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Throwback Thursday: On "voice of the Gators" Mick Hubert, and some of his best calls

The voice of the Gators has been around for a long time. With Florida's "takeover" of the SEC Network continuing apace on this Thursday, and folks in a nostalgic mood as a result, someone from IMG sent me a couple of cool Mick Hubert compilations. First, here's a collection of Mick's calls from Florida's dramatic win over Kentucky in the SEC Tournament final last spring. Then — and this is the very cool one — here's a lot of Mick's calls from Florida's 1997 Sugar Bowl (and national championship-winning) victory over Florida State. Mick's been "the voice of the Gators" for about as...
Alligator Army Jul 1, 2015

Florida football recruiting: Elite 2017 QB Jake Allen commits to Gators

After teasing a big announcement, Florida's biggest target for the 2017 recruiting class is a Gator. After hinting at a big announcement on Twitter on Wednesday, St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Jake Allen made it early Wednesday evening: He's a Gator now. After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I have decided to commit to THE University of Florida! #Swamp17 pic.twitter.com/luF9e74xSN — Jake Allen™ (@Jakeallen_14) July 1, 2015 Allen is rated as a consensus four-star quarterback by the 247Sports Composite, and is a four-star player according to 247Sports and Scout, a...
Alligator Army Jun 30, 2015

ESPN announces schedule lineup for Florida's SEC Network takeover on July 2

Want to relive the best moments in Florida sports history? Yeah? How about we just go over the past year instead? Florida's "takeover" of the SEC Network, helmed by WWE wrestler Titus O'Neil (former Florida football player Thaddeus Bullard), will feature one national title-winning performance, "The Greatest Game Ever Played in The Swamp," a documentary on Tim Tebow, and nine different Gators squads, ESPN announced Thursday. Here's the release: Florida Gators' Takeover Special: Meet nearly a dozen Gators and coaches from the sports of baseball, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse,...
Alligator Army Jun 30, 2015

How good are Florida Gators at the triple jump, exactly?

#GatorFlightSchool and such. On Sunday, former Florida athletes Omar Craddock, Will Claye, and Marquis Dendy swept the triple jump at the U.S. Track Outdoor Championships, meaning that those three Gators are headed to this August's IAAF World Championships in Beijing. #GatorFlightSchool or nah? pic.twitter.com/fSoAkBNM1M — Alligator Army (@AlligatorArmy) June 28, 2015 Then they Gator Chomped. Then they literally swept the track, pulling out small brooms and dustpans to rub in the Florida program's dominance of the event in recent years. "We’re changing U of F to be the...
Alligator Army Jun 29, 2015

Florida adds players to official football roster for 2015 season, two signees not among them

There's plenty of news to glean from Florida's update of its official 2015 roster — like the continued rebuild of Florida's offensive line. Florida's official update of its 2015 football roster with Summer B enrollees has gone live — and two players who signed with Florida in February aren't on the list. Athlete D'Anfernee McGriff and defensive end Keivonnis Davis, both not among the initial wave of signees reporting to Gainesville, are unlisted. Fellow missing man Camrin Knight, on the other hand, is on the roster, after reporting to Florida over the weekend. Last Day In...
Alligator Army Jun 26, 2015

Florida adding graduate transfer linebacker Anthony Harrell of Georgia Tech

It might not be quite as simple as the headline makes it sound. Florida will add former Georgia Tech linebacker Anthony Harrell as a graduate transfer, as is being reported by 247Sports' Josh Newberg and as was tweeted by Harrell himself. Newberg reports that Harrell's father says he will be eligible immediately at Florida. But there's more to the story, it seems. Georgia Tech's official Twitter account sent this tweet late Friday afternoon: Linebacker Anthony Harrell has been suspended indefinitely. — Ga Tech Football (@GeorgiaTechFB) June 26, 2015 But Harrell had a comeback for...
Alligator Army Jun 26, 2015

