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Details of Justin Fields’ visit to the Florida Gators

The Justin Fields’ show pulled into Gainesville on Tuesday afternoon and stayed in Gainesville for a little more than 24 hours before the quarterback headed home with his mother.

Fields is one of the most sought after quarterbacks in the country and he visited Georgia, Auburn and Florida State last week prior to his trip to Gainesville.

GatorCountry is going to bring you some of things that Fields was able to do on his trip that included meeting a Gator legend.

Florida rolled out the red carpet for Fields and his mom during his time in Gainesville and it started from the moment he...

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Florida Gators CWS run hinging on Jackson Kowar

OMAHA, Neb. — Kevin O’Sullivan is the last of the Florida Gators still in TD Ameritrade. The players and the rest of his staff have retreated to the team bus that will take the Gators back to their hotel.

He's not in a rush. The bus isn't going to leave him at the stadium like he were Lane Kiffin.

For just the third time in 11 trips Florida is 2-0 in Omaha. O’Sullivan has gotten 14 innings from his starting pitchers including 20 strikeouts to just one earned run. He’s only had to use three pitchers out of the bullpen.

It’s a dream scenario but O’Sullivan,...

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Jordan Mitchell talks about the Florida Gators

Class of 2019 Jordan Mitchell (6’7 200lb Montverde Academy) has been a name that has been heating up this spring. Mitchell plays for the All-Ohio Red squad in the EYBL circuit who has put themselves in a great position heading into the Peach Jam. Mitchell caught up with GatorCountry.com to talk about the Peach Jam and his recruiting process.

Getting out in the open court and making plays in transition is a strength that stands out when watching Mitchell play.

“My style of play is I like to get out and run in transition,” Mitchell said. “My strengths are I can do whatever you need...

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Mukuamu high on the Florida Gators after his visit

It has already been a busy summer for the Florida Gators coaching staff as they’ve hosted a lot of prospects on campus for camps and unofficial visits.

Last Thursday the Gators hosted safety Israel Mukuamu (6-4, 187, Boosier City, LA. Parkway) and he received an offer while on campus after he spoke with the coaching staff.

“Coach [Randy] Shannon the defensive coordinator did while I was visiting,” Mukuamu said. “He told me that he loves the way I play and that he loves my size, ability and the kind of person I am.”

Mukuamu has double digit offers already but he admits that...

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Florida Gators revelling their underdog role in College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. — There is no greater stage in College baseball than TD Ameritrade Park and the College World Series. The pressure of just stepping between the white lines can make a game you’ve played your entire life feel foreign and make your knees weak.

Then, when you’re stacked like the Florida Gators were in 2016, after you’ve beat up on every opponent you’ve faced all season people start talking. The guys out in the Las Vegas desert make you a favorite. Reporters’ questions come in bigger than softballs, praise is heaped on you and you start to listen to it....

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Brady Singer dominates for Gators in win over Louisville

OMAHA, Neb — Austin Langworthy knew he hit it well but he’d never hit a home run to the opposite field in a park like TD Ameritrade so he put his head down and hustled to first. The ball kept carrying before it found the left field foul pole for a home run.

The Gators came into the College World Series with 50 home runs on the season but they added two more to power past Louisville 5-1 and advance to the bracket two championship game.

“That was a little different than running around the bases in Gainesville or anywhere else,” Langworthy said. “It’s a big...

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Biggest question marks for Florida Gators football in 2017: Quarterback

As summer drags on, college football season slowly inches closer and closer. In mid-late June, there are a lot more questions than answers about how any team’s season will shake out. In this series, Gator Country will highlight the biggest questions for every Florida Gators position group and the affects the answers will have on this season.

The first segments of this series will take a look at Florida’s offense, starting with a few of the many questions at the quarterback position.

The Gators have been searching for answers on offense since the departure of Tim Tebow in 2009,...

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Walker enjoys his visit to Florida Gators

6’7 CJ Walker from OCP is one of the top talents in the 2019 class. He is a tremendous athlete who has a high motor and is very versatile. His stock is soaring this spring with offers and interest from programs all over the country. GatorCountry.com caught up with Walker to discuss his recent unofficial to Florida.

