Notes: Gators lose prospect to Buckeyes


In what amounted to a double-whammy, Florida not only lost to Ohio State, but lost out on 2011 power forward prospect Amir Williams when he committed earlier this week to the Buckeyes.

There have been some rumblings that Florida has turned its focus to 2011 forward prospect DeAndre Daniels. But Kentucky and Texas also remain  in the mix for Daniels, who is playing this season down the road at IMG Academy in Bradenton.

* The SEC suspended Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl for eight games in large part because he lied to NCAA investigators about his recruitment of Aaron Craft. Yes, the same Craft who as an Ohio State freshman point guard was so steady handling the ball and making decisions against Florida’s press Tuesday night.

Pearl won’t be coaching on Jan. 11 when the Gators face Tennessee in Thompson-Boling Arena, but will be back on the bench for the Feb. 12 meeting between the two teams at the O’Connell Center. Pearl is 5-0 against  Donovan at home and 8-2 overall. So even if the Gators beat the Vols on the road, Pearl’s perfect record against Donovan at home will remain intact.

* Unfortunate news surrounding Florida transfer Allan Chaney, who is out indefinitely with a heart ailment. Doctors first discovered the problem when Chaney collapsed during a workout with Virginia Tech last April. That might explain some of the conditioning issues that Chaney had during his brief stay at Florida.