Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer, and Al Horford have made known their intentions to return to Florida next season. There was some speculation that one or all of them would make themselves available for the NBA draft, but the precocious and talented youngsters want to have another go at the national title.
That kinda seems like a long shot. It's nothing against the Gators, of course. I'd have them preseason #1, and there's no reason that they shouldn't be the best team in the country, however... none of that seems to have a whole lot to do with who actually wins the national title. The way the tournament is now, it's seems highly unlikely that any team gets through the minefield two years in a row.
Not that this isn't good news. It will give Dick Vitale someone other than UNC and Duke to talk about between now and next season. So I applaud their decision, all three of them could use another year of seasoning in terms of NBA readiness, and it'll make next year's college basketball season a little bit more fun for all of us. So hooray, Gators. High fives all around. Unless, of course, you're a fan of another team in the SEC, or Steve Irwin.