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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 has also made appearances on Chad Millman's podcast on ESPN.com, Mad Dog Radio, 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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By Brian Edwards
Posted 08/17/2016 at 01:13 PM

Florida head coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday that junior cornerback Jalen Tabor and sophomore tight end C'yontai Lewis have been suspended from team activities and won't play in the Sept. 3 season opener vs. Massachusetts at The Swamp.

"Both C'yontai and Jalen will not be involved with the team or practice due to behavior that is not acceptable," McElwain said. "By no means are these bad guys and yet consequences have been handed down. We will not look the other way when it comes to breaking of team policies.

“I want to echo what I said earlier, these are both fine young men who will learn and be stronger from their actions. They will also be suspended for the first game. There are life lessons in everything we do. We will be better because of it and no one person is bigger than the Florida Gators."

When football players are suspended for the season opener, the chances are at least 90 percent that it's for testing positive for weed at some point during the offseason. This occurs at most major football programs every year.

Many times, however, these announcements won't come until an hour or two before a season opener is scheduled to kick. This if why I often hesitate to make large wagers on Week 1 games out of fear of such last-second news.

As a Florida alum, this is also why I'm always stoked to see my Gators play a cupcake opponent in Week 1 because several suspensions such as this are almost a given.

In fact, UF hasn't played a BCS or Power Five foe in its opener since hosting Houston in 1995. And that was the Cougars' last season in the now defunct Southwestern Conference. Since UH is now in the AAC, we would technically have to go back to the 1992 opener when Florida beat Kentucky for its last Week 1 game against a current Power Five school.

Next season will be an exception, though. Florida will take on Jim Harbaugh's Michigan squad at Jerry World in Arlington for its 2017 opener.

Tabor is considered one of, if not the, nation's best cover corners along with Iowa's Desmond King and USC's Adoree' Jackson.

Tabor, who wants to be known as 'Teez' rather than Jalen moving forward, had 40 tackles, four interceptions, 14 passes broken up, three tackles for loss and one sack in 2015. Two of his four interceptions were pick-sixes.

Lewis had a pair of TD catches in last year's season-opening win over New Mexico St. However, a hand injury kept him out for a big chunk of September and early October. He finished the year with four receptions for 75 yards. Lewis is expected to be the No. 2 TE behind DeAndre Goolsby.

In other UF news, junior LB Matt Rolin has decided to retire from football. The former four-star recruit has dealt with a rash of injuries since arriving in Gainesville, including a pair of major knee injuries. Rolin started a pair of games last season and had seven tackles in a 29-15 loss to Alabama at the SEC Championship Game.

Also, in what is old news at this point, Antonio Callaway was cleared of any wrongdoing by the University last week. Callaway had been suspended from the team in the spring pending an investigation into a student-conduct code violation. Nevertheless, McElwain has been unclear about Callaway's status vs. UMass in Week 1. He has been practicing with the team, however.

Most books have the Gators installed as 36-point home favorites vs. the Minutemen.

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NEW BLOG UPDATE

By Brian Edwards
Posted 08/12/2016 at 08:30 AM

Just hours after 'Big' Ben Rothwell pulled out of his UFC 203 co-main event against Fabricio Werdum due to a knee injury, Travis Browne was named as his replacement.

Werdum (20-6-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) destroyed Browne in the UFC on FOX 11 headliner by capturing a unanimous-decision win (50-45, 49-46, 50-45) as a +200 underdog in April of 2014. That victory earned him a shot at Cain Velasquez's heavyweight championship.

However, Velasquez had to withdraw from the UFC 180 bout in Mexico City because of an injury. Mark Hunt stepped up on short notice to face Werdum for the interim heavyweight strap. After Hunt dominated most of the opening round, Werdum scored a second-round KO with a flying knee to the face.

Then Werdum took on Velasquez to unify the heavyweight belts at UFC 188 in Mexico City. Velasquez made a critical mistake by not flying down to Mexico until less than two weeks before the bout.

On the other hand, Werdum had already fought at the venue at the high altitude. He also spent a month of his UFC 188 training camp in Mexico City.

Without being acclimated to the elevation, Velasquez's gas tank, which is normally his greatest strength, became a weakness in Round 2. Then in the third stanza, Werdum perfectly sprawled on a Velasquez takedown attempt and expertly locked on a sick guillotine choke that forced a quick tap.

However, in his first title defense, Werdum suffered a first-round KO loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 198 in Brazil.

Miocic will headline the UFC 203 card in his hometown of Cleveland by defending his belt for the first time against Alistair Overeem.

Browne (18-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) took a 16-1-1 record into his first match with Werdum. Since then, however, 'Hapa' has lost three of five fights, including first-round KO setbacks to Andrei Arlovski at UFC 187 and Velasquez at UFC 200 on July 9. Browne owns notable career victories over the likes of Matt Mitrione, Brendan Schaub, Josh Barnett, Overeem, Gabriel Gonzaga and Stefan Struve.

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