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Alligator Army 18 hours ago

Florida issues statement on Treon Harris, Jalen Tabor: "Bowl status hasn't changed"

There's no suspension coming for two talented Gators freshmen. Late Friday afternoon, Florida released a statement on the citation of Treon Harris for a Tuesday incident in which he was stopped after speeding on campus and discovered to be driving without a valid license, in a car that was not his — or belonging to fellow Gators Jalen Tabor and J.C. Jackson, both passengers for the stop — and with two small bags of marijuana on board. It is succinct. "We are aware of the incident and are dealing with it internally and their bowl status hasn’t changed." Translation: No one's getting...
Alligator Army 23 hours ago

Florida QB Treon Harris cited for driving without license; weed, two other Gators in car

The crime, here, is less troubling than the decision-making. Florida quarterback Treon Harris was cited Tuesday in Gainesville for operating a vehicle without a valid license, The Gainesville Sun's Robbie Andreu reports. Florida quarterback Treon Harris is facing a second-degree misdemeanor charge for operating a motor vehicle without a valid license. — Robbie Andreu (@RobbieAndreu) December 19, 2014 That, in and of itself, is not a big deal, even if Harris has never had a drivers license: When he gets a license, all-time Gators lawyer Huntley Johnson says, the charge is likely to be...
Alligator Army Dec 18, 2014

Florida's Jake McGee to apply for NCAA waiver granting sixth year of eligibility

The talented graduate transfer isn't totally assured of receiving it, though. Florida tight end Jake McGee, whose Gators career to date has spanned an offseason and less than a half against Eastern Michigan, will apply for an NCAA waiver granting him a sixth year of collegiate eligiblity, interim coach D.J. Durkin told reporters on Thursday. Durkin offered this quote: "He's trying to do that," Durkin said. "We're trying to get him another year. I totally believe he deserves it and that should work out for him. But we don't know the answer to that yet." McGee graduated from Virginia after...
Alligator Army Dec 18, 2014

Report: Florida's D.J. Humphries to enter 2015 NFL Draft; Humphries disputes report

So this is fun. Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, The Gainesville Sun's Zach Abolverdi reported late Wednesday, citing sources. And, hey, it made sense: Humphries was a five-star prospect considered among the best players in the 2012 recruiting class when he committed to Florida, and still possesses a frame and the nimble feet that are close to the ideal clay for molding a great offensive tackle. Plus, Humphries has been hurt off and on during his three years in Gainesville, wouldn't be playing for the head coach who signed him, Will Muschamp (or, it...
Alligator Army Dec 16, 2014

Florida football recruiting: TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe is Jim McElwain's first commit

The talented Georgia prospect also gives Florida an in on a 2016 player — his brother. Tight end Daniel Imatorbhebhe — im-a-TOUR-bay-bay, I'm guessing — committed to Florida on Wednesday, as first tweeted by Gator Country's Andrew Spivey. That makes Imatorbhebhe the first public Florida commit since the Gators hired Jim McElwain as head coach. Imatorbhebhe, a 6'4" tight end from Suwanee, Georgia, is rated as a consensus three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite rankings, and the nation's No. 24 tight end. From his highlights, he certainly looks more like a receiver than an...
Alligator Army Dec 16, 2014

Mississippi State's Dan Mullen calls DC Geoff Collins leaving for Florida "lateral move"

"Yo, it's got to be 'cause I'm seasoned, haters give me them salty looks / Lawry's." Mississippi State's Dan Mullen is now short one defensive coordinator, with the news today that his incumbent, Geoff Collins, has taken the same position at Florida. He is also, to be fair, saying the exact sort of thing that the head coach at Mississippi State should say when one of the bullies of the block poaches his defensive coordinator. Mullen says he sees Collins' move to Florida as a lateral move — Steve Robertson (@ScoutSteveR) December 16, 2014 Mullen calls Geoff Collins going from...
Alligator Army Dec 16, 2014

Reports: Florida to hire Mississippi State's Geoff Collins as defensive coordinator

And, if you look past a few troubling numbers, he might be a downright incredible hire for the Gators. Sports Illustrated writer Thayer Evans has the first big scoop of the Jim McElwain era, if he's right: He reports that Florida will hire Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins to the same position. ESPN's Joe Schad confirmed Evans's report later Tuesday morning, as did Fox Sports's Bruce Feldman; at 11 a.m., local paper The Clarion-Ledger confirmed the national reports of Collins's departure. Collins has been Mississippi State's defensive coordinator since 2011, and had...
Alligator Army Dec 15, 2014

