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Alligator Army Jun 29, 2016

Florida projected to 2017 Outback Bowl against Nebraska

A rematch for revenge in the Sunshine State wouldn't be so bad. SB Nation's first bowl projections for the 2016 season by Jason Kirk dropped on Tuesday, and they feature Florida in a familiar place and up against a familiar-ish foe: The Outback Bowl against Nebraska. Kirk is obviously spitballing a bit, given that it is still June and we haven't even heard about things like suspensions for failed drug tests, affray, and stealing stuff from teammates violations of team rules for opening games in the fall. (He also has Tennessee in a New Year's Six bowl, which is definitely an expectation...
Alligator Army Jun 28, 2016

The Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread, Vol. XX

Is there anything you wouldn't believe Tim Tebow did? Tim Tebow occupies a special place in the hearts of Florida fans, and an equally distinctive spot in the whole of the sports world. His name has and always will drive traffic, which is part of why every outlet you have ever read rushed to post on Tebow praying with (and "apparently" "healing," if you listen to the jokes) a sick man on a flight, a story that originated on Facebook and then got picked up by an air travelers' blog before ending up basically everywhere. The coverage is partly because Tebow is famous — he's still on Good...
Alligator Army Jun 27, 2016

Chomping at Bits: University of Florida opening renovated Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall

The academic and personal support center for student-athletes underwent a $25 million renovation. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. UF to open Otis P. Hawkins Center for Academic and Personal Excellence at Farrior Hall: The center opens today after a $25 million renovation project. The center is utilized for advising, tutoring, and...
Alligator Army Jun 26, 2016

Florida wide receiver Alvin Bailey to transfer

Another Muschamp-era offensive piece is heading out of town. Florida wide receiver Alvin Bailey will transfer from the school, as first reported by Scout and since confirmed with Florida by many reports. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Zach Abolverdi reports that Bailey will transfer to FCS Youngstown State. The move doesn't come as a surprise, much as fellow wide receiver Ryan Sousa leaving Florida wasn't a surprise. Bailey didn't make much of an impact at UF, with his career stats totaling three catches for 49 yards over three seasons with the Gators. Two of those catches and 43 of...
Alligator Army Jun 24, 2016

Florida football recruiting: Physical linebacker Ventrell Miller picks Gators

A powerful, instictive linebacker from Lakeland being coached by Randy Shannon worked out before. After a quiet period on the recruiting trail, Florida is ramping up its efforts to land commitments as the summer heats up. The Gators got their third this week and second of the day early Friday evening when three-star linebacker Ventrell Miller committed. pic.twitter.com/1q2xZ9viwW — Ventrell Miller (@ventrell_miller) June 24, 2016 Miller is a three-star linebacker in the 247Sports Composite and just inside that ranking's top 600 players nationally. All four major recruiting...
Alligator Army Jun 24, 2016

Zachary Carter, four-star defensive end, commits to Florida

Florida has its new best recruit for the 2017 class. Florida has long been the team to beat in and around Tampa on the recruiting trail, but recent years have seen some of the Gators' primacy in the Bay Area wane. After securing the commitment of four-star defensive end Zachary Carter, maybe Tampa's best 2017 prospect, on Friday, the Gators have some bite back. Florida boy forever pic.twitter.com/STZUqCiLrW — Zachary L Carter™ (@_ZachAttacks) June 24, 2016 Carter has an excellent frame for a defensive end, standing 6'5" or so and weighing nearly 250 pounds prior to his senior year...
Alligator Army Jun 24, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Kevin O'Sullivan, Gators hope to improve their results in Omaha

O'Sullivan is committed to finding the winning formula for Florida. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Kevin O'Sullivan looks to improve Florida's results in Omaha: The Gators have made ten trips to the College World Series without winning a national title, joining Florida State (21), Clemson (12), North Carolina (10), and Northern...
Alligator Army Jun 23, 2016

Florida Gators Around the World: Non-conference schedule filling, Oh-Four celebration set

Checking in on Florida basketball. Florida's non-conference schedule for the 2016-17 season is set to be a unique pilgrimage from city to city for a diasporic band of Gators who won't be able to play in the O'Dome until the completion of its transformation into Exactech Arena at the O'Connell Center is complete in late December. And it's filling out. The Gainesville Sun's Kevin Brockway noted last week that Florida would meet St. Bonaventure in Lakeland, according to a report from the Olean Times Herald and reported in early June that the Gators would see Charlotte in this year's Orange...
Alligator Army Jun 23, 2016

Chomping at Bits: University of Florida forms committee for new Athletic Director search

The search for Jeremy Foley's replacement begins. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. UF forms committee for new Athletic Director search: The university hopes to have a new AD hired prior to October 1st, when Jeremy Foley steps down. The committee will narrow down a list to an undetermined number of finalists, then Florida head...
Alligator Army Jun 22, 2016

Florida football recruiting: California cornerback Elijah Blades commits to Gators

Going, going, back, back... Florida added a much-needed defensive back to its 2017 recruiting class on Wednesday, as rising senior cornerback Elijah Blades of Pasadena, California committed to the Gators, announcing the move on Twitter. DREAM COME TRUE GOTTA CHASE IT #SWAMP pic.twitter.com/fqrUjCwTEF — ELIJAH - BLADES SZN™ (@savageszniv) June 22, 2016 Blades is a four-star player per the 247Sports Composite, and its No. 222 player and No. 26 corner. 247Sports itself thinks a bit more highly of Blades, whom it sees as a four-star player and the No. 160 player in the country....
Alligator Army Jun 22, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball ends season with disappointing College World Series

