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McElwain talks spring practice

Florida coach Jim McElwain met with the media on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the start of spring practice. Opening statement: “It’s a big time. Getting ready as we head into spring practice. A lot of things to be accomplished. First and foremost, I want to say I’ve been really happy with the enthusiasm in which our guys have kind of attacked what we’re asking them to do. We’ve got some hungry Gators out there, some guys that have really… Read More »

Gruden praises McElwain’s offensive system

Jim McElwain’s track record of producing offenses at a championship level was one of the primary reasons Florida hired him as its next head coach. McElwain’s rushing offenses at Alabama (2008-2011) ranked top 10 nationally in all four of his years as offensive coordinator, which included a pair of national titles, and Coloardo State’s passing offense this past season ranked eighth best in the country. Garrett Grayson, McElwain’s QB at CSU, is one of five signal callers in this year’s… Read More »

McElwain talks recruiting

Florida football coach  Jim McElwain discusses his first recruiting class (Quotes provided by ASAP Sports): COACH McELWAIN:  How’s everybody doing, all right?  You have a wonderful signing day like everybody else did in the country?  It’s a whole lot of fun out there. But guys, for the first signing class and our first signing class, first and foremost, the momentum that we’ve gained has been fantastic.  The doors that we’ve opened in this short period of time back in the… Read More »

Robinson’s meeting with Collins will be key

This week could go a long way in determining the future of Florida defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson. The man known as ‘T-Rob’ is in his fourth year with the Gators, but reports suggest the former Auburn player is expected to follow Will Muschamp to the Tigers. Sources told the Sun on Saturday that Robinson had yet to make a job decision and still needs to consider several factors. One of those is who new UF coach Jim McElwain hires… Read More »

McElwain news conference

Quotes from Saturday’s news conference at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on the Florida campus introducing the Gators’ new head football coach, Jim McElwain. An interview with: University President DR. BERNIE MACHEN Florida Athletics Director JEREMY FOLEY Florida Head Coach JIM McELWAIN DR. BERNIE MACHEN:  Good morning, everyone.  We’re glad that you came to Gainesville today as we open the next chapter in Gator football. This is an important event for the whole university because intercollegiate athletics at the University of… Read More »

Current, former players weigh in on McElwain

While the Gator Nation said hello to Jim McElwain on Thursday, his team took to Twitter to say their goodbyes. Several current and former players shared their thoughts on McElwain heading to UF and wished him well. Many of them said he’ll do great things with the Gators. Florida fans rejoice. @CoachMcElwain is the real deal and will have tremendous success in Gainesville. Congratulations to Gators everywhere. — Greg McElroy (@GVMcElroy) December 4, 2014 The gators got a good one… Read More »

Live updates on UF coaching search

Colorado State’s Jim McElwain is the next coach of the Florida football program. The former Alabama offensive coordinator emerged as the top candidate this week and was hired Thursday after lengthy negotiations over his buyout. Several stories about McElwain are up on the GatorSports.com home page. Below are tweets from local reporters on the scene of the two-day meeting between Foley and McElwain as well as tweets from writers and analysts on the hire. Recruits have their answer on who will… Read More »

Tebow weighs in on Gators

You can count Tim Tebow as one of many members of the Gator Nation who isn’t happy with the current state of Florida football. The ESPN analyst and former UF quarterback appeared Tuesday on 1010XL radio in Jacksonville and discussed a few topics, including offensive woes and how the team is playing. Tebow was disappointed in Florida’s showing against Missouri over the weekend. “It was tough to watch. If you’re a Gator fan it was not easy to watch,” he… Read More »

2015 SEC football schedules

The 2015 SEC team-by team college football schedule ALABAMA Sept. 5 Wisconsin (Dallas) Sept. 12 MIDDLE TENNESSEE Sept. 19 OLE MISS Sept. 26 UL MONROE Oct. 3 at Georgia Oct. 10 ARKANSAS Oct. 17 at Texas A&M Oct. 24 TENNESSEE Oct. 31 Open date Nov. 7 LSU Nov. 14 at Mississippi State Nov. 21 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN Nov. 28 at Auburn   ARKANSAS Sept. 5 TEXAS-EL PASO Sept. 12 TOLEDO (Little Rock) Sept. 19 TEXAS TECH Sept. 26 Texas A&M (Arlington)… Read More »

Muschamp must stop coddling Driskel

At SEC Media Days back in July, Florida coach Will Muschamp spoke at length about quarterback Jeff Driskel and his return to the field. Muschamp, as he had done throughout the offseason, praised the way his quarterback dealt with the season-ending injury last year. Muschamp, like Driskel, has also experienced a broken leg. The fourth-year coach also reflected on Driskel’s 2012 success and how they both came to Gainesville together in January 2011. “Jeff and I have been through a… Read More »