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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 »

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 »

Now it’s time UF produces on field

Florida coach Will Muschamp has rebuilt a program that former Gators coach Urban Meyer called broken after his final season in 2010. Muschamp has changed the culture in the locker room by stressing discipline and accountability. A program that once kept Gainesville law enforcement busy during the offseason just had one of the quietest summers in memory entering the start of preseason camp Monday. “It’s a daily, continual education for your players, and I think it goes back to recruiting,… Read More »

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.

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 »

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 »