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Star Virginia TE transfers to Florida

  • 7:31 pm Friday, May 9th, 2014 by Mark Bradley

The Florida Gators picked up another offensive weapon Friday. ESPN reported that standout Virginia tight end Jake McGee has transferred to UF after graduating this month.

McGee was the Cavaliers’ leading receiver last season with 43 catches for 395 yards and two touchdowns. Twenty-six of his 43 receptions went for first downs, touchdowns or both. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound McGee is very athletic with good speed and has the ability to play wide receiver. Because he has graduated, under NCAA rules he will not have to sit out a year, meaning Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel will have another playmaker in what will [More]

Report: Gators’ boosters most generous

  • 6:49 pm Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by Mark Bradley

A recent report by ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” shows the economic downturn that hit the country six years ago has had virtually no negative effect on the financial bottom lines of the athletic departments at the nation’s top public universities.

OTL looked at 123 schools and found that from academic year 2007-08 to 2012-13, total revenues increased 32 percent and payrolls had risen by an average of nearly 40 percent. Despite the weak economy, schools in the top-level programs, those that play in the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision, raked in big money from ticket sales, booster donations and skyrocketing television [More]

Gators draw Jayhakws in SEC-Big 12 Challenge

  • 3:40 pm Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Mark Bradley

Billy Donovan’s teams have benefitted from playing tough competition early in the season, something that’s helped the Gators reach four straight Elite Eights and a Final Four. Donovan’s squad, which will have to reload after losing a stellar senior class, will get a big test and a chance to play in one of college basketball’s most famous arenas next season, when they play at Kansas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Florida beat Kansas last season in Gainesville, a victory that helped propel the Gators to an unbeaten SEC season and trip to the Final Four. The schedule for the [More]

Buddy Alexander, Florida Gators golf coaching legend, to retire

  • 5:10 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Brian Biggane

The Florida Gators will lose a coaching legend when golf coach Buddy Alexander, who won two national championships and had 57 All-Americans in his 27 years on the job, retires at the end of the spring season.

Alexander, 61, who had a superb playing career in his own right that included two Masters appearances and a U.S. Amateur championship in 1986, is the longest-tenured UF coach, having arrived in Gainesville in January 1988.

Among the 38 players who have gone on to success on the PGA Tour who have starred under Alexander at UF are recent Bay Hill winner Matt Every, Camilo Villegas, Billy Horschel, Chris DiMarco and Dudley Hart.
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From the Final Four: Kentucky’s young talent can’t match hungry Huskies

  • 2:00 am Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 by Matt Porter

ARLINGTON, Texas — As Kevin Ollie, a sophomore in the coaching game, ascended to the top of the ladder to cut a few championship shreds of the net, John Calipari was explaining why his rookies couldn’t do the same.

“I can’t tell you, even in that loss, I can’t believe what these young guys got done together,” said Kentucky’s coach, sounding like he was leader of a rag-tag rec-ball squad.

Hardly the case. The Wildcats started five freshmen in the 2014 national title game, yes, but all have multimillion-dollar NBA futures.

“They’re all freshmen,” Calipari said. “They were scared.”

There were seven former McDonald’s All-Americans on his roster.

“They needed more from me,” Calipari said. “We’re talking all freshmen out there.”

Whether you buy Calipari’s message about Kentucky, he spoke undeniable truth about UConn:

“They were not going to let us take this game from them,” he said.

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Video: Reporter Matt Porter discusses Florida’s loss to UConn

  • 12:24 pm Sunday, April 6th, 2014 by Dan Scapusio

The Post’s Matt Porter joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to discuss Florida’s 63-53 loss to UConn on Saturday in the Final Four, breaking down how the experienced Gators lost their cool against the underdog Huskies.

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Gators trail at halftime

  • 7:51 pm Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by Jonathan Czupryn

ARLINGTON, Texas — After a hot start to begin its first Final Four since 2007, Florida saw its 16-4 lead disintegrate into a 25-22 UConn lead by the time each team walked off to the locker rooms.
The Gators immediately jumped on the board 11 seconds into the game after a Michael Frazier II three. A jumper by senior Patric Young and a tip-in by senior Casey Prather quickly put the Huskies down 7-0.
Although UConn finally scored four points after calling a timeout to slow down Florida, coach Billy Donovan still had a stranglehold on his counterpart coach Kevin Ollie with a stringent defense.
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Man vs. Food at Final Four: battling the Texas chicken and waffle sandwich

  • 6:03 pm Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by Matt Porter

ARLINGTON, Texas — It was the biggest, baddest food item at the Final Four concessions. And Bill Potter, all 5-foot-6 and 145 pounds of him, was determined to take it down.

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Gators fans show their colors at Final Four

  • 3:54 pm Saturday, April 5th, 2014 by Jonathan Czupryn

ARLINGTON, Texas – With Florida having advanced to its first Final Four in seven years, the Gator Nation is making sure it captures every moment of the action.

During Final Four Friday at AT&T Stadium, all four teams held press conferences to kick off the weekend followed by 50 minutes of practice open to the public. Although the practice was mostly just a shootaround for the players, Florida fans still flocked to the stadium for a chance to see one of coach Billy Donovan’s best teams in action.
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Big O – Oscar Robertson – at Final Four

  • 4:10 pm Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Dave George

Members of the UConn basketball team were being ferried from the interview room to the court Friday afternoon, sparing the young men the quarter-mile walk through AT&T Stadium’s cavernous concourses, when a stately older gentleman went walking past.

Oscar Robertson goes his own way, without help and without fanfare, at 75. Offer him a cart and you’ll get a silent glare. Give him a wave and he slowly nods his head, now capped in white, in return.

This is one of the greatest ever to play the game, and through no fault of his own, The Big O seems a little out of context here in the Big D’s signature billion-dollar playground. He’s an icon of another era, with numbers that should blow people away (including an average of 33.8 points and 15.2 rebounds per game at the University of Cincinnati) but no one seems to remember.
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