April 5, 2006 - Issue: Vol. 152, No. 42 — Daily Edition109th Congress (2005 - 2006) - 2nd Session
COMMENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM; Congressional Record Vol. 152, No. 42
(Senate - April 05, 2006)
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[Page S3159] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] COMMENDING THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM The resolution (S. Res. 430) was agreed to. The preamble was agreed to. The resolution, with its preamble, reads as follows: S. Res. 430 Whereas on Monday, April 3, 2006, the University of Florida men's basketball team (referred to in this preamble as the ``Florida Gators'') defeated the men's basketball team of the University of California, Los Angeles, by a score of 73-57, to win the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Basketball Championship; Whereas that historic victory by the Florida Gators was a product of-- (1) an almost flawless and unselfish team performance; and (2) individual player excellence and versatility from members of the Florida Gators; Whereas that victory marked the first national basketball championship victory for the University of Florida, and occurred 10 years after the school won the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Football Championship; Whereas the head coach of the Florida Gators, Billy Donovan, became the second youngest coach to win the national championship, after leading the Florida Gators to a school- best, 33-6 record; Whereas University of Florida sophomore Joakim Noah was chosen as the most outstanding player of the Final Four; Whereas each player, coach, trainer, and manager dedicated his or her time and effort to ensuring that the Florida Gators reached the pinnacle of team achievement; and Whereas the families of the players, students, alumni, and faculty of the University of Florida, and all of the supporters of the University of Florida, are to be congratulated for their commitment to, and pride in, the basketball program at the University of Florida; Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) commends the University of Florida men's basketball team for winning the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Basketball Championship; (2) recognizes the achievements of all of the players, coaches, and support staff who were instrumental in helping the University of Florida men's basketball team win the 2006 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Basketball Championship, and invites those individuals to the United States Capitol Building to be honored; and (4) respectfully requests the Enrolling Clerk of the Senate to transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to-- (A) the University of Florida for appropriate display; and (B) the coach of the University of Florida men's basketball team, Billy Donovan. ____________________