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Amidst QB battle, Gators see “a whole different” Feleipe Franks

Feleipe Franks used a redshirt season to grow both on and off the field and it's a change his teammates have noticed.

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Jordan Scarlett wants to be Florida Gators lead back in 2017

Sitting next to his roommate Lamical Perine at Florida Gators media Day Jordan Scarlett made it be known that he has a clear goal for this season. The junior running back came close in 2016 but fell 111 yards short of 1,000 rushing yards for the season. He doesn’t want to fall short of that […]

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Florida Gators assistant coach contract details

Contract Details for the Florida Gators assistant coaches.

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Facing a great opportunity, Jeawon Taylor keeps an old reminder on his phone

Jeawon Taylor's phone serves as a constant reminder of how his freshman season ended abruptly.

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Florida Gators QB race a “true competition”

The Florida Gators are still looking for a starting quarterback in a three-way race to be the starter.

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Week two fall camp 2017 podcast: Florida Gators football

GC brings you a week two Florida Gators football fall camp update where we talks about camp.

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Malik Zaire bought all in with McElwain, Gators

Malik Zaire has bought all in on Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators

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Contract details for Florida Gators assistant coaches

Contract details for the Gators three new coaches and Randy Shannon's promotion.

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Matt Corral picks the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators have their quarterback for the 2018 recruiting class. Five star quarterback Matt Corral (6-2, 196, Long Beach Poly, CA) committed to Florida a day after visiting campus for Friday Night Lights.

This is just the beginning...#AllBite18 pic.twitter.com/g9VnM3fQ46

— M A T T Y I C E™ (@corral_matt) July 22, 2017

Corral was previously committed to Southern Cal. He pulled the trigger for the...

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Florida Gators recruiting camps preview and more: Podcast

GatorCountry brings you a new podcast as we break down what happened at SEC Media Days last week, plus much more.

Andrew Spivey and Nick de la Torre break down what Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain had to say, plus we break down Friday Night Lights and the big week of recruiting camps this week.

Andrew and Nick break down which prospects are visiting Florida this week and who to watch for.

Also we break down the Florida Gators baseball season and which players are returning to school and who went pro.

TRANSCRIPT:
Andrew::​What’s up, Gator Country? Your man, Andrew...

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Florida Gators name LSU as 2017 Homecoming opponent

The Florida Gators rivalry with the LSU Tigers reached new heights in 2016 but Jim McElwain decided to turn it up to eleven in 2017.

On Thursday the Gators announced that LSU would be its homecoming opponent, something Tigers’ fans and players surely won’t like.

There has been bad blood between the interdivisional rivals for some time but the back-and-forth over a postponed game last year due to the threat of Hurricane Matthews cranked up the tension.

Florida was reluctant to move the game away from Gainesville early on in the week as projections for the Hurricane were far from...

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A long, trying season ends with the Florida Gators on top

OMAHA, Neb. — The bus holding the Florida Gators is silent. It’s March 19 and nobody dares to utter a word as a chartered bus trucks through dark roads somewhere in Alabama.

The Gators had just been swept in the opening weekend of SEC play, outscored 22-9 by Auburn.

There’s doubt.

This team was following up teams that went to Omaha. Mike Rivera remembers his freshman year, wide-eyed in Omaha, looking around the clubhouse. Richie Martin, A.J. Puk, Logan Shore, Dane Dunning, Josh Tobias, Pete Alonso and Harrison Bader are all sitting there, favorites to win it...

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Gators enjoy giving Kevin O’Sullivan his first National Championship

OMAHA, Neb — Surrounded by his family Kevin O’Sullivan couldn’t help but smile.

O’Sullivan has gone through a lot on and off the field in the last year, making this moment, watching his players celebrate with their families, watching Brad Weitzel and Craig Bell, coaches that have been with him every step of the way take in the moment.

Winning the final game of the college baseball season is hard. O’Sullivan had never done it until Deacon Liput’s throw to JJ Schwarz beat Beau Jordan to first base.

“It's hard to describe in words. To be able to first have...

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Florida Gators beat LSU to win first ever CWS Final game

OMAHA, Neb — Florida Gators pitcher Brady Singer walked off the mound with a small vile filled to the brim with dirt from the mound at TD Ameritrade Park and a game used baseball. He found his mother, Jacquelyn, and handed her both.

When you throw seven innings and strike out a College World Series Final record with 12 strikeouts on your way to earning a win, you can do those kinds of things.

Florida stuck to its formula of dominant pitching and timely hitting to come away with a 4-3 win over the LSU Tigers, Florida’s first CWS Final win in school history.

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Brady Singer hopes to bring Gators one game closer to a National Championship

OMAHA, Neb. — Brady Singer’s road to pitching the first game of the College World Series Championship Series started last Friday.

After throwing seven scoreless against Louisville to pick up his eighth win of the season on Tuesday the sophomore from Eustis doesn’t do much on Wednesday. He’ll throw and run, these days pitcher’s run as much if not more than they actually throw. He throws lightly on Thursday but Friday is when the real work begins.

“I threw a full bullpen on Friday off the mound. I’ll lightly toss Saturday,” Singer told Gator Country when...

