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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. College football preview: Florida at No. 1 Florida State, 3:30 Saturday, ESPN, 620-AM, 1040-AM

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    Florida at No. 1 FSU, 3:30, ESPN, 620-AM, 1040-AM

    The in-state rivals meet for the 59th time. FSU needs a win to stay among the top four in the college football playoff, while the Gators enter the game with a coach on the way out and wanting nothing more than to end FSU's dream season. Coach Jimbo Fisher is looking for his fourth win in five seasons vs. the Gators.

    WHAT TO WATCH: Can Florida freshman QB Treon Harris (four starts) stay steady facing a defense that has allowed just 16 ppg at home? FSU freshman LT Roderick Johnson vs. Gators DE Dante Fowler. Fowler leads Florida in sacks and if he gets the upper hand, it might provide the consistent pass rush needed against Jameis Winston. Who runs it best? Florida would love to have Kelvin Taylor and Matt Jones run well to help slow the game and limit the time the Seminoles — who average 35.5 points per game — have their offense on the field. FSU has held opponents without a rushing TD in four of six home games. On the other hand, the Gators need to stop FSU's Dalvin Cook and Karlos Williams from dominating with the run game. The potential X-factors? FSU sophomore kicker Roberto Aguayo, who has missed just three field goals in his career, and return specialists Kermit Whitfield (FSU) and Andre Debose (Florida), who can change a game in an instant....

  2. Rival Florida hopes to topple Florida State

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    Florida offensive lineman D.J. Humphries grew up in North Carolina, but when he arrived in Gainesville, he didn't need one lesson on the history of the Florida-Florida State game. • The rivalry speaks for itself, no matter where you came from, no matter whom you grew up rooting for. • "I've kind of always known about this one," Humphries said. "I mean this is kind of one of those nationwide — Florida hates Florida State, Florida State hates Florida type of deals. It's a big deal. You don't feel it until you get to the stadium. I didn't have any personal hatred toward those guys until I got to Florida my freshman year. I was like, 'I hate Florida State.' I don't care. I don't know anything about anybody, but I hate Florida State." • Nothing will be different this afternoon when FSU hosts Florida in a nationally televised game. The rivalry still fuels that kind of sentiment. • But the two have vastly different things at stake. The undefeated Seminoles are in the hunt for a national championship. The Gators have nothing to play for but pride and a dignified ending for beleaguered coach Will Muschamp, who was fired two weeks ago and will coach his final Gator game. • "We're going to lay it on the line for him," UF safety Keanu Neal said....

    Left, FSU’s Jimbo Fisher and Jameis Winston face Florida, which is trying to send coach Will Muschamp out a winner.
  3. FSU-Charleston Southern basketball preview

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    .TONIGHT

    Florida State vs. Charleston Southern

    When/where: 6; Donald L. Tucker Center, Tallahassee.

    Radio: 1040-AM

    Records: Florida State 2-3; Charleston Southern 3-1.

    Notable: The Seminoles and Buccaneers are meeting for the second consecutive season, and third time in four years. Charleston Southern enters off a win over Central Arkansas, while FSU is coming off a win over the Citadel that ended a three-game losing streak. FSU must defend the 3-pointer as the Buccaneers rank 12th in the nation, averaging 10 3s per game....

  4. Gators secondary puts primary focus on FSU's Winston, Greene

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    GAINESVILLE — Florida's season was just a couple of games old when it became apparent that the secondary would be the Gators' defensive Achilles heal.

    Big plays against young, untested players and upperclassmen with little experience became commonplace. But slowly, the secondary has improved.

    So it seems fitting that the unit that believes it is playing the best it has all season will get a chance to test that theory against one of the nation's best quarterbacks and top receivers....

    Florida State wide receiver Rashad Greene and the Seminoles' passing attack will be difficult for the Gators to handle.(AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
  5. Billy Donovan says Battle 4 Atlantis will be good for Gators in long run

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    Right now the Gators are down to six scholarship players due to injuries.

    And tonight Florida will start a freshman (Devon Robinson), a walk on (Jacob Kurtz) and a transfer (Jon Horford) with limited time playing for the Gators, against a Georgetown team with a veteran starting lineup.

    Still, when it's all said and done at the end of the season, Florida coach Billy Donovan believes this week's participation in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament will ultimately be good for his team....

  6. Weather affecting Gators as they prepare for Florida State

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    As Florida prepares for its season finale against Florida State on Saturday, the Gators have been hampered by the inclement weather this week.

    Heavy rain storms throughout the day and night Tuesday forced the Gators to move practice indoors, which effectively canceled any type of normal Tuesday work schedule.

    "Preparation is the key," Florida coach Will Muschamp said Wednesday. "We had a good day Monday, and couldn’t get out yesterday, but we got a good walkthrough in Florida Gym. Hopefully we’ll be able to get out today and get some work done.”...

  7. No. 18 Florida-Georgetown basketball preview

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    .Tonight

    No. 18 Florida vs. Georgetown

    When/where: 9:30; Imperial Arena, Paradise Island, Bahamas

    TV/radio: AXS; 620-AM. AXS is available on: DirecTV Ch. 340; DISH Ch. 167; Verizon FiOs Ch. 569.

    Records: Florida 2-1, Georgetown 3-0

    Notable: The Gators and Hoyas, tied 2-2 all time, last met in the USS Bataan game at the Naval Station in Mayport, which was called off at halftime due to poor court conditions. … The Gators have had only six scholarship players available the past two games. Junior F Dorian Finney-Smith missed both with a hand injury and junior G Eli Carter with a foot injury suffered in practice. Walk-on Jacob Kurtz started both and led the team in rebounding, including a career-high 13 in the last game. … Georgetown has three returning starters, including two seniors. G D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera was a second-team All-Big East selection last season....

  8. Will Muschamp: Florida-FSU "one of the great rivalries" in college football

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    Florida coach Will Muschamp will conclude his head coaching career with the Gators Saturday against Florida State in Tallahassee in a game Muschamp said he considers "one of the great rivalries in all of college football."

    The unrranked Gators and No. 1 Seminoles will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN.

    Florida is the last team to defeat Florida State - a 37-26 win on Nov. 24, 2012....

  9. FSU-Citadel basketball preview

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  10. 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....

    Clemson coach Dabo Swinney joined the weekend rush to address the UF opening.
  11. 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....

  12. 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....

  13. 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.
  14. 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....

  15. 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.