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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 The Paul Howard Show in Las Vegas, The Sharp and Benning Show on 1620 The Zone in Omaha and the Chris Vernon Show in Memphis. Brian also makes regular appearances on Chad Millman's podcast on  

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, Hannah Storm and Erin Andrews. On the flip side, Brian is not a big fan of Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez, Kobe Bryant, Bobby Bowden and all Dookies including Coach K.

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By Brian Edwards
Posted 05/08/2015 at 01:19 AM

Anthony 'Showtime' Pettis mocked the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov with the following tweet just one week ago, "karma is a bitch hope that disability pays well!!!"

Well, the former lightweight champion got that right. Karma is a bitch.

This time, it worked against Pettis, who suffered an elbow injury that has forced him to withdraw from his UFC on Fox 16 showdown against Myles Jury in Chicago.

The promotion quickly announced Pettis's replacement as Edson Barboza, who will take on Jury on July 25.

Barboza is coming off a unanimous-decision loss to Michael Johnson, but he has won five of his last seven fights. Jury, who is 15-1 overall and 6-1 in the UFC, is coming off his first career loss to Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone by UD.



By Brian Edwards
Posted 04/28/2015 at 01:01 PM

The University of Florida announced Monday that rising senior guard Eli Carter will transfer to another school. He is scheduled to graduate in May, so he'll be eligible to play right away.

Carter transferred to Florida from Rutgers in 2012. However, he sat out most of the 2013-2014 season due to lingering issues from a broken leg suffered while playing for the Scarlet Knights.

Carter was supposed to emerge as an elite scorer for the Gators this past season, but it never happened. He averaged just 8.5 points per game and battled mono and an ankle injury. Carter made just 36.2 of shots from the field and 30.5 percent from 3-point land.

“We appreciate everything that Eli has done in his two years in Gainesville,” coach Billy Donovan said in a UF release. “We all wish him well and will do whatever we can to help him take this next step in his career.”

Carter is now gone, while Michael Frazier II and Chris Walker have turned pro. The Gators have four freshman recruits coming in and they'll welcome USF transfer John Egbunu, who sat out last season after leaving the Bulls.

Egbunu, who is 6'10" and weighs 245 pounds, averaged 7.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game while starting for USF as a true freshman in 2013-2014. UF also gets back guard DeVon Walker, who was a key reserve in 2013-2014 but missed this past season with a torn ACL.

Donovan is believed to still be a candidate for the Oklahoma City Thunder's job, but he was out on the recruiting trail for UF this past weekend. Multiple reports have indicated that Donovan will accept the job if offered, but those reports are based on anonymous sources. There has been no new news on Donovan in the last 72 hours other than him recruiting for the Gators. We'll see what happens...


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2004 MLB Money Leader: +5,760
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