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Alligator Army 9 hours ago

Florida gymnastics wins third straight NCAA championship

It took one of the finest performances of the year, but the Gators got gold again. Florida had gotten out to an unexpectedly great start at the NCAA Super Six on Saturday night, acquitting itself nicely on the devilishly tricky beam and exploding for big scores on the floor and vault, and entered its final rotation — the uneven bars — with the inside track to a third straight national title. But four routines that were simply very good left Bridget Sloan, perhaps the best gymnast in school history, and Alex McMurtry, the program's future, needing strong scores to keep the Gators on the...
Alligator Army 18 hours ago

Florida Gators Weekend Open Thread: Three-peat in sight for gymnastics

Florida's got national championship dreams to make a reality on this weekend. Here's your Gators weekend how-to-follow guide. Saturday Time Team Opponent TV Radio Streaming Stats Twitter Noon Softball at Georgia None WGGG-AM or WMOP-AM None GatorZone @GatorZoneSBall Noon Women's Tennis Vanderbilt (SEC Tournament) None None None GatorZone @GatorZoneWTN Noon Lacrosse at Connecticut None GatorVision UConnHuskies.com GatorZone @GatorZoneLAX 3:00 p.m. Baseball at Mississippi State SEC Network Gator Sports Network SEC Network+ GatorZone @GatorZoneBB 4:00 p.m. Softball at...
Alligator Army Apr 17, 2015

A goodbye to Gator Nation: The president of the Rowdy Reptiles says farewell, and thanks

The outgoing president of the Rowdy Reptiles asked if he could post a goodbye letter here. Dear Gator Nation, Over the past two years I have had the privilege of serving as President of the Men's Basketball Rowdies. I was also a co-founder of the organization back in 2012. I have one more semester left at UF, but I've decided it is time to pass the torch to some new blood. The student section in the O'Connell Center has always been phenomenal, but I'm beyond proud to have been part of laying a foundation for us to become THE best student section in all of college hoops. I could easily...
Alligator Army Apr 16, 2015

Around the World: Men's 2015 schedule filling out, women's hoops adds assistants

When, in the course of Internet events, a single post about Florida basketball must stand in for what could've been several posts split up, that post shall be called Around the World. Oh, you thought the scholarship situation was the only Florida hoops story of the week? Return game at Miami set for December 8 Florida's two-game home-and-home series with Miami began last year in Gainesville, where Angel Rodriguez shot down the Gators and ended a record home winning streak. The Gators will get the chance to repay the favor in Miami in early December in 2015: Miami will host Florida on...
Alligator Army Apr 15, 2015

A.J. Puk, Kirby Snead have charges reduced, likely to get deferred prosecution

Florida's two embattled pitchers have clear paths to clear records. Florida pitchers A.J. Puk and Kirby Snead have had felony charges for trespassing at a construction site on Florida's campus reduced to misdemeanor charges, reports Robbie Andreu of The Gainesville Sun. The charge against UF pitchers A.J. Puk and Kirby Snead has been reduced to misdemeanor trespassing from third-degree criminal trespassing.— Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) April 15, 2015 With the new misdemeanor charge, Puk and Snead are being offered a deferred prosecution agreement by the State Attorney's Office.—...
Alligator Army Apr 14, 2015

Florida Gators Weekend Review: Women's tennis wins SEC title as Gators go unbeaten

Sweet swinging powered every Florida team in action but softball. And Lauren Haeger starred anyway. It's kind of rare for florida teams to all go unbeaten on a weekend in the spring, despite how good the various Gators teams in action are. But that's what happened over the past four days of an extended Orange and Blue Weekend: Both Florida's baseball and softball teams swept home series, Florida's lacrosse team won its final weekend home match of the 2015 season, and Florida's tennis teams got two wins each — the men on the road and the women at home, including an SEC title-clinching...
Alligator Army Apr 13, 2015

Florida hires Anthony Grant as assistant coach to replace Chattanooga-bound Matt McCall

