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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.

Phone: (813) 226-3389

E-mail: english@tampabay.com

Blog: Gator Report

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  1. Former FAMU coach sues, citing Will Muschamp's contract as example

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    Former Florida A&M football coach Earl Holmes is suing the university for wrongful termination.

    Holmes is asking to be paid the remainder of the money owed on his contract — $400,000 over two years — plus other damages.

    And he's using former Florida coach Will Muschamp's contract as proof he should be paid.

    According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Tallahassee attorney Tim Jansen said Holmes had a four-year contract to coach FAMU football and that former athletic director Kellen Winslow — who resigned on Dec. 15 — chose not to "comply with the terms of the contract."...

  2. ESPN to provide live coverage from Gainesville on National Signing Day

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    Florida is ranked dead last in recruiting among SEC schools, but that won't stop ESPN from including the Gators in their live coverage from 14 campuses on National Signing Day.

    The network announced today that it will broadcast live from 14 schools on Feb. 3, including Florida. The others are: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Southern California, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M....

  3. Gators announce date for Orange and Blue spring football game

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    The first spring football game under the new regime of Jim McElwain will be played on April 11.

    The UAA announced today it will have more details later, but the date has been set.

    McElwain was hired in December after coach Will Muschamp was fired in late November.

    There have been no details released about spring football practice dates, and it remains to be seen if any of those practices will be open to the public....

  4. Gators get commitment from 4-star DE

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    Florida has received an oral commitment from Marietta (Ga.) Sprayberry defensive end Jabari Zuniga.

    Zuniga orally committed to N.C. State in November, but apparently changed his mind after a visit on Monday night with Florida's staff including head coach Jim McElwain and defensive line coach Terrell Williams.

    Zuniga is 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds.

    According to 247Sports, Zuniga is a 247Sports four-star prospect....

  5. 'Desperate' Gators to take on Alabama, try to stop three game skid

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    The Florida baasketball team shot 48 percent from the floor and 60 percent from 3-pont range this past Saturday at Ole Miss.

    Yet the Gators still lost the game.

    It's been that kind of season for Billy Donovan's team.

    The Gators return to action tonight at Alabama, and Florida junior guard Michael Frazier wasn't afraid to call it like it is as the team preapred to leave on Monday....

    “We definitely need this win," said guard Michael Frazier,  who had a season-high 27 points against Ole Miss. "We go into every game needing it. We’re desperate, so we gotta do what we gotta do to win the game. Period."
  6. Florida-Alabama basketball preview

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    .Tonight

    Florida at Alabama

    When/where: 9; Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM

    Records: Florida 10-9, 3-3 SEC; Alabama 13-6, 3-3

    Notable: Florida has won the past nine meetings with Alabama and 11 of the past 12. But if ever the past had no bearing on the present, it's right now for the Gators, who have lost three straight. Florida hasn't lost four consecutive games since March 2008 — the final three regular-season games and an SEC tournament game. … UF coach Billy Donovan expects a deeper, more balanced Alabama team than in the past. "They've gotten some good production from some young guys, but their veteran guys have gotten better," he said. "They're a good team, deep team." … Alabama's three starting guards all average double figures: Levi Randolph (15), Ricky Tarrant (13.1) and Rodney Cooper (10.7)....

  7. Florida's Billy Donovan sticking with Kasey Hill

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    GAINESVILLE — Despite the up-and-down play of PG Kasey Hill, Florida coach Billy Donovan said Monday he has no plans to make wholesale changes at the position.

    Yes, Donovan would like more consistent play from the sophomore, but he would like that from his entire squad. Lack of discipline, an inability to focus on the game plan for 40 minutes and battling back from adversity continue to be weaknesses for all the Gators, Donovan said....

    Florida point guard Kasey Hill has had stretches of exceptional play mixed with turnover-plagued performances, but through it all he has drawn praise for his hard work and coachability.
  8. Billy Donovan sticking with guard Kasey Hill

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    Despite his up and down play this season, Florida coach Billy Donovan said today he has no plans to bench sophomore PG Kasey Hill.

