Gator News and World Report (3/14/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, March 14, 2006. Gators join party; A season defined before last dance; Florida players are dealing with big expectations; Special delivery for Baloghs; Team will deal with 3; Gators to face Lobos in NCAA tournament; UF, Donovan stand alone at top; Gators' schedule turns friends into foes; Meyer's hardest work is done; Florida on same course as Baylor and more...

Florida Gator Basketball

A season defined before last dance
n the bowels of the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tenn., on Sunday afternoon, Billy Donovan was being peppered with questions about his NCAA Tournament history. He had just won Florida's second straight SEC Tournament title, but he spent a good amount of time answering questions about five straight years of NCAA frustration.

Florida players are dealing with big expectations
Florida point guard Taurean Green recalled the razzing he took from classmates in his senior year in high school.

Facing an old friend
Billy Donovan was a Jaguars fan on March 7. He sat in front of his television and watched the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title game between Western Kentucky and South Alabama, and he was rooting for his former assistant to beat the Hilltoppers and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

UF, Donovan stand alone at top
Thank goodness for Billy Basketball. Without him, we would be in a state of darkness. Without him, we would be in a state of despair. Without him, we would be in a state of horrid hoops hell.

Gators' schedule turns friends into foes
Billy Donovan and John Pelphrey see their upcoming matchup as a cruel joke. Both figured the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee wouldn't be able to resist pitting the two friends and former colleagues against each other in the opening round.

Gators say they have plenty to prove now
Florida celebrated its second consecutive Southeastern Conference Tournament title for about an hour Sunday.

Donovan, Pelphrey become foes
Former Florida assistant coach John Pelphrey, who led South Alabama to a 24-6 record this season, is being mentioned as a strong candidate for the just-vacated Mississippi job.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators join party
It's been two years since Florida has been to the NCAA Tournament. Now that they're back, it's turned into a flashback. The Gators draw in this year's tournament is almost identical to their last NCAA appearance in 2004.

Florida women on familiar path
Florida's latest NCAA Tournament appearance looks an awful lot like its last, but this time the Gators are hoping for better results. Florida earned a No.6 seed in the Albuquerque Regional, and the Gators will play No.11 New Mexico on Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. A victory would match Florida with either No.3 Baylor or No. 14 Northern Arizona.

Lobos Familiar To Gators
It's déjÀ vu all over again for the Florida women's basketball team. The last time they were in the NCAA Tournament in 2004, the Gators matched up with New Mexico in the first round, defeating the Lobos 68-56 on New Mexico's home floor before losing to Baylor in the second round.

Gators to face Lobos in NCAA tournament
On the other end of the phone, New Mexico women's basketball coach Don Flanagan sounded thankful and threatened about his team's NCAA Tournament fate.

Florida on same course as Baylor
Florida's women's team can be forgiven if the names and the faces look a little familiar when the Gators' NCAA Tournament play starts this weekend.

Florida Lady Gator Tennis

Special delivery for Baloghs
Something was wrong. And Dave Balogh knew it. The look his wife gave him from the stands told him.

Florida Gator Football

Team will deal with 3
Florida football coach Urban Meyer said Monday night he will not suspend players Kenneth Tookes, Andre Caldwell and Reggie Lewis for their roles in a gun incident last month.

No Suspensions After Gunshot Incident
Three University of Florida players connected with an accidental gunshot fired into an occupied apartment last month will not be suspended, Florida coach Urban Meyer said Monday night.

Meyer won't suspend UF threesome
Florida football Coach Urban Meyer said Monday night he will not suspend players Kenneth Tookes, Andre Caldwell and Reggie Lewis for their roles in a gun incident last month.

Meyer's hardest work is done
Florida's first day of spring football practice isn't until March 29, but compared to last year, Urban Meyer is way ahead of schedule.

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