2015 NBA Draft: Florida's Michael Frazier, Chris Walker go undrafted

Both early entrants could still catch on in camps. 60 picks came and went, and for the second consecutive year, no Gators were selected in the NBA Draft. The 2015 version of the draft featured 60 passes on both shooting guard Michael Frazier II and forward Chris Walker, each of whom left Florida with eligibility remaining to pursue a professional basketball career. Frazier's snubbing is far more surprising than Walker's: He was touted for his shooting and an excellent showing at the NBA Draft Combine, even briefly sneaking into the late first round in some early mock drafts, and was...
Alligator Army Jun 25, 2015

D'Anfernee McGriff, two other Florida signees may not arrive for Summer B term

The Gators may suffer some academic casualties from their 2015 recruiting class. The majority of Florida's 2015 football recruiting class has successfully made it to Gainesville and officially enrolled at the university. But with the beginning of Florida's Summer B term approaching, there may yet be academic casualties, too. The loss that seems most likely is that of Florida signee D'Anfernee McGriff, who was expected to struggle to qualify even as long ago as his National Signing Day announcement. McGriff, an athlete likely to play running back at the collegiate level, also signed with...
Alligator Army Jun 25, 2015

Florida's Lauren Haeger nominated for two ESPYs (and here's how to vote for her)

Florida's slugger/ace could take home two more trophies. Florida's Lauren Haeger is nominated for two ESPYs to be awarded at ESPN's annual celebration of the year in sports in July, the school announced on Wednesday. Haeger is nominated in the categories of Best Female College Athlete and Best Championship Performance — and, frankly, she would seem to be an underdog in both categories. Haeger was the national player of the year in softball, and had a phenomenal Women's College World Series, but Olympian Missy Franklin finishing her college career at Cal with another raft of national...
Alligator Army Jun 24, 2015

Florida commit Tyrek Tisdale says he'll be early enrollee

Florida could use early enrollees — and the process is almost always good for the player. In one of the more amusing (and benign) recruiting announcements in recent memory for Florida fans, Florida commit Tyrek Tisdale took to Twitter Wednesday morning to announce he was announcing something... I Want To Thank God For Blessing Me In My Life/Family And The Decision That I Will Be Making Later Today , Tune In All Florida Fans ❗ — Tyrek Tisdale ✊ (@TyrekTisdale) June 24, 2015 ...and then announce that he plans on enrolling early at Florida. I Have An PUBLIC ANNOUCEMENT For All...
Alligator Army Jun 23, 2015

Florida finishes fourth in 2014-15 Directors' Cup, seventh straight top-four finish

The Gators had a relative down year, and still finished among the nation's elite teams. Florida will finish fourth in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports NACDA Directors' Cup standings when they are announced later this week, the school trumpeted Tuesday. While the standings are not final, Florida's score and standing are, as a result of the Gators' baseball season-ending loss at the 2015 College World Series. The third-place finish the Gators will share with TCU will net Florida 83 points, and vault the school past North Carolina for fourth in this year's standings; neither Vanderbilt nor...
Alligator Army Jun 22, 2015

Florida football recruiting: Defensive back Spencer Perry decommits from Gators

Florida loses an Auburn-raised defensive back with a strong relationship with Will Muschamp who is headed to a school that seemingly never produces a Gator. Florida's recruiting class is one defensive back lighter, as of Monday evening: Three-star defensive back Spencer Perry, who originally committed to the Gators in March, has decommitted from Florida, announcing the news on Twitter. After further research, I have chosen to decomit from UF. Thanks to the coaching staff @ UF. — A.$.A.P Perry (@Black___Jesus7) June 22, 2015 Perry is from Auburn, but will finish his high school...
Alligator Army Jun 22, 2015

2015 NBA Draft: Anonymous scouts, GMs rip Florida's Michael Frazier, Chris Walker

There's no reason for candid criticism to be anonymous. It has become fashionable for grown men to issue brutally critical, often injurious opinions anonymously on the Internet — many women would call this a daily phenomenon. For former Florida players Michael Frazier and Chris Walker, it's just the result of Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis passing along an "amalgam" of opinions from four NBA scouts and two general managers. The gimmick here is cleverer than Davis assumes, but, then, Davis probably thinks his parallel between the heroically honest and brave Scout Finch of To Kill a...
Alligator Army Jun 20, 2015

Virginia 5, Florida 4: Gators fall on night of maybes, mights, couldas, and shouldas

