Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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For fans of other schools in the conference, Steve Spurrier used to be the most-reviled Southeastern Conference football coach - not that he minded.

But I have to inform the ol' ball coach that he has now been supplanted by Nick Saban of Alabama. Saban might actually have wrested the dubious honor from Spurrier long ago, but the Crimson Tide's game at Ole Miss last week sort of clinches it.

Saban called a timeout to plead for a review of an Ole Miss pass that resulted in a first down at the Alabama 4, with seven seconds left in the game and the Tide leading 27-24. The play was overturned, and debris - including a pair of red high heels - was thrown on the field Saban said later: "If [Ole Miss fans] want to be classless, that's their business."

Saban is now so hated in Mississippi that he should think twice about violating the state's air space. However, he's at least leading the conference in something: message-board vitriol.

DREW DRAWING ATTENTION

One problem the Jaguars have is getting national attention for their standout players. But if Maurice Drew (left) keeps producing games such as last weekend's highlight-film outing against the Houston Texans, he'll single-handedly solve that problem.

Consider some of the national press Drew has received since Sunday, much if it praising him for his ascending status as a great fantasy player:

"Maybe [Jaguars] coach Jack del Rio loosened his tie to allow the blood to flow to this brain. [Maurice] Jones-Drew received a whopping 16 touches and produced 184 yards and two touchdowns." - Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram.

"Especially dangerous for Jacksonville is former UCLA star Maurice Jones-Drew, who, in the last two games, had touchdown runs of 52 and 57 yards." - Los Angeles Times.

"Maurice Jones-Drew ran Sunday like the guy we saw last year." - Howie Long, writing for FoxSports.com.

"It has been a struggle this season for Jones-Drew ... but he's starting to find his mojo. ... If [fantasy owners] were patient enough to stick with him, you're reaping the benefits." - Brad Pinkerton, The Sporting News.

"Maurice Jones-Drew may be [the Jaguars'] most lovable and exciting player ... [He] is emerging as the face of the franchise. If you can't market a 5-foot-7 guy who somersaults into end zones, you should go work at Waffle House." - David Whitley, writing for the Orlando Sentinel.

TELL US YOUR FAVORITE FLORIDA-GEORGIA STORIES

Florida-Georgia is considered one of college football's greatest rivalries, and much of that is because of the fan experience. The Times-Union would love to hear from Gators and Bulldogs fans who attended any of the games listed below. E-mail us at tusports@jacksonville.com, and we'll run some of your responses in our annual Florida-Georgia special section.

1964: Bobby Etter's touchdown run after a bad field-goal snap wins the game for Georgia. …

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