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Gators' new coach Mike White wants to embrace the past
New University of Florida NCAA college basketball head coach Mike White speaks during his introductory press conference in Gainesville, Fla., Monday, May 11, 2015. (Doug Finger/The Gainesville Sun via AP) THE INDEPENDENT ALLIGATOR OUT

8:42 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

Mike White doesn’t want the Gators to forget about the past. Billy Donovan led Florida’s men’s basketball program for the past 19 seasons and White is not afraid of Donovan’s shadow. “Billy has been very valuable and very gracious with his time,” said White, who keeps in contact with Donovan. ...
Florida coach Jim McElwain will bench players for undisciplined penalties
Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain speaks during an introductory press conference on December 6, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. McElwain has left Colorado State and replaces ex-Florida coach Will Muschamp who was fired earlier this season. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

6:01 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

Jim McElwain knows how to get through to his players. The first-year Gators head coach is dangling playing time as a consequence for undisciplined penalties. “Get penalties and you don’t play,” defensive lineman Bryan Cox Jr. said of the message McElwain is sending to the team. That rule extends to ...
Twenty-six years later, taking another crack at AP football poll
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer (left) and Buckeye standout Ezekiel Elliott celebrate their win over Oregon in last year’s NCAA college football playoff championship game. The Buckeyes return a lot of talent and are being picked by many to repeat as national champions. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

5:44 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

More than two decades of covering college football should count for something. So here I am, my second tour of duty on the Associated Press college football poll, one of the media members willing to put a bulls-eye on our back, sifting through our in box and notifications each week ...
Gators out to prove they have the nation’s best defense
NOVEMBER 23: Fullback William Banks #32 of the Georgia Southern Eagles loses his helmet after being hit by defensive back Marcus Maye #20 of the Florida Gators on November 23, 2013 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainsville, Florida. Georgia Southern defeated Florida 26-20 (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

6:40 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Florida’s defense has complimented the offense’s progress throughout fall camp. “You can tell the offense is getting comfortable,” safety Marcus Maye said earlier this week. “They’re excited about stuff. There’s a lot of energy over there.” But after coach Jim McElwain hinted that the offense outplayed the defense during Sunday’s ...
Jim McElwain trying to motivate Florida Gators offense
GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 23: Defensive end Josh Gebhardt #90, linebacker Kyle Oehlbeck #38 and linebacker Josh Rowe #10 of the Georgia Southern Eagles tackle running back Kelvin Taylor #21 of the Florida Gators on November 23, 2013 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. Georgia Southern defeated Florida 26-20. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

11:28 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

New Gators head coach Jim McElwain sounded like a motivational speaker last Friday. The usual cliché football talk morphed into an inspirational speech for Florida’s much-maligned offense. “Guys, there are some offensive pieces here, especially with some of these young guys,” McElwain said at the start of his press conference ...
McElwain trying to motivate Gators offense
GAINESVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 23: Defensive end Josh Gebhardt #90, linebacker Kyle Oehlbeck #38 and linebacker Josh Rowe #10 of the Georgia Southern Eagles tackle running back Kelvin Taylor #21 of the Florida Gators on November 23, 2013 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Florida. Georgia Southern defeated Florida 26-20. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

7:00 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

New Gators head coach Jim McElwain sounded like a motivational speaker last Friday.The usual cliché football talk morphed into an inspirational speech for Florida’s much-maligned offense.“Guys, there are some offensive pieces here, especially with some of these young guys,” McElwain said at the start of his press conference following the ...
Daily Three: What you need to know about the Gators today
Philadelphia Eagles’ Tim Tebow passes during the second half of a preseason NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

1:58 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

It’s the start of a new week and a new feature from the Palm Beach Post. We introduce the “Daily Three.” Starting today, we will post the “Daