Florida Rumors & News

  • Jordan Smith is leaving Florida amid credit card fraud case

    Fanbuzz "Former four-star defensive Jordan Smith is leaving the Florida Gators after two seasons with the team. He made the announcement via his Twitter. The 6-foot-6, 220-pound defensive end was one of the players involved in the credit card fraud case that resulted in a year-long suspension. " January 11

  • Malik Zaire’s father upset with what happened at Florida

    SEC Country "Quarterback Malik Zaire has decided not to petition the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility, ending his time at Florida after one season, according to his father. Zaire, who broke his ankle two games into his 2015 season at Notre Dame, could have pursued a medical hardship waiver for a sixth..." December 29

  • Former four-star WR Trevon Grimes transfers from Ohio State to Florida

    CBS Sports "The Early Signing Period isn't the only way schools are acquiring new players this time of year. Transfers could lead to some impact players later on as well. And Florida continues to add value to its passing attack of the future. On Friday, Florida officially announced that former four-star..." December 22

  • Four-star wideout Van Jefferson transfers to Florida from Ole Miss

    CBS Sports "Florida coach Dan Mullen is getting a new weapon in his wide receiving corps, and it's somebody he knows well. Ole Miss wideout Van Jefferson announced Monday night that he's headed to Gainesville to play for the Gators and Mullen, who got the job at Florida after a successful nine-year run..." December 19

  • Top QB Matt Corral flips from Florida to Ole Miss

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the top quarterback recruits in the country has flipped his commitment from Florida to Ole Miss. Matt Corral announced his decision on Thursday night, citing the home-like atmosphere he senses in Oxford as the reason for his decision. “A lot played into this. Coach Matt Luke is a..." December 15

  • Florida makes big move joining Jordan Brand's growing college football footprint

    CBS Sports "Jordan Brand is quickly expanding into college football, and now the iconic apparel provider has reached the SEC with Florida agreeing to become the first program in the league -- and just the fourth college football team in the country -- to wear the Jumpman logo on the field. The Gators will..." December 06

  • Florida to pay Jim McElwain a $7.5 million buyout

    College Football Talk "Jim McElwain won 22 games in his two and a half seasons as Florida’s head coach. In the end, it’s going to cost the Gators about a million bucks a win. Let’s do some rough math. McElwain was hired in Dec. 2014 on a contract that paid an “average” of $3.5 million per year. He got an extension..." November 29

  • Florida Gators hire Dan Mullen to be new head football coach

    Orlando Sentinel "Dan Mullen was hired Sunday to be the Florida Gators' next football coach, a source confirmed, bringing a familiar face to Gainesville with strong ties to a time when the Gators ruled college football. The move will reunite Mullen with his former team and former boss, Gators’ athletic director..." November 26

  • Florida targeting Mississippi State's Dan Mullen as next coach

    CBS Sports "The coaching carousel is spinning at a fast pace, and it appears it could spin Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen back to Gainseville, Florida, as the head coach of the Florida Gators. Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated reports that the ninth-year coach at Mississippi State has become the..." November 26

  • Reps for UCF's Scott Frost to meet with Florida about job opening

    ESPN "Florida officials are scheduled to meet with UCF coach Scott Frost's representatives in Orlando this weekend as the Gators are preparing to move on in case former Oregon coach Chip Kelly chooses the UCLA job, sources told ESPN's Mark Schlabach and Edward Aschoff. Sources said that Kelly has not..." November 24

  • Report: Florida has 'moved on' from Chip Kelly in its search for a new coach

    CBS Sports "Chip Kelly won't be wearing orange and blue next season, according to a report from Yahoo Sports. Yahoo's Pat Forde reported Saturday that Florida has "moved on" from Kelly. From the report: Florida administrators met with Kelly on Sunday in New Hampshire and remained in contact with him..." November 24

  • Free-agent coach Chip Kelly should decide on Florida or UCLA by Sunday

    CBS Sports "An announcement on Chip Kelly's hiring is expected to come as soon as Sunday, sources have told CBS Sports. ESPN reported earlier Wednesday that Florida and UCLA are the front-runners for Kelly's services. USA Today added that Arizona State could be in the mix if it opens. One source..." November 23

