They feel the same about all the other championship memorabilia.
Maybe they’re being humble. Maybe they’re truly focused on the future and not concerned about the past. Maybe they’re just following Donovan’s lead.
“I don’t wear mine,” Donovan said. “It’s something I’m going to have for the rest of my life to reflect back on. But that’s in the past. It’s been written about. It’s been talked about. It’s been well documented and I’m very proud.
“It’s the pinnacle of a program when you get to the point. But for me, my focus needs to be on this season and what’s going on right now.”
Donovan’s task over the next month — Florida opens the season Nov. 10 against Samford — is to meld four talented freshmen in with seven returning scholarship players.
How well Jonathan Mitchell, Brandon Powell, Marreese Speights and Dan Werner fit in could be key in determining whether Florida becomes the first team to repeat since Duke in 1992.
“If our guys’ minds are flying around at 30,000 feet, thinking that they’re the best thing since sliced bread and walking around with that kind of arrogance, I guarantee our team will be humbled very, very quickly,” Donovan said. “But at the same time, I don’t want them to lack confidence. I don’t want them to play in fear. I don’t want them to think there’s a big target on our back because there’s not.
The nation grieved for those hurt, killed and affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. After one of the suspects was caught on Friday — following a day-long lockdown and manhunt — sports returned to Boston over the weekend.
The Gators seem to be responding the way Donovan had hoped, especially with their rings nowhere in sight.
“We look at this season and we think we have to do better than we did last year,” forward Chris Richard said. “I know that’s saying a lot because we won a national championship. We have to focus on next year instead of focusing on the past.”
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