Florida legend Steve Spurrier is retiring from coaching, according to Sports Illustrated and multiple other outlets
The State newspaper's Josh Kendall reported that Spurrier told his South Carolina Gamecocks of the decision Monday night and that an interim coach will be announced Tuesday.
Spurrier, 70, is one of the biggest names in the state's college football history. He won UF's first Heisman Trophy in 1966 when he threw for 2,012 yards and 16 touchdowns. Spurrier spent 10 seasons in the NFL and spent his final year (1976) with the Bucs.
His coaching stops included the Tampa Bay Bandits before returned to Gainesville in 1990 to take over his alma mater. He took the Gators to six SEC championships and the 1996 national title. He finished with a 122-27 record in 12 years at UF.
But Spurrier's Gamecocks have struggled this season. South Carolina is off to a 2-4 start and dropped its first four SEC games. UF's SEC finale is at South Carolina on Nov. 14.
"Thanks (Spurrier) for all you've done for college football...and for me," tweeted Danny Wuerffel, whom Spurrier coached to the Heisman. "Your impact on me changed the trajectory of my life."
Florida and Florida State both moved up in the latest AP Top 25.
The Gators jumped three spots to No. 8 after Saturday's win over Missouri. With LSU moving up one spot to sixth, that sets up a top-10 showdown this week at Tiger Stadium.
The Seminoles gained one spot to No. 11 after earning a 29-24 win over rival Miami.
FSU remains ahead of UF in the coaches' poll; the Noles stayed at No. 8, while the Gators rose one spot to eleventh.
Six different teams received at least one first-place vote in the AP poll; Ohio State remains first, followed by Baylor, TCU, Utah and Clemson.
TALLAHASSEE -- Sophomore running back Dalvin Cook is warming up for Florida State, less than an hour before kickoff against rival Miami.
The Seminoles' standout has been day to day with a hamstring injury. Cook is officially listed as the top running back on the pregame depth chart, and he has not seemed limited during drills.
Cook sustained the injury in the first quarter of last week's win at Wake Forest. He leads the ACC with 142.5 yards per game, despite missing three quarters of last week's game.
The anti-Al Golden sentiment followed Miami to Tallahassee.
Here's the message on an aerial banner trailing behind one plane circling Doak Campbell Stadium, less than three hours before kickoff: "UM admin lowered the bar - we haven't #FireAlGolden."
Similar messages have circled the Hurricanes' home games and last week's game at Cincinnati.
I spotted one "Keep Al Golden" T-shirt - in garnet and gold - on my drive to the stadium. They were reportedly selling in Tallahassee this week, as FSU fans want to keep a UM coach who is winless against the Seminoles.
One other note from the press box: Sophomore Dalvin Cook is the first running back listed on FSU's depth chart. Cook has been battling a hamstring injury and is officially listed as day to day.
Citra North Marion receiver Freddie Swain orally committed to Florida today, giving the Gators another four-star prospect in one of the nation's top 20 classes.
The 6-foot-1, 188-pound Swain is ranked as the No. 35 receiver nationally and the state's No. 32 overall recruit by 247Sports. Rivals considers him the state's No. 21 prospect.
The early enrollee candidate chose UF over Miami, South Carolina, LSU, USC and Tennessee.
With the commitment, UF has the No. 14 recruiting class, according to Rivals and 247Sports. Swain is the sixth four-star recruit to commit to UF (using Rivals' rankings).
Swain leads North Marion with 22 catches for 361 yards and two touchdowns - including one last month against Pasco.
Oral commitments are non-binding until recruits sign letters of intent in February.
Florida State star running back Dalvin Cook (hamstring) was back at practice Thursday, but his status remains uncertain for Saturday's rivalry game against Miami.
Coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters after practice that Cook remains day to day as the Seminoles wait to see how he feels after Thursday's workout. The sophomore has rushed for six touchdowns and 570 yards this season. Before leaving last week's game at Wake Forest in the first quarter, he accounted for 42 percent of FSU's total offense this season.
FSU is already without running back Mario Pender (collapsed lung), so sophomore Johnathan Vickers and freshman Jacques Patrick are the Seminoles' top tailbacks if Cook cannot play.
Fisher also told reporters that safety Nate Andrews (knee) is questionable for Saturday. Andrews was initially expected to miss several weeks with a bone bruise.
Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher is the fifth-highest paid coach in the country, according to USA Today's annual survey of coaching salaries.
Fisher is in line to make $5.15 million (plus bonuses) this year. That figure trails only Alabama's Nick Saban ($7.09 million), Michigan's Jim Harbaugh ($7 million), Ohio State's Urban Meyer ($5.86 million) and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops ($5.4 million).
First-year Florida coach Jim McElwain is No. 17 on the list, at $3.98 million.
The state's other coaches:
Miami coach Al Golden (No. 42, $2.54 million)
UCF coach George O'Leary (No. 57, $1.89 million)
USF coach Willie Taggart (No. 69, $1.15 million)
Florida International coach Ron Turner (No. 92, $605,000)
Florida Atlantic coach Charlie Partridge (No. 102, $525,500)
Check out the whole database - and footnotes and fine print - here.
Joey Knight tries to hype up the made-up rivalry between 2-3 UConn and winless UCF.
Welcome to one of the biggest weeks of the college football season. It's almost time for the game you've been awaiting for months … the "Civil Conflict" between UCF and UConn.
