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On and off field, college season was a perfect storm in 2009

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The greatest reality show on earth is college football and the 2009 season was no disappointment.

Remember the punch, Oregon vs. Boise State? Excessive celebration calls, followed by a crew suspension? The spike by LSU? The block by Cody? Those were great moments in the regular season, and last week we had football fed to us intravenously.

Idaho went for two to beat Bowling Green rather than go to overtime. Auburn made a game-saving tackle to top Northwestern and signaled the revival of the War Eagle program. Jo Pa’s boys found a way to beat LSU on the sloppiest track ever, and the Seminoles sent Bobby out as a winner.

Boise State finished perfect, again, but won’t get to play for the title, again.

All that and we still have two more BCS bowls to play.

Then there is the off-field drama. After Alabama beat down his Gators, Urban Meyer assumed the fetal position for three days in a Gainesville hospital. Then he resigned for health concerns. The next day he decided he would just step down indefinitely. Obviously, Tim Tebow came in overnight and healed the Gator coach.

For a week, all we heard about was Meyer and how he wanted to be daddy again. Not one word about the team that pummeled him so badly it caused the entire episode. Could that have been intentional? I know Meyer has real health issues, but why not coach the game then make an announcement?

By resigning, then not … he dominated the news for several days sucking all the wind out any Alabama media hype. Maybe it was intentional, maybe not, but the effect robbed the Tide of much coverage.

It never fails; when I disrespect Florida I get mail. This letter came last week:

I was passing through Albany this evening and stopped in a local Chinese Restaurant for dinner. Picking up a copy of the Albany newspaper, I read your column in which you doubted Tim Tebow’s ability to perform in the NFL due to weak passing skills. I agree with you that he needs to work on not bringing the ball down below his waist, but other than that, you missed the boat entirely.

As a high school and college player, he showed tremendous ability to throw the ball, a long way and accurately. You referenced the Alabama game, but how many passes hit the hands of receivers and were dropped? From the first pass to Demps to the dropped touchdown by Hernandez, Tebow put the ball spot on. His passer ratings speak for themselves. I think he’ll do just fine in the NFL.

Patrick Bowie
LaGrange, GA

Dear Patrick,

The last time I checked, LaGrange, Ga., is not in the state of Florida. Do you know what happened to traitors during the Civil War?

Well, I don’t really know either, but I’m sure it was something pretty bad. As for your question, “How many passes hit the hands of receivers and were dropped?”

With the hype of Tebow, I thought he would be able to snap the ball to himself, throw an accurate pass down field, out run said pass, catch the ball and score without crying. Guess I was wrong.

Finally his college career comes to a close. Let the healing begin.

By this time next week, we will have witnessed Georgia Tech rolling up Iowa, and Alabama claiming yet another national title. Then we can look forward to national signing day, spring drills, the release of the summer preseason publications …

Not only is college football great, but this country allows this game to flourish. I love America! Bet ya they don’t have anything like this in China.

Written by Mike Flynn.

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