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February 8, 2019 at 10:25 am #41727
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.
February 7, 2019 at 7:43 pm #41720
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.
February 7, 2019 at 3:44 pm #41718
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.
February 6, 2019 at 11:36 pm #41711
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!
February 6, 2019 at 10:49 pm #41710
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.
January 28, 2019 at 11:43 pm #41569
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.
January 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm #41564
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.
January 24, 2019 at 6:41 pm #41504
I’m a Gator and optimistic for the best in each outcome gatorgi70x7. I’m realistic in seeing this team struggle to stay at the same level as last year.
Cheese by himself was that good. Then consider the points Koulechov added. Then subtract Hudson, Allen and Stone who have all been AWOL from the stat sheet. Now take away Gak’s relief minutes and you have our current offensive dilemma.
Another important aspect of every season is development. Gator fans should not overlook the progress of our young players. Adding Nembhard and Locke has worked out exceptionally well and looks very good for the future. Few freshmen backcourt tandems have contributed more in their first season.
Stokes is a sophomore and developing physically and in technique. He’s on track to contribute more as he gains muscle and experience. His best minutes are still ahead.
So yes, there’s going to be ups and downs this season with all the learning curves. The older guys haven’t made the transition any easier by not consistently scoring. You have to hand it to Coach White. Playing through the frontcourt was not working in the first half, so he went to small ball for a stunning turnaround. That’s good coaching and use of players on the roster.
That makes the A&M win especially sweet. How many people were upset at halftime with a thirteen point deficit and even stopped watching the game? Then this team hits the floor for the second half and roars to a double digit win. That’s the roller coaster we will be on this year.
January 13, 2019 at 4:57 pm #41377
So true. You don’t lose your starting senior point guard and not have a learning curve for player and team. With a grip on expectations – the pieces are here for a decent year.
Nembhard is playing well for a freshmen. So far, he hasn’t had much scoring help from more experienced players. That has to change dramatically for this team to squeak in the NCAA Tourney. With some scoring consistency things could turn around quickly. We’ll see here in the first few weeks of the SEC schedule.
January 12, 2019 at 1:08 am #41350
Coach Mullen and staff squeezed a lot of performance out of the Gator program this season. My expectation for next season is ten-wins and to be competitive with the top conferences teams.
Franks developed nicely over the season. If he can stay healthy, we’ll have a good year and show even more offensive prowess. The offense is taking hold and climbing out of the statistical cellar. Still, there’s a lot of talent being replaced up front. There’s going to be a steep learning curve in the pre-season.
The defense took some lumps early and then settled into the scheme. I see a similar pattern playing out again with so many key players being replaced. Depth and experienced backups concerns me with the linebackers and secondary.
We still may be a season away from having all the elements and players for a championship run. Coach Mullen is a hard-working opportunist that will leverage what talent we have every year to be competitive. From there, a little luck and some favorable bounces can go a long way.
January 10, 2019 at 4:13 pm #41331
October should be Gator scooter month.
December 30, 2018 at 3:40 pm #41208
I sure hope so Gator67.
That was as bad of a shooting funk we’ve seen in awhile. When you lose three starters, including the point guard – everything changes. It was smart of Coach White to keep working through defense to spark the offense.
Nembhard is the future. The team is remaking itself with his style and nuances of play.
The offense blazed but it was our best defensive game. I think defense will continue to lead the way. With minimal turnovers and some points we can win ugly against most teams. We have the potential to be much better with consistent shooting.
December 20, 2018 at 3:43 pm #41021
Even for all but the most pessimistic “fan” this is a good class for Coach Mullen. We filled key positions of need with quality recruits that fit the system and scheme they will play in.
It’s what’s done with the talent that really counts. This staff took the existing players and developed their skills significantly in the course of a season. The results on offense have been remarkable.
I’m not surprised by the results. I expected that we would also hold our own in recruiting and continue to build momentum. We got more than an experienced SEC head coach. We gained nearly an entire football staff from MSU with the regime change at UF.
December 19, 2018 at 9:57 pm #41009
This year’s class shows we’re in good hands with Coach Mullen.
December 19, 2018 at 2:46 am #40972
You did not mention Gator great Neal Walk, who should be at the top of any list.
Our situation should improve as the season progresses. Stokes has the potential to fill some of the vacuum at center. If Gak ever heals from international play he could settle into a role.
I give Hayes a lot of credit for playing out of position. He’s a better power forward for his time at center. He doesn’t dominate at center but is an effective shock blocker.