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VOLUME 100 ISSUE 73


MONDAY, JANUARY 8, 2007


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Drop/add to



be extended



four days


By ALEX TIEGEN
Alligator Writer
atiegen@alligator.org

Though UF doors will open for the first day of
classes, UF officials extended the drop/add deadline
in view of the BCS National Championship.
UF Provost Janie Fouke, who left for Arizona on
Saturday, extended the deadline to 5 p.m. on Jan.
16 four days after the original
deadline.
University spokesman Steve
Orlando said administrators decided
to open the school because students
have an academic obligation.
"You can't cancel classes,"
Orlando said. "You can't close the
Fouke school. But we have asked faculty
to be flexible."
UF President Bernie Machen asked instructors in
an e-mail to be lenient with absent students.
Allan Burns, associate dean of faculty affairs in
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is requiring
graduate students to show for his language and cul-
ture class this afternoon. But he said he is willing to
be more lenient with absent students if they catch up
with their work.
"I'm certainly going to watch the game... and put
on a Gators hat," Burs said.


Channing Smith, a UF psychology freshman, shops for a national championship T-shirt at the UF Bookstore
on campus Sunday afternoon.


Gators fans swamp local stores


* RETAILERS PREPARE TO
PRINT VICTORY SHIRTS.

By DREW HARWELL
Alligator Writer
dharwell@alligator.org

A win tonight for UF's football
team would mean a national cham-
pionship for the university.
For retailers statewide, it would
mean more merchandise flying off
their shelves and more money flying
into their pockets.
Stores around the state are lining


their walls with clothes, jewelry, flags
and party supplies adorned with that
mean Gators grin to satisfy high de-
mand for all things orange or blue.
Maggie Sloat, who has co-owned
St. Petersburg's Gator Haven for the
last nine years with her husband, said
her store has been busier than usual
since early December.
"We've been ... swamped today,"
she said. "Is that a good way to put
it?"
The store is running out of shirts,
hats, license plates, frames, decals,
streamers, plates and balloons.
"They don't care. They're fanat-


ics," she said of the excited fans
who storm her store every day. "If
we don't have one thing, they'll buy
something else."
Chuck Carper, owner of
Lakeland's Proud Gator, said there
was a big surge of sales right after the
announcement that the team would
be playing for the national champion-
ship that hasn't yet let up. The store,
he said, has never been busier.
Carper, Sloat and other UF-mer-
chandise retailers around the state
are also preparing for the game's af-
SEE SHIRTS, PAGE 8


Students can join fellow viewers to watch championship


By DREW HARWELL
Alligator Writer
dharwell@alligator.org

To watch the Gators play in the BCS
National Championship game tonight, you
could travel about 2,040 miles to Glendale,
Ariz..
Of course, you'd have to drive for about
30 hours or pay $750 for a last minute flight.


Either way, you would end up covering a dis-
tance of about 35,922 football fields.
But for those Gators fans unable or unwill-
ing to make the drive, there's no shortage of
local alternatives for watching the game live,
whether it be at home, a bar or on campus.
The Stephen C. O'Connell Center will
open around 6:30 tonight game coverage
starts at 8 p.m. to allow students and fac-
ulty to watch the game in a stadium setting,


Associate Director Darius Dunn said.
"Everyone can gather with the rest of Gator
Nation," he said, "and hopefully cheer us onto
victory.",
Around He said they are expect-
Gainesville ing a full house for the
12,000-seat arena. Four
giant video screens, installed only about a
month ago, will play the game in each comer
of the "0 Dome."


Entrance is free, and anyone with a Gator
1 Card can bring a guest. The Grand Ballroom
and the Orange & Brew in the Reitz Union
will also be open for fans looking to watch the
game on campus.
For off-campus locations, many dubs,
restaurants and bars downtown and on West
University Avenue will be open for business

SEE CITY, PAGE 8


A lifetime fan
of the Ohio State
football program,
UF coach Urban
Meyer will face
them tonight for
the national title.
Don't expect any
conflicted loyalties,
however. See story
pg 35.


* Five UFjuniors- Brandon
Siler, Andre Caldwell, Jarvis
Moss, Ryan Smith and
Reggie Nelson have filed
paperwork with the NFL
Draft Advisory Committee.
Tonight's title game result
may influence their deci-
sion. See story, pg. 21.


Visit
alligatorSports.org
from more coverage
of the BCS champion-
ship game. You'll find
daily news commen-
tary and photos from
the week leading up
to tonight's game.


Major news
events occurred
during Winter
Break, and local
experts have their
own take on these
headlines.
See story, pg. 5.


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WHAT'S HAPPENING
Football Screening
Stephen C. O'Connell Center,
6:30 p.m.
The O'Connell Center will be
open to all students and staff
with a Gator 1 Card begin--
ning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday
to watch the national cham-
pionship game on the new
video boards. One guest can
enter with each person with
a Gator 1 Card. T-shirts will
be handed out at all gates of
the O'Connell Center while
supplies last.

IRAQ
Saddam's co-defendents
await execution
BAGHDAD, Iraq Two of
Saddam Hussein's co-defen-
dants were taken from their cells
and told they were going to be
hanged on the same day the for-
mer dictator was executed, their
lawyer said Sunday
But the two condemned men
still await death as Iraqi officials
decide how to avoid the kind of
outcry that followed Saddam's
hanging on Dec. 30.
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Awad Hamed al-Bandar, were
sentenced to hang. They were
convicted along with Saddam
of involvement in the killings of
nearly 150 Shiites in the town of
Dujail after a 1982 assassination
attempt there against Saddam.
Their executions were post-
poned, however, until after the
Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha,
which ended five days ago.

STATE
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hitting child
ORLANDO Walt Disney
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Wealthy may pay


to help tax cut

MONEY WILL GO TOWARD TAX CUTS FOR
MIDDLE-INCOME FAMILIES.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
WASHINGTON Democrats are not ruling out raising
taxes for the wealthiest people to help pay for tax cuts for
middle-income families, House Speaker Naicy Pelosi said.
She spoke of pursuing an estimated $300 billion that people
owe in back taxes, eliminating deficit spending and reducing
wasteful federal spending.
"As we review what we get from ... collecting our taxes
and reducing waste, fraud and abuse, investing in education
and in initiatives which will bring money into
National the treasury, it may be that tax cuts for those
News making over a certain amount of money,
$500,000 a year, might be more important to
the American people than ignoring the educational and health
needs of America's children," Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an inter-
view aired Sunday
A budget rule, known as the pay-as-you-go rule, that was
approved by the Democratic-run House on Friday requires
that tax cuts have corresponding cuts in government spending
or tax increases elsewhere to pay for them.
"What we're saying is Democrats propose tax cuts for
middle-income families. And we want to have 'pay-go,' no
new deficit spending. We're not going to start with repealing
tax cuts, but they certainly are not off the table for people mak-
ing over half a million dollars a year," Pelosi said.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, said most
GOP senators oppose this budget rule because "it almost guar-
antees that the majority, if it enacts it, will try to raise taxes."
"The last thing we need to do is to be raising taxes in
this country, and 'pay-go' is the first step toward raising
taxes," McConnell said. "I think there will be very few, if any,
Republicans who will support raising taxes.
Last week, the president challenged Democrats to join him
in balancing the budget within five years and urged them to
cut thousands of pet projects from future spending bills.
"If the president's willing to join with us to fight waste,
fraud and abuse, collecting the taxes, dosing the loopholes, we
can start there," Pelosi said.
Bush's spending decisions also came under fire from the
new chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep.
David Obey, D-Wis.
"How can you ever expect to get to a balanced budget if
you're spending $100 billion a year on Iraq, borrowing the
money to do it, if you're giving $50 billion a year in tax cuts to
people who make over a million bucks a year and paying for
that with borrowed money?" Obey said.


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Tim Casey/ Alligator Staff
The Gator Jamboree
UF band members react to highlights of the Gators' football season being shown on a jumbo screen dur-
ing a pep rally on Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz.




UF alums cheer for Gators from Iraq


THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
JACKSONVILLE Florida Army
National Guard 1st Lt. .Geoffrey
Fahringer will be on call in Iraq when
his beloved Florida Gators take on
undefeated Ohio State for the national
championship, so hell be wearing or-
ange and blue over olive drab.
The 2004 University of Florida grad-
uate took his lucky Gators jersey with
him to Iraq.
"I will be on duty so I will most likely
just wear my jersey over my flight suit,"
said Fahringher, a native of Orlando
serving with the 1st Battalion of the
111th Aviation Regiment. "Hopefully,
there will not be a lot of calls for a mede-
vac on Monday-or Tuesday."


"I'm sure there will be some
hooting and hollering and
nagging those non-Gators."
Kodey Henderson
Warrant Officer

Many in the Florida-based unit plan
to gather at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to watch
the pre-game festivities and the game
from their recreation room at Camp
Echo, about 100 miles south of Baghdad.
Back home in Florida, kickoff is set for 8:
30 p.m. Monday.
"I'm sure there will be some hoot-
ing and hollering and nagging those
non-Gators," Warrant Officer Kodey
Henderson wrote from Camp Echo.



The UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter
pilot and St. Augustine native said she
has a Gators flag and a sign ready for
the game.
It says: "If you are not a Gator, you're
Gator bait."
The main complaint from Camp
Echo is a lack of Buckeyes to bait.
Members of the 111th Aviation
Regiment in Kuwait are also gearing up
for the game.
Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Battel, a St.
Augustine resident and Gator season-
ticket holder for 24 years, said he will
tune in from a conference room at the
airfield. He expects a good game.
"I think Florida wins if they score
more than 24," he wrote. "But I don't
think they can win a shootout."


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Saddam executed day after 3000th U.S. soldier killed


BRITTANY DAVIS
Alligator Writer
bdavis@alligator.org

While students stuffed them-
selves with holiday dinners and
reclaimed their dad's recliner,
these events made headlines in
Gainesville and around the world.

Bageland closed
Bageland, the 30-year-old bagel
shop located next to Goerings Book
Store on First Avenue, closed on
Dec. 19.
General manager Malay Thimon
worked at the shop for eight years.
"I didn't treat the regulars as cus-
tomers," she said. "I treated them
like family."
The coveted close-to-campus
location will soon host a mom-and-
pop. ice cream shop called Sweet
Dreams of Gainesville.
Store owner Mike Manfredi said
the shop is scheduled to open early
February, featuring sandwiches and


homemade ice cream.
"We want to have live music and
make the campus location more of
a student-friendly atmosphere,"
said Manfredi, who owns a second
Sweet Dreams on West .University
Avenue.

3000th U.S. soldier killed
America reached a somber mile-
stone when Spc. Dustin R. Donica
became the 3000th soldier killed in
Iraq.
About 40 members of local
peace organizations rallied against
,the war in Iraq on Dec. 29 in front
of the WCJB TV20 News station.
They wanted to recognize the dead
soldiers.
The protest was organized by the
Progressive Democrats of Florida
and was attended by members of
organizations such as Veterans for
Peace.

"Sex Machine" singer died
Self-proclaimed "Godfather of


Soul" James Brown died on Dec. 25.
About 9,000 fans, civil rights
leaders and entertainers attended
" Brown's funeral, and a band played
his old hits.
"He was an artist who achieved
greatness on his own terms," said
professor William Mckeen, who
teaches a history of rock 'n' roll
class. .
Brown came from bone-grinding
poverty, but he managed to find his
way out, Mckeen said.
"It's hard to imagine life without
him," Mckeen said. "He was some-
body that was a part of my life ever
since I was 10. Always admired him
and listened to him."

38th president died
About 37,000 people packed into
the Washington National Cathedral
in Washington, D.C., Tuesday to
honor the life of former President
Gerald Ford.
Thrust into the presidency be-
cause of Nixon's resignation, Ford


was the only president who was
never elected as president or vice
president.
"He served for a very brief pe-
riod of time, during a very troubled
time," said former political science
professor Bert Swanson.
Swanson added that Ford lived
a quiet life after his presidency but
criticized President George W. Bush
for invading Iraq.

Hussein is executed
Though America grieved over a
number of public figures during hol-
iday break, many people welcomed
the Dec. 30 execution of former Iraqi
dictator Saddam Hussein.
However, pharmacy graduate
student Ayad Kh. Ali, an Iraqi citi-
zen who moved to Gainesville about
a year ago, said Saddam's death is
unlikely to bring a better quality of
life to Iraqis.
"(Iraq) has just replaced one dic-
tator with another modem demo-
cratic dictator system," Ali said.


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Editorial


Welcome Back

This year, make some

resolutions you'll keep
S o it's a new year and a new semester. What better
time for some new resolutions? No, we're not saying
you need to give up all desserts or pledge to go to the
gym two hours a day. God knows we aren't! How about
some we can actually keep?
Without further ado and in no particular order, here are
the Alligator's resolutions for 2007.
Try new things: We all say we're going to do this every
year, but how often do we actually follow through? But
this is really the easiest resolution to keep. For example,
instead of going to Olive Garden or Chili's for the 2000th
time, try one of the great local places. You won't be disap-
pointed. Try a new bar or club downtown. For those of you
who are more daring and athletic, try skydiving, or drive
to Jacksonville and rent a surfboard. Or, you could rent a
foreign film, read a book you normally wouldn't or write a
guest column for the Alligator.
Don't be a hypocrite: This one's for the faculty. Isn't it
funny how when the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Five Year Plan came out, the faculty senate adopted the
war cry of "Shared Governance!" but when Student
Government and most of the student body objected to
minus grades, the faculty senate held the meeting for it
on the last day of exam week, after most students had
conveniently already gone home? Yeah, interesting. But
on that note...
Work harder for your grades: With minus grades being
inevitable, there's no better time to start striving higher.
Think of it as practice and start easing yourself into the
extra studying. Then when the system does go into effect,
either next summer or a year from now, it won't be such
a shock when you realize you might have to spend a few
more hours studying to maintain your grade point aver-
age.
Be more environmentally friendly: With El Nifio and
greenhouse gases raising global temperatures, scientists
are predicting that 2007 will break the hottest year record,
set in 1998, so let's not make it any worse. Take the bus
or bike to campus instead of driving. Carpool as much
as possible. And at home, turn off the AC and open the
windows while the weather's cool. Conserving energy not
only saves the environment but it also saves you money.
Get involved in your city: You may think you're just
here for four years as a layover to your future life, but the
fact is that stuff is going on in Gainesville that you should
care about. Bar closing times, anyone? Or how about the
elections for sheriff? Plenty of us have had altercations
with the law; why wouldn't you want to have a say in
who might incarcerate you if the "celebrations" tonight
go awry?
And finally, your grandmothers wanted us to pass on
this message: Eat healthier and drink less. Gotcha! Did
you think the Alligator would actually condone that? We
live on pizza and beer.
So there you have it,.a few easy steps to change your life
this year. Not to sound preachy, but won't be that hard if
you start small and make changes that matter.
And we know the Gators made a resolution to win the
BCS National Championship game tonight. Let's hope
they keep it!


