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07/22/2016 10:16 PM
Gators snag commitment from LB James Houston IV at FNL

The Florida Gators landed the 11th commitment of the 2017 recruiting class with a pledge from Plantation American Heritage linebacker James Houston IV at Friday Night Lights, according to numerous reports. He picked the Gators over Wisconsin and 24 other scholarship offers.

Houston, a 6-foot-1,...

07/22/2016 05:12 PM
UF walk-on Cristian Garcia stops sexual assault

A UF walk-on turned hero early Thursday morning when he stopped a sexual assault behind a Gainesville bar, according to police.

Cristian Garcia, a fourth-year junior from Miami, works security at a Gainesville establishment, Cantina 101. At around 2:20 a.m. Thursday he was taking out garbage when...

07/19/2016 10:31 PM
UF star cornerback Jalen Tabor in his element during a day in New York City

GAINESVILLE — No spotlight is too bright, assignment too tough or city too big for UF All-SEC cornerback Jalen Tabor.

Tabor was in his element on Tuesday, putting on a one-man show in New York City.

Before he left Gainesville, Tabor tweeted he was, "Proud To Be Representing The Gator Brand In NYC"...

07/18/2016 08:13 AM
UF freshman receivers Tyrie Cleveland, Rick Wells accused of shooting BB gun at dorm

The Florida Gators' quiet offseason is over.

UF first-year freshmen receivers Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells were arrested Sunday after being accused of firing BB guns and causing more than $1,000 in property damage at Keys Residential housing on the UF campus.

The two players currently are being...

07/14/2016 06:02 PM
LSU coach Les Miles, Tigers look to make most of his second chance

HOOVER, Ala. — LSU's Les Miles is the longest-tenured coach in the SEC.

He also is the most long-winded.

The 62-year-old's opening statement Thursday at SEC Media Days bled well into the second quarter, spanning 20:31.

Miles' meandering monologue spanned everything from the shootings in Baton Rouge,...

07/14/2016 07:35 PM
Hugh Freeze says he set tone of compliance, embraces NCAA review

HOOVER, Ala. — Hugh Freeze said he believes everyone has a narrative.

The narrative surrounding Ole Miss and the outcome of a messy NCAA investigation hasn't been settled and when the probe concludes, the Rebels coach said it will vindicate him and the school.

Freeze took to the stage during SEC...

07/13/2016 05:56 PM
Nick Saban is outsmarting, outmanning and outspending the rest of college football

HOOVER, Ala. -- A Nick pick.

Or, at least, pick a Nick sidekick.

This is the newest craze in college football – to hire a coach who will hopefully build a thriving football operation like Nick Saban has constructed at Alabama.

The Florida Gators hired former Saban offensive coordinator Jim McElwain...

07/12/2016 07:46 PM
Tennessee ignores Gators' chatter, aims to end 11-game losing streak in rivalry

HOOVER, Ala. — Florida does not visit Tennessee for more than two months, but the Gators are talking like the game is this weekend.

The Vols are not responding.

"I don't really got time for that," senior cornerback Cam Sutton said Tuesday at SEC Media days.

A day earlier, All-SEC cornerback Jalen...

07/11/2016 08:33 PM
UF coach Jim McElwain hopes to produce an offense worthy of Steve Spurrier Field

HOOVER, Ala. — As if coach Jim McElwain needed to be reminded about expectations at Florida, he is now trying to revive the Gators' moribund offense on a field named for the man who set the standard for scoring points in the SEC.

"I know that based on last year, they did not have to redo any light...

07/11/2016 06:32 PM
Gators' Jalen Tabor is a modern-day Deion Sanders

HOOVER, Ala. — Amid the national outcry and the angry protests of police officers shooting Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Florida Gators cornerback Jalen Tabor tweeted out: "That's why I don't celebrate 4th of July, because this ain't the land of the free."

The tweet created an ugly backlash of...

07/09/2016 12:26 AM
Former Gators enjoy Orlando summer league

The University of Florida has been well represented at the Orlando Pro Summer League.

Point guard Scottie Wilbekin, guard/ forward Casey Prather and guard/forward Michael Frazier earned summer league invitations this year. Wilbekin played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, Prather played for the Dallas...

06/30/2016 08:00 PM
Gators eager to make mark on U.S. Olympic track and field trials

GAINESVILLE — Every U.S. Olympic team since 1992 has had one thing in common — at least one athlete coached by Mike Holloway.

The head track and field coach at UF and his Gators have enjoyed notable success at their sport's showcase event. Five of Holloway's athletes have medaled, including three...

06/30/2016 04:15 PM
Top UF administrators withdraw from search to replace AD Jeremy Foley

Mike Hill seemed a cinch to be a top candidate to replace outgoing UF athletic director Jeremy Foley.

Ditto Chip Howard - Foley's right-hand man - and Lynda Tealer - one of the nation's most powerful women in sports adminstration.

