Gator News and World Report (1/18/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, January 18, 2006. UF's star recruit shows school spirit; The question isn't 'Will UF beat Savannah State?' It's "how bad will it be?'; Catching up with Ryan Lochte; Assistants are tight, down to their shorts; Top Non-Conference Teams Stay Away From Gainesville; UF star misses classes for shot at singles title; UF at head of the class; Gators ready to snap up top football class; Scheduling grants UF a gimme and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

The question isn't 'Will UF beat Savannah State?' It's "how bad will it be?'
Facing a team that ranks 333rd out of 334 Division I teams, No. 2 Florida's chances of falling to Savannah State seem as remote as a January blizzard on South Beach.

Big blues these days in Lexington
College athletics are loaded with loud, proud, demanding booster groups, all ravenous to experience abundant glory. Realizing national championships. Celebrating conference domination. Expecting their schools to constantly be afloat in the heavens of the highly ranked.

Assistants are tight, down to their shorts
Anthony Grant played his college basketball at Dayton during the mid-1980s, so he'll sometimes come to practice wearing shorts reminiscent of the tight ones that were in style back then.

Top Non-Conference Teams Stay Away From Gainesville
Billy Donovan remembers the first question he asked after he learned his team would play at Duke University's Cameron Indoor Stadium during the 1998-99 season.

UF's Donovan great coach long before current season
If these guys aren't careful, they'll soon have the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers showing up at the O'Dome rooting against them and popping the cork on champagne when they finally lose.

The Times' Rankings
3. Florida (16-0) — More record-padding with Savannah State tonight before the Gators travel to Tennessee and South Carolina. As Coach Billy Donovan says, "Things heat up now

Looks are deceiving
After Florida's first Southeastern Conference basketball road game this season, sophomore forward Joakim Noah was down.

'Glory Road' inspired Moss
University of Florida senior post player Adrian Moss considered going to Texas-El Paso.

Scheduling grants UF a gimme
On paper, it seems like a hopeless mismatch. The Gators, ranked No. 2 in the country and currently holding an RPI rating of 8, faced Savannah State - a team that ranks 333 out of 334 teams in the RPI.

Florida Gator Football

UF's star recruit shows school spirit
Joseph Mammon, a diehard Florida Gators fan, has met Joe Montana and Dan Marino. As of Saturday night, he can add Tim Tebow to his list of famous quarterbacks he's met.

UF at head of the class
Say what you want about coach Urban Meyer's first year at the University of Florida. It's his first full recruiting season in Gainesville that college football fans could be talking about for years to come. With national signing day two weeks away, recruiting experts say Meyer and the Gators are kicking some tail, while the Seminoles are holding their own and the Hurricanes are struggling to play catch-up.

Hogs chase Springdale stars
Mitch Mustain was the second Springdale, Ark., standout in the past week to commit to Arkansas after looking elsewhere. He might not be the last either.

Gators ready to snap up top football class
Using tradition, the enticement of playing time and an ability to improvise, the Florida football coaching staff has compiled what is perceived by experts to be the nation's best recruiting class.

Gators try to replenish depleted defensive backfield
Replacing the face of UF football will be hard enough. Replacing his arms and legs could be even tougher. Vernell Brown has graduated, leaving half of UF's starting cornerback equation a mystery. Factor in Dee Webb's likely entry into the NFL draft, and the Gators could face quite the predicament covering opposing receivers next season.

Florida Gator Swimming

Catching up with Ryan Lochte
The Basics...Ryan Lochte, from Daytona Beach, is a 6-foot-1 senior on Florida's seventh-ranked men's swimming team. Lochte became somewhat of a local celebrity when he won two medals at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Florida Gator

UF star misses classes for shot at singles title
Greg Ouellette has good reason for missing his first two weeks of classes at the University of Florida. Ouellette traded schoolbooks for tennis balls to compete in the fourth annual USTA Star Island Pro Tennis Classic, starting today in Kissimmee.

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