Florida Rumors & News

  • Former Florida player Chris Johnson found dead at age 22

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Former Florida running back Chris Johnson — known as Juice to his teammates — was found dead late Friday night. He was found near Pittsburgh, where he attended Duquesne University. Johnson, 22, played two seasons at Florida before transferring to Duquesne for the past two seasons where he..." March 01

  • NCAA chooses not to penalize Florida for recruiting contact violation

    CBSSports.com "Florida will receive no additional penalties due to impermissible recruiting contact by former assistant football coach Joker Phillips, the NCAA announced Friday. Phillips, a former head coach at Kentucky who was not specifically named in the NCAA's report, resigned as Florida's wide receivers..." February 21

  • 5-star CeCe Jefferson signs with Florida, finally

    SB Nation "After some drama, five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson finally signed and sent in his National Letter of Intent to Florida, and will be with the Gators next year. The 6'2, 250-pound Jefferson originally committed to Florida during a televised ceremony on National Signing Day, but his letter of..." February 09

  • With Muschamp giving Auburn recruiting edge, Florida AD understanding of critics

    College Football Talk "It is fair to say Florida made the right move by cutting Will Muschamp when they did. The Gators had fallen behind the pack in the SEC, the SEC East and behind rival Florida State. This was not a one-year blip on the radar. This was a downward trend with little reason to trust the course would..." February 09

  • Florida hasn't received CeCe Jefferson's NLI

    CBSSports.com "Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson may have chosen Florida during a televised press conference on signing day, but unfortunately for the Gators the NCAA doesn't consider putting on a hat to be a binding contract. As of Thursday afternoon Jefferson still hadn't faxed in his signed letter of..." February 06

  • Miami adds troubled, talented ex-Florida defensive lineman Gerald Willis

    Palm Beach Post "During his national signing day press conference, UM coach Al Golden said he received a financial aid agreement from defensive tackle Gerald Willis, a former blue-chip recruit coming off a rocky season at Florida. Following his true freshman year with the Gators, he was reportedly dismissed..." February 05

  • Report: Nation's No. 1 recruit signed letters of intent to both Auburn and Florida

    USA Today "Drama on National Signing Day? No way. Unheard of. Actually, it wouldn’t be National Signing Day if there wasn’t a weird, chaotic story to go along with it. This year’s craziness comes from the No. 1 player in the country, five star defensive end Byron Cowart, who chose Auburn over Florida live..." February 04

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    Alex Byington @AUBlog

    5-star DE @cecejeferson7 announces he's committed to the homestate Florida Gators over Auburn, LSU and Ole Miss.

  • Martez Ivey commits to Florida over Auburn on National Signing Day 2015

    Alligator Army "With eight words, Martez Ivey made his dream come true on Wednesday — and gave the Florida Gators one of the biggest prizes in the class of 2015. I will be attending the University of Florida. Ivey, rated a consensus five-star prospect and the No. 2 player in the country by the 247Sports..." February 04

  • Blue-chip defensive end Byron Cowart picks Auburn over Florida

    Alabama.com "The highly-publicized recruitment of Byron Cowart has come to an end. The blue-chip prospect announced his decision to sign with Auburn over Florida during a ceremony televised by ESPNU Wednesday morning. Cowart is the nation's top defensive end and No. 3 overall prospect in the 247Sports..." February 04

  • Why Michigan and Florida get a pass for the Class of 2015

    College Football Talk "With National Signing Day coming up on Wednesday, Florida finally added its first four-star recruit to the Class of 2015 Monday evening. Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas running back Jordan Scarlett gave Florida head coach Jim McElwain a nice recruiting victory over in-state rivals Florida..." February 03

  • Florida's 2015 class proves the big mistake it made with Muschamp

    Fox Sports - College Football "As coaching searches go, Florida's was swift. On Dec. 4, five days after Will Muschamp's last game with the Gators, AD Jeremy Foley finalized the hiring of Colorado State's Jim McElwain. Florida's new coach would have two full months before National Signing Day to put together a recruiting class...." February 02

