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Jim McElwain addresses grad transfer matter as Florida awaits SEC decision

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The prospect of former Notre Dame quarterback Malik Zaire joining Florida as a graduate transfer remains of paramount interest for Gators fans, though it also remains a static issue until the SEC decides whether or not to adjust its grad transfer rules. That is expected to be decided upon at the conference’s spring meetings late next month, and unless the...
Via SEC Country
5 days ago

Florida DT Caleb Brantley maintains innocence as accuser wants fast settlement

The constant twists and turns following a physical incident between former Florida Gators defensive tackle Caleb Brantley and a woman continue with the 2017 NFL Draft approaching. Just a day after maintaining his client’s innocence, attorney Huntley Johnson told the Tampa Bay Times that the accuser is seeking an exceedingly quick settlement with Brantley. “I was approached by...
Via Only Gators
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Caleb Brantley turned down opportunity to settle with alleged assault victim

NFL draft hopeful Caleb Brantley was recently involved in an altercation in which he is alleged to have hit a woman outside a bar in Florida. The woman reportedly offered Brantley a financial settlement.Jason Cole of Bleacher Report provided the details. Cole also notes the lawyer for the woman said they will go to the state attorney on Thursday without a settlement. Additionally...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chomp Stories - Jerome

Jerome is a light-hearted Gator fan from High Springs, Florida. However, underneath his pleasant demeanor is an intense passion for the Florida Gators that has led him to hundreds of Gator games over the years and even designing his house to display his collection of Gator memorabilia. Oh yeah, and he was also Billy Donovan’s tailor during Coach Donovan’s time in Gainesville.
Via Florida Gators Athletics
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Chomp Stories - Cindy

When driving to Gators Football games from the Orlando, Jacksonville, or even the west side of Gainesville seems hectic, just remember Cindy. Cindy, and her husband Ken (an Air Force Lieutenant General) live in Alaska and still hold on to their Gator Football season tickets. Cindy and Ken have lived all over the world (Hawaii, Alaska, Okinawa Japan, etc.) and have retained their...
Via Florida Gators Athletics
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Complainant’s lawyers in battery case involving former Florida DT Caleb Brantley want to settle

The attorneys representing the complainant in the battery case involving former Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley reportedly have tried to settle. Brantley’s attorney, Huntley Johnson, told the Tampa Bay Times’ Matt Baker on Tuesday that lawyers representing the alleged victim had approached him both Monday and Tuesday. Johnson told Baker that the complainant’s lawyers...
Via SEC Country
5 days ago

Which Florida draft prospect is likely to be selected first?

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Linebacker Jarrad Davis could have spent this past season in the NFL, but he chose to return to Florida to continue his education and boost his draft stock. The payoff for the latter half of that equation could come Thursday. Davis is being widely projected as a first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft and the first Florida player from a talented draft class...
Via SEC Country
5 days ago

Podcast: WR James Robinson grateful to be a Gator

Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s daily Florida podcast with Gators beat writer Zach Abolverdi and UF broadcaster Jeff Cardozo. Under Armour All-America receiver James Robinson was a big signing-day commitment for the Florida Gators, moving their class into the top 10. In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, Abolverdi and Cardozo discuss Robinson and he speaks for the first time...
Via SEC Country
5 days ago

Florida the biggest threat to Ohio State for 5-star QB Emory Jones

As Jim McElwain tries to rebuild Florida football into a championship program, 1 of his mottos is “recruit daily or die.” Join us here on SEC Country for a daily recap of the latest UF recruiting news, tales from the trail and perspective on what it all means for the Gators.  Potential flip Florida’s recruitment of 5-star quarterback Justin Fields (Kennesaw, Ga....
Via SEC Country
6 days ago

Florida’s Caleb Brantley won’t be charged before NFL draft

With the NFL draft looming on Thursday, teams around the league are justifiably gathering as much information as possible on any prospect they might consider, down to a player’s favorite poet. But there is one glaring piece of information that will be missing from the file of Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley: Whether or not he will be formally charged with a misdemeanor...
Via SEC Country
6 days ago

Grad transfer Egor Koulechov putting off pro opportunity overseas to join Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New Florida graduate transfer Egor Koulechov says he knew this past season would be his last with the Rice basketball program, but that’s not to say this was the exact plan all along. Koulechov, a 6-foot-5 wing, says he has a professional basketball opportunity waiting for him back home in Israel when the time is right, and that as much as anything is what...
Via SEC Country
6 days ago

Gainesville Police: Claims of falsified report in Caleb Brantley case ‘absurd’

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — A response from the Gainesville Police Department on Monday addresses how new information led to the charge of misdemeanor battery against former Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley stemming from an April 13 incident with a woman outside of a Midtown bar. On the initial police report filed after the incident, Brantley was portrayed as the one struck in...
Via SEC Country
6 days ago

