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02/21/2017 09:15 PM
UF tops South Carolina for Gators’ ninth consecutive win

GAINESVILLE — With 20 seconds remaining in the first half, no one stood in front of KeVaughn Allen.

He rose up and hung in the air, alone, and caught the pass from Chris Chiozza.

He slammed the ball into the net. He landed on both feet.

And as he jogged back down the court to end the half and the...

02/20/2017 05:25 PM
New UF AD Scott Stricklin leads Gators into future one tweet at a time

Scott Stricklin arrives from a morning meeting just in a time for the next one.

Another whirlwind day is underway for UF’s new athletics director, who now heads one of the monoliths in college athletics.

But first, Stricklin has important business to address. One of his teenage daughters has sent...

02/20/2017 04:50 PM
Gators still reeling from loss of center, working to build confidence

Wearing a black baseball cap and an even bleaker expression, UF basketball coach Mike White spent part of his Monday afternoon lamenting the past week.

He discussed Florida’s injuries, including the one to starting center John Egbunu, who is out for the season with a torn ACL.

He discussed the...

02/18/2017 04:00 PM
Gators shake off sluggish start, earn win at Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss. — Florida is a team that has occasionally put up huge offensive numbers this season, including 106 and 114 points in games over the past month. 

But the shots weren't falling on Saturday. 

So the 15th-ranked Gators resorted to Plan B: A little grit, a little luck and a whole lot...

02/17/2017 05:30 PM
UF adapting after losing center John Egbunu for season

GAINESVILLE — To survive the homestretch of a college basketball season, sometimes a power nap is in order.

UF coach Mike White surely needed one early Friday afternoon.

A quick snooze prior to meeting reporters likely was anything but peaceful. After all, White and his Gators cannot rest easy...

02/17/2017 03:55 PM
UF golf coach J.C. Deacon returns Gators to prominence

UF golf coach J.C. Deacon stands in the hallway swinging a baseball bat as he gets ready for work on a Tuesday afternoon.

The big stick looks at home in the 34-year-old’s hands and illustrates the child-like enthusiasm he brings to the course and uses to connect with players.

While golf, not baseball,...

02/16/2017 03:20 PM
New UF assistant Brad Davis embraces challenges facing Gators' O-line

GAINESVILLE — Coach Brad Davis was making his postseason visit to the dentist when he received some big news.

The 36-year-old was cavity free, keeping alive an impressive streak dating to the fourth grade.

Nothing new there.

When Davis exited the office, though, he was on the cusp of major promotion....

02/16/2017 03:25 PM
UF pitcher Alex Faedo takes on bigger role with an eye on CWS

GAINESVILLE — His teammates jog past the blue batting cage that stands behind home plate.

They’re wearing white caps, orange tops and blue gym shorts, taking full advantage of the 70-degree January weather.

Off to the side, Alex Faedo watches.

“I didn’t do much this fall,” he says with a smile.


02/15/2017 02:00 PM
Gators center John Egbunu out for season with torn ACL

The No. 15 Florida Gators enter the season’s closing stretch without starting center John Egbunu, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Tuesday at Auburn.

UF announced Wednesday the 6-foot-11, 255-pound redshirt junior would miss the remainder of the 2016-17 season and faces a 10- to 12-month...

02/15/2017 11:10 PM
Gators poised for another run at CWS title behind strong pitching

Check out key details about the 2017 UF baseball team set to open the season Friday.

Big departures: P A.J. Puk, P Logan Shore, CF Buddy Reed, 1B Peter Alonso

Key newcomers: LF/P Austin Langworthy, P Andrew Baker, P Nate Brown

Home opener: 6:30 p.m. Friday vs. William & Mary

Outlook: The Gators...

02/14/2017 12:10 PM
Canyon Barry leads Gators to win over Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. — With defensive stops hard to come by, Canyon Barry and the Florida Gators simply scored more than they had all season. 

Barry scored a season-high 30 points and the 15th-ranked Gators kept up with high-scoring Auburn for a half, then sprinted away to a 114-95 victory Tuesday night. 


02/12/2017 11:00 PM
No. 15 Gators look to maintain momentum entering tough closing stretch

GAINESVILLE — At this point, coach Mike White’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament essentially is a given.

The question is how well the Gators are playing and where they’re playing during the opening rounds of the Big Dance. 

Florida (20-5, 10-2 SEC) is riding a six-game win streak and rose two...

02/11/2017 03:00 PM
Gators shake off sluggish play, turn away Texas A&M

GAINESVILLE — UF senior forward Justin Leon’s alarm sounded at 8:50 a.m. Saturday, a rude awakening for most 21-year-olds in college.

White actually had let his players sleep in. The Florida coach hoped a schedule change would energize the team for another dreaded noon tipoff at the O’Connell Center.


