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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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  1. Coaches quick to deny interest in Gators' coaching job

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    GAINESVILLE — As Will Muschamp enters his final week as Gators football coach, reports about who is — or isn't — interested in replacing him continue to flow.

    A 247Sports.com report says three unnamed sources have confirmed that Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is actively pursuing the job.

    Other coaches are denying any interest — well, at least publicly....

    "The more you sit around and talk about that kind of stuff, the more of a distraction it is," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "I love my job. I just signed a long-term contract because of that." [Getty Images]
  2. Will Muschamp expects D.J. Durkin to lead Gators just fine in bowl game

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    When the Florida vs. Florida State game ends Saturday night, Florida defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin will become the Gators' interim head coach.

    At the time he was fired on Nov. 16, Florida coach Will Muschamp informed athletic director Jeremy Foley that he would not coach beyond the final regular season game in Tallahassee.

    Florida (6-4) became bowl eligible with its 52-3 win over Eastern Kentucky this past Saturday. Durkin will run the pre-bowl practices and be the acting head coach for the game....

  3. Gators drop 10 spots to No. 18 in latest AP poll

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    After going 1-1 last week, including a late-game collapse to Miami and needing overtime against ULM, the Florida men's basketball team dropped 10 spots in this week's Associated Press poll.

    The Gators are No. 18 in the poll released today.

    In the USA Today coaches poll, the Gators fell nine spots to No. 16.

    The drop in both major polls comes as the Gators are battling injuries and trying to find themselves with a team of players who haven't much time on the court together....

  4. Gators QB Treon Harris will start vs. Florida State

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    Florida freshman QB Treon Harris will start Saturday when the Gators play Florida State, coach Will Muschamp said.

    Harris suffered a contusion on his lower knee against Eastern Kentucky late in the second quarter this past Saturday. 

    He sat out most of the second half in a 52-3 blowout, but Muschamp said he will be fine to practice and play this week.

    The Gators will travel to play No. 1 Florida State on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN....

    Treon Harris suffered a contusion on his lower knee against Eastern Kentucky late in the second quarter this past Saturday.
  5. Foot sprain confirmed for Gators guard Eli Carter

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    Florida athletic officials said tonight that tests have confirmed junior G Eli Carter has a mid-foot sprain.

    Carter injured his left foot near the end of practice Thursday and was in a boot during the Gators' overtime win over ULM Friday night.

    X-rays on Friday were negative, but Carter underwent an MRI today to determine if there was more extensive damage.

    Florida coach Billy Donovan said after Friday night's game that the medical staff was concerned Carter might have suffered a lisfranc injury, which could have kept him out of the lineup for a significant amount of time....

  6. Muschamp tells Florida players to come to terms with his firing

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    GAINESVILLE — Will Muschamp noticed something wrong as late as Thursday in practice, and he realized it needed to be addressed — immediately.

    The Florida players, in their loyalty to him and the staff, were struggling to find motivation after news that Muschamp would not be retained at the end of the season.

    Practices lacked focus, and there wasn't much effort. The players were angry. Some were hurt. Muschamp totally understood. He'd been there before....

    Will Muschamp says that he hopes his Gators are “open to the change” when a new head coach comes on board.
  7. Gators Mike McNeely gets one last moment of glory in the Swamp

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    It has been a surprising senior season for former walk-on WR Mike McNeely, and on Saturday his final game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium ended in storybook fashion.

    McNeely scored the Gators' final touchdown in a 52-3 win over Eastern Kentucky on a 28 yard pass from Jeff Driskel.

    The Clearwater native and Palm Harbor University alum had two receptions for 36 yards in the game.

    Watch McNeely in his postgame interview:...

  8. Jeff Driskel helps send Gators seniors out with a win over Eastern Kentucky

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    Four games ago he was benched for freshman QB Treon Harris after struggling most of the season.

    But on Saturday junior QB Jeff Driskel got a shot at some redemption - and helped send his senior teammates out with a 52-3 victory over Eastern Kentucky in their final home game.

    Ironically, Driskel would have been a senior if he hadn't been injured last season and forced to redshirt.

    Playing the majority of the second half, Driskel was 9-of-11 for 164 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for one touchdown....

  9. Florida Gators send seniors out with rout of Eastern Kentucky

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    GAINESVILLE — In a game filled with farewells and last chances, regrets and what might have been, the Florida Gators did the only thing that mattered Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

    They won.

