UF's good-luck coin toss ritual


Published: Monday, January 8, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 8, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Heads or tails?

Florida senior captain Jemalle Cornelius won't make that decision until right before he makes the call at today's national title game against Ohio State. Because the Gators are the designated visiting team, they will get to call the pre-game coin flip that determines which team gets the ball first.

Cornelius, a starting receiver, has called the coin toss for the Gators throughout the season.

"I have control over what I call," he said. "I usually don't really think about it until right before the game. I'll call and ask one of my friends, 'What do you think?' "

He's called various friends this season to see what they think. But this time, Cornelius said, he'll probably consult his secret weapon.

"It's just whoever I feel like asking," he said. "My girlfriend always gets it right. So I'll be calling her or texting her or whatever before the game and see how she's feeling and we'll go from there."

And if she feels like she's got it right?

"Whatever she says goes," Cornelius said.

She was right against Vanderbilt and Georgia earlier this season. But the success isn't 100 percent.

"One time somebody got it wrong," Cornelius said. "I'm not going to lie to you, but it wasn't her. It was another player."

While the coin toss doesn't have a huge impact on the game, it's a chance to start the game right.

"It's probably going to be live and on TV and all that," Cornelius said. "We definitely have got to win the toss. That's momentum."

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