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04/25/2017 07:55 PM
Jim McElwain sees bright future for Gators’ offense

Of all the places you might expect to find Jim McElwain, an art gallery would probably not be high on that list.

“This is pretty cool,” the Florida Gators coach said moments before stepping in front of a sold-out crowd at the Orlando Art Museum Tuesday night for a Central Florida Gator Club function....

04/22/2017 04:15 PM
Gators’ Quincy Wilson emerges as top cornerback prospect in NFL draft

Quincy Wilson was stumped.

The Florida cornerback’s performances in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and 3-cone drill at the NFL Scouting Combine in March were of no use to him now.

Cincinnati Bengals general manager Mike Brown had tripped up the 20-year-old.

“'If you have 37 cents in my pocket...

04/21/2017 06:50 AM
Aaron Hernandez suicide isn't cause for celebration

Aaron Hernandez killed himself. Hip-hip hooray.

It’s all the rage on social media, where people were celebrating with high-fives, party favors and memes.

“Hey Aaron whatca doin? Oh, nothing, just hanging around.”

“His attorney told him to just hang in there.”

“Life Sentence. Hang in there Aaron.”


04/20/2017 12:55 PM
Aaron Hernandez was seedy underbelly of Urban Meyer's Gators; Tim Tebow was the smiling face

One of Aaron Hernandez’s first official acts as a freshman football player for the Florida Gators was to sucker punch an employee at a Gainesville bar so hard that he ruptured the poor guy’s ear drum.

Tim Tebow, who then was a sophomore quarterback, intervened in the dispute and tried to make everything...

04/19/2017 08:55 AM
Aaron Hernandez: No sympathy for the devil

The news is shocking but hardly surprising. Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell Wednesday morning.

After a minute, you should have realized a murderer murdering himself was the perfectly tragic ending for a perfectly tragic story.

The analysis and psychoanalysis immediately kicked...

04/19/2017 08:00 AM
Aaron Hernandez suicide: Signs of trouble began with Gators in Gainesville

Aaron Hernandez reached the height of college football during his three seasons with the Florida Gators.

But signs of trouble also swirled around the team’s star tight end early on during his time in Gainesville.

No one could have imagined where it all one day would lead.

Convicted of murder and...

04/19/2017 05:35 AM
Former UF tight end Aaron Hernandez hangs himself in prison

BOSTON — Hours before his former New England Patriots teammates were due to visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory, prison officials say, Aaron Hernandez tied one end of his bed sheet to a window and the other around his neck and hanged himself.

In a maximum-security prison...

04/12/2017 10:55 AM
Gators QB Kyle Trask undergoes knee surgery

UF backup quarterback Kyle Trask will have to wait to resume the race to become the Gators’ starter next season.

Five days after he struggled during Friday’s spring game, Trask underwent knee surgery to repair a meniscus tear. The procedure was first reported by Nick de la Torre of GatorCountry.com.


04/07/2017 10:50 PM
Three things we learned during Gators spring game

Check out the top three things we learned from the Gators’ spring game Friday night.

1. Kadarius Toney needs to touch the ball.

All the talk has been about UF’s two redshirt freshman quarterbacks — Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask — but it was first-year freshman quarterback Kadarius Toney who made...

04/07/2017 01:50 PM
Pair of Gators shine early on defense during Florida's spring game

As Florida looks to find suitable replacements for departing playermakers like Jarrad Davis and Alex Anzalone in the middle of the defense, one name that fans could be hearing a lot more of this season is Jeremiah Moon.

The redshirt freshman linebacker was very active on the defensive side of the...

04/07/2017 01:50 PM
Feleipe Franks seizes lead in QB race during Gators' spring game

UF coach Jim McElwain said six weeks ago it was too close to call.

Entering spring practices Feb. 28, McElwain estimated “a half-inch difference” existed between redshirt freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask.

Since then the gap slowly grew in the Gators’ much-anticipated quarterback race, with...

04/07/2017 08:15 PM
Gators spring game foreshadows crucial season for Jim McElwain

This was more than just another boring, snoring, run-of-the-mill spring game for the Florida Gators.

This was, in fact, a precursor to the most important season of Jim McElwain’s head coaching career.

This is the season he solidifies himself as one of the best coaches in the Southeastern Conference...

04/06/2017 04:30 PM
QB Feleipe Franks' development among five things to watch during Gators' spring game

A lot has happened since the Florida Gators’ convincing 30-3 Outback Bowl win against Iowa on New Year’s Day. Friday night’s spring game will be the first chance for fans to see how the changes might play out next season.

