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Antonya English, Times Staff Writer

Antonya English

Antonya English has covered University of Florida sports for the Times since 2001, a tenure that has included three head football coaches and three national champions. A former news reporter, she moved to the sports department at the Gainesville Sun in 1993 for what she thought would be a short stint, and never looked back. She came to the Times from the Dallas Morning News in 1997.

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Blog: Gator Report

  1. Gators DL Byran Cox undergoes surgery, will miss Birmingham Bowl


    Florida DL Bryan Cox, Jr.. will not play in the Jan. 3 Birmingham Bowl due to an injury.

    Cox underwent surgery on Monday to repair a hip problem, Gators interim coach D.J. Durkin said.

    "Bryan Cox had surgery and will be out for the bowl," Durkin said. "It's a hip injury, something that was deteriorating over time that he needed to have done."

    Cox, a redshirt sophomore, played in all 11 games this season with 29 tackles, including four sacks....

  2. Gators' D.J. Durkin denies reports of new job


    Florida interim coach and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin today denied reports that he has accepted another job.

    Rports out of Texas Thursday morning said Durkin is scheduled to be hired as the new defensive coordinator at Texas A&M. But Durkin said the only job he has as of right now is with the Gators.

    "I have not accepted any sort of job anywhere, here or anywhere else other than the job as interim coach for the bowl game," he said....

  3. Gators Vernon Hargreaves to be honored with All-American brick on UF campus


    Florida sophomore cornerback Vernon Hagreaves III has been named a First Team All-America selection by the Sporting News, which means his accomplishment will forever be commemorated on the UF campus.

    Hargreaves, a Tampa Wharton alum, will receive a brick outside the Gators' football facility to be placed among the numerous All-Americans that have come before him.

    The Gators recognize players with a brick when they are first team All-Americans selected by one or more of the following organizations: Sporting News, Associated Press, Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America and the American Football Coaches Association....

  4. FSU-North Florida basketball preview



    Florida State vs. North Florida

    When/where: 7; Tucker Center, Tallahassee

    TV/radio: Sun Sports; 1040-AM

    Records: North Florida 6-4, FSU 4-5

    Notable: This is the first of four straight games against opponents from Florida. … The Ospreys are 0-11 vs. the ACC. … All of FSU's wins have come at the Tucker Center. … Junior Montay Brandon has led the Seminoles in scoring in their past two games. … The Ospreys have traveled 1,549 miles on a bus and 4,983 on a plane and stayed in eight hotels this season....

  5. Florida Gators hire Geoff Collins as defensive coordinator


    GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Jim McElwain has hired Mississippi State's Geoff Collins to become the Gators' new defensive coordinator.

    Collins, 43, was the Bulldogs' defensive coordinator and linebackers coach for the past four seasons and was a 2014 Broyles Award nominee for top assistant in the nation.

    "His defenses have been successful everywhere he has been," McElwain said. "It was important to maintain some of the same philosophies and concepts that have made the defenses around here successful with this hire, and our players will continue to progress under his direction."...

    Geoff Collins
  6. Jim McElwain's first Gator commitment is TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe


    About 24 hours after his introductory press conference on Dec. 6, new Florida coach Jim McElwain hit the recruiting trail.

    On Tuesday, he received his first oral commitment as the Gators' head coach.

    Georgia TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe announced via Twitter that he plans to attend Florida.

    Imatorbhebhe, who is 6-4, 227 pounds, said on his Twitter account: "Thank you to all the people/coaches that have supported me and given me an opportunity to play at their schools. . . . I'm extremely proud to announce that I will be attending the University of Florida!!!! #GatorNationWhatUP"...

  7. Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves selected to AP All-America second team


    The awards continue to come for Florida sophomore CB Vernon Hargreaves III.

    Today, Hargreaves was named to the Associated Press All-America second team - the only Gator to be named to the first, second or third teams.

    This past week, Hargreaves was selected for the AP All-SEC first team and was a first team All-SEC selection by the league's coaches.

    Hargreaves led the SEC with 13 pass breakups on the year, and also had two interceptions and two recovered fumbles....

