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studies alligator

growth rates

Alligator Writer

Growing up in Tampa, Ph.D.
candidate Ashley Boggs enjoyed
Florida's wildlife and often played
with lizards and turtles.
However, graduating to alliga-
tors didn't cross her mind until later,
she said.
"I never thought about the bigger
animals like alligators," Boggs said.
"Other than canoeing down the
Hillsborough River as a kid, I never
really ran into them."
Boggs now studies alligator
growth at the Guillette Lab at UF to
assess the effect of toxins on the ani-

mals in the wild.
As an undergraduate zoology
student, Boggs began volunteer-
ing in the lab where she was paired
with a graduate mentor, a position
she now holds.
The eggs used in her study were
collected from Lake Woodruff, a
relatively clean site, Lake Apopka,
which is considered a contaminated
area and their test site, near Kennedy
Space Center in Cape Canaveral.
"Everything that the embryo
needs to develop is packed into the
egg by the mother," Boggs said. "We
wanted to see if the mother was put-
ting anything into the egg that might

Andrew Stanfill / Alligator Staff
An almost year-old alligator looks up from a pen on the roof Bartram Hall where UF biologists are study-
ing whether alligators' differing growth rates are due to their home environments.

Carvey picked for Growl

Alligator Staff Writer

Dana Carvey, of "Wayne's World" fame,
will perform at the Oct. 16 Gator Growl, or-
ganizers announced Monday.
Carvey was the second most popular
comedian in the student poll conducted by
Gator Growl staff earlier this year, said show
spokesman Bryan Griffin. Jimmy Fallon got
the most votes.
Other comedians on the ballot were Dar-
rell Hammond and Demetri Martin.
The poll received about 500 responses.
Griffin said the staff tried to snag Fallon
for the show, but his schedule didn't allow
it, likely because of his new NBC show "Late
Night with Jimmy Fallon."
Matt Sloan, the show's producer, said
staff aimed for a bigger name this time, not
an up-and-comer like Jon Reep, last year's

* The Alligator
reveals its No. 8
and No. 7 selec-
tions on its list of
Top 10 UF Athletes
of 2008-09. Franc-
esca Enea (left) and
Sha Brooks (right)
led the Gators to
successful seasons.
See Story, Page 23.

He said with the football team winning
championships and the senior class one of
the best in the nation, the staff felt Carvey
was worth the extra money.
"We wanted to up our game because
they upped their game," he said, adding that
he wasn't able to release
Carvey's payment for the
show because it hasn't
been finalized yet.
He said in recent years
the show has alienated stu-
a "I feel like we've really
Carvey lost a lot of traction with
the students, and we're trying to get that
But it's tricky picking acts, he said, be-
cause of the wide variety of people who
attend the show about 40,000 students,

Man shot in face at mobile home park after
A man was shot in the face by robbers at a
Southwest Gainesville mobile home park Sat-
urday morning.
When deputies arrived to Cornerstone
Mobile Home Park, they found Travis Gallon,
21, lying on the floor with a head wound, an
Alachua County Sheriff's Office release stat-
ed. Six people were in the mobile home at 431
Squire Drive at about 2:30 a.m. when it was
robbed. Witnesses told deputies that a party
had just ended when two to three men kicked


Alligator Staff Writer

The Gainesville Police Depart-
ment will request a murder charge
against a former UF student after
her boyfriend died from a gunshot
wound to the head Monday after-
Yasmin Linder, 19, was arrested
Sunday night and charged with at-
tempted murder after shooting Tor-
rey Blalock, 20, at their apartment in
The Estates, 3527 SW 20th Ave.
When Linder was booked at the
Alachua County Jail, Blalock was in
critical condition at Shands at UF. He
died at about 3:40 p.m. Monday, said
GPD spokesman Keith Kameg.
When officers arrived at the
S apartment Sunday night, they found

in the front door of the residence and de-
manded money. The six people were ordered
by the men to get on the floor, and Gallon was
shot in the face, the release stated.
According to the release, Gallon was taken
to a local hospital where he had emergency
surgery for the gunshot wound.
The suspects are described as medium-
build, black men. Two of the men were armed,
and at least one had dreadlocks.

