Gator News and World Report (2/10/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, February 10. 2006. Ringing endorsement; Meet the 2006 Gators; Gators hope new look produces; Coaches' challenges soon?; Eshe-led Gators cruise; Tebow too popular for own good; SEC baseball preview; Healthy Competition; FSU resorts to executive help vs. UF's Meyer and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

Tigers invade resurgent Gators
On Saturday, the Gators destroyed Kentucky -- a struggling team but still a talented one that is above .500 in the SEC - by a 95-80 score.

Florida Gator Baseball

Ringing endorsement
It started with a speech on the outfield grass of Rosenblatt Stadium. That's where Jeremy Foley, Florida's athletic director, addressed the Gators moments after they lost to Texas in the National Championship Series last summer in Omaha, Neb. Foley told the team they had raised the level of expectations for Florida's baseball program.

Meet the 2006 Gators
Brandon McArthur Position: Second baseYear: Redshirt sophomoreHometown: SeffnerVitals: 6-foot-1, 190 pounds05: .268, 2 HR, 30 RBIThe skinny: Making the move from third base where he started 60 games a year ago and became a first-team All-SEC freshman team selection.

O'Day dream believer
Darren O'Day wasn't good enough. That's what Florida baseball coach Pat McMahon told the Bishop Kenny High School graduate following a tryout with the Gators in 2002.

SEC baseball preview
Florida Key returning players: 1B Matt LaPorta (.328, 76 HR, 79 RBI), SS Adam Davis (.306, 63 RBI); RHP Darren O'Day (8-3, 7 saves, 2.87 ERA). Outlook: No doubt the Gators can hit and score runs, but will an inexperienced pitching staff develop quickly enough?

Healthy Competition
Brandon McArthur thought the University of Florida baseball team had brought almost everyone back from the group that finished second in last year's College World Series - until he looked around the room at the Gators' first team meeting in August.

Gators an early pick to return to Omaha
UF enters the season with higher expectations than last year, when it reached the College World Series.

Florida Gator Softball

Gators hope new look produces
They have new coaches, new uniforms and a new attitude. They even have new blue bats. It seems everything surrounding the Florida softball team has a new feel these days. The reason is the arrival of head coach Tim Walton.

Florida Gator Football

Coaches' challenges soon?
he NCAA will give college football coaches at least one replay challenge per game next season and require conferences to use a universal review format if Thursday's recommended changes by the rules committee are approved in March.

Tebow too popular for own good
Tim Tebow is a great role model. Sawgrass Mariott He's intelligent, thoughtful and grounded. He's athletically and spiritually blessed.

FSU resorts to executive help vs. UF's Meyer
They must be worried in Tallahassee. Really worried. Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators routed the Florida State Seminoles 34-7 in the regular season and then last week Meyer went on a recruiting spree we haven't seen since Genghis Khan fortified his Mongol army by promising recruits all the sheep and goat they could plunder.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Eshe-led Gators cruise
Florida senior Dalila Eshe scored 21 points and had a career-high 17 rebounds and Florida used a 19-6 run midway through the second half Thursday en route to a 63-48 win over Mississippi State.

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