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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. 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)....

  2. 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....

  3. 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....

  4. 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
    ...

  5. 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
    ...

  6. 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....

  7. 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.
  8. Former Gators RB coach Kenny Carter hired as head coach at Delaware State

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    Kenny Carter, who served as running backs coach for the Gators in 2008 and 2009, was hired today as the new head coach at Delaware State.

    “I am extremely excited about this new chapter in my football career” Carter said. “There are only 250 such opportunities in Division I football, so it is truly a blessing."

    Carter was the passing game/co-special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach at Youngstown State University during the 2014 season. ...

  9. Florida Gators plan indoor practice facility

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    GAINESVILLE — Having lost ground to SEC rivals with the state of its football facilities, Florida announced Wednesday it will build a $15 million indoor practice complex on campus, which is expected to be completed by early September.

    The facility will be on the site of the current Sanders Football Practice Fields, near the baseball stadium and O'Connell Center.

    The announcement comes two weeks before national signing day and during a period when the Gators are struggling on the recruiting trail. The lack of an indoor facility has been used against Florida....

    Florida plans to spend $15 million on a long-delayed indoor football practice complex, which the school hopes will help in recruiting.
  10. Former Gator Trenton Brown tries to set record straight at Senior Bowl

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    Former Florida OT Trenton Brown is at the Senior Bowl this week trying his best to clear up issues that are clouding his NFL Draft status.

    Among them: his weight and the label of being lazy.

    Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports caught up with Brown as he talked about clearing up the misconceptions about himself....

  11. Gators to build new $15 million indoor football practice facility

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    Having lost ground to comparable SEC rivals in some of its football facilities, Florida announced today it will build a $15 million indoor football practice facility on campus - located on the site of the current Sanders Football Practice Fields.

    The facility will be completed in early September.

    The announcement comes just two weeks before National Signing Day, and during a period when the Gators are struggling on the recruiting trail....

    Florida's new indoor facility will include a full 120-yard, synthetic turf football field, additional space for drill work on the north end of the field, three camera platforms, satellite training room facilities, equipment storage and restrooms. The project will also feature a newly redesigned entrance to the baseball stadium and football practice facility.
  12. Florida routed by LSU at home

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    GAINESVILLE — Heading into Tuesday night's game against LSU, Florida coach Billy Donovan said his major concerns were the Tigers' aggressive offense and their ability to score from anywhere on the floor.

    Donovan's concerns were valid.

    The Tigers had four players in double figures, led by a game-high 22 from Jarell Martin, in a 79-61 victory over Florida at the O'Connell Center, ending a six-game losing streak to the Gators....

    Devin Robinson dunks during the first half for the Gators, who shot 38.3 percent.
  13. Dorian Finney-Smith battled back from knee injury to play vs. LSU

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    Florida junior F Dorian Finney-Smith played in Tuesday night's game against LSU after suffering a hyperextended knee in this past Saturday's game against Georgia.

    Finney-Smith, who missed several games this season with a broken hand, did not practice on Sunday or Monday, but did participate in Tuesday's shoot around  and was cleared to play.

    LSU defeated the Gators 79-61, but Finney-Smith finished with 10 points and eight rebounds....

  14. Gators Jake McGee confirms NCAA has granted sixth year

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    Florida TE Jake McGee confirmed on his Twitter account tonight that he has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

    McGee, a transfer from Virgina, suffered a broken leg in the first game of the season - the first game of his Gator career. He missed the remainder of the season.

    McGee appealed to the NCAA for a sixth year and has been awaiting word on whether it would be granted....

  15. Former Gator Eddie Shannon named to SEC Legends 2015 Class

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    Former Florida guard Eddie Shannon, a team captain on Billy Donovan's first NCAA Sweet 16 team, has been named to the 2015 class of SEC Basketball Legends.

    Shannon, a four-year starter who scored 1,168 points for the Gators, will be honored at the Gators’ first game at this year’s SEC Tournament, held March 11-15 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

    Shannon averaged 10.1 points per game throughout his Florida career and was named the 1999 Frontier Most Courageous Player for demonstrating extraordinary courage beyond the playing floor....