Blalock unconscious but breathing
on the floor of the bedroom, Kameg
According to Kameg, he was shot
once above his left eye with a .22-cal-
iber semi-automatic handgun.
Linder told officials that after
finding text messages Blalock sent
to other women,
she went into the
bedroom closet
with the gun and
threatened to kill
herself. Blalock
then came into the
closet, turned the
Under gun toward him
and told Linder to
shoot him, according to the report.
After a brief struggle, Linder told
police she pulled the trigger.
"We will be contacting the State
Attorney's Office and requesting
for the charges to be changed or in-
creased from attempted murder to
murder," Kameg said.





Former student may

face murder charges



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UF grad pleads no contest to DUI manslaughter

Prison and parole time will total 15 years XL, prescribed for depression and when she applied the brakes.
anxiety, that morning, speed limit is 45 mph.


Alligator Staff Writer

Recent UF graduate Amanda
Boyd, 24, has pleaded no contest to
a charge of DUI manslaughter for a
crash on University Avenue in Sep-
The crash killed Gainesville resi-
dent Betty Hinson, 74.
Boyd, who graduated from UF
in December with an economics
degree, had a blood-alcohol level of
0.21, according to toxicology results
described in a Florida Highway Pa-
trol crash report. In Florida, a driver
is considered impaired with a blood-
alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.
She was a senior at UF at the time

of the crash.
Though she could have legally
faced up to 15 years in prison and a
$10,000 fine, the state has agreed to
seek a penalty of no more than eight
years in prison, according to court
Boyd's sentencing is scheduled
for Aug. 14.
At the sentencing, the victim's
family members will be allowed to
describe the impact the crash has
had on them, and Boyd will be al-
lowed to offer evidence to support
their defense.
The minimum sentence Boyd
could face is four years.
Under a deal formed between
Boyd and the state, she will also
serve probation.

The probation length will depend
on her prison sentence, totaling 15
years between the two.
While on probation, she will not
be permitted to drive a car or pos-
sess or consume alcohol. She will
also be required to
wear an alcohol-
monitoring bracelet
and may have to un-
S dergo mental health
and substance-abuse
According to the FHP report,
Boyd told officers she had one Mi-
chelob Ultra draft beer at the Ap-
plebee's on Northwest 13th Street on
the night of Sept. 21. She was unsure
of the size of the beer, she said.
She had also taken Wellbutrin

Boyd said she had the beer
around 4 p.m. and left Applebee's
between 5 and 5:30 p.m. to visit a
friend in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.,
the report stated. About 15 minutes
later, Boyd's vehicle collided into
Hinson's after Boyd reportedly had
trouble navigating around the curve
at the intersection of East Univer-
sity Avenue and State Road 26, near
Southeast 55th Street.
Boyd's car struck the driver's side
of Hinson's car at at least 54 mph, ac-
cording to the report.
Boyd's car then hit two road
signs before flipping.
Boyd told officers she was trav-
eling between 45 and 50 mph, but
speed calculations determined she
was going at least 60 to 68 mph

Hinson was pronounced dead at
the scene.
Paul Doering, UF pharmacy pro-
fessor, said Boyd's 0.21 blood alco-
hol level likely meant she had the
equivalent of eight to 10 alcoholic
drinks in her body at the time the
sample was taken.
"That alcohol had to have come
from somewhere," he said. "And
there just simply isn't that much al-
cohol in a Michelob Ultra draft, no
matter what size it is."
He also said Wellbutrin XL
would not have affected her blood
alcohol level.
One of Boyd's two lawyers, Craig
DeThomasis, declined to comment
on the case until the sentencing was

Organization seeks to raise Fla. education rankings


Alligator Writer

Florida consistently ranks among the
worst states in the country on issues such as
child health and education, a position which
Worst To First, a social action organization,
seeks to reverse.

Toward this goal, Worst to First is part-
nering with the Lawton Chiles Foundation
to host the first Lawton Chiles Leadership
Corp. conference.
Gainesville's Mayor Peegen Hanrahan is
serving as an honorary director for the pro-
gram, which will take place Aug. 8 and 9 at
the University of Central Florida.
Rising high school juniors, seniors and
college students who attend will be taught
how to organize educational funding aware-
ness campaigns on their own campuses.

