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McElwain donates $5K to help former player

Last week Florida coach Jim McElwain generously helped one of his former Colorado State players. According to the Coloradoan, ex-Rams defensive lineman Eli Edwards lost his wife, Isa, on June 6 after a battle with lupus. Since then, Edwards and the couple’s daughter have been unable to afford a flight back to the United States from New Zealand, where his wife was receiving treatment. In an effort to raise money, Edwards created a GoFundMe account for people to make donations so… Read More »

The real DBU: Florida or LSU?

Players from Florida and LSU have added some juice to the football rivalry this month. This past Friday, UF released a promotional video dubbing itself D.B.U. (Defensive Back University). .@GatorzoneFB is D.B.U. #GoGators https://t.co/eWl8L0jR0M — Florida Gators (@GatorZoneNews) May 15, 2015 After days of Twitter trash talk from players and fans of both schools, including Dante Fowler Jr. predicting that seven UF defensive backs will be first-round picks, LSU put out a video Tuesday claiming to be the real DBU.… Read More »

CSU using McElwain buyout to fund athlete stipends

Colorado State can thank Jim McElwain for more than reviving its football program. The school will use the $7 million buyout from Florida and McElwain to start providing cost-of-attendance stipends for student-athletes on scholarship, according to a report Wednesday from the Coloradoan. The stipends, which start at CSU this fall and will be funded by McElwain’s buyout for the next three to five years, give in-state scholarship athletes an extra $2,400 per year, and out-of-state athletes $3,100 more per year.… Read More »

Current, former Gators react to Donovan’s departure

After leading Florida’s basketball program on an unprecedented 19-year run, Billy Donovan left the Gators on Thursday to coach the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Donovan attracted some of the nation’s best talent to Gainesville over the years and sent dozens of players to the pros. Several of them reacted to the news of his departure from UF on Twitter. I was blessed w/ an unbelievable opportunity to play under one of the greatest college coaches ever #CoachD OKC=lucky pic.twitter.com/eUDURTSZfR —… Read More »

Meyer talks Tebow, Hernandez

Two of Urban Meyer’s best players from his coaching days at Florida were in the news this month. One got new life in the NFL, another got life in prison. Former Heisman Tropher winner Tim Tebow signed with the Philadelphia Eagles last week, while ex-Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder on April 15 and received a mandatory life sentence. Meyer, now the head coach at Ohio State, discussed both Hernandez and Tebow during his Tuesday… Read More »

Haeger one homer away from school, conference record

As Lauren Haeger’s time at Florida enters its final months, the UF softball standout is on the verge rewriting school and conference record books. Haeger has already had a decorated career, and she’s one home run away from making it even more impressive. “I can’t believe that I’m a senior and it’s already here,” she said. Haeger was named SEC co-pitcher of the week Monday and improved her record to 19-0 later that night with a two-hit shutout as the… Read More »

Former Gators react to Hernandez verdict

Former New England Patriots tight end and Florida Gators standout Aaron Hernandez was found guilty of first-degree murder Wednesday in the 2013 shooting death of Odin Lloyd. Hernandez, 25, will receive a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole. He was also found guilty on all weapons charges. Several former Gators reacted to the news on Twitter. I just can't wrap my head around this. For the first time, it's real. That's not the kid I knew. I just can't… Read More »

VIDEO: Schwarz talks school-record four home runs

Florida’s JJ Schwarz made history Tuesday at McKethan Stadium. The freshman set a school record with four home runs in UF’s 22-2 win over Stetson. Schwarz hit homers in his first three at-bats and finished 5-for-6 with a career-high 10 RBIs, one shy of the school record. He talked about his historic night after the game.

Muschamp responds to McElwain’s roster remarks

It doesn’t sound like Will Muschamp and Jim McElwain will be having brunch in Gainesville this offseason. The two coaches traded jabs this past week over Florida’s depth issues, specifically at offensive line. In his first news conference with the media following his firing at UF last November, Muschamp told the media his successor couldn’t complain about the inherited roster. “Don’t let that new guy tell you he ain’t got no good players,” he said. “Tell you that right now.… Read More »