GAINESVILLE — Florida senior F Chandler Parsons' deep thigh bruise has led to internal bleeding, and his status for Sunday's game at LSU is unknown.
"I would say he's out right now, for how long I don't know," coach Billy Donovan said Monday. "I don't envision him practicing at least until possibly Thursday or Friday maybe. He's got a deep, deep thigh bruise that's actually started to bleed. He's got some bleeding inside his leg right now. He's on crutches. And how well he responds over the next three or four days will determine whether or not he'll play on Sunday."
Parsons was injured early in the first half of Saturday's game against Tennessee when he collided with Alex Tyus as they went for a rebound.
"He told me he landed on Alex's foot and he couldn't really put any pressure on it," senior C Vernon Macklin said after the game.
If the injury persists, it could be a huge blow to the Gators, who are alone in first in the SEC East (20-5, 9-2). Although Florida pulled off the win with Parsons limping most of the game, he has been playing his best basketball since he arrived at UF, averaging 12 points and posting double figures in rebounding in the six games leading up to Saturday.
The Gators have a midweek bye. That gives Parsons time to heal and Donovan a chance to keep his Gators focused. Donovan said the team will take its normal days off, and he doesn't plan on any drastic changes to the routine. His focus this week will be on his team's mind-set.
"I really think we can get better," he said. "I think we can be better than we are right now. And I don't mean physically. I mean … mentally.
"There's a mental part of this team that has got to get better. And it doesn't surprise me because this same group of guys three years ago could not even function in a college practice. And now we're talking about them competing for a league championship. This is totally uncharted territory for these guys."
Diving honors: Senior diver Monica Dodson broke the SEC record on the women's 3-meter board on Thursday's opening day of the SEC diving championships, then on the final day of competition, she broke the SEC record in the women's platform competition (five dives) with a score of 325.20. Dodson was named the 2010-11 SEC women's diver of the year, joining last year's winner Kara Salamone as the only Gators to win the award. In addition to Dodson's honor, UF diving coach Donnie Craine was named the SEC women's diving coach of the year for the third time in his career, tying for the second-highest total in league history.
Florida will host the SEC swimming championships Wednesday-Saturday at the O'Connell Center. And if you think football is the only sport drawing big, think again. This week's meet sold out in 12 minutes.
"The way our facility is … everything is going to be right down on top of people, and it will be crowded," coach Gregg Troy said. "It's an exceptionally loud facility from that standpoint. It's going to be real hard not to draw from the energy in that situation."
Stretch run: The women's basketball team has a midweek bye before hosting Mississippi State on Sunday, and the Gators are hoping to work out some of their problems to make a strong run down the stretch. The Gators (14-13, 4-9 SEC) are on a four-game losing streak, and 16 of their 26 games have been decided by 10 points or fewer, 11 by six or fewer. "Obviously we've got some adjustments we need to make, and I don't think our bye week could come at a better time," assistant coach Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick said. "The good thing is we've got two of our last three games at home, and we're looking to take advantage of that going into the conference tournament."
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