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Florida vs. FSU: Rivalry showdown to kick off at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN

The Gators and Seminoles are getting the afternoon spotlight on The Worldwide Leader. Florida and Florida State will kick off their rivalry game at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN this Saturday, the SEC announced. The game's start time had been in flux, and dependent on results from last weekend in college football. It will be the fourth straight 3:30 p.m. kickoff at Doak Campbell Stadium in the history of the rivalry. Florida beat FSU, 37-26, in that last 3:30 kickoff in 2012, in perhaps the high-water mark of Will Muschamp's career as the Gators' head coach, and is 2-1 in Tallahassee since 2008,...
Alligator Army Nov 22, 2014

Florida 52, Eastern Kentucky 3: Gators cruise in Senior Day goodbye

After a semi-feisty first quarter, it was an easy home farewell for the Gators on this Senior Day. It was a fine farewell, if not exactly fitting, as Florida beat Eastern Kentucky, 52-3, on Saturday in The Swamp, on a bittersweet Senior Day. Florida struggled early with Eastern Kentucky, failing to get much of anything going with Treon Harris at the helm and a running game sputtering for much of the first quarter. Strong defense and special teams kept the risk-happy Colonels — who faked a punt, fumbled three times on one drive, and onside kicked in the first period, then later ran...
Alligator Army Nov 22, 2014

Florida vs. Eastern Kentucky, Game Thread: Let's get this over with

No one wants to be there. No one is there, really. So the Gators will battle apathy and Eastern Kentucky this Saturday. My 25 predictions for Florida's ... wait, there's a really a game today? I guess it's at noon on the SEC Network or WatchESPN? Huh. Treon Harris will account for at least two touchdowns. Harris will rush for more than 70 yards. Matt Jones will lead Florida in rushing yards. Jones will also lead Florida in yards per carry. Florida wide receivers will have at least 150 receiving yards. Quinton Dunbar will catch a touchdown pass, because of course. Harris will have under...
Alligator Army Nov 22, 2014

Florida vs. Eastern Kentucky: Breaking down the Colonels (and their hype video)

Trevor wrote that Florida wins KFC's secret recipe if it wins today, but I think he was lying. Florida's Saturday matchup (noon, SEC Network / WatchESPN) versus Eastern Kentucky isn't just noteworthy because it will be Will Muschamp's last home game as head coach: It will be Senior Day as well. At least 24 Gators will be playing their last game in The Swamp, but we're sure to see a few underclassmen take off for the NFL after the season, so this could be their final home game, too — we already know it will be Dante Fowler Jr.'s last ride. But Florida's currently riding a one-game losing...
Alligator Army Nov 21, 2014

Florida 61, Louisiana-Monroe 56: Gators get ugliest win of the year in overtime

Ugly dubs are still dubs. Florida trailed Louisiana-Monroe by 12 on Friday night. The Gators trailed at halftime despite a 10-0 run into the locker room. They coughed up an eight-point lead in the second half by allowing two stunning threes in the final minute. And in overtime, Florida won. It was a hideous win, this 61-56 "triumph" over a team closer to the bottom of Division I than its top 100, at least according to KenPom, and Florida shooting 32.7 percent from the field — without Eli Carter and Dorian Finney-Smith, in fairness — was only the start of it. Monroe made nine of 25 threes,...
Alligator Army Nov 21, 2014

Florida vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Game Thread: No one get hurt

Florida's playing with six scholarship players. Again. Friday night's game against Louisiana-Monroe (SEC Network / WatchESPN) was supposed to be Florida's first full step out of its early-season struggles. Chris Walker would be back — and he is — and the Gators could play with something verging on a full rotation against the Warhawks. Except Dorian Finney-Smith will stay out after suffering a hairline fracture in his wrist last Friday, and, well: Eli Carter (foot injury in Thurs practice) out of 2nite's game vs LA-Monroe. Devin Robinson to start. #Gators http://t.co/tKg9jYoQGG—...
Alligator Army Nov 21, 2014

