Florida vs. Wake Forest
When/where: 5; BB&T Center, Sunrise.
TV/radio: Fox Sports Florida, Fox Sports 1; 1250-AM
Records: Florida 6-4; Wake Forest 5-5
Notable: In their 16th season participating in the Orange Bowl Classic, the Gators hold a 13-2 record at the event, including a current four-game win streak. The Gators expect to have Duke transfer Alex Murphy in the lineup. He is eligible after enrolling in January and sitting out until the end of the semester. Murphy must have all grades from the semester officially posted before he can play, but coach Billy Donovan was optimistic he'll play. Tampa junior G Michael Frazier needs two 3-pointers made to reach 200 for his career, which would make him the seventh Florida player to achieve that feat. The Gators could be without junior G Eli Carter, who missed several days of practice and was being tested on Thursday for strep throat. Florida will face Wake Forest G Mitchell Wilbekin, who is the younger brother of former Gator and 2014 SEC player of the year Scottie Wilbekin....
Florida QB Treon Harris is facing a January court date after he was cited for driving without a driver's license.
The story was first reported by the Gainesville Sun.
According to court documents, Harris was in a 2010 Infiniti on Dec. 13 when he was observed by a University Police Department officer driving 35 mph in a 20 mph zone on Stadium Road. He was stopped as he pulled into The Springs parking lot - a campus dormitory....
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....
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....
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....
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....
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."...
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"...
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....
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.”...
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 — 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."...
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."...
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."...