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Jessica Riffel
EDITOR
Kat Laskowski
MANAGING EDITOR


Jessica Holland
OPINIONS EDITOR


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A new semester means a new team


n football, turnovers can be good or bad. It depends
on who's on your team, but they happen nearly every
game. At the Alligator, personnel turnovers can be
good, bad or both, but they happen every semester.
Alligator rules mandate turnover of the two top posts:
editor-in-chief and managing editor. We lost our opin-
ions editor to the draft that is, to another school.
Players come, go and change positions. Turnovers are
bad because you lose talent. We couldn't redshirt every-
one. But turnovers are good because they give others a
chance to join the team or move up. And so your spring
team of editors and reporters takes the field, or rather,
the newsroom.
This team has a lot to live up to. While inevitably
making a few mistakes last semester, the fall staff was
one of the best in recent memory. Editor Stephanie
Garry and managing editor Ashton Grosz did a heckuva
job. They weren't just editors, they were leaders. I felt
humbled in their presence, watching them work until
1. a.m. five days a week to bring us the news we often
take for granted. Their shrewd judgment, encyclopedic
knowledge of everything Gainesville or UF-related and
consummate professionalism made me proud to be a
Gator. Stephanie will go on to run a major newspaper
one day. She passes the baton to Jessica Riffel, who as
last semester's metro editor managed a-stellar section,
bringing you some splendid off-campus reporting. Its
Danny Rollings coverage rivaled that of any newspaper
in the state.
Kat Laskowski, former chief of the newsroom's
backbone, the copy desk, is the new managing editor.
Ashton's departure casts a long shadow, but if Kat's
performance as copy desk chief is any indication, then
the paper's in good hands.


And while I often didn't agree
with his politics, opinions editor
Jake Ramsey's wry wit and biting
commentary on the editorial page
was in a class by itself. Keeping
up with issues and events and
Mike Jayne then writing something about
Ombudsman them every single day, all while
mjayne@alligator.org editing five weekly columns and
many more daily letters, is no
small task. Jake and his intellect
will be sorely missed. His highly recommended replace-
ment, Jessica Holland, takes the reins.
Lastly, the loss of university editor Lyndsey Lewis
cannot be overstated. She not only managed and edited
a corps of reporters, but she also wrote as much as any
reporter. She always got that inside scoop. She was
praised by her sources and readers alike, as much for
her skills as for her fundamental decency.
Due to limited space, this laundry list of lauds and
laments will regrettably leave so many on the staff un-
sung. They made my job easy.
Of course, no team is complete without a Monday
morning quarterback. That's where your ombudsman
comes in. Can you believe they wouldn't pay my way
to Glendale to monitor the sports section? Everyone
has an opinion, and I would like to hear yours. So
send your questions, concerns, complaints and praise
to mjayne@alligator.org. Of course, if you'd like to join
the team, come to the Alligator tryouts, our open house
this Friday.
Go Gators! Beat the Buckeyes.
Mike Jayne is a journalism and political science senior. His
column appears as needed.


The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the Alligator.


Reader response
Today's question:
Did you make a New
Year's resolution?


December 6, 2006 question: Should
it be easier for out-of-state students to
establish residency?


Vote or post a message at www.alligator.org


43% YES
57% NO
258 TOTAL VOTES


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Celebrate win responsibly tonight
Congratulations to our team and
coaches for a successful football season
and their appearance in tonight's national
championship bowl game. It has been an
exciting year and we are anticipating a
great game tonight.
Once again, faculty, staff and students
are invited to bring a guest and gather at
the Stephen C. O'Connell Center tonight
to watch the game. Last year's event
for the basketball championship at the
O'Connell Center was a tremendous
success and our students are looking for-
ward to a fun evening there, pretzels and
cheerleaders included!
At the time of our spectacular win in
April, Gators fans demonstrated that we
are champions both on and off the field.
The celebrations following the basketball
championship game were exuberant yet
safe. It is our hope that all UF students
who celebrate after tonight's game will
repeat last year's experience and enjoy
themselves in a responsible way. This is
yetanother chance to show what it means
to be a member of the Gator Nation!


Have fun and go Gators!
Bernie Machen
UF President



Football attendance policy not fair
I recently got an e-mail announce-
ment from the College of Journalism and
Communications declaring that the col-
legewillbestrictlyenforcingthepolicythat
students who miss the first two meetings
of a course will be automatically dropped
- except students who are away attend-
ing the national championship game.
I've never seen any syllabi stating that at-
tendance at football games is an excused
absence. This is a double standard, and I
wouldn't be surprised if it were illegal. If
the university is going to overlook its at-
tendance policy for well-heeled students
who can afford to fly back and forth to
Phoenix and stay in hotels, it should
extend the same privilege to those who
can't afford these little vacations.
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termath Tuesday, when fans could rush into stores
to pick up the spoils of the national championship
- mainly, celebratory T-shirts at about $20 and
hats at around $24.
Store owners aren't worrying about losing
money on goods celebrating the Gators' win,
however. Carper said most store owners and mer-
chandise manufacturers enter into an agreement
that the gear will only be shipped and sold if the
Gators win the big game.
Though the stores do pre-order-lots of Gators
swag, no money or merchandise is exchanged un-
less UF wins the championship.
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his store's championship goods from, rents manu-
facturing plants around the state to begin produc-
tion right after the game ends.
"We've been ... swamped today. Is
that a good way to put it?"
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St. Petersburg's Gator Haven co-owner

Even parts of the state not accustomed to
Gators hysteria are feeling the intensity that the
big game is bringing.
Cassandra Clark, a saleswoman at a Bealls
department store in Tallahassee, said UF mer-
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merchandise, even though the store is only about
5 miles away from the Seminoles' campus.


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3 Sublease 8 Electronics
4 Roommates 9 Bicycles
5 Real Estate 10 For Sale


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60 sec walk to UF Short term avail. 1 or 2
rooms $425 & up. Call 352-538-2181 4-
25-72-2

We Love Pets
1,2,&3 BR Flats w/Screened Porches
FREE Alarm*FREE Tanning*W/D
Gated Entry*Cyber Cafe*Pool w/ Sundeck
24hr Gym & Sauna*Only 1.5 miles to UF
Hurry, they won't last long**372-0400
4-25-72-2


Live at a Legend!
The Polos of Gainesville
will give you the best college experience
with Spacious Apartments, Three Pools
with Jacuzzis, HUGE Gym, Billiards Room,
and many more amenities! Minutes from UF,
shopping and Shands. On all major RTS
bus routes. All at a rate that won't break
your bank! Call now for specials: 335-7656
4-25-72-2

Affordable & Quiet Living
-1 & 2 BR Apartments -
Close to UF and Shands,
Butler Plaza, Great Dining
$549-$835 Call 376-1248
4-25-72-2

2 and 3 BEDROOMS FOR SPRING!
Pool, tennis, bball, alarm
Free UF Parking!
376-4002 PinetreeGardens.com
4-25-72-2

MINUTES FROM UF!!!
3/3's from only $405 per Bdrm
4/4's from only $374 per Bdrm
FREE Cable w/ HBO/ SHOWTIME
FREE Tanning, 24hr Fitness Center
Ask About our Huge 2/2.5 Townhouses
336-3838 TheLandingsUFcom
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SAVE $$, GET MORE!
HUGE 1,2, and 3BRs
Near Butler Plaza*Gym*Pool*Alarms
Pet Friendly*Park FREE @ UF
Call Today! 373-1111
4-25-72-2

FORGET YOU HAVE ROOMMATES!
Huge 4BR townhomes w/W/D. 1662 sq.ft.
FREE gym membership and FREE cable!
352-332-7401 4-25-72-2

ROOM TO GROW!
HUGE 1 and 2 bedrooms
Available Now.
ONLY 1.3 miles to UF
377-7401 www.boardwalkapt.com
4-25-72-2

Live in Luxury
*Leasing Now and Janl*
2/2*3/3*4/4
Ind. Lease All Inclusive
373-9009
4-25-72-2

Sign a lease, Win a PS3!
Luxury 2/2 and 3/2!
Cable*Tanning*Gated
24-Hr Gym*Furn Avail
Leasing Now and Fall! 367-9910
4-25-72-2

1, 2 & 3BRs starting @ $495, $595, & $750
Spacious, separate dining room, patios,
large laundry rooms, cent H/AC, Italian tile,
verticles, DW, W/D hk-ups. Must see. Call
332-7700 1-12-29-2

2160 sq ft. 4/3 NW home, 2 car garage,
fenced back yard w/deck on 1/2 acre. Wood
& tile firs. Landscaped yd. min from cam-
pus. $1750/mo + sec dep 352-374-3890
1-31-35-2

2 miles SW of Vet School & Shands at 3320
SW 23rd St. 1BR apt w/pvt courtyard shaded
by large oak trees in quiet professional
complex. Pets arranged. Rent starting at
$435/mo. Call 352-377-2150 please Iv mssg.
12-6-18-2

WALK TO UF
TAYLOR SQUARE APTS.
621 SW 10th St. 2BR/2.5BA townhouse.
Rent incl hi-spd internet, W/D, etc. $1200/
mo. Call 692-4066 12-6-18-2

1st MONTH FREE
1BR Villas Starting @ $499. Please call: 352-
375-3077 or 352-373-2818 4-25-72-2

3BRs in 3BR/2.5BA condo w/screened bal-
conies. Females only. Between UF & SFCC
w/bus route. Close to Mall & NFRMC. New
appliances. On-site W/D, pool, gym, tennis &
other amen. $275 to $350 ea 352-514-3425
1-12-21-2

SUBLEASE AT CABANA BEACH
for Spring Semester. Poolside apartment
for only $524 a month. Please call 904-434-
0966 12-6-16-2

GATOR PLACE APARTMENTS
3600 SW 23rd St. 1.5 miles to ShandsNA
2BR/1BA, $650/mo. 372-0507 12-6-15-2

BIG AND CHEAP
2/1.5 apt 1100 sq ft $595
3/2 apt 1300 sq ft $695
1800 NW 4th St. Over 20 houses also
available 373-4423 www.maximumre.com
8-15-168-2

SW 20th AVE CONDO
2BR/2.5BA. Perfect for Roommates.
Pool, bus route, W/D. $850/mo.
904-382-0286
1-22-22-2

ACTION REALTY
Furnished apartments close to UF
Individual bedroom leases
Semeseter leases
$399 -$725
www.Action-realtors.com
352-331-1133 3-30-54-2


**WALK TO UF**
Huge 2BR/1BA apt. $600/mo
Call 375-8256
4-25-78-2


I For Rent
1 unfurnished

1BR 3 blocks to UF & Shands. Newly re-
modeled, central A/C, W/D, luxury kitchen,
tile/Pergo, DW, very clean & private, big BR,
ample parking, first floor, no pets & smokers.
$715/mo 352-362-6410 1-12-10-2
WALK TO UFI 1st month free!
3BR 1BA house, wood floors,
Carport, W/D hookups, $995/rent,
126 NW 10th Street
Carl Turlington Real Estate, inc. 372-9525
www.turlingtonrealestate.com 1-12-8-2

1ST MONTH FREE WALK TO UF
Brand new 3BR 3BA, W/D, alarm system,
$1200/Rent, 801 NW 3rd Avenue
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
www.turlingtonrealestate.com 1-12-8-2

Close to Campus 1BR New
Appliances. W/D. $580/mo.
352-213-3943. 1-12-5-2

One Bedroom/Bath Available @ $325/mo.
4 Bedroom house off NW 23rd Avenue.
Occupied by male students.
Call Union Properties, Inc. 373-7578
1-22-10-2

WALK TO CAMPUS from 1014 SW 1st Ave.
2/2 with W/D @ $825/MO.
Union Properties, Inc. 373-7578 1-22-10-2

Fernwood apartments SW 20th Avenue
1/1 @ $460/mo. On bus route
Union Properties, Inc. 373-7578 1-22-10-2

The apt is $375 a month and it has 1BR and
Bath also has the kitchen and a porch. 352-
378-1387 or 352-727-8550 1-22-10-2

**CUTE COTTAGE 0 CLOSE TO UF**
2BR/1BA, quiet, secluded, upscale 0 900
sq ft W/D, covered patio $700/mo 0 No
pets 1607 1/2 NW 12th Rd Available Jan
'07 Phone 352-466-4171 1-22-10-2
1BR/1BA avail Jan 1st, carpet, CHA, screen
porch, on site pool, fitness clubhouse, laun-
dry, close to UF, shopping, entertainment,
on bus route, pets ok, utilities incl. $775/MO
rcc1965@hotmail.com 904-814-6976 1-
22-10-2

Casablanca East 2BR/1.5BA. Partially fur-
nished. Updated, tile floors, W/D. Utilities
negotiable. $750/month up to 6 month lease.
813-892-8989 1-12-5-2

Photos, Virtual Tours, Specials
www.LiveNearCampus.com
4-25-72-2

*5BR HOUSE & 1BR LOFTS*
Live w/friends or in a Private LOFT
GREAT Price! Avail. Aug. Next to UF
www.LiveNearCampus.com ** 376-6223
1-19-9-2

3BR/2BA Triplex--1 block from campus.
security deposit already paid.
Major reduction in rent to lease upl
Looking Glass Apartments
111 NW 16th St. Office
376-1111
4-26-72-2

*Save Gas & Kick the Roommate Habitl*
1BR/1BA only 3 Blks to UF 575 sq ft.
Gatornest Apts; 300 NW 18th Street- $495.
No Application Fee! Call 352-371-3636. 1-
12-5-2

VERY QUIET
Large 1BR, hardwood floors, ceiling fans. 1
mile from campus, close to shopping, water
& sewer paid. $420/mo. Call 373-5295. 1-
12-5-2

COMPLETELY REFURBISHED 2BR/1BA
condo, Quiet, 1 blk to Shands/VA, bus line,
$750. Everything new: carpets, blinds, tile,
cabinet, paint, doors. Safe area. 1st fir, CH/
A, spacious, some utils paid. 352-376-0080.
1-31-17-2

GREAT NW HOUSE 3BR 1BA, large
Screen porch, W/D hkups, gazebo, $850/
rent. Avail 2/1, 1110 NW 55th Street
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
www.turlingtonrealestate.com 1-12-5-2
CLOSE TO DOWNTOWN! 3BR 1.5 BA
House, living & family rooms, WD hookups,
$850/rent, avail 3/1, 2102 NE 8th Street
Carl Turlington Real Estate, Inc. 372-9525
www.turlingtonrealestate.com 1-12-5-2


I For Rent
unfurnished

CLOSE IN LOTS OF GREEN SPACE
2BR home. $650/mo Call 352-378-9220 or
213-3901 1-31-17-2
1BR/1BA, fireplace, tile floor, laundry, quiet,
near campus. $575/mo. 6 mo. 352-505-
4086. 1-22-10-2

Rockwood Villas
2BR/2BA for rent, W/D, all appliances, $475/
room + sec dep, call Anna 407-448-0573
2-19-30-2


Subleases


FURNISHED room @ LaMancha. $325/mo
incl utilities/internet/cable. Close to UF. From
Jan to July 07. Female only. Call Yajing 352-
328-9502 1-16-10-3
The Crossing at Santa Fe. Right across from
SFCC. Fully furnished. All Utilities included.
Jan-July. $439/mo. Cut down to $400/mo.
Fees on me. Bus routes to UF. Call at 672-
1209 or ganbanus@hotmail.com 1-12-6-3

