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  • #42740

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    It’s been so long since our players looked comfortable with a Spring offense. Consider the difference a few points per game average would make on the season.

  • #42701

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    Living with the calls is part of the game.

    Have to grudgingly give Auburn and Pearl their due for making it so far in the tourney. Good showing for the SEC.

  • #42518

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    Georgia is the team in the East to beat to get to Atlanta and all that lies beyond.

  • #42464

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    I’m optimistic when it comes to the Gators. Even still, this should be a leap year for the Gator program as Coach Mullen’s system takes hold. Coaching staff is coming back mostly intact which only amplifies the momentum coming into this season.

    I agree on the 10-11 wins. If we stay healthy in key positions, and catch a few breaks, it has the potential to be a special season. The border brawl will be THE determining game.

  • #42463

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    Georgia. Tame the puppies.

  • #42447

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    From my perspective, Mike White took a fundamentally flawed team and got a lot out of them this past season. He didn’t consistently get help from the seniors on the roster, although Hayes had a good year.

    Just a few weeks ago many people were saying this team was bound for an NIT they didn’t deserve. They not only made the tourney but got past the first round against a good Nevada team.

    Based on all the transfers, this is going to be a very different team next year. I have higher expectations for next season but will wait to monitor developments going into the season before making W/L predictions.

    Thank you Gator Basketball for never quitting through all the adversity of the season. You made this Gator proud.

  • #42036

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    More recently, what if Grier had not drank that dietary supplement? – or stayed at UF after the suspension?

    One of my favorite scenarios would have been Dan Mullen taking over from Urban Meyer.

    How about Spurrier coming to UF in the early 80’s after Pell or Hall? He was tearing it up with the Tampa Bay Bandits at the time and many a Gator wondered why not?

  • #41748

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    I’m sure it’s that way for athletes, how about scholars?

  • #41727

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    First and foremost, they should not forget the essence of the UF experience which is the university. The greatest danger is becoming a semi-pro franchise with little ties to the school. In my opinion, that was key to the downfall of the UM program.

    Instead of looking at game attendance in a pure profit sense, the university could implement a promotional policy with deep discounts for high schools for academic rewards and scholar recruiting, or for our alumni. I can think of many other ways to use tickets and games as a way to provide “a taste” of the UF experience to recruit scholars.

    Empty seats are also partially affected by all the competition in the area for entertainment dollars, especially the attractions an hour away in the Orlando area. I’m fine with the Gator displays and exhibits that have been built at the stadium. Let’s continue to be watchful and careful to keep the university as first priority as we address these other issues.

  • #41720

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    Great points gatorgj70x7. I greatly appreciate your Gatorsports posts.

    It took Auburn twenty attempts to get a win here. That says a lot about this program.

    We could end up with a losing season, but I’m willing to give our team the benefit of the doubt until we do. We’ve had it so good for so long that people take it for granted that it’s easy to get 20 or even .500 ball in the SEC. The emergence of Tennessee in the East along with the continued solid play of UK, uSC, Vandy makes the learning curve that much steeper.

    We’re paying dues with the freshmen. That should help with the transition to a new winning era for Gator hoops. Until then they are going to take some lumps and be a little slow to know where to go and when to do it.

    With the lack of an inside presence we have a lot of guys playing out of position for all or part of the games. Hayes is a prime example. He’s a tremendous power forward and great shot blocker. He’s too thin for center and rim protecting.

    With the shifting lineups and inconsistent play of our seniors and juniors it’s been challenging to finish games. A little depth, a few points and experience would have made a significant difference at this point in the season.

    This is the hand we were dealt this season along with the injuries and other developments. This is where Coach White and staff have work a bit harder to get the best out of this team.

  • #41718

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    We became a basketball school when Stormin’ Norman Sloan was hired at UF the first time. His second stint only strengthened our resolve. As with many significant shifts in the college sports world, it took awhile to take hold.

    We were truly a football school in those days. I remember ambling into a mostly empty Alligator Alley for games within minutes of tip-off, usually sitting near the Gator bench. Norm Sloan’s booming voice would echo off the wood walls of Florida Gym. I can’t think of any regular event that was less attended in that cavernous space. That was after his hiring increased public interest in the UF basketball program!

    If fans will be patient with Coach White, who did very well with the talent he was left from Billy Donovan, he will get his players in the system and continue our progress in hoops. Even the established programs have had ups and down. This is the transition that was mostly avoided when the coaching change occurred.

  • #41711

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    It was a highly successful recruiting cycle for the Gators. We’re seeing every indication that Dan Mullen has this program moving in the right direction again. Go Gators!

  • #41710

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    Good job gatorperio! Graham is a journalist with a much higher threshold for veracity than the posters here. Thanks for the heads up. I’ve watched this story intently since your post and will continue to wait for events to catch up with your advance information.

  • #41569

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    For those of us that went to the JM college back in the day, we have the distinction of going to classes within the home stands. Not only were there classrooms, labs, radio and television studios but all the athletic offices.

    Now the building is nearly all athletic offices.

    There’s a lot of office space in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

  • #41564

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    I grew up in rural Florida listening to Gator games on the radio. When our HS coach brought us to Gainesville we had seats in the green bleachers of the south end zone. I don’t think that could happen today with the game day expenses and costs.

    I been to many games through the years, sat in nearly every area and have witnessed the slow progression of “modernizing” Florida Field and Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. A lot of the luxury upgrades to the stadium have not worked out the way they thought. Ticket prices, hotel rooms, parking and related expenses have climbed to a point where the games are on a different level of entertainment and seed high expectations for fans.

    I don’t know if we can ever go back or should to the simple days of college football at UF. When they are considering moving the student section to an endzone to focus on filling every seats at the cost of the university experience, I’m skeptical. As an alumni, the enhancement of profitability is not my first priority.

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