Billy Donovan's getting the band back together. Sunday afternoon, news broke via ESPN's Jeff Goodman that Florida basketball assistant coach Matt McCall would be leaving the program to take the head chair at Chattanooga. Almost instantly, The Gainesville Sun's Kevin Brockway floated the speculation that former Alabama head coach and longtime Billy Donovan assistant Anthony Grant could fill the vacated position. It took less than a day for that to formally happen. Chris Harry's GatorZone release on the hiring includes a couple quotes from Grant: "Pretty easy call, man. It’s all about...
Alligator Army Apr 10, 2015

New aggression: Geoff Collins will combine tradition, disguises in forging Florida's defense

Florida fans won't put up with a drop-off on defense. That means it's up to Geoff Collins to maintain. He has a lot of talent, but does he have the right scheme? As we enter a new era of Florida football, the offensive and defensive sides of the ball could not be subject to more divergent expectations. With the offense, the demands are simple: "Change everything" would work, and "be better" is a mandate. Florida consistently finished near the bottom of college football's total offensive statistics under Will Muschamp, and following Urban Meyer's approach to the game, even Jeremy Foley saw...
Alligator Army Apr 9, 2015

Florida WR Chris Thompson arrested, charged with simple battery, dating violence

Here's the first bit of off-the-field trouble for Florida under Jim McElwain. Florida wide receiver Chris Thompson was arrested and charged with simple battery and dating violence by the Gainesville Police Department after scratching a former girlfriend's arms and neck during an argument, as first reported by The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu. Andreu's tweets began the public reporting: According to the complaint, Thompson got into an argument with his former girlfriend and scratched her arms and neck retrieving his phone. — Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) April 9, 2015 The argument...
Alligator Army Apr 9, 2015

Florida's spring game will be an actual spring game

Offensive line numbers be damned. Florida's 2015 spring game will, in fact, be a game. That's the word announced by Scott Carter on GatorZone this Thursday, after weeks of rumblings that a thin offensive line would force the Gators to scrap a traditional spring game for something more like the glorified practice that Florida put on in 2013 under Will Muschamp. The Gators announced Thursday that the annual spring game will match the Orange Team versus the Blue Team. The Florida quarterbacks will wear white jerseys. While the Gators are thin at offensive line in their first spring camp under...
Alligator Army Apr 8, 2015

Watch: JJ Schwarz sets Florida school record with four home runs in one game

The Schwarz was with the Gators on Tuesday night.
Alligator Army Apr 8, 2015

Florida Gators Pro Day: Dante Fowler, D.J. Humphries solidify 2015 NFL Draft stock

We are taking suggestions now for Dante Fowler III's nickname for when he becomes a Gator. Early favorites: Dante's Inferno, D3, Third Time's a Harm. On Tuesday, the weather gods were pleased enough with Jeremy Foley's offering of re-structuring the coaching staff to hold off the north Florida rain, allowing 22 participants to enjoy their last on-field attempt at staking their claims for this year's NFL Draft spots during Florida's Pro Day. Headlining the day were Dante Fowler Jr., a consensus top-10 pick, and D.J. Humphries, a first round hopeful, and the rest of the participants were as...
Alligator Army Apr 7, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts: Jim McElwain is playing the expectations game — and well

Jim McElwain can use lowered expectations in the wake of Will Muschamp's time in Gainesville to buy himself some breathing room. And you better believe he is. When Jim McElwain was hired by Florida in December, he inherited a program that is 37-26 over the last five years, with more 7-5 seasons than BCS bowl appearances, and more losing seasons than SEC East titles. And that's at least part of why so many Florida fans were excited by McElwain: He represents a dramatic difference from Will Muschamp as Florida's head coach merely by not being Muschamp. McElwain is, in fact, very much...
Alligator Army Apr 4, 2015

