Posted 04/13/2011 at 10:48 AM
--Billy Donovan has brought former Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey back to Gainesville to replace Larry Shyatt as the Gators' top assistant. Pelphrey was at UF with Donovan from 1997-2002 before taking the head-coaching job at South Alabama. Other than his years in Mobile with the Jaguars, Pelphrey has always been in the SEC. Pelphrey played for Kentucky and his number hangs from the rafters with the three other members of The Unforgettables -- Deron Feldhaus, Sean Woods and Richie Farmer.
--Donovan has also added former St. John's head coach Norm Roberts to his staff. Roberts has strong recruiting ties in New York City. Billy D needed replacements when Shyatt took the head-coaching job at Wyoming and Rob Lanier returned to Texas to work on Rick Barnes' staff.
--Donovan had an extremely busy weekend. He had to suspend Erik Murphy and Cody Larson after both were arrested for burglary in Jacksonville. Both players have been suspended indefinitely. Also, former UF player Dan Werner, who played overseas this past season in his first year out of college, was arrested in Gainesville late Monday night and charged with DUI.
--I couldn't believe what I was reading the other day when I saw that Georgia offensive tackle Trinton Sturdivant tore his ACL for the third time in his college career at a scrimmage this past Saturday. Sturdivant was considered a big-time pro prospect after starting all 13 games for the Dawgs as a true freshman. Best wishes to him.
--Rory Mcilroy has had a rough few days since leading The Masters for the first three rounds. Following his Greg-Norman-like meltdown on Sunday, his golf clubs were lost on his 36-hour flight to Malaysia.
--If you're an MMA fan and haven't watched Nick Diaz's first-round TKO of Paul Daley from this past Saturday, what are you waiting for? Diaz put on another spectacular performance at Strikeforce-San Diego, defending his welterweight title in a stand-up war.
--The looming showdown between Jon 'Bones' Jones and Rashad Evans for the light-heavyweight title will take place in "September or October," according to recent remarks from UFC President Dana White.