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Wednesday June 5, 2013 Gators football, Craddock, Jimmy V Classic, SEC men's hoops, plus more tidbits

Jeff Driskel, Brent Pease

Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel and offensive coordinator Brent Pease during spring practice.

The 2012-13 sports calendar is nearly complete for the Gators.

The UF men’s and women’s track teams are competing in Eugene, Ore., this week in the final NCAA competition of the season for Florida.

In case you missed it, click here to read a story I wrote earlier on Gators senior hurdler Ugonna Ndu, who seeks to close out her UF career in strong fashion this week.

While summer is here, there’s never a lack of links from around the Internet covering items of interest to Gator fans.

Here are some links for your afternoon perusal:

--If you like spreadsheets and bar graphs with your football, you’ll enjoy this in-depth analysis of the Gators’ 2012 football season and what that could mean moving forward by Bill Connelly of

--The Gators check in at No. 18 in Phil Steele’s preseason poll writes Edgar Thompson of the Orlando Sentinel (blog also features which Gators Steele chose for his preseason teams).

--Gators basketball coach Billy Donovan discusses the recent change-of-heart from Devon Walker in this story from the Orlando Sentinel.

--The SEC is exploring a primary site for its men’s basketball tournament and Tampa, St. Louis and Atlanta are negotiating writes Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post.

--Three Florida teams rank nationally among top 10 percent academically writes Antonya English of the Tampa Bay Times.

--Gators triple jumper Omar Craddock caps a memorable UF career at the NCAA Finals writes Kevin Brockway of the Gainesville Sun.

--The Gators face Memphis in the Jimmy V Classic. Click here for more details from

--The Sporting News’ Vinnie Iyer writes that former Gators quarterback Tim Tebow’s post-football future could have much more impact than Tebow did on the field.

--Former Gators pitcher Brian Johnson is improving and his former UF teammate, pitcher Austin Maddox, is off the DL in the Red Sox organization writes

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