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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 ESPN.com.  

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.

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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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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NEW BLOG UPDATE

By Brian Edwards
Posted 04/25/2015 at 04:35 PM

As expected, Florida sophomore center Chris Walker has chosen to enter the NBA Draft and forgo his final two seasons of college. Walker, a five-star recruit who led Holmes Co. High School to a state championship in his senior season, had an immensely disappointing two-year playing career for the Gators.

However, Walker shouldn't receive heavy criticism for his lack of production. He always had a good attitude, never displayed poor body language despite dealing with frustration galore and appeared to always be a good teammate.

To say he came from an unfortunate background would be an understatement. Walker never had any parental guidance and hails from the small town of Bonifay in the Florida panhandle. The small town is one that consists of low-income families and very little in the way of mentors for someone like Walker to learn from during his prep years.

Walker is long, tall and athletic and those traits would've made him a guaranteed lottery pick coming out of high school. But the NBA rule about players being at least one year removed from high school cost Walker millions.

Walker dominated the AAU circuit with his skills and athleticism, but he had never been correctly schooled on the fundamentals of the game. He got by on his size but had yet to develop any semblance of back-to-the-basket post moves.

His freshman season at Florida was basically ruined because of an academic situation. The NCAA didn't allow Walker to start practicing with the team until after Christmas and he wasn't ruled eligible until early February. At that point, UF was in the midst of a 30-game winning streak.

Walker would only get 5-8 minutes of playing time per game because he was lost on defense. And the Gators were playing the best defense in the nation, so Billy Donovan couldn't allow one player to ruin that. Walker showed some flashes of his talent as a freshman but what was seemingly most important -- at least to me -- was that he seemed happy and willing to learn. Walker was simply stoked to be a part of a great team, regardless of his limited playing time.

The thinking was that with Patric Young and Will Yuguete graduating, Walker would put on muscle and become a force as a sophomore. But it never happened. He played fewer minutes (and was less effective) than walk-on Jacob Kurtz.

Walker averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. And now here we are, two years after he was a projected lottery pick, Walker probably won't get undrafted. He'll get looks, whether it be in the D-League or overseas and, hopefully, he'll be able to make some money.

Walker is a good kid. Though his UF career was disappointing, Gator fans shouldn't have hard feelings. Walker, a product of a poor environment his entire life, simply couldn't adjust quickly enough to be a major factor at one of the nation's top programs.

I hope he makes it -- at least to some extent -- but like most, I certainly have my doubts.

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