Florida Rumors & News

  • Jim McElwain won’t place restrictions on Gators who want a transfer

    College Football Talk "It appears that, in at least one aspect, Mark Richt has a kindred SEC East spirit. The Georgia head coach has had a long-standing policy that, if one of his Bulldogs is unhappy in Athens and wants to transfer elsewhere, he won’t stand in that player’s way of moving on, even if it’s to another..." April 29

  • McElwain: Gators' cornerback J.C. Jackson will face the consequences of his arrest

    Orlando Sentinel "UF cornerback J.C. Jackson is not in school and his future with the Gators is uncertain following his Saturday arrest in connection with armed robbery, coach Jim McElwain said Tuesday. McElwain, who was in Lakeland to speak to the Polk County Gator Club, was hesitant to say whether Jackson..." April 22

  • REPORT: Miami to apply for immediate eligibility waiver for Gerald Willis III

    State of the U "Miami wants former 5-star DT recruit Gerald Willis III to suit up this year, and will apply for an immediate eligibility waiver in an effort to make that happen. As I'm sure you know, Miami is still looking for a difference maker at the DT position. We've continued to throw numbers at the..." April 21

  • UF football player J.C. Jackson arrested on armed robbery charge

    The Gainesville Sun "A University of Florida redshirt freshman football player was arrested Saturday after he was accused of being part of an armed robbery in an apartment on Gainesville’s southwest side. At 3:45 p.m. Jerald Christopher “J.C.” Jackson came to visit an apartment of an acquaintance in a complex at..." April 19

  • Florida’s Chris Thompson has battery charge dropped

    College Football Talk "Apparently it’s “Take Your Case to Court and Drop It Day” across the SEC East. Following an investigation into a domestic incident involving Florida’s Chris Thompson, the Gainesville Sun wrote, “the State Attorney’s Office has elected not to pursue the case, citing a lack of evidence and the..." April 15

  • Gators announce playing career of Rod Johnson is over

    College Football Talk "Unfortunately for both the player and the football program, their worst fears have been confirmed. Tuesday afternoon, Florida announced that the playing career of offensive lineman Rod Johnson has come to an end. The announcement came one day after Johnson met with doctors to get a final..." April 14

  • Florida OT Rod Johnson’s injury may be career-ending

    College Football Talk "As it turns out, the “pretty big blow” sustained by Florida’s offensive line could be much worse than originally thought. Earlier this month, it was confirmed that right tackle Rod Johnson would be out indefinitely with a stinger-type injury. There were also indications that a previous issue in..." April 13

  • Florida WR Chris Thompson facing simple battery charges

    CBSSports.com "Florida wide receiver Chris Thompson has missed a few spring practices as the team gets ready for the Orange and Blue Debut on Saturday. On Thursday, Jim McElwain confirmed that Thompson had been "excused" from team activities until he is through dealing with a legal matter. According to the..." April 09

  • Florida's Adam Lane is happy he pooped his pants during a game

    CBSSports.com "Odds are you don't remember Florida's 28-20 win over East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl. In fact, my simple assumption that you even watched the game could be termed as extremely optimistic on my part. If you did watch it, though, you may remember Florida running back Adam Lane rushing for..." March 25

  • CeCe Jefferson, Who Waffled On Signing With Florida, Now Has A Gators Tattoo

    College Spun "This past February, five-star defensive end recruit CeCe Jefferson put Florida fans through the wringer by waiting a number of days to sign his official Letter of Intent to play for the Gators. Well, it looks like Jefferson, who cited coaching changes as the reason for his holdout back then, is..." March 16

  • Florida’s new coach makes Georgia a bigger priority

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "After Florida signed zero football prospects out of Georgia in last year’s recruiting class, new Gators coach Jim McElwain made this state a bigger priority in only a few months on the job. And Florida had success with that strategy. Florida finished with five Georgia signees in last month’s..." March 03

  • 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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    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

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