Mark it down: Oct. 12, 2015, was the craziest sports news day in college football history. Three separate major news stories broke throughout the day — two of which involved Florida — in addition to the normal smattering of college football news. Luckily, we here at SEC Country kept a detailed account of everything that happened.
Here are four things to know:
- Florida quarterback Will Grier was suspended for a violation of NCAA rules on Monday, and will miss one full year. Coach Jim McElwain spoke after Grier at a press conference Monday, confirmed the suspension and said that the university has appealed the ruling. With Grier sidelined, the Gators will head to Death Valley for Saturday’s game against No. 6 LSU with sophomore Treon Harris at the helm.
- Expectedly, Twitter was abuzz with reaction after the announcement and there was a variety of opinions, including some from fellow SEC players.
- College football lost one of its greatest personalities when former Florida coach Steve Spurrier announced his retirement on Monday night. After the announcement, the college football community and several former players shared their thoughts on Spurrier. Some weren’t fully supportive of the decision and felt there was only one good reason for him to step down midseason.
- Once the dust settles from these two major stories, the conversation will shift to Saturday’s SEC Showdown between No. 8 Florida and No. 6 LSU. The Gators’ stout defense will face its toughest test of the season in Heisman hopeful Leonard Fournette. Fans hoping to attend the game better hurry, because ticket prices aren’t cheap.
Other Florida news from around the internet:
- FSU coach Jimbo Fisher had a strong reaction to the news of Grier’s suspension.
The best stories around the SEC:
- Outside of Grier and Spurrier, the latest news on Ole Miss’ All-American tackle Laremy Tunsil was Monday’s big story.
- USC (the one in California) fired coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday, and two SEC coaches have been named among the early replacement candidates.
- It has been a tough few weeks for Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk who was left off of the Tigers’ depth chart for the third straight week.