"[State legislation] is dismantling uni-
versity education," said Lawton "Bud"
Chiles, founder of Worst to First. "Unless
we take higher education funding more
seriously, without public in-
State volvement, we will continue
News to see the degradation of these
UF students are already
starting to take a stand for their education,
such as when they held rallies against UF
budget cuts, Chiles said.

"We want to focus that energy to the
almost 1,500 high schools and dozens of
colleges in the state," he said. "Because of
their locations, these campuses affect every
community in the state. By focusing around
these campuses we will really affect the
broader population."
Chiles hopes to engage at least one mil-
lion Floridians to take action, because "right
now, we're spending more to lock up our
teenagers than to graduate them," Chiles


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dean in a UF news release. "It's a sign of worked for AT&T Bell Laboratories, ac-

cording to a memo sent to administrators
She is currently the associate dean for
the Office of Academic Affairs and a pro-
fessor of materials science in the engineer-
ing college. Her husband, Steve Pearton,
is a UF distinguished professor of materi-
als science and engineering.
Abernathy couldn't be reached by
press time, but Khargonekar's salary is
listed as about $302,000. Aberathy cur-
rently earns about $233,000, according to
UF's Web site.
Khargonekar said he plans to continue
teaching and researching in the electrical
and computer engineering department.

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Coffee may have competition

Alligator Contributing Writer

Move over, quad latte.
Researchers at UF are devel-
oping a new caffeinated beverage
that serves as a pick-me-up and an
Made from Yaupon Holly, a
plant native to the southeastern
United States, the drink resembles
a beverage consumed by European
explorers and the Timucua Ameri-
can Indians three centuries ago.
Yaupon Holly contains caf-
feine and antioxidants, said Matt
Palumbo, who received a master's
degree from UF's botany program
and co-authored the UF study on
the plant.
To formulate the drink, Palum-
bo cuts the leaves from the stems
and places them on a heating skil-
let. Then he crushes the dry, crispy
leaves with his bare hands before
tossing them in a pot, adding boil-
ing water and letting them sim-
He said the taste of the dark
brown drink is similar to green
tea and could be especially popu-
lar among the health-conscious,
though milk or sugar could be
added to make it tastier.
"It's a matter of convincing

people to drink something that
might actually be good for them,"
he said.
Professor Linda Bobroff, who
holds a doctorate in nutrition, said
antioxidants help rid the body of
free radicals that can build up and
damage cells. They can be found
mostly in green tea, fruits and veg-
etables, and it is believed that they
can prevent cancer and aging, she
"I grew up with coffee,
and that to me it is as
important as drinking
Andres Duarte
UF aerospace engineering major

Focusing on a selectively bred
cultivation of Yaupon called Nana,
the researchers found it had about
half the antioxidant content of
green tea, according to the press
On the other hand, the leaves
only contained between 0.65 per-
cent and 0.85 percent caffeine by
weight. This is significantly less
than coffee beans, which have 1.1
percent, and tea leaves, which
have 3.5 percent.
After using small quantities of

nitrogen fertilizer, Nana produc-
tion increased by 35 percent, and
caffeine content rose by 265 per-
cent, Palumbo said. However, an-
tioxidant quantity was unaffected.
Palumbo said negativity sur-
rounding the plant may have
prevented it from widespread
use. "Yaupon eaters," a deroga-
tory term used in North Carolina,
described someone who did not
have enough money to buy high-
class products like coffee, Palumbo
Palumbo also said the drink
could have a social impact hav-
ing a local caffeine source could al-
leviate pressure on coffee-farming
regions worldwide.
Asia, Malaysia and Indonesia
have faced high rates of deforesta-
tion due to coffee farming, he said.
"This is a way to expose Florid-
ians to a plant that can be grown
in their backyard and that can pro-
duce a tea that is caffeinated and
has antioxidants," he said.
But Andres Duarte, UF aero-
space engineering major, said he
would not replace coffee with any
other caffeinated beverage.
"I grew up with coffee, and that
to me it is as important as drink-
ing water," he said. "I just love the
aroma and the taste."

