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Brian Edwards - About Me

Brian Edwards covers football, basketball and the UFC with a special emphasis on SEC football and SEC hoops. He has handicapped for VI since 2002.

Brian is a 1998 graduate of the University of Florida. After working as a sports writer in the Atlanta area for nearly two years, Edwards joined Vegas Insider in March of 2000.

Brian is a regular guest on radio shows all across the country. During football season, he is a weekly guest on the Chris Vernon Show in Memphis and occasionally jumps on with the A to Z Sports gang in Nashville. Brian appears on Sharp & Benning in the Morning on 1620 The Zone in Omaha and the Out of Bounds Show with Qualk & Kelly on 105.5 The Roar in Clemson every Thursday of the year. He's also on with Wess Moore on Fox Sports Arkansas every Friday year-round. B.E. has also made appearances on Chad Millman's podcast on ESPN.com, SportsTalk with Bo Mattingly in Arkansas, Mad Dog Radio, The Paul Finebaum Show, ESPN Nashville and ESPN 1100 in Las Vegas.

Brian has had by-lines in ESPN the Magazine. In 2011, he correctly predicted the season win totals for four of five SEC teams the publication featured in its preseason Top 25. His articles have also been seen in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, GamecockCentral.com and The Linemakers. His Saturday college football picks in the Review-Journal in 2012 cashed at an incredible 48-18-1 clip (73%).

On Dec. 26 of 2009, Brian beat every member of the national media to the news of Urban Meyer's resignation as the head football coach at the University of Florida. Of course, Meyer changed his mind the next day, but VI was the website that provided that stunning news first. Also, Brian alerted bettors to the pending suspensions of 20 FSU football players prior to the Music City Bowl in '07, suggesting that gamblers immediately play Kentucky -1 because the line was going to be heavily adjusted. As it turned out, Brian advised VI readers to then come back with FSU +9 (the adjusted number) so when the 'Cats won by seven, the perfect 'middle' gave gamblers multiple winners.

Brian hosted VI's radio show, The Power Hours, on Thursday nights from 2005-2012.

Brian is a life-long fan of the Florida Gators, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Falcons.

Brian is also a big fan of Steve Spurrier, Charles Barkley, the Van Gundys, Bill Raftery, Jon Gruden and Matt Brown. On the flip side, Brian is not a fan of Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant, Mark May, Chris Webber and Craig James.

You can check out more of his work at BrianEdwardsSports.com.

For daily sports gambling analysis, you can follow Brian on twitter at Vegasbedwards.

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NEW BLOG UPDATE

By Brian Edwards
Posted 04/25/2018 at 09:35 AM

At a time when first downs and touchdowns were quite rare for the Florida football program in 2015 and 2016, 3-star recruit Antonio Callaway provided Gator fans with just about all of its exciting offensive moments. His presence on offense and special teams, along with an outstanding defense, were the main reasons why UF won the SEC East in back-to-back seasons.

However, his involvement along with eight other UF teammates in a credit card fraud scandal led to nine season-long suspensions in 2017. 

At this time last year, ESPN's NFL Draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. had Callaway at No. 12 overall on his Big Board. Nearly all NFL scouts have a first-round grade on Callaway, especially with his return ability on special teams. 

But according to multiple reports in the last two weeks, at least three NFL teams had Callaway completely off of their draft boards due to his propensity for off-the-field trouble. He was arrested on May 13 of last year for possession of marijuana (prior to the credit card scandal) and had a sexual assault complaint filed against him (but subsequently dropped) when he was a freshman. 

Due to these red flags, most draft experts have been saying he might not get picked until the fourth or fifth round. And that was before Tuesday when reports leaked that  teams were informed that Callaway flunked a drug test at the NFL combine. 

Malki Kawa, Callaway's new agent who was hired just two weeks ago, confirmed the positive drug test was due to a diluted sample. Diluted samples are considered positive tests because they indicate that an individual is attempting to beat the test by drinking large amounts of water along with some sort of masking agent. 

With this additional issue, you have to wonder if Callaway is going to get picked at all this weekend. My guess is the Raiders, Bengals or Cowboys will pull the trigger on him but probably not until the fifth, sixth or seventh round. 

FULL STORY

NEW BLOG UPDATE

By Brian Edwards
Posted 03/29/2018 at 04:34 PM

Darren Till wanted a big fight to headline UFC Liverpool in his hometown. That desire was granted today when the promotion booked the unbeaten rising star against two-time welterweight title challenger and current No. 1 contender, Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson.

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ACCOLADES AND DOCUMENTED RECORDS
2016-2017 NFL #3 Guaranteed Leader: +741
2015-2016 NCAA FB #3 Guaranteed Leader: +856
2014-2015 NBA Record: 55%, +1,322
2014-2015 NCAA BK #3 Money Leader: +764
2014-2015 NCAA BK #2 Guaranteed Leader: +1,195
2013-2014 NCAA BK Record: 55%, +1,944
2013-2014 NCAA FB #2 Guaranteed Leader: +580
2012-2013 NBA Guaranteed Leader: +2,564
2012-2013 NCAA FB #2 Money Leader: +2,527
2012-2013 NCAA FB Percent Leader: 63%
2011-2012 NFL #2 Percent Leader: 60%
2011-2012 NFL #2 Guaranteed Leader: +1,086
2010-2011 NCAA BK #3 Money Leader: +1,461
2010-2011 NCAA BK #3 Percent Leader: 55%
14-4 all-time record in BCS Championship Games
9-2 Super Bowl record since 2009
2008-2009 NCAA BK #2 Over-Under Leader: +995
2007-2008 NCAA BK Over-Under Leader: +1,405
2006-2007 NFL Over-Under Leader: +1,120
2006-2007 NFL Member Leader: +1,155
2006-2007 NBA #2 Money Leader: +1,415
2006-2007 NBA #2 Percent Leader: 54%
2004 MLB Money Leader: +5,760
2004-2005 NCAA FB #3 Percent Leader: 57%

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