Gator News and World Report (12/22/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, December 22, 2005. Reason to rejoice Little something special for UF's head coach; Gators after some history, and payback; Brown's likely in, Nelson's another story for bowl; GATORS NOTEBOOK: Ex-White High star Grace to transfer; The 3 He Holds The Key To; Gators Safety Jackson Seeking Redemption; Tebow to enroll early; Florida becoming a college basketball hotbed and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Reason to rejoice Little something special for UF's head coach
The Florida Gators broke for the holidays Wednesday with a nice little Christmas present for their head coach - a landmark winning streak.

Gators after some history, and payback
They came to the O'Connell Center last season unknown and unheralded. By the time they left, Miami guards Guillermo Diaz, Robert Hite and Anthony Harris gained a little swagger. In driving past and shooting over the bewildered Gators, the Miami triumvirate willed the Hurricanes to a 72-65 upset on Florida's home floor.

Former player remembers start
Curtis Cunkle plans on watching tonight's Florida-Miami game. "I wouldn't miss it," Cunkle said. "I try to watch every game."

Gators seek first 11-0 start
December records don't mean a lot when it comes to college basketball success, but there's one that still would be nice for the Florida basketball team.

The 3 He Holds The Key To
Four keys hang somewhere in the Humphrey house on Maggie Street in Maryville, Tenn.

Tonight's Game
No. 5 Florida (10-0) at Miami (6-4) TIP-OFF: 7 p.m., BankUnited Center, Coral Gables TV/RADIO: FSN Florida/WHNZ, 1250 AM

Florida becoming a college basketball hotbed
Billy Donovan can hardly wait. Only a few more weeks until basketball season begins. No, the Florida Gators coach hasn't lost his mind. Donovan, whose No. 5 Gators (10-0) are off to their best start in 44 years, is well aware that basketballs have been bouncing around campus courts for more than a month.

Canes chasing Gators' perfect image
No. 5 Florida (10-0) has been flawless so far this season, and with a win tonight at Miami, the Gators can post the best start in school history. It's a program 'we should mirror,' UM coach Frank Haith said.

UF trying not to be burdened by history
The Florida team may be young, but the players aren't stupid. The Gators know that a chance at making history is at stake tonight. They also know that history made in December means very little in March.

Improved front court gives Gators a big lift
Al Horford had never watched himself like this before. Staring at a screen in the Florida basketball office, the Gators forward studied clip after clip of his offensive play in the low post.

Florida Gator Football

Brown's likely in, Nelson's another story for bowl
Injured senior cornerback Vernell Brown's goal of playing in the Outback Bowl moved closer to reality Wednesday when he practiced with the Gators for the first time since breaking his leg in the Nov. 5 Vanderbilt game.

Tebow to enroll early
Only a week after making a commitment to play football at the University of Florida on national television, Tim Tebow has made a second commitment to the Gators.

GATORS NOTEBOOK: Ex-White High star Grace to transfer
Backup cornerback Dawayne Grace, a former standout at White High School, is leaving the Florida football team. Urban Meyer said Wednesday that Grace, a 6-foot-1 redshirt freshman, will transfer to another school, but the Gators' coach didn't know which.

Gators Safety Jackson Seeking Redemption
Florida S Kyle Jackson said Saturday he needed "a great offseason" to put himself back in position to win a starting job

lorida CB Brown back at practice
On Wednesday, Florida cornerback Vernell Brown practiced for the first time since he broke a bone in his right leg Nov. 5 against Vanderbilt.

Florida could lose backup DB
Florida coach Urban Meyer said he expects backup defensive back Dawayne Grace to transfer but isn't sure where he's headed.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Lady Rattlers fall to Gators
Two of the best young 3-point shooters in Division I women's basketball went shot for shot early on, but Florida's depth was key in a runaway victory Wednesday against Florida A&M.

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