry)
2013: 145.75 (3.63 per carry)
2014: 187.67 (4.36 per carry)

5 best seasons by a Florida runner since 2005:

1. Mike Gillislee, 2012: 1,152 (4.7 per carry)
2. Tim Tebow, 2009: 910 (4.2 per carry)
3. Tim Tebow, 2007: 895 (4.5 per carry)
4. Chris Rainey, 2011: 861 (5.0 per carry)
5. Matt Jones, 2014: 817 (4.9 per carry)


Florida 23, Tennessee 21; September 18, 1999

Tee Martin still hears the footsteps and expects Alex Brown to stick a helmet in his back. Brown made life miserable for the Tennessee quarterback on this steamy night in The Swamp when the second-ranked Gators beat Tennessee for the sixth time in seven years and snuffed out the Vols 14-game winning streak that included a Fiesta Bowl win over FSU for the 1998 national championship. Putting on the greatest one-man defensive performance since Wilber Marshall terrorized Southern Cal’s Sean Salisbury in 1981, Brown spent the day in the Tennessee backfield. He had seven tackles, five sacks, forced a fumble, picked off a pass and almost had another pick among the two passes he batted down at the line of scrimmage. There was also that hit on Tennessee’s first possession of the game when Brown popped Martin’s helmet off with a devastating hit that officials flagged for roughing the passer. It’s a good thing Brown was on his game because this was a game Doug Johnson would have rather forgotten. Johnson did throw two touchdown passes and 338 yards but he also threw three interceptions, two that led directly to Tennessee touchdowns. Two of Tennessee’s three scoring drives covered a combined 48 yards. Florida also fumbled the ball away twice to kill potential scoring drives. Florida got three first half field goals from Jeff Chandler to take a 9-7 lead, then expanded the lead to 23-7 on touchdown passes from Johnson to Darrel Jackson for 11 yards just before halftime and a 4-yarder to Reche Caldwell early in the third quarter. The Vols had one last shot to win the game after an interception late in the fourth quarter but the Florida defense rose to the occasion and stopped Jamal Lewis in his tracks on third down at the Florida 42. On fourth down, Martin pitched out to Lewis running left, but Keith Kelsey led a whole host of Gators, stopping Lewis for no gain with 2:02 left in the game. After the game, Florida left tackle Kenyatta Walker quipped, “Tee Martin? Does any body know who Tee Martin is because I don’t know!”


Alabama: Freshman wide receiver Calvin Ridley has gotten plenty of hype in the first week of camp, so much so that head coach Nick Saban downplayed expectations for Ridley after Thursday morning’s practice … While the other four quarterbacks were throwing to wide receivers, Cooper Bateman was throwing to tight ends. That’s a sure sign that the 5-quarterback race for the starting job has been pared down to four.

Arkansas: Although Brandon Allen is firmly entrenched as the #1 quarterback, he’s under plenty of scrutiny since the Hogs failed to score in the fourth quarter or overtime five times last year. “For Brandon Allen to take the [next] step he has to be big in big moments,” said head coach Bret Bielema. “Fourth quarters, the moments we really need a fifth-year quarterback to shine and come through, on the road in big ballgames.”

Auburn: Duke Williams has be reinstated to the Auburn football program after spending the last six days suspended from the team for disciplinary reason ... Sophomore center Austin Golson has returned to practice after suffering an undisclosed leg injury.

Florida: As expected, freshman offensive tackle Martez Ivey and freshman center Tyler Jordan Are playing their way into the eight-man rotation that head coach Jim McElwain plans to use in the fall … Sophomore C.J. Worton and freshman Antonio Callaway have been impressive at wide receiver and both should factor prominently in the passing game this fall.

Georgia: Inside linebacker Tim Kimbrough had arthroscopic surgery on his knee earlier in the week but he’s expected to be full speed by the September 5 opener … Mark Richt says he needs eight or nine receivers for his rotation, but at this point in practice he says he only has five who are ready to go.

Kentucky: With first team right tackle Kyle Meadows still sidelined due to a severe migraine that hospitalized him, freshman George Asafo-Adjei has been impressive … Tailback Stanley Williams is day-to-day after spraining his knee Monday.

