Do hotels have beds fit for Gator hoops player?

Published: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 1, 2007 at 3:14 a.m.

Lyn Robbins of Gainesville was slouched in her recliner watching a University of Florida Gator basketball game recently when she started wondering about the team's hotel accommodations.

"I was slouched way down, and my feet were sort of hanging over the end of the chair, and I thought, 'Man, that's uncomfortable,' " said Robbins, 54. "Then I thought about the team, and thought, 'Those guys are so tall, I bet their feet hang over the edge of the bed when they go to sleep at night.' It made me wonder whether the hotels they're staying in have to put special extensions on the bed so they fit."

Ellanna Tallent, program assistant for the men's basketball team, said whether it's the Final Four or a normal away game, the team doesn't get anything fancy.

"They're in the same old double-occupancy, double-bed rooms that everyone else stays in," Tallent said. "I have some friends who do the booking for pro teams, and those guys get single-occupancy, king-bed rooms. But at the college level, it's two guys to a room."

Tallent said it may sound uncomfortable to those who don't live in dorm rooms.

"You've got to think that in the dorms, the guys stay in twin beds. So they're usually decently happy with the beds in their hotel rooms."

"I've been with the team for nine-plus years, and I haven't heard any complaints about the beds," Tallent said. "I have heard many a complaint about the shower heads being too low."

Robbins said she was even more impressed with her favorite team's performance after learning about their humble accommodations on the road.

"You've got to be impressed that they can go out and play the way they do after knowing that," Robbins said. "I guess they've gotten used to it."

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