UF QB coach keeps focus on bowl
NEW ORLEANS - Rumors persist that Florida quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler is a candidate for the head coaching job at Central Michigan, but he said after Tuesday's Sugar Bowl practice that he has not been contacted. "I have not spoken to them none whatsoever," he said. "I am coaching the quarterbacks at the University of Florida, enjoying every second. It's been great with Tim (Tebow). It's been a special week for him being his last football game and Johnny Brantley, we're trying to get him better for the future." The Central Michigan job became vacant when Butch Jones was hired as Cincinnati's coach. "All I am worrying about is just concentrating and doing everything in my power to help this team win another bowl game," Loeffler said.Loeffler was the quarterbacks coach at Central Michigan from 2000-01 before going to Michigan and the Detroit Lions. He joined UF's staff this season. Defending Tebow Much was made about Tebow crying on the sideline at the end of the Gators' 32-13 loss to Alabama in the SEC title game. "I think that was absolutely ridiculous," Loeffler said. "For him to receive that criticism, that was absolutely ridiculous. He cares about this team, our coaches, his teammates and he loves Florida. For him to be criticized was ridiculous." Loeffler is convinced Tebow will do well at the next level. "It's a different game, it's fast, the ball is in the middle of the field," Loeffler said. "But he has every intangible. He's got all the talent to play quarterback in the National Football League." Gilyard watch One player UF's defense will keep a close eye on during Friday night's game is Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard. "What makes him so good is Cincinnati moves him around get him the ball in certain situations," Gators S Major Wright said. "Putting him everywhere on the field and the quarterback looks for him a lot. Even if he is covered they still try to get him the ball." Wright called Gilyard one of the top five receivers UF has faced this season. Bring it Florida S Ahmad Black is thrilled that the Bearcats like to put the ball in the air. "Yeah, it is fun," he said. "A chance to change it up and go after a couple interceptions." Ticket watch Florida still has more than 4,000 tickets to sell of its 17,500 allotment for the Sugar Bowl at $125 each, despite it being Tebow's last game - and possibly Urban Meyer's as well, since he is taking a leave of absence after the game because of health issues. UF even plans to sell tickets in New Orleans at the Superdome, since it must foot the bill for any that are not sold as part of the bowl agreement.