Friday, September 9, 2011

Comparing Sharrif Floyd's situation to Academic situation.

Please refer to the article in ESPN ( for detailed news reports. In short, Florida's DT Sharrif Floyd was suspended for two games and ordered to pay $2,700 within a week without getting any help for collecting the money. The punishment came after 6 months of investigation of benefits he received from his coach and private non-profit organization that provided basic need for his life and travel expense to the colleges he intended to visit. For your information, he grew up without parents and had been living with his grand mother who suffers from several illness in the basement of an apartment. He wore the same clothes to the school as he did not afford to wear different clothes. So, his coach tried to support his living and his high school friends organized a baking sale to support his trip to US Army Bowl Game, which is a kind of high school all-star game that is nationally televised. In addition, a private non-profit charity organization helped him to visit several colleges. Now here is my comparison to ordinary college students:

Let's say you have perfect GPA but you did this though growing up without parents and live with your grand mother in the basement with poverty. She basically do not have any money to buy a cloth so you wear the same one everyday.

One day, you are invited to participate in the world Olympiad for math genius because you have been champions in all of the math events in your state but you don't afford to go. Your friends, out of sympathy, organize a bake sale event and support your trip to go and shine in the event for your school.

After the event, you collect admissions from IVY schools with full scholarships and go to one of them. However, the national college board declares that you not only have to receive Fail grades for the current semester but also have to pay back $2,700 you received within a week to be eligible in the following semester. You would think what you have done wrong. Your resume will be tarnished and have to work harder to make up for dropped GPA to get a job. To make matters worse, according to the rule, you cannot get any financial help from anyone but your parents (who you don't have of course). You are also not allowed to work for a part-time. You would basically think to risk getting caught while violating another rule to pay the money back. Suddenly, this IVY student with bright future in math is in danger to get into a drug and gangster world to get the big money easily.

Unfortunately, you grew up in a very poor environment so many of your friends are already in a criminal world. You for sure know as a person without guidance from parents it is easy to get into the evil world. After reading this, some internet posters in rival universities say something like rule is rule or treat the same as cheating in college although you never violate any rules in college. It is tough economy and world is cruel. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Brantley's swing passes

UF had a first football game as Will Muschamp being a head coach against FAU. We have seen a lot of differences from last year's team but I would like to talk about Brantley's new favorite pass - swing pass !! It seems that he threw the swing passes very often to Demps and Rainey which were very effective. In the internet message board, some people also talk about this. Here is my opinion on that.
I think the reason he threw a lot of swing passes was because he was good at it, in addition to its effectiveness against FAU defense. Swing pass seems Brantley's strength now along with short and diagonal pass. Weis probably identified his strength/weakness and tried to use his strength mostly. That might also be the reason we did not see many down field passing. Brantley rarely showed good distant passing ability before.

IMO, the biggest difference of QB play compared to last year is that this coaching staff know Brantley's strength and use it. Based on this observation, I think Brantley will continue to throw many swing passes and the kind of passes he showed in the FAU game. I do not expect to see many down field passing as it looks like it is his weakness and this staff would not venture to see if he can improve his weakness.

No matter how great coaches are, it is costly and very hard to fix weakness. Rather, it is smarter to use and develop a player's strength. This is similar to Tebow situation. Let Tebow be Tebow. Why not Brantley be Brantley?