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Florida to share in record SEC total revenue for 2012-13 fiscal year

The 14 member-schools in the SEC will share approximately $289.4 million as part of the league's revenue sharing plan for the 2012-13 fiscal year, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive released today. 

The $289.4 million is the highest total ever distributed in SEC history.

The revenue sharing plans include money generated by football television, bowls, the SEC Football Championship, basketball television, the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, NCAA Championships and supplemental distribution. It does not include revenue individual schools generate through local media packages.

It also does not include $14.1 million retained by the schools which participated in bowls and $980,000 divided among all 14 member-schools by the NCAA for academic enhancement.

The average amount to be distributed to each school is $20.7 million.

In 2011, the then-12 member schools split &219.9 million, and last year the schools divided $244 million. This is the first year the league has included 14 member schools, with Missouri and Texas A&M joining the league last year.

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Florida athletic officials apologize to Nick Saban for 'devil himself' comment

Nick Saban said he's not bothered by the comments, but isn't sure why opposing coaches feel the need to make negative comments -- about him or any other coach.

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Nick Saban said he's not bothered by the comments, but isn't sure why opposing coaches feel the need to make negative comments -- about him or any other coach.

Alabama coach Nick Saban said today he received a call from Florida atheltic director Jeremy Foley and head coach Will Muschamp after Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis made derogatory comments about Saban at a booster function earlier this month.

According to Florida Today, Davis,  in an obvious attempt to get Gator fans in full football-season mode, told a gathering in Melbourne: "Will's got a plan. "Will coached under the devil himself for seven years. I only did three.''

Davis and Muschamp are both former assistants under Saban, who told a gathering of reporters at the SEC Spring Meetings that he was "disappointed" by the comments, but received an aplogy from UF.

"Will and Jeremy (both called), which I appreciated," Saban said. "And I said right off the bat that this is not a reflection of the University of Florida, Will Muschamp or the program there. And it’s really, that’s as much as needs to get said about it."

It was not the first time Saban had been referenced in such a manner. Last year, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin referred to Saban as "Nicky Satan." …

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Gators earn No. 3 seed in NCAA Baseball Tournament

Aided by the No. 2 strength of schedule in the nation, the Florida baseball team today was awarded the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Baseball Tournament in the Bloomington (Ind.) Regional, despite a season of struggles.

"I don’t know if we’re relieved, but I think we’re awfully excited," UF coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "It gives us a chance to get in the postseason for the sixth straight year and this team has worked awfully hard. We’ve had our ups, we’ve had our downs, but it’s a new season and they’re awfully excited to play (this) weekend."

The Gators (29-28) will play No. 2 seed Austin Peay (45-13) Friday at 1 p.m. The game can be seen on ESPN3. Top-seeded Indiana (43-14) will play fourth-seeded Valparaiso (31-26) at 7 p.m.

This is Florida’s sixth consecutive NCAA appearance under O’Sullivan – the first time in school history a coach has accomplished that feat.

The Bloomington Regional winner will face the winner of the Tallahassee Regional in a Super Regional series next weekend. …

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Gators earn 4-3 win over UAB in late-game Super Regional rally

Florida shortstop Katie Medina hit a walkoff single to help lead the Gators to a 4-3 victory over UAB in the NCAA Softball Super Regional Saturday afternoon in Gainesville.

The Gators are one win away from advancing to the Women’s College World Series. Florida (56-7) and UAB (40-18) will play today at noon. The Blazers need two wins to advance.

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Florida softball begins NCAA Super Regional play today

The Florida softball team will play UAB today in the first game of the NCAA Super Regional, at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville.

The two teams will meet on Sunday, at 1 p.m., for the second game, and later Sunday afternoon, for the deciding game in the series - if necessary.

Florida (55-7) is the No. 2 national seed in the tournament.

Listen to UF coach Tim Walton preview today's game:

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Kickoff times set for Gators' games vs. Georgia, Miami

If you're planning on attending the Florida-Miami football game on Sept. 7, you might want to start hydrating now.

CBS and ESPN have announced kickoff times for several football games during the 2013 season which will be broadcast on their respective networks, and those announcements include two games involving the Gators.

ESPN and the ACC announced today that the Florida-Miami game on Sept. 7 in Miami Gardens will kickoff at noon.

Yes, noon.

CBS has announced that it will broadcast the Nov. 2 game against Georgia in Jacksonville during the traditional 3:30 p.m. time slot.