  • Chip Kelly considers offers from Florida, UCLA; turns down Tennessee

    USA Today "The hottest available coaching candidate could pick from one of several schools. At least Florida, Tennessee and UCLA have made overtures or offers to Chip Kelly, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The offers were in the range of $6 million per year, the person said. The..." November 22

  • Report: Florida appears ready to move on from Chip Kelly pursuit if deal isn’t consummated soon

    College Football Talk "Florida’s search for a new head coach could very shortly be ready to take another twist. Despite a certain former Head Ball Coach saying UF’s new head coach would be a current one, speculation on Jim McElwain‘s replacement has seemingly centered on Chip Kelly over the last few days. In fact, a..." November 22

  • Luke Del Rio confirms he won’t return to Florida next year

    SEC Country "Saturday will in fact be Luke Del Rio’s final game as a Florida Gator. Del Rio, who suffered a season ending collarbone injury against Vanderbilt, posted a tweet saying that while he has a 6th-year of eligibility, he won’t be using it." November 22

  • Chip Kelly-to-Florida rumors shot down by Steve Spurrier

    Oregonian "So, maybe Chip Kelly isn't the main target of Florida's coaching search -- at least according to Steve Spurrier. Rumors that the former Oregon coach was the next man up in Gainesville took a hit after Spurrier said in a radio interview that the next Gators coach currently is in the coaching..." November 16

  • Florida, Tennessee need big-name coaches now, or SEC won't change at all

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Tennessee needs to make a splash with its next hire. So does Florida. Now, three questions persist in the aftermath of the respective tenures of Butch Jones and Jim McElwain. Who makes the first splash? Who makes the bigger splash? And will any of that change the nature of the SEC East — or..." November 16

  • Details on SEC's role in a potential Chip Kelly hire by Florida, Tennessee or others

    CBS Sports "An SEC school president would have to "consult" with conference commissioner Greg Sankey before hiring a coach involved in past NCAA violations. The bylaw amended in 2017 came into question with a report that Florida was vetting former Oregon coach Chip Kelly. Tennessee and other SEC programs..." November 14

  • Florida vetting Chip Kelly as head coach candidate

    Larry Brown Sports "Could Chip Kelly be the next head coach at Florida? He reportedly is in the mix for the job. The Gators fired Jim McElwain two weeks ago and have gone 0-2 under interim coach Randy Shannon. They’re in the market for a new head coach and are in the process of examining candidates. Yahoo Sports’..." November 13

  • Florida's Zaire leaves game vs. South Carolina with apparent knee injury

    SEC Country "Florida quarterback Malik Zaire had just given the Gators their best offensive play of the game on a 23-yard designed run Saturday vs. South Carolina when he sustained an injury that prompted the training staff to tend to him on the field. After missing just one play, Zaire returned to the..." November 11

  • Zaire insists he gives Florida 'best chance' to win despite struggles

    Orlando Sentinel "Malik Zaire’s first start at UF ended on the bench while the quarterback he replaced led the Gators to a meaningless score. Despite redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks’ success during the waning moments of Saturday’s 45-16 loss at Missouri, Zaire still believes he earned another shot to lead the..." November 05

  • David Reese: 'Sad to see' Gators not want to 'play for each other'

    ESPN "Florida linebacker David Reese called out some of his teammates for essentially quitting during the Gators' blowout loss to Missouri Tigers on Saturday. "It's sometimes disappointing when everybody doesn't want to come together and just play for each other," Reese said after the 45-16..." November 04

  • Malik Zaire named Gators' starting quarterback

    Orlando Sentinel "UF quarterback Malik Zaire had to wait longer than expected, but he now will get his turn to lead the Gators’ offense. Interim coach Randy Shannon announced Thursday Zaire will make his first start for UF on Saturday when the reeling Gators (3-4, 3-3 SEC) visit Missouri (3-5, 0-4). "This is..." November 02

  • Willie Taggart Says He's 'Committed' to Oregon Amid Florida Rumors

    Bleacher Report "Willie Taggart is on the minds of University of Florida representatives, but the Oregon football coach doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Florida is reportedly moving quickly to replace Jim McElwain, who is out as the head football coach after he and the school mutually parted ways Sunday...." October 31

  • Leading rusher Malik Davis out for the season for Florida with knee injury

    SEC Country "Interim Florida coach Randy Shannon confirmed the bad news Monday, that exciting freshman running back Malik Davis is out for the season after sustaining a knee injury Saturday. Shannon did not specify the nature of the injury. Davis took a jarring hit after a short reception late in the first..." October 31

