1 » Florida Gators gymnastics won its second-straight National Championship this month, so it should come as no surprise that some teams on campus hope to emulate its success. Enter a couple Florida football players and swimmers who tried to complete as gymnasts in this video shot for the Florida Letterman Awards, which were actually held in early April before gymnastics went back-to-back at the NCAA Championships.
2 » LSU athletic director Joe Alleva may not have gotten its way when it came to the Southeastern Conference’s most recent scheduling announcement – specifically regarding the retention of permanent cross-divisional opponents – but he is pleased that SEC commissioner Mike Slive has decided to help his school lobby for more night games at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “There has developed an understanding that CBS, ESPN and all its platforms will recognize the importance of LSU home night games in their scheduling process with assurances that every effort will be made to maximize the number of LSU home games at night,” he wrote in a letter fans of the team. UF has not only dealt with a significant absence of night games recently but also a groundswell of desire to see them increase as fans are tired – both figuratively and literally – of being forced to sit outside in the insane heat at noon in Gainesville, Florida. This type of preferential treatment for the Tigers may not sit well with Gators fans or perhaps even the administration, which could use as many night games as possible when convincing people to purchase season tickets.
3 » Four former Florida women’s basketball players are currently on WNBA training camp rosters with 15-year veteran DeLisha Milton-Jones working out for the New York Liberty and hoping to become the oldest player in the league at age 39. Returning for her third season with the Atlanta Dream is Aneika Henry, who has started 15-of-68 games from 2012-13. Also working out in hopes of earning roster spots are Jennifer George and rookie Jaterra Bonds, both of whom will be in training camp with the Indiana Fever. There are two other Gators representing the school in the WNBA with Carol Ross set to begin her third season as head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks and 10-year veteran Bridget Pettis continuing her coaching career (which started in 2006) as an assistant with the Tulsa Shock.
4 » According to The Gainesville Sun’s Robbie Andreu, Florida is a top option for Virginia Cavaliers tight end transfer Jake McGee, the team’s leading receiver in 2013 (43 catches for 395 yards, two touchdowns) who is looking for greener pastures after deciding to leave the program a couple of days ago. McGee will be eligible to play immediately as he is on schedule to graduate from UVA in May. The Gators could certainly use a strong, pass-catching tight end that can step in immediately and contribute. Florida gave freshman DeAndre Goolsby an extensive look at the position in the spring but would likely prefer to go with a more reliable veteran as Goolsby continues to get adjusted to offensive coordinator Kurt Roper’s system and college football in general. McGee (6-foot-6, 250 pounds) would be UF’s biggest on-field target at the position – with a legitimate ability to make plays – since 2009 (Cornelius Ingram).