June 17th, 2012 11:11am

Hearns ejected from FSU camp for Gator chomp

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If you follow James Hearns on twitter, you probably saw @JamesHearns21 on your timeline a lot Saturday.

The UF linebacker commit was competing in a 7-0n-7 tournament at Florida State with his Tallahassee Lincoln team and got ejected for doing the Gator chomp.

After he tweeted what happened, a Gator-Seminole war erupted on twitter between fans, recruits and current players.

Hearns said the chomp was in response to a quarterback that was upset about his pass being picked off.

“I was running back an interception and the quarterback tagged me out of bounds,” Hearns recalled. “Then I was just walking back to my side and he comes up in my face and says, ‘You suck, you suck.’ I didn’t really react too much to it. I just threw the chomp at him once and walked off. Then the ref threw the flag and they kicked me out of camp.”

Hearns had already experienced problems earlier in the tournament.

“They had ejected me previously from the second game for being too physical,” he said. “They told me I tagged a player too hard. Come on man, it’s football.”

Though many assumed FSU coach Jimbo Fisher or one of his assistants tossed Hearns, he said it was a member of the Florida State staff.

“The actual coaching staff didn’t throw me out of the camp, it was some guy who works for FSU,” Hearns revealed. “The coaches were actually watching the game when it happened and didn’t do anything. He just kicked me out himself.”

Hearns has no issues with the FSU coaches — even after what went down.

“It had nothing to do with them,” he said. “They’re good people. I actually talked to coach [Mark] Stoops while I was at the camp and he congratulated me on being committed to Florida. So I don’t have any problem with them.”

Does Hearns have any beef with the Seminole faithful?

“Yes, definitely,” he said. “As far as the fans and people around the program, it kind of turned their stomach a little bit that they let a local get out of Tallahassee. But they hype it up and say, ‘FSU didn’t want you.’ I know they did, but you know fans always give their opinion.”

Hearns' team still won the tournament without him. (Photo by 247Sports)

They did so more than ever Saturday, as he heard from dozens of fans on twitter about his Gator chomp. Florida State offensive lineman Daniel Glauser even weighed in, tweeting to Hearns, “have fun loosing in doak this year.”

And yes, he spelled losing wrong.

“It caught me off guard,” Hearns said of Glauser’s response. “You’re a senior in college and you’re entertaining a junior in high school? Get out of here. He was talking about how he would get at me on the field and told me to have fun losing in Doak [Campbell Stadium] next year. I won’t even be graduated yet. So I really laughed at him. It didn’t bother me at all.”

Many Florida commits and fans took to twitter to defend Hearns, while the FSU fanbase (and more current players) continued to attack him.

“To be honest, I never thought it would blow up when I tweeted that,” Hearns said. “I was just tweeting what was going on with me. It wasn’t a big deal to me. It just got blown out of proportion. But FSU fans can hop on it and get whatever they want from it. At the end of the day, I’m going to a great college in the University of Florida and that’s all that really matters to me.”

Will Hearns remember this fiasco when faces Florida State as freshman?

“Oh yeah,” he said. “When the time comes for me to play FSU, it’s something that I’m going to think about. I’ll use it as even more motivation than I already have.”

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41 Comments

  1. June 17th, 2012 12:25 pm

    Great story!!Go gators loosing??????well we know y u went to FSU. U guys play in the weakest conf. in the nation!!!!!

    by mike


  2. June 17th, 2012 12:33 pm

    Good for you J-Hearns, I live in Tallahassee and I am all GATOR………Can’t wait ti see you knock some heads off up here, The fsu faithful are so cocky….we gotta bring them back down to reality. The past to 2 years have been plain painful. Go GATORS!!!

    by cj


  3. June 17th, 2012 12:34 pm

    my bad…to see you

    by cj


  4. June 17th, 2012 12:36 pm

    Classic! A moronic FSU player can’t spell losing and does not realize that this kid won’t even be playing in the game this coming year. It really is not surprising though.

    by LT


  5. June 17th, 2012 12:45 pm

    And he’s a senior!! Join the circus buddy…

    by Kyle


  6. June 17th, 2012 12:45 pm

    LOL! I LOVE this kid! Hearns… YOU ROCK! Tell you what folks, as a life-long Gator who has lived up here near Tally all his life, I have seen just about everything that goes on in Tally with FSU’s program. They are UBER-SENSITIVE about UF and have possibly the worst insecurity complex about UF as any fans ever have had about an arch-rival. It makes them feel important, it makes them feel like they matter. It makes them feel like UF needs them instead of the other way around. The part about the FSU fan spelling “losing” wrong, well that’s just demonstrative of a classic FSU “edju-ma-cation”. LOL! I know for a fact that the FSU coaches have offered hearns but this kind of stuff just makes me feel good. Btw FSU, don;t be too quick to talk about “beating UF” next season. Your 90-yards-a-game offense doesn;t scare too many people and your O will be hurting even more this year with a younger OL and no run-game again. Not to mention that your recent success over UF and Miami has been because both were having down or conversion years, but not because FSU is suddenly “all that”.

