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Wednesday January 16, 2013 Floyd's going-away letter, potential players for Gators, Lochte's roses, plus more tidbits

Updated: 2:38pm, January 16

The Gators men’s basketball team leaves later today for Thursday’s game at Texas A&M, which is coming off an impressive win over Kentucky at Rupp Arena.

Here are some fresh links from around the Internet discussing the game and more Gator-related sports news:

--The Gators are doing well on the boards this season despite the loss of leading rebounder Bradley Beal from last year’s team writes Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun.

--The Gators will face a “White Out” in College Station as Texas A&M Heisman winner Johnny Manziel and the football team will be honored at halftime. The buzz could help A&M basketball win fans writes The Bryan (Texas) Eagle.

--Departing Gators junior defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd took an ad out in the Independent Florida Alligator to thank Gator fans for their support during his three seasons at UF. A classy move by Floyd, likely a first-round pick in April’s NFL Draft.

--Speaking of Floyd, he is one of five Gators in the NFL Draft (Matt Elam, Jon Bostic, Jordan Reed and Caleb Sturgis are the others) that ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has rated in his top five at their positions. NOTE: (ESPN Insider account needed for link).

--The latest on Tim Tebow’s prospects for next season in an AP story via Jacksonville.com.

--Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com continues his position-by-position review of the Gators, taking a look at potential playmakers for next year’s team.

--It’s not very often our links take us to Glamour.com, but this one involves Ryan Lochte, a prom invitation and a dozen roses.

--A good story by Chris Tomasson of FoxSportsFlorida on former Gators forward David Lee, who continues to put together an impressive NBA career with the Golden State Warriors.

--A look at the 32 underclassmen the SEC is losing to the NFL Draft from ESPN.com blogger Chris Low.

--Five of the top eight teams in CBSSports.com college football writer Dennis Dodd’s 2013 preseason Top 25 are from the SEC. The Gators check in at … No. 8.

--The Independent Florida Alligator’s Chuck Kingsbury writes that the Gators gymnastics team is aggressively correcting mistakes after loss to LSU.

--I missed this one over the holidays, but Florida Today columnist John Torres catches up with former Gators pitcher Brian Johnson as he prepares for his first full season in the Red Sox organization and his rehab from several fractured facial bones from a line drive to the face.

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