Rwanda story

retold on stage

Alligator Writer

After spending two weeks
in Rwanda providing aid to
genocide survivors, UF stu-
dents will take their experi-
ences from the country and
bring them to the stage.
"Where Can We Run? The
AIM for Rwanda Project" will
include local stories of geno-
cide victims and their jour-
neys toward healing, accord-
ing to a press release from the
College of Fine Arts.
Working with the Ameri-
can Red Cross, the UF Center
for the Arts in Healthcare Re-
search and Education took 10
students to Rwanda in March
to provide health care edu-
cation and insurance to the
people of Rugerero, a village
on the western border of the
African country.
"We are honoring the

memories of those who were
lost by telling their stories,"
said Jill Sonke, director of the
Center for the Arts in Health-
care Research and Educa-
Directed by associate
professor Mikel Pinkney,
the produc-
Local tion will debut
News at the Nadine
McGuire The-
atre and Dance Pavilion's
Black Box Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
The show runs from Wednes-
day through Saturday.
Additional showings will
be held at 2 p.m. Saturday
and Sunday.
Tickets cost $14 for the
general public and $10 for
students and senior citizens.
They can be purchased at or at the
University Box Office, locat-
ed in the lobby of the Con-
stans Theatre. 1-866-507-9389

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Sarah Spice

No explanation for

Palin's resignation
f resigning from a post like governor of Alaska is hailed as
a potentially "brilliant strategy" for a career, the Editorial
Board might as well consider Sarah Palin the Geri Halliwell
of the political world Gubernatorial Spice, if you will. Not as
catchy as "Killa from Wasilla," but we've gotta keep it current.
Palin announced Friday that she will leave the governor's
office 18 months early, saying that she didn't want to serve as
a lame duck governor (she doesn't plan on running for another
term hint, hint) and that she wanted to protect her family
from media scrutiny.
The Editorial Board doesn't understand what makes Palin
believe that the end of her gubernatorial tenure will cause all
media attention to cease and desist. For one, she is an extremely
polarizing and captivating figure, the kind people will listen to
even if they can't stand him or her (sort of like Ann Coulter,
except that she has or wait had, a day job). Secondly, run-
ning for the leader of the free world is a pretty big deal.
Regardless, some politicians are saying the move could be a
brilliant tactical maneuver that we just don't "get" at this time.
We disagree, but with a tiny bit of reservation; the whole
office strategy seemed to work for Barack Obama.
But if Palin's quitting parallels Ginger Spice, Obama is like
the Michael Jordan of quitters in an I'm-so-good-at-everything-
it-doesn't-even-matter kind of way. We think Palin's "strategy"
will backfire (assuming she does plan on running for president
in 2012), but, hey, maybe she'll end up with four No.1 singles as
a solo artist. Or, at the very least, because a source close to Palin
told ABC News that the soon-to-be ex-governor was planning
on campaigning for other candidates, Palin could parallel the
quitting of Jerry Seinfeld and leave an illustrious, high-profile
career for a job that is basically a "TV commercial star."
Overall, no one knows what will come of Palin's resignation
or which "famous quitter from history" she will resemble in a
few years. But, if Karl Rove is left speechless by her "architec-
tural" skills, her decision was probably not in the best interests
of the Republican Party.

Hope for Honduras

he Editorial Board
would like to make note
Sof the political crisis in
Honduras, an event upset-
ting the lives of millions of the
country's citizens.
The Honduran coup took
place after now-ousted Presi-
dent Manuel Zelaya conduct-
ed a public poll on whether
or not to vote to change the
country's constitution. Pro-
posing a change was ruled
unconstitutional by the Hon-
duran Supreme Court, and
so Zelaya was placed under
arrest and exiled.
The Editorial Board would
like to point out the hypocrisy
in this chain of events. Zelaya
was not attempting to alter the
constitution himself but rather
asked the public's opinion. A
rule that declares proposing
constitutional changes as il-

legal seems like a convenient
excuse for a coup and, worse,
anathema to democracy.
After the coup, the new
leaders stated that Hondu-
ras was now safe from Hugo
Chavez. This statement un-
derlined the real reason for
the coup: Zelaya's leftist
stance as opposed to that of
the hard-liners who got rid of
him. A broken rule, which ul-
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War-weary Americans turn to tabloids

