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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.


03/25/2017 07:35 PM
After Gators’ wild win, UF shifts focus to Elite Eight showdown with South Carolina

NEW YORK — When Chris Chiozza was asked how much sleep he got before he had to wake up Saturday, the UF point guard didn’t know the answer.

He admitted having trouble coming down from the excitement Friday night after his 3-pointer as the clock ran out in overtime gave the Florida Gators a thrilling...

03/25/2017 11:50 AM
Top UF scorer Kevaughn Allen prefers to duck NCAA Tournament spotlight

NEW YORK — As Kevaughn Allen snuck past the ESPN camera crew in the tunnels of Madison Square Garden following the Gators’ thrilling overtime victory against Wisconsin late Friday night, a look of relief flashed across his face.

“Whew, I dodged that one,” he said as he headed toward the Gators’...

03/25/2017 06:05 PM
How good is SEC hoops? Gators, Gamecocks don’t need Spurrier to be relevant

NEW YORK — Who would have ever thought that the biggest Gators-Gamecocks athletic competition in the history of the two schools would not include Steve Spurrier?

This is an indication of not only where Southeastern Conference basketball is, but where it’s headed.

This, all of you SEC-envious college...

03/25/2017 06:45 PM
UF receivers molding themselves into playmakers for Gators

GAINESVILLE — Each day following spring practices, UF receiver Tyrie Cleveland lays the foundation for a breakout season one tough catch at a time.

The promising sophomore makes sure to watch his fingers and toes. Cleveland’s unconventional training method can be risky business.

“Some guys like...

03/25/2017 03:00 AM
Gators hit last-second 3-pointer in OT, advance to Elite Eight

NEW YORK – Oh the irony. They call him Cheese, but the people in Wisconsin won’t appreciate the connection.

Florida Gators speedy, back-up point guard Chris Chiozza’s floating 3-pointer with time running out Friday night sealed an 84-83 overtime victory over Wisconsin and sent UF into Sunday’s...

03/24/2017 05:30 PM
Let Gators coach Mike White enjoy Valpo-vindicating victory without Donovan comparisons

NEW YORK — It is only natural in this time of March Madness that we sometimes turn into April fools.

For instance, after KeVaughn Allen scored an NCAA Tournament school-record 35 points and Chris Chiozza hit an amazing, hair-raising 3-point floater at the overtime buzzer to lead the Florida Gators...

03/24/2017 05:15 PM
Pep talk key to Gator Chris Chiozza’s surge this season

NEW YORK — Earlier this college basketball season, Chris Chiozza was not playing well.

Not only was the Florida Gators back-up point guard not playing up to his potential, the 6-foot junior just wasn’t feeling good about himself. He thought he was letting his teammates down.

After one of his worst...

03/24/2017 08:45 PM
Gator freshman Gorjak Gak provides surprise support inside

NEW YORK — Gorjok Gak’s contribution to the Florida Gators postseason run is not easily noticeable, especially for those who simply look at box scores.

Florida coach Mike White will be the first to tell anyone that the 6-foot-11 Australian freshman’s play the past two games has been just as instrumental...

03/23/2017 03:10 PM
Devin Robinson key leader for Gators during sweet NCAA Tournament run

NEW YORK — Devin Robinson will tell you this is what has always been expected of him. It’s what he expects of himself.

Robinson said it’s his job to be a leader on the Florida basketball team.

The junior forward acknowledges, however, that people just catching UF in the NCAA Tournament think he...

03/23/2017 05:35 PM
High-flying White brothers having a Garden party for Gators, UCF hoops

The Wright brothers would have been very impressed by the White brothers.

One set of siblings – Orville and Wilbur Wright — invented and flew the world’s first airplane. The other set of siblings — Mike and Danny White – are reinventing basketball programs at their two schools and flying high into...

03/23/2017 07:25 PM
Gators expected to give UF coach Mike White a contract extension

Now that Mike White has his Florida Gators in the Sweet 16, he will likely be getting a sweet contract extension in the very near future.

When new UF athletics director Scott Stricklin was asked on Thursday about White’s contract status, he assured reporters his coach “will be taken care of.”


03/22/2017 08:45 PM
UF QBs Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask enjoy friendly battle for starting job

GAINESVILLE — Feleipe Franks is the superior Ping-Pong player.

Time will tell whether he is the better quarterback.

If Franks does emerge the winner of the Florida Gators’ highest profile position battle, he can thank fellow redshirt freshman quarterback and close friend Kyle Trask.

“Like they...

03/21/2017 08:30 PM
Gators part of sweet NCAA run by SEC teams

GAINESVILLE — Football is king in the SEC and a year-round obsession in the Deep South.

Basketball often becomes a way for many fans to pass the time between bowl games, National Signing Day and spring practices.

UF small forward Devin Robinson knows the score.

“We don’t really get talked about...

03/21/2017 05:35 PM
UF tailback Mark Thompson humbled, hungry after rocky first season with Gators

GAINESVILLE - UF senior tailback Mark Thompson is not making any predictions.

He learned his lesson there.

Thompson learned a lot last season -- a humbling, eye-opening and at times embarrassing first brush with SEC football.

This year, Thompson will let his performance speak for itself.

“I would...

03/20/2017 07:05 PM
UF coach Jim McElwain hopes Gators’ Sweet 16 run inspires his players

Spring football is in full swing at UF, but coach Jim McElwain has March Madness on his mind.

“Can we talk hoop?” McElwain asked Monday. “Do we have to talk football?”

This time of year, McElwain burns through midnight oil, juggling his football responsibilities and his love of college basketball.


03/19/2017 05:50 PM
UF coach Mike White has Sweet 16-bound Gators surging at perfect time

Florida Gators coach Mike White has been a bit of a soothsayer lately.

He peers into his crystal ball and figures out exactly what the Gators need to do to be successful. His clairvoyance is uncanny and his players are latching onto the message at the perfect time.

The Gators limped into Orlando...

03/18/2017 11:50 PM
Gators smother Virginia, advance to Sweet 16

It turns out wardrobe is a key component to Florida’s basketball success.

Kasey Hill needed a superlative defensive effort Saturday night, so the Florida senior point guard figured why not channel one of his favorite NBA stars of the past.

He wore a John Starks jersey to the Amway Center as he...

03/18/2017 06:40 PM
Gator Kasey Hill ignores critics, pushes to lead UF

No matter how much reporters tried Friday to urge Kasey Hill to sum up his Florida Gators’ basketball career, the Umatilla product was having none of it.

Hill has been quite business-like in his approach this week. He was quick to say prior to UF’s second-round NCAAA Tournament matchup with Virginia...

03/17/2017 06:45 PM
Gators will have foot on gas against stingy Virginia

Florida basketball coach Mike White still had his sense of humor Friday afternoon after pouring over Virginia game film.

He said the one good thing about not making the NCAA Tournament the previous two seasons was that he could watch all of the action as a fan. Following the Gators’ first-round...

03/17/2017 08:10 AM
Gators, Florida State Saturday NCAA Tournament game times set

The Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles will be in the NCAA Tournament primetime spotlight Saturday as they push to reach the Sweet 16.

No. 3 seed FSU will face No. 11 seed Xavier at 6:10 p.m. Saturday at Amway Center.

No. 4 seed Florida will face No. 5 seed Virginia at 8:40 p.m.

Both games...

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10/01 @ VANDERBILT W 13-6
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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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