GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Gators have opened fall
practice with Tim Tebow thousands of miles away and with that loss
to Alabama still fresh in their minds.
The former Heisman Trophy winner has been gone five months,
leaving players and coaches plenty of time to move on. Shouldn't
those lingering feelings about falling to the Crimson Tide in the
Southeastern Conference championship game be a distant memory, too?
Not even close. The Gators are still reeling from the 32-13 loss
in December that humbled egos, ended hopes of repeating as national
champs and sent coach Urban Meyer to the hospital.
Florida rebounded by beating Cincinnati 51-24 in the Sugar Bowl,
but the team's lone loss last year still resonated when players
began a new season Thursday morning.