Posted March 28, 2013 on
In the past Billy Donovan has had to fight the perception issues of basketball at Florida. That perception has been even more so when it comes to the state of Florida. Now, with three teams in the NCAA Tournament Sweet-16, the state of Florida is front and center with that orange ball of the hard wood. Donovan likes the way things are going and believes the state can stand on its own.
BEST OF MAXIM
Florida basketball head coach Billy Donovan opted to keep his team in Texas this week rather than travel back and forth to Gainesville . It's a different approach than that of Florida Gulf Coast University Coach Andy Enfield used as his team did travel back home to Ft Myers for a day or two and then to the Dallas area. Donovan talked about that and the match up to the media.
On Friday night, Florida will play Florida Gulf Coast in the Sweet 16 in Cowboys Stadium. Assuming the Gators play well, all signs point to them ending FGCU's run in the NCAA Tournament and moving one step closer to the Final Four.
(BUT NO SEC TOURNAMENT TITLE)
/shoots ill-advised three-pointer
/Gator-chomps before the ball is halfway to the basket
In the crazy realm that is college football, coaches will do a myriad of crazy and interesting things to woo that high school football star.
The latest interesting recruiting tactic came from University of Florida wide receiver coach Joker Phillips who used this image of "The Joker" to try and get the attention of recruits:
IT'S TIME TO COME PLAY WR FOR THE...
by Steve Etter
Miami Bureau Reporter
It's a battle of the sunshine state held in Texas as the #15 seed Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles (FGCU) play the more well known #3 Florida Gators.
The #15 FGCU Eagles (26-10, 13-5 A-Sun), the definite Cinderella story of the tournament, beat the #2 Georgetown Hoyas 78-68 in the second round of...
When you make history like the boys from Florida Gulf Coast University have it is understandable that the fan base get a little cocky and maybe even arrogant. The national attention has to be pretty cool, although I would question making the school too popular; that awesome beach might have a few too many dudes on it next semester...
Anyway...the fans were out in full force...
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are the sweethearts of the NCAA Tournament, as they have made it to the Sweet 16, marking the first time that a No. 15 seed has ever reached this point in the dance. However, the team for the Atlantic Sun champs is going to be coming to a close this week against the No. 3 Florida Gators, one of the favorites to win March Madness.
If you want to drink against the Florida Gators when they take on Florida Gulf Coast, then perhaps this "Fried Gator" shot at the Waldorf in Naples is for you.
Florida Gulf Coast University has been the talk of the 2013 NCAA Tournament by making history. The FGCU Eagles became the first ever 15-seeded team to reach the Sweet Sixteen. The Fort Myers, Floria area has been electric since the weekend. After the Eagles win on Sunday night, they returned from Philadelphia at 3:30 a.m. to a massive crowd of cheering fans. A pep rally was held...
March Madness in the Sunshine State has long meant little to most people in Florida.
Sure, the Florida Gators have been an NCAA tournament staple during coach Billy Donovan's tenure, which includes back-to-back national championships (2006-07).
Everywhere else in the football-frenzied state, though, the closest fans usually get to college basketball's biggest stage is taking...
Joker Phillips is the new wide receivers coach for the Florida Gators, and he is hoping his new Batman's Joker recruiting campaign will land him some young stars.
Austin Hardin and Brad Phillips know what’s at stake. The Gators are replacing the best kicker in school history after Caleb Sturgis graduated last season, and there’s no clear idea of who will win the job. Sturgis leaves Gainesville third in the record books for points scored. Hardin and Phillips are trying to show enough consistency to earn this job on the practice field during...
The middle of the defense is going through an overhaul this spring. The Gators lost both inside linebackers, safeties and defensive tackles from the starting unit last season, and it’s up to first-year defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin to fill those spots. He ran through his thoughts on a few players during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.