1BR/BA in 4BR/BA condo.
Prefer upperclassemen/grad student. 2
girls/1 guy. $425/mo. All uitls, cable and in-
ternet incl. Call Josh 352-494-2394 Available
January 1, 2007. 1-11-5-3
1/1 in 3/3 apt in Cobblestone. $575 includes
cable, int, & util, W/D; partially furnished; free
amenities; must be female; avail Jan; call
561-827-5427 1-11-5-3
OXFORD MANOR 1/1 sublease in 3/3 town-
house. Includes utilities, cable, W/D. V-ball
crt in backyard. $390 neg. 407-719-4159.
Email: Etbitmydog@aol.com 1-29-15-3
1BR/1BA in 3BR/3BA Hidden Lakes Apts.
$480/mo incl everything. W/D in unit. Porch,
pool, gym. Pets welcome. Call Ning 352-870-
2362 1-29-15-3

JAN RENT FREE.
Huge 1BR apt available now thru Aug 7, '07.
Close to Shands, VA & Vet School. $585/mo.
Call 352-514-0962 1-12-5-3

LEXINGTON CROSSING $540/MO
3700 SW 27 STREET
AVAIL JAN 07 MAY 07
1 B/B IN A 4BED/4BATH, FEMALES
CALL 954-762-3048 / 954-567-2701 1-12-
5-3

1BR shared BA, Spring sublease. January
FREE. Campus Club. $425/mo. Contact Jay
at 352-870-3234 1-12-5-3

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Sublease 1BR/pvt BA in 4BR/3BA. $420/mo.
Fully furn. All utils incl. Male only. Campus
Club. Call 352-262-1574 1-12-5-3


UI Roommates


Roommate Matching HERE
Oxford Manor 377-2777
.The Landings 336-3838
The Laurels 335-4455
Cobblestone 377-2801
Hidden Lake 374-3866
4-25-72-4

Female roommate for one/two female UF
students. Quiet. Responsible. 60 second
walk to UF Old house charm with all ameni-
ties. Avail Now. $400 up. 352-538-2181.Lv
-message. Private Owner 4-25-72-4

FEMALE ROOMMATES WANTED for four
bedroom furnished pool house. $450/mo +
utils. 1 mile from campus on bus route. Non-
smoker. No Dogs. Avail immediately. Call
954-899-7197 1-18-45-4

FEMALE ROOMMATE NEEDED
(1) for 4/2.5 new townhouse, 10 min from
UF by-car or bus, all included $400 954-557-
4769/baezwpa@bellsouth.net. 1-26-34-4

SHORT TERM OK. Grad or porfessional for
vegetarian household. BR & private BA in
lovely home. Convenient central Gainesville
location. $450 + 1/2 utils. 352-328-7474.
1-9-20-4

FEMALE WANTED AVAIL NOW 1BR1 BA
in 4/4 condo $425 incl utilities, cable,
internet. WID, pool, bus 20. No pets.
mediamom50@hotmail.com 954-802-1776
or text mssg. 1-22-10-4


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MOVE IN NOW!!!
Female roommate. Release $499/mo all
included. Furnished 1BR/1BA. Call Jessica
305-510-1474. 12-6-9-4

Roommate needed for 4BR/4BA condo near
campus on bus rte #8. $350/mo + utils No
pets/smokers. Serious female student pre-
ferred. Tennis, pool. Email. arp265@nyu.edu.
12-6-8-4

QUIET ROOM AVAILABLE 12/1/06
$500/mo. No smokers, no pets. 352-373-
8545 12-6-8-4

Female roommates wanted NW Gainesville
1 mile from UF. Fully furnished 4BR house.
Quiet environmnet. No pets, NS. $475/mo +
shared utilities. Call 352-563-0441 12-6-8-4

Roommate needed for 3/3 twnhse in gated
comm. Lg BR w/pvt BA & walk-in closet. New
appliances, carpet & paint. All amenities &
utils incl. 24hr gym, pool, Bball, HS internet,
cable wHBO/SHO 954-483-4597 12-6-8-4

NW area Master BR/priv BA in spacoius
3/2 house, CH/A, DW, W/D. $460 + share
elec/gas. GATOR Rec rm, Privacy fence.
Great for grad or prof. Non-smoker, no pets,
off 13th St/39th Ave. Avail now 352-328-6252
12-6-7-4

2/1.5 nice Casablanca East townhouse
needs NS female. No pets please. $350/
mo + 1/2 utils. Negotiable move-in date.
jenni88@ufl.edu 562-1901 12-6-7-4

1/1 in 2/2 Looking Glass Apts: Steps from
campus! Avail Jan-Aug. $550/mo. Roommate
is female UF student, looking for same. 305-
496-8710 12-6-6-4


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Looking for quiet NS, F, mature student
to share a roomy 2BR/1.25BA in Picadilly
Apts JAN RENT FREE. $330/mo, cable,
internet/TV & elec is $100. Great location
for bus & Buitler Plaza. BR unfurn. 283-1985
1-19-15-4

Responsible female roommate wanted, non-
smoker, 2BR/2.5BA townhouse, incl W/D,
electric, water, cable, hi-speed internet, on
bus route, 2 miles from UF. $475/mo. Call
904-703-7262 1-22-14-4

Sublease at Homestead Apts. Move in now!
1BR/1BA in 2BR/2BA. $375/mo. Lease ends
Aug/07: December rent already paid!!! Call
John at 407-257-2030 1-9-5-4

Need NS roommate to share 2BR/2BA
Campus Edge Condo. Steps to UF. New
carpet & paint, full kitchen, W/D, gym, pool.
$440/Mo +utils, internet, 352-328-5981
1-24-15-4

2/2 ESTATES pool view & close to bus! 1 fe-
male roommate needed for sublease 12/20/
06 7/31/06. Awesome amenities, until incl
furn. $500/mo. neg. bluelotus06@gmail.com
or407-697-8098 1-12-6-4

UF Student roorfmate needed to share
2BR/2BA apt 1.5 mile to campus. Steps to
bus/pool/gym/comp lab $495 Cam/352-381-
7362, 770-429-3999 windsorparkatuf.com
1-11-5-4-

Female roommate needed. Excellent loca-
tion off NW 62nd behind Oaks Mall. Bus stop.
Respectful, quiet & clean. $550/mo utilities &
DSL included. Availalbe immediately. Call
Annisa 904-386-3253 or Zena 904-535-1400
1-12-5-4

ROCKWOOD VILLAS
1/1 avail, in 3/3. $475/mo + share of utils.
New carpet, paint, tile. Call Jeff @ 352-538-
7521. 1-12-5-4

MALE GRAD STUDENT PREFERRED
for 1BR w/private BA in 4BR/4BA condo.
W/D room, full kitchen, walk-in closet, 2nd
floor w/balcony. Close to UF on 2 bus routes,
nice pool & plenty of open parking. Available
Jan-July 31. $335. John @ 786-436-1657
1-12-5-4

Female roommate wanted. Close to UF,
furnished, 3BR/3BA, W/D in unit and until
included in rent. $489/mo. Month-to-month
available. Call Jen at 904-472-8149 or
jmc1908@hotmail.com 1-22-10-4


SUI Roommates


Clean roommate.needed. Nice house, quiet
neighborhood. Recently remodeled. $375 +
1/4 utils. Incrcable/internet. Fully furn, W/D,
scrned porch, fenced yard, share bathroom.
NS, no pets. M/F student only. 386-212-1578
1-12-5-4

MOVE IN NOW!!! Female roommate for fur-
nished 4BR/4BA. $499/mo all included. Call
Jessica 305-510-1474 1-22-10-4

LIVE AT COUNTRYSIDE
1BR/1BA in 4BR/4BA apt only $410/mo incl
.utils, cable, & internet. Furnished. Flexible
time period. 352-870-8459 1-22-10-4

Need roommate to share 2BR/1BA condo
with male grad student. Off SW 75th St. 20
min from UF Cbl/intlyard/deck, dogs ok.
$250/mo + 1/2 util/cbl. 309-868-2234 1-
22-10-4.

**ATTENTION STUDENTS**
Rooms available now for rent in large house
5 blocks from UF. W/D,. ceiling fans, individ-
ual leases. $350/mo incl utils. Call 283-5411
or 371-6749 1-12-5-4

Roommate wanted for 4BR/3BA house off
NW 16th Ave between SFCC & UF Cox
cable TV & internet, DW, W/D, new carpet,
& ceiling fans. Over 20 yrs old please. $380/
mo. util incl 352-328-4995 1-12-5-4

LA MANCHA 914 SW 8th Ave.
Free cable, electric, dsl, $475/mo. Call 352-
284-7304 2-5-20-4

Female roommate wanted, single clean non-
smoking to share 3BR/2BA,.furnished condo,
w/pool, tennis, sauna, fitness, on bus route.
Only 1.8 mi from UF $540 includes all util &
wireless internet 386-383-7258 1-12-5-4

Newly renovated Miami style home 3/2 look-
ing for a roommate 1.3 miles to UF. NW area.
Call Jona @ 352-682-1902 1-19-9-4

1BR/1BA in Rockwood Villa available-now.
$325/mo + 1/3 utils. W/D. NS, singles, no
children, no pets. Call 352-682-6402 -1-
29-15-4


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home and much more in the ALLIGATOR
CLASSIFIEDS! Reach over 24,000 possible
buyers! Mastercard and Visa accepted over
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CONDOS & HOUSES FOR SALE
NEAR UF AT AFFORDABLE PRICES.
SEARCH HERE OR RECEIVE A FREE
AND COMPLETE LIST VIA E-MAIL. Visit
www.mattpricerealtor.com or Call Today,
352-281-3551, Matt Price, Campus Realty.
4-25-72-5



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NEWLY RENOVATED 1 & 2 BR units start-
ing at $99,900 (as is at $86,900). Steps
from Shands, VA, Dental & more. $3,000
Closing Cost Credit w/Preferred Lenders.
Contact Tom Bellucci 352-538-6498 or Steve
Clark 352-328-831 at Coldwell Banker M.M.
Parrish Realtors 352-372-5375 for more in-
formation. 1-31-112-5



I'VE HAD IT WITH YOUR LOUD MUSIC!
Is your roommate driving you crazy? Find a
replacement in the Alligator Classifieds!


Magnolia Place: A peaceful, sophisticated
lifestyle. 1,2 & 3 bedroom luxury townhomes.
Within a gated community in the heart of NW
Gainesville. Bordered by wild wetlands and
nature preserve. Variety of floor plans & sizes
available priced from $159,700 to the low
$200,000's. Seller pays $12,000 in Closing
Costs, Upgrades and Bonuses! Contact
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors at
352-372-5375 or at onsite sales office 352-
377-4977. Note: Promotion does expire, con-
tact onsite office for info 1-31-112-5



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Enjoy your own private patio in a Completely
Renovated 1, 2, or 3 bedroom Cazabella
condo across 34th Stfrom UF campus. Walk,
bike or bus to any part of campus within min-
utes. Prices starting in the low $100,000's.
For more info visit www.Cazabella.com
or contact Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish
Realtors (352-373-3583), Becky Cato (352-
665-0562) or Cindy Birk (352-871-2475).
1-31-112-5

Pre-Construction Pricing next to campus
Oxford Terrace II Walk to UF from a brand
new condo www.oxfordterrace.com. Call
Eric Leightman with Action Real Estate
352-219-2879 4-25-72-5

NEW CONSTRUCTION
Luxury 2BR/2.5BA townhome. Close to
UF. Ready NOW. Motivated Seller. Call
Matt Price, Campus Realty. 352-281-3551
1-12-85-5

1BR/1BA condo, 2 miles from UF in very
quiet attractive NW area. New floors, utility
room with W/D. $79,000. Call 386-462-3066
1-22-16-5

$185,000 3/2 + garage in Springtree. Close to
schools, new floors, fenced yard, fruit trees.
Contact Owner/Realtor drmoccia@cox.net,
262-3264; Realtors Welcome. 1-8-6-5

LAKE SANTA FE 3BR/2BA lake view home
1500 sq ft. Home has wide view of 5820 acre
spring fed lake. 17 miles to campus. Drive to
& from UF with sun to your back. Excellent
Slake for all water activities. $369,000 or best
offer. 352-468-1507 1-12-5-5

For sale, equipped tissue culture lab,
house/office, packing/hsipping on 1.8
acres. Low taxes, mild winters, good water.
cubberley@megagate.com 601-583-3040
1-11-4-5

2/2 + garage in Palm Grove on NW 39th Ave.
Open floor plan, abundant storage, commu-
nity pool. $184,900. Contact 352-256-7906
for a showing. Realtors welcome. 1-12-5-5



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BED QUEEN $100 ORTHOPEDIC
Extra thick, pillow-top, mattress & box. Name
brand, new, still in plastic. Call 352-372-7490
will deliver. 4-25-72-6

BED FULL SIZE $75 ORTHOPEDIC
Pillow-top mattress & box. New, unused, still
in plastic w/warranty. Can deliver. Call 352-
377-9846 4-25-72-6

MICROFIBER SOFA & LOVESEAT $350
Brand new still packaged w/warranty. Must
sell. Can deliver. Retail $2300. 352-372-
7490 4-25-72-6

BED KING -$170 PILLOWTOP
mattress & box springs. Orthopedic rated.
Name brand, new, never been used, in
plastic with warranty. Call 352-372-8588 Can
deliver. 4-25-72-6

CHERRY SLEIGH BED solid with Pillowtop
Mattress & Box. All new still boxed. Cost
$1500, sacrifice $550 352-333-7516

Sofa $175 Brand new in pkg 333-7516
4-25-72-6

BEDROOM SET. 7pc Cherry, Queen/ king
bed, dresser w/mirror, 2 nightstands, chests
avail. Dovetail const. New, in boxes. Can de-
liver. Retail $6500, must sell, sacrifice $1400
(352) 372-7490 4-25-72-6

SOFA & LOVESEAT 100% Italian leather.
Brand new in plastic w/warranty. Retail
$2650. Sacrifice $750. Call 352-377-9846
4-25-72-6

DINING ROOM Beautiful cherry set w/table,
6 Chippendale chairs, hutch & buffet. New,
still in boxes. Retail $5200, sacrifice $1100.
Must sell. Can deliver. 352-372-8588 4-25-
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FUTON Solid oak mission-style frame w/
mattress. New, in box. $140 332-9899