The Florida coaching staff has made a strong impression on Walker and the visit was a great opportunity to get to know the staff more.

“It was great visit,” Walker said. “UF is heading to an elite status and coaching staff are so down to earth. I was able to connect...

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Florida’s Rembrandt: Alex Faedo finishes his latest masterpiece

OMAHA, Neb. — Jim Schlossnagle has seen a lot of baseball in his 27 years as a coach. The performance he watched from Alex Faedo on Sunday was unlike anything he’d seen before.

Faedo had made 50 appearances in three years at Florida so Schlossnagle and the TCU Horned Frogs has a book on the junior hurler. It just, as Schlossnagle put it, didn’t matter.

“Having a game plan and executing against a great pitcher are two different things,” he said.

The canvas for one of Faedo’s masterpieces starts blank. He was the last Gator out of the clubhouse on Sunday. He...

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Florida Gators blank TCU to open College World Series run

OMAHA, Neb — Alex Faedo walked out of the Florida Gators locker room after everyone else had already spilled out and onto the field. The junior sat quietly before going through his normal pre-game routine. Nobody talked to the stone-faced ace as he sat alone in the dugout or as he warmed up in the left field bullpen.

TCU didn’t have anything to say to Faedo either.

Florida’s ace was unhittable early as the Florida Gators beat TCU 3-0 to open their run at the College World Series.

“I try to pitch big in big games,” Faedo told Gator Country. “I guess...

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Florida Gators unapologetic about being in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb — You’ll have to excuse Kevin O’Sullivan if he doesn’t care what you think about his Florida Gators ballclub.

More than 300 teams started playing baseball back on fields with empty stands in the fall and there are only eight teams left playing baseball this week.

Shortly following the Gators Monday night win over Wake Forest to advance to O’Sullivan’s sixth College World Series, and third straight, questions began coming in questioning how Florida made it this far. How did a ragtag bunch of kids that don’t hit for power, don’t really hit for average and who...

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Photo Gallery: Florida Gators arrive at the College World Series

OMAHA, Neb — The Florida Gators arrive at TD Ameritrade Park for their 11th College World Series appearance, including six under Kevin O’Sullivan and third in a row.

Here is our photo gallery from the Gators’ first practice of the CWS.

To view a photo, click a thumbnail. Once it opens up, you can click right or left of the photo to go to the next one. Enjoy!

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Kevin O’Sullivan’s philosophy changing at College World Series

OMAHA, Neb.  — In the underbelly of TD Ameritrade Park Kevin O’Sullivan sits between three other coaches, arms folded with a simile and a shiner under his left eye.

“My 4-year-old right in the back, Finn,” O’Sullivan smiled and pointed to his son in the back of the room, who was looking down at a screen, playing a game on his dad’s phone. “He's playing the game just like the players. How are you doing, buddy?”

O’Sullivan has been through the College World Series pomp, he knows what is expected of him, the media obligations, the competition level, the distractions and...

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Jim McElwain, Mike White given contract extensions

Coming off back-to-back SEC East Championships Jim McElwain was given a contract extension through January 2023. The one-year extension brings his average annual salary over the six-year contract up to $4.486 million (from $4.1645) annually. McElwain is 19-8 (13-3 SEC) in two seasons at Florida.

Head basketball coach Mike White was also given a one-year contract extension through 2023. White, who is 48-24 (23-13 SEC) and just led the Gators to the Elite Eight, had his total contract reach $16,275,000 over six years, giving him an average annual salary of $2,712,500.

“Both Coach Mac and...

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College World Series Schedule, TV, Team snapshots

The Florida Gators punched their ticket to Omaha, Nebraska and the College World Series for the 11th time in School history, the sixth time in the last eight years and the third season in a row.

The Gators are one of five National Seeds to make it to Omaha, joining (1) Oregon State, (4) LSU, (6) TCU and (7) Louisville.

Let’s take a look at the field that the Gators will face off against when they get to Omaha, the full schedule for the College World Series and the TV/Broadcast information.

