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Gators close fall practices



If you were hoping to catch an early glimpse of Florida in the post-Tebow era, you're going to have to wait until Sept. 4.

Florida athletic officials announced today that all fall practices will be closed to the public and the media.

Truth is, it's not that much of a change from last season. Florida opened the first two days, then closed the remaining practices in 2009.

And  apparently, the Gators aren't alone. Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma have all closed practices. Texas has just two open practices before it shuts off the public.

It's hard to blame schools for the lockout. These days it seems everybody has a cell phone, a video camera and a blog, and asking fans - and the media- to watch without blogging or writing about specific things being performed in practice doesn't really work.

So it's all off-limits.

Florida coach Urban Meyer has said he intends to do everything possible to keep the Gators' winning tradition going. You'll have to wait until the season begins to see if he can keep his word.



[Last modified: Monday, August 2, 2010 5:17pm]


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