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UF, home of champions

Last century, the University of Florida athletic program produced 16 national championships. The Gators have equaled that total in the past 14 years, starting with men’s golf in 2001. UF has won national championships five straight athletic seasons, with multiple national titles in each year: men’s track and field and women’s swimming and diving in 2010; men’s indoor track and field and women’s tennis in 2011; men’s indoor and outdoor track and field and women’s tennis in 2012 and gymnastics… Read More »

Few home dates this month

You don’t have many chances to catch the UF men’s basketball team at the O’Connell Center this month. Actually, just two opportunities. The first is Tuesday against Kansas, 7 p.m. And then, Dec. 29 vs. Savannah State at 3 p.m. The Gators play another non-conference game at home on Jan. 4 vs. Richmond at 3 p.m. before beginning the SEC schedule at the O-Dome on Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. vs. South Carolina.

Murphy ‘good to go’

A whirlwind of rumors hit the Twittersphere early Friday morning, before they were put to rest hours later. The speculation was that Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy would not play Saturday at Missouri because of an injury. Then, it was first reported by The Sun that Murphy hurt his shoulder against LSU, but would play in the Missouri game according to sources. A Sun reporter saw Murphy at Gainesville Regional Airport later Friday. When asked about the injury, Murphy said he had no… Read More »

CBS analyst gives Murphy thumbs up

CBS Sports college football analyst Gary Danielson, a former QB at Purdue and in the NFL, has good things to say about UF quarterback Tyler Murphy. “Tyler Murphy is a tremendous example to all of college football including coaches, parents and players,” Danielson said on a CBS release. “Eventually you will get your shot. It doesn’t always happen on your time table, but everybody eventually gets that opportunity to prove themselves.  The major question is will you be ready when… Read More »

Tebow fans rally in Jacksonville

Fans of former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow have announced a 3:16 p.m. rally Monday in parking areas of EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Their goal: to convince the struggling Jaguars that now’s the time to sign Tebow. The fans’ website – www.jags-tebow.com – says the rally will last three hours and 16 minutes, a reference to the “John 3:16″ eye black that Tebow wore during the Gators’ BCS National Championship victory in January 2009. According to the website, the supporters want… Read More »

Gators ranked No. 10 in AP preseason poll

Florida, coming off an 11-2 record in coach Will Muschamp’s second season, is ranked No. 10 in The Associated Press preseason Top 25 poll released today. It’s the same spot the coaches ranked the Gators in their poll released earlier this month. UF has been ranked in the preseason AP poll 10 years in a row. Alabama, which received 58 of 60 first-place votes, is ranked No. 1. The Tide matched Florida’s 2009 total for highest percentage of first-place votes… Read More »

UF O-line on a mission

If junior quarterback Jeff Driskel is to have a breakout season at Florida, the offensive line will have to do its part by providing protection. The Gators allowed 39 sacks for a loss of 283 yards last season. Conversely, the UF defense had 30 sacks for minus 197 yards. UF’s offensive linemen know the numbers and have worked to improve during the offseason. “That’s one of the big things we’re working on this summer is the pass protection, for the… Read More »

SEC Media Days

You know the start of college football season is just around the corner when the annual SEC Media Days kick off in Birmingham, Ala. This year, it’s Tuesday-Thursday. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel, defensive lineman Dominique Easley and offensive lineman Jon Halapio will represent the Gators along with coach Will Muschamp. The SEC’s official website, SECDigitalNetwork.com, will have continuous coverage, as well as on ESPNU. The Sun will have special reports from Pat Dooley, Robbie Andreu and photos/video from Doug Finger.… Read More »