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12/08/2016 04:40 PM
Gators will start Austin Appleby at quarterback during Outback Bowl

Purdue transfer Austin Appleby will remain the Florida Gators' starting quarterback against Iowa during the Outback Bowl, UF confirmed.

Luke Del Rio is expected to serve as his backup on Jan. 2 in Tampa.

Speaking to reporters Thursday in Tampa, UF coach Jim McElwain closed the door on the idea he...

12/06/2016 11:13 PM
No. 5 Duke beats No. 21 Florida 84-74 in Jimmy V Classic

Amile Jefferson had career highs of 24 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 5 Duke to an 84-74 victory over No. 21 Florida on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Luke Kennard scored 29 points and freshman Jayson Tatum added 22 for the Blue Devils (9-1), whose only loss...

12/05/2016 04:43 PM
UF basketball prepares to face elite Duke at Madison Square Garden

UF coach Mike White never had a problem beating his dad in basketball.

"Might have been 3 years old," the Florida Gators' coach joked Monday. "Dad wasn't a basketball player."

Kevin White ran track and coached the sport in high school and college before he entered sports administration. But Mike...

12/04/2016 02:17 PM
Gators to face Iowa in Outback Bowl Jan. 2

The Florida Gators’ season-ending three-game skid in 2015 ended with the worse defeat of all, a 41-7 collapse during the Citrus Bowl against Michigan.

The Gators are determined to avoid a similar collapse when they face Iowa at 1 p.m. Jan. 2 in the Outback Bowl. 

The game pits schools from the...

12/03/2016 08:20 PM
Alabama routs Florida in SEC title game

ATLANTA — Coach Jim McElwain’s Florida Gators came to win, even if no one gave them a chance against top-ranked Alabama.

Don’t let the final score at Saturday’s SEC title game fool you, he said.

“They came out and laid it on the line,” McElwain said following UF’s 54-16 loss to the Crimson Tide.


12/02/2016 11:00 PM
Live updates: Florida vs. Alabama in SEC Championship
The Gators and Crimson Tide meet again the SEC title game. Don't see the live feed? Click here.

12/02/2016 05:18 PM
UF's Jim McElwain respects Alabama's Nick Saban, but says Tide aren't unbeatable

UF coach Jim McElwain stood on the cusp of a burgeoning dynasty in 2008 at Alabama.

McElwain nor anyone else fully realized what coach Nick Saban was building, but something special was in the air.

Nine years later, Saban's empire towers over the SEC — and the landscape of college football. McElwain's...

12/02/2016 03:29 PM
Tim Tebow awed by Alabama's run of success

Former UF star Tim Tebow is the last quarterback to beat Nick Saban and Alabama in the SEC title game. Tebow is amazed by the Crimson Tide's run of success since then.

12/01/2016 07:05 PM
Gators' Quincy Wilson rises from shadows to help anchor strong secondary

The receiver was running down the field, wide open, and Chad Wilson was angry.

A player had blown his coverage.

"I'm getting ready to get on somebody's case," Wilson said. "And then, out of the blue, this hand comes out of nowhere and one-hands the pick like it was nothing."

The hand belonged to...

11/30/2016 04:40 PM
UF coach Jim McElwain says he's not interested in Oregon opening

Coach Jim McElwain said he is happy at UF and has no interest in pursuing the opening at the University of Oregon.

McElwain was linked by several media outlets to the vacancy created by Mark Helfrich's firing Tuesday night.

"I’ve got a heck of a job," McElwain said Wednesday. "In case anybody checked,...

11/30/2016 04:30 PM
Gators' struggling offense will need to play 'perfect game' to beat No. 1 Alabama

GAINESVILLE — David Sharpe has waited all season for his big chance.

The way things are going, the Florida Gators' offense might be open to just about anything.

"I've been trying to tell them all year, run that left tackle pass," he said. "I'm definitely going to catch it."

The 6-foot-6, 357-pound...

11/29/2016 03:20 PM
Alabama star Jonathan Allen leads potent Tide defense ready to hound Gators

The letter arrived in January to let Jonathan Allen know he had just won the lottery.

The Alabama defensive lineman decided to take his chances and not cash it in. College football teams have spent the past three months paying the price.

The NFL Draft Advisory Board informed Allen last winter he...

11/28/2016 04:55 PM
Amid Gators' struggles, Jim McElwain says UF has improved

GAINESVILLE — Senior defensive tackle Joey Ivie has seen the depths of Florida football.

These days, he sees a bright future.

"I believe this program is headed in the right direction," Ivie said Monday. "Coach McElwain has definitely built a foundation, definitely built a program."

Many Gator fans...

11/28/2016 06:43 PM
Florida has overcome worse odds against Alabama

There is no way Florida will beat Alabama on Saturday. Zero, zip, zilch, nada or juewang, which is Chinese for hopeless.