  • Gators announce plans for indoor football practice facility

    College Football Talk "The facility arms race in the flush-with-money SEC continues this week, with Florida the latest to (finally) fire a construction salvo. In a press release Wednesday, UF athletic director Jeremy Foley announced that the university is set to begin construction on an indoor football practice..." January 21

  • Gators TE Jake McGee tweets that he has received NCAA clearance for sixth year

    Only Gators "Florida Gators tight end Jake McGee announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has received approval from the NCAA to play a sixth season of college football. McGee, a graduate transfer from Virginia who joined Florida for the 2014 season but only played a handful of snaps in its opener against..." January 20

  • Florida QB Treon Harris no longer facing misdemeanor charge

    CBSSports.com "Florida quarterback Treon Harris was scheduled to be arraigned in court on Thursday, but Alachua County records show that the misdemeanor charge of driving without a license has been dropped. Huntley Johnson, Harris' attorney in the matter, told the Associated Press that the charges were..." January 15

  • Gators leading tackler, LB Antonio Morrison, returning for senior season

    CBSSports.com "Florida may have a new coaching staff in 2015, but its defense will look relatively the same next season as a second junior starter -- in as many days -- announced that he will be returning for his senior season. Linebacker Antonio Morrison, the Gators' leading tackler each of the last two..." January 07

  • Florida DL Gerald Willis leaving the Gators

    College Football Talk "The Jim McElwain Era in Gainesville is offering the entire program and the players attached to it a clean slate. Some players, though, will not be there to usher in the new era. For the second time this week, a Florida Gators player is confirmed to be out of the program. Defensive lineman Gerald..." January 06

  • Jeff Driskel officially transfers to Louisiana Tech, pens thank you letter to Florida faithful

    The Score "Through triumph and struggle, Jeff Driskel was always a class act, and he's leaving Florida in the same manner. The quarterback confirmed his transfer to Louisiana Tech on Monday after a poor showing in 2014, a campaign in which he eventually lost his starting job to Treon Harris. But..." January 05

  • Florida DL Jonathan Bullard will return for senior season

    Fox Sports Florida "Gators junior defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard made a decision on his future Monday. Bullard is returning to school for his senior season. "I wasn't projected to go where I want to go," Bullard said. "I want to leave a bigger mark on the Florida program than what I have." After in-depth..." January 05

  • Florida LT D.J. Humphries declares for NFL Draft

    Only Gators "Florida Gators junior left tackle D.J. Humphries announced Sunday night that he would forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft. “GATOR NATION This has been the best 3 years of my life,” he wrote on Twitter. “But now, I feel it’s time to move on! I’ll always be a gator for..." January 05

  • Jeff Driskel given release from Florida

    CBSSports.com "Last week there were reports that Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel was considering a transfer to Duke. Whether he ends up there or not we don't know, but we do know he can go if he wants to. New Florida coach Jim McElwain told reporters on Saturday that Driskel has asked for, and been granted,..." January 04

  • Report: Randy Shannon to be hired as new Florida LB coach

    CBSSports.com "Jim McElwain has reportedly added Arkansas linebackers coach and former Miami head coach Randy Shannon to his Florida staff. 247Sports affiliate GatorBait.net reports that Shannon will coach linebackers for the Gators as well. Shannon is the third assistant hired by McElwain, joining new..." December 31

  • Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel exploring transfer to Duke

    Raleigh News & Observer "Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is exploring a graduate transfer next season, and Duke is one of the schools he is considering, according to a source. He has sent a release to the Blue Devils, allowing them to contact him. Driskel, a redshirt junior, has one season of eligibility remaining..." December 28

  • Florida, West Virginia players injured in shooting

    CBSSports.com "West Virginia wide receiver Jacky Marcellus and Florida defensive back J.C. Jackson were two of three people injured in a shooting on Christmas Eve in Immokalee, Florida. Marcellus and Jackson were both in a car with Jackinson Marcellus, Jacky's older brother, when they were being followed by a..." December 28

  • Ex-Michigan, Alabama OC Doug Nussmeier headed to Florida

    Fox Sports - College Football "Former Alabama and Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is the new OC at Florida, joining new coach Jim McElwain's staff, the Gators announced on Wednesday. Multiple sources told FOX Sports on Tuesday the hire was imminent. The former NFL QB had a rough one-year stint with a young..." December 26