The Gators leave Omaha winless. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Florida baseball ends season with disappointing back-to-back CWS losses: The Gators' pitching depth could not make up for their lack of hits in the series. Florida fell to Texas Tech 3-2 yesterday, despite a rally attempt in the ninth.  (Mike Malloy, Orlando...
Alligator Army Jun 21, 2016

Texas Tech 3, Florida 2: Anemic offense dooms Gators to 0-for-Omaha

The Gators couldn't hit until it couldn't help. Florida needed a dream of a ninth inning to avoid another nightmare at the College World Series. And for a moment, after Peter Alonso powdered another baseball out of cavernous TD Ameritrade Park, it seemed like the Gators might just live that dream. Then reality returned — and reduced the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament to just another squad eliminated without a win at the College World Series. Texas Tech got a two-run homer from Eric Gutierrez off Alex Faedo's only real mistake of the day and an insurance-turned-game-winning run...
Alligator Army Jun 21, 2016

Florida's Jim McElwain ranked No. 30 among FBS coaches by Athlon

Is that too low for the Gators' head man? Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain checks in at No. 30 in a new Athlon Sports rankings of the 128 coaches in the Football Bowl Subdivision published on Tuesday. Steven Lassan writes this about McElwain: 30. Jim McElwain, Florida An argument could be made for McElwain to rank higher on this list after leading the Gators to a SEC East title and a 10-4 record in his first season in Gainesville. McElwain’s first year came with its share of obstacles, as Florida lost starting quarterback Will Grier to a midseason suspension and struggled on...
Alligator Army Jun 21, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball facing Texas Tech in College World Series elimination game

The Gators need to win today to stay in Omaha. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Florida baseball ready to rally after disappointing loss: The Gators fell to the loser's bracket after dropping their first game of the 2016 College World Series against Coastal Carolina on Sunday. Florida has been in similar positions already this...
Alligator Army Jun 20, 2016

The Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread, Vol. XIX

Do you want to talk about baseball or nah? Hello Alligator Army folks! Welcome to the latest installment of the Alligator Army Weekly Open Thread. As usual, this thread is for you to discuss whatever your heart desires (within reason) with the informal rules of commenting decorum still applying. Here is where I would normally attempt to drum up excitement about the Gators playing in the College World Series, but methinks that excitement is not the term that many of you would choose to describe your current feelings (and I really don't want to encourage more trips to the doldrums, frankly)....
Alligator Army Jun 20, 2016

Chomping at Bits: Florida baseball drops first game of College World Series

It's win or go home for the Gators, who now head to the loser's bracket. Chomping at Bits comes stocked with the best Florida Gators links and news we can find, and some other stuff. Got a link you think we should check out? Email us at AlligatorArmy@gmail.com, subject line CAB, or find us on Twitter at @AlligatorArmy or on Facebook at Facebook.com/AlligatorArmy. Florida drops College World Series opener to Coastal Carolina: After dropping last night's game to the Chanticleers, the Gators' backs are against the wall. Florida heads to the loser's bracket, where it will face Texas Tech...
Alligator Army Jun 19, 2016

Coastal Carolina 2, Florida 1: Gators get submarined in Omaha

And now Florida has its back to the wall. Florida's first game at the 2016 College World Series could have belonged to Logan Shore. The Gators' ace was on the bump, and generally excellent against the team that led the nation in home runs, though he let up more extra-base hits than was advisable, and was sabotaged by his defense. Instead, it would belong to Coastal Carolina's Andrew Beckwith, who bewildered the Gators for the full nine innings. And the win would go to the Chanticleers, 2-1, sending Florida to the dreaded losers' bracket and placing the Gators' backs squarely against the...
Alligator Army Jun 19, 2016

Florida vs. Coastal Carolina, College World Series open thread: Shore thing

Here's hoping Florida's ace lets us all watch Game 7. I turned over this idea I'd had in my head all weekend — a list of reasons to watch Florida's College World Series bow against Coastal Carolina (8 p.m, ESPN2) instead of the climactic Game 7 of a seesawing NBA Finals or the season finale of Game of Thrones. And they boiled down to me making fun of Game of Thrones, people without second TVs who couldn't have both games on, and people without DVRs who can't just DVR Game of Thrones. Considering how many people love Thrones, and how many fall into those other two categories, I figured...
Alligator Army Jun 18, 2016

Logan Shore named starter for Florida's first game of 2016 College World Series

The Gators will look to their dependable righty to start their run in Omaha. Junior right-hander Logan Shore, the SEC Pitcher of the Year, will start Florida's first game of the 2016 College World Series when the Gators face Coastal Carolina tomorrow. Shore is a part of the best pitching staff in the country while the Chanticleers lead the nation in home runs. Coach O'Sullivan announced today that Logan Shore will get the ball in Game 1 at the #CWS.Sunday | 8 pm ET | ESPN2 pic.twitter.com/NENACt3Vzo — Gators Baseball (@GatorsBB) June 15, 2016 Shore started game two of Florida's...
Alligator Army Jun 17, 2016

Friday Forum: What are your expectations for Florida at the 2016 College World Series?

Is winning it all really what we expect? The 2016 College World Series begins on Saturday in Omaha, and after a worrying loss to Florida State in the first game of the Gainesville Super Regional last Saturday, the Florida Gators have looked like a team that could win their first national championship in the sport. Florida blanked a powerful FSU lineup in Games 2 and 3 of that Super Regional, and finally got timely hitting from both Peter Alonso and JJ Schwarz at the same time, as both doubled in Sunday's Game 2 and homered in Monday's climactic Game 3. Couple that newfound offensive...