Basically, the whole world is echoing Florida coach Ray Graves.

"We've got no chance," he said.

Yes, that quote is a little out of date: Oct. 5, 1963, to be precise.


11/28/2016 02:01 PM
Gators return to top 25 in men's basketball for first time since 2014

The Florida Gators’ hot start during coach Mike White’s second season has vaulted them back into the Top 25 for the first time since 2014.

The Gators (6-1) debuted at No. 25 in this week’s Associated Press poll following Sunday’s 65-56 win over Miami during the third-place game of the AdvoCare...

11/27/2016 08:03 PM
Reeling Gators turn attention to top-ranked, unbeaten Alabama

GAINESVILLE — The solemn stretch of I-10 East gave the Florida Gators time early Sunday morning to lick their wounds, and then ponder and ultimately process what had just happened back up the road in Tallahassee.

When the Gators' travel party reached I-75 South, time began to run out. Once the...

11/27/2016 07:25 PM
Gators shake off Gonzaga loss, top rival Miami in AdvoCare Invitational

Seond-year Florida basketball coach Mike White was afraid he might see a bit of a lull out of his players Sunday at the AdvoCare Invitational.

The Gators were coming off an emotional loss to No. 11 Gonzaga in Friday’s semifinals and a carryover was expected. Two minutes into Florida’s third-place...

11/27/2016 04:20 PM
Gators' DE Jordan Sherit latest UF defender out with injury

The Florida Gators' defense will compete without at least one more starter during Saturday's SEC title game against top-ranked Alabama.

Coach Jim McElwain said end Jordan Sherit is out due to an injury suffered during the third quarter of UF's 31-13 loss at Florida State.

UF tackle Caleb Brantley...

11/26/2016 11:10 PM
Punchless Gators struggle against Seminoles

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Gators’ improbable playoff hopes died Saturday night against Florida State.

Could another season-ending skid be next?

The Gators’ 31-13 loss to the Seminoles sets up coach Jim McElwain’s SEC East champions for another hard fall.

"I don’t know if they will come back or...

11/27/2016 02:00 AM
Martez Ivey delivers for Gators despite injury

GAINESVILLE — Martez Ivey has been a key cog this season in Florida's resurgent offensive line.

The sophomore and Apopka native has started every game this year and earned the SEC's offensive lineman of the week twice this season.

And despite coming off an injury, it didn't take the left guard...

11/26/2016 11:16 PM
After loss to FSU, Gators' Jim McElwain will be judged by success against Jimbo Fisher

TALLAHASSEE — University of Florida football coach Jim McElwain deserves adulation and congratulations from Gator Nation for guiding UF to a second consecutive SEC Championship Game in only his second year on the job, but now comes the next phase of his program's development.

FSU — Finish Strong...

11/25/2016 01:39 PM
Gators' WR Tyrie Cleveland predicted big play at LSU

UF receiver Tyrie Cleveland knew he was headed for a good time and he did not want his teammates to be late for the party.

But no one was going to keep up with Cleveland, least of all LSU cornerback Donte’ Jackson.

Cleveland beat Jackson down the right sideline last Saturday at Tiger Stadium, hauled...

11/24/2016 07:55 PM
Gators' receivers ask to block for surging UF tailback Jordan Scarlett

Jim McElwain had never heard anything like it on the sideline.

Florida had a 10-7 lead with the ball in the third quarter.

But before UF's drive began, one that would possibly decide the outcome of the most important game of its season, receivers Brandon Powell, Antonio Callaway and Tyrie Cleveland...

11/24/2016 07:34 AM
UF quarterback Austin Appleby living the dream with the Gators

UF quarterback Austin Appleby is living the dream.

The 23-year-old was on the Purdue bench this time last season. Now he is under center for the No. 15 Gators and will face top-ranked Alabama next week for an SEC title.

First, Appleby will square off against UF rival Florida State Saturday night...

11/24/2016 08:38 AM
Florida Gators riding emotional high before facing Florida State

Five questions about the Florida Gators with Orlando Sentinel beat writer Edgar Thompson: 

1. How high is the wave the Gators are riding after the goal-line stand at LSU? Does an emotional game like that, especially with the lead-up after the hurricane, prevent UF from preparing for this contest? 


2016 Football Schedule

9/10 KENTUCKY W 45-7
9/17 NORTH TEXAS W 32-0
9/24 @ TENNESSEE L 28-38
10/01 @ VANDERBILT W 13-6
10/08 LSU Rescheduled
10/15 MISSOURI W 40-14
10/29 GEORGIA (JAX) W 24-10
11/5 @ ARKANSAS L 10-31
11/12 S.CAROLINA W 20-7
11/19 @ LSU W 16-10
11/26 @ FLORIDA STATE L 13-31
12/3 SECC Game (Ala) L 16-54

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