Gators' voice no worse for wear


Published: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Oh my, what a quick turnaround for the voice of the Gators.

After calling Florida's second football national championship in school history Monday, Mick Hubert was back courtside in time for Tuesday night's game against Arkansas.

Hubert arrived on a university-chartered flight from Phoenix at about 4 p.m. and was at the arena about two hours before tipoff. The team arrived on a separate charter at 6:15 p.m.

"We had it planned that way all along," said Hubert, who left for Arizona after calling Florida's basketball game Saturday against Georgia. "It's really no big deal. I've had tighter turnarounds for games."

In his 18th year calling Florida games, Hubert also called Florida's 1996 national championship in football and last spring's 2006 championship in basketball.

"It was very similar to the basketball game against UCLA in that Florida jumped to such a big lead," Hubert said. "I was kind of joking with some friends that in the third quarter, I had a hard time staying awake. But after what the basketball team has accomplished and now the football team on top of it, it's definitely an exciting time at Florida."

Hubert said he didn't script the call at as the final seconds ticked to the championship, which was "The Florida Gators have shocked the world."

"At about 30 seconds left, the whole team ran onto the field, so I wasn't going to count it down or anything like that," Hubert said. "I just tried to describe the atmosphere."

Hotel bound

After watching the first half of Monday night's BCS Championship at their respective apartments, Florida basketball players gathered at a hotel off campus to watch the second half. The players stayed at the hotel Monday night.

Florida players were happy for their football counterparts, but didn't attempt to contact them late Monday night.

"I just remember how crazy it was for us, when we won it last spring, how many voicemails and messages I had on my sidekick," said senior center Chris Richard, who is close friends with Florida junior receiver Cornelius Ingram. "I just thought I would let them enjoy it and get back in touch with them when they get back home."

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