Though Florida Gators football saw its season come to an end last Saturday and Florida basketball does not have a game until Tuesday, there has nevertheless been plenty of Gators news to cover this week.
A number of the stories covered by OnlyGators.com deserve updates now that the week has come to a conclusion, hence this special edition of OGGOA Week in Review. Some updates can be found below while others are in the appropriately linked stories.
SEARCH FOR AN OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR CONTINUES
When offensive coordinator Brent Pease was released on Sunday, OnlyGators.com published an early look at some candidates to replace him. That list has been updated throughout the week and once again on Saturday. Check out the original post – Replacing Brent Pease as offensive coordinator – for the latest information.
POINT GUARDS HEALTHIER THAN ADVERTISED
Sources close to the program and players told OnlyGators.com multiple times over the last week to expect both of the Gators’ point guards – senior Scottie Wilbekin and freshman Kasey Hill – to play on Tuesday at home against Kansas. This was information strongly hinted at during a post earlier in the week.
Florida announced on Tuesday that Wilbekin, who left Monday’s game at UConn with an ankle injury, had suffered a high-ankle sprain despite the fact that the player reportedly left the arena that night under his own power without the use of crutches or a boot. On Saturday, the Gators released a long post on their own website detailing the rehabilitation that Wilbekin has been undergoing. Hidden within the piece, Wilbekin was suddenly listed as “questionable” for Tuesday’s game despite there previously having been “no timetable” for his recovery.
Saturday evening at 6 p.m., UF relented and finally announced that Wilbekin not only practiced in the afternoon but has already been cleared to play on Tuesday. The school is now referring to his injury only as an “ankle sprain.”
Hill, on the other hand, legitimately suffered a high-ankle sprain three weeks ago, and the one-month recovery timetable provided by Florida was indeed accurate. However, he has been working extremely hard at his rehabilitation and is also expected to suit up for the Gators on Tuesday as long as he can stand the discomfort. Hill is unlikely to be at 100 percent for the game but would instead spell Wilbekin at point guard for a couple minutes each half. He is legitimately questionable.
TIM TEBOW’S BROADCASTING CAREER SET TO BEGIN?
On Wednesday morning, OnlyGators.com reported on Florida quarterback Tim Tebow‘s potential future in broadcasting, citing a story from TheBigLead.com about the former Heisman Trophy winner being courted by multiple networks. There is heavy interest from the SEC Network, via ESPN, in having Tebow help anchor its College Gameday-esque broadcast before games each Saturday int he fall, and CBS is also courting him for a potential spot on its studio show.
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN announced on Friday that the show mentioned above will be titled SEC Nation with Joe Tessitore as its primary host. The program will air each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the site of an SEC game featured on the SEC Network that day. As it turns out, the channel is planning on airing a tripleheader each Saturday
The Birmingham News on Friday went even in-depth with network executives about Tebow’s future on the air. “Tim is focused on what he’s focused on now, and as he said, he’s trying to play,” said Justin Connolly, officially ESPN’s senior vice president of programming but also the de facto head of the SEC Network. “To the extent he comes to a decision where he’s interested in getting into the booth or on the air, we definitely have an interest in talking to him. I think he would be a great addition if we could ever get him.”
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» 2014 running back Dalvin Cook is wavering in his commitment to the Gators.