Aerospace Cubicle Engineer (ACE)
Sigh...Well, so far, at least based on news and impressions after LAST season and into the start of THIS one, THESE Gators at least appear to be EXCEEDING “expectations”...
Admittedly I am among the “We’re a FOOTBALL SCHOOL!” crowd to great degree...but I DO enjoy seeing us “in the Dance” round the time of SXSW ...just in case it indeed RESUMES live/on-site here in Austin once more in 2022 (although with the rise of this “COVID Omicron variant” may well now be postponed/cancelled once again)...but when it’s on, it adds an edge of excitement and common social exchange among citizens from all over who attend; I’m usually involved in SOME capacity, so yeah, I’d LOVE to see our GATORS return to prominent advancement).
Now, of course with just minimally FIVE players required on the floor at any time, it is potentially at least MUCH easier to see a program “TURNED AROUND” by just one outstanding recruiting cycle, practically unforeseen from one season to the NEXT—something not at all really doable at all for a football program...Hence, “hope springs eternal” for roundball fans.
I watch when they’re on, of course. But it has been a while since they seemed at ALL a “juggernaut”, coached by one of a handful of “uber-Coaches” out there...I guess with all the money going out to Football Coaches (present and parted), it isn’t all that surprising we apparently DON’T have it to throw at one of those “easily I.D.’d FEW” on the basketball side of things...right?
Is Florida B-ball even considered one of “THOSE jobs”? I do not get that impression.
I admit to my OWN “limits” here, both in interest (an admitted “distant 2nd” to Football) AND ongoing level-of-awareness...Florida's basketball program is the only one to win consecutive national championships this century or even in the past three decades. I have seen the program listed as a top-10 position just for basketball. Under Billy Donavan it was in the top 10 in terms of revenue, but is currently around #30. In terms of pure profit, Donovan had the team in the top 5, and White has the team just outside the top 20. For reference, Kentucky and Louisville average about $55M in revenue and $30M in profit. Florida comes in with about $15M in revenue and about $15M in profit (thanks to many donors). I would consider Florida to be a top job for basketball coaches.