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The CWS final is set the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers’ pitching is not

OMAHA, Neb — The stage is set for the College World Series Championship but the Florida Gators and LSU Tigers’ pitching rotations are far from it.

“I'm going to let Kevin pick our starter tomorrow,” LSU manager Paul Mainieri joked on Sunday.

LSU lost its second game of the tournament, and had to play its way out of the loser’s bracket. Florida’s pitching staff was set up perfectly before they stumbled against TCU on Friday, forcing the “if necessary” game on Saturday where they burned Alex Faedo.

The two teams will take different approached. Brady...

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Alex Faedo’s final chapter with the Florida Gators is his best

OMAHA, Neb — With a runner on base, a 2-0 count and the tying run in the on deck circle Kevin O’Sullivan made the walk from TD Ameritrade’s first base dugout to go get his starter out of the game.

Possibly for the final time.

Alex Faedo handed the ball to his coach and walked off the field in what could be his last start for the Florida Gators. In front of him Gator fans and TCU fans alike stood and clapped. Behind him laid countless hitters still wondering what they had just faced.

There isn’t another player on the team that knows Faedo as well as Mike...

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Florida Gators back in CWS Championship Series

OMAHA, Neb. — For the third time this NCAA Tournament the Florida Gators were forced into the “if necessary” game and for the third time they prevailed.

The formula on Saturday night against TCU is the same imperfect formula Florida has relied upon all season long — great starting pitching and timely hits.

Three runs was enough to send the Gators back to the College World Series Final for the third time in school history (2005, 2011, 2017), where they will meet a familiar foe in LSU.

Alex Faedo started getting ready for his Saturday start in the dugout on...

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Florida Gators shake up lineup before elimination game

OMAHA, Neb — In an attempt to wake up the bats Florida Gators manager Kevin O’Sullivan decided to shake up the starting lineup for Florida’s elimination game against TCU on Saturday night.

Ryan Larson will bat ninth tonight vs. TCU. He’s been the Gators’ leadoff hitter for the entire NCAA Tournament. Deacon Liput will now fill that leadoff role for Florida. He had been batting sixth in the lineup previously. Austin Langworthy and

O’Sullivan alluded to a change in the lineup after Florida’s 9-2 loss to TCU on Friday night.

“Probably need to look at the...

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Backs against the wall, Gators wouldn’t want anyone else on the mound

OMAHA, Neb. — One by one the Florida Gators walked up a long tunnel from the third base dugout past the batting cages and made a right towards their clubhouse. Other than metal spike clanging on concrete it was silent.

Nothing was said but heads weren’t hanging. This Florida team isn’t for the faint of heart. They’ve already played in an elimination game in a Regional and then again in the Super Regional. After a 9-2 loss on Friday night they’ll need to make it 3-0 in elimination games — after losing to the same team in the previous game — this NCAA Tournament...

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TCU hands Florida Gators 9-2 loss, forces elimination game Saturday

OMAHA, Neb — The 2017 Florida Gators haven’t made anything easy this season and that didn’t change in Omaha.

Facing elimination the TCU Horned Frogs pounded out nine runs on nine hits and four Frog pitchers combined on a five-hitter to force the “if necessary” game in bracket two.

For a while it looked like the game was being brought to you by the strikeout. Sophomore Jackson Kowar drew the start, his first College World Series appearance, and stuck out the first five batters he faced. Kowar was spotting his fastball on both sides of the plate and commanding...

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TCU hands Florida Gators 9-2 loss, forces elimination game Saturday

OMAHA, Neb — The 2017 Florida Gators haven’t made anything easy this season and that didn’t change in Omaha.

Facing elimination the TCU Horned Frogs pounded out nine runs on nine hits and four Frog pitchers combined on a five-hitter to force the “if necessary” game in bracket two.

For a while it looked like the game was being brought to you by the strikeout. Sophomore Jackson Kowar drew the start, his first College World Series appearance, and stuck out the first five batters he faced. Kowar was spotting his fastball on both sides of the plate and commanding...

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Hit a dinger, douse a coach: Florida Gators making baseball fun again

OMAHA, Neb. — Bethune-Cookman beat the Florida Gators 6-2 to force a game seven in the Gainesville Regional. It was the first time the Wildcats had beat Florida in 32 games.

Behind the scenes student manager Zach Cronin got an idea. With the Florida Gators facing elimination how could the training staff and graduate assistants take some pressure off the team. How could they make the season, heading into its 62nd game, fun again?

Before the final game against Bethune Cookman a new tradition was born. Hit a dinger, douse an assistant.

The idea was Cronin’s but it...

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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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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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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 end three-game CWS skid with win over TCU

OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida Gators players didn’t know it, but a loss to TCU on Sunday night would have been their fourth in a row at the College World Series.

That would have tied a record that you don’t want your name associated with.

“Last year was close, those two teams just grinded out victories,” Sunday night starter Alex Faedo said. “It just feels a lot better starting off 1-0.”

Getting to Omaha is great. Freshman Austin Langworthy called it “a dream” and admitted that he had nerves heading into his first game under the bright lights of Omaha....

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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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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.

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