Gator News And World Report (2/1/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, February 1, 2005. Gators have hands full against MSU's Roberts; Texas twosome decide on LSU; Recruiting race down to last minute; Gators face tough stretch of basketbll; Freshman looks Sharpe; After Fumbling UF Chance, Branch Grew; TE Ellis picks UF; Gators' SEC title hopes rest on crashing boards; Building a Dynasty; Gator softball cruises in season opening doubleheader; Human factor usually holds the most sway with recruits and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators have hands full against MSU's Roberts
Here's how confident Florida has become in its newfound ability to rebound the basketball.

Ready or not, test starts today
Beginning tonight, Florida will take on the SEC's three top teams in an eight-day stretch.

Florida at Mississippi State
Florida (13-4, 5-1 SEC) at No. 24 Miss. St. (16-5, 4-3)

Gators begin tough stretch
To belittle Florida's record in Southeastern Conference play would be overcritical. But to brag about it would be overconfident.

Gators face tough stretch of basketball
Now for the hard part. Time for some answers. Three months, 13 wins and many encouraging signs for Florida coach Billy Donovan's basketball team should be put into context during the next eight days.

Freshman looks Sharpe
Related story , Rick Stansbury has been telling folks for some time that Walter Sharpe impressed him in practice for some time.

Gators' SEC title hopes rest on crashing boards
A year ago, Florida ranked seventh in the SEC in rebounding margin by getting less than one rebound per contest more than opponents.

Gators beginning crucial SEC stint
Senior forward David Lee has anticipated this day.

Florida Gator Football & Recruiting

Texas twosome decide on LSU
he day after returning from their official visit to Gainesville, two top prospects from Texas have decided to play their college ball a little closer to home.

Recruiting race down to last minute
There could be more top-shelf football recruits across the country still undecided entering national signing day on Wednesday than ever before, say recruiting analysts

TE Ellis picks UF
Daytona Beach Mainland tight end Brian Ellis committed to the University of Florida during the weekend.

Human factor usually holds the most sway with recruits
Schools' nonathletic aspects can take a back seat to relationships with coaches, even those not guaranteed to last.

Coaches don't remain loyal to institutions
Coaches are spoiled. Damn the over-paid, self-centered, non-committal cowards. All these unfulfilled "leaders" want is more money and a fat new contract.

Almost A Florida Gator Deion Branch

After Fumbling UF Chance, Branch Grew
Deion Branch grew up dreaming about playing for Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida. He had to settle for Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Miss.

Florida Gator John Clifford

Building a Dynasty
When you're a football coach/athletic director stuffed into a 10x15 foot office, you're permitted to be messy.

Florida Gator Softball

Gator softball cruises in season opening doubleheader
The UF softball team opened the 2005 season by getting out its brooms and sweeping. The Gators defeated Florida Atlantic and Florida International in a doubleheader Saturday at the Sunshine State Softball Kickoff in Miami.

Florida Gator Tennis

The UF women's tennis team was again disrupted by poor weather, as its Saturday match was cut short due to rain. Unlike the earlier rainout against Baylor, the Gators earned enough points prior to the rain to walk away with the win against Florida International.

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