FGCU or UF? Gov. Rick Scott says 'I like both schools'

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Speaks Monday, March 25, 2013 at East Naples Middle School in Naples, Fla. Governor Scott came to visit the county to present a check to local area schools who maintained an overall A rating or increased a letter grade in the state's accountability measuring system. A total of 33 high, middle and elementary schools did just that and collectively earned just under 2.5 million dollars.

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Corey Perrine/Staff Florida Governor Rick Scott Speaks Monday, March 25, 2013 at East Naples Middle School in Naples, Fla. Governor Scott came to visit the county to present a check to local area schools who maintained an overall A rating or increased a letter grade in the state's accountability measuring system. A total of 33 high, middle and elementary schools did just that and collectively earned just under 2.5 million dollars.

Rick Scott on Monday morning said FGCU had “a great win last night.” But he wouldn’t say whether he planned to root for the Southwest Florida school or the University of Florida in Friday’s Sweet 16 matchup.

“I’ll pick the school that has Florida in their name,” he quipped.

The governor was in Naples briefly Monday morning, handing out a total of $2.5 million to 33 Collier County schools that earned an A or went up a grade on the state’s accountability system. By the time he took the stage at East Naples Middle, Scott said he had already been asked about FGCU twice during radio interviews.

In a brief interview with media following the event, he was asked again.

“I like both schools,” Scott said. “Down here, of course, I should say that I like the Eagles.”

He said he’d be happy if either school won the tournament.

“I know down here it would be great, a Cinderella team like Florida Gulf Coast winning all the way,” he said. “So go Eagles.”

NCAA Tournament

The Florida Gulf Coast men's basketball team was the first 15-seeded team to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The March Madness run ended in Texas where the Eagles were defeated by the Florida Gators 60-52 on Friday, March 29 in Cowboys Stadium. Join in on the discussion by using the hashtag #ndnfgcu in your Twitter updates and/or Instagram photos.

Get complete coverage of FGCU's road to the NCAA tournament at dunkcitypride.com »

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