SIX BITS: Junior Day, Lee, Olympics, gym, track

By Adam Silverstein
February 13, 2010

1 » Just because National Signing Day ended the 2010 recruiting cycle on Feb. 3 does not mean the Florida Gators coaching staff is done recruiting. The University of Florida will host its first Junior Day for 2011 high school graduates Saturday as prospects from all over the state (and some from beyond) will travel to Gainesville, FL, to learn about the Gators. The majority of the outing includes a presentation about Florida football from a suite, a tour of The Swamp and a chance for the high schoolers to meet with some current players and pick their brains about the Gators. OGGOA will provide you with a full recap of the event early next week.

2 » In case you wanted or needed some data to explain why former Florida basketball player and current New York Knicks star forward/center David Lee deserved to be in the 2010 NBA All-Star Game all along, his hometown paper (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) has it together in a column for you.

Four more BITS on the Olympics, Jeff Demps, eye black, etc. after the jump!

3 » As OGGOA continues its coverage of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, we are keeping track specifically of former Florida decathlete and member of the USA-1 bobsled team (a.k.a. “Night Train”) Steve Mesler. Mesler, profiled here by OGGOA, said his team has an on-camera celebration planned and practiced should they win the gold as they are favored to. That celebration is set to include a Gator Chomp, just as it did in the 2010 World Cup.

4 » On a roll since dropping its first meet of the season, the No. 6 Gators gymnastics team (4-2, 3-1 SEC) lost its first conference game of the season Friday 197.425-196.60 to the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (6-1, 4-1 SEC). Each team posted its second-highest score of the season, and Florida turned in season-high totals on its second and final events (49.425 on vault, 49.175 on balance beam). The meet will air tape-delayed on ESPN2 on Feb. 21 at 11:30 a.m.

5 » Gators track and field continues to roll, earning four more NCAA automatic-qualifying marks/times and two school records on Friday by competing in three meets across the country (Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, AR, Iowa State Classic in Ames, IA, and Husky Classic in Seattle, WA). Freshman sprinter Jeff Demps won the men’s 60-meter dash in Fayetteville in a time of 6.59, tying him for the Florida school record in the event with junior Terrell Wilks. Demps will move on to the NCAA Indoor Championships. Read more about Gators track and field’s success on Friday here.

6 » The NCAA Football Rules Committee has proposed a ban on college football players writing any words or posting any logos on their eye black beginning in the 2010 season. Unofficially nicknamed “The Tebow Rule,” it must still be approved by the NCAA Player Rules Oversight Panel. This rule currently exists in the NFL.

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