Aug 31, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators wide receiver coach Joker Phillips during the first half against the Toledo Rockets at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators Bait & Bits: Another National Champion, Joker Phillips, Billy Donovan, and More

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Us. We wrote yesterday about how Joker Phillips would be a key cog for an increase in offensive production. Well, we were wrong. Phillips announced his resignation yesterday with Gator great Chris Leak replacing him. Who could have known Phillips wasn’t going to be with the team? Oh well, now we have to write a countdown for Leak.


Fawn Miller wins NCAA Javelin Title. Florida picked up another national championship Wednesday, this time in individual competition. Fawn Miller threw a personal record of 58.13m/190-8 to claim the javelin throw crown at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The title was the first for the women’s side since 2010. In team competition, the men are in good shape in third place, just 3.0 behind Oregon. The women sit in 16th, 12.0 off the lead. 

Figuring Out What Happened with Joker PhillipsIt’s extremely bizarre that Joker Phillips resigned so abruptly. We’re still trying to figure out what happened. There have been reports he had committed a recruiting violation and was forced out, he was upset about not being seriously considered for the offensive coordinator position Kurt Roper filled, and he didn’t get along with head coach Will Muschamp. Whatever the story, we’re trying to put together the pieces. (Andy Hutchins, Alligator Army)

O’Connell Center Officially Getting a Facelift. Our prayers have been answered. The dated O’Dome will be getting a new look as the UAA approved the design for the $45 million project. The renovation will begin in March 2015 and will displace the teams currently playing in the O’Connell Center, most notably the men’s basketball team, until January 2016. AD Jeremy Foley and Florida are now looking at their options to play home games around the state. (Chris Harry, GatorZone)

Billy Donovan the Best at Preparing for NBA. The NBA Executives have spoken and they all have the highest praise for Billy Donovan. They named Donovan the best at preparing players for the pros. Who can argue? He’s coached team leaders Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Mike Miller, Chandler Parsons, and Bradley Beal into incredibly productive NBA players. Although Donovan has turned down a few NBA jobs this offseason, I wouldn’t be surprised if he got to quench his thirst of the NBA by coaching Team USA when Mike Krzyzewski decides to step down. (Chris Harry, GatorZone)

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