SIX BITS: Grant, Speights, Tebow, Easley, honors

By Adam Silverstein
February 4, 2010

1 » When former Florida Gators assistant Anthony Grant left the program a few years ago to take over the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, head coach Billy Donovan wished him luck. When Donovan left the team after the 2007 National Championship game, Grant’s name was the first called by Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley to replace the long-time head coach. However, a change of heart by Donovan thurst Grant back to VCU, where he would eventually be tabbed as head coach by the Alabama Crimson Tide. Mentor and assistant will square-off for the first time Thursday in Tuscaloosa, AL. “You never like to play against one of your friends, but Anthony and I have a great relationship,” Donovan said.

2 » Speaking of Donovan, his frontcourt players from those championship seasons (and even the year after) have been experiencing a lot of success in the NBA recently. Philadelphia 76ers center Marreese Speights spoke with the Philadelphia Daily News about how genuinely happy he is that former teammate and now Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is finding success in the pros. “He and a lot of the other guys were really good at watching out for me when I first got to Florida,” Speights said. “That meant a lot. It’s good to see him doing so well in the league, but it’s not surprising. He always has had a great work ethic, trying to improve his game in every way. He improved a lot in college, from not playing a lot as a freshman to becoming someone who could have been taken with the first overall pick.”

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3 » Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Uche Nwaneri absolutely trashed former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow on his team’s official message board, throwing out five reasons why Tebow will not succeed in the NFL.

4 » Five-star defensive tackle Dominique Easley, who is looking forward to joining Florida this summer, believes the Gators will be dominant for years to come because of his recruiting class. “We’re just going to have a ball,” Easley told the Orlando Sentinel. “Our whole plan is to do something we’ve never seen before.”

5 » Gators track and field athletes Jeremy Postin and Shara Proctor were each honored by the Southeastern Conference on Tuesday for their performances at the Texas A&M Challenge. Postin was named SEC Male Freshman of the Week, while Proctor received the SEC Female Field Athlete of the Week distinction.

6 » Also earning recognition this week is women’s tennis player Allie Will, who was named the SEC’s Freshman of the Week for her sport. She is 5-0 in singles and doubles matches so far and has been a big part in the Gators advancing to the round of 16 at the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.


  1. uf_84 says:

    As a Gator / Jags fan in Jacksonville I’d just like to say to Uche Nwaneri to concentrate on worrying about your own success in the NFL. Dude hasn’t exactly been much of a stud his self so far. If the Jags were to draft Tebow and he didn’t work out I’d be willing to give them a mulligan. After all we’ve had about 8 strait 1st round busts in a row. What differance would a 9th make.

  2. Gatorfan33 says:

    Someone should ask Uche Nwaneri what the O-line is going to do to make the Jags a better team next year because they absolutely SUCKED this year. All of this Tebow bashing is really getting old.

  3. Bill says:

    Tim Tebow should take a page from Pedro Martinez “Who is Uche Nwaneri?”

  4. Bill says:

    The funniest thing about the whole situation is that if Tim Tebow had as much success as Uche Nwaneri he would be considered a complete failure as an NFLer.

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