    by Gator Todd


  7. June 17th, 2012 2:30 pm

    Love the fact that our young man Hearns took the high road. Now for the low road…what is the only thing a Nole and a Gator have in common? They both were accepted to FSU:-)

    by Falco


  8. June 17th, 2012 3:56 pm

    Love this kid..can’t wait for him to0 be a Gator!!!!

    by gatortraker


  9. June 17th, 2012 4:28 pm

    Nice one! THAT’S how a Gator-commit SHOULD deal with any crap he takes at an FSU-Camp. Not so sure about this kid McMillan’s true character, though. I know a lot of these kids commit to us but want to experience the whole “official trip”-thing, get to travel and meet people…but when I hear “just to be sure”, I wonder about their character, and if they understand or even care about the word, “commit”–or “honor”, for that manner. If you really aren’t sure yet, then don’t make that commitment ’til you are–and I think our coaches, starting with Coach M who has himself stressed these issues in the recruiting process, may rightly rethink THEIR place in our plans if and when they waver in those promises.

    by DRU2012


  10. June 17th, 2012 5:21 pm

    I LOVE THIS KID!!!

    by Clayton


  11. June 17th, 2012 5:37 pm

    You mad FSU fans? I think they mad….

    by Kyle


  12. June 17th, 2012 6:06 pm

    All hail the New Gator.

    Way to represent Mr. Hearns.

    Go Gators!

    by Gators79


  13. June 17th, 2012 7:24 pm

    “Loosing” to the Noles in the “common” doak…..priceless. Better to play and WIN in THE SWAMP.

    by TampaGator


  14. June 17th, 2012 7:26 pm

    DRU…..

    If I committed to a school and wanted to go have a good time on recruiting trips (and then be a Gator)…..I would say “just to be sure” in ensure the opportunity of taking those FUN trips.

    by TampaGator


  15. June 17th, 2012 8:02 pm

    DRU2012- I think you’re being a little over sensative about the “commit”. College coaches play games in recruiting all the time. Yes, even our own. They are 16 year old kids that have huge life altering decisions to make that will utimately follow them for the rest of their lives. And the ones that always seem to judge are those that are not 6’3″ 235lbs and run a 4.5 40 and have coaches tripping over themselves trying to sell them the moon. Cut McMillan some slack.

    by scooterp


  16. June 17th, 2012 10:23 pm

    Gator Todd–A “younger OL” for FSU in 2012? That will be hard to do considering how many freshmen FSU played on the O-line last season. It should be a great game this year. Who knows, with how good the two teams figure to be on defense the 7 points UF has scored in each of the last two seasons might be enough to win.

    by Manhattan Nole


  17. June 17th, 2012 10:33 pm

    What utter crapola……these Nolies are too thin skinned, too sensitive. Cut the crap, Nolies; cut out the crap!!

    by Wallace Sterling


  18. June 18th, 2012 10:16 am

    And FSU has won how many National Championships in the last 10 years????? They are in the SEC minor leagues (aka ACC)!
    Go Gators! Bob in Jupiter

    by bob


  19. June 18th, 2012 12:09 pm

    Wow, how childish are the FSU fans? Us beating them for so many years in a row really injured them. Even them winning a couple of games hasnt helped them heal. Its not gonna be good when they start losing again. Cant wait! Go Gators!

    by Dan Dixon


  20. June 18th, 2012 1:08 pm

    I see the gator fan base have left the swamps and their natural light long enough to comment. Well James throw on the jean shorts and grow out the mullet and prepare to become a member of the church of tebow. Glory days are over gator nation. When’s the last time the gators beat the noles? When’s the last time the gators went undefeated? Ah ha ha ha ha FTW

    by Noles4life


  21. June 18th, 2012 1:12 pm

    Hey, Gator fans! Let’s not get all high and mighty and forget when this happened a few years ago and the roles were reversed. When a Miami player through up the “U” and got booted from your camp.

    http://miamiherald.typepad.com/gator_clause/2009/07/uf-football-camp-gets-takes-a-unfortunate-turn-when-miami-recruit-is-asked-to-leave.html

    by No Dawg in the hunt!


  22. June 18th, 2012 1:55 pm

    A grade level behind and short on core courses. Maybe he will graduate.lol

    by Paul


  23. June 18th, 2012 1:57 pm

    The officials ejected him for his multiple warnings for taunting. Stop lying Hearns.

    by Paul


  24. June 18th, 2012 2:06 pm

    A grade level behind and short on core courses. Maybe he will graduate.lol
    Maybe thats why he’s lying. The men in the black and white stripes are officials. Multiple incidents of taunting got him ejected.

    by Paul


  25. June 18th, 2012 3:42 pm

    The ‘Noles will always feel inferior to the Flagship Gators because they have been and as long as they are in the ACC – will be. Jimbo must have some line to sell 4/5 star kids on “banging heads with the Demon Deacons, the Cavaliers, the T(w)erps and now the Orangemen”. Strikes fear into my heart. Go Gators Always!

    by AtlantaGator


  26. June 18th, 2012 6:34 pm

    @Bob–Zero national titles the last 10 years. The last one was 12 seasons ago. Recent history gives the impression that UF has always owned the Seminoles, but in the post-Spurrier history of the rivalry FSU leads UF 12-11-1.