Sometime last week in between the earth-shattering
news that Michael Jackson, the OxiClean pitchman
and Farrah Fawcett had all actually died within the
same cosmic time frame, two significant news items went
largely unnoticed.
First, on June 30, American forces officially withdrew
from major cities in Iraq, giving control of security to the
Iraqi National Guard. Sure, 130,000 troops may still re-
main in the country, but for many Iraqis the day was one
of celebration, a day of independence much like our own,
marked with national flags and even parades.
Around the same time, President Barack Obama's
administration deployed 21,000 additional troops to Af-
ghanistan to stomp out Taliban resistance. In the period
of a week, one war theater saw the cue for the end credits,
and another theater found itself with a few thousand more
moviegoers demanding more popcorn.
Few Americans seem to notice the movement of hun-
dreds of thousands of their fellow citizens deployed abroad
in the Middle East, anymore. And who could blame us?
Cable news networks haven't given much attention to Iraq
or Afghanistan for a long time.
Instead, CNN, Fox News and the likes have all been
playing to the ratings. The biggest shows on television
right now: Death and Despair. This combination made the
Iraq War the big ticket for cable news ratings, but now ce-
lebrity deaths and the despair of our of economy are bring-
ing in the dough. Jackson's death has been given coverage
even a pope can't bring. Bernie Madoff, who, like the King
of Pop, needs no introduction, gave news networks hours
of airtime to first anticipate what the disgraced financier
would receive for punishment and then to speculate how
he would handle his 150-year sentence.
For some, Madoff's final judgment represented an al-

Matthew Christ

most biblical reckoning. Madoff
would be sacrificed for the sins of
Wall Street, and money would again
flow from the spigots of capitalism.
Yet, when he was finally punished,
nothing of great significance ensued
to calm our financial worries. Ma-
doff went to prison, his wife Ruth
published a written statement and

the world was still in a recession.
The talking heads on television, the stately smiles
in newspapers and the booming voices on talk radio all
clamored for information that could somehow fuel their
nonstop appetites, but news of an Afghanistan surge and
the beginning of a long awaited Iraqi withdrawal did
nothing for them. Then, speculation about Jackson's drug
abuse and on-call doctors erupted onto the scene, and the
talking heads were once again saved.
It seems that we no longer live in a post-Sept. 11 world.
News about a war abroad no longer takes precedence in
headlines, and our enemies are no longer turban wearing
fundamentalists, but greedy and unprincipled financiers.
The Age of Osama has been replaced by the Age of Bemie,
and few have noticed.
Perhaps it's because we're tired of war, or because our
shrinking pocketbook really hits home. But for millions
of Americans, the wars overseas are not mere side notes
but a terrible reality. Yet, in between the circus that has
been South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's "Appalachian
Trail" hike, Madoff's sentencing, and Jackson's death, our
national appetite for tabloid fodder has hit the fan.
Don't stop till you get enough.
Matthew Christ is a political science sophomore. His col-
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Some of the tips might not strike you as imme-
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Letter to the Editor
UF should keep station
While I understand that
our slowing economy forces
even UF to make difficult cut-
backs, I do not understand
why the leaders of our largest
employer in Alachua County
have to behave like any other
arrogant, big-city CEOs when
considering the fates of em-
ployees. I am particularly up-
set about the recent treatment
of the staff of WRUF.
WRUF offers UF students
the opportunity to work in a
real-world business and cre-
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study. While no one is above
being considered for cutbacks,
WRUF is a strange place to be-
gin looking because it funds
itself through revenue gener-
ated by commercials, unlike
many other branches of UF.

