Meyer said he had already congratulated Donovan on his success and it's obvious he has an extremely high opinion of Florida's basketball coach. "Billy's a very close friend and a great coach."
On NCAA Tournament Shortcomings
Meyer volunteered his thoughts on criticism he's seen about Florida's failure to reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament the last five years. "I read somewhere that they've lost a couple of games and I read where he can't win the big games and all that," Meyer said. "He's won two SEC titles out of two years in the tournament. That's a heckuva deal. Before that I don't think they ever won one."
Meyer also loves the personal chemistry among the players, which he thinks is what really makes a group of players a "team". "What a great team to watch," Meyer added. "The comment after they beat Kentucky, I don't know if you (media) guys picked up on that, but I think it was Taurean (Green) and (Joakim) Noah were talking and I don't want to get too corny, but they got up the next morning and said ‘I love you man, that was a great effort.'
"We're not there yet," Meyer continued, referring to his own squad. "We're a young team that's a little more worried about things that aren't as important. That'll be brought up to them quite often."
Meyer was asked about having the basketball players talk to their school mates of the gridiron. "That's gonna happen," Meyer said. "It will happen. That's a great team, and that's what we're all in it for. Not teams with great players, but great teams, unselfish teams that go as hard as they can."
The idea of a Gator football coach holding another UF team up as an example to his own squad is not unprecedented. Steve Spurrier used the success and consistency of both the women's tennis and volleyball squads to help drive home the point that every season should be about winning a championship.
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