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Demarcus Robinson's depth chart tumble stems from missed dinner: At least, that's what Graham Hall of The Alligator reported on Tuesday.
Several sources tell me #Gators wide receiver Demarcus Robinson was moved to third on depth chart because he missed team dinner Sunday night— Graham Hall (@Graham311) September 8, 2015
When discussing Robinson's drop on the depth chart on Monday, explained by GatorZone's Scott Carter on Tuesday as being "due to not meeting certain off-the-field expectations," Jim McElwain — while stressing that Robinson would play, and in the midst of a discussion about doing things right on the field, and saying that his depth chart may mean less than a player's eventual rep counts — said this:
At the end of the day, it's about doing what's right.
McElwain also all but retroactively confirmed a first-half suspension for Duke Dawson in Florida's opener related to missing a team meeting. And later in his presser, McElwain also made mention of "enabling," and openly wondered what allowing players to get away with things now would do 20 or 30 years down the road.
On one level, that's a ridiculous slippery slope: Robinson or Dawson missing a meeting now is unlikely to have any impact whatsoever on their professional careers or life beyond football. They just missed meetings. It happens.
But McElwain's attention to detail and demanding nature clearly extend to wanting his players to be fully bought in to the process of building a team. For Florida, that's a good thing; for the Gators who comprise Florida's football team, that's another reminder that this is, for all intents and purposes other than the most important one, a job.
Pay them: Spencer Hall's blistering piece on the moral failing of amateur athletics is one of the better essays you'll read this year. (Spencer Hall, EDSBS)
VH3 figures into further plans on offense: If one of the things that isn't "game ready" is, say, a Wildcat formation, I'm excited to see it when it is. (Scott Carter, GatorZone)
McElwain's tribute to family: It involves gum. (Jordan McPherson, The Alligator)
Further details on O'Dome renovation: Including quotes from a UF manager of the project. (Kevin Brockway, The Gainesville Sun)
Bus burglary leads to security scrutiny: Gainesville cop notes that there was no forced entry in one of the better bits of shade I've seen of late. (Cindy Swirko, The Gainesville Sun)
Don't think this is gonna work, buddy: A guy is selling used airline seats as "Gaming seats?" on Craigslist in Gainesville, which made me snicker. (Craigslist)
Wacky Wednesday ranking: Inspired in part by our conversation about brunch spots yesterday and by a drive I took down Archer last night, here are five awkward places to eat in Gainesville.
- Zaxby's on Archer: The king of bizarre drive-thrus.
- Whatever is in where Tasty Buddha used to be on 43rd: A strange, strange parking lot.
- Sandwich Inn: The food is great. Sitting on rotted picnic tables or in your car to eat it if you're not just driving through is not.
- Literally any brunch place on Sunday: I'm not waking up at 8:30 to be seated before 10. I'll just buy eggs, thanks.
- Satchel's: Only if it's busy, really. But that covers a lot of time, doesn't it?
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