Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bubba Says It's Time to Leave UF

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bubba Says It's Time to Leave UF

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Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer

In a two-week span, the University of Florida lost Steve Spurrier and Bubba Dickerson.

OK, even Bubba admits that Gator sports fans shouldn't mark his passage with the same emotions. The reigning U.S. Amateur champion and key member of UF's 2001 national championship golf team is just as worried as any other fan about the state of Florida football post-Spurrier.

"I'm going to miss Coach Spurrier," said Dickerson, a Green Cove Springs native and Hilliard resident. "Forget me leaving school. He's the tough one to replace."

And anyway, Florida golf coach Buddy Alexander has this habit of replacing one Gator golf star with another. Dudley Hart, Brian Gay, Steve Scott, Robert Floyd, Josh McCumber, and yes, Bubba Dickerson have come and gone, and UF golf was and still will be a national powerhouse.

But Alexander will be trying to replace a U.S. Amateur champion for the first time since he became the Gators' coach. He'll have to do it with the talent on hand, since Dickerson decided only late last week that he wouldn't be able to remain in school for the spring season.

Dickerson said it was a simple matter of the game plan for his professional future that he, father Bob Dickerson, and teacher Dan Campbell have devised, not the least of which will be a daily practice routine of one hour devoted to physical conditioning, four hours of hitting balls and at least two hours playing.

"We realized just how much was going to be involved," Dickerson said. "I need to test equipment, which means going to California, where most of the companies have their testing facilities. I need to get in better physical shape, and that involves working out. We need to interview agents [although he won't sign with one until he turns professional]. There was just too much to do, and then have to worry about going to class."

Dickerson's father pointed out an example of the time constraints: interviewing agents. …

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