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Florida's Napier plans to hire 'unprecedented' support staff

Dec. 05, 2021 20:00 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida coach Billy Napier plans to hire an “unprecedented” support staff. Napier had close to 40 analysts at Louisiana-Lafayette and could end up with even more in Gainesville. In addition to a $7.5 million annual budget for 10...

Battle of Florida: Gators vs. UCF in Gasparilla Bowl

Dec. 05, 2021 18:02 PM EST

UCF (8-4, American Athletic) vs. Florida (6-6, SEC), Dec. 23, 7 p.m. ET LOCATION: Tampa, Florida. TOP PLAYERS UCF: DE Big Kat Bryant, all-AAC first-team selection, team leader with six sacks, 14 tackles for loss and eight...

No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette vs Marshall in New Orleans Bowl

Dec. 05, 2021 17:23 PM EST

No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette (12-1, Sun Belt; No. 24 CFP) vs. Marshall (7-5, Conference USA), Dec. 18, 9:15 p.m. ET LOCATION: New Orleans TOP PLAYERS Louisiana-Lafayette: QB Levi Lewis, 2,647 yards passing, 19 touchdowns. ...

CFP: Orange Bowl semi pits star defenses in Michigan-Georgia

Dec. 05, 2021 17:10 PM EST

The College Football Playoff semifinal in the Orange Bowl will match surging Michigan against a Georgia team that went unbeaten through the regular season before a humbling loss to the defending national champion. Defense has been the calling card for both. ...

No. 20 La.-Lafayette tops App St. 24-16 for Sun Belt title

Dec. 04, 2021 22:25 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Billy Napier took his time walking off of Cajun field, soaking in the celebration of a league championship, and at times wiping his eyes, after his final game as coach at Louisiana-Lafayette before he takes over the Florida Gators. Levi Lewis...

AP source: Napier gets 7-year, $51.8M contract at Florida

Dec. 04, 2021 22:16 PM EST

GAINEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Billy Napier more than tripled his salary while moving from the Sun Belt to the Southeastern Conference. A person familiar with negotiations says Florida's newest football coach agreed to a seven-year, $51.8 million contract that makes him the...

No. 20 ULL seeks 1st Sun Belt title game triumph vs App St.

Dec. 02, 2021 18:28 PM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — For Louisiana-Lafayette coach Billy Napier, there was never a thought of starting his next job at Florida before he'd coached the No. 20 Ragin' Cajuns in the Sun Belt Conference championship game. This is the third time in four years since Napier...

Tim Tebow would 'love' to coach but focused on charity work

Dec. 02, 2021 12:50 PM EST

Tim Tebow was visiting with Auburn athletic director Allen Greene along with fellow members of ESPN’s SEC Nation crew when he got a text message from a friend last week congratulating him on becoming the head coach at Florida. “I’m like: ‘What do you mean?...

Groves scores 20, leads Oklahoma past No. 14 Florida, 74-67

Dec. 01, 2021 23:52 PM EST

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — As Oklahoma football fans tried to recover from Lincoln Riley’s sudden decision to leave for USC earlier in the week, the basketball team stepped in and gave them something to cheer about. Tanner Groves scored 20 points to lead Oklahoma to a 74-67...

Florida hires La-Lafayette coach Napier to replace Mullen

Nov. 28, 2021 18:58 PM EST

Florida went back to Nick Saban's coaching tree in hopes of finding its next great coach. The Gators hired Louisiana-Lafayette’s Billy Napier on Sunday, ending a quick process that landed them their top target a week after firing Dan Mullen. The...