    Both teams look to be on the rise once again. It will be interesting to see if FSU can win the ACC and get back to a BCS bowl, and interesting to see if UF can finish higher than third in the SEC East.

    Thanksgiving weekend in Tallahassee should be fun. I hope to see you there.

    by Manhattan Nole


  27. June 18th, 2012 9:59 pm

    Paul,
    Please remember that these are 16-17 year old kids that you are trying to ridicule, remember he is also a kid that FSU wanted, but since he’s not going there he’s a dummy and a liar. I understand he was ejected from the first game by the Official (black and White stripes), the second incident he was thrown out by a staff member from FSU. I’m just reading the story, I was not there and maybe you were that’s why you can HONESTLY (maybe I shouldn’t use that word) say he was NOT thrown out by an FSU official.
    I hope the grown up FSU officials would not stoop that low to a player, because he didn’t choose them for his college career. If so, you guys need to step back and look at yourselves. PLEASE REMEMBER the kid was there competing in a 7 on7 tournament, not a recruiting visit to FSU. Keep in mind he was INVITED and that type politics is very poor taste, even for FSU.

    by CREEK GATOR


  28. June 18th, 2012 10:09 pm

    When I heard of the James Hearns expulsion from the FSU camp and that Number 67, Daniel Glauser, Offensive Lineman, a senior from Rheinfelden, Switzerland made some uneducated statements concerning the situation, I could not help but add to it. So much for the FSU – (Free Shoes University) comment. It is time for the new and continued deserved respect that FSU is due. FSU – (Foolish Senior University), (Foolish Swiss University), or (Factually Stupid University).
    God bless Bobby. I miss him. Please add to this and humor our Gator Nation. Rivalries are awesome. They need our best
    creative support. My wife says the Swiss bit is politically incorrect.
    Sorry! Gator J.

    by gator j


  29. June 19th, 2012 6:27 pm

    noles suck

    by dynomitejj


  30. June 19th, 2012 6:35 pm

    NoDawgintheHunt: I don’t have any problem with asking him to leave- its the classless posts on his stuff and a Senior player making a CLOWN (cough cough) of himself

    by Kyle


  31. June 19th, 2012 9:23 pm

    FSU (Failed Spelling University)

    by Matt


  32. June 19th, 2012 9:26 pm

    But he will probably graduate with FSU honors!

    by Matt


  33. June 20th, 2012 10:11 am

    I was watching the replay of the FSU spring game the other night to see what they have developed. For a team with overflowing talent I didn’t see a championship team (I’m talking ACC championship) Also the guy with all of the mouth that misspelled losing got beat several times. He should be concentrating on on his abilities to do his job and not be worried about a high school kid that he will never compete against (he would probably get beat anyway).

    by CREEK GATOR


  34. June 23rd, 2012 5:25 pm

    What about that Georgia guy that busted our NC trophy?? We for sure ejected him.

    by Gatordean


  35. June 24th, 2012 12:25 pm

    Hard to believe an FSU senior can’t spell losing after losing so many games during his career:)

    by wygator


  36. June 26th, 2012 2:29 pm

    I find this comical considering that when opposing players do the chomp in games, the refs don’t eject them- even though it falls under the “taunting” rule.

    by RD


  37. June 29th, 2012 2:51 pm

    @Noles4Life – checked the all-time football series record lately? Noles would have to win 12 in a row just to TIE IT, and Ron Zook’s Gators won the first game on Bobby Bowden Field.

    by Gary


  38. July 1st, 2012 8:34 pm

    As an FSU fan its a little embarrassing to read what went down. Its true that our guys do the chomp all the time to “taunt” and nobody gets ejected. I admit were on the rise again and maybe a little ahead of you guys currently. But when one of my fellow Noles talk of history i cringe. Who the h*ll cares about undefeated when we play in an inferior football conference and lost a National Championship to the Gates and losing in the overall tally. Obviously the kid is excited and the coaching staff is a little sensitive. Shouldn’t be a big deal and yes, we wanted him. Happens. peace.

    by Aeron


  39. July 2nd, 2012 6:53 pm

    Didn’t FU kick a player out of their camp for a player throwing up DA U? Go Canes!

    by FUUF


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  41. July 22nd, 2012 5:52 pm

    Man this Daniel Glauser guy is either mentally retarted or just plain stupid. How are you still in college and cant spell “Losing”?

    by That Guy


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