May 6, 2011 |
When Urban Meyer was coaching at the University of Florida, the Gators showed no interest in Archbishop Wood standout Colin Thompson. That changed when Will Muschamp replaced Meyer and brought in Charlie Weis, formerly the offensive coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, to run a pro-style attack and hired others with NFL coaching experience. "It was definitely a factor in my decision," said Thompson, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end who committed to Florida on Thursday in a news conference at Wood.
November 22, 2002 |
Freshman Matt Walsh found new ways to shine for the No. 8 Florida Gators. The Germantown Academy product had 20 points, nine assists, six rebounds and five steals to lift Florida (2-0) over visiting Eastern Illinois last night in the Preseason NIT. After his latest success, he conceded that passing wasn't really his forte in high school. "But now that I've got guys to pass to, they make it easy," said Walsh, who scored 26 in his debut Tuesday against Louisiana Tech. The Gators will travel to New York to face Stanford on Wednesday in the semifinals.
March 14, 2005 |
Former Germantown Academy star Matt Walsh scored 26 points, including consecutive three-pointers that sparked a stunning 21-2 run, leading the Florida Gators to a 70-53 rout of fourth-ranked Kentucky yesterday in Atlanta and their first Southeastern Conference Tournament championship. Florida (23-7) beat the Wildcats (25-5) for the second time in 8 days, effectively knocking them out of contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Gators also defied history, winning their first tournament title on their 40th try against the team that has defined success in this event.
March 31, 1994 |
Dametri Hill is one of the mysteries of nature. He looks more like the Michelin Man than the skilled power forward he has become. The Florida sophomore tips the scales at 286 pounds these days, a lot less than he weighed a year ago, yet he moves with the agility of a dancer. Hill's girth allows him to rumble with the toughest of players beneath the basket, yet his shot is expertly soft. He is one of those odd components that have helped the Florida Gators make their surprising debut as a Final Four team.
December 28, 2008 |
Free-agent centerfielder Willy Taveras agreed to a two-year contract yesterday with the Cincinnati Reds. Financial terms of the deal weren't immediately known. Taveras spent two seasons in Colorado but became a free agent this month when the Rockies were unable to trade him at the winter meetings. In 2008, Taveras hit .251 and led the big leagues with 68 steals and a .907 stolen-base percentage. Pro basketball Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng could miss up to a week with a sprained left ankle suffered Friday night at Miami.
November 18, 2005 |
It was Taurean Green's turn to lead the Florida Gators. The sophomore guard almost doubled his career high with 23 points, and Florida beat No. 19 Wake Forest, 77-72, last night in the semifinals of the 2K Sports College Hoop Classic. The Gators (3-0) advanced to tonight's championship game against No. 16 Syracuse. Green, whose previous best was 13 points as a freshman against Providence, hit a three-pointer in the 8-1 run that gave Florida a 72-62 lead with 2:06 to play.
February 4, 2000 |
Top offensive line prospect Jonathan Colon was apparently so torn between the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes that he decided to sign with both schools. The 6-7, 300-pound youngster's indecision had both schools claiming Colon as theirs yesterday. Colon, a tackle from Miami Central, announced Wednesday that he had signed a national letter of intent with the Gators. But Colon also signed hours earlier with Miami, Hurricanes coach Butch Davis said. Because the Hurricanes were first, Davis said, the Gators are out of luck.
March 25, 2011 |
NEW ORLEANS - Alex Tyus is like most of these Florida Gators - good at a lot of things, but lacking one dominant skill. On the biggest stage of his career, though, the senior's impact was obvious. Tyus had 19 points and 17 rebounds as Florida beat BYU, 83-74, in overtime last night, chasing a bloodied Jimmer Fredette and the Cougars out of the NCAA Tournament. Now the Gators will be playing for a spot in the Final Four for the first time since 2007 - ascending back into the nation's elite after a hiatus from the spotlight following back-to-back national championships in 2006 and '07. "It's been so rewarding for me to see them make the journey they've made to this point now," coach Billy Donovan said.
September 11, 2002 |
When Temple football coach Bobby Wallace and athletic director Bill Bradshaw paid a get-to-know-you visit to Mayor Street yesterday morning, they presented him with a Temple hat and a T-shirt that had the word Coach stenciled on it. "I told him he could wear it and coach the team on Saturday," said Wallace, who was meeting the mayor, a Temple alumnus, for the first time. For the record, Street did not accept the offer. And who could blame him? Street's mandate to fix all the problems in the city is nothing when compared with the challenge that Wallace faces Saturday.
January 3, 1996 |
In a game that had all the drama of an actual Super Bowl, Nebraska last night flicked aside the Florida Gators, 62-24, to claim the national championship and its place alongside the great dynasties of college football. Florida coach Steve Spurrier, the latest of this game's offensive geniuses, a man whose Gators had never scored less than four touchdowns in going undefeated in the regular season, could only stand there at Sun Devil Stadium and shake his head and pick at his nails.