Rick Nafe spent four decades in various roles of major sports operations in this area, including the last 21 as vice president of operations for the Tampa Bay Rays.
In working in stadium management for the Tampa Sports Authority and the Rays, he was involved in hosting several major events.
The Gators, Seminoles, Bulls, Hurricanes and Knights all learned more details about their schedule Thursday.
Updated SP+ advanced metrics had movement with the Gators, Hurricanes, Bulls and Seminoles.
UF sports’ play-by-play extraordinaire is retiring this weekend after 33 years.


  1. Florida coach Billy Napier starts his first season with the Gators this fall.
  2. Tyler Van Dyke and the Miami Hurricanes are the top team, according to ESPN SP+ advanced metrics.
  3. At left, Alabama head coach Nick Saban yells to the sideline during the first half of Alabama's NCAA college football scrimmage, Saturday, April 16, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. At right, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher reacts to an official's call during the second half of the team's NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.
  4. Iconic University of Florida play-by-play voice Mick Hubert announced Thursday he's retiring this weekend after 33 years.
  5. Left, Alabama coach Nick Saban yells to the sideline during the first half of a Crimson Tide scrimmage last month. Right, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher reacts to an official's call during a game last season. Fisher called Nick Saban a “narcissist” on Thursday after the Alabama coach made comments about the Aggies using name, image and likeness deals to land their top-ranked recruiting classes.
  6. Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Gators after 33 years.
  7. Mike Norvell and the Seminoles will have at least two primetime games this season.
  8. Emory Jones' last appearance with the Florida Gators came in the Gasparilla Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
  9. Dick Vitale (second from right) with his honorees at his 16th annual gala for pediatric cancer research (from left): ESPN's Scott Van Pelt, Auburn men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl, former Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw, and former Florida football coach Dan Mullen.
  10. Florida forward Keyontae Johnson prepares to take the court for a ceremonial few dribbles and a farewell on senior night against Kentucky in March.
  11. Will Anthony Richardson join the Georgia player trying to sack him here (No. 1 overall pick Travon Walker) in the league next year?
  12. Sickles High product Chris Oladokun started his college career at USF and ended it at South Dakota State. He was a seventh-round pick Saturday.
  13. Former Gators defensive lineman Zachary Carter was among the three Tampa products drafted Friday night.
  14. Florida State edge rusher Jermaine Johnson was the Seminoles' lone first-round NFL draft pick Thursday night. His selection is a promising sign for FSU's future.
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  16. Lucas Krull played at Florida before transferring to Pitt. He's a potential Day 3 NFL draft pick.
  17. Florida Gators defensive lineman Zachary Carter (6) is hoping his versatility will help him in the NFL.
  18. Florida Gators coach Billy Napier speaks to a sold-out crowd at Armature Works on Tuesday night during his first offseason.
  19. Florida coach Billy Napier finished his first spring with the Gators.
  20. Oklahoma celebrates its national-title win with fans in the stands Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas.
  21. Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson is UF's presumptive starter.
  22. Florida coach Billy Napier makes his unofficial Gators debut in Thursday night's spring game in Gainesville.
  23. Florida's Trinity Thomas earns a perfect 10 score for her floor exercise on the way to winning the all-around title at the NCAA women's gymnastics championships Thursday in Fort Worth, Texas. Thomas also won the floor exercise and uneven bars titles.

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