DINETTE SET 5pc $85 Brand new in box.
Never used. 352-377-9846 4-25-72-6
**BEDS ALL BRAND NEW*
**Full $80 Queen $100 King $170**
Orthopedic pillow-top sets. Brand name
matching sets not used or refurbished. Still
in plastic, direct from factory! 352-333-7516.
4-25-72-6
BED- QUEEN New orthopedic pillowtop mat-
tress and boxspring set. Brand name, brand
new, still in plastic with warranty. Can deliver.
$100 352-377-9846.4-25-72-6
Bed- All New King! 3pc Orthopedic pillowtop
mattress set. Brand NEW, still in plastic with
warranty. Can deliver. $170 352-333-7516.
4-25-72-6
BEDROOM SET- $300 BRAND NEW
Still in boxes! 6 pieces include: Headboard,
2 Nightstands, Dresser, Mirror, Chest. Must
sell, can deliver. 352-377-9846. 4-25-72-6
FUTON $60 Solid Oak Mission Style. With
plush mattress $140. All brand NEW still in
box. Can deliver. 352-333-7516 4-25-72-6
Pool Table Gorgeous 8" All wood table.
Leather pockets, Italian 1" slate, carved legs.
Brand new still in crate. MUST SELL Retail
$5500. Sell $950. Can deliver 352-377-9846
4-25-72-6
Hot Tub/Spa $1295 Brand New Loaded!
Waterfall, LED lights, cupholders, 110-v
energy efficient with warranty. Free delivery,
MUST SELL 352-372-8588 4-25-72-6
Bed-FULL size pillowtop mattress & box.
New, in plastic, warr. Can del. $80 317-4031

Sofa $185 Brand new! Love seat $150 still in
pkg. Can del 352-333-7516
4-25-72-6

BEDS FURNITURE FUTONS
LOW PRICES & LARGE SELECTION
Dumas Discount 371-4422 1201 E. Univ. Av.
New Used 0 Buy 0 Sell 4-25-72-6

BED SETS CLOSEOUTS
Sealed in plastic Twin sets $89. Full sets
$129. Queen sets $149. King sets $189. 352-
376-0953 or 352-378-6005 4-25-72-6

MEMORY FOAM- Same as Temprpedic
Save 50% & more. Other closeouts. Twin
sets $89. Full sets $129. Queen sets $149.
King sets $189. Student discounts apply.
4370 SW 20th Ave. 376-0953 We Deliver!
4-25-72-6

OBeds *Full mattress & boxspring sets $49
Queen sets $89 *Single sets$39 eKing
sets $99 Ofrom estate sale. 376-0939/378-
6005 Call-A-Mattress 4370 SW 20th Ave.
4-25-72-6

BEDS FUTONS FURNITURE
Quality furniture at reasonable prices.
Morrells Furniture Outlet,
140 NW 6th St. 352-378-3400
Shop ONLINE at www.morrellsfurniture.com
4-25-72-6

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING
your gently used items to
ALACHUA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
THRIFT STORE.
We will accept anything that is
in re-sell condition.
All donations are tax-deductible.
Free pick-up service.
Call: Rhonda 378-4663
1-12-5-6

CASH PAID For Laptops
Sales/Service 336-0075.
Power Supplies & Drives.
Joel www.pcrecycle.biz 4-25-72-7


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* Computers

Computer Help Fast A+ Computer Geek
House/Dorm 59 min response. No waiting/
unplugging/hassels. $30 Gator discount w/
ID. Certified MCSE Technicians. 333-8404.
www.AComputerGeek.com 4-25-144-7






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Easy, Inexpensive, Guaranteed
Computer Solutions Inc
352-371-2230
www.gainesvillecsi.com
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4-25-72-7

GATORNERD.COM
- Computer/laptop repair
-Virus, spyware, hardware
- Fix it for $44
- Home/dorm 352-219-2980 4-25-72-7

COMPUTER.& LAPTOP REPAIRS. ,
Network specialists
We buy computers and laptops
Working and Non-working
378-4009, 607 NW 13th Street
4-25-72-7

MAC USERS!
Put your class notes on your iPod!
www.tropic4.com
Try Top X Notes iPod today!
1-11-10-7

Microsoft Certified Professional here to
address all of.your computer and home net-
working needs. Free estimate. References.
Don't hesitate. Call 352-226-5151 4-25-
72-7


0* Electronics


Another Saturday night without a date?
Read The Alligator.


Bicycles

In the market for a new set of wheels or just
looking to add a second to that collection?
Want personalized handlebars or a fitted
seat? Check in the Alligator Classifieds

NEW & USED BIKES FOR SALE
WE REPAIR ALL BRANDS
Best Prices in Town*
SPIN CYCLE 373-3355
424 W UNIV AVE (DOWNTOWN)
4-25-72-9


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PARKING:
Private, Secure, Guaranteed. 60 sec to UF.
Reserve now! Reasonable rates. 352-538-
2181. Can leave mssg. 4-25-72-10

For Sale
Books by Bob Brackin
Visit my website
www.bobbrackin.com 4-25-72-10

Golf clubs complete set of matching irons
and metal wood. Gatorbag, covers and pull
cart. Extras. Very good cond. $125. Details
Ron 352-332-5757 1-10-3-10

Discount Textbooksl
Compare prices and save!
New and used textbooks!
BestBookBuys.com/ufl 1-10-3-10

PARKING
60 sec from UF taking new applications.
Spring semester $280 (4 mos) 538-2454
1-12-5-10


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** SCOOTERS **
RPM MOTORCYCLES.INC
SALES, SERVICE, PARTS
Many Brands Available 518 SE 2nd St.
www.RPMmotorcycles.com 377-6974
4-25-72-11

***SOLANO CYCLE***
Scooters from $899. Largest selection from
KYMCO, Daelim, Hyosung, Adly, Go-Ped,
Schwin, others. 2 yr warrantees.
3550 SW 34th St 338-8450 solanocycle.com
4-25-72-11

*****New Scooters 4 Less*****
Providing excellent service and
new scooters at great prices!
1901 NW 67th Place, 336-1271
NEW website www.NS4L.com
4-25-72-11

***GatorMoto***
We-have moved to a temp. location as we
await the completion of our new state of the
art facility. We still have new scooters start-
ing at $1199. lyr Warranties. We also service
ALL brands of scooters. Pickup Available.
Low Labor Rates. Free estimates. 376-6275
4-25-72-11

SCOOTER SERVICE
New Scooters 4 Less has LOW rates and
services on any scooter. Pickup/drop off
avail. $19.99 oil change and tune ups.
Call us! 336-1271 4-25-72-11


SWAMP CYCLES
534 SW 4th Ave. Largest Selection o
E-bikes, Scooters, Accessories and Mo
Best Prices and Customer Service!
www.swampcycles.com
4-25-72-11

150 CC SCOOTER
Sporty Red, Black, & White. Brand
Never used. 2006 4 cycle. Disc Brake:
mph. Starting @ $1400. Call 239-297-8
1-12-17-11


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8996.


0******* CASH PAID 0000000*
For MOTORCYCLES OR SCOOTERS
Newer or Older 0 Running or Not
Fast & Convenient Free Pick Up
Call today 352-441-0442
1-31-17-11

SCOOTER 50ccVIAGGIO 2005
2 cycle, oil injected, lots of storage, disc
brakes, mag wheels, 2 passenger. Like new
cond, runs perfect. Goes 35 mph. PARK
ANYWHERE. ONLY $895. 352-262-4673
1-12-5-11

KAWASAKI VULCAN 750
Low mid-size cruiser, 1994. V-twin, liquid
cooled, shaft drive. Great condition, looks &
runs great. Very dependable & economical.
$1895. Call 352-262-4673 1-12-5-11


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FAST CASH PAID FOR ANY CAR*
*Running or not!l
*NEED HONDA, TOYOTA, PICKUPS
*Over 10 yr svc to UF students
OCall Don @ 215-7987 4-25-72-12

CARS -CARS Buy*SellOTrade
Clean BMW, Volvo, Mercedes
Toyota, Honda, Nissan cars
3432 N Main St. www.carrsmith.com
CARRSMITH AUTO SALES 373-1150
4-25-72-12

OVER 50 IMPORTS UNDER $10,000
SELECT MOTOR CAR
THEYELLOW BUILDING
S2715 N MAIN 377-1616
www.selectmotorcar.us
4-25-72-12

$500! POLICE IMPOUNDS!
HONDAS, CHEVYS, TOYOTAS, ETC.
For listings 800-366-9813 ext 4622
4-25-71-12

SUN CITY AUTO SALES
Buy Here. Pay Here
We finance anyone
No credit check
352-338-1999 4-25-72-12


Autos


SUN CITY AUTO SALES
0 down and up
2000 discount on any financed vehicle
30 day warranty on any financed vehicle
352-338-1999 4-25-72-12


90 Honda Accord $1999 352-338-1999
92 Cadillac $299
92 Honda Accord $1999
95 Dodge Neon $2999
93 Lincoln Continental $2999 4-25-72-12
93 Mercedes 300e .$2999 352-338^1999
95 Dodge Intrepid $1999
95 Nissan Pathfinder $2999
90 Honda Accord $1999 *
98 Kia Sephia $1999 4-25-72-12
87 Volvo $2999 352-338-1999
94 Chevy Blazer $1999
93 Plymouth Voyager $1999
97 Geo Metro $1299.
96 Chevy Cavalier $2499 4-25-72-12

JUNK CARS HAULED AWAY!
00* FREE 0 FREE 0 FREE* FREE***
MUST HAVE TITLE! METRO GNV ONLY!
CALL DON 215-7987 4-25-72-12
Looking for a newer car or truck? Call me,
Larry Brasington, 352-514-1876. I will help
you. Vehicles starting from $8995. Call me,
Larry Brasington, 352-514-1876. 1-1-1-20-
12

GATORMAX
Used Cars Sale & trade
www.gatormax.net
See our inventory! 5-15-84-12


1997 NISSAN ALTIMA SE
sedan, A/C, 5 speed, black w/gray cloth,
aluminum wheels, power everything,
107k, clean, $3,300 OBO 352-514-1800
frankiev@bellsouth.net 1-17-9-12


2000 CHEVY S10 2.2L 4 CYL
70k miles. AC/Heat, CD, radio. Great condi-
tion CORRECTED PRICE $6000 Call 335-
3959 1-8-2-12

CARS FROM $29/MO!
Hondas 0 Chevys 0 Jeeps and more!
$0 Down, 36 Months @ 8.5% apr.
For listings call 800-366-9813 ext 9765
4-25-72-12

2000 ACURA INTEGRA
60k mile service done. $9500. Call 352-262-
1351 1-12-5-12

1995 LEXUS ES 300 Sedan
4-door, 6 cy, 188k, auto, A/C, trans, cruise,
sunroof, leather, 4 new tires, alloy wheel,
CD, tinted glass, Call 331-3538. $4500. 1-
12-5-12


IE Wanted

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
NEEDS VOLUNTEER DRIVERS
Transport patients to/from treatments
Must have valid driver's license,
.safe driving record & attend training session.
Call 352-376-6866 ext 114 for more info.
On going volunteer needed: Blind lady need
trans on Sundays only to Mass @ Queen
of Peace Catholic Church or St. Augustine
Catholic Church. For more info. call 219-6948
I live in the Tower Rd. area 1-19-50-13

LOCAL ARTIST NEEDS:
Gold Diamonds Gems Class Rings
ETC Top Cash $$$ or Trade *
OZZIE'S FINE JEWELRY 373-9243. 8-15-
24-13


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Wanted


ASSISTANCE FOR BLIND LADY living in
the Tower Rd area. Need volunteer compan-
ions for EVENING WALKS and SATURDAY
MORNING TRIPS TO ANGEL GARDENS.
Prefer females. Please call 352-219-6948
1-19-50-13


UF GRAD PAYS MORE
for gold jewelry, scrap gold, Rolex, dia-
monds, guitars, etc. Top $$$. Get my offer
before you sell! Call Jim 376-8090 or 222-
8090 4-25-72-13


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This newspaper assumes no responsibil-
ity for injury or loss arising from contacts
made through advertising. We suggest that
any reader who responds to advertising use
caution and investigate the sincerity of the
advertiser before giving out personal infor-
mation or arranging meetings

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Evening Newspaper Production
Applications are now being accepted for edi-
torial production at The Independent Florida
Alligator. Applicants should be available two
to three nights a week between 6:00 pm and
1 am, Sunday through Thursday. Production
duties include layout and design. Experience
is preferred on software applications, Adobe
Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat.
A one-year commitment is expected.
Please include references and availability
on application.

All previous applicants are encouraged to
reapply. Fill out application at the front desk
of the Alligator, 1105 W. University Ave.
between 9am and 4pm, M-F. Ask for the
production application. Equal Opportunity
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AD GRAPHIC DESIGNER
The Alligator Ad Graphics Production
Department is accepting student applications
for the position of Ad Graphic Designer. Will
train, but experience with Adobe InDesign,
Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat is pre-
ferred. Friendly work environment, flexible
schedule, with hours between 9AM and 5PM
Mon-Fri. Fill out an application at the front
desk of The Alligator, 1105 W. University
Ave, Mon-Fri 9AM 5PM, or email resume
to vbean@alligator.org. Include available
work schedule and references. Previous ap-
pliants are welcome to reapply with current
schedule. EOE

LIKE TO WORK WITH LUXURY CARS?
Bright? Enthusiastic? Like people? Must be
over 22, stable work history, clean driving re-
cord, drug-free, pers ref. www.carrsmith.com
for details. 4-25-72-14

Animal Care Tech looking for hard working
person to work w/ reptiles & rodents. Will
train, PT to start with more hrs possible. Start
at $7.00/hr. Flex hrs. Please call 495-9024
between 9-4 M-F. 4-25-72-14

CNA CLASS: $250! learn @ your own
time & pace. All you need to be a CNA
& pass the state exam is on VCR tape.
I have a 95% PASS RATE! check it out:
www.lapcnatraining.com or 800-566-4913
4-25-72-14


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Phone survey interviewers wanted. Start
work today! No sales, opinion research
only! Flexible Schedule! Perceptive Market
Research 336-6760 ex 4081 Call now! 4-
25-72-14

Students in Accounting, Aviation, Business/
Sales and IT needed for various positions.
Flexible schedules and competitive pay. Join
our team! Learn more at www.gleim.com/
employment 4,-25-72-14

$$ STUDENTS GET CASH $$
For gently used brand name
Clothing/accessories & furniture
$Cash on the Spot$ SANDY'S No appt
necessary! 2906 NW 13th St 372-1226 4-
25-72-14

BARTENDING
$250 A DAY POTENTIAL
No experience necessary, training provided.
800-965-6520 ext 138 4-25-72-14

SECRET SHOPPERS
Needed for evaluations of
Local Stores, Restaurants and Theaters
Flexible Hours, Training Provided
Call 1-800-585-9024 ext 6254
4-25-72-14

GATOR DOMINOS
$10 15/Hour DRIVERS
$6.40 $7.40/Hour INSIDERS
$35K-$50K/year MANAGERS
Apply online at www.gatordominos.com
Or at any of the 6 locations. 4-25-72-14

$100 EACH NIGHT Guaranteed
13th St. or University Ave Domino's now hir-
ing 10 drivers. Closing drivers earn $100 to
$125 each night. Apply @ 3311 W.University.
377-4992. or 2106 SW 13th St. 373-2337
4-25-72-14

GREAT PAY FOR THOSE WHO STAY! Park
Place Car Wash,is looking for hard workers
for all positions. Cashiers (fullday availability)
& line workers (AM 8:30-1 & PM 12-6 shifts
avail) 15-40hrs-your choice. Great work envi-
ronment. Apply in person. 7404 NW 4th Blvd.
Across from Home Depot. No calls please
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POLITICAL CALL CENTER
Phone reps needed -ASAP for Political
Campaigns. Base hourly rate + bonus.
371-5888 ext. 111 or 4112 NW 22nd Dr. 4-
25-72-14


