Gator News and World Report (1/27/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, January 27, 2006. Gators squander double-digit lead; Steelers tackle leaves trip home as an inspiration; Getting the (text) message; UF back on proving ground; UF back on proving ground; Big crowds impact road teams' focus; Ex-Gator Portis' transfer official; Commodores showing more athleticism early in the season; SpongeBob who? UF's Moss a real G.I. Joe; Gym Dogs take youth to Florida and more....

Florida Gator Football

Getting the (text) message
Back in football recruiting's Stone Age, say 10 or 15 years ago, sending an overnight packet to a prospect was considered cutting-edge technology.

Ex-Gator Portis' transfer official
Former University of Florida quarterback Josh Portis has enrolled in classes at Maryland and will participate in spring drills this April, the school announced Thursday.

Florida QB Portis transfers to Maryland
Quarterback Josh Portis has enrolled in classes at the University of Maryland and will participate in spring drills when the Terps hit the practice fields in April. Portis, who spent his true freshman season at Florida, will be eligible to compete in the 2007 season.

Consistency proves key for Florida center Degory
In four seasons with the Florida Gators, center Mike Degory was more constant than the chomp. His beard grew, offensive coordinators came and left, the team changed. Not Degory. He answered every whistle, every practice, every game

Florida Gator Basketball

Commodores showing more athleticism early in the season
Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings forecasted last October that his team would be more athletic than a season ago.

SpongeBob who? UF's Moss a real G.I. Joe
OK, are you ready? You know your part, so don't stumble. Here we go: Adrian Moss is old. How old is he? He's so old ... that he has been a Florida institution longer than its $10 million basketball practice facility.

Which Florida team will show up against Vandy?
How good is Florida? Depends on who is asked. The Gators opened the season 17-0 and bolted to the No. 2 spot in the national rankings. However, Florida has been knocked off in the last week by Tennessee and South Carolina.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators squander double-digit lead
No. 24 Florida let a 10-point lead midway through the second half disappear, as sharp shooting Arkansas nailed 11 three-pointers en route to a 69-63 upset Thursday night at Bud Walton Arena.

Arkansas 69, No. 24 Florida 63
Leslie Howard scored a season-high 24 points, leading Arkansas to a 69-63 victory over No. 24 Florida on Thursday night.

Razorbacks outplay UF guards
The shooting woes continue for the UF guards. A week after UF's backcourt opened a game shooting 1 for 23 from the field in a win against Mississippi, the Arkansas backcourt outplayed UF's gang of five guards, leading to a 69-63 win for the Razorbacks.

Florida Gator Max Starks

Steelers tackle leaves trip home as an inspiration
You've probably had this fantasy, one that sometimes seems so real you become a daydream believer. There you are back at your old high school and everyone is patting you on the back and telling you how great you are.

Florida Lady Gator Tennis

UCF Falls to No. 2 Florida
Second-ranked Florida posted a 7-0 victory at home over the UCF men's tennis team on Thursday afternoon at Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex. The Golden Knights fell to 1-1 on the year while Florida (1-0) opened its season with a win.

Florida Gator Track & Field

UF back on proving ground
orget the top-5 ranking. Forget the 17 straight wins. Forget the praise. All the success Florida achieved over the first two months of the season has been stripped away by back-to-back losses at Tennessee and South Carolina.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Big crowds impact road teams' focus
amantha Lutz popped her eyes wide open, raised her eyebrows and clenched her teeth. This was her reenactment of what she felt walking into Alabama's Coleman Coliseum three years ago as a freshman to perform in front of 11,000 people. Lutz's jitters may have played a factor. She did not score above a 9.750 in the three events she performed.

Gym Dogs take youth to Florida
Tonight, when the No. 1 Gym Dogs face the No. 5 Florida Gators in Gainesville, it will be a new experience for almost all of Georgia's team.

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