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● Not all things are gold in Gainesville right now; Gator baseball lost to No. 5 Arkansas 10-7 today, completing a sweep of the Orange and Blue by the Hogs.

After breaking into the top-25 after a slow start to the season, the Gators have lost five of six games -- including losses to two of the top teams in the country, South Carolina and Arkansas. While these losses are disappointing, I guess we can take some solace in the fact that the competition is fierce right now.

And it doesn't get any easier; the Gators will face Kentucky and Vanderbilt over the course of the next few weeks -- two teams that are near the top of the conference as well as the nation in terms of talent.

Apparently Tim Tebow was pretty good in Saturday's Orange and Blue game, especially if you base it on some of the quotes coming from the Gator coaching staff following the game.

"He had a little bit of a shoulder issue early in the spring and we had to really pay attention and adjust his throwing motion slightly," said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dan Mullen. "By doing that, it really caused him to focus on how to throw the ball the right way.

"It's really helped him develop a touch, develop balance, develop consistency and accuracy in his throws. He's really spent a lot of time, from the (BCS Championship) bowl practice on, of really focusing on balance and fundamentals of the throwing motion."

"The last week and a half, he's been tremendous. He's ready to go. Tim Tebow is ready to go play quarterback at Florida."

"The thing that makes him different than any player I've been around is his drive, his toughness, his competitiveness," Meyer said. "He's an extremist. That's good to have. But at times you have to learn to control it, especially playing quarterback, with touch passes.

"It's great when you make the receivers hands hurt, but go complete some balls. I don't believe he was an excellent thrower the first half of the season last year. I think he's an excellent thrower. He and Coach Mullen have a good deal going right now. They prepare very well together. (Tebow) wakes up every morning and tries to get better at his job."

I'd say the Tim Tebow era in Gainesville got off to a pretty good start in the Swamp on Saturday, fueled by his 17-27 performance for 216 yards and three touchdowns.

● The all new and improved Gator Country has a pretty good introductory story on our new head basketball coach, Amanda Butler.  The hire of Butler came late last week, following a coaching search to find a replacement for Carolyn Peck.

Butler, as you may know, was a great basketball player for the University of Florida in the early 90s.  She started 99 games over her four years in Gainesville, including leading the team to the NCAA tournament in her Junior and Senior seasons.

For more on Butler, please check out the story.  It's pretty refreshing to see some of the quotes about her, especially considering that she is coaching the program she once was a part of as a player and graduate assistant coach in years past.

Have a great Monday!  To help get you through the day, please remember that football season is only four-and-a-half months away.

Go Gators!