Podcast: The latest on Adarius Lemons’ academic standing

Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s daily Florida podcast with Gators beat writer Zach Abolverdi and UF broadcaster Jeff Cardozo. Adarius Lemons was Florida’s final football signee for 2017, rejoining the class after several months of improving his academic standing. In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, Abolverdi and Cardozo give the latest on Lemons’ progress in the classroom...
Via SEC Country
6 days ago

Another big weekend has Florida baseball moving in right direction

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — For a team that has had its low points this season, that has been criticized for poor body language by its coach at times, there was none of that Saturday. The Gators closed their series with South Carolina on a momentous high as JJ Schwarz’s eighth-inning grand slam powered a 7-5 win and key series victory. Coach Kevin O’Sullivan used another adjective...
Via SEC Country
6 days ago

WATCH: Florida Gymnastics: 2017 Season Highlight Video

Check out the biggest moments from the 2017 Florida Gymnastics season! #GoGators Song used: She Sets The City On Fire by Gavin DeGraw
Via Florida Gators Athletics
6 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft prospect charged with knocking woman out

Former Florida defensive tackle Caleb Brantley entered April as a likely early-round pick. The 6-foot-3, 307-pound interior lineman just finished up a three-year career with the Gators that saw him dominate opposing SEC offensive linemen.Heck, Brantley himself has drawn comparisons to Los Angeles Rams Pro Bowler Aaron Donald.Now, with less than a week to go before the draft kicks...
Via Sportsnaut
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Approval rating for Florida football coach Jim McElwain: You decide

It’s incredible what a solid spring game performance from a Florida quarterback can do for Jim McElwain and the Gators. In Florida’s spring game, redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks showed signs of progress and looked like the much-hyped recruit he was coming out of high school. Florida hasn’t announced him as a starter as Luke Del Rio works his way back from a shoulder injury...
Via SEC Country
7 days ago

Florida baseball: JJ Schwarz grand slam powers Gators to series win over Gamecocks

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — This has not been the season anybody expected from Florida junior JJ Schwarz. He’ll be the first to admit that, and he did Saturday afternoon. Schwarz admitted the struggles have weighed on him, frustrated him, taken a toll on his attitude. But in one swing Saturday, he may have changed all of that. At the very least, Schwarz changed the course of No. 12...
Via SEC Country
8 days ago

Florida baseball: Gators miss on late opportunity in 4-2 loss to South Carolina

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The top of the first inning started ominously for the Florida baseball team Friday night. Sophomore right-hander Brady Singer hit the first South Carolina batter he faced and two batters later gave up a 2-run home run to Carlos Cortes — the first homer the right-hander has allowed in his collegiate career. The No. 24 Gamecocks would strike again later in...
Via SEC Country
9 days ago

Florida baseball: Alex Faedo dominant in marquee pitching showdown as Gators top Gamecocks 1-0

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Alex Faedo hadn’t been his sharpest in his last two starts for Florida, but the junior ace didn’t seem concerned in the least earlier this week. He said he felt he’s given his team a chance to win all season and he simply hoped to keep doing that. On Thursday, Faedo was the reason the Gators won. He went 8 2/3 scoreless innings in No. 12 Florida’s 1...
Via SEC Country
10 days ago

Incredible one-year turnaround has Ryan Larson carrying Florida’s lineup

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Despite making 95 starts for Florida over his first three years with the program, senior outfielder Ryan Larson wasn’t penciled in as a regular when this season began. A frustrating 2016 campaign had rendered him a bench player heading into his final season with the Gators, and it would be a month into the schedule before he re-emerged as a consistent...
Via SEC Country
10 days ago

Former Florida Gators teammates react to the death of Aaron Hernandez

The death of Aaron Hernandez, a suicide via hanging inside his prison cell, took many by surprise. It also served as a time for his former teamamtes and friends to reflect on the man they knew as Chico, a former star tight end for the Florida Gators and New England Patriots turned convicted murderer. Players took to their various social media accounts to express their sadness at...
Via Only Gators
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Florida baseball: Austin Langworthy’s return, injury updates and more

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — It seems no coincidence that Florida’s recent signs of life offensively have overlapped with freshman Austin Langworthy’s return from injury. The rookie was out of the lineup for a month with a broken hamate bone in his hand before returning last week at Florida State and promptly going 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored. In the 5 games since his return, Langworthy...
Via SEC Country
10 days ago

Podcast: NCAA research shows just how important in-state recruiting is for Florida

Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s daily Florida podcast with Gators beat writer Zach Abolverdi and UF broadcaster Jeff Cardozo. The NCAA released research this week on the percentage of high school players per state that are recruited by Division I programs, and Florida sat atop the list. In the latest edition of Chomp Chat, Abolverdi and Cardozo discuss how this reinforces...
Via SEC Country
10 days ago

Florida mascot Albert saves small child by taking a baseball to his noggin

It’s long been true that the Florida Gators‘ mascot, Albert, is one of the most underrated in college sports. Sure, he’s not a mysterious big red creature, terrifyingly cool live animal or incredibly cute dog, but he’s special in his own right. Albert went above and beyond the call of duty on Tuesday when he moved in front of a young child who was not paying attention to...
Via Only Gators
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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