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December 7, 2013
12/7 Orange & Blue News
In order to make sure Florida Gators-related news stories don't fall through the cracks, once or twice a week Orange & Blue News will keep you up-to-date with the latest goings on in the world of University of Florida athletics.
Gators volleyball, the No. 5 overall seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, got eliminated on Friday night by the Seminoles in five sets during second-round action. Florida, which had only lost three other times this season, was considered one of the favorites to win the national title. Despite winning 18 of the last 20 SEC regular season championships, UF has not been to a Final Four or title game since 2003 and has never brought home a national championship in the sport. It is the first time since 2004 that the Gators did not at least advance to the Sweet 16. Suffice to say, the fall semester has not been kind to the Florida athletic program as a whole.
Although the Gators on Tuesday announced that senior point guard Scottie Wilbekin suffered a high-ankle sprain Monday night, that is certainly not the case. In addition to Wilbekin having been seen leaving the arena without crutches or a boot, he was spied just days later walking up and down the bleachers at his brother's high school basketball game without a limp or any pain. Florida has even relented on his status a bit, calling him "questionable" to play Tuesday in a blog post released on the program's website on Saturday. As InsidetheGators.com has reported since early this week, Wilbekin is expected to play Tuesday barring an unforeseen setback. Freshman PG Kasey Hill, who legitimately suffered a high-ankle sprain three weeks ago, is indeed questionable for the contest but also likely to see the court in limited minutes.
Two former Gators passed away this week. Baseball player Evan Chambers, who played four games at Florida in 2008, died in his sleep over the weekend at the age of 24. He finished his college career at Hillsborough Community College and was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the third round of the 2009 MLB Draft. Former Gators assistant football coach Tim Marcum, best known as the head coach of the AFL's Tampa Bay Storm for 15 seasons from 1995-2010, passed Thursday at the age of 69. The winner of seven Arena Bowls (1987-89, 1992, 1995-96, 2003), Marcum was a two-time AFL Coach of the Year who was actually inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame 15 years before he retired.
One of a couple former Florida players in the NBA who've had a rough start to the season, Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has turned things around in a major way through the first two games of December. He has played 83 minutes over two contests (yes, one went to triple-overtime) but has combined to go 14-for-21 for 36 points, 25 rebounds and seven assists. He achieved a double-double in both games, posting 17 points and 15 boards in a 107-87 victory over Miami on Thursday.
Revealed on Friday was the SEC Network's signature program, SEC Nation, which will basically be a version of ESPN's College GameDay airing on the channel starting next season. The two-hour pre-game show will be hosted by Joe Tessitore…but the rest of the panel still needs to be hired. One standout name that ESPN is obviously interested in is former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow, who recently hired a broadcasting agent and is considering moving on from playing football. "Tim is focused on what he's focused on now, and as he said, he's trying to play," said de facto SEC Network chief Justin Connolly. "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."