    Hill is averaging 7.7 points and 4.5 assists per game. He has started 18 of the Gators' 19 games. But his consistency from game-to-game has been an issue.

    He had 25 assists vs. 4 turnovers (6.25 ratio) over one three-game stretch (Kansas, Yale, Texas Southern). He had his first career 20-point game vs. North Carolina, including a 10-for-12 night from the free throw line. And he had a 10-assist, zero-turnover game vs. Yale, with 4-for-4 shooting....

  9. Florida-Mississippi basketball preview

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    .TONIGHT

    Florida at Mississippi

    When/where: 6; C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum, Oxford, Miss.

    TV/radio: SEC Network; 620-AM

    Records: Florida 10-8, 3-2 SEC. Ole Miss 11-7, 2-3.

    Notable: Coming of two consecutive SEC losses, this is a critical game for the Gators in trying to remain above the pack in the SEC race. Nine of the league's 14 teams are either 3-2 or 2-3 in conference play. In addition to the Florida-Ole Miss game, Georgia-Mississippi State and Auburn-Alabama feature games between teams in that cluster. Florida has won six of the last seven and 12 of the past 14 in the series. Five of the past six games have been decided by six points or fewer. The Gators have struggled with 3-point defense of late, but tonight must also keep the Rebels off the free-throw line. Ole Miss has the nation's top free-throw percentage (308-for-386, 79.8 percent)....

  10. FSU-North Carolina basketball preview

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    .TODAY

    Florida State at No. 15 North Carolina

    When/where: 2, Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C.

    TV/radio: ESPN; 1040-AM

    Records: FSU 10-9, 2-4 ACC. North Carolina is 15-4, 5-1.

    Notable: The Seminoles will try to end a four-game losing streak to the Tar Heels in their second road game against a ranked opponent. This is the fifth road conference game this season for FSU, most in the ACC. North Carolina seeks its fifth consecutive ACC victory and its 10th in the past 11 games. UNC junior guard Marcus Paige is playing through plantar fasciitis. He leads UNC with 31.2 minutes per game and is shooting 45.7 percent from 3-point range against ACC opponents. The Tar Heels will be without freshman guard Theo Pinson, who sustained a broken bone in his left foot Wednesday, and sophomore guard Nate Britt is questionable after getting 15 stitches for a cut lip sustained Wednesday....

  11. FSU hires former Gator football assistant Lawing

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    GAINESVILLE — When Florida and Florida State meet in football in November, a familiar face for the Gators will be standing on the Seminoles sideline.

    Brad Lawing, the Gators' assistant head coach/defensive line coach the past two seasons, was hired by FSU coach Jimbo Fisher as defensive ends coach, warchant.com reported.

    Lawing will replace Sal Sunseri, who was named Raiders linebackers coach....

  12. 2015 Florida Gators recruiting update

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    Florida Gators

    KEY LOSSES: LB Neiron Ball, P Kyle Christy, DL Darious Cummings, WR/KR Andre Debose, QB Jeff Driskel, WR Quinton Dunbar, LB Dante Fowler, C Max Garcia, DB Jabari Gorman, OL Chaz Green, OL D.J. Humphries, RB Matt Jones, OL Tyler Moore, DL Leon Orr, LB Michael Taylor, K Frankie Velez

    ORAL COMMITMENTS (6)

    PlayerPos. Ht./Wt.School
    Derrick DillonWR5-11/173Franklinton (La.) Pine
    Mike HortonOT6-4/310Atlanta Lakeside
    Andrew IvieDT6-1/265Pasco
    Tyler JordanC6-4/280Jacksonville Bishop Kenny
    Camrin KnightTE6-4/225Tallahassee Lincoln
    Brandon SandiferOG6-4/335Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside
    ...