Nonetheless, the UF em-
ployees who maintain these
operations have been told they
will soon learn who among
them is losing his or her job, as
WRUF has been targeted for
While layoffs at WRUF are
upsetting, that is not what
moved me to write this letter.
What is truly upsetting is
the fact that these employees
will learn their fates from a
group earning combined sala-
ries of at least $200,000. Also,
this expense is being held
against WRUF.
Why does UF have hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars
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be harmful."
In particular, Boggs is curious to see what
effects the space center may have on the alli-
"[Cape Canaveral] is still fairly wild, and
there's a decent sized alligator population out
there. We've been looking at chemicals like
flame retardants, heavy metals and perchlo-
rate, which makes up a large part of rocket
fuel," Boggs said.
According to Boggs, some of these chemi-
cals can reduce the production of thyroid hor-
mone, which alters metabolism and develop-
High levels of perchlorate have not yet
been detected in the area. The chemical has a
very hot, intense bur, and most of it may be
burned up during launches, with little of it es-
caping into the environment when the shuttle
takes off, Boggs said.
However, perchlorate may enter surround-
ing waterways at other points on the space
"We're very interested in the areas where
they're washing the shuttles down afterwards
or maybe where they're loading or unloading
the fuel, and there might be some sort of spill-
age there," Boggs said.
Once the eggs were collected, Boggs' job
was to make sure that all of the eggs, and the
alligators hatching from them, experienced
the exact same conditions.
The more than 250 alligators being studied
are housed in greenhouses on the rooftops of
Bartram and Carr halls. All reptiles are packed

in about six tubs, which resemble the natural
crowding behavior of young alligators in the
Boggs records each alligator's length every
two weeks, first measuring from snout to tail
and again without the tail.
"This is more indicative of their actual
length because tail size can vary," Boggs said.
Finally Boggs takes the weight and mea-
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generally an indication of health.
"There is a wide difference in the growth
rates of these animals. Whether or not it's sig-
nificant from lake to lake, we don't know yet.
But just visually we know that some animals
aren't doing as well as others," Boggs said.
The alligators are almost one year old, and
the largest are around two feet, the smallest
are less than half that size.
To prevent bias in the study, Boggs is pur-
posely unaware of the origins of any particu-
lar alligator, however each alligator was fitted
with an electronic chip so that data can be
stored on a computer system.
When the study is complete, she will look at
the computer and be able to match the groups
of alligators with their original home.
Alligators were chosen as the subject of this
study because they are a "sentinel species."
"They can tell us things about the environ-
ment. They're kind of like our watch dogs,"
Boggs said.
Because alligators are aquatic, any toxins in
the water will end up in them. Additionally,
alligators eat a lot of fish, which increases their
exposure to contaminants.
The irony of a UF Gator working with al-
ligators has not been lost on Boggs.

Andrew Stantill / Alligator Staff
UF graduate student Ashley Boggs holds two young alligators that were born during
hatching season last year. The study she is working on is seeking to find out why they
are so different in size.
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is being in an environment where my study a powerful animal and even though you get
species is easily accessible." used to handling them, they're still wild,"
Two of the most important things that Boggs said.
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No matter which players take the
field, what year it is or which sport
is being played, rivalries will al-
ways exist in college sports.
It's what truly sets them apart from pro
sports the players may not always be
the same, but the emotions are unchanged.
In the big leagues, teams' identities often
change as players come and go, and ri-
valries tend to transform as the balance of
power shifts.
In college, though, that's not generally
the case. The only thing that can really dis-
solve a rivalry is when the teams no longer
play on a regular basis. It doesn't matter if
Michigan's football team is having a down
year the Wolverines will always be ready
to play their best game when Ohio State
comes to town. The same goes for Duke and
North Carolina in basketball or Alabama
and Auburn on the gridiron.
The UF football team is particularly in-
teresting when it comes to this topic.

Forde wrote about

Bad News Berry three spots: against Tennessee at No. 2
and against Georgia
at No. 3.
So even without mentioning one of the
biggest in-state rivalries in the country in
any sport, UF will play two of the most an-
ticipated games when the college football
season starts in just under two months.
The Gators have a number of strong ri-
valries in every sport not just football
- for a number of reasons. First of all, the
Southeastern Conference breeds intense
competition. Football is a religion in the
south, a way of life for many people. Sec-

