Of course Florida was the better team last Monday night. They deserve their NC. They will probably never win a title again consider Bill Boy will jet for Kentucky the minute Tubby gets canned from Lexington. Regardless - Florida was the best basketball team in the country this past year. And kudos to them.
But apparently their success on the court is causing some of the Florida officials to hallucinate. Get this - they Florida can surpass UCLA in ... academics. Can't make this stuff up:
"Last night we played a basketball team that is ranked higher than us (in academics)," Machen said, easing back into the blue couch in his Tigert Hall office.
In the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings, UCLA placed third among public universities, 13 spots ahead of UF. A renowned basketball school, UCLA has managed to make strides in high-profile sports without sacrificing its academic mission, Machen said. The University of Michigan, where Machen once served as provost, has also done well with the balancing act, he said.
The tension between athletics and academics, however, is real at UF. When surveyed on the subject, the majority of UF faculty said they felt the university placed too much emphasis on sports.