The Florida Gators’ mission on Friday night is to send Florida Gulf Coast University back to Dunk City.
Florida and FGCU meet at Cowboys Stadium in the Sweet 16. FGCU is the Cinderella of this year’s NCAA tournament and the hottest national story of March Madness.
In wins over Georgetown and San Diego State, the Eagles not only became a national story, but they did so in eye-popping fashion. They ran the court, fast-breaking and throwing down dunks with regularity.
Hence the nickname “Dunk City.” The nickname for FGCU’s men’s basketball team has caught on with fans and media and become a pop cultural phenomenon.
There’s even a newly created website named FGCUDunkCity.com, which has photos and videos of many of FGCU’s dunks in the tournament.
Guess who owns the website: He’s a former Gators tennis player.
Ryan Sherry is a Fort Myers native who concluded his career at the University of Florida in 2006. He told the Fort Myers News-Press on Wednesday that he purchased the domain rights to FGCUDunkCity.com for $30.
“We don’t know what to do with it, but right now, we’re just having fun with it,” Sherry told the newspaper.