99 days to kickoff: Sammy Green
Over the next 99 days GatorCountry.com will be previewing the players that make up the Florida Gators football team as we inch closer and closer to the season. Each day we will profile a scholarship athlete (or two, or three depending on how the ...
Florida recruiting Hendrix hard
The Gators have arguably one of the best defensive lines in the country heading into the 2013 football season. Will Muschamp and his staff are out trying to keep that tradition and this week, Florida visited O'Fallon (Ill.) High defensive end Dewayne ...
May Recruiting Mailbag
The bubble is a cruel and unforgiving place when it comes to NCAA Tournaments. Teams that sit on the bubble never quite get comfortable; teams that have theirs pop fall to inglorious doom; teams that make it in off the bubble rarely do much in the NCAA Tournament, with stories like VCU's from 2011 very much rare tales. And so Florida baseball's late-season swoon, which seemingly landed it squarely on the bubble, was a ticket to painful uncertainty.
I think #UF is still in. RT @nbaliva: @kendallrogerspg My Gators gonna be nervous on selection day with that loss?— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogersPG) May 22, 2013
Florida sure is limping toward Selection Monday. Gators lose 6-3 to Aggies - I'm not loving UF's regional chances in light of poor finish.— Aaron Fitt (@aaronfitt) May 22, 2013
Florida's problems started after it put together an impressive 11-1 streak in games including road tests at Mississippi State and Florida State and a home series against South Carolina to get to 25-19 on April 27. The Gators lost all that momentum over the last three weeks, sputtering to a 4-9 close that featured series losses to Auburn and Georgia and a truly dismal showing at LSU. Florida hasn't beaten a team that isn't Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Auburn, or Georgia in May — and it went 4-4 against those teams.
That's spitting the bit by any measure, even without considering that Auburn and Georgia were among the worst teams in the SEC this season, and it's bad enough to make predictions from last week or even this Monday look obsolete.
But there is one great silver lining: The bubble seems to be very soft this year, so soft that Florida might not actually be on it.
Looking around at the few pieces of college baseball bracketology I've seen, Auburn is consistently among the last few teams making the field. This makes some sense: Auburn's got a 33-22 record, but just a 13-17 record against the SEC, despite that series win against Florida. And though Auburn did well to win series from Arkansas and Mississippi State, that's about the only thing on the Tigers' r
And in the recent landscape of college football, winning an SEC Championship might even guarantee you a spot in the BCS National Championship. In order for the Gators to get back to a game where the winner gets to hoist a crystal ball, they first need ...
The Florida Gators track and field teams will be in Greensboro, North Carolina over the next couple of days taking part in the NCAA Outdoor East Qualifiers for the NCAA Championships that will begin in early June. The three-day meet will be held at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center on the campus of North Carolina A&T University.
The action begins for the Gators today at 1:00 p.m. ET with Marquis Dendy and the men's long jump. The action resumes for the Gators on both Friday and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. ET with the women's and men's hammer throws respectively. In total, the Gators have been awarded 48 qualifiers for this weekend with 26 of them being from the women's team.
Out of those 48 qualifiers for the Gators, seven of them have been awarded the top seed in the East Region. Once again though, the secret to the Gators' success at this meet and at the NCAA Championships in June will be field events, sprints and a hopeful surprise in the distance arena.
The Gators men will be looking to qualify enough people to defend their 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championship while the women's team will look to secure their best overall finish since 2010. If the rankings are to be believed, the No. 1 men and No. 5 women should be just fine.
You can follow all the action online and up-to-the-second courtesy of Flash Results, who are once again the official timekeeper of the NCAA Championships. On Flash Results' website, you can also find the performance lists (in PDF form). Championship central is located at NCAA.com.
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Florida-Georgia gets 3:30 slot on CBS: As I mentioned on Twitter yesterday, I'd love to go to a night Florida-Georgia game. (SB Nation | CBS Press Express)
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Cody Larson transferring to South Dakota State: We wish him the best of luck. (Terry Vandrovec, The Argus Leader)
Florida tennis players fall in NCAA Tournament singles play: It's been a frustrating week for the Gators in Illinois. By the way, Stanford won the women's national title on Tuesday. (Women's | Men's)
Andres Echavarria, globetrotter: There are worse things to rack up frequent-flier miles on than golf. (Jim McCabe, Golfweek)
Antonio Morrison an almost freak? I think this list is sort of silly, and don't know why Morrison's the token Gator in the honorable mention section instead of Loucheiz Purifoy, but whatever. (Bruce Feldman, Eye on College Football | CBS Sports)
More on Florida's nutrition: I think it's interesting and kind of cool that Florida has a woman running its nutrition program. (Scott Carter, GatorZone)
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omg RT @scottcandage: .@lana if you put a bad URL in at mlb.com you get a random gif. Refresh for fun! mlb.mlb.com/mlb/— Lana Berry (@Lana) May 23, 2013
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Frazier is one of 24 players scheduled to compete for 12 roster spots during the June 14-19 training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. Finalists for the roster spots will be announced on June 16, with the official 12-man roster to be set in the following days. The tournament will be held June 27 through July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Last week, the Gators handed out an offer to 2015 Albany (Ga.) Westover School defensive tackle Trenton Thompson.
“Coach Brad Lawing from Florida offered me last Friday,” Thompson said. “He said I know you got offers from other schools but I want you to know that you have an offer from Florida. He really wanted me to come down there for a visit soon.”
One prospect that the Florida staff has visited during the evaluation period is Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer receiver Johnnie Dixon.
“Coach (Joker) Phillips came by the schools to see me last week sometime,” Dixon said. “It was good to see him here visiting me and he seemed like a real calm guy. I talked to him on the phone later and I liked him a lot, he is a real nice guy and a cool calm person even though this was my first time meeting him. He’s a good coach with a lot of experience.”
With just 99 days until the official kickoff of the college football season (100 days for the Gators), a sign that I know college football is coming back is Bruce Feldman’s annual list of the “20 Freaks of College Football.” Feldman has been putting out this list for over a decade with the criteria of a player who physically impresses his coaches or teammates in the weight room or with “other ‘wow’ aspects of athleticism.” Reading over Feldman’s list – a list that didn’t include any Gators – got me wondering about who are the biggest “freaks” in Florida’s locker room. Before we offend anyone, the term “freak” is being used as a complimentary term, describing a player that is capable of doing insane things on the football field that make you rewind a game in the middle of a series.
For reference, former players on Feldman’s list include Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson, two guys who make you wonder if they’re actual human begins or if they are aliens from a different planet.
2015 DL picks up Florida offer
2015 DL picks up Florida offer
2013 Florida Gators Football Schedule. (RayGator @ 09:50 PM). Fan day set for August 17th. (RayGator @ 09:46 PM). CBS announces kickoff time for World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. (malscott @ 09:37 PM). I guess we can call Larson a transfer now ...
Muschamp talks to Dixon
Muschamp talks to Dixon
10 Freaks of Florida Football
The college football offseason seemingly never ends. It turns nice, respectable members of society into ravenous fans, thirsty for any kind of information that may seep out of their favorite team's locker room. College football fans await the opening ...