Florida Gators coaching search: Be patient, and don't fall for the pump fakes

Nothing is happening. Really. Just be patient. There are three primary drivers of traffic for college football media outlets. One is recruiting, which is why there are three major subscription-based recruiting networks, and why ESPN will keep on trying to make recruiting coverage happen. Another is writing about the hot seat, or why a coach should be fired, which is why there were so many "Will Muschamp must go"-type pieces over the last 18 months — discontented fans want their discontent to end and their opinions validated, and they'll click and share those pieces in a heartbeat. The...
Alligator Army Nov 19, 2014

Florida vs. South Carolina: Special teams, philosophy doom Will Muschamp's Gators

We all just wanted him to be good. But Will Muschamp's approach, and key special teams errors, cost Florida a win over South Carolina. In the final must-win game of the Will Muschamp Era, Florida embarrassingly gave away a fourth quarter lead and out South Carolina-ed South Carolina for the Gators' third home loss of the season. In this game, we learned a few things. First, Will Muschamp will not be coaching the Gators next season. Second, playing to not score as many points as possible is really dumb. Third, you can fumble a ball forward and still score a touchdown. Who knew on that...
Alligator Army Nov 18, 2014

Don't panic: Florida basketball will be fine, despite falling to Miami

A shorthanded Florida team losing to a really good team that got hot down the stretch? Inconceivable! Entering Monday's game against Miami, the Florida Gators sat at seventh in Ken Pomeroy's rankings. With Monday's loss to Miami, Florida fell ... to eighth. That's about how much it matters to the best college basketball efficiency rankings that the Gators succumbed to a barrage of Angel Rodriguez threes — and I felt pretty sanguine about the defeat even before checking KenPom this morning. Very little about that loss felt good, as Trevor noted in his recap last night. Florida's offense...
Alligator Army Nov 17, 2014

Miami 69, Florida 67: Gators haunted by familiar problems

Florida's 33-game home win streak snapped as Miami overcomes a 15-point deficit to shock the Gators at home. Florida began their in-state bout versus Miami on a 9-0 run. They maintained that lead until just under four minutes left in the game. After that... It just got ugly. Eli Carter and Michael Frazier II looked as routine as you could be scoring 24 combined points for the game, and were even perfect from the field (11-for-11) with seven minutes left to play. But in those last seven minutes, the two were nowhere to be found going a combined 1-7. It was Jon Horford who tried to play the...
Alligator Army Nov 17, 2014

Florida vs. Miami, Game Thread: Yes, the Gators play basketball, too

Dorian Finney-Smith will be limited for the Gators tonight. It's been busy. I don't have a full-fledged preview of Florida's game against Miami (7 p.m., ESPNU / WatchESPN) for you. But I do have this insight from The State of The U. Miami's coming off a season in which its record and performance, while not impressive on an objective level, were really good relative to talent and experience. How did the 'Canes do it in 2013-14? Andy, first of all it is excellent to see someone outside of Coral Gables who recognizes what an accomplishment last season really was. What Coach L and staff did...
Alligator Army Nov 17, 2014

Florida Gators coaching search: Where will integrity, bottom line meet for Jeremy Foley?

Florida prides itself on providing "a championship experience with integrity." Hiring a football head coach will be a test of how critical that pride is to the Gators, and Jeremy Foley. When Joker Phillips was "forced to resign" this summer, over alleged NCAA violations committed while on the recruiting trail, I wrote this about Florida's fealty to "the right way." Doing things "the right way" — or, at least, keeping "Florida" and "NCAA violations" as far from each other as possible — matters a great deal to Florida, and especially to Jeremy Foley. There aren't many other schools...
Alligator Army Nov 16, 2014

Will Muschamp, Jeremy Foley issue statements on "stepping down" from Florida

Here's exactly what Florida's outgoing coach and athletic director said in Sunday statements. Via GatorZone: Will Muschamp "I appreciate the opportunity that has been offered to me and my family by Dr. Machen, Jeremy Foley and the University of Florida. I was given every opportunity to get it done here and I simply didn’t win enough games – that is the bottom line. I’m disappointed that I didn’t get it done and it is my responsibility to get it done." "I have no bitter feelings, but this is a business and I wish we would have produced better results on the field. We have a great...
Alligator Army Nov 16, 2014

