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Mullen hopes to avoid 'massive swings' as Florida rebuilds

Aug. 16, 2018 12:15 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen spent his first few months on the job trying to sell the program. First to recruits, then to boosters and students. He used a helicopter to make a splash at high schools. He made headlines by promising a national title at a basketball game and then backed...

Former Florida AD mum about Zach Smith's arrest in 2009

Aug. 10, 2018 3:43 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Former Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley is declining to say what, if anything, coach Urban Meyer told him about Zach Smith's domestic violence arrest in 2009. Meyer was placed on paid leave last week by Ohio State amid questions about what he knew and did about accusations of...

Mullen: QBs have long way to go to meet lofty expectations

Aug. 6, 2018 5:11 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Dan Mullen has no illusions about his quarterback situation. Especially not after nearly a week of practice. Mullen made it clear Monday that Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and freshman Emory Jones have a long way to go to meet his lofty expectations. He said it might not...

Florida coach Dan Mullen tries to explain no-weapons policy

Aug. 2, 2018 5:00 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A week after one of his players was found with a loaded AR-15 in his car, first-year Florida coach Dan Mullen said he has a no-weapons policy that nonetheless does allow players to own guns. The Gators should hope Mullen's offense is easier to grasp. "We live in a country where...

NCAA deems Florida transfer WRs Grimes, Jefferson eligible

Aug. 2, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Transfer wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Van Jefferson, two of Florida's most dynamic players during spring practice, are now eligible to play. The NCAA on Thursday granted both players waivers to play in 2018. The move comes one day before the Gators open fall camp. Grimes spent...

Florida adds former WVU D-lineman Shuler as grad transfer

Jul. 27, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has added former West Virginia defensive lineman Adam Shuler to its roster as a graduate transfer. Shuler — a Longwood, Florida, native — earned a bachelor's degree in general studies last spring. Shuler will be allowed to play immediately and has two years of...

Suspended Florida freshman leaving school after 2nd arrest

Jul. 27, 2018 3:05 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida freshman Justin Watkins says he is leaving school three days after he was charged with hitting and strangling his girlfriend. Watkins said Friday on Twitter he "will be leaving the university of Florida to better my opportunities." It was unlikely the Gators would have...

6 Florida players face disciplinary action after altercation

Jul. 26, 2018 11:58 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Six Florida football players, including top receiver Tyrie Cleveland and highly touted freshman quarterback Emory Jones, are facing university disciplinary action following an on-campus altercation that included the brandishing of Airsoft guns that resembled assault rifles....

Florida suspends Justin Watkins after 2nd arrest in 10 weeks

Jul. 24, 2018 10:37 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida freshman Justin Watkins has been suspended indefinitely following his second arrest in 10 weeks. Watkins, one of the team's top signees, is being held in the Alachua County Jail and facing four charges that include false imprisonment/kidnapping and domestic battery by...

Tim Tebow to be inducted into Florida's ring of honor

Jul. 11, 2018 3:23 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Two-time national champion and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will be inducted into Florida's ring of honor, becoming the sixth player to receive the honor. The school announced Wednesday that Tebow will be recognized during the LSU-Florida game on Oct. 6. His name will be...