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Chomping At Bits: Will Muschamp Winning Gators Over? Tim Tebow Losing Out In Denver?

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Will Muschamp, not quite winning hearts and minds: The Florida football portion of professional old person Pat Dooley's latest Back Nine column for the Gainesville Sun is premised on two ideas: 1) the 2010 Florida football team has sufficient talent and insufficient desire and 2) the 2011 Florida football team's biggest mystery is whether Will Muschamp can instill that desire in his charges. Dooley also recommends a Sister Hazel song, in case you forgot that he may have actually founded Gainesville. (I'm not looking it up, because it's 2:53 a.m. as I write this.)

Tim Tebow, not quite winning the starting spot: Tim Tebow is still in an open competition with Kyle Orton for the starting quarterback position in Denver, and if practice reports are to be believed, that's about the only good thing about Tebow's preseason so far. Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter delves into the Broncos' conundrum, says Tebow has "struggled" in camp, and wonders whether there's a Tebow Thing going on that might get Orton sent packing before long. There's a decent chance we revisit this later today.

Fred Taylor not retired quite yet, breaks Plaxico news: Also from Dooley: Fred Taylor is still waiting for a call from an NFL team, but will sign a one-day contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars and retire if none do. Taylor also commited an accidental act of journalism on Twitter over the weekend, helping break the news of Plaxico Burress signing with the Jets; I say that's fair turnabout for Plax's swipe at longtime pal Taylor's golf skills in June.

Voting open for Gators track star: Florida jumper Christian Taylor is a finalist for The Bowerman, awarded to the nation's best track and field athletes. Taylor won the triple jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and finished second in it at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 2011 season. If you are so inclined to vote for Taylor, you can do so at the The Bowerman site.

UF admissions open: I have some issues with some of the University of Florida admissions site as currently constructed, but it is up and accepting applications for the 2012-13 academic year. Meanwhile, this week is the end of the Summer B/C terms at UF, so if you notice current Gators stressing about exams, be sure to wish them good luck or offer to bake them muffins or something.

Jimbo Fisher's son ailing: Jimbo Fisher and his wife, Candi, will hold a press conference on Friday to discuss the rare blood disorder their son, Ethan, has been suffering from this year. There's not much more detail available than that, but my best thoughts and wishes are with the Fishers and the Florida State football family. And if you even for one second think that making a joke of a life-threatening illness because of athletic rivalry is kosher, you should probably think again. We're Gators: We're better than that.

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