LSU: The Tigers held a 35-play, full contact scrimmage Thursday … Defensive end Tashawn Bower returned to practice after a few days absence. Linebacker Lamar Louis is still out with a pectoral strain … Brandon Harris continues to take the first team reps at quarterback.

Mississippi State: The O-line is starting to shape up for the Bulldogs with Rufus Warren at left tackle, Justin Malone at left guard, Jamal Clayborn at center, Devon Desper at right guard and Justin Senior at right tackle. Juco transfer Martinas Rankins is good enough that he might cause O-line coach John Hevesy to shuffle Senior inside to right guard.

Missouri: Former defensive tackle Nate Crawford, who redshirted last year, is set to start at right tackle on the offensive side of the ball … Missouri assistant coaches will make a combined $3.63 million this year. Offensive coordinator Josh Henson will make $675,000 and defensive coordinator Barry Odom will make $625,000.

Ole Miss: Guard Rod Taylor, who was battling Justin Bell for the starting job on the right side, suffered a serious but undetermined shoulder injury Wednesday during a non-football activity.

South Carolina: Kansas transfer Isaiah Johnson and Jordan Diggs have locked down the starting safety jobs in Jon Hoke’s cover two scheme … Head ball coach Steve Spurrier likes the way the quarterbacks and receivers are working together but there are concerns on the offensive line. “We’ve got to pass block a whole bunch better,” Spurrier said Thursday.

Tennessee: The knee injury to wide receiver Marquez North was less severe than initially thought. He could be back at practice as early as next week … The injury bug has hit the Vols hard enough that head coach Butch Jones cancelled Thursday morning’s practice.

Texas A&M: The emphasis in the Aggie camp is on more physical play on both sides of the ball … Every Aggie offensive lineman came in within two pounds of the assigned fall camp reporting weight.

Vanderbilt: Sophomore wide receiver C.J. Duncan, who caught 28 passes for 441 yards and four touchdowns last season, suffered a lower leg injury Wednesday that will cost him the 2015 season.


Dustin Johnson, who almost won his first major back in 2010 when the PGA was at Whistling Straits and who has flirted with winning both the US and British opens this year before collapsing on day four, is 6-under after one round at the PGA. He’s got a 2-shot lead on Jason Day and a 5-shot lead on the two guys everybody thinks will win – Rory McIroy and Jordan Speith. It’s a typical Dustin Johnson start. He seems to score big in the first three rounds of big tournaments only to collapse when it really counts in the last round. The guy who used to scare everyone with the way he finished tournaments is nine shots off the pace. Tiger Woods better go under par Friday or he’ll miss another cut at a major.


I miss the old days of Saturday Night Live which is why I love the State Farm Insurance television commercials with the Coneheads.

Fresno State is the first Division I team with its own blimp. How long before Alabama and Texas A&M decide they have to have one, too?

IK Ememkpali was out of a job for one whole day. He punched out Geno Smith on Tuesday and was waived immediately by the New York Jets. On Wednesday the Buffalo Bills and former Jets coach Rex Ryan claimed him off waivers.

Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine says Josh McKown is the starting quarterback and there is no competition. McKown’s career numbers are horrible – 61 touchdowns, 59 interceptions – and he’s 36 so it’s not like he’s got a high ceiling for improvement. The Browns would be far smarter to give Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw a chance than to go with this retread.

Vernon Adams finally passed his math test so he’s eligible to play at Oregon. If a simple math test was that tough to learn, then how will he ever learn and get a feel for Oregon’s offense in just three weeks?


Florida hasn’t averaged more than 400 yards in total offense since 2009 (457.9) and has had only one season averaging more than 30 per game (2014, 30.3 per game). Is it realistic to think the Gators could exceed 400 yards per game and 30 points per game in 2015? And, if the Gators do achieve those kind of offensive numbers, what kind of record do you expect?


The son of a rear admiral in the US Navy, Jim Morrison was born in Melbourne. After graduating high school in northern California, Morrison moved to St. Petersburg and lived with his grandparents while attending St. Petersburg Junior College. He enrolled at Florida State in 1962 but transferred to UCLA after he was arrested for a prank at an FSU football game during the 1963 season. Morrison went on to fame and an early death fronting the Doors, whose “LA Woman” album was recorded just three months before Morrison was found dead in a Paris hotel room. Florida Roots Week concludes with the Doors’ “LA Woman.”

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