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03/18/2018 06:50 PM
Gators salute Chris Chiozza after final game, look to future

Chris Chiozza left the post-game interview room at American Airlines Center on Saturday night for the last time as a Florida Gator, but he wasn’t quite done wearing the uniform that had become such a part of him during the past four years.

On his way to the locker room to change, he made a quick...

03/17/2018 10:45 PM
NCAA Tournament: Late Texas Tech dunk eliminates Florida Gators

In a slugfest of heavyweight proportions, Texas Tech landed the final, devastating blow.

Zhaire Smith’s slam dunk off a perfect alley-oop pass from Keenan Evans was the knockout punch Saturday night as the Florida Gators failed to land their last two jabs and the Red Raiders eliminated UF 69-66...

03/17/2018 10:10 PM
Gators embrace new strength coach Nick Savage's conditioning program

GAINESVILLE — Nick Savage has a tough task.

In 2017, 26 Gators football players dealt with lingering injuries following the Orange and Blue game.

This year, the responsibility of the players’ health falls largely on Savage as he navigates his first year as Florida’s strength and conditioning coach.


03/16/2018 02:50 PM
NCAA Tournament: Brandone Francis set to face former team in Florida Gators

Brandone Francis, formerly known as Brandone Francis-Ramirez when he was at Florida, compared facing his former teammates in Saturday’s NCAA Tournament second round to seeing an old girlfriend.

“It was a hard decision, but at the same time I’m happy about being at Texas Tech,” Francis said. “ It’s...

03/16/2018 02:45 PM
NCAA Tournament: Interior defense key for Gators against Texas Tech

Kevarrius Hayes will be like an insurance policy against identity theft Saturday during the No. 6 seed Florida Gators’ second-round game against No. 3 seed Texas Tech.

The Gators (21-12) are known for their outstanding guard play and perimeter defense. Once that line of defense is penetrated, however,...

03/16/2018 12:20 AM
Gators show killer instinct, knock out St. Bonaventure in NCAA Tournament opener

Mike White has talked about this Florida team lacking fight. He said sometimes he wishes his team would just get mad and take some initiative.

Finally, Jalen Hudson offered up that elusive killer instinct.

Hudson’s monster put-back dunk with eight minutes left against St. Bonaventure put an exclamation...

03/14/2018 07:05 PM
Gators need to ramp up the defensive intensity against St. Bonaventure

Florida coach Mike White has made no secret about what he thinks of the way the Gators played while getting eliminated by Arkansas in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament on Friday.

And he said if the No. 6 seed Gators play that way to open NCAA Tournament play Thursday against No. 11 seed St....

03/13/2018 08:25 PM
Gators coach Dan Mullen sets foundation, expectations early

Dan Mullen is building a house.

“It will be bigger,” he said Tuesday afternoon.

It’s often seen as a mark of confidence a coach has in himself when he decides to buy a house when he gets a new job, let alone building a newer, larger one from the ground up.

“When I left before, it was me and Megan...

03/11/2018 06:20 PM
Gators earn No. 6 seed, to play St. Bonaventure or UCLA in NCAA Tournament

The Florida Gators will open NCAA Tournament play in Texas, pushing for another deep run despite some inconsistent performances during the regular season.

UF is a No. 6 seed and on Thursday in Dallas will play the winner of an opening round game between No. 11 seed St. Bonaventure and No. 11 seed...

03/09/2018 11:04 PM
UF makes early exit from SEC Tournament after 80-72 loss to Arkansas

Jaylen Barford scored 27 points and matched his career high with 10 rebounds to help send Arkansas to the semifinals of the Southeastern Conference Tournament with an 80-72 win over No. 23 Florida on Friday night.

The win ends an eight-game losing streak to the Gators for the sixth-seeded Razorbacks...

03/08/2018 04:55 PM
No. 23 Gators enter SEC tournament poised for postseason run

The University of Florida caught fire at the right time a year ago en route to an unexpected Elite Eight run.

Senior point guard Chris Chiozza see signs the Gators could make some postseason magic again.

“We’re as confident as we’ve been all season,” he said. “It’s going to be fun to sees what...

03/06/2018 12:30 PM
UF guard Chris Chiozza named first-team All-SEC

UF point guard Chris Chiozza surprised even himself, ending his senior season on the coaches’ All-SEC first team.

But Chiozza’s selection to the all-defensive team was a long time coming for the Gators’ leader.

“It’s a great accomplishment — something I didn’t think I would do,” Chiozza said of...

03/12/2018 07:20 PM
Five questions entering Gators' spring practices

The Florida Gators open spring practices Friday under new coach Dan Mullen following a 4-7 season and facing major question marks in all three phases of the game.

