When Florida plays Middle Tennessee today at the Tampa Bay Times Forum, senior forward Kenny Boynton has an opportunity to move up in the record books, albeit in a bittersweet manner because of the venue.
Boynton needs just three points to tie Dwayne Schintzius for sixth on Florida's all-time scoring list with 1,624. Schintzius, who died on April 15 of leukemia at age 43, was a Tampa-area native and former high school standout at Brandon High. Florida coach Billy Donovan said it's fitting because Schintzius was a Gator until the end.
"He was a really good guy," Donovan said. "The thing I was truly amazed by was (despite) some of the challenges he had while he was here in school, was how much he still loved the University of Florida. He really had a great, great level of affection and passion for Florida. …
"He never, ever once said anything negative about Florida. He loved the University of Florida, came out to booster meetings, wanted to be back, wanted to be a part of the program."