  • Report: Oregon coach Willie Taggart has been contacted about Florida opening, ‘real possibility’

    SEC Country "Perhaps Florida will be moving fast with its search to fill the void left by the departure of coach Jim McElwain. According to Darren Heitner, a sports agent and Florida alum, Oregon coach Willie Taggart is a “real possibility” to fill the Gators’ opening. Heitner also tweeted that Taggart has..." October 30

  • Report: Jim McElwain twice turned down advice from Steve Spurrier

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Florida coach Jim McElwain had the offer of help from one of the school’s biggest coaching legends, but he didn’t want it. According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Hayes, former Florida coach Steve Spurrier reached out twice this season to offer McElwain advice, but was rebuffed by the coach..." October 30

  • Randy Shannon will be Florida interim head coach

    Larry Brown Sports "Randy Shannon will once again be serving as a head coach for a prominent football school in Florida. Florida officially announced on Sunday that Jim McElwain is out as the school’s head football coach. Terms of his buyout have not been disclosed. Shannon, who had been serving as the program’s..." October 29

  • Florida Gators, Jim McElwain 'mutually' agree to part ways

    NFL.com "Jim McElwain's tenure as Florida's head coach has come to an end. The school announced it and the coach agreed to "mutually" part ways after yet another disappointing loss this weekend. After starting the season 3-1, the Gators are now 3-4 after falling 42-7 to Georgia on Saturday. Athletic..." October 29

  • Top QB recruit Matt Corral reaffirms commitment to Florida despite firing

    Yardbarker "The Florida Gators football program may be in flux with the firing of head coach Jim McElwain, but it appears that at least some of their key 2018 recruits are sticking with their commitments. Matt Corral, a quarterback from California who is one of the top recruits in the country, said on..." October 29

  • Florida Fires Head Coach Jim McElwain

    SI "After a third straight loss and a strange week that saw the school publicly distance itself from his allegations about death threats, Florida head coach Jim McElwain has been fired, according to a report citing unnamed sources from FootballScoop.com. The university has yet to announce the decision..." October 29

  • Florida RB Malik Davis out for season with knee injury, report says

    Sporting News - NCAAF "The Gators received more bad news Sunday morning. Florida running back Malik Davis is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, the Gainesville Sun reported. The freshman took a brutal hit late in the first quarter and was injured on the play. He didn't return to the field and was..." October 29

  • Florida looking to see whether it can fire Jim McElwain for cause

    SI "Florida administrators are trying to determine if they can fire head coach Jim McElwain without paying his $12.9 million buyout, ESPN’s Edward Aschoff and Mark Schlabach report. Officials believe they may be able to fire McElwain with cause after they were unable to confirm McElwain’s claims..." October 28

  • Florida denies report that it is discussing a buyout with coach Jim McElwain

    CBS Sports "Four hours before kicking off vs. Georgia in one of the top rivalry games in college football, Florida had to deal with a mess. A report surfaced that coach Jim McElwain may be on his way out at Florida, noting that agent Jimmy Sexton has been working with the university on a restructured..." October 28

  • Seven suspended Florida players to enter pretrial intervention

    College Football Talk "At least legally, a handful of Florida Gators finally have some breathing room. According to the Associated Press, seven UF football players — junior wide receiver Antonio Callaway, junior defensive end Keivonnis Davis, sophomore defensive lineman Richerd Desir-Jones, freshman linebacker James..." October 26

  • Florida coach Jim McElwain says players, staff have gotten death threats

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Jim McElwain showed a different side of coaching when he talked Monday about the abuse both players and coaches go through off the field. According to the Florida coach, coaches and their families have received death threats, and players have received similar threats after the Gators' 3-3..." October 23

  • Florida nets pledge from four-star T Gouraige

    SEC Country "Richard Gouraige is ready to decide on a school after announcing his finalists this week. The 4-star offensive tackle reveals his college choice below in an exclusive commitment video with SEC Country. Clemson and Florida are the finalists for the Under Armour All-American. “It’s a huge..." October 20

  • Florida’s top WR Tyrie Cleveland expected to miss LSU game

    Sportsnaut "The Florida Gators will almost certainly be without their top receiver, Tyrie Cleveland, when they host SEC rival LSU on Saturday. Head coach Jim McElwain confirmed to reporters Monday that Cleveland has a high-angle sprain and is in a walking boot. “He’s in a boot right now,” McElwain said,..." October 02

