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Last Phone Call from Billy 08-15-00 (Real Audio)

Greetings from The French Riviera the final stop on our tour of Europe. Our hotel, The Concorde Plaza in Nice, has a picturesque view of the beach and is located near a lot of shops, markets, cafes and restaurants in the historic old town. Saturday we played our final game in Monaco, about a half-hour ride from our hotel. The bus took us on a very scenic route along some cliffs overlooking the Cote DAzur. The driver pulled over several times to let us take some photos - I cant wait to see how they turn out.

Sunday was a free day for our players and staff, we had no planned tours or activities. Most of us spent some time shopping and at the beach. The players all enjoyed some jet skiing. The water was saltier than the Atlantic and there were some pretty good waves to make the jet skiing more adventurous.

Its hard to sit back and take in everything weve seen in our 12-day trip. Weve visited five countries -France, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland and Monaco and weve seen some of the most wonderful and historical sights that Europe has to offer. From the Eiffel Tower to the beaches of the French Riviera, its been a great experience. Im looking forward to returning home and I think most of our guys are anxious to get back to the United States. They probably miss a lot of the little things that they take for granted - the television, the music, ice in your drinks and a good glass of water anytime you want it. Just as they miss the United States now, I think over time they will come to appreciate all of the different cultures and things they were exposed to in Europe. I had a great time and Im looking forward to seeing you in Gainesville.

Go Gators!

Billy Donovan

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