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Florida names Luke Del Rio starting QB for season opener

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida has named journeyman Luke Del Rio its starting quarterback for the Sept. 3 season opener against UMass. Coach Jim McElwain made the announcement Thursday, a day before the team’s second scrimmage. He gave Del Rio the nod over former Purdue starter Austin Appleby. Del Rio will be the team’s ninth starting quarterback since Heisman Trophy…

Woman accusing 2 Gators of sexual assault boycotts hearing

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) —┬áThe attorney for a woman who accused two Florida football players of sexual assault has informed the university that she would not attend a code of conduct hearing because a Gators sports booster was assigned to adjudicate the case. Boulder, Colorado-based attorney John Clune wrote in email to the university’s general counsel that the woman, her family…

Florida DC Geoff Collins gets $300K raise

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins has a chance to join elite company in college football this season. Collins was given a $300,000 raise this year and has a chance to make $1 million annually. Only nine assistant coaches made $1 million in 2015, according to USA Today. Responding to a public records request, the University Athletic…

Troubled Florida QB Treon Harris decides to transfer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida quarterback Treon Harris has decided to transfer, looking for a fresh start after two tumultuous seasons in Gainesville. The Gators confirmed Monday that Harris has been granted his release from scholarship. He is the seventh quarterback to leave Florida in the last four years, following Jacoby Brissett (North Carolina State), Tyler Murphy (Boston College), Max…

2 Florida players arrested, face charges for shooting BB gun

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Two Florida freshmen football players face felony charges for firing BB guns into a residential hall on the Gainesville campus. Officials say Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells – both 18 – were arrested Sunday. They remained in the Alachua County Jail on Monday morning and face felony charges of criminal mischief and firing into an occupied…

UAB Football Player Brain Dead after Shooting

Police in Florida are searching for clues after a shooting that killed a University of Alabama Birmingham football player. Police spokeswoman Lori Colombino said in a statement that 21-year-old running back Gregory Bryant was declared brain dead Sunday afternoon, a day after he was found shot in a car along Interstate 95 near West Palm Beach. A passenger in the…

Booze Ban Bad for ‘Bama Business?

In a recent special session, Gulf Shores voted to ban alcohol on beaches. The ban is effective immediately and lasts until April 17th. Many are worried the ban will stop Spring Breakers from heading down south, possibly hurting cities where the economy depends on Interstate travel. Like the city of Greenville, where warmer weather means people start heading for sunny…

Florida, Georgia agree to keep playing in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida and Georgia will continue playing their annual rivalry game in Jacksonville through 2021. The schools and the city announced a five-year agreement Wednesday. Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says the new deal “further strengthens the Georgia-Florida tradition we have enjoyed here in Jacksonville for 83 years.” The game has been played in Jacksonville since 1933, and…

4-star Safety Jeawon Taylor Picks Florida Over UGA

4-star Safety Jeawon Taylor Picks the Gators

MONTGOMERY, AL — Jeawon Taylor chose the Florida Gators on National Signing Day as the 4-star safety from Park Crossing signed on for the next level. Taylor had over 150 tackles the last two seasons with two sacks and seven interceptions. The long-time Florida commit had a late push from Kirby Smart and Georgia, but he ultimately decided to stick…