Gator News and World Report (1/16/2007)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, January 16, 2007. Gymnastics gives UF another No. 1 team; Gators return to top of AP hoops poll; Buckeyes' loss to Florida means Strickland will pay up; Gators look even better than last year; Gators' big win means big business in Manatee; Gators bask in glory at Swamp festivities; Gators swamp heavy favorites, Big 12 chokes and more...

Florida Gator Football

Urban Meyer and Dan Mullen spent the last two years tweaking and massaging the offense to fit around the skills of quarterback Chris Leak. Now, it's back to work as the Florida coaches start to mold the offense to the talents of a new starting quarterback and a new cast of supporting players.

Buckeyes' loss to Florida means Strickland will pay up
Because the Ohio State Buckeyes lost the national championship game to Florida last week, Gov. Ted Strickland said he will make good on his wager on the game with Florida Gov. Charlie Crist — but apparently not quickly enough for Crist.

Gators' big win means big business in Manatee
It's been a week since the Gators stormed in and captured the title of national college football champions, and this Gator fan is still basking in the glow of success.

Gators bask in glory at Swamp festivities
Ten years ago, Notre Dame wide receivers coach Urban Meyer strolled into the Swamp and walked to midfield, where he made a cell phone call to his family.

Gators swamp heavy favorites, Big 12 chokes
Ohio State found out why they play the games. Though the Buckeyes came into the BCS National Championship game on Jan. 8 the heavy favorite, they left Glendale, Ariz., with heavier hearts.

Florida Gator Basketball

Florida coach Billy Donovan doesn't take much stock in being ranked No. 1 in January. "During this time of year, in college basketball, No. 1 is not going to last long," Donovan said. "I kind of look at it like the yellow jersey in a bicycle race. Each team is going to hand it off."

Gators return to top of AP hoops poll
Florida is back on top - again. For the fourth time since 2003, the UF basketball team holds the top spot in the Associated Press Top 25. The Gators moved up from second to claim the No. 1 ranking on Monday, thanks to North Carolina's loss to Virginia Tech and the Gators' victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Gators reclaim top spot
After a seven-week hiatus, Florida regained its place atop the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Top 25 polls when both were released Monday afternoon.

UF back at No. 1 in basketball
Chalk up another No. 1 ranking for the Florida Gators. A week after they won the national title in football, the Gators returned to No. 1 in the basketball polls Monday.

It's Good To Be A Gator, Basketball Team Tops The Latest Poll
Just a week after its football team won the BCS national championship game over Ohio State, the Florida Gators basketball team learned it is now the No. 1 squad in the latest AP poll.

Gators look even better than last year
It might sound strange, but there is something inherently dangerous about returning all the key members of a national championship team.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Gymnastics gives UF another No.Ê1 team
For just the third time in program history, Florida's gymnastics team has vaulted all the way to the top. Coach Rhonda Faehn is hoping this time, the Gators can stay there.

Florida Gator Rex Grossman

Timely visit alters Grossman's career
THE Chicago Bears quarterback, serves as Exhibit A that college football coaches never know who is going to show up on their doorsteps during recruiting season.

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