Discipline plays role in Richard's disappearing act
Published: Friday, January 30, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 11:53 p.m.
If you are like a lot of Florida basketball fans, you've been wondering about freshman Chris Richard.
Richard appeared to be making progress with consecutive double-digit scoring games against Tennessee and Vanderbilt. But he played sparingly in the next two games, then did not play at all in Florida's win over Alabama on Tuesday night.
That appeared especially puzzling because Florida's big men were in foul trouble throughout the game in Tuscaloosa.
Richard's lack of playing time against Mississippi State was about the matchup problem with Lawrence Roberts. But the last two games were a result of Richard not doing the things asked of him by the coaching staff.
In fact, Richard served a one-game suspension against Alabama.
"It's internal within the program," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "It's more a case of my disciplinary action with him. I told him I'm not going to play him against Alabama. He's fine right now for Tennessee.
"It's a shame because I think he could have had a good game against Alabama. It was a good matchup for him."
On the other hand, freshman Ryan Appleby did not play in the last two games and may see little playing time the rest of the season.
"Physically, he's not there yet," said Donovan. "If Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh don't get into foul trouble, it's going to be difficult to get him in there a lot."
Carolina coach John Fox and offensive coordinator Dan Henning even looked at a 1999 tape of a game between the Giants and Jets.
Why? Because Henning was with the Jets and Fox was the defensive coordinator of the Giants. They wanted to see how Henning attacked Fox's defense.
One tape that likely received plenty of attention is the one of New England's last loss, which seems like a year ago.
In Landover, Md., back when the Washington Redskins still had hope for a good season, Steve Spurrier's team beat the Patriots 20-17.
It wasn't a great offensive show for the Redskins (253 yards), and the defense allowed 387 yards. But Washington picked off Tom Brady three times and also recovered a fumble.
So it's conceivable that in the same season, the world champions' last loss could be to Spurrier and the national champions' (LSU Tigers) only loss was to Florida.
Johnny Orr, who coached at both Michigan and Iowa State, took part in the fourth annual tournament in his honor at Plantation Oaks on Tuesday. There is also a tournament played for him in Dubuque, Iowa, every summer.
Dick May, the owner of Plantation Oaks, is a close friend of Orr's and got the idea to have a winter event after playing in the tournament in Iowa each summer.
Pros and amateurs from Iowa made the trip to play in the tournament. Two golfers -Nick Gilliam and Bubba Dickerson - tied for low pro honors, each with a 69 in the windy conditions.
That's a pretty good leader board when you have a former NCAA champ and a former U.S. Amateur champ tying for top honors.
"I'm only going to say this about Terry Bowden and Steve Spurrier," Davis said this week in Houston. "Those two guys are in the same boat as far as I'm concerned. Don't ask anything more because I'm going to leave it at that. They are in the same boat."
Both coaches preferred an open passing attack rather than feature Davis' ability to run the ball.
The only other player I can think of who played for a Bowden and a Spurrier was Vannez Gooch, who played at FSU under Bobby before transferring to Florida in 1998.
"If Georgia beats Kentucky in Rupp tomorrow, I'll shave my head."
Dummy. Just dummy.
The Bulldogs pulled off the stunner, their only Southeastern Conference win of the year so far, and I hoped that perhaps nobody heard my vow. Unfortunately, many of you did.
So today at Beef O'Brady's on Northwest 43rd Street, the locks will come off while we're doing the show from 4-7 p.m. I needed a haircut anyway.
You can reach sports columnist Pat Dooley by calling 374-5053 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear Pat weekdays from 4-5 p.m. on WGGG 1230-AM in Gainesville and WMOP 900-AM in Ocala.
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