OGGOA Week in Review Updates: Offensive coordinator, point guards, Tim Tebow

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.

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Florida Gators to compete in 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis

The organizers for the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis officially announced Tuesday what was already rumored, that the Florida Gators will help headline a strong eight-team field that will participate in the Bahamas-based event over Thanksgiving weekend next year.

Florida is just one-eighth of a loaded field that includes Butler, Georgetown, Oklahoma, North Carolina, UCLA, Wisconsin and Alabama-Birmingham. The Gators will be guaranteed to play at least three of the other programs from Nov. 26-28, 2014 as the event is a bracket-style tournament with first-, third-, fifth- and seventh-place games.

Teams are seeded based on ranking and a couple other factors. With a majority of the teams likely to be ranked next year, it is expected to be the best and most competitive Battle 4 Atlantis in the tournament’s third season of existence.

Each game is held inside the Imperial Arena (a grand ballroom transformed into a basketball arena) at the Atlantis Resorts on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas.

It will be the first time Florida plays in such an exotic setting since UF participated in the Maui Invitational at the start of the 1999-00 campaign.

Gators head coach Billy Donovan has a fondness for premier non-conference tournaments and events even if Florida has not participated in a large number of them in the past. This season, UF is taking part in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, Jimmy V. Classic and Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

The school has already announced that travel packages will be available for fans interested in attending the tournament (and scrapping Thanksgiving holiday plans with their families). Everyone else will be able to watch the games live on ESPN.

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