SCHEDULE (all times Eastern Standard)

Saturday, June 17
Game 1: 3 PM -...

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Stevenson solid with his commitment to the Florida Gators

Last Saturday the Florida Gators hosted two of its 2019 commitments on campus that had the chance to watch the summer camp.

One of those on campus was 2019 athlete commit Tyrique Stevenson (6-1, 180, Homestead, FL. South Dade) and he got the chance to see everything Florida had to offer on Saturday.

“It was a great visit. I really like it up there,” Stevenson said of his recent visit to Florida. “We walked around the camp and met the coaches. We walked around buildings and checked those out and just walked around campus. I got to see campus.”

While on campus Stevenson had the...

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It's likely that you and your father have many great memories of the Orange and Blue over the years, whether it's winning National Championships or simply enjoying a tailgate barbecue. What...

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Dyson’s performance propels Florida Gators back to College World Series

Brady Singer was livid and the ESPN cameras caught most of it on Sunday afternoon. Singer, and the Florida Gators, had a right to be.

The sophomore was forced into action on Saturday after rain chased Alex Faedo from the opening game of the Gainesville Super Regional. Singer threw four innings of two-hit, shutout ball before handing it off to Michael Byrne. Byrne would blow the save, leaving Singer out of the decision. Singer had another opportunity to come back and pitch in the Super Regional, but rain forced him off the mound after two innings and a ticket to Omaha on the line.

Three...

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Florida Gators advance to College World Series for third year in a row

After more than 10 hours of rain delays and walk off wins for both teams the Florida Gators got to dog pile on the pitcher’s mound with a 3-0 win over Wake Forest to advance to the College World Series.

This is Kevin O’Sullivan’s sixth trip to Omaha for the CWS in 10 seasons and the Gators’ third consecutive trip.

It couldn’t have been done without the performance of Tyler Dyson. The freshman, who didn’t start pitching until his senior season of high school, was brilliant in a career-long outing. Dyson gave up a single to the first batter he faced and then promptly sat down...

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Alex Faedo drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft

After three years at the University of Florida pitcher Alex Faedo realized a childhood dream when he was selected 19th overall in the 2017 MLB Draft. Faedo was drafted in the 40th round (1,210 overall) by the Tigers in 2014.

As the 18th overall selection Faedo is slotted to sign a contract worth $3.2 million dollars.

Faedo’s career .813 winning percentage (26-6) is fourth all-time at Florida among pitchers with at least 20 decisions. He also ranks third-all time in strikeouts.

“The thing that separates Alex from maybe most people in his position is he’s been able to handle all...

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UAA approved record budget for Florida Gators athletics

The University of Florida’s Athletic Association approved a $128.2 million dollar budget for the 2017-18. The approval came after the Board of Director’s met on Monday morning.

The $128 million dollar budget is a record-high for the Florida Gators. Most of that budget, $82.5 million (64 percent) will be allocated for football and “football related expenses,” $13.48 million for basketball and $3.19 million for the other 17 sports across the school.

Florida will receive a one-time payment of $6 million dollars for playing Michigan in the AdvoCare Classic on September 2. All of that...

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Florida Gators a “perfect fit” for Upshaw

The Florida Gators picked up a new commit on Saturday when defensive end Taylor Upshaw (6-5, 240, Bradenton, FL. Braden River) committed while on campus.

Upshaw picked up a Gators offer a few weeks ago and said he knew he wanted to commit because of several reasons.

“It was just a perfect fit for me,” Upshaw said on why he decided to commit on Saturday. “I like the coaching staff, the school is close to my house, has my major, great academics and they play in the SEC, so it doesn’t get much better than that.”

The defensive end told head coach Jim McElwain about his...

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Williams joins the Florida Gators class again

The Florida Gators started the week off on a high note as the coaching staff picked up another commitment on Monday morning.

Safety Deontai Williams (6-0, 185, Jones JUCO) committed to Florida on Monday morning after visiting the Gators over the weekend.