For Florida, this was a night of mights and maybes, could haves and should haves. It was the little things that did Florida in this time, in this 5-4 loss to Virginia in an elimination game that sent the Gators home from Omaha and kept the Cavaliers in the hunt for a national title. It's always the little things, it seems. Florida had the big ones covered, with two big flies — the new deepest homer in TD Ameritrade Park history, from Peter Alonso, and the one that will assuredly be the last of Harrison Bader's Gators career. Starter Dane Dunning was good, as good as could have been hoped,...
Alligator Army Jun 20, 2015

Florida vs. Virginia, 2015 College World Series game thread: One last time

The Gators and Cavaliers both have their backs to the wall now. Elimination games are cool. The Sword of Season's End that hangs over them is part of why the NCAA Tournament for men's basketball is so beloved, why Games 7 are so lionized, why college football's regular season feels like four months of bloodsport, why the NFL playoffs are so transfixing. Florida and Virginia get to play such a game on Saturday (8 p.m., ESPN or WatchESPN), in which one team's months-long journey will culminate in a chance to play for a national championship — and the other team's months-long journey will...
Alligator Army Jun 20, 2015

Florida vs. Virginia, 2015 College World Series: Dane Dunning, Brandon Waddell to start

The final game before the championship series will pit a pitcher who fell out of Florida's rotation against the only hurler who's truly kept the Gators in check in a month. Florida will start sophomore Dane Dunning in Saturday night's elimination game against Virginia at the 2015 College World Series, and Virginia will counter with junior Brandon Waddell, the teams announced early Saturday evening via their Twitter accounts. Dane Dunning gets the start as #Gators & Cavaliers battle for a spot in the CWS Finals at 8 p.m. on ESPN #OmahaGators pic.twitter.com/qkbdoyoWdT — Gator Baseball...
Alligator Army Jun 20, 2015

Déjà vu is bad for you: Beware the second trip through Florida's lineup

Florida has the most dangerous offense in college baseball — and it's especially potent when seeing a pitcher for the second time. At this point, no one paying even the slightest bit of attention to college baseball is unaware of the brilliance of Florida's offense. The Gators have an astounding six outings with 10 or more runs in nine NCAA Tournament games, and are averaging 9.78 runs per game in the Tournament — with a shutout included in the totals — which is more runs per game than the best offense in the country has scored over the last four years, since the adoption of the...
Alligator Army Jun 19, 2015

Florida 10, Virginia 5: Gators' barrage continues, forcing decisive Saturday showdown

With more output from their monstrous offense, the Gators stayed alive in Omaha. Florida entered the third inning of its Friday game against Virginia without a single run against the Cavaliers in 11 innings in Omaha. The Gators left it with four — more than Virginia had previously allowed in the College World Series. And with a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Florida's four-run third inning and five-run sixth helped the Gators turn a close contest into a blowout, and a strong start from Logan Shore complemented the continuation of an offensive onslaught in the Gators' 10-5 win. Three...
Alligator Army Jun 19, 2015

Florida vs. Virginia, College World Series 2015 game thread: Gators, Cavaliers meet again

Florida will face Virginia's ace — who hasn't pitched since April — in a game the Gators must win to stay alive at the College World Series. For Florida, Friday's game against Virginia (3 p.m., ESPN2 or WatchESPN) isn't about revenge — it's about staying alive. But for the Cavaliers, it's about taking a chance and hoping it pays off, with another game left to do the necessary work of eliminating the Gators. There's good reason for Virginia to be confident that a chance will pay off: Nathan Kirby, its Friday starter, was ahead of Monday's starter Brandon Waddell in the Cavaliers'...
Alligator Army Jun 18, 2015

Florida football schedule 2015: Game times, TV listings for Gators' first three games

Saturday night's all right for Florida football. The first Saturday of Florida's Jim McElwain era will feature a night kickoff. And the Gators might well get used to playing at night — and on the SEC Network. That's the biggest takeaway from SEC's Thursday release of the game times and TV schedule listings for the first three weeks of the 2015 college football season on an SEC Network special. Florida's 2015 season opener, a September 5 game against New Mexico State, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and be televised by the SEC Network. The Gators' second game of the season, a rematch of the...

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