  8. Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins to join Gators staff


    Florida coach Jim McElwain has hired Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins to become the new defensive coordinator at Florida.

    Collins, 43, was Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator and linebackers coach the past four years. He was a 2014 Broyles Award nominee for the best assistant coach in the nation.

    “His defenses have been successful everywhere he has been,” McElwain said. "It was important to maintain some of the same philosophies and concepts that have made the defenses around here successful with this hire and our players will continue to progress under his direction.”...

  9. After football recruiting, Gators focus on staff


    GAINESVILLE — Now that the NCAA dead period has begun for college football recruiting, expect new Florida coach Jim McElwain to turn his focus on his new staff.

    McElwain had fewer than 24 hours after he was formally announced to get on the recruiting trail, just one week to salvage an already compromised class and pick up new commitments before the dead period kicked in.

    Based on Twitter, McElwain made the most of that week, seen in photos hitting areas all over the state, including Tampa....

    GAINESVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 06:  Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain speaks during an introductory press conference on December 6, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. McElwain has left Colorado State and replaces ex-Florida coach Will Muschamp who was fired earlier this season.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) 527057997
  10. Florida Gators rout Jacksonville, win third straight


    GAINESVILLE — With just a 10-point lead at halftime Sunday over a Jacksonville team with eight losses, Florida coach Billy Donovan wasn't happy with his Gators. He said he didn't think they came in with the right approach.

    "He challenged us to come out with a lot more energy," junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith said. "(Jacksonville) played good in the first half, and we just wanted to pick up our energy."...

  11. Florida-Jacksonville basketball, 4 p.m. Sunday


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    Florida vs. Jacksonville

    When/where: 4; O'Connell Center, Gainesville

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Florida; 1250-AM

    Records: Florida 5-4, Jacksonville 2-8

    Notable: Florida is trying to sweep its three-game homestand. The Gators will not play more than two straight at home the rest of the season. … Tipoff is less than 48 hours after the Gators defeated Texas Southern, but UF coach Billy Donovan said he thinks his team will respond to the quick turnaround well. "I think they'll be good at it," he said. "We've got a whole day to prepare."...

  12. Will Muschamp to earn $3.7 million from Florida and Auburn


    Auburn will officially introduce Will Muschamp as its new offensive coordinator today, 28 days after he was fired as the Gators' head coach.

    "I'm excited to welcome Will back to Auburn as our new defensive coordinator," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. "Will is a one of the top defensive minds in college football who has great passion and energy for the game. He is a tremendous addition to our staff."...

  13. Florida beats Texas Southern in second straight rout


    GAINESVILLE — After Monday night's double-digit win over Yale, Florida coach Billy Donovan was eager to see whether the Gators could carry over some of the positives from that performance — improved shooting, solid defense and maintaining high intensity in the second half.

    He got what he wanted, at least in some areas, resulting in a 75-50 win over Texas Southern in front of 9,212 Friday night at the O'Connell Center. It gave the Gators their first two-game winning streak of the season....

  14. FSU-Notre Dame basketball, 8 p.m. Saturday



    Florida State at No. 25 Notre Dame

    When/where: 8; Purcell Pavillion at the Joyce Center, South Bend, Ind.

    TV/radio: ESPN2; 1040-AM

    Records: FSU 4-4, Notre Dame 9-1

    Notable: FSU opens ACC play having won three of four. … It should get back junior G Devon Bookert, who has missed five games with a foot injury, although how much he'll play is unknown. … All five Fighting Irish starters are shooting 50 percent or better from the field, and senior G Jerian Grant leads the ACC in points per game (19) and assists (6.1). … Notre Dame is in the AP poll for the first time since it was No. 21 in the rankings released Nov. 11, 2013....

  15. Gators adjusting to life without Will Muschamp


    Two weeks after former Florida coach Will Muschamp coached his final game for Florida, the Gators are adjusting to life without him.

    Florida is preparing for its Jan. 3 game against East Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl, and interim coach D.J. Durkin said the Gators are working hard despite all the outside distractions they've been through during the past month. But, he said, it hasn't been easy....