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ond, all three in-state college sports power-
houses UF, FSU and Miami have been
rivals with each other at some point or an-
other. Although the UF-UM relationship has
dulled recently, it had its moments.
So, UF is in an overly competitive con-
ference and an overly competitive state,
and rivalries are generally built by either
geographical convenience or in-conference
power struggles.
We discussed this issue on the alligator-
Sports Podcast way back on April 14, and
none of the four participants had identical
lists of UF's top three rivals.
That's what makes this topic interest-
ing: Everyone has different qualifications in

terms of what makes a great rivalry.
For some, football is king, and everything
else is secondary. For others, the schools
must be competitive in every sport. For
some, in-state rivalries are more compelling
because of the competing fans and the fact
that many of the players grew up together.
For others, conference matchups matter
more simply because they have a larger im-
pact on the team's postseason destiny. For
some, it's all about how much history the
schools have. For others, today's hottest ri-
valries are more interesting because they are
shaping the future.
I tried to take all that into account when
making this list of UF's top three rivals:

1) FSU: To me, this will never be toppled. It
has the right combination of all of the above

factors, with the obvious exception of the
conference rivalry. It doesn't matter if it's
football or tennis players, coaches and
fans on both sides know the importance of
this game in every sport.

2) GEORGIA: In one of my first classes at
UF, my TA (whose other job was a priest,
mind you) told us he generally saved the
word "hate" for the devil, but he wanted
everyone to hate anything and everything
that came out of Athens, Ga. That's a pretty
strong statement, and it reflects the amount
of hostility the UF-Georgia rivalry contains.
Whether it's at the event formerly known
as the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail
Party in Jacksonville, at a gymnastics meet
in the O'Connell Center or in a profanity-
laced conversation about jean shorts, this is

a deeply rooted, intense rivalry.

3) TENNESSEE: Having lived in the Volun-
teer State for nearly two years, I'll admit I'm
a little closer to this rivalry than most UF
students. However, Lane Kiffin really took
it to another level, without even coaching a
game. With the controversial recruitment of
Nu'Keese Richardson and public taunting of
Urban Meyer, Kiffin has stoked the flames
of this in-conference rivalry, and it's show-
ing across all sports. When Tennessee's soft-
ball team came to Gainesville for a two-day
series, Meyer was in the press box one day,
and Tim Tebow was there the other day. Al-
though Senior Day against FSU will be the
most exciting experience in The Swamp this
year, it's hard to argue against Sept. 19 being
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UF senior guard Sha Brooks' 29 points led the Gators to
their third-ever victory against Tennessee on Feb. 8.

Alligator Staff Writer

Four years ago, Sha Brooks may
have wanted to play basketball for
It is the inclination for many
women's basketball players since
Pat Summitt has made Knoxville,
Tenn., a hot spot for the game, win-
ning eight NCAA Championships
and earning a berth in every NCAA
Tournament since its inception.
But the 5-foot-7 guard from Jack-
son, Tenn., wasn't wanted by the
Volunteers, who play roughly five
hours from where she grew up.
She became a Gator instead but
always saved her best performances
for when Rocky Top was blaring.
With ESPN coming to the 0' Con-
nell Center for a women's basketball
game for the first time in seven years,
Brooks scored 29 points to lead the
Gators in a 66-57 win against the
Volunteers on Feb. 8.
It was only UF's third-ever win
against Tennessee and resulted in an
AP Poll Top 10 ranking for the first
time since February 2001.
And when the Gators trailed 50-43
with 7:29 remaining, Brooks would
come through with one of her finest
She came down the court and
drilled a 3-pointer from the top
of the key. Then she did it again.
Next, she drew a charge on Tennes-

see sharpshooter Angie Bjorkuland,
sending the game to a media timeout
and bringing the crowd to its feet as
it erupted.
Two more free throws from
Brooks cut the deficit to 1 before yet
another 3-pointer from the top of the
key gave UF a lead it would not sur-
For a nearly six-minute stretch,
the senior guard scored 12 points
and was her team's entire offense.
It was the brightest in a season of
many shining mo-
ments for the four-
year starter.
She pushed her
teammates to one
of the best seasons
in program history,
Brooks setting new school
records with 15
straight wins and seven consecutive
Southeastern Conference victories.
UF returned to the Big Dance af-
ter a two-year absence and won a
first-round game against Temple
before falling to eventual national
champion Connecticut.
And she was certainly a part of
the action every night, starting all 32
games, and finished her career hav-
ing been on the floor for the opening
tip 123 straight times.
Brooks led the team in scoring,
averaging 16.4 points per game, but
upped that total to 18.8 per contest
in eight matchups against nationally
ranked opponents.