On Will Muschamp's return to Auburn, and the skyfall for Florida fans

Coach Boom heading back to where he got his nickname salts wounds that are a long way from healing. There was a distinctly bitter tone in the reaction to Will Muschamp returning to Auburn as the Tigers' defensive coordinator, news reported Friday night — first by 247Sports's Auburn site, then Sports Illustrated, then other outlets — and announced by the Tigers on Saturday. As Muschamp was welcomed home to the place where he began his coaching career and truly made a national name for himself with open arms, Gators fans sniped at their former coach. Muschamp might recruit great defensive...
Alligator Army Dec 14, 2014

Florida 79, Jacksonville 34: Gators storm past Dolphins, finish acing finals week

It took a while for Florida to wake up on Sunday. But when they did? The Gators rolled. At halftime on Sunday afternoon in the O'Dome, Florida had just clicked off a 6-0 run to go up 10 points on lowly Jacksonville, with a banked Dorian Finney-Smith jumper providing the final two points at the buzzer. Then Florida extended that run to a 23-2 run over the first 6:29 of the second half. And minimized the impact of Jacksonville's first five points of the second stanza by making them part of an 11-5 Gators run. And finished the game on a 15-0 run. When all was said and done, the Gators had a...
Alligator Army Dec 14, 2014

Florida vs. Jacksonville, Game Thread: Short-handed Gators look to continue winning ways

No Kasey Hill? No problem, at least against Jacksonville. The bad news for Florida's Sunday game against Jacksonville (broadcast on ESPN3)? Yet another Gator unavailable for a game. Chris Chiozza will make his first career start today. Kasey Hill available, but battling a stomach virus.— Gator M-Basketball (@GatorZoneMBK) December 14, 2014 But while not having Kasey Hill is a bad thing — yes, really, Kasey Hill skeptics — and playing Chris Chiozza as Florida's primary ballhandler will probably negatively impact the Gators, it's not the end of the world. Especially because — good...
Alligator Army Dec 12, 2014

Florida 75, Texas Southern 50: Bigger, faster, stronger Gators cruise past Tigers

The Gators' finals-week matchup with TSU was about a routine as they come, and that's exactly what it needed to be. Texas Southern won the opening tip, and that was about it. From an opening 9-0 run all the way to the 75-50 final score, Florida had its Friday night game in hand with not a worry to look back on. It felt a bit like a glorified scrimmage — a boring one — but with five players scoring in double digits, that's the kind of offensive output you want to see. Jon Horford (10), Dorian Finney-Smith (11), Michael Frazier II (11), Chris Walker (12) and Devin Robinson (15, a career...
Alligator Army Dec 12, 2014

Videos: Florida's Chris Walker dunks all over Texas Southern

Chris Walker can write with lightning by bringing the thunder. (That metaphor doesn't make sense, but neither does he.) As mentioned in our Game Thread, Texas Southern is short. There isn't a single Tiger as tall as Florida's Chris Walker, and that was an issue in the Tigers' 75-50 loss on Friday night. But Walker jumping into the sky and throwing down oops like thunderclaps was a bigger one. First, Walker threw down on an oop from Kasey Hill — his longtime AAU teammate — early in the second half. Kasey Hill hits Chris Walker with the alley-oop like it's AAU ball again #Gators...
Alligator Army Dec 12, 2014

Florida vs. Texas Southern, Game Thread: Goliaths vs. Davids

Florida will tower over Texas Southern tonight. And it will win. Goliath usually does, in our world. I took a fair bit of flak for mentioning this spring that Dayton's status as an upstart, combined with my knowledge of the difficulty of being an upstart in college sports, made me a little conflicted about rooting for Florida in the Elite Eight. Tonight, against Texas Southern (7 p.m., SEC Network / WatchESPN), the Gators are Goliath again — but, this time, even though the Tigers are part of the dirt-poor Southwestern Athletic Conference (which is made up largely of underfunded...
Alligator Army Dec 12, 2014

What do you want to read about the Florida Gators?