Instead, none will be a candidate to replace Foley, who is stepping...

06/25/2016 05:52 PM
UF swimmer Caeleb Dressel eager to make most of Olympic trials opportunity

GAINESVILLE — Caeleb Dressel describes his first Olympic swimming trials showing as "horrible." But at just 15 years old, he really never stood a chance.

Four years later, Dressel is the man to beat.

Dressel, a 19-year-old UF sophomore, enters the trials this week in Omaha, Neb., as the United...

06/23/2016 11:25 PM
UF forward Dorian Finney-Smith goes undrafted

The drought continues for the Florida Gators during the NBA draft.

Versatile UF forward Dorian Finney-Smith was not selected on Thursday night to make it three years without a Gators player selected.

Finney-Smith had hoped to become the first UF player drafted since the Chicago Bulls used the 49th...

06/21/2016 11:39 PM
Tim Tebow visits former teammate wounded during Pulse shooting

Tim Tebow recently visited former high school teammate Rodney Sumter, who was wounded during the Pulse nightclub shooting and is recovering at Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Tebow and Sumter played together at Ponte Vedra Beach Nease High.

A post on Sumter's Instagram account Tuesday featuring...

06/21/2016 09:32 PM
No. 1 Florida falls to Texas Tech, Gators eliminated from CWS

OMAHA — A staggering catch, an interference call, an error-filled play and a single turned into an out combined to end Florida's baseball season.

The Gators' lofty expectations crashed Tuesday with a 3-2 loss to Texas Tech in the College World Series. The Gators, top seed in the tournament, were...

06/19/2016 11:48 PM
Gators suffer stunning loss to Coastal Carolina in CWS opener

OMAHA — Three hit batters, two extra-base hits inches from not being hits and one pitcher with a dizzying delivery and an impromptu curveball. All highlighted Florida’s stunning loss Sunday.

Coastal Carolina, playing in its first College World Series, upset the Gators 2-1 at TD Ameritrade Park....

06/15/2016 05:32 PM
Gators grateful to have Peter Alonso's hot bat back in lineup

GAINESVILLE — Peter Alonso's career as a Gator almost came to an abrupt end on May 13. The junior first baseman and second-round pick by the Mets in this year's MLB Draft broke his left hand in an at-bat against Vanderbilt, and he wasn't sure what it meant for the remainder of his season.


06/14/2016 12:32 AM
Florida surges past FSU, claims spot in College World Series

GAINESVILLE - The Gators’ dugout erupted onto the field in the fifth inning as JJ Schwarz launched a ball into the left field bleachers. Grand slam. The celebration was on. 

Florida advanced to the College World Series on Monday night, defeating Florida State 7-0 in game three of the Gainesville...

06/13/2016 08:33 AM
Florida Gators athletics director Jeremy Foley retiring after 25 years

A wide-eyed 23-year-old from the Northeast, Jeremy Foley arrived at the University of Florida in August of 1976 to embark on a career in athletics.

Little did Foley or anyone else realize it would begin one of the most remarkable runs in the history of college sports administration.

Foley handled...

06/12/2016 11:59 PM
UF's Logan Shore pitches Gators past FSU to force deciding game in Super Regional

UF pitcher Logan Shore saved his best for last.

Shore’s final performance at McKethan Stadium was one of the most dominant of his decorated career at UF. It came when the Gators needed him most.

A day after the Florida State Seminoles stunned UF 3-0 during Game 1 of the Gainesville Super Regional,...

06/11/2016 05:08 PM
UF track and field captures national title, extends Gators' streak

The Florida Gators extended their national title streak to seven years - this time courtesy of an unlikely source.

The men's track & field team struggled to a sixth-place showing during last month's SEC Championships. But this week, everything came together for the Gators at Oregon's historic Hayward...

06/11/2016 09:32 PM
Drew Carlton leads FSU to win over rival UF in Gainesville Super Regional

GAINESVILLE - The Florida Gators might have the best pitching staff in America.

But the best pitcher Saturday night was Florida State’s Drew Carlton as the Seminoles stunned the top-seeded Gators 3-0 during the first game of the Gainesville Super Regional.

With Seminoles football coach Jimbo Fisher...

06/10/2016 04:50 PM
Top-seeded Gators, red-hot rival Seminoles battle for trip to CWS

GAINESVILLE — Members of the UF baseball team are not taking it one game at a time and are not just happy to be here.

These Gators know they are good — too good to spout clichés or temper expectations.

Florida fully expects to dispense of Florida State during this weekend's Gainesville Super Regional...

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9/10 KENTUCKY 3:30p
9/17 NORTH TEXAS 7:30p
10/08 LSU TBD
10/29 GEORGIA (JAX) 3:30p
12/3 SECC Game TBD
TBD Bowl Game TBD

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