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Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Three-point stance: Burton may quiet Gator critics

By Ivan Maisel

1. Trey Burton’s six touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) for Florida against Kentucky set an SEC freshman record and fell one short of the NCAA rookie record scored by Marshall Faulk of San Diego State in 1991 against Pacific. Four years later, the Tigers gave up football. Burton’s outburst should quiet the Gator fans who have hounded offensive coordinator Steve Addazio for the offense’s woes. What ailed Florida is inexperience and a Tebow deficiency. When the former is fixed, the latter won’t matter.

2. Greg Byrne, who made what appears to be a successful hire of Dan Mullen at Mississippi State before leaving to become the athletic director at Arizona, said that college football “is an emotional business…Everyone with a keyboard has the chance to be a self-proclaimed expert. It’s easy to let that sway your feelings and opinion. You need people in the stands. But you try to not ever make an emotional decision. Be rational.” Hiring coaches remains an art, not a science.

3. No conference is happier to see September end than the ACC. The league’s slow start appears to be abating. The league really needs Miami and Clemson to play as they have in their three previous league matchups, all of which went to overtime. The ‘Canes and Tigers gakked their biggest non-conference games at Ohio State and at Auburn, respectively, in September. Not only will the Miami-Clemson winner be the league favorite, but an exciting game would boost the ACC’s beleaguered reputation.