Congratulations to the seemingly unstoppable Florida Gators, who continue to win when it most counts, on the championship level. It took five NBA-caliber starters, but it still amounts to a repeat. Then there's the added bonus of a football title sandwiched in between. Maybe this calls for a third serving of Gatorade?
Even scarier than Florida's dual sports titles is their one-two punch of star coaches Urban Meyer and Billy Donovan, who are young, popular, and successful. They make the Gators the marquee program in the Southeast, perhaps on a level with UCLA and Texas in all-around athletic greatness. And they have the potential to keep Florida a perennial power in both sports.
There's a lot of speculation about Donovan and the open Kentucky job. I believe the parties will officially meet soon, but no hiring will take place. Kentucky has a program with a much better history than a future. At this point, it's the inferior job. And if Donovan is thinking about coaching immortality, he's not going to do it in Rupp Arena. The great ones are synonymous with a single program, and he can do that if he stays in Gainesville.
The Final Four reconvenes in San Antonio for 2008. Who will be there? Always a tough decision, especially when you don't know which underclassmen will declare for the NBA draft. One year in advance, I say Kansas, Louisville, USC, and Memphis. Bill Self overcomes his tournament demons as the Jayhawks cut the nets.