Seven losses in a row and the first losing season in 34 years. That was the story of the Florida Gators in 2013. But heck, let's not dwell on the negatives. A new season is upon us, and Will Muschamp's team returns 14 starters.
The last installment of season ticket videos. Teams represented: South Florida, Virginia Tech, Humboldt State, Michigan State, Illinois, San Diego State, Colorado State, Florida, Ball State, Purdue and Texas El Paso
The 2012 regular season was nothing short of spectacular for Will Muschamp's Florida Gators. Unfortunately, much of the feel-good vibe was rubbed away in a humbling 33-23 loss to Louisville and former Gator assistant Charlie Strong in the Sugar Bowl.
So where do we stand after two years under Muschamp? Officially, 18-8. The question is how will the team respond to the loss in New Orleans? Will it serve as a springboard for bigger and better things, or was it a sign of things to come for a squad that has six starters returning on offense and only four on defense.
Better days could be just around the corner at Florida, which staggered to a 7-6 record in 2011 in Will Muschamp's first season as coach. First, Charlie Weis is gone, leaving the offensive coordinator's post to become coach at Kansas. Considering that the Gators were 105th in offense last season, this can only be considered a plus. Replacing Crewcut Charlie is Brent Pease, who comes to Gainesville after six seasons at Boise State. The Gators return nine starters from a defense that ranked eighth nationally. Last, consider that a sizable chunk of contributors on offense and defense were either freshmen or sophomores.
A promotional flier for a "Naughty or Nice" Christmas party at a Fort Myers bar/restaurant has caught the attention of NCAA investigators after four current college players were listed as hosts of the Dec. 23 event.
Brothers Sammy Watkins (Clemson) and Jaylen Watkins (Florida), Brodrick Jenkins (West Virginia) and Spencer Boyd (South Florida) had their names on the flier, which was posted Monday on the Twitter account of Marcus Price, a former Fort Myers High basketball player who is known as DJ LowKey. Price, who will perform at the event, said the flier was being reworked to remove the names of the players.
"We don't want them to get in any trouble," he said.
A surveillance video showing a brawl between Florida State and Florida fans has been released by the University of Florida. The melee took place on the sixth floor of skyboxes at Ben Hill Stadium after the Seminoles' 21-7 victory on Nov. 26. Keep an eye on the top of the screen, just outside the elevators.