  • Michigan's Doug Nussmeier expected to be named Florida off. coordinator

    SI - College Football "Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is expected to be named to the same position at Florida, per a source. Nussmeier would join new Gators coach Jim McElwain's staff after McElwain was hired to replace the fired Will Muschamp. Nussmeier has spent one season with the Wolverines..." December 23

  • UF QB facing misdemeanor charge

    The Gainesville Sun "Starting Florida quarterback Treon Harris is facing a second-degree misdemeanor charge for operating a motor vehicle without a valid license. According to court records, Harris has never had a license. A citation was filed on Tuesday by University Police. Harris has an arraignment date set..." December 19

  • Florida OT Humphries denies he has decided to enter 2015 NFL Draft

    CBSSports.com "Florida junior offensive tackle D.J. Humphries announced on Twitter early Thursday that a Wednesday night report from The Gainesville Sun, which said Humphries had decided to forgo his remaining eligibility and declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, was incorrect. The Gators have already lost three..." December 18

  • Source: Florida left tackle D.J. Humphries to go pro

    The Gainesville Sun "A third member from Florida's 2012 recruiting class is leaving early for the NFL. Left tackle D.J. Humphries will forgo his senior season and enter the draft, sources told The Sun. Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and running back Matt Jones both made the same decision a few weeks ago. Two..." December 18

  • Mississippi State's Geoff Collins expected to become Florida DC

    SI - College Football "Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is expected to accept the same position at Florida, according to a source. An agreement has not yet been finalized, per the source. Collins would be new Florida coach Jim McElwain’s first hire since taking over nearly two weeks ago and a..." December 16

  • Jim McElwain: 'I believe I can win with my dog Claribelle' playing QB

    CBSSports.com "Jim McElwain held his introductory press conference at Florida on Saturday, and like every coach at an introductory press conference ever, he showed no lack of belief he would succeed in his new job. But many coaches would likely admit, at least, that they could not win SEC football games..." December 07

  • Chomp change? Gators' buyout sets record

    ESPN.com "The University of Florida has some serious faith in Jim McElwain. To score the Colorado State coach, the Florida Gators will pay the largest buyout ever given to another school in college football history. Florida said Thursday that it would pay CSU a total of $5 million -- $3 million in..." December 05

  • Sources: McElwain to become Florida coach

    ESPN.com "Jim McElwain's representatives and Colorado State have cleared up the issues surrounding his buyout, and McElwain has agreed to become the next head coach at Florida, sources told ESPN.com. Barring any last-minute snags, Florida is expected to announce McElwain as the Gators' coach later..." December 04

  • Jim McElwain to coach Florida

    ESPN.com "Jim McElwain's representatives and Colorado State have cleared up the issues surrounding his buyout, and McElwain has agreed to become the next head coach of the Florida Gators. The coach, who will be introduced at a news conference Saturday, will be paid an average of $3.5 million per season..." December 04

  • Report: Muschamp has offers on the table from A&M, Auburn

    College Football Talk "On the field, Auburn and Texas A&M compete as members of the SEC West. Off the field, they’re competing with their checkbooks as prospective employers for a recently-deposed SEC East head coach. According to Jay Tate of Rivals.com‘s AuburnUndercover.com, both A&M and AU have offered their..." December 03

  • Sources: Florida AD to meet with Colorado State coach Jim McElwain

    Yahoo! Sports "A private jet carrying Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley was en route to Colorado on Tuesday afternoon for a presumed meeting with Colorado State football coach Jim McElwain, sources told Yahoo Sports. According to FlightAware.com, a private jet left Jacksonville, Fla., this morning and..." December 02

  • Will Muschamp Favorited A Tweet About Being Introduced As Auburn’s Defensive Coordinator

    College Spun "Former Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp is officially a free agent in the college football coaching world. While he wasn’t overly successful on the offensive side of the ball in Gainesville (it ultimately cost him his job), he’s still considered a genius when it comes to defense. Right now,..." December 02

  • Gators Looking at Josh McDaniels to Replace Will Muschamp?