    On an emotional senior day, heightened by the events of the past week, Florida ended a tumultuous home season with a 52-3 win over Eastern Kentucky (9-3) in front of an announced crowd of 83,399 at Florida Field....

    Florida Gators wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) scores a touchdown while being tackled by Eastern Kentucky Colonels defensive back Brandon Stanley (34) during the second quarter of the football game between Florida Gators and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida on Saturday, November 22, 2014.
  10. Gators could be without Eli Carter and Dorian Finney-Smith an extended period

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    Florida junior guard Eli Carter will undergo an MRI on Saturday to determine the extent of the left foot injury he sustained in practice on Thursday.

    "There's no break," Donovan said. "They're concerned with a lisfranc . . . this is the first thing I've ever heard of lisfranc. They want to look into it to I think rule that out or it's just a mid-foot sprain. If it's that (Lisfranc), from what I've heard it's a pretty extensive time for him to be off. And if it's the other one, then they're hoping 8 to 10 days. So today was the X-ray to make sure there was no break and it wasn't. It's not on bad foot, it's on his other foot. So that's probably a good thing. We're just hoping it's the other thing. I think what they're trying to do right now is really dot their I's and cross their T's. And I really appreciate our medical team going to the nth degree to find out exactly what it is to be sure."...

  11. Florida beats Louisiana-Monroe in overtime

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    GAINESVILLE — Playing without two starters and relying on two inexperienced freshmen and a walk-on, No. 8 Florida overcame adversity with a 61-56 overtime win over the University of Louisiana at Monroe Friday night in the O'Connell Center.

    For the second consecutive game the Gators (2-1) were without key players due to injury. Junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith missed a second game with fractured bones in his nonshooting hand, and junior guard Eli Carter had a boot on his left leg after suffering a foot injury in Thursday's practice....

    GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 21: Justin Roberson #32 of the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks is defended by Kasey Hill #0 of the Florida Gators during the first half of the game at Stephen C. O'Connell Center on November 21, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images) 519904317
  12. FSU-Providence preview

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    Today: Florida State vs. Providence

    When/where: 2:30, Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Uncasville, Conn.

    Radio: 1040-AM

    Records: FSU 1-1; Providence 3-0

    Notable: The Seminoles will play in the third round of the Naismith Memorial Tipoff Classic, having won the first game of the tournament over Manhattan, then dropping the second game to Northeastern. Although at a neutral site, this is the first road game of the season for the Seminoles. Florida State has shot better than 53 percent in both of its first two games of the regular season and enters today shooting 54.9 percent. Four Seminoles starters are shooting 50 percent or better, and combined are shooting 65.2 percent (45 of 69). FSU is also averaging 9.5 steals per game. Junior Aaron Thomas is coming off a 24-point game, the fifth time in his career he's scored at least 24 in a game....

  13. Gators Eli Carter suffers foot injury, will miss tonight's game vs. ULM

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    Florida junior guard Eli Carter will not play in tonight's game vs. Louisiana-Monroe after suffering a foot injury in practice on Thursday.

    Gators athletic offiicals said Carter's X-rays were negative, but he will undergo an MRI on Saturday.

    Carter is the team's second-leading scorer, averaging 14.5 points per game.

    He's the second Gator sidelined with an injury since the season began. Junior forward Dorian Finney-Smith suffered two broken bones in his non-shooting hand in the season-opener and has not played since....

  14. College football preview: Florida vs. Eastern Kentucky, noon Saturday, SEC Network Alternate*, 620-AM

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    Florida vs. Eastern Kentucky, noon, SEC Alternate*, 620-AM

    It has been a tumultuous week for the Gators with the late-game collapse and loss to South Carolina last Saturday, then the firing of coach Will Muschamp on Sunday. Florida will bid farewell to 22 seniors in its home finale, as well as the coaching staff. The Gators still need one win in their last two games to become bowl eligible. Muschamp was the defensive backs coach at EKU in 1999....

  15. Gators seniors near a bittersweet farewell to Swamp

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    GAINESVILLE — This certainly isn't the ending any would have written if given the chance to script their final chapter.

    In fact, this hasn't been the season — and for some the career — they hoped for when they arrived on the Florida campus four, five or six years ago.

    But for 22 Florida seniors, Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will mark their last time ever playing football on Florida Field....

    Florida Gators C Max Garcia is one of 22 seniors who hope to go out on a good note in their final game at Florida Field. [Getty Images]