SIX BITS: WNBA, Parsons, Dunlap, Starks, Wuerffel

By Adam Silverstein
June 4, 2013

1 » The 2013 WNBA season opens this week with two former Florida Gators players and two more former coaches spread across the league. Forward DeLisha Milton-Jones will be entering her 15th season as a professional but first with the San Antonio Silver Stars. Guard Aneika Henry joins the Atlanta Dream for her second season after averaging 4.8 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting .468 as a rookie in 2012. Former Florida head coach Carol Ross returns to the same position with the Los Angeles Sparks, and former Gators head coach Mickie DeMoss comes back as an assistant with the Indiana Fever. Gators center Jennifer George, who was selected in the third round of the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Fever, is not on the team’s roster.

2 » Second-year Houston Rockets F Chandler Parsons was asked to prom by a high schooler named Stephanie Flores in May. Though he had to decline her invitation as he was not in Houston, TX at the time, Parsons ensured that the student and her friends had a great time. He and the Rockets sent a party bus to escort Flores and her friends to and from the event, leading her to take the picture below.

Check out four more Florida Gators news BITS…after the break!

3 » Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap has only started two games in his three-year career but has been lining up as the starter on the left side of the line during all seven organized team activities so far this offseason. “Let’s see what happens when [practice is] mandatory,” Dunlap told his team’s website. “We’ve got all kinds of rookies playing everywhere, so let’s see how it goes. Rob[ert Geathers] isn’t just going to let me have it.” Geathers started at defensive end for the Bengals last season, but Dunlap impressed with seven sacks, a career-high 34 solo tackles and a career-high four forced fumbles (three recovered) in 2012.

4 » The Pittsburgh Steelers left offensive tackle Max Starks questioning his future with the team over the last few seasons, either signing him very late into the offseason or at some point during the regular season as an injury replacement. The 10-year veteran was not brought back by the team this season and instead signed a one-year deal to join the San Diego Chargers. Though Starks is projected to be a starter, he has been playing with the second-string during OTAs, telling the Associated Press that he is fine with the placement because he wants to earn his job. “It’s a process. I don’t want anything given to me, and I like the fact it’s open competition because you want the best five out there that have the best chemistry on the field,” he said.

5 » In a recent interview with Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi on his radio program, former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel expressed his empathy for QB Tim Tebow, noting that while he does not understand how people can hate Tebow, he does get how the player can be perceived as a distraction. “I don’t know very many people who are around Timmy who don’t like him,” he said. “He’s just a hard-working, passionate, committed competitor. There’s not a whole lot there not to like. There’s just so much Tebowmania and all the things that surround him – whether it’s his style of play, his faith and the other factors of who he is – that it just creates a stir. I do feel bad for him right now because it’s a tough spot to be in.”

Wuerffel, an exceedingly charitable man and the director of Desire Street Ministries, recently linked up with Nissan and other Heisman Trophy winners to do some work with Habitat for Humanity. The group built houses for victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, LA. Check out the video blow to watch Wuerffel in action. You can check out the progress by clicking here.

6 » It was announced Monday that the Big Ten is set to add lacrosse in 2015, meaning that the six-team American Lacrosse Conference, in which the Gators currently play, is set to lose half of its membership including Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State. Florida, Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt will be the only teams remaining in the league, which will likely add a team or two out of the now-defunct Big East and try to bring in additional start-up programs. South Carolina was supposed to join the ALC a few years ago but delayed implementation of a lacrosse program. Michigan was set to become a new member of the league in 2013-14 but will, of course, go to the Big Ten instead.

One Comment

  1. Michael Jones says:

    Parsons, Wuerffel. . . just two more Gators doing us all proud! GO GATORS!!!

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