Gator News and World Report (3/30/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, March 30, 2006. Spring is on the air; Brewer's dad used farm work to draw Corey down this path; Home runs instead of 3-pointers: Patriots play 'unityball' en route to Final Four; Mason madness; Florida just fine with being villain; No contest: Lawyers following UF to Indy; Gators Tougher Since Their Trip To 'Jail'; Youth Is Served At Final Four; Mad about Noah and more....

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Brewer's dad used farm work to draw Corey down this path
Tobacco Road carried Brewer to Indianapolis Corey Brewer's father never won the French Open like Joakim Noah's. His father never scored 1,000 points in an NBA season like Taurean Green's.

Home runs instead of 3-pointers: Patriots play 'unityball' en route to Final Four
George Mason guard Tony Skinn stood under the basket at one end of the Patriot Center, holding a black-covered foam bat with a yellow plastic handle. The bases were loaded. He did a Babe Ruth and pointed to the seats.

Mason madness
Napping isn't uncommon for college students, but Amy Allen had a perfectly plausible explanation for her afternoon siesta on the floor of the George Mason University bookstore.

Florida just fine with being villain
Everybody loves Cinderella and hates her ugly, nasty step-sisters. Saturday night, those step-sisters will be wearing orange and blue. George Mason's run to the Final Four has made the 11th-seeded Patriots darlings of the national media and likely the overwhelming fan-favorite in

No contest: Lawyers following UF to Indy
The wheels of justice in Jacksonville won't grind to a halt, but they will spin a bit lightly for a few days during the Florida Gators' appearance in the Final Four.

Other Georges curious
Indianapolis store clerks and cashiers have offered clever remarks whenever George William Mason has used his credit card the last few days.

Gators keep eye on hoops team
Even the Florida football team is getting caught up in the Gators basketball team's run to the Final Four.

Gators Tougher Since Their Trip To 'Jail'
The members of the University of Florida basketball team arrived at their practice complex before dawn one Friday morning last September. When they saw their weight room, they knew Matt Herring was about to ruin their weekend.

Youth Is Served At Final Four
Only six seniors will start in Saturday's national semifinals, and this year's Final Four coaches believe the number of seniors on elite teams will continue to head south.

Florida underclassmen could be drafted in first round
It is late March, and these are the best of times for Florida basketball. A game in the Final Four sits three days away, and with eight of its nine active scholarship players eligible to return to school next season, there's buzz that these Gators could find themselves in an identical spot the next time late March comes around.

'He's my heart'
While Corey Brewer emerges as Florida's star swingman, his dying father savors every moment of UF's Final Four run

Mad about Noah
As the 50-minute lecture ended, University of Florida sophomore Joakim Noah saw his new classmate approach him — a couple of T-shirts and a pen in hand.

Florida has tough challenge
Alabama coach Mark Gottfried is perhaps the most popular college men's basketball coach in America this week. On Tuesday, he was a guest on Fox Sports Net's "March Madness Coaches Show." Between Monday morning and Tuesday evening, that was one of 31 interview requests made to the university's media relations department.

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Spring is on the air
Usually this late in March on the Florida campus, the only madness entails catching passes and making tackles on the football practice field.

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