Both Gator basketball teams will be in action this weekend with the Gator women hosting a holiday tournament and the men on the road.
Starting Friday the Gator women's basketball team hosts its Holiday Classic; LaSalle plays Florida International with Tennessee State facing Florida at 7 in a game you can hear on ESPN 850 WRUF. Florida is 7-3 while Tennessee State is 3-8; the losers and winners will play Saturday night as well.
The Gator men's team faces Fresno State (6-5) on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise. Florida (8-2) takes on a Bulldogs team that jacks up a lot of three point shots and Gator coach Billy Donovan said Thursday that Florida must defend better than it has recently. Donovan also said freshman Chris Walker would not play as he awaits his NCAA eligibility.
In Gator football news, Gator coach Will Muschamp has hired a new special teams coordinator. Jeff Choate is leaving to join Chris Petersen's staff at Washington (he also worked under Petersen at Boise State) and he'll be replaced by Coleman Hutzler who has been at New Mexico the past couple of seasons. Hutzler worked with current Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin in 2010-11 as a special teams assistant.