EARN $60 THIS WEEK!
Donate Plasma & Save a Life
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
Best part-time job you'll ever have
NEW DONORS
Bring this Ad and Earn an
Extra $5 on Your 2nd Donation.
DCI Biologicals 150 NW 6th St
352-378-9204
4-25-72-14


PARADIGM PROPERTIES
Leasing Consultant, PT
Sales & customer service exp.
EOE, DFWP
352-375-2152 X301
www.teamparadigm.com
4-25-30-14

G8RBAY.com
*Get Paid & Have Fun *Flexible Hours &
Competitive $ *Sales Experience Required
SeBay Experience a plus *Resume To
g8rbay@bellsouth.net 1-17-30-14

**DANCERS NEEDED-**
Pirvate dance, co. Great for students. Great
pay, fast cash & flexible hours. Call to start
today! 378-3312 1-31-34-14


VALET ATTENDANTS
FT and PT. Must be customer oriented & de- I Lost 40 Ibs in 2 months!
pendable. Call our jobline at 1-888-463-1954 Free Sample Package
ext 205.1-22-80-14 WNYDiets.com 1-11-20-14


0*0 SOCCER COACHES***
needed for GSA rec and camp youth teams.
Experience required. License preferred for
comp. For info:
contact@gainesvillesoccer.org or 379-5979
4-25-72-14


PIZZA HUT-Now Hiring
DRIVERS & COOKS, Part time/Full time.
5004 NW 34th St. 352-373-7733 1-31-
47-14


$10-12/HR + BONUS
Mortgage lender has immediate openings for
college students for telephone sales posi-
tions. No exp required. Flex hours. Apply in
person between 3 & 6pm, Mon-Fri 1900 SW
34th St. Ste 206 (2nd fir above credit union)
1-31-17-14

LEGAL ASSISTANT FULL TIME
Position available. Need at least 2 year com-
mitment. Fax resume to 352-335-2272 Attn:
Lynn 1-12-10-14


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LUCRATIVE INTERNET BUSINESS. Free
to join. No selling. Thousands $$$ monthly
possible. Computer necessary. Call for more
info: 877-587-9364 1-9-5-14

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER III
to devise and develop software and related
procedures and write, test and implement
computer programs. Require masters in
computer science, computer engineering
or closely related field. Proficiency in XML
(XSLT), PHP, SQL, & JAVA. 40 hours/week.
Send resume to :hr@gleim.com
Refer to job code FLDDP906
www.gleim.com 1-22-17-14

WE NEED GOOD HELP!
Call Damieon @ Molly and Friends Cat
Furniture Company 337-1535. Good pay!
Good job for good workers. Light duty manu-
facturing. Some exp helpful. 1-12-6-14

TUTORS NEEDED for loni tutoring at-
risk elem school. students spring term. 1-4
afternoons/wk. $9.50/hr. 15-20 min drive
from campus. Fed Work Study work permit
req'd. Volunteers welcome. 352-384-1155
st23@cox.net. 1-19-5-14

CABLE TECHS
G'ville,Ocala,Newberry;Video,HSI,VOIP
basic exp needed, benefits available, late
model truck/van & tools req'd 352-505-3984
1-11-5-14

COLD STONE CREAMERY will soon
audition happy, energetic Scoopers for its
Newberry Road and Archer Road stores.
Earn $8.50+ while having fun! Positions be-
gin immediately. Choose either Gainesville
location when you apply on our web site.
Visit ColdStoneCreamery.com, then choose
Best Jobs Ever, then choose Local Store
Job Listings (please include your email ad-
dress). Nights and weekends a must. 18+
only. 1-12-5-14


Your roommate hasn't done the dishes in
How long?! Find a better dishwasher in the
Alligator Classifieds.




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Shannon A.
Lee
Black Female
(DOB 07/01/85); 5'02"i
155 lbs, Black Hair,
Brown Eyes

Wanted for:
Violation of Probation
Warrant for Assault,
Domestic Battery and
Criminal Mischief More
Than 200.
ALACHUA COUNTY

CRIME
STOPPERS
Call (352) 372-STOP


J Ell Help Wanted


Spend your summer in a lakefront cabin in
Maine. If you're looking to spend this sum-
mer outdoors, have fun while you work, and
make lifelong friends, then look no further.
Camp Mataponi, a residential girls camp
in Maine, has male/female summertime
openings for Land Sports, Waterfront (small
crafts, skiing, life guarding, WSI, boat driv-
ers), Ropes Course, Tennis, H.B. Riding,
Arts & Crafts, Theater, Cooking, Gymnastics,
Dance, Videography, Group Leaders & more.
Top salaries plus room/board & travel provid-
ed. Call us today toll free at 1-888-684-2267
or apply online at www.campmataponi.com
1-8-1-14

Farahs on the Ave now hiring
FT/ PT servers exp. a must. Apply 1120
W. University Ave. No calls. M-Fri 2-4pm.
1-12-5-14






NOW HIRING NOTE TAKERS
The Perfect Work Study Program
.Hiring excellent notetakers in UF's 50 most
popular classes. Apply in person. Located
across from The Swamp in the UF Plaza.
Interviews only. Office employees editing
experience a plus. Office help needed. Work
from your location. Need experienced person
to write chapter summaries. Apply in person
only. 1-22-10-14

A/P & A/R Supervisor
Functions of this role includes; coordinating
& supervising activities of staff positions;
process & code to general ledger all vendor
invoices and A/P weekly; prepare weekly
cash requirements summaries; and assist
with preparation of actual to budget variance
analysis reporting. To be considered candi-
dates must have two years of accounting and
two years in a supervisory role.
Please visit our website www.exac.com to
learn more about Exactech & the respon-
sibilities of this position. Send cover letter,
resume and salary history to
human.resources@exac.com. 1-8-1-14

Exactech, Inc
Material Handler needed to ship, receive,
and transfer all products related to op-
erations; and assist in inventory and cycle
counting. Applicants must be dependable,
detail oriented, & a team player with produc-
tion experience. Please submit resume and
salary history to human.resources@exac or
fax to (352) 378-2617. For more information
please visit our website at www.exac.com
1-9-2-14

EDUCATIONAL RETAIL STORE
Looking for PT help, flexible hours, will work
around your class schedule. Please bring
resume to: 2020 NW 6th St. 1-31-17-14

Dragonfly Rolls 'n Bowls
NOW HIRINGIII ambitious, energetic,
friendly, and reliable team members for
Sushi Chef, Prep & Cashier positions,
P/T & F/T. Apply in person at 3117 SW 34th
St. #1. University Towne Center (next to
Carrabbas). No calls please. 1-12-5-14

University of Florida
Survey Research Center
408 W University Aoe. suite 106
Apply Mon-Fri 9am-9pm
392-2908 ext. 105
$7.50/hr + BONUS + Paid Training
$8.00 Spanish/English bilingual speakers
Telephone Interviewing NO SALES
4-25-72--14

HARRY'S SEAFOOD BAR & GRILL
Now hiring all positions. Apply within 110 SE
1st. St. Downtown Gainesville 372-1555 1-
22-10-14




Smokin'Notes
Now Hiring
Experienced Notetakers and Editors
Apply Online at www.SmokinNotes.com
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS
FT/PT. Flexible schedules for students and
graduates.
ACCOUNTING STUDENTS
Get paid while you learn. Flexible hours.
SHIPPING TECH
FT/PT.

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Noah earned a double-double
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nine of which he brought down in
the second half.
If not for UF's intensity after half-
time, the game could have just as
easily gone in Georgia's favor.
The Bulldogs pounced in the
opening minutes with an 11-5 lead,
but the Gators fought back' and
came within 1 by halftime. UF's 25-
point effort was its lowest scoring
half of the season, but that didn't
disappoint Noah.
"It doesn't matter if (the win)
is ugly or great," Noah said. "Like
the great (Adrian) Moss once said,
'Every win in the SEC is a big win.'"
Brewer's three-point play 49
seconds into the second half put the
Gators up 28-26, and UF (14-2, 1-0
SEC) never relinquished the lead.
In addition to four steals, Brewer
flirted with the second triple-double
of his career, earning 19 points, 10
rebounds and seven assists.
"1 thought Corey Brewer all the
way around tonight had a very good
game," UF coach Billy Donovan
said. "He just gave a little something
in every possible area."


Edwards

picks UF for

academics

RECRUIT, from page 19

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commit this year for the Gators.
Edwards (6-2, 221 pounds)
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cornerback, wide receiver and also
returned punts and kickoffs this
year for Orlando Edgewater High.
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fensive line," Edgewater coach Bill
Gierke said. "He's an unbelievable
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With all of his experience,
Edwards figures to be a force on
the UF defense and will likely play
at outside linebacker or safety.
"With all of the four- and five-
wide receiver sets in college of-
fenses, teams have to have that kid
that's big enough to play the run,
but agile enough to cover some-
body," Gierke said.
Edwards made his announce-
ment during the third quarter
of the All-American game on
Saturday. He picked UF instead
of Notre Dame and Michigan for
its academics. He will major in
architecture.
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Noah, Brewer lift Gators


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By JENNA MARINA
Alligator Staff Writer
jmarina@alligator.org
Winning the Southeastern Conference
opener against Georgia transformed UF for-
ward Joakim Noah into a kid again.
As teammates Al Horford, Corey Brewer
and Lee Humphrey were swarmed by media
outside of their locker room after the Gators'
67-51 victory, Noah took a timeout to chase two
tykes a girl dressed in a Gators cheerleading
outfit and a boy in a Gators basketball jersey.
The two smiled and giggled in delight as
the 6-foot-11 giant bent down to tickle them.
Noah had a lot to celebrate, including sink-
ing his first-career three-pointer with 22 sec-
onds left, in UF's win on Saturday afternoon at
the O'Connell Center.
"Usually when I catch the ball and I shoot,
I hear the crowd, 'Whoa whoa whoa, don't
shoot it,"' Noah said. "But it was so quick out
of my hands that the crowd didn't have time to
react. As soon as it left my hands, I was running
down the court feeling real, real sexy. Running


down feeling like a shooter, and then I had to
give (the crowd) a little Harlem shake because
that's just how we do it in New York."
"I've seen (Noah) make threes be-
fore just messing around in prac-
tice. I was watching it, and I was
like, 'Wow, that thing's probably
goingto go in."'
Lee Humphrey
UF guard

UF's other three-point specialist, Humphrey,
who knocked down four from beyond the arc
in the game, knew that Noah had the long shot
in him.
"I've seen him make threes before just
messing around in practice," Humphrey said.
"I was watching it, and I was like, 'Wow, that
thing's probably going to go in.'"

SEE HOOPS, PAGE 17


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WILLIAMS CAN MAKE EARLY
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By MIKE MCCALL
Alligator Writer
The UF coaching staff worked
during winter break to prepare the
Gators for tonight's national cham-
pionship game, but coaches also
took time out to ensure that they can
return in the next few years.
The Gators picked up three verbal
commitments from recruits at crucial
positions during the holidays: quar-
terback John Brantley, linebacker/
safety Lorenzo Edwards, and run-
ning back Bo Williams.


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With Brantley's commitment,
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Brantley was named the Gatorade
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nior season, in which he threw for
2,766 yards and 41 touchdowns.
He was also a member of the East
squad in the U.S. Army All-American
Bowl and attended the Elite 11
Quarterback Camp.
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ranked No. 1 nationally at the weak
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S....OSU duo share close bond


Andy Aplcella/Alligator
Heisman winner Troy Smith's friendship with receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has translated into
many long touchdowns throughout their careers at Ohio State.


By DAN TREAT
Alligator Staff Writer
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GLENDALE, Ariz. The rules at Ohio
State have changed, and the Buckeyes have a
candy shop in Cleveland to thank.
Make no mistake, the 3-yards-and-a-cloud-
of-dust that had long been the hallmark of
Ohio State football is dead.
The spread is in, and Troy Smith and Ted.
Ginn Jr., friends since childhood, have formed
a dynamic duo that has kept the Buckeyes
atop the rankings for all of 2006.
While Ginn provides a skill set that is at the
forefront of Ohio State's attack, the man who
is the leader of the group is a man who almost
never was.
Smith started his college career as a kick
returned and running back.
Smith lost his starting role early in 2005 af-
ter being suspended for the season opener and
previous year's bowl game for accepting $500
from a Buckeyes booster.
Justin Zwick alternated time with Smith at
the beginning of last season, and it was Zwick
who was in the game late in the Buckeyes' loss
to Texas, fumbling late in the game to seal it.
Smith, however, has only been defeated
once since, a loss at Penn State in October
2005.
A changed man, Smith threw 30 touch-
downs this season against just five intercep-
tions as the Buckeyes finished the regular
season undefeated at 12-0. Nine of those
'touchdown tosses finding their way into
Ginn's hands.
In December, Smith came full circle by
winning the Heisman Trophy by the second-
biggest margin in the trophy's history, only
trailing O.J. Simpson's 1968 triumph.
Ginn was a high school teammate of
Smith's at Glenville High in Cleveland but
has known him since their early youth, with
the two bonding first over their love of candy.
Football became the common thread as time
progressed.
With the struggles that Smith endured in
college and growing up, Ginn may have seen
the most growth in the man he refers to as
his "big brother" since his suspension in late
2004.


"Since I have known Troy, he had a lot on
his plate, and he didn't eat every piece of it,"
Ginn said. "Troy is the type of guy that, you
know, has a big heart. He is going to fight
through everything, and that's the type of
person you want in your life, no matter what
it is."
Ginn and Smith both played for Ginn's fa-
ther, Ted Sr., at Glenville, and the Tarblooders
made the state playoffs Smith's senior year.
The elder Ginn, who became a father fig-
ure to Smith, however, was influencing Smith
way before the quarterback had the slightest
inclination.
"He was making decisions for me even
when I didn't know that he was making deci-
sions for me," Smith said. "I didn't find out
until later on in life that he had something to
do with it."
"Growing up, I never liked to try to
put a crutch on my situation be-
cause kids everywhere go through
things."
Troy Smith
Ohio State quarterback

That wasn't to say that his upbringing was
easy, and he has stated that he would like to
help the section of Cleveland that he grew up
in.
"Growing up, I never liked to try to put a
crutch on my situation because kids every-
where go through things," Smith said. "It is
going to be tough, it is going to be hard. Some
of the things that you might go through might
be different from mine, but who is to say that
my struggles are deeper than yours?"
In the past two years, Smith has become a
changed man on and off the field.
They say it takes a village to raise a man.
In Smith's case, the saying is more than
appropriate.
"First off, God," Smith said. "I look to my
mother. I look to Ted Ginn Sr. I look to Coach
Jim Tressel. I look to my closest friends back
home in Cleveland, and I also look to my
teammates. Anytime you have that kind of
support system around you, you can't fail."


