Gator News and World Report (2/28/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, February 28, 2006. Truth is Gators' opposition has gotten better; Trying to hang on; UF women at No. 23; UF vs. UM now official; Up-and-down season continues for Peck's Gators; Miami, UF schedule two games; LSU, UT top seeds, but Florida's on fire; 'Canes, Gators renew rivalry; Transition game and more...

Florida Gator

Truth is Gators' opposition has gotten better
Billy Donovan was upbeat on Monday even with three straight losses trying to droop his shoulders. He knows the truth.The truth lies somewhere between spin and perception, between 17-0 and 5-6, between reality and pretense.

Trying to hang on
Florida will be rooting pretty hard for Vanderbilt this week. As part of a scenario of tiebreakers, the Gators may need Vanderbilt to finish ahead of South Carolina in the Eastern Division in order to secure a No. 2 seed in the Southeastern Conference Tournament.

Transition game
The decision to leave still haunts Mario Boggan. "Sometimes at night, I think, 'Man, I wish I was down there in Florida,' " Boggan said. "Even last year when I was at junior college. . . It hurts me because I'm like, 'Man, I could have been in the mix.' "

Moss says no to start
Florida coach Billy Donovan said Monday he planned to extend an offer to Adrian Moss to start his final home game on Wednesday night.

Team strives to end slump
As UF raced to a 17-0 start, and even when the Gators began to lose, praise rained down upon the team for its players' unselfishness and passion.

Florida Gator Baseball

Gators face another ace tonight vs. FSU
Florida coach Pat McMahon likes to use the baseball adage that a team is only as good as the guy it has on the mound.

Struggling Gators to host FSU
A day after Wake Forest handed then-No. 1 UF a 4-0 defeat, the zeros still flashed on the scoreboard.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

UF women at No. 23
Welcome back, Florida.The Gators' historic upset at Tennessee on Sunday propelled them back into The Associated Press women's college basketball top 25 Monday for the first time in more than a month.

Up-and-down season continues for Peck's Gators
The Incredible Hulk roller coaster at Orlando's Universal Studios theme park rises 110 feet and features a 105-foot drop at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour.

LSU, UT top seeds, but Florida's on fire
Florida's six league losses are too many to qualify for a bye in the Southeastern Conference women's basketball tournament but the Lady Gators have victories over top seeds LSU and Tennessee and are the hot team entering play Thursday.

Florida Gator Football

UF vs. UM now official
Florida and Miami will play a pair of football games on Sept. 6, 2008, in Gainesville and Sept. 7, 2013, at the Orange Bowl. The two schools announced the agreement - which was reported in The Sun on Feb. 21 - on Monday.

Miami, UF schedule two games
Florida has added a pair of football games against Miami to future schedules, and the schools are continuing discussions about a third matchup within the next nine years.

Gators, 'Canes Agree On 2 Future Dates
As expected, the universities of Florida and Miami announced Monday that they have finalized a deal to play one another in football in 2008 and 2013. Just don't expect the schools to ever return to playing annually, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said.

Gators, 'Canes to meet twice
Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley confirmed Monday that the Gators and Miami Hurricanes will play two football games in the next eight years.

'Canes, Gators renew rivalry
Florida and Miami have signed agreements to play football on Sept. 6, 2008, in Gainesville and Sept. 7, 2013, in Miami at the Orange Bowl, as long as promised renovations are completed.

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