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Former UF Athletics Director Jeremy Foley to become Professor of Practice in Sport Leadership

It’s been less than a year since Jeremy Foley announced he was retiring after 25 years as Florida’s athletics director. Meanwhile, Foley has remained at the university as Emeritus Athletics Director, but he’ll be adding another title to his ever-expanding resume. Beginning Fall 2017, Foley will serve as a Professor of Practice in Sport Leadership, according to a press release from the University of Florida’s Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. Foley will soon join the sport management and… Read More »

WATCH: Gators K Eddy Pineiro sets record with 81-yard field goal

There’s no doubt Eddy Pineiro has a powerful leg. A video of Pineiro kicking a 78-yard field goal went viral before the nation’s No. 1 JUCO kicker signed with the Gators in Dec. 2015, and his rise to prominence is well-documented. But Pineiro has once again outdone himself. The Gators kicker nailed an 81-yard field goal and posted the video to his Twitter account. 81 yarder with pads on. No excuses! Ready for the season to start🐊🏈@GatorsFB @FloridaGators pic.twitter.com/5IeZ0tXyhn —… Read More »

Report: Aaron Hernandez’s bisexuality probed during murder investigation

A Newsweek report states that former NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez left behind a suicide note to his prison boyfriend. In the wake of Hernandez’s suicide early Wednesday morning, police sources have investigated his relationships, including the allegation Hernandez murdered Odin Lloyd in 2013 to prevent him from revealing Hernandez’s bisexuality. Police sources say Aaron Hernandez left behind 3 suicide notes, including one to his boyfriend in prison https://t.co/NIIelhN7cR pic.twitter.com/Hp1lYwrqMk — Newsweek (@Newsweek) April 22, 2017 From the report: Hernandez’s… Read More »

WATCH: Florida mascot Albert shields boy from foul ball

Albert, Florida’s mascot, made a heads-up play Tuesday night at McKethan Stadium. The lovable green gator kept a young fan out of harm’s way by shielding him from an incoming foul ball. Saving children from foul balls – just another reason to follow @AlbertGator on Twitter! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/44j6FgkpXa — Florida Gators (@FloridaGators) April 19, 2017 After realizing his brush with disaster, the boy adorably performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, on Albert, who fortunately walked away unscathed. As always, the lesson… Read More »

Developing: Former Gators TE Aaron Hernandez dead at 27 from apparent suicide

Former Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez – who Friday was found not guilty of a double-murder in 2012 – died in prison Wednesday morning after being found hanged in his cell, according to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. Breaking: Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in prison cell. https://t.co/lElPcV64gK pic.twitter.com/f0j2SWV8VN — NBC Sports (@NBCSports) April 19, 2017 Hernandez, 27, was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Serving a life sentence for murder,… Read More »

Former Gators TE Aaron Hernandez found not guilty in double-murder case

Former Gators tight end Aaron Hernandez, currently serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, was found not guilty Friday of committing a double murder in 2012. Hernandez, 27, was acquitted in Suffolk Superior Court on charges of killing Safiro Furtado and Daniel De Abreu in a drive-by shooting in Boston on July 16, 2012. #BREAKING: Jury reaches verdict in double-murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez via @AP — WSVN 7 News (@wsvn)… Read More »

Gators in the 2017 NBA Playoffs

The 2017 NBA Playoffs will feature appearances from four former Gators and the winningest coach in UF men’s basketball history. After signing a massive four-year, $113-million contract in the summer, Al Horford’s move to the Boston Celtics appears to be paying off for both parties. The Dominican Republic native averaged 14 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Celtics, who secured the East’s No. 1 seed on Wednesday. Boston hosts No. 8 Chicago on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on… Read More »

Former Gators WR Louis Murphy arrested for carrying gun into airport

Former Florida Gators and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy was arrested Wednesday at Tampa International Airport for carrying a loaded gun in a carry-on backpack. ESPN was the first to report Murphy’s arrest. This is the gun confiscated from Louis Murphy at the airport. 11 rounds of ammo inside https://t.co/SU9lmybgps pic.twitter.com/k6FE7e0VBm — JennaLaineESPN (@JennaLaineESPN) April 13, 2017 Murphy, who does not have a concealed weapons permit, faces a third-degree felony charge. Murphy told police the gun was his.… Read More »

Suspended Noah: Using supplement to aid injuries ‘backfired’

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Joakim Noah was seeking help to overcome injuries that wrecked his first season in New York and turned to an over-the-counter supplement. That decision “backfired,” Noah said Tuesday. It led to a 20-game suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy , preventing Noah from ending a disappointing year on a positive note. “This was a tough moment, but I’m going to learn from it,” Noah said. “I tried to take a supplement… Read More »

Report: San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon turns down Gators offer

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon has reportedly turned down an offer to become the Florida Gators women’s basketball head coach, according to a report from Swish Appeal’s Mike Robinson. #BREAKING: #Spurs assistant Becky Hammon declines job at #Florida, sources tell @SwishAppeal #ncaaW #NBA https://t.co/gHxlyUhTLW — Swish Appeal (@SwishAppeal) March 27, 2017 According to Robinson, “Florida’s offer was more than what Hammon was receiving with the Spurs, it was in the lower tier when it comes to the average… Read More »