Here are five questions Mullen and his staff will look to address leading up to April 14’s spring game:

1. Will Mullen develop a serviceable...

03/03/2018 03:00 PM
Gators win third straight with 80-67 win against No. 23 Kentucky

Timing is everything this time of year in college basketball.

Coach Mike White’s Florida Gators are entering March Madness right on schedule.

Saturday’s 80-67 win against No. 23 Kentucky earned the Gators the No. 3 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament and continued to bolster an NCAA resumé that...

03/02/2018 01:15 PM
UF center John Egbunu's season officially over for Gators

UF center John Egbunu expected to return in January from a major knee injury to give the Gators a much-needed post presence.

Now of the eve of the team’s regular-season finale against Kentucky coach Mike White finally has ruled out Egbunu for 2017-18.

“I absolutely hate it for him,” UF coach Mike...

02/26/2018 09:55 PM
UF cornerbacks coach Charlton Warren plans to use his military background to help Gators

Charlton Warren’s route to his new job as the Florida Gators’ cornerbacks coach was anything but routine.

He played defensive back for three seasons at the Air Force Academy. As a senior, the Atlanta native earned the team’s “Mr. Intensity Award,” an annual accolade given to the most outstanding...

02/26/2018 07:45 AM
New UF assistant Brian Johnson to help identify, mold Gators' starting QB

Brian Johnson grew up a quarterback.

Johnson, now the UF quarterbacks coach, has known Dan Mullen, the Gators’ new head coach, since Johnson was a 16-year-old quarterback recruit in Texas.

Mullen, then Utah’s offensive coordinator, helped convince Johnson to come to Utah and they flourished together....

02/25/2018 05:30 PM
Familiarity with Florida gives new Gators coach Dan Mullen an edge

It’s a Friday night in late February and Dan Mullen finds himself at a hotel in Orlando.

In a few hours, Mullen will step into a cavernous ballroom and speak to a near-capacity crowd of high school football coaches each eager to hear what the new Florida Gators coach has to say.

It’s been a whirlwind...

02/24/2018 11:00 PM
Gators snap skid, upset No. 12 Auburn

With 3.4 seconds remaining in the first half, Chris Chiozza waited just outside the baseline and looked for his teammates. The only Gator in the backcourt was KeVaughn Allen, who sprinted to Chiozza’s right and caught his inbound pass. He dribbled to his right and heaved a desperation shot at the...

02/21/2018 06:40 PM
With the death of Billy Graham, Tim Tebow will become our nation's most influential Christian

With the death of the Rev. Billy Graham on Wednesday, I believe Tim Tebow will someday become the most influential Christian leader in our country.

Like Graham, Tebow has the incredible charisma to inspire the masses, the impeccable character to avoid scandal and the uncanny political ability to...

02/20/2018 04:05 PM
Jim McElwain to Michigan should worry Wolverines

Two Februarys ago, Jim Harbaugh brought in wrestling legend Ric Flair to fire up the Michigan faithful.

This past weekend, he brought in Jim McElwain.

The only people yelling “Woo!” now are Ohio State fans.

McElwain spent the past three years in Gainesville auditioning for the title of “College...

02/17/2018 10:28 PM
Florida squanders late lead, falls 71-68 to host Vanderbilt

With just under 14 minutes left, things didn't look good for Vanderbilt. The Commodores were down by 11 points and Florida seemed poised for a road win. But then the Memorial Magic energized Vanderbilt again as the Commodores rallied to their fifth straight home win with a 71-68 victory over the...

02/14/2018 11:30 PM
Gators suffer gut-wrenching 72-69 overtime loss to Georgia

UF senior shooting guard Egor Koulechov called it the toughest loss of the season.

Mike White cannot recall a more gut-wrenching ending to a game during his coaching career.

All the Gators needed in order to beat Georgia Wednesday night was to execute an inbounds play or defend Georgia big man...

02/14/2018 06:00 PM
UF right-hander Tyler Dyson's meteoric rise a boon for top-ranked Gators

During his many years coming up in baseball, Tyler Dyson did not picture himself a pitcher.

Dyson started T-ball at age 2 in Massachusetts with his older brother, Ryan, and would spend the next 15 years — his later ones in Bradenton — evolving into a skilled infielder with a dependable bat.


02/13/2018 05:50 PM
Gators look to build on two-game winning streak against Georgia

The reasons for the Florida Gators’ recent surge do not matter now.

Coach Mike White just hopes the transformation of his team continues when Georgia visits the O’Connell Center Wednesday night.

The Gators ended a three-game losing with hard-nosed wins against LSU and South Carolina that showcased...

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