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MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
Seth Davis
January 11, 1999
It's not often that the coaches' pregame handshake is the most anticipated aspect of a game, but that will be the case on Wednesday when Florida plays at South Carolina. At the SEC Media Day gathering in Birmingham on Nov. 4, Gamecocks coach Eddie Fogler insinuated that a certain coach in the conference—obviously the Gators' Billy Donovan, who immediately ripped Fogler as a no-class coward for failing to name names—was gaining an unfair recruiting advantage because of his relationship with a financial adviser who bankrolled a trip to France for a group of top recruits in August. The SEC issued letters of reprimand to both coaches, whereupon Fogler said that he stood by his earlier comments, insisting that he never said Donovan's actions were illegal but that they might be unethical. (In response the league issued a second statement saying that an SEC investigation found no ethical violations in Donovan's actions.) With that as a backdrop, the action on the sideline may be more interesting than the action on the court when the Gamecocks (5-7 at week's end) meet the Gators (9-2).
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January 11, 1999

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It's not often that the coaches' pregame handshake is the most anticipated aspect of a game, but that will be the case on Wednesday when Florida plays at South Carolina. At the SEC Media Day gathering in Birmingham on Nov. 4, Gamecocks coach Eddie Fogler insinuated that a certain coach in the conference—obviously the Gators' Billy Donovan, who immediately ripped Fogler as a no-class coward for failing to name names—was gaining an unfair recruiting advantage because of his relationship with a financial adviser who bankrolled a trip to France for a group of top recruits in August. The SEC issued letters of reprimand to both coaches, whereupon Fogler said that he stood by his earlier comments, insisting that he never said Donovan's actions were illegal but that they might be unethical. (In response the league issued a second statement saying that an SEC investigation found no ethical violations in Donovan's actions.) With that as a backdrop, the action on the sideline may be more interesting than the action on the court when the Gamecocks (5-7 at week's end) meet the Gators (9-2).

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