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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- No. 23 Florida has a history of sleepwalking through early games.Noon kicks were a near-costly issue for coach Jim McElwain last season, continuing a trend that caused similar problems for former coaches Urban Meyer and Will Muschamp in Gainesville.So McElwain has the Gators (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) on high alert heading into Saturdays early riser (11 a.m. CDT) at Vanderbilt (2-2, 0-1).There really isnt an excuse, McElwain said. I think its a responsibility to get yourself up and ready to go.Maybe so, but Florida floundered in games that began around lunchtime last season. Although the Gators won all three early starts, there was nothing pretty about the victories. They often looked more like a Saturday morning cartoon than an SEC contender.Florida trailed the Commodores 7-6 through much of the fourth quarter, until Austin Hardin bailed the Gators out with a 43-yard field goal with 2:22 remaining.The Gators werent much better the following week. They led South Carolina, one of the leagues worst teams, 14-0 at halftime and ended up winning by 10. They had an even closer call a week later, when they failed to score in the first half and needed overtime to put away Florida Atlantic.Early morning, safety Marcus Maye said, shaking his head. Its like you roll out of bed and you got to get ready to play. You got to have the mindset of `we got to start early, start fast. Im pretty sure well have to wake up early all week just to get used to it. Noon games, you just got to start fast, wake up and get ready to go.McElwain is getting his players up earlier than usual this week -- starting them with meetings, lifts and maybe even coffee -- in hopes of having them better prepared for Nashville.Florida has another noon EDT start next week against LSU, and McElwain said its the spot theyre in partly because theyve lost four of their last seven games and squandered a chance to move up the leagues television pecking order.We put ourselves in position to play at noon, McElwain said. Hows that? So we better get used to it.The Gators have been trying and struggling for years to get acclimated to early starts. Since 2005, they are 29-8 in regular season games that started between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. But that record doesnt truly illustrate the scope of Floridas early game offerings.During Floridas national title run in 2006, the Gators escaped Nashville with a 25-19 victory. Two years later -- during another championship season -- they were stunned at home by Mississippi.More recently, teams like Miami (Ohio), Furman, Missouri, Louisiana, Jacksonville State and Toledo gave Florida fits in the daytime.One of the things you do is you learn from the past, you learn from history and realize that what you do now actually is going to be a precursor to the future, McElwain said. When you look at our track record, I dont know what it is with noon starts a year ago. ... None of those results were very good. So lets talk about the obvious.The obvious is the Gators need to be better, especially coming off a 38-28 loss to the Volunteers in which Tennessee scored 38 straight points in the second half.Ive heard of some of the struggles maybe last year playing at noon, said Austin Appleby, a former Purdue quarterback who will make his second straight start in place of injured Luke Del Rio. We havent had the best of luck getting up and getting going. But Im sure Coach Mac will have something up his sleeve to create some adversity and make it uncomfortable this week, getting us up early for a lift or whatever, some meetings, just to get guys going.Thatll be the point of emphasis, I would imagine, this week. And well be ready to go. If were the team that I think we are, well start and well be ready to go at noon.---AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org Nike Off White The Ten . Fellow centre Pavel Datsyuk remains out because of a concussion. Zetterberg has 11 goals and 19 assists for a team-high 30 points, and Datsyuk has a team-high 12 goals and 11 assists. Air Max 2017 Mujer .Y. - Nelson Mandela will be honoured by the New York Yankees with a plaque in Monument Park. http://www.zapatillasoffwhite.com/nike-air-max-97.html . 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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Two university regents and the governor criticized three Nebraska football players who kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.Michael Rose-Ivey, Mohamed Barry and DaiShon Neal received support from the university president on Tuesday, however.Rose-Ivey, Barry and Neal each took a knee as the anthem played before last Saturdays game at Northwestern, an act that regents Hal Daub of Omaha and Jim Pillen of Columbus said was in poor judgment.Theyre wearing a University of Nebraska uniform, and all student-athletes should be aware that their actions reflect not only on themselves but everyone else, Daub said. It wasnt their forum to take advantage of and use as a Colin Kaepernick cloning situation. Everyone will say the First Amendment gives them the right, but they shouldnt be able to take advantage of the captive market of the football team and the universitys reputation.Daub said he has received a large number of phone calls and emails from the public and that most of the people I talk to are disappointed and embarrassed.During the teams media availability on Monday, Rose-Ivey read a statement explaining the reasons why he, Barry and Neal joined Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback, and other professional and amateur athletes who have kneeled or otherwise protested unfair treatment of blacks in the United States.Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, responding to a caller on his weekly radio show on Monday, said the kneeling Nebraska players acted inappropriately.Generations of men and women have died to give them that right to protest, Ricketts said. I think the way they chose to protest was disgraceful and disrespectful.University president Hank Bounds pointed out that both the players and their critics are free to express their views under the First Amendment. Bounds pointed to a Board of Regents policy in place for almost a half-century that says members of the academic community have the right to extensive latitude in making their opinions known.College campuses, as much as any space, must be places where robust, even uncomfortable, debate is welcomed and encouraged, Bounds said. Our students, faculty and staff absolutely enjoy the right to participate in these dialogues in the manner they choose under the First Amendment and board policy.Pillen, who played defensive back for the Huskers from 1976-78, said hes pleased that Rose-Ivey, Barry and Neal feel strongly about a cause. But he said he adamantly opposes the manner in whicch they chose to express themselves.ddddddddddddIm a believer in the team above all single or group agendas, Pillen said. When you place yourself above team, team doesnt work. If there were three other guys who have another cause, and they were also going to use (the game) as a platform ... I dont think anybody should put their convictions above team.Pillen added, Im 100 percent behind supporting their critical thinking and taking a stand, and I would encourage them to put their money where it is now and be engaged -- but not by taking a knee.Neither Daub nor Pillen suggested disciplinary action should be taken against the three players.Daub said that, as a veteran who served in the Army in Korea from 1966-68, he was personally insulted by the anthem protest.Theyre taking advantage of their pretty privileged circumstances as athletes at the university and the scholarships they have, Daub said. Thats not to take away their free speech or their freedom to think and act, but not when theyre in uniform.Rose-Ivey said in his statement that he and his family had received racially charged criticism on social media since Saturday night. He said he also received supportive messages.Rose-Ivey, Barry and Neal were able to use the Northwestern game as a platform because teams are on the field during the anthem at the Wildcats stadium. Teams are in the locker rooms during the anthem at Nebraska home games and at many other venues in college football.Huskers coach Mike Riley said Monday, and again Tuesday on the Big Ten coaches call with reporters, that he supports his players decision to protest and that Rose-Ivey did an awesome job with his statement.Mike is a very, very thoughtful person, and I think hes a very aware person, Riley said. These thoughts obviously didnt come overnight, nor did the actions he used on Saturday.Riley also said the harsh criticism of Rose-Ivey was unwarranted.I think that everybody should be reminded that theres lots of differences in people. Ive got 140 kids on the football team and theyre all different in their own beautiful way, Riley said. Everybody should be reminded that this is America and we have an opportunity and right to be able to basically say what we feel and how were feeling and why were feeling that way. Mike did a great job of that and he should be respected through that.---Online:AP college football website: http://collegefootball.ap.org Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys NFL Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '

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