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By DAN TREAT
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GLENDALE, Ariz. Does it bother him,
the talk about the NFL leading up to the big-
gest game of his college life? The constant
questioning and rumors that he has already
decided to leave the college life behind once
tonight's game is complete?
If the discussion is irritating Brandon Siler,
he hasn't let on.
"That's y'all's job (to ask)," Siler said. "It
goes through y'all's minds a lot more than it
goes through ours. We're here to play a game
and win a national championship. This is the
biggest prize in college football, so you'd be
crazy to be thinking about anything else."
But after the game, Siler will be one of five
UF underclassmen with serious decisions to
make.
It has long been assumed that safety Reggie
Nelson, arguably the Gators' best player, is a
lock to enter the draft at the end of the season.
Nelson, however, lost his "mother after a
lengthy battle with breast cancer in December
and hasn't spoken publicly since, so it is dif-
ficult to gauge his NFL interest at this point,
though he would likely be a first-round pick.
Nelson and Siler both filed paperwork
with the NFL Draft Advisory Committee, as
did Jarvis Moss, Andre Caldwell and Ryan
Smith. All are juniors.
Of all those players, Caldwell may be the
one who has made his final decision.
The wide receiver indicated during a me-
dia session last week that he has already made
up his mind, but he isn't ready to say publicly
yet.
"I know what I'm going to do, most likely,"
Caldwell said.
He was then asked if he had decided to
remain in school, but he declined to make that
statement.
In the event that Caldwell does decide to


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UFjunior wide receiver Andre Caldwell is tackled by FSU defenders Nov. 25, 2006 in Tallahassee. Caldwell is one of the Gators' top
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most impressive crops of wideouts eligible for
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Other receivers likely to be in the draft in-
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Samardzija and UF teammate Dallas Baker,
among others, although Caldwell said the
draft board indicated he would be picked on


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The name that is the biggest surprise in the
Gators' group is Smith, who at this time last
year was riding the pine at Utah.
Smith has had an outstanding season,
picking off eight passes, which is tied for third
nationally, and his draft stock may never be
higher. He indicated that the advisory com-
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could change his thinking.
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"Winning it and depending on my perfor-
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delay the time it would take him to declare his
intentions, since he would be "out celebrat-
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By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
Alligator Staff Writer
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.
- He's the exception. The
one-in-a-million shot. The
guy everybody cheers for to
succeed.
He's a Rocky Balboa. A
Rudy. The ultimate underdog
that disproves the norm, giv-
ing hope to everyone who
has ever been denied their
dream.
Antonio Smith was a
good high school player from
Columbus, Ohio. But at 5-
foot-9, he was told he was too
small to play major college
football.
Some Mid-American
Conference schools wanted
him to walk-on. A few
Division I-AA schools offered
him a scholarship.
But Smith took a differ-
ent route one less trav-
eled by most college athletes
- opting to take an academic
scholarship he earned in high
school to Ohio State, where he
could pursue his other dream
- a degree in mechanical en-
gineering.
"Academics was first on
my list," Smith said. "And
once I knew about the engi-
neering program that Ohio
State had to offer, I just knew
it was the perfect fit for me.
And I knew that was the
place I wanted to be. I was
always a Buckeye fan."
Smith walked on the
Buckeyes squad in 2002, but
he would go unnoticed at
first.


Smith would redshirt
that first season, where he
watched his teammates win a
national championship at the
Fiesta Bowl.
His freshman year he had
just one tackle. As a sopho-
more, he registered only
eight. Junior year he finished
with six.
But then came this season,
his final shot at making a real
impact.
Needing to replace nine
defensive starters, Ohio State
gave Smith a chance at cor-
nerback. Smith would start
all 12 games, finishing second
on the team with 66 tackles
and adding two sacks, two
interceptions, a forced fumble
and a recovered fumble.
Smith was named a semi-
finalist for the Thorpe Award,
which goes to the top defen-
sive back in the nation. He
earned consensus first-team
All-Big Ten honors.
And now tonight four
years after he watched
his teammates win a na-
tional title a short drive
away Smith will start
for the Buckeyes in the
Bowl Championship Series
National Championship
Game and try to do the same.
"Hard work and dedica-
tion pays off," he said. "It's
an honor for me to be here.
It's an honor for me coming
From where I came from."
Not once was Smith re-
cruited by Ohio State or any
other premier programs. Told
he was too small, too slow
and too weak, he was over-
looked.
But now, this walk-on
who earned an athletic
. scholarship in the spring
has a chance to be drafted
in the NFL.
"I don't think there's any


question he's going to get
an opportunity at the next
level," Ohio State defensive
coordinator Jim Heacock
said. "I would never count
him out knowing him as a
person. If anyone's.going to
compete against him, they
better get up early, because
he'll be ready to go."
But what does it say about
the evaluation done in re-


cruiting that a standout like
Smith slipped through the
cracks?
"Nothing is exact," Smith
said. "We're all human and
we all think one thing and
maybe find out later that
might not be the exact thing
we were thinking at that
time."
It's not just the statistics
SEE SMITH, PAGE 24


After walking on in 2002 OSU cornerback Antonio Smith has de-
veloped into one of the nation's top defenders.


Buckeyes


defense


beats odds

By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
Alligator Staff Writer
agonzalez@alligator.org

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. The Buckeyes
heard the critics and laughed. Their fans
questioned them, but they paid no atten-
tion.
Everyone seemed to doubt them. Pity
on them, people said, such an explosive
offense but no defense.
Ohio State players said despite what
was forecasted this season, they knew
they could be as solid and as stingy as in
years past.
"Just One Agenda."
Team motto
Ohio State University

Still, the big question remained: How
do you replace nine starters on defense?
"It was just us in that room," said Ohio
State defensive tackle Quinn Pitcock, one
of the two returning starters with tackle
David Patterson. "No one would believe
in us. So we knew we had to be better
than the '05 team."
The Buckeyes, linked together by an
us-against-the-world mentality, now
enter today's Bowl Championship Series
National Championship Game with the
No. 1 scoring defense in the nation, allow-
ing just 10.4 points per game.
Ohio State's defensive motto later
adopted by the entire team was simple
this season: "Just One Agenda."
"That was our plan," All-Big Ten a
senior corerback Antonio Smith said.
"Everyone on the same page, working
and geared toward the same goal."
The goal? To be better than the year be-
fore, to win a Big Ten Championship and-
a national title not so simple when the
defense is being overhauled.
Knowing it would need help, the Ohio
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Smith to play despite

recent shoulder injury

SMITH, from page 23

Smith has piled up this season that have raised eye-
brows. His teammates say his work ethic is second to
none on the Buckeyes.
And his toughness has been exemplified the past
month, rehabbing a shoulder injury he suffered in
practice.
For some, the time frame between then and tonight's
game wouldn't be enough to recover. For Smith, the
thought of sitting out never crossed his mind; even if
he has to play injured, he said he's playing.
"Coach Tressel always talks about you get what you
deserve," OSU senior defensive tackle David Patterson
said. "You will never find someone who works harder
than Aitonio Smith. He carries himself in a great way,
with a lot of class."
Smith will get his due tonight and show his doubt-
ers just how far he's come.
But he won't poke fun at them or say, "I told you
so." That's not his style. He'll just go about his busi-
ness, laughing and smiling like he always does.
"I didn't know anything was going to happen," he
said. "I was just trying to be the best person I can be,
the best player I could be."


Ohio State, UF coaches shared defense secrets


DEFENSE, from page 23
State coaching staff looked elsewhere,
to a team that had recently done the
same kind of defensive makeover:
UE.
Before spring practice, Ohio State's
defensive coaches went to Gainesville
to share ideas and watch film with
UF's defensive coaches.
Exchanging secrets surely seemed
harmless at the time. The Gators and
Buckeyes weren't going to play this
season, right?
"It's so funny, because we never
thought about it," UF co-defensive
coordinator Charlie Strong said. "We
shared all these ideas, and here we
are a few months later playing them
in the championship game. It was
really good, and then all of sudden
you're playing those guys."
Fellow co-defensive coordinator
Greg Mattison said the swap won't
give either team an edge today.
Heading into the second game of


the year against No. 2 Texas the
Buckeyes' first major challenge -
many expected an offensive shootout.
Instead, it was a -24-7 thrashing by
Ohio State.
"We shared all these ideas,
and here we are a few
months later playing them in
the championship game."
Charlie Strong
UF co-defensive coordinator

"Going into that Texas game, I
think our confidence may have been
wavering a bit just because they had
great players," Buckeyes senior free
safety Brandon Mitchell said. "I think
holding Texas to 7 points really gave
us confidence and a swagger and re-
ally helped guys.
"After that Coach (Jim) Tressel
came over to us and said, 'Yes we can ,
(be great). Everyone out there is going


to tell you that you can't do it. Yes we
can."'
Spurred by the skeptics, the
Buckeyes relied just as much on their
defense as they did on their offense.
When the offense struggled like
it did in a 17-10 win over Illinois the
defense picked up the slack.
The group has been better than the
2005 Buckeyes defense.
They've done it without the note-
worthy names like linebackers A.J.
Hawk and Bobby Carpenter and safe-
ty Donte Whitner all first-round
draft picks in last year's NFL Draft.
They have won a Big Ten title.
Now, all that's left is a national
championship, the final goal to com-
plete a stiff agenda.
"Last year, probably, we had better
individual players," defensive coordi-
nator Jim Heacock said.
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each other a little bit more. It plays
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D-Line fills departed Thomas' hole


* AFTER THE LOSS OF THOMAS,
COHEN AND HARRIS STEP UP.

By LOUIS ANASTASIS
Alligator Staff Writer
lanastasis@alligator.org

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Not even
Urban Meyer gave UF much of a chance
following Marcus Thomas' dismissal.
"At a lot of places, you take away
a player like Marcus and you're in re-
verse," Meyer said.
But what the coach of the No. 2
Gators has found out during the past
two months is this: UF is just fine with-
out the defensive tackle. The Gators'
retooled rush defense is No. 1 in the
Southeastern Conference and No. 5
nationally as it prepares for Ohio State
in the national championship.
"We knew we wouldn't miss a
beat," said converted nose guard Steven
Harris. "We didn't think it was going to
be a problem at all."
On Nov. 4, skeptics would have
laughed at such a notion and for good
reason. On the same day the Gators
struggled against Vanderbilt, the team
announced it would play the remainder
of its season without Thomas.
The senior tackle recorded five sacks
and 26 tackles in limited action while
serving as the line's undisputed leader.
But he was suspended a total of three
games after testing positive for mari-
juana twice. When Thomas refused to


comply with strict post-suspension
guidelines, the Gators kicked him off
the team.
Surprisingly, there has been no drop
off. The reasons? Harris and fellow
tackle Joe Cohen.
SLately, the two have played the best
football of their careers. Harris and
Cohen have combined for 15 tackles
the last two ga--, highlighted by a
stifling effort against Arkansas Heisman
Trophy finalist, tailback Darren
McFadden, in the
SEC Championship
Game.
"They stepped up
when they had to,"
linebacker Brandon
Siler said. "It's big
what our team has
'- accomplished up
Thomas front. We've shut
down a lot of running games. A guy that
was up for the Heisman we held him
to (73) yards. It would be hard to believe
that our defense would be as good as it
is knowing that we lost one of our best
linemen."
Despite playing without Thomas
for eight games, the Gators only sur-
rendered 74.5 rushing yards a game.
Contrast that to LSU, which was No. 2
in the SEC with a cip of 93.2 yards per
game before Wednesday night's Sugar
Bowl.
Give Siler an assist for the seamless
transition. Seeing that some of his team-


mates were down following Thomas'
departure, he imparted upon them a
heavy dose of optimism.
"I talked to them and I was like, We
all right. Its all right. We have to deal
with what we have to deal with,'" Siler
recalled. "I went up to Steve and I said,
'Everybody's sad and real upset, Steve,
but let me check this out and see if we're
all right Can you play football?' He
answered, 'Yeah, I can play.' So then I
said, 'All right, we'll be fine.'"
Harris has filled in for Thomas di-
rectly at nose guard. Cohen, meanwhile,
has simply excelled at the tackle spot
he had held all along. The two say the
reason they haven't missed Thomas has
everything to do with playing time.
"The more you can get in against an
opponent, the more you can get a feel
for the game and that's all it was for
Steve and me," Cohen said. "It was hard
to get into a rhythm with all the rotating
we were doing so Marcus could play."
By remaining on the field for ex-
tended stretches, Cohen and Harris
have been able to notice and take
advantage of tendencies in opposing
linemen. This had been impossible with
the minimal playing time they were get-
ting while Thomas was playing.
"They deserve it," defensive line-
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they've gotten here, just like all of us.
They deserve to get on the field and
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Teammates sup-

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safety

NELSON, from page 28

playing Russian Roulette."
Her situation led many to speculate that
Nelson might forego his senior season to enter the
NFL draft and support her. The decision remains
up in -the air. In the meantime, UF must find a
way to console Nelson while also stabilizing his
psyche for the national championship game.
"I am concerned about it, but Reggie is not a
good football player he is one of the best foot-
ball players I've ever been around," Meyer said.
"Will focus be an issue? Of course it will. But I
think he is that good of a football player. He pre-
pares himself well for games."
Nelson's teammates are doing their best to
help, just like Gators fans back home. Three such
individuals spent Dec. 30 and 31 painting a mural
on the 34th Street wall commemorating mother
and son.
"We've just been there as a family," safety
Tony Joiner said. "He knows that if he needs
anything, he just needs to ask us. If he needs us
to be around, we'll be around. We just show him
comfort; the same thing family members would
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
Squint, for a moment, into UF's
future and you will likely see
touchdowns. Lots of them.
While No. 2 UF has flickered
offernively this season, its fresh-
men class is a speedy, electric
bunch poised to flood the Swamp
with scoring next season.
"I think there's going to
be a lot of points put on the
board," UF junior receiver Andre
Caldwell said. "There's too much
speed out there for you to be able
to stop. It's going to get UF back
to the way it used to be. It's un-
imaginable (guessing how much
they'll score)."
You've seen flashes of it.
Quarterback Tim Tebow is a
backup, but his impact-to-play-
ing time ratio is a lopsided one.
He single-handedly bullied
the Gators past Tennessee with a
fourth quarter, fourth-down run.
Against LSU, he accounted for all
three UF touchdowns.
Receiver/running back Percy
Harvin averages 12.67 yards per
touch.
Returner Brandon James al-
ready has set UF's single-season
punt return yardage record. And
receivers Jarred Fayson and Riley


Cooper have barely scratched the
surface of their potential.
"It's going to be crazy,"
Fayson said. "You have Tebow in
the backfield on the left or right,
you have me and Percy Harvin
and a bunch of guys that run 4.3
(40-yard dash times). Not to be
cocky or anything, but there's a
lot of things we're going to be
able to do with the talent that we
have."