    The Big Lead "The Florida Gators have a head coaching opening to fill, and it is a more attractive job than Michigan (why haven’t the Wolverines canned Hoke?) or Nebraska. On the surface, it appears Gators AD Jeremy Foley could get whomever he wants. A couple things to note: 1) in 2010, when Foley hired Will..." December 02

  • Report: Florida to contact Chip Kelly

    Pro Football Talk "Eagles coach Chip Kelly may not be interested in coaching at the University of Florida. But the University of Florida is interested in Kelly. According to Mark Farzetta of CBS Philly, Florida will contact Kelly as early as Tuesday to gauge his interest in the job. When Kelly became the head..." December 01

  • Sources: Colorado State coach Jim McElwain a leading candidate for Florida job

    Yahoo! Sports "Colorado State coach Jim McElwain has emerged as a leading candidate for the Florida vacancy, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports Sunday. McElwain and Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley discussed the Gators job Saturday night, sources said. Information has been gathered on McElwain by..." December 01

  • Will history repeat itself in Muschamp's final game as Gators coach?

    Fox Sports Florida "The comparison was inevitable. Will Muschamp knew it. Somewhere, Ron Zook knew it. Certainly everyone inside the Florida football team's meeting room Monday afternoon knew it when a reporter asked Muschamp about his situation compared to Zook's 10 years ago. If your memory has faded, a quick..." November 25

  • How good is the Florida job?

    USA Today "The common perception is that Florida's head coaching job, which opened this week when the school announced it would part ways with Will Muschamp at the end of the season, is among the four best in college football alongside Texas, Alabama and Southern California. The reason most often given is..." November 21

  • Nick Saban: Will Muschamp 'did a really good job' at Florida

    Fox Sports - College Football "Florida announced on Sunday that coach Will Muschamp will not be back next season. The Gators went 4-8 last season and are currently 5-4. On Monday, athletic director Jeremy Foley expressed the program's need to bring in a head coach that can spark the offense. As the Gators begin to..." November 20

  • Gators DE Dante Fowler Jr. tweets he will leaving for the NFL

    Orlando Sentinel "UF defensive end Dante Fowler Jr.'s reticience Tuesday afternoon left little doubt he would be leaving early for the NFL in 2015. Asked if there is anything that would make him return to the Gators as a senior to play a new coaching staff, Fowler paused for several seconds. “Um, just if..." November 19

  • The Sad Reality Behind Will Muschamp’s Departure

    Gamedayr "Prior to Sunday, I’d be hard-pressed to tell you the last time the sports world had legitimately made me sad. Excited, enthralled, intrigued, frustrated, disturbed: those all come and go on a weekly, if not daily, basis. But saddened? I figured myself to be too old, too jaded, and too desensitized..." November 18

  • Report: Florida not considering Rich Rodriguez, Dan Mullen as next coach

    SI - College Football "Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen will not be candidates to replace Florida coach Will Muschamp, ESPN's Brett McMurphy reports. Florida fired Muschamp on Sunday, a day after a 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina dropped the Gators to 5-4 on the season...." November 18

  • Gators start search with an eye on offense

    ESPN.com "Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said Monday that the search for the Gators' new football coach will begin immediately and that he'd ideally like a coach in place before Christmas. "We'll proceed as quickly as we can," Foley said Monday. "There's a lot of work to do, a lot of research to..." November 17

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    Andy Staples @Andy_Staples

    http://t.co/4bXilNU6qk has learned that Will Muschamp has been dismissed at Florida. Story upcoming.

  • Is Will Muschamp doomed at Florida after brutal South Carolina loss?

    Fox Sports - College Football "The game was over and Will Muschamp had breathing room ... and then it wasn't and the embattled Florida coach didn't. With less than a minute left and a 17-10 lead over South Carolina in the Swamp on Saturday, Muschamp sent out his punting unit. Get the ball off and there would be little time..." November 15

  • Gators' Muschamp adopts 'bunker mentality'

    ESPN.com "As criticism has mounted, Florida coach Will Muschamp says he's taking a "bunker mentality" these days. The fourth-year coach has come under fire from fans in recent weeks, and some of their barbs have hit close to home. "Well, you've got to get home and explain to your 9-year-old why they're..." October 28

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