Florida Gators Weekend Open Thread: Gymnastics begins quest for NCAA three-peat

Florida's gymnastics team can take its first steps toward a three-peat Saturday afternoon. While Florida's stick-and-ball sports are almost all in action this weekend, and the Gators are hosting the Florida Relays, the most important competition featuring Gators of the next two days will be happening in West Virginia. That's where Florida's gymnastics team, angling for a third straight national title, will begin the NCAA Championships, in a Morgantown Regional they are favored to win for a ticket to advance, despite the presence of three other top-20 teams, and a fourth (New Hampshire) in...
Alligator Army Apr 2, 2015

Dorian Finney-Smith to stay with Gators for senior season, Florida announces

Florida will have its Doe-Doe back in 2015-16. Dorian Finney-Smith will return to Florida to play his senior season for the Gators, the school announced in a release late Thursday afternoon. Finney-Smith, aka “Doe-Doe,” made the decision to come back for his fifth-year senior season Tuesday after a long meeting with Coach Billy Donovan and enlisting the input of NBA scouts regarding his draft potential. "I got all the information I needed to make a decision," said Finney-Smith, who led the team in both scoring (13.1 points per game) and rebounding (6.2 per game) and garnered...
Alligator Army Apr 1, 2015

Rhonda Faehn coaches softball, Tim Walton trains gymnasts for April Fools' Day

And it was only the second-best gag of the day. It doesn't beat Jim McElwain and Kent Fuchs trading gigs, but this fun video of Florida gymnastics coach Rhonda Faehn and Gators softball coach Tim Walton trading teams for April Fools' Day would've been a pretty good best joke of the day on any other day.
Alligator Army Mar 31, 2015

Tuesday Thoughts: On Billy Donovan's future, Florida, and the lure of the NBA

Florida's best coach ever will always have chances to leave Gainesville. But will he ever take one? For Billy Donovan, Florida's 2014-15 season had to be the most frustrating year of work of his professional life. One year after setting a program record for wins and winning percentage, running off a 30-game winning streak, and going more than three months between losses to eventual national champion UConn in December and at the Final Four, Donovan's Gators went 16-17 — about as dramatic a drop-off as an elite program has ever had. One year after having four four-year senior starters —...
Alligator Army Mar 30, 2015

Florida Gators Weekend Review: Men's swimming fifth at NCAA Championships

Florida's men's swimming and diving team finished 2015 with some unusual accomplishments, and the Gators' stick-and-ball sports had a generally successful weekend. Florida men's swimming and diving fifth at NCAA Championships Florida's men's swimming and diving team didn't have much beyond aspirations of contending for a national title over the weekend at the 2015 NCAA Championships. But they still left with one national champion and a slew of other honors. Freshman Caeleb Dressel won Florida's first-ever championship in the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday, slicing through the water in 18.67...
Alligator Army Mar 29, 2015

2015 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight open thread: The last bit of madness

One final day when anything can happen... Sunday just can't be a better day of college basketball than Saturday was. We got Arizona going nova and Wisconsin going supernova in the early game, as the Badgers played one of the better second halves in recent memory, still managed to get out-shot by the Wildcats, and won an Elite Eight rematch. And then we got Notre Dame throwing the fear of a loss into Kentucky for the first time in ages, only for Kentucky to rise up late and set up a Final Four rematch. Whatever your feelings on the teams involved, the basketball itself was great. But we're...
Alligator Army Mar 28, 2015

2015 Elite Eight open thread: Better than nothing?

Last year's Elite Eight was a lot more fun than this one. Gosh, the Elite Eight was a lot better last year. Florida was in it for the fourth straight season. And then Florida won an Elite Eight game, handling Dayton and occasioning such things as this post and this post and this post and a Final Four trip. Of course, that didn't end up going exactly like we wanted. But it was better than this. Now, we get to watch Kentucky and see whether or not the Wildcats can be the first team in 24 years to make it to the Final Four with a goose egg in the loss column. Now, we have to see two teams...

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