"(Harvin) is one of the
most explosive players I've
ever seen. He's unbeliev-
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Tim Tebow
UF freshman quarterback

But don't forget about the
present. It is nearly certain that,
at some point during the national
championship game, one of UF's
freshmen will make an astound-
ing play.
It has been that way all season
for a recruiting class some experts
touted as the nation's best.
The obvious suspects are
Tebow and Harvin. Often serv-
ing as a running back, Tebow has
rushed for 430 yards and seven
touchdowns at a clip of 5.4 yards
per carry. He has also completed
21-of-32 passes for 357 yards and


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UF freshman wide receiver Percy Harvin is tackled by Georgia cornerback Paul Oliver Oct. 28, 2006, in
Jacksonville. Harvin's elite speed has made him a go-to target since arriving on campus.


four touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Harvin could be
UF's most dangerous weapon
against Ohio State. He rebound-
ed during the Southeastern
Conference Championship from a
cumbersome ankle sprain against
Tennessee and a scary neck injury
against Florida State.


The shifty Harvin scored two
touchdowns on 367 yards of total
offense.
"He's one of the most ex-
plosive players I've ever seen.
He's unbelievable," Tebow said.
"He can change the game at any
time."
Next year, the offense will be


all Tebow's. This means Coach
Urban Meyer will finally have
the entourage necessary to run
his ideal spread offense.
So what about this game?
"We (haven't done anything)
yet," Harvin said. "It doesn't
mean anything. We have to win
this one first."


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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Joe
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tackle, snickered as he looked down
at his massive belly.
"Nobody believes I used to be a
running back," Cohen said. "Most
of my teammates don't even believe
me. I have to bust out old film."
If the No: 2 Gators have any tan-
gible advantage against No. 1 Ohio
State in the national champions-hip,
it might be this: From A to Z, UF's
players are fast, fast, fast.
Their tackles and ends could
probably chase down most runaway
fowls. As for the speed-oriented po-
sitions like cornerback and receiver


- the Gators probably\ have about
as much athleticism as your typical
decathlete.
Cohen, for instance, once played
tailback at Palm Bay High. He even
ran track during his prep career, in-
cluding the 100-meter dash, which
he once finished in 11.3 seconds.
You wouldn't know it now judg-
ing by his meaty frame. But witness
.players like UF defensive end Jarvis
Moss, let alone receivers Percy
Harvin and Andre Caldwell, and
you'll see this is no average collec-
tion of athletes.
"I'm sure if (Ohio State has)
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as speed," Ohio State quarterback
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wrong they definitely have guys
that can run, but the way it has been
portrayed is like we have been win-
ning our games by walking and jog-
ging. It's like our guys haven't been
running."
There is a little right and a little
wrong involved on both sides of this
debate.


For starters, the UF speed argu-
ment is a stereotype that emanates
from the Southeastern Conference.
The league prides itself on snatching
up players from its backyard, the
South, a region that probably pro-
duces more sheer athleticism than
any other area in the country.
It is difficult to obtain accurate
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At least five of the Gators' top re-
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Fayson, Jemalle Cornelius and
Riley Cooper have been listed on
Web sites like Scout.com with dash
speeds of 4.4 seconds or better.
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GATORS SECONDARY


Nelson perseveres past loss


iy LOUIS ANASTASIS
Alligator Staff Writer
lanastasis@alligator.org

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -
Reggie Nelson's world is frigid
without his sunshine.
His heart, his soul, his role
modei, his inspiration is gone.
Mary Lakes, the 46-year-old
mother of UF's All-America free
safety, passed away on Dec. 21.
Lakes lost a courageous bat-
tle with breast cancer that lasted
about three years.
Now, while most of his team-
mates share laughs over Xbox
football games and cheerfully
take in all the national champi-
onship game pampering, Nelson
must dig deeper than ever.
"He is struggling like you
would expect," Coach Urban
Meyer said.
For most, losing a parent is a
nr-.bing, indescribable feeling
of sheer anguish. But for Nelson,
it is likely even worse.
Hands-down, Lakes was his
best friend.
Nelson called his mother be-
fore every football game. Then,
once the games ended, the two
were talking again. Lakes would
often kid her son about not hit-
ting opponents so hard, remind-


ing him how they have feelings
and parents too.
"I talk to my mom 24/7,"
Nelson said earlier this season.
"My mom's my life and my
best friend. Everything I do is
because of her. She's always in
my mind."
"She was a special-lady.
That's the reason why
the pain and hurt is still
there."
Charlie Strong
UF co-defensive coordinator

The safety's largest hurdle
is likely still to come. Tonight,
the No. 2 Gators will play No.
1 Ohio State. It will mark the
first game day that Nelson must
endure without hearing his
mother's voice.
"Even once we get through
that, the pain is going to be
there," UF co-defensive coor-
dinator Charlie Strong said.
"Every day, you will think about
her. If you ever want to talk to
anybody, you have your team-
mates, you have your coaching
staff.
"She was a special lady.
That's the reason why the pain
and hurt is still there."


Nelson, who has 50 tackles
and six interceptions, has not
spoken with the media since
his mother's death. Friday, UF
successfully petitioned Bowl
Championship Series official
Bill Hancock to excuse Nelson
from the team's media day ob-
ligations.
"It really has been a tough
week for Reggie," Strong said.
"Any time you lose your mom-
ma, you can be 20, 30, 40 the
pain is still there."
Lakes was diagnosed with
cancer while her son attended
Coffeyville Junior College
(Kansas) in 2003. When Nelson
found out, he nearly quit foot-
ball to be with her. Since then,
Lakes experienced relentless
waves of chemotherapy. Her
sensitivity to the sun allowed
Lakes to watch her son play in
person just twice home games
against Wyoming in 2005 and
Central Florida this season. She
watched the other games on
television while strapped to an
oxygen tank.
"I don't know if I'll be back
this year because with all those
people it's very exhausting and
hard to be there," Lakes said
after the UCF game. "It's like
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Meyer's pedigree lies with OSU


MEYER, from page 35


house.
And when Meyer is looking for
advice, he turns to two people: his
father and former Ohio State coach
Earle Bruce.
Meyer worked for Bruce as a gradu-
ate assistant at Ohio State and followed
him to Colorado State in 1990.
"I talk to Earle Bruce about once
a week," Meyer said. "I have always
admired Coach Bruce because he did
it the right way. He cared about the
players. On his list of priorities was
the player, family and staff. And other
than that, he didn't do a whole lot."
It is at Ohio State where Meyer
said he learned about tradition and
pageantry, values he adamantly be-
lieves in.
"I got to Ohio State and met Earle
Bruce and watched the way things are
done and got a piece of that tradition,"
Meyer said. "Everything we do ties
into building tradition."
Despite Meyer's friendship with
Bruce, don't expect the former Ohio
State. coach to jump on the Gators
bandwagon.
"He is a Buckeye true and true,"
Meyer said. "But he is also a dear
friend of mine. I am sure he will be


PICKS, from page 35


A Harvard graduate and a successful
businessman, Eggleston is the man you turn
to for information here.
Football may not be his forte, and that's
good news for Gators fans. Eggleston's
choice'to win tonight's game: Ohio State.
Onto the picks!
Leading off the final picks column of
the season with an 83-37 record and at
the front of every buffet line in Arizona is
Dan "I can't believe I ate the whole thing"
Treat, who is in heaven here being able to
eat, drink and eat all he wants for free all
week.
Batting second with an 80-40 record is
our former sports editor, who spent all
week in Arizona spooning his God kids,


sitting with the Ohio State folks but
kind of looking at Florida at a different
angle, too. I think he is involved with
both programs."
Current Ohio State coach Jim
Tressel, who grew up about an hour
away from Meyer, also worked as a
graduate assistant under Bruce. While
the coach left a year before Meyer ar-
rived in Columbus, Meyer said he is
very familiar with Tressel and his staff.
"When I was first hired at Bowling
Green, I drove down to Columbus
and watched one of his practices and
walked around," Meyer said. "(It) goes
way back."
Buckeyes secondary coach Tim
Beckman was an assistant to Meyer
at Bowling Green, and Meyer said he
helped Beckman get the job at Ohio
State.
In the off-season, a group of de-
fensive coaches from OhioState vis-
ited Meyer and his coaching staff in
Gainesville to discuss strategies.
But both sides agree that neither
will gain an advantage from the meet-
ing for Monday's game.
If Meyer is able to return home with
a national championship in hand, that
portrait of Hayes will stillbe there star-
ing back at him.
Meyer may find it difficult to look
his former idol in the eyes, win or lose.


Louis "I don't know who has better eyes,
Chris Leak or Troy Smith?" Anastasis, who
will likely disgrace the Alligator's reputa-
tion this morning on ESPN's "Cold Pizza"
with another ridiculous hairstyle Cher
wouldn't be seen with.
In third at 77-43 is drunken thief
Antonio "I always receive extra screen-
ing at airports because a terrorist has my
name" Gonzalez, who confused the manor
house hospitality tent featuring free beer,
free Golden Tee and free pool with a ser-
vice that tends to terminally ill patients.
It's hospitality, not a hospice, Antonio.
Tied for last at 76-42 is our favorite
rocking-chair habit columnist who, judg-
ing by his expanded wardrobe, must have
had a good Christmas, Bryan "I think I'm
sick, no really, it wasn't the beer, I think
I'm really sick" Jones, who didn't leave his
room for three days after just four beers


With win, Tressel in line for new contract


TRESSEL, from page 35


coach, achieve so much success in such a com-
petitive environment?
Even Tressel doesn't seem to have a defini-
tive answer.
"Well, you know, you don't really stop to
think about it too much," he said. "You go to
work, and every day you evaluate what you
did yesterday and how we can get better at
what we did yesterday."
If there truly is a secret to Tressel's suc-
cess, it may lie in his off-the-field influences.
The coach, who has won 12 coach of the year
awards between his two head coaching stops,
has a reputation for preaching values and dis-
cipline.
"He said he went to school for education,
and his job is to educate young men first and
then to coach football," Pitcock said. "So he is a
father figure and a mentor to us first and then
a coach."
But like any coach, Tressel has received
criticism. Some have questioned whether
Tressel truly is much different than most other
top football coaches. They claim that the man
nicknamed "The Senator" is a better politician
than he gets credit for that his vanilla image
distracts observers from holding him account-


that made him look like he contracted dys-
entery, chicken pox and syphilis.
Also in dead-ass last with a 76-42 record
is incoming sports editor and the white
version of Gary Coleman, Nick "Where


able for minor scandals and controversies that
run rampant at major football programs these
days.
While there have been a few incidents that
have detracted from Tressel's squeaky dean
image, most notably allegations of misconduct
surrounding former running back Maurice
Clarett, Tressel's reputation is seemingly stand-
ing the test of time.
And should Tressel leave Arizona victori-
ous, he will almost certainly cement himself as
one of the greatest coaches of this era.
"He is an idol, you can say," senior corner-
back Antonio Smith said. Should he defeat UF
tonight, he very well may be paid like one.
A term in Tressel's contract allows for a
renegotiation should he win a national cham-
pionship, and with Alabama handing Nick
Saban $32 million over four years, Tressel's
earning potential is staggering.
Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. said
that if Saban is worth so much money, Tressel is
worth "60 million."
If the Buckeyes take home the Coaches'
Trophy, expect Tressel and Ohio State's admin-
istrators to return to the bargaining table.
"We'll probably be back at a (press confer-
ence) in a week or so to hear what questions are
going to be asked," Ohio State president Karen
Holbrook said.


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UF SPECIAL TEAMS

Hetland hopes to prove critics wrong, revive fans' faith


* KICKER HOPES TO REGAIN
OLD FORM IN 'ZONA.

By NICK ZACCARDI
Alligator Staff Writer
nzaccardi@alligator.org

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz.
- When he's on the field, on the
phone or online, Chris Hetland
hears it.
"I can't believe you're actu-
ally kicking for UF," a fan utters
after Hetland misses a kick at the
Swamp.
"I hope they take away your


scholarship," says another angry
Gators supporter.
"Kill yourself before the stu-
dent body does," -reads another
message.
Since missing two field goals
Sept. 16 at Tennessee, Gators fans
have blasted Hetland.
More than three moriths later,
things haven't improved for the
UF senior and former walk-on
who has made 4-of-13 kicks this
season.
But he's still UF's kicker for
tonight's national championship
date with Ohio State.
"It sucks," he said. "I've been


going through hell."
In UF's 21-20 win at Rocky
Top, Hetland missed his first two
attempts of the season wide left
from tough distances 47 and
52 yards.
He kept telling himself and ev-
eryone else it would get better.
It hasn't.
Hetland's longest field goal of
the regular season is 33 yards.
"It seems like after a couple
misses it just kept building up
and building up," he said.
Each home game, Hetland lis-
tened to hecklers in .the Swamp
berate him while he stood on the


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After being named to the AII-SEC Second Team last year, kicker Chris Hetland has struggled to have any
consistency this year. He is only 4-of-13 on field goals for the season.


sideline.
More creative critics tracked
down his cell phone number and
left him angry messages.-
The social networking Web
site Facebook:com soon became
a forum for comments and anti-
Hetland groups.
The Leesburg, Ga., native hid
in self doubt while the rest of the
Gators basked in praise for the
best season since Steve Spurrier
left.
An All-Southeastern
Conference second-team kicker
after he connected on 13-of-16
field goals last season, Hetland
tried several methods to escape
his private inferno.
His father, Randy, would ask
the question that everybody
wanted answered.
"Why are you missing?"
Hetland thought it was all in
his head.
His mother and sister offered
encouragement, but Hetland felt
more sorry for them.
"It's got to be somewhat em-
barrassing for them," he said.
With Hetland mired in a mid-
season 1-for-7 slump, UF coach
Urban Meyer proposed a plan:
Hetland should seek profes-
sional help.
A 15-minute conversation with
a psychologist produced the same
conclusion Hetland had figured.
It was mental.
Then Meyer received a call
from an old friend Utah booster
Bob Raybould.
The 70-year-old businessman
is a sports psychology hobbyist.
"I improve concentration skills,
focusing skills and blocking out
the crowd," said Raybould, who
worked with Meyer's kickers at
Utah. "Six or eight weeks ago, I
watched on TV as Chris missed
four or five in a row and thought


these ideas might help."
Hetland and Raybould. es-
tablished a rapport and talked
regularly.
But UF's field goal unit re-
mained the team's weak link.
Kicking coach Chris Gardner
saw the mechanical hitch in
Hetland's motion while watching
Gators games on TV.
"The best analogy is in golf,
lifting your head and hooking the
ball," said Gardner, who works
with kickers in South Florida. "I
haven't seen him hit any field
goals square this year."
Hetland saw the same problem
during the Week leading up to a
Nov. 25 visit to Florida State, lead-
ing him to line up farther behind
the ball.
Suddenly, instead of hooking
the ball wide left, the location of
seven of Hetland's nine misses,
his kicks tailed right like they did
last season.
But Hetland missed two field
goals inside 40 yards against the
Seminoles.
"I didn't take [the change] into
the game," Hetland said.
Hetland turned a corer
the next week at the SEC
Championship.
He drilled a 33-yarder for
his team's first points, quickly
making his 23rd birthday one to
remember.
"I couldn't miss that kick,"
Hetland said. "You could have
lined me up for a 70-yarder, I
couldn't miss that."
As he prepares for Ohio State,
Hetland said his confidence is as
high as ever. ,
In the place of threats, embar-
rass ment and mental anguish is
one thought one final kick.
"Game over, we win," Hetland
said. "I fall asleep thinking about
that."


