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Plans for the Orange & Blue Debut

Special to The Sun For the second straight year, the Florida football team will conclude its spring camp with the Orange & Blue Debut, presented by Sunniland, on a Friday night, with free admission. The game will be held April 7 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff on the SEC Network.  Prior to kickoff, the BUBBA Burger Fan Fest will be held on the North Lawn outside the stadium. Back by popular demand in the Fan… Read More »

Woman claiming relationship with Tim Tebow arrested

By The Associated Press PORT ST. LUCIE — Authorities say a Colorado woman claiming to be in a relationship with Tim Tebow has been charged with trespassing after going to the New York Mets’ Florida spring training facility twice last month and looking for the former Denver Broncos quarterback. A Port St. Lucie police report says 36-year-old Michelle Marie Thompson was arrested at First Data Field on Feb. 28, two days after being issued a trespass warning. New York Mets staff… Read More »

Former Gators standout Matt Bonner announces NBA retirement

After 12 seasons in the NBA, former Gators center Matt Bonner announced his retirement Friday. Bonner didn’t depart without a gift for his fans around the world, however. He left us with this hilarious video spoofing New Hampshire public television (check out the Gainesville shout-out at :53). I made a video. pic.twitter.com/NQSvvCnhD5 — Matt Bonner (@MattBonner_SAS) January 6, 2017 The Concord, New Hampshire, native arrived in Gainesville a relative unknown in 1999, but quickly became one of the greatest men’s… Read More »

Alleged victim will not press charges against Chris Leak

A teenager who accused former Gators quarterback Chris Leak of sexual misconduct has declined to press charges, Orlando police said Monday.  Leak, 31, resigned from his position as head football coach at Edgewater High after the team got off to an 0-5 start. Several days later, the Orlando Sentinel reported Leak was the subject of a sexual misconduct investigation. His attorney, Tim Jansen, told the Sentinel that Leak was “relieved but not surprised” to hear the alleged victim would not… Read More »

Former Gators QB Chris Leak subject of sexual assault investigation

Former UF quarterback Chris Leak resigned as head coach at Edgewater High on Monday for unclear reasons. Now, Orlando police have shed more light on Leak’s departure. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Leak is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old female student. The Sentinel has the alleged details of the incident: The alleged incident on Sept. 5 was reported Monday. It reportedly occurred on Sept. 5 in the athletic trainer office near the football field, according to… Read More »

Tim Tebow promoted to Arizona Fall League

Tim Tebow’s professional baseball career. The New York Mets announced Tuesday that Tebow would head to Scottsdale for the Arizona Fall League. The 29-year-old former Gators quarterback will compete against some of the top prospects in baseball, bringing him a step closer to reaching the Major League. Instructional league play ended Tuesday after Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency due to Hurricane Matthew. “We want Tim to play in more games to continue developing his skills on… Read More »

Gators legend Steve Spurrier discusses the time he was suspended, but coached anyway

Steve Spurrier is everywhere around the University of Florida campus. From a statue commemorating his 1966 Heisman Trophy to his name before Florida Field, it’s safe to call Spurrier a Gators legend. But after his playing days were through, and before he became a Florida coaching legend, Spurrier was the offensive coordinator and eventually the head coach at Duke University. Steve Spurrier reveals the one time he was suspended and secretly kept coaching: https://t.co/E9MigkwfMN pic.twitter.com/4wZ0L4epIj — CBS Sports CFB (@CBSSportsCFB)… Read More »

We’re No. 1!: In AP poll, only 44 schools have made claim

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer In the history of college football, only 44 schools have been able to make the claim “We’re No. 1” and have The Associated Press poll back up the boast. That means just 15 percent of the 296 schools listed as having played major college football at some point by sports-reference.com have ever held the No. 1 ranking for at least one poll. Of those 44 schools, only 21 have been No. 1 in… Read More »

Florida No. 10 in AP’s all-time college football Top 100

By Ralph D. Russo AP College Football Writer   The Associated Press has been ranking the best teams in college football for the last 80 seasons. Since the first Top 20 in 1936, 1,103 polls have been taken and 164 schools have been ranked. Minnesota was the first No. 1 in 1936. Western Kentucky was the last team to make its poll debut (in the final poll of the 2015 season). In between, Muhlenburg, NYU and Colorado College have made… Read More »

Former Gators QB Tim Tebow reportedly to speak at Republican National Convention

Tim Tebow is back in the news, albeit with slightly more controversy this time. According to The New York Times, the former NFL quarterback will speak at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week. The Times reports Tebow will join a diverse group of public figures, including Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel and UFC president Dana White, at the convention. It’s no secret that Trump is a Tebow fan, but it wasn’t previously know… Read More »