UF coach Jim McElwain has a new quarterback, three new assistant coaches...

04/05/2017 06:25 PM
Dre Massey eager to return, make impact with Gators

Angela Payne still remembers how she cried.

After all her son had been through — after the death of his father in a car accident just before high school, after the move away from a dangerous neighborhood in upstate South Carolina, after the poor high school report cards that forced him to attend...

04/04/2017 02:15 PM
UF coach Mike White looks to build on Gators' surprising Elite Eight run

UF coach Mike White sat on the bus silently, sitting alongside disappointed players and alone with his swirling thoughts.

Pulling away from Madison Square Garden following the Gators’ Elite Eight heartbreak, White’s phone rang.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had called to cheer him up.

“We talked actually...

04/03/2017 01:00 PM
UF coach Jim McElwain says Gators' QB race 'sorting itself out'

GAINESVILLE — UF coach Jim McElwain has a pretty good idea who has made the best case to be the Gators’ quarterback.

Come find out for yourself Friday night at the team’s spring game.

McElwain is not showing his hand. Rather, he will let redshirt freshmen Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask show what...

03/29/2017 06:55 PM
UF offensive lineman Tyler Jordan pushes to meet Gator coaches’ expectations

GAINESVILLE — First, it was UF offensive lineman Tyler Jordan’s right eye.

A month later, came his right ankle. Then the following month, Jordan tweaked the same ankle again.

The injuries, missed practices, rehab and frustration reached the point last season where Jordan could have had his own...

03/29/2017 05:25 PM
Former UF coach Billy Donovan happy to see Gators’ success

Billy Donovan recruited almost all of the players on the Florida Gators’ current basketball roster, so it should surprise no one that Donovan felt gratified to watch the Gators reach the Elite Eight in this year’s NCAA Tournament under second-year coach Mike White.

“I was happy for those guys,”...

03/28/2017 07:40 PM
New UF women’s hoops coach Cameron Newbauer eager to make Gators relevant

GAINESVILLE — Cameron Newbauer learned long ago every day is an interview.

Even so, the new UF women’s basketball coach did not realize he was in the midst of the most important one of his career a year ago during an NCAA Tournament regional at Mississippi State.

Newbauer’s 13th-seeded Belmont...

03/28/2017 12:20 PM
UF CB Jalen Tabor to NFL doubters: 'Just press play'

GAINESVILLE — Jalen Tabor wants NFL teams to put down the stopwatches and focus on what’s important.

The loquacious and confident cornerback acted unfazed following another sub-par showing in the 40-yard dash, this time Tuesday at the Florida Gators Pro Day.

NFL decision-makers might feel differently,...

03/27/2017 06:10 PM
Gators name Cameron Newbauer next women’s basketball coach

GAINESVILLE — A day after the Florida Gators fell a win shy of the Final Four in men’s basketball, the school turned its attention to a languishing women’s program.

On Monday, UF hired Belmont coach Cameron Newbauer to energize a program with a spotty track record, at best, and little if any fan...

03/27/2017 07:20 PM
Young UF QBs suffering growing pains for the Gators

UF quarterbacks Feleipe Franks and Kyle Trask are fearless throwing the football down field.

Coach Jim McElwain now wants the two redshirt freshmen to be sharper and smarter when the field shortens and points are at stake.

During Friday’s scrimmage closed to the public, Franks and Trask made their...

03/26/2017 07:10 PM
Gators’ run ends with loss to South Carolina in Elite Eight

NEW YORK — It’s over.

The jolting sound of duct tape being ripped off the locker name tags set the scene. It was the only sound to be heard in a silent, dejected Florida Gators locker room Sunday night.

Florida’s fairy-tale ride through the NCAA Tournament ended and it didn’t feel good. What made...

03/26/2017 07:25 PM
Gators lose to Gamecocks, but win back respect for UF basketball

NEW YORK — It seemed only appropriate that Paul McCartney was in the house on Sunday as the Florida Gators tearfully trudged off the court after being eliminated by the South Carolina Gamecocks just two days after their euphoric celebration following a delirious overtime victory over Wisconsin.


03/26/2017 08:00 PM
Gators’ Jim McElwain giddy cheering for UF hoops at Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK — Florida Gators football coach Jim McElwain couldn't resist making the trip to Madison Square Garden in New York City to cheer on the UF basketball team in the Elite Eight Sunday.

McElwain was giddy while talking about rooting for the Gators during the team’s matchup with South Carolina.


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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