  • Luke Del Rio leaves game with injury

    247 Sports "Florida starting quarterback Luke Del Rio was hit while throwing the ball during the second quarter of the game against Vanderbilt. Trainers were looking the Del Rio's left shoulder before walking him back to the locker room for further evaluation. Redshirt freshman quarterback Feleipe Franks..." September 30

  • Florida DL Keivonnis Davis Hospitalized After Car Accident

    Bleacher Report "University of Florida football player Keivonnis Davis was involved in a "serious" car crash this week and remains hospitalized. Trey Wallace of the Ultimate SEC Show received confirmation of the news from Davis' lawyer, who said he's asking for "thoughts and prayers" for the Gators defensive..." September 28

  • Suspended Florida players face felony charges for fraud

    USA Today "Several Florida players face felony charges on fraud, according to Alachua County court records after they were accused to misusing student ID cards to charge items. Antonio Callaway, one of the top receivers on the team, and Jordan Scarlett, who was supposed to start at running back are the..." September 25

  • Florida names Luke Del Rio the starter vs. Vanderbilt

    247 Sports "Florida has named its starting quarterback for the Vanderbilt game, according to ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum. After helping lead the team to a come-from-behind win against Kentucky, redshirt junior Luke Del Rio will get the starting nod this week, McElwain told Finebaum. Del Rio finished 9-14..." September 25

  • Jim McElwain provides update on injured DB Duke Dawson, freshman WR James Robinson

    Saturday Down South "When the Florida Gators take on the red-hot Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, they may have to do so without a key member of their secondary. On Monday, coach Jim McElwain spoke with reporters, saying that CB Duke Dawson is highly questionable for Saturday’s game due to a head injury. Also of..." September 18

  • SEC Game of the Week: Tennessee-Florida to be played in Gainesville as scheduled

    CBS Sports "The SEC Game of the Week for Week 3, a top 25 matchup between Tennessee at Florida, will be played as scheduled in Gainesville, Florida, on Saturday. The lingering impact of Hurricane Irma had brought about the possibility that the game could be moved to another venue, but the SEC announced..." September 12

  • Florida cancels game against Northern Colorado

    Fanrag Sports "With Hurricane Irma on the horizon, the Florida Gators announced that they would be cancelling their game against the Northern Colorado Bears on Saturday. The game had already been moved up to noon in an attempt to shirk the storm, but as the Category 5 hurricane got closer, the program decided to..." September 07

  • Feleipe Franks will remain Gators’ starting quarterback

    Orlando Sentinel "After being benched during Saturday’s 33-17 loss to Michigan, redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks will get his second start at quarterback. “We’ll go back with Feleipe,” UF coach Jim McElwain said. “That was kind of the plan.” Franks beat veterans Luke Del Rio and Malik Zaire during preseason..." September 04

  • Gators QB Feleipe Franks will start season opener against Michigan

    Orlando Sentinel "When it came time to name redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks UF’s starting quarterback, coach Jim McElwain looked beyond the heated competition of the past four weeks. McElwain said he based his decision on Franks’ “whole body of work.” The 19-year-old Franks is less seasoned than veterans..." August 31

  • Report: More suspensions of Florida Gator players could be in the offing

    College Football Talk "Maybe nine’s not enough after all. Of the 10 players suspended for at least Florida’s opener against Michigan, nine are reportedly connected to the misuse of scholarship money in general and, specifically, for making improper charges on their student IDs at the school bookstore and then selling..." August 31

  • Details on Florida FB Player Snitching to Police Causing His Teammates to Be Suspended

    Black Sports Online "The College Football season is upon us with a full slate of games this weekend. One of the headliners includes a heavyweight tilt at AT&T Stadium between number eleven Michigan and the seventeenth ranked Florida Gators. Already behind the eight ball, Florida enters the season without a whopping..." August 31

  • Florida suspends Jordan Scarlett, Rick Wells from all team activities

    247 Sports "Florida's suspension total is now up to 10 after coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday afternoon that two more players, including a hugely important starter are suspended from all team activities. Running back Jordan Scarlett joins star receiver Antonio Callaway and seven other players that..." August 30

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