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Florida guard Michael Frazier II invited to tryouts for USA Basketball

Michael Frazier II was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team this past season.

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Michael Frazier II was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team this past season.

Florida guard Michael Frazier II, of Tampa, is one of 24 players who have received an invitation to USA Basketball’s training camp for the 2013 U19 FIBA World Championships - the team which will be coached by Gators head coach Billy Donovan.

The players are selected by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee. The 24 players will compete for 12 roster spots.

Training camp will be June 14-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Finalists will be anounced on June 16, with the official 12-man roster to be set in the following days.

The tournament will be held June 27 through July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Frazier said he was ovewhelmed when he received news he had been invited.

"I was excited, happy,'' said Frazier, who played at Plant High before transferring to Montverde Academy. "I was overwhelmed because I've always wanted to play for team USA. So getting the opportunity to go and showcase what I have is a great opportunity for me. I'm so happy to be a part of this." …

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Florida forward Will Yeguette undergoes more knee surgery

Senior forward Will Yeguete underwent an arthroscopic debridement on his right knee Wednesday morning at UF Health Shands Hospital, Florida athletic officials confirmed today.

Yeguette is expected to require at least four months of recovery.

It is the third surgery he has undergone since joining the Gators, the second on his knee.

Yeguete fractured his foot late in the 2011 season, and missed all of the Gators' postseason.

In 2012, he missed a month of action after undergoing surgery to remove floating chips in the right knee. He said at the end of the season he most likely would need more surgery, which was completed today.

The 6-foot-7 Yeguete averaged 5.5 points and 5.8 rebounds in 31 games for the Gators this past season, but is considered one of Florida's best defensive players.


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Gator baseball team begins SEC tournament play tonight

The Florida baseball team opens play in the SEC tournament today at 5:30 p.m.

No. 8 seed Florida (29-27) will play ninth-seeded Texas A&M (30-25) in the third game of today's tournament in Hoover, Ala. The winner of the game between the Aggies and Gators will advance to the double-elimination portion of the 12-team event.

The Gators will be making their league-leading 33rd appearance at the SEC Tourney and are 55-55 (.500) all-time.

Sophomore right-hander Johnny Magliozzi (4-1, 2.14) will make his third start of the season, and his first SEC Tournament appearance, when he takes the mound against Texas A&M sophomore right-hander Daniel Mengden (7-3, 1.92).

Magliozzi has 12 saves and a 2.14 ERA in 54.2 innings and 27 appearances this season. He also has 45 strikeouts,

This past weekend, Florida closed out the regular season with a series at Georgia. The Gators won Thursday’s opener, 4-2, before the Bulldogs won in the final two games, 3-1 and 9-2.

Since a 4-3 loss in 11 innings to No. 11 Ole Miss on March 29 that dropped their record to 11-16 (.407), the Gators went 18-11 (.621) to finish the regular season two games above the .500 plateau at 29-27 (.518). …

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Gators bid for third straight national tennis title falls short in 4-3 loss to Stanford

Florida's Lauren Embree returns the ball during a quarterfinal doubles tennis match against California.

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Florida's Lauren Embree returns the ball during a quarterfinal doubles tennis match against California.

It was a comeback that fell just short. 

The top-ranked and two-time defending national champion Florida women's tennis team fell behind 3-0 in its national semifinal match against Stanford, then staged a late rallly before losing 4-3 late Monday night at the Atkins Tennis Center on the University of Illinois campus.

It was a classic match between two programs that have become familiar with battling each other for championships. The last two postseason meetings between Florida and Stanford prior to Monday were 4-3 decisions in the final, with the Gators winning the 2011 national championship and the Cardinal the 2010 title. Both of those matches came down to a third set in the last match on court.

UF had its overall win streak halted at 19, as well as its 16-match run in the NCAA Championships. The Gator’s previous last postseason loss was a 4-3 decision to Stanford in the 2010 final

It was a bittersweet ending for a senior class that leaves with unprecedented success: over the past four years, the Gators have been to four consecutive Final Fours, won two national titles and had three title match appearances. …

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Florida women face Stanford in NCAA Tennis semifinals

Following a hard-fought 4-2 win against California on Sunday, the Florida women's tennis team  has advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Championships.

Florida (26-2), the top seed and two-time defending national champion, will play No. 12 Stanford (20-4) today at 6 p.m. The Cardinal upset No. 4 Georgia, 4-1 in their quarterfinal match.