Will Muschamp resigned, was not fired by Florida, per reports

There's a difference. And it may be worth millions. After Andy Staples first reported this Sunday morning that Will Muschamp was "dismissed" at Florida, ESPN's Brett McMurphy followed by reporting Muschamp "will not return." Now Muschamp's departure is being clarified even further: Source has confirmed Muschamp was not fired. He resigned. #Gators — David Jones (@DaveJonesSports) November 16, 2014 And GatorZone's official release of the news dodges "fired" altogether, opting for "steps down." What's the difference? Millions of dollars, possibly. Muschamp being fired (without cause)...
Alligator Army Nov 16, 2014

Will Muschamp fired: The immediate fallout for Florida

Now what? So Will Muschamp has been fired. Many more things will happen in short order for the Gators. Let's try to run them down What happens now? Muschamp will coach Florida's final two games of the regular season, per ESPN's Brett McMurphy, and as I would have expected. Florida let Ron Zook finish out the regular season despite firing him with four games left to play in 2004, and Muschamp getting the same treatment with just two weeks left on the clock feels fair to me. Florida — athletic director Jeremy Foley, really — will have to begin a search for Muschamp's replacement...
Alligator Army Nov 16, 2014

Boom: Will Muschamp "dismissed" by Florida, will coach final two games, per report

Will Muschamp has been "dismissed," but will coach the Gators through the end of the regular season. Will Muschamp has been dismissed by Florida, Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples reports on this Sunday morning. http://t.co/4bXilNU6qk has learned that Will Muschamp has been dismissed at Florida. Story upcoming. — Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) November 16, 2014 Muschamp's Gators lost a 23-20 game to South Carolina on Saturday, falling in inexplicable and excruciating fashion after leading 17-10 with under a minute to go. A blocked punt — which came after a blocked field goal...
Alligator Army Nov 15, 2014

South Carolina 23, Florida 20: Gators go down, and Will Muschamp should, too

The Swamp, The Swamp, The Swamp is on fire... When it was over on this Saturday, it was over for Will Muschamp at Florida. South Carolina punched in an overtime touchdown to take a 23-20 win over the Gators, sure, but it was how the Gamecocks got there — after Florida had a punt blocked with less than a minute to go to set up a game-tying touchdown with seconds to go, after phantom penalties and odiously conservative play-calling erased Florida's margin for error, after Florida gave away the ball on a drive that could have put it up two scores — that was the most excruciating part of an...
Alligator Army Nov 15, 2014

Florida vs. South Carolina, Game Thread: Gators have pride, SEC East hopes on the line

Can Florida keep its roll going against the Gamecocks? My 25 predictions for Florida's attempt to take back The Swamp against South Carolina (noon, SEC Network or WatchESPN)... Treon Harris will throw more than 20 passes. Harris will account for more than 250 yards of total offense. Matt Jones will lead Florida in rushing yards. Jones will also lead Florida in yards per carry. Florida wide receivers will combine for at least 10 receptions. Only one Florida wide receiver will catch a touchdown pass. Harris will have more than 200 passing yards. Florida will have at least three touchdown...
Alligator Army Nov 15, 2014

Week 12 TV schedule and open thread: If the Gators win, we'll root for losses

Florida taking care of South Carolina would allow Gators fans to spend the rest of their day rooting against various teams. Holy hell, it's Week 12 already? Huh. Wow. Anyway, Florida's game with South Carolina at noon (SEC Network / WatchESPN) is obviously your go-to game of the day, but the Gators winning that game sets up the evening: If Florida wins, we'll need to root hard for Auburn to rebound from its loss to Texas A&M by knocking off Georgia in Athens (7:15 p.m, ESPN), then for A&M to stay hot against Missouri on an unseasonably cold night in Texas (7:30 p.m., SEC Network). If...