But seriously, in our weekly college football preview video, Joey Knight and I break down why Saturday is a must-win for Willie Taggart's USF Bulls, why Florida State could be in trouble against rival Miami and what challenges Missouri poses for Florida.
Plus, Joey tries to hype up the made-up rivalry between the 2-3 Huskies and winless Knights. Spoiler alert: It does not work.Full Story
Florida and Miami could be resuming their rivalry soon.
The Gators and Hurricanes are close to agreeing to a deal to open the 2019 season at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, according to this report from the Orlando Sentinel.
The state powers last met in September 2013, when the ‘Canes earned a 21-16 home win.
In addition to renewing a rivalry, the game would continue both programs' attempts to schedule marquee non-conference opponents. UF plays Michigan on Sept. 2, 2017, and Miami will open the 2018 season against LSU. Both of those neutral-site games are in Arlington, Texas.
Former Miami football stars Willis McGahee and Kellen Winslow are among the eight inductees into the Hurricanes' athletic hall of fame.
McGahee was a running back on the loaded 2001 national championship team and dominated the next year, earning first-team All-America honors and setting program records with 1,753 yards and 28 touchdowns. His teammate from the national title team, All-America offensive lineman Joaquin Gonzalez, is another inductee.
Winslow caught 119 passes as a tight end - fifth most in school history - before embarking on a 10-season NFL career that included a stop with the Bucs.
The other inductees, who will be honored before the Oct. 24 home game against Clemson:
Will Allen (men's basketball, 1969-71)
Megan Bradley (women's tennis, 2002-05)
Charlie Hodgson (men's swimming coach, 1973-86)
Tamara James (women's basketball, 2002-06)
Jon Jay (baseball, 2004-06)Full Story
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Dalvin Cook injured his hamstring in the first quarter of last week's win at Wake Forest.
Although Florida State running back Dalvin Cook remains day to day with a hamstring injury, Miami is preparing as if the Seminoles' star sophomore will be playing Saturday night.
"We're expecting Cook to be able to play," Hurricanes coach Al Golden said Wednesday. "Regardless of who's back there, we've got to get ready for their blocking schemes and what they're doing in the run game."
Cook injured his hamstring in the first quarter of last week's win at Wake Forest. Despite missing the final three quarters, he still ranks eighth nationally with 142.5 rushing yards per game.
Cook didn't practice Monday, and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher didn't provide an update on his availability during Wednesday's ACC coaches teleconference.
Fisher told reporters yesterday that Cook could still play Saturday night, even if he doesn't practice this week. Full Story
The challenge for the Gators this week, Jim McElwain said, is to handle that success without getting cocky or complacent.
The 11th-ranked Gators find themselves in a spot they haven't experienced in years, and first-year coach Jim McElwain isn't sure how his team will respond.
After struggling during the Will Muschamp era, Florida is 5-0 and just outside the top 10 after last week's win over then-No. 3 Ole Miss. The challenge this week, McElwain said, is to handle that success without getting cocky or complacent.
"It'll be really interesting to see how we handle the praise from all the people that obviously said they weren't worth a hill of beans and now are talking about them," McElwain said. "People (are) rubbing their bellies and making them feel good. Yeah, they should get their bellies rubbed. I mean, they've done a good job. And yet, how do you handle it?"
McElwain's metaphor choice shouldn't be a shock; he's made it quite known that he's a dog person.
His message doesn't come as a surprise, either. Since preseason media day, he has preached that players only get (at most) 15 opportunities and must maximize each one - regardless of the highs or lows that come from the previous game. …Full Story
Former NBA champion Mike Miller, Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte and two-time All-America offensive lineman Jeff Zimmerman are among the eight former Gators who will be inducted into Florida's athletic hall of fame in the spring, UF announced today.
Mike Miller made the Final Four with the Gators and won two NBA titles with the Miami Heat. Zimmerman starred for UF's football team from 1983-86 and was later drafted by the Cowboys.
Lochte won seven NCAA championships before setting four world records and winning 11 Olympic medals.
The other inductees:
Greg Burgess (men's swimming, 1991-94)
Kerron Clement (men's track and field, 2003-05)
Jane Collymore (volleyball, 2002-05)
David Lee (men's basketball, 2001-05)
Jessica Lehnhoff (women's tennis, 1999-2002)
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook remains day to day with a hamstring injury he sustained Saturday at Wake Forest.
Florida State RB Dalvin Cook remains day to day with a hamstring injury he sustained Saturday at Wake Forest, coach Jimbo Fisher said during his weekly Monday news conference.
Fisher said Cook's injury wasn't as drastic as initially feared, but Cook still won't participate in drills Monday.
Cook, one of the country's top rushers, leads the No. 12 Seminoles with 570 yards and six touchdowns. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's home rivalry game against Miami.Full Story
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Florida Gators wide receiver Brandon Powell completes a 77-yard reception for a touchdown against Ole Miss.
Florida's 38-10 win over Ole Miss bumped the Gators up 14 spots in the AP Top 25 — and leapfrogged them over the still unbeaten Seminoles.
UF (5-0, 3-0 SEC) is No. 11 in the latest AP poll, released Sunday. The Seminoles (4-0, 2-0) fell one spot, to 12th, after holding on for 24-16 win at Wake Forest.
The Gators were also the biggest riser in the coaches' poll. They jumped 11 spots to No. 12. FSU moved up one spot to eighth.
Ole Miss fell from third to 14th in the AP poll after the loss to UF. Full Story