Ohio State coach Urban Meyer can sometimes barely remember much of his own personal information. But ask the former Florida coach about the classic showdowns between the Gators and Alabama during his tenure between 2005 and 2011 and he can recall those games like they were yesterday. • "I have a hard time remembering our address or phone number, but I can tell you every play in those games," Meyer said. • Meyer and Alabama's Nick Saban have led the Gators and Tide in some classic SEC games. College football fans are hoping that Meyer-Saban Round IV will produce a similar result. No. 1 Alabama (12-1, 7-1 SEC) plays No. 4 Ohio State (12-1, 8-0 Big Ten) in the Sugar Bowl on Thursday in one of two inaugural college football playoff games. • The game features Saban, the defensive-minded master of detail, against Meyer, the offensive-minded psychological mastermind. Saban is the first coach to win back-to-back BCS national championships and has won four titles in his past eight years of college coaching. He's one of three coaches in the poll era (since 1936) to win three national titles in four years, joining Frank Leahy of Notre Dame (1946-47, 1949) and Tom Osborne of Nebraska (1994-95, 1997). Meyer won two titles in his first four years during his tenure with the Gators....
Florida coach Jim McElwain has officially announced the hiring of Doug Nussmeier as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Nussmeier comes to the Gators after one season as offensive coordinator at Michigan, preceeded by two seasons as Alabama's offensive coordinator.
McElwain said his familiarity with Nussmeier played a key role in his decision. The two men worked together at Michigan State from 2003-2005, and Nussmeier took over as offensive coordinator at Alabma in 2012 when McElwain left to become head coach at Colorado State. Nussmeier also replaced McElwain as OC at Fresno State when he left in 2007....
Jim McElwain is closing in on his second staff hiring.
The new Gators head coach is expected to hire Michigan offensive coordiantor Doug Nussmeier for the same position at Florida.
Ironically, Nussmeier and McElwain are both former Alabama offensive coordinators.
The two also worked together at Michigan State from 2003-2005 as quarterbacks coach and associate head coach respectively....
So far new Florida coach Jim McElwain has announced just one hire for his Gators' staff, but apparently that's by design.
McElwain was a guest on 620 WDAE radio in Tampa today and said his biggest focus has been on recruiting, and he's patiently going about gathering a staff.
“We’re in the process of putting it together,” McElwain said. “We’ve got guys that are currently in major bowl games that will probably jump on board, and then some guys that maybe have an NFL game or maybe even some playoff games left. We’re being patient."...
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.”...