♫ 'Cause I got a blank blog bay-bee / And I'll write your post ♫ You may have noticed that there's been nothing to notice around here of late. I'm sorry about that. Really, I am. But I don't know what to write. This is a weird time for Florida, in that "content creation" (a euphemism for "putting something up so that people click around"), rather than analysis, is what is easiest. I could have written about Gators being named to All-SEC and All-America teams, and may yet round all of those honors up, but those honors do not matter, or matter, or even "matter." What good comes from...
Alligator Army Dec 9, 2014

Florida 85, Yale 47: Finally, the Gators dominate, and show their ceiling is the sky

This was how Florida can play at its best. The final score was 85-47 as Florida trucked Yale in the O'Dome on Monday night, but the number that really stuck with the viewer, the one that runs through Chris Harry's recap, was 49. That was Florida's largest lead against the Bulldogs, achieved at 80-31, after a merciless Chris Chiozza hit a killer stepback corner three with the clock running down. There was still 7:09 to play. And Florida could've gunned for 100 if it had wanted on this night, or won by 50, or doubled up Yale's score, but Billy Donovan kept subbing in bench players — walk-on...
Alligator Army Dec 8, 2014

Florida vs. Yale, Game Thread: Can the injury-racked Gators get back to winning at home?

Florida's taking on a tough Yale team tonight. But the Gators will do so at home. And that helps. Florida plays Yale at 7 p.m. tonight in the O'Connell Center (SEC Network or WatchESPN), and I could tell you all the things that I think will happen from Florida's perspective to preview the Gators' game with the Bulldogs, who knocked off defending national champion UConn at UConn on Friday night. Or I could turn to my good friend John Ezekowitz, who has literally written (the chapter in) the book (that is the College Basketball Prospectus) on Ivy League hoops. Ezekowitz is a Harvard grad and...
Alligator Army Dec 7, 2014

2015 Birmingham Bowl to match Florida, East Carolina

Florida's playing a team twice in eight months. Yay. Florida and East Carolina will meet in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl in Birmingham, Alabama on January 3, the SEC announced Sunday. The game will air at 1 p.m. Eastern on ESPN or ESPN2. ESPN's Brett McMurphy was first to report the pairing. The 6-5 Gators were likely at or near the end of the SEC's list of teams to send bowling, and tumbled by preferred landing spots like Jacksonville (for the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl) or Charlotte (for the Belk Bowl) to land in Birmingham. The Pirates, 8-4 on the year, are coming off a stupefying loss to UCF...
Alligator Army Dec 7, 2014

Florida football recruiting: George Brown, Jr. flips to LSU, probably without live tiger

Even holding a baby gator at your commitment ceremony won't bind you to Florida. Remember George Brown, Jr., who committed to Florida with the aid of a live baby alligator (sort of) over the summer? Saturday night, he flipped to LSU. 247Sports's Ryan Bartow first reported the flip, which reportedly occurred during Brown's official visit to LSU. Brown himself tweeted it out shortly afterward: I Have Officially Committed To Louisiana State University #LSU #GEAUXTIGERS— George Brown Jr ® (@MADDAWG_G) December 7, 2014 Brown was, despite his showy commitment, not one of the higher-profile...
Alligator Army Dec 6, 2014

Florida football recruiting: Four-star California QB Sheriron Jones decommits

Jim McElwain's got nearly a blank slate to work with on the recruiting trail. Four-star California quarterback Sheriron Jones decommitted from Florida on Saturday, according to Rivals's Adam Gorney and 247Sports's Ryan Bartow. And a tiny recruiting class got even smaller. The Gators were already working with one of the tiniest recruiting classes among Power Five schools in the nation, even before their not-publicly-called-a-firing-but-that's-what-it-was of Will Muschamp, thanks to the job security issues that swirled around Muschamp and the Gators all year. But since Muschamp's departure,...
Alligator Army Dec 6, 2014

Florida's Jim McElwain really, really likes dogs

Canine companions were a theme of Jim McElwain's opening press conference. If we know anything for certain about Jim McElwain after his first press conference as the Florida Gators' head football coach, it is that he is a dog guy. When asked about his offensive philosophy, McElwain called himself a mutt: McElwain on offensive philosophy: "I'm that dog that was dropped off at the humane society that has a little bit of every breed in it."— Daniel Morales (@DanielM_ITG) December 6, 2014 When asked about what he would call his offense — in contrast with Steve Spurrier's Fun 'n Gun —...

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