Published September 12, 2012 - 8:57am
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In a press conference yesterday, Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin was asked about his team’s conditioning for the first game of the season. Sumlin said his team appeared in good shape for the opener after the postponement of the Louisiana Tech game.
However, he criticized Florida by saying “it wasn’t our team flopping around on the field in the second half.”
A reporter then asked Sumlin if Florida’s “flopping around” was because of conditioning or something else. His reply was, “You were there”.
So, Sumlin thinks his team is better conditioned than Florida? Nah. He’s slighting the Gators and Will Muschamp and accusing them of “flopping around” to disrupt the rhythm of his offense.
Gainesville definitely is hot and muggy, and Florida should be used to the heat.
Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit mentioned the University of Florida’s cramps prevention program utilized by the football staff several times during the game.
Kyle Field has never really been known to bring the boo birds out for the opponent, but they sure came out when Florida’s players went down with apparent cramps.
Weather.com tells us that it was a high of 88 degrees on Saturday, down from 104 the day before in College Station.
We’ve seen teams in the past in the NFL and in college football fake injuries to slow down high-powered offenses. But it’s not like Texas A&M’s offense was running a play every 10 seconds like Oregon does. Some Florida offensive linemen went down for cramping as well. Maybe Mushcamp wanted to slow down his own offense? Is that even possible?
Whether or not the cramping or injuries were “fake” by the Florida defense, the Aggies’ offense was totally shut down in the second half and held to 65 total yards, after really having their way in the first half.
Something tells me Texas A&M is going to be just fine in this conference. I love the enthusiasm and pizzazz Sumlin showed by his comments. I don’t have a problem with them.
Saturday could have been the start of a beautiful cross-divisional rivalry in the future, and everyone should commend Sumlin on spicing it up. Don’t take it personal, Gators. It’s all in good fun.