The senior earned SEC Player of
the Week honors on three separate
occasions en route to being a unani-
mous First Team All-SEC selection
by the coaches and media.
She will leave Gainesville as one
of only two Gators (Brandi McCain,
'98-'02) with 1,500 points, 275 assists
and 200 steals.
Brooks was also selected in the
WNBA Draft in April.
The Phoenix Mercury selected her
in the third round as the 31st overall
selection. She became the 15th over-
all Gator to be drafted and the first
since Dalila Eshe in 2006.
Consider the record books rewrit-
ten as well.
Brooks leaves UF as No. 1 in
consecutive starts (123), made free
throws (430) and free-throw attempts
(550). She also ranks No. 2 in min-
utes played (3,882), No. 3 in steals
(242), No. 3 in 3-pointers made and
attempted (212/703), tied for No. 4
in games played (126) and No. 5 in
points (1,820) and free-throw per-
centage (78.2 percent).
For her dependable scoring, clutch
performances and leading the Gators
to one of their best seasons ever, Sha
Brooks is the alligatorSports No. 8
UF Athlete of 2008-09.

BY THE NUMBERS: Brooks earned one
sixth-place vote, two seventh-place
votes, one ninth-place vote, one
10th-place vote and was left off one

Enea rips through records on torn ACL

Harrison Diamond/ Alligator Staff
UF left fielder Francesca Enea overcame a preseason ACL injury to
break the Gators' single-season home run and RBI records.

Alligator Staff Writer

During her junior year, Fran-
cesca Enea broke the UF career
record for RBI, set the single-sea-
son RBI mark and shattered the
school record for home runs in a
career and a single season. And
she basically did it all on only one
good knee.
Enea suffered a partially torn
ACL for the second time in her
three years at UF during the
team's preseason workouts in the
fall. However, the doctor told her
she could play without missing
any time if she wore a brace, as
she did during her freshman sea-
UF coach Tim Walton told
the Alligator that Enea made her
mind up and presented him with
the options.
"She said, 'There's no way that
I'm not playing this season,' and
that was it," Walton added.
Despite the injury, Enea start-
ed the season as one of the best
offensive players in the country
and had a record 71 RBI in 2009.
In a Feb. 14 doubleheader -
the seventh and eighth games
of the season the left fielder

launched two grand slams and
drove in 10 runs.
Part of a lineup so deep and
effective that Walton once de-
scribed it as "murderer's row,"
Enea was consistently the biggest
all-around threat.
She finished the year with
UF's highest on-base percent-
age (.494), the most home runs
(18), the most RBI (71), tied for
the highest slugging percentage
(.713), the second most walks (48)
and had the fifth-highest batting
average (.339) on the team.
The UF soft-
ball team set
record after re-
cord while go-
ing 133-10 over
the last two
years, and Enea
Enea shattered sev-
eral career mile-
stones in just three years. Her 41
home runs and 157 RBI are both
high marks for the program, and
she still has another season to
add to those numbers.
Her record-breaking 18 hom-
ers helped UF break its single-
season home run record in just 49
games, 26 fewer than the Gators
played in the entire season that
they set the mark.

One of Enea's most memora-
ble longballs came on April 8 at
Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
against FSU.
Two innings after Megan
Bush's homer sent the game to
extra frames, Enea led off the
ninth with a towering walk-off
bomb to give the Gators the 4-3
"When I was running around
the bases, I was like 'I hope they
dogpile me. I've never been in
one,'" Enea said after the game.
"Then I saw Kristina (Hilberth)
bounding toward me, hands in
the air ready to tackle me, and I
was like, 'Do it!'"
Enea picked up two South-
eastern Conference Player of the
Week honors early in the season,
and she was one of the top 25 fi-
nalists for the 2009 USA Softball
Collegiate Player of the Year.
For lighting up the scoreboard
and rewriting the UF record
books all while dealing with a
serious injury Francesca Enea
is the alligatorSports No. 7 UF
Athlete of 2008-09.

BY THE NUMBERS: Enea earned
two fifth-place votes, two sev-
enth-place votes, one ninth-place
vote and was left off one ballot.


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