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SITE: University of Phoenix
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KICKOFF: Tonight, 8 p.m. EST.
TV/RADIO: FOX/WRUF AM850


GLENDALE, Ariz. Looking
for some insight for tonight's Bowl
Championship Series National
Championship Game, the alligator-
Sports Brand Picks Column went
political.
Vice Mayor of Glendale, Ariz., Tom
Eggleston, doesn't know much about
football, but he does know a good
game when he sees it.
Eggleston has lived here for almost
50 years. But in all his years in the des-
ert, he said he has only seen one good
football game.
And until last week's Fiesta
Bowl an exhilarating 43-42 Boise
State overtime victory against No. 7
Oklahoma he had never seen one.
"The (Arizona) Cardinals, we love
them, but they're not that great,"
Eggleston said. "These bowl games
are much more exciting than a
Cardinals game."
Let's face it, the Cardinals are ter-
rible.
But you have to figure a town
without football has other things to
do, right?
The NHL's Phoenix Coyotes also
play in Glendale, so you would think
they could supplement entertain-
ment. The Coyotes, however, have
suffered three-straight losing seasons.
And hockey is not a sport akin to
the desert not with the tempera-
ture reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit
in the summer so few people know
how to play hockey here.
They do watch it, though, but not
so much for what's going on in the
rink.
"It's nice to feel the cool air in the
arena," Eggleston said. "Especially in
the later months of the season."
Glendale might not have a solid
football team or a competitive hockey
team, but they do have Eggleston.
SEE PICKS, PAGE 30


Meyer to face childhood idol in Buckeyes


By BRYAN JONES
Alligator Staff Writer
bjones@alligator.org

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. When
the speakers blared "Hang On
Sloopy" in an attempt to simulate
Ohio State crowd noise at a UF


practice, it began to sink in for UF
coach Urban Meyer.
The school he once idolized and
openly admires to this day will be
UF's enemy on the nation's grand-
est stage when the No. 2 Gators
(12-1) take on No. 1 Ohio State (12-
0) tonight for the national title.


"It is very ironic," Meyer said.
"We try to mix in the fight song
of the team we are playing and
'Hang On Sloopy' is being played.
I turned and said, 'Can you imag-
ine that?'"
Ohio State's band adopted the
rock song in the 1960s, and it re-


Andy Apicella. Alligator
UF coach Urban Meyer has the opportunity to come away with a victory versus his childhood team.
In addition to growing up a Buckeyes fan, Meyer was also a graudate assistant in Columbus from
1986-1987 as a coach with the wide receivers and tight ends.


mains a staple at Buckeyes games.
Meyer, who grew up in
Ashtabula, Ohio, was a fte-hard
Buckeyes fan as a kid.
"You got beat up in school if
you weren't a Buckeye or Woody
Hayes guy," Meyer said. "And
certainly, I loved him."
He has a giant portrait of Hayes
hanging in his house. His wife,
Shelley, also an Ohio native, still
blames Meyer for blowing her op-
portunity to meet Hayes.
"You got beat up in school
if you weren't a Buckeye
or Woody Hayes guy."
Urban Meyer
UF coach

Her chance came at a recruiting
dinner while Meyer was a gradu-
ate assistant at Ohio State.
Meyer was reluctant to ap-
proach Hayes because of the mass
of fans looking for autographs,
and he told Shelley he would take
her over to see him at his office.
Unfortunately, Hayes passed
away before he got that chance.
"She still reminds me that she
never got to meet Woody Hayes,"
Meyer said.
But his connections to the Big
Ten power don't end there.
Meyer used to carry a kucxeye
in his pocket for good luck. Shelley
still does so on occasion.
Meyer said he doesn't carry a
buckeye around anymore, but he
does admit to having one in his
SEE MEYER, PAGE 30


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Tressel earns 'God'-like status at OStI


By BRYAN JONES
Alligator Staff Writer
bjones@alligator.org

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. The sweater
vest says it all.
If there is any man whose image directly
reflects his personality, it's Jim Tressel.
The Ohio State coach is calm, dean, conser-
vative and calculated. He is bland and intel-
ligent, seeming at times more like a physics
professor than a head football coach.
Still, Tressel is what every football fan wants
in a coach: a consistent winner.
In Ohio, he's a living legend.
"In Ohio, I think a lot of people, they say, In
Tressel we trust,'" Ohio State defensive tackle
Quinn Pitcock said. "He is considered as God."


He won four national championships at
Division 1-AA Youngstown State, and he will
look for his second title with the Buckeyes when
No. 1 Ohio State takes on No. 2 UF tonight
in the Bowl Championship Series National
Championship Game.
Despite the coach's suc-
cess at Youngstown State,
.t "" however, Tressel wasn't the
first name on Ohio State's
,,.: list when the school con-
A. ducted its search for a new
coach in 2001.
Tressel "They didn't really re-
cruit me," Tressel said. "I
recruited them."
Tressel said he called Ohio State when he
heard there was an opening, and he put his


name in the race. For the Buckeyes, Tressel's
proactive approach may have been a huge
blessing for that football program.
He's already led the Buckeyes to three Fiesta
Bowl appearances in four seasons, winning all
three, and he has developed a reputation as not
just a successful coach but one who especially
excels in big games.
UF coach Urban Meyer said he talks to
Tressel every year and has studied the way he
coaches.
"I think he is a very even-keel guy," Meyer
said. "He doesn't get too high, he doesn't get
too low."
But how does a man like Tressel, who more
closely resembles a high school principal than a

SEE TRESSEL, PAGE 30


NFL Playoffs
New England 37
NY Jets 16

NY Giants 20
Philadlephia 23


M Check out alligatorSports.org for updates on
the women's basketball team as well as results
from the gymnastics team as they opened their
season with the team's first-ever top-place fin-
ish in the Super Six Challenge.


M Scout. com has recently
moved the Gators incoming
football class into the No. 1
ranking. They passed Texas
for the No. 1 spot.


Today's question: What will be the decid-
ing factor in tonight's national champion-
ship game?


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Overcoming Underdogs


Gators feel they belong beside Buckeyes .


By ANTONIO GONZALEZ
Alligator Staff Writer
agonzalez@alligator.org

GLENDALE, Ariz. The Gators were not considered
title contenders before the season.
They were never in the discussion, really.
Their schedule was supposed to be too tough, their sec-
ondary too weak, their offensive line too raw.
Their quarterback can't win the big game, people said,
and their coach's offense won't work in the Southeastern
Conference.
Yet everything that was supposed to happen didn't. And
everything that needed to has, partly thanks to a little luck.
Even still, the Gators enter their final game this season
once again the underdog feeling bitter and disrespected
-but rallying around that same cause.
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(12-1) can silence its critics for good when it plays No. 1
Ohio State (12-0) in the Bowl Championship Series National
Championship Game at 8.
"This is an opportunity to prove everybody wrong," UF
receiver Dallas Baker said. "The talk is that we're not sup-
posed to be here. This game is about getting respect."
That's been the theme all week in Arizona for UF: re-
spect.
Touted as a 7-point underdog incapable of dethroning
the undefeated Buckeyes, the Gators are tired of hearing
they're not good enough or that they don't belong.
'I feel like we've been kicked in the dirt and been disre-
spected so many times this year," UF linebacker Brandon
Siler said. "Just about every game there were people saying
we were going to lose.
"There were people saying we were going to lose to UCF
at the beginning of the year. It didn't matter what we did, it
has never been good enough. It's kind of a role that we've
accepted, and we thrive off proving people wrong."

Staying the course
Before a game was even played, the Gators were crossed
off the BCS title list by most.
Having to battle through the nation's toughest schedule,
it was thought, would be too much for any team.
And the daunting four-game stretch in the middle of
the season against Alabama, LSU, AEburn and Georgia
was forecast to knock UF out of the championship race
for sure.
"I remember watching a show on television, a couple
of ex-Gators are saying that through that little stretch we
were only going to win one or two games," Baker said. "I
was like, 'This is a Florida guy not even giving us an op-
portunity.'"
But the Gators' record did get one blemish during that
period, a 27-17 loss at Auburn.


.. Tl._ a.s.evZ. AlllgatQr Staff
UF wide receiver Jemalle Cornelius (above) catches a
pass during the Gators' first practice at Scottsdale Com-
munity College on Jan. 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz. UF safety
Reggie Nelson and freshman quarterback Tim Tebow
(corner right) stretch together as the pair take the prac-
tice field. Ohio State coach Jim Tressel (bottom right)
listens to questions from reporters at the JW .Marriott
Camelback Inn Resort during the opening press confer-
ence for the Buckeyes on Jan. 2.

UF was counted out and discarded from the national
title, and even more so after debuting at No. 6 in the BCS
standings the following day.
While most thought an SEC trophy was all they were
playing for, the Gators never wavered and stayed the
course.
"Everyone counted us out then," UF cornerback Reggie
Lewis said. "They thought we were done. But we had an-
other thing coming."
Then the impossible began to happen. The unde-
feateds West Virginia, Louisville, Rutgers, Michigan
and Southern Cal fell one by one. Contenders Texas,
California and Arkansas dropped games, too.
Despite all that, heading into the SEC Championship
Game, UF sat at No. 4 in the BCS standings. The miracle
of miracles would then occur, when USC lost to unranked
UCLA and UF leapfrogged Michigan.,
"Things like that have to happen sometimes," UF quar-
terback Chris Leak said. "But we put ourselves in position
to be here, and I think we deserved it."

The game before the game
Once it was official that the Gators would play for the
national championship, the psychological games began.
The Buckeyes undefeated and the consensus No. 1


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Tim Casey/Alligator Staff
- have been favored to win from the get-go.
But having used the underdog role as motivation all
season, the Gators weren't about to lose their adage on the
national stage.
UF coach Urban Meyer has emphasized the underdog
role, seemingly at every opportunity.
Using it as a tool to spur his players, Meyer has been
accused of creating and expanding the idea that Ohio State
is better.
He insists on it, though, and relishes the fact that his
team is being disrespected and says he wouldn't want it
any other way.
"We are the underdog and we kind of like that role,"
Meyer said. "Do coaches invent those types of things? Some
do. I don't think we do. We do what we do, though."
Ohio State isn't buying the act and won't provide any
bulletin board material. Not one Buckeyes player has said
they consider the Gators a pushover.
"If you have to [play the underdog role], I mean, you can
do that," Ohio State offensive lineman Kirk Barton said. "In
their mind, I don't think they think they're the underdog. I
mean, they won the SEC. That's a tough conference.
"On the contrary, we're not playing up the favorite
thing. We know it's going to be a tough game."

Do they belong?
The task: defeat No. 1 Ohio State, a team with the No. 1
scoring defense in the nation, a Heisman Trophy-winning
quarterback, three All-Americans and a coach who has won
the Fiesta Bowl three times in the last five years.
The Buckeyes seemingly have every advantage. They
have the experience. They have the talent. They even have
University of Phoenix Stadium with its Buckeyes scarlet-
and gray-colored seats on their side, making them feel
like they're at home in Columbus.
"It seems like everything is going against us," UF center
Steve Rissler said. "They say we don't belong here. We hear
it and try not to pay attention to it, but it's hard not to. We
just want to prove everyone wrong."
Ohio State is a touchdown favorite tonight, and the
Gators are sick of hearing it. Everywhere they've gone, it's
been said: Ohio State is better.
The 37-day layoff is over. Tonight comes the Gators'
chance.
Win, and they're an improbable underdog. Lose, and
they're forever cast as a team that didn't belong, joining
former BCS forgotten like Nebraska.
The Gators are told they will not win.
In big games this season they were told they were sec-
ond-best, only to come out the victor.
Tonight, 10 seasons after they won their first and only
national championship, in the 100th season of UF football,
the Gators again have a chance to prove they belong.


UF looks to


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one more


time in


Glendale

GLENDALE, Ariz. -
Dallas Baker has heard it the
whispers and the shouts.
He's heard it in the mall,
seen it in print the assumptions
from those not in the know.
The Gators don't really have a
chance against Ohio State, do they?
The game is going to be a blowout,,
isn't it?
UF doesn't even deserve to be on
the same field, do they?
For Baker, perhaps the most glar-
ing example came after he headed
back home during Christmas, wan-
dering the mall with a hooded sweat-
shirt pulled firmly over his head.
It was there that two middle
school-aged kids engaged in a con-
versation about the Gators' chances
in the Bowl Championship Series
National Championship, not know-
ing that one of the game's potential
stars lurked no more than a few feet
away.
"They were saying, 'I can't wait
until the game to watch Ohio State
beat up on Florida,'" Baker said.
"And this is a Florida guy not even
giving us an opportunity. He had on
a Florida Gator hat and he was saying
we're going to lose."
But isn't that the way it's been for
Sthe Gators the entire year?
They weren't supposed to be
tough enough to win at Tennessee.
They weren't supposed to be able to
survive a brutal October schedule.
They weren't supposed to be able to
match up defensively with LSU.
They
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weren't sup-
posed to be
out here in the desert preparing to
play Ohio State and trying to prevent
the Buckeyes from becoming just the
third wire-to-wire No. 1 since 1950.
Yet at every turn, this team has de-
fied everyone's expectations.
And now that they are here,
many are treating this as a Buckeyes
coronation, the icing on the cake of
Troy Smith's great career, and on the
surface Ohio State seems to have ev-
erything going for them
*AHeisman Trophy quarterback.
*A pair of game-breaking wide
receivers in Anthony Gonzalez and
Ted Ginn Jr.
*Atwo-headed tailback tandem in
Antonio Pittman and Chris Wells.
*A dominating interior defensive
lineman in Quinn Pitcock.
*A dominating linebacker with a
famous father in James Laurinaitis.
In nearly every game this sea-
son, there was supposed to be some
reason why the Gators would lose,
some aspect of the other team's game
that they couldn't possibly match up
with.
And yet they've found a way.
That is the hidden intangible on
this team, the ability to continually
find ways to win, whether it's Tim
Tebow imitating Lee Humphrey,
Louis Murphy stumbling into the end
zone or Reggie Nelson laying out a
receiver.
With the exception of the second
half against Auburn, when every-
thing that could possibly go wrong
did, UP has persevered against every
bit of adversity.
Marcus Thomas gets thrown off
the team and Steven Harris rediscov-
ers himself.
The Gators defense bends but
doesn't break, and Jarvis Moss blocks
a game-winning, season-ruining field
goal in the final seconds against South
Carolina.
The odds this week are once again
stacked against the Gators.
The amount of Buckeyes fans
seem to significantly outnumber
Gators fans here in the Valley, their
confidence level overwhelming, and
it's all giving UP more fuel for its fire.
"There is a lot of stuff out there,"
UF coach Urban Meyer said. "The
pregame speech is not going to be
hard."
So now is the final put-up-or-
shut-up time, the final chance for the
Gators to make the declaration that
they, finally, belong in this moment.
"I don't know if it's just about
proving the media wrong, it's about
proving everybody wrong," Baker


said.
Between Tebow's leap and Moss's
paw, this all just reeks of destiny,
doesn't it?
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