Williams was a former commit to Florida out of Jacksonville Trinity Christian but was unable to qualify so enrolled at Jones County JUCO last year. The safety was unable to play last year due to an ACL injury but his knee has checked out with all of the coaching staff’s.

The safety had a busy spring as he picked up offers from the...

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Florida Gators second Super Regional game suspended until Monday

The Florida Gators and Wake Forest Demon Deacons will resume play of the Gainesville Super Regional on Monday at 1:04 p.m. due to an extensive rain delay during Game Two on Sunday. After nearly five innings of play, a storm that spread across the state of Florida halted the game.

The Gators were trailing the Deacons 5-4 at the time the delay began.

Florida, the away team for the day, took its biggest blow of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Starting pitcher Jackson Kowar was not bringing his best stuff on the mound, and the strong offense of Wake Forest took full advantage of...

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Larson lifts Florida Gators past Wake Forest in extra innings

A 3 p.m. start to Super Regionals between the Florida Gators (46-17) and Wake Forest Demon Deacons (42-19) turned into a late night in Gainesville on Saturday. The Gators and Deacons were set to play in what was expected to become and instant classic matchup, and Saturday’s game delivered.
Junior pitcher Alex Faedo took the mound for Florida as scheduled, but what had the potential to be one of his best outings of the year was cut short by the inevitable post-season weather delay.
Faedo pitched four scoreless innings, fanning nine Wake Forest batters and only giving up four hits and one...

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Upshaw commits to the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators received some good news for the second straight weekend when the coaching staff picked up another 2018 commitment.

Defensive end Taylor Upshaw (6-5, 240, Bradenton, FL. Braden River) announced his commitment to Florida on Saturday while visiting the Gators for camp.

"I will be committing to the University of Florida," Upshaw said. " #ChompChomp

Upshaw picked up his offer from the Gators this spring after defensive line coach Chris Rumph visited him for a practice.

“Coach Rumph has been telling me that he just wanted to see me in-person,” Upshaw said of his...

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Florida Gators vs. Wake Forest preview: A battle for Omaha

This weekend’s Super Regional between the No. 3 Florida Gators and No. 13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons draws a great deal of interest to Gainesville, mostly because the two teams are polar opposites.

The best-of-three series will put the strengths of both clubs to the test. Gator Country is here to bring a closer look at the ins and outs of this win or go home matchup.

Schedule:

Saturday, 3 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, 3 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

Monday, TBA 1 p.m./4 p.m./7 p.m. (ESPN/ESPN2)

How they got here:

The Gators have been one of the best teams in...

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Zaire, Florida Gators recruiting and more: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we talk about the newest Florida Gators quarterback, Malik Zaire who's planning to transfer to Florida this summer.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down the move for Zaire, plus talk about the big weekend for the Gators recruiting classes last week, plus talk Justin Fields decommitment from Penn State.

Andrew and Nick also break down the diamond sports and what the baseball team has to face this weekend in the Super Regionals this weekend.

TRANSCRIPT:

Zaire Talk

Andrew:                ...

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Price recaps his unofficial visit to Florida Gators

Class of 2019 forward Marvin Price has had a great spring for the DC Blue Devils in the UAA circuit. Price has had a busy June as he has taken three unofficial visits all at schools in the state of Florida. His most recent visit was to Gainesville to check out the Gators. GatorCountry.com caught up with Price to talk about his Florida visit.

“The visit was very nice and I liked it a lot,” Price said referring to his Florida visit. “We looked at the dorms, the offices, and the football and basketball arenas. Also we watched some videos on the team and how they run stuff. We shot some...

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Florida Gators and Demon Deacons took different paths to Super Regionals

All roads lead to Omaha and the College World Series.

Since Kevin O’Sullivan has been the head coach at the University of Florida, one of those roads normally goes right through Gainesville and this season is no different.

The No. 3 Florida Gators will play host to the No. 13 Wake Forest Demon Deacons this weekend in the Gainesville Super Regional. It’s a best of three format with the winner getting a crack at winning the final game of the season and the loser watching the World Series from home.

To be one of the last 16 teams playing baseball in June is an accomplishment in...

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