Gator News and World Report (7/8/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, July 8, 2006. Preseason praise; Prep players still consider going to 'diploma mills'; Wildcats have their eyes on power forward; Composite Rankings; Steele's college picks go against the norm; Comedian Jim Gaffigan will headline Gator Growl pep rally and more..

Florida Gator Football

Preseason praise
What's written in May and June is usually forgotten in the fall. Light summer fare is all it is.The preseason college football magazines offer it up in super-size portions in June-July and it is consumed, digested and purged long before the first big games arrive in September.

PRESEASON COMPOSITE RANKINGS
Rankings compiled by awarding points based on preseason polls in Athlon, Street & Smith's, Lindy's, Phil Steele's and The Sporting News' 2006 college football previews. A first-place selection is worth 25 points, second place 24 points, etc. Analysis by Tom Ensey.

Steele's college picks go against the norm
Let the guessing games begin. College football is just around the corner, but the preseason magazines are on your neighborhood newsstand now.

Star of the show
Virginia Tech coaches will have a few butterflies in their bellies today. While kickoff for the Hokies' first football game is almost two months away, this will be one of the program's biggest Saturdays of the year.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan will headline Gator Growl pep rally
Comedian Jim Gaffigan will headline the University of Florida's 83rd Gator Growl pep rally Oct. 6 in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

College Sports

Prep players still consider going to 'diploma mills'
Julian Vaughn stands 6-foot-8, boasts a high GPA and is ready to enter one of America's most prestigious basketball factories - Virginia's Oak Hill Academy.

Florida Gator Basketball

Wildcats have their eyes on power forward
Patterson also mentions Wake Forest as a serious contender and has said that he'll take a close look at national champion Florida. Gators coach Billy Donovan was the guest speaker at his Huntington High School basketball banquet in April. West Virginia is also in the mix, and Mountaineers coach John Belein spoke at his team's banquet last season.

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