02/10/2017 05:50 PM
Gators’ Canyon Barry juggles basketball, studying nuclear engineering

GAINESVILLE — Through the glass doors and up the spiral staircase, Canyon Barry sits in a brown leather chair, clutching a blue water bottle.

He’s breathing heavily. Basketball practice ended some time ago, but Canyon stayed longer, taking extra shots in the team’s wood-paneled gym on the first...

02/06/2017 03:00 PM
Team meeting spurs Gators’ four-game win streak, No. 17 spot in rankings

GAINESVILLE — A long film session had ended, but the real work was ahead for the reeling Florida Gators.

Ending a two-game losing streak was going to take more than fine-tuning some Xs and Os.

The Gators’ problems lay deeper and would require soul searching, straight talk and the willingness to...

02/03/2017 11:00 PM
Gators snap five-game losing streak to Kentucky with 88-66 win behind Kasey Hill's 21 points

GAINESVILLE - UF point guard Kasey HIll finally has some company, while coach Mike White has a long-awaited signature win.

Hill was a freshman and the only player on the current roster when the Gators last beat Kentucky, back in 2014 when UF would go on to reach the Final Four.

After five straight...

02/03/2017 03:45 PM
No. 24 Gators seek signature win against No. 8 Kentucky

The campus buzz, ticket requests and anticipation began on Monday.

Junior forward Devin Robinson and his fellow Florida Gators could feel the excitement, but they had to ignore it.

Now that the day has arrived, UF will have to overcome fatigue, one of the college basketball’s most talented teams...

02/01/2017 11:00 PM
Gators rout Missouri 93-54 behind Chris Chiozza's triple-double

GAINESVILLE — Florida’s highly anticipated visit from Kentucky could wait. First, the Gators had a chance to make history.

Coach Mike White’s team seized the opportunity during Thursday’s 93-54 rout of overmatched Missouri.

The win was the Gators’ third consecutive win by more than 30 points —...

02/01/2017 08:45 PM
Gators’ 2017 recruiting class ranked No. 10 after signing day surge

The Florida Gators were under pressure entering National Signing Day.

Take a closer look at how UF rallied and finished with a top-10 class.


Tedarrell Slaton, 6-4.5, 360, DT, Fort Lauderdale / American Heritage: Slaton became the Gators’ top-ranked signee when he chose them on Signing...

02/01/2017 03:00 PM
Florida reverses field, signs James Robinson

The Florida athletic department reversed field Wednesday and the Gators signed top wide receiver prospect James Robinson. The Orlando Sentinel learned from sources Monday UF did not plan to sign the Lakeland star, but those plan obviously changed.

Robinson’s signing with Florida was put in jeopardy...

02/01/2017 05:45 PM
Gators National Signing Day Updates: UF hopes to close strongly

Gators land Lemons, Robinson

Amid his Signing Day press conference, coach Jim McElwain received another bit of good news.

Clearwater running back Adarius Lemons had committed to UF, giving the Gators their second explosive playmaker late on Signing Day and pushing their class into the top 10.


01/31/2017 04:05 PM
Virginia DT Elijah Conliffe commits to Gators

The Florida Gators received some much needed good news Tuesday when Hampton, Va., defensive tackle Elijah Conliffe announced he will be signing with UF on National Signing Day.

Not only is the timing good, but Conliffe is a huge get for the Gators. He is ranked as the No. 19 defensive tackle in...

01/30/2017 04:15 PM
James Robinson will not sign with Gators

James Robinson will not be signing with the Florida Gators on Wednesday, National Signing Day.

Several sources close to the Florida program told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday afternoon that Robinson's recruitment has been shut down  following the Lakeland receiver's much-publicized brush with...

01/28/2017 09:55 PM
Hayes powers No. 25 Florida past Oklahoma 84-52

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Florida coach Mike White has the utmost respect for Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger. That's why the Gators' performance Saturday against the Sooners meant so much to him. Kevarrius Hayes scored a career-high 20 points to help No. 25 Florida beat Oklahoma 84-52 in the Big 12-SEC Challenge....

01/28/2017 05:33 PM
Dr. Phillips LB Nick Smith commits to Gators

Orlando Dr. Phillips linebacker Nick Smith has committed to Florida.

Reached by text Saturday night, Smith, who was out having a celebratory dinner with his family, replied, "I picked Florida because it honestly just felt like home. I was able to relate with a lot of the players that were already...

2016 Football Schedule

9/10 KENTUCKY W 45-7
9/17 NORTH TEXAS W 32-0
9/24 @ TENNESSEE L 28-38
10/01 @ VANDERBILT W 13-6
10/08 LSU Rescheduled
10/15 MISSOURI W 40-14
10/29 GEORGIA (JAX) W 24-10
11/5 @ ARKANSAS L 10-31
11/12 S.CAROLINA W 20-7
11/19 @ LSU W 16-10
11/26 @ FLORIDA STATE L 13-31
12/3 SECC Game (Ala) L 16-54

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