  13. 2015 Miami Hurricanes recruiting update

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    Miami Hurricanes

    KEY LOSSES: WR Phillip Dorsett, DB Ladarius Gunter, TE Clive Walford, LB Denzel Perryman, OL Shane McDermott, DL Anthony Chickillo.

    ORAL COMMITMENTS (15)

    PlayerPos. Ht./Wt.School
    Lawrence CagerWR6-5/195(Towson, Md.) Calvert Hill College
    Terrell ChatmanWR6-3/180(Baton Rouge) Central
    Ryan FinesDT6-4/305IMG Academy
    Tyler GauthierOT6-5/305Venice
    Jamie GordinierDE6-4/235Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic
    Michael JacksonCB6-2/190 (Birmingham) Spain Park
    Robert KnowlesS6-1/185Miami Edison
    Brendan LoftusOT6-7/270Tallahassee Godby
    Hayden MahoneyOT6-5/280Malvern (Pa.) Prep
    Richard McIntoshDE6-4/270Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons
    Bar MiloOT6-6/270(West Hills, Calif.) Chaminade
    Charles PerryATH6-1/205Royal Palm Beach
    Jordan ScarlettRB5-10/222Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
    Tyree St. LouisOT6-5/300IMG Academy
    Mark WaltonRB5-10/179Miami Booker T. Washington
    ...

  14. Former Gators coach Brad Lawing lands at rival Florida State

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    Another member of former Florida coach Will Muschamp's staff has landed a job.

    Brad Lawing, who was the Gators' assistant head coach/defensive line coach, has been hired by FSU coach Jimbo Fisher, Warchant.com is reporting, citing sources.

    Lawing is expected to replace Salsunseri, who is leaving to take a position on Jack Del Rio‘s staff with the Oakland Raiders.

    Lawing is a highly-respected, veteran coach who spent two seasons with the Gators after six seasons at South Carolina. His other stops include Michigan State and North Carolina....

  15. Gator basketball trying to find answers to its struggles

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    After opening the conference season 3-0, the Florida men's basketball team has now lost two consecutive games.

    But it's not just that the Gators lost, it's how they've lost: both by double digits and clearly outplayed in both games against Georgia and LSU.

    Tuesday night's loss to the Tigers was Florida's worst at home since 2010, and the Tigers ended a six-game losing streak to Florida.

    So what's wrong with the Gators?

    Even they are struggling to figure that out.

    "If I knew, I probably would help do something about it," junior G Michael Frazier said.

    The Gators have used 10 different starting lineups this season. On Tuesday night, Florida coach Billy Donovan used 10 different players for at least 12 minutes.

    “It’s like a revolving door,” Donovan said. “I was going to put (assistant coach John) Pelphrey in, but they said his eligibility was up.”

    Donovan has been desperately trying to find a combination that is effective on a consistent basis. So far, no luck.

    "We are not doing our job as a team," junior F Dorian Finney-Smith said. As soon as we correct that, there might be some change."

    Donovan said the Gators remain a "selfish" team, but not in the way you might think. He said the players are so consumed with trying to play well as individuals - to help the team- that they are failing to accomplish what's necessary as a unit.

    "These guys have always gotten along pretty well," Donovan said. "We don't have a problem at all in terms of internal chemistry problems or guys not getting along."

    "I'm not surprised by any of this, Donovan said. "I saw this back coming out of last season, with the group of guys that were back. I didn't have a high expectation for Devin (Robinson) and Chris Chiozza because they were going to be freshman and I think when you start trying to rely on freshmen it becomes difficult. But the veteran guys coming back there was a lack of discipline in them and they struggle in that area. I'm not surprised by anything that's going on, that's been the challenge. I've tried a lot of different things with them, but they're going to have to go through that to figure it out."...

    Gators coach Billy Donovan talks to one of his players during the second half of Tuesday's game against LSU in Gainesville. LSU defeated Florida 79-61.