Gator News and World Report (1/19/2007)

The Gator News and World Report for January 19, 2007. Defense becomes priority; UF finds itself in similar spot as Buckeyes in '06; Sinclair excited to be competing again; Gators' comeback falls short; The good, bad coaching Rebs; Future pros please Meyer; Gators know quest won't be easy; Despite holdout, Gators are toast of the House; Donovan Pushing Gators To Toughen Up on Defense and more..

Florida Gator Football

Defense becomes priority
Winning the national championship can provide quite a bump in recruiting. The Florida Gators have that going for them, plus something else that may be even more appealing to recruits.

UF finds itself in similar spot as Buckeyes in '06
When he first arrived at Florida as the head football coach, Urban Meyer identified that spring's practice as the most important in Gator football history. Whether it was real or rhetoric, it's hard to argue with the man after he won a national title 21 months later.

Future pros please Meyer
Florida football coach Urban Meyer wasn't upset when Jarvis Moss, Reggie Nelson, Brandon Siler and Ryan Smith told him they weren't coming back for their senior season. He actually felt pretty good.

Nease OL Wilson says yes to Gators
Ponte Vedra Beach Nease OL James Wilson (6 feet 4/310 pounds) has switched his commitment from USC to Florida. He is Florida's 23rd commitment and the Gators' third -- and likely last -- on the offensive line.

Florida recovered from panic mode in the big game
Long after the final piece of confetti fell to the turf and the last fans went Gator-chomping into the Arizona night, Urban Meyer confided his fears.

Despite holdout, Gators are toast of the House
Even after romping past Ohio State in the BCS Championship Game, the Florida Gators are finding rivals trying to block their path to glory.

Sun shines on Gators' repeat bid
Florida's hangover from its national title game victory has barely dissipated. Break out the Advil. It's time to give the Gators another headache.

Florida Gator Basketball

The good, bad coaching Rebs
You can't put a price on coming home. At least, that's how Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy feels. Kennedy, a Louisville, Miss., native, realized the challenges he faced when he replaced Rod Barnes as Ole Miss coach last March. An apathetic fan base. Outdated facilities.

SEC Power Poll
Times-Union sports writer Michael DiRocco ranks the SEC men's basketball teams and monitors their momentum.

Gators know quest won't be easy task
It might sound strange, but there is something inherently dangerous about returning all the key members of a national championship team. Expectations balloon, and problems can follow. The primary hazard is complacency, South Carolina basketball coach Dave Odom said.

Donovan Pushing Gators To Toughen Up on Defense
Although Florida entered the week ranked No. 1 and is undefeated in conference play, coach Billy Donovan is still seeking improvement on the defensive end of the floor.

Final game disproves BCS perceptions
First impressions are never what they seem - at least not in this year's BCS national championship. After Ted Ginn Jr. ran back the opening kickoff for a touchdown on Jan. 8, Ohio State was ahead of Florida with only 16 seconds off the clock. The Buckeyes had instant momentum.

Huertas back in Gainesville after transfer
Mississippi may have lost in the first round of the Southeastern Conference Tournament last year, but the Rebels feature a player who is a national champion.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Sinclair excited to be competing again
Melanie Sinclair stuck her final routine of the night, threw her arms in the arm and yelled, "I'm back." It was a fitting declaration. Sinclair, one of the most heralded gymnasts ever to come to Florida, made her Gators debut a memorable one by winning the all-around competition during Florida's season-opening win at the Super Six Challenge in Fayetteville, Ark. on Jan. 5.

Florida Gator Kerwin Bell

New JU coach plans aggressive approach
It's been 16 days since Kerwin Bell was introduced as Jacksonville University's football coach, and he has wasted little time, studying for, and passing, the NCAA's recruitment test, interviewing coaches and meeting with players.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators' comeback falls short
Southeastern Conference woes continued for the Florida women's basketball team Thursday night at the O'Connell Center. Despite a career-high 26 points and eight rebounds from Marshae Dotson, Florida lost 74-69 to Auburn (15-5, 2-2).

Florida Gator Jabar Gaffney

Gaffney has grabbed the spotlight again
It was crunch time and you don't easily forget the details of such a situation when you're a football lifer.

Florida Gator Rex Grossman

'He was dumb like a fox'
The talent was obvious. Florida's coaches, including the coach, Steve Spurrier, would stand behind Rex Grossman during practice and literally say "Wow" when a tight spiral left his fingers.

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