“We played them in February and thought they were wicked good,” UF coach Roland Thornqvist said. “We played really well to get out of that jam. I had a feeling that they were going to go deep in this tournament. Obviously, we have some of the same matchups that we did back in February so we’ll try to prepare as best we can.”

Florida will be playing in the NCAA Semifinals -the equivalent of basketball's Final Four - for the 23rd time in the last 27 years.

“It feels great to be back in the semifinals,” said Florida senior Lauren Embree, who produced wins on the singles and doubles courts Sunday and improved to 34-2 in NCAA dual match singles and doubles play.



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Florida defeats USF 2-0 to earn trip to NCAA Softball Super Regional

It was the classic pitcher’s duel between Florida and USF on Sunday afternoon, as Bulls ace Sara Nevins and Florida’s Hannah Rogers battled it out in brutal near-90 degree temperatures.

But the outcome ultimately came down to the team that made the fewest mistakes.

Nevins gave up just one hit, but two critical mistakes in the fourth sealed the Bulls’ (45-16) fate. The senior standout walked in a run, then allowed another to score when she hit batter Taylore Fuller, leading to Florida’s 2-0 win over the Bulls Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.

With the victory, Florida (55-7) advances to its sixth NCAA Super Regional. The Gators will host either UAB or UCLA this weekend.

While the Gators struggled at the plate, Rogers kept them in the game with her arm, going seven innings, giving up three hits with five strikeouts in 24 at bats. She said pitching against a player of Nevins’ caliber also improves her game.
“It’s like a pitcher’s matchup, and you’re fighting for every pitch and every out throughout the whole game,” Rogers said.

Hear what UF coach Tim Walton had to say following today's game:

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Gators earn 11-1 win over USF in NCAA Softball regional

Florida sophomore Lauren Haeger's three-run homer in the bottom of the first gave Florida huge momentum, and the Gators went on to defeat USF 11-1 Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament Gainesville Regional.

It was the 20th come-from-behind win of the season for Florida.

The Gators (54-7) advanced to play Sunday at 1 p.m. and will face either USF, Georgia Southern or Hampton.

USF (44-15) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Haeger's home run gave the Gators a boost, then Florida had a five-run second inning to help secure the win.

USF star pitcher Sara Nevins left the game after 1.1 innings, and eventually gave up up six hits and seven runs. Florida pitcher Hannah Rogers had a slow start, but eventually went give innings with six strikeouts and giving up just one hit.

After the game, UF coach Tim Walton talked about the Gators' performance:


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Florida to face USF in NCAA Softball Gainesville Regional

The Florida softball team rallied with a four-run third inning, then added two more in the fifth on home runs by Valrico alum Kelsey Horton and Taylore Fuller to earn a 7-1 win over Hampton (34-25) Friday night in the NCAA Gainesville Regional.

It was the 19th come-from-behind victory for the Gators (53-7) this season.

The Gators will play USF, a 1-0 winner over Georgia Southern, Saturday at 1 p.m. at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on the UF campus.

"It was a good win for us," UF coach Tim Walton said. "When you've got a young team, you don't know what you're going to get, but I thought they played well tonight."

Florida sophomore pitcher Alyssa Bache made her first postseason start, and her first start since April 17 vs. Florida State.

"I was really excited to help my team in any way I could," said Bache who went seven innings and gave up just two hits.

Horton, one of two seniors on the Gators' team, was 2-for-4 with four RBI.

“I just made some adjustments in my first and second at-bats,” Horton said. “We did a really good job getting the momentum going.”

USF lost twice to the Gators this season, but Walton said he expects a challenge on Saturday. …

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Florida softball begins quest for NCAA title today

The Florida softball team begins NCAA Tournament play today vs. Hampton in the NCAA Tournament Gainesville Regional at the Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium on the University of Florida campus.

The Gators and Hampton will play at 6 p.m. today, while USF will play Georgia Southern at 3:30 p.m.

Florida is the No. 2 national seed and is trying to return to the NCAA Super Regional after being eliminated by USF in Gainesville last season. Prior to that, the Gators had been to four consecutive Women's College World Series.

"I think we're in a good position," UF coach Tim Walton said. "We've prepared really well this week. We're excited and fired up to get back home again. We're not putting any more pressure on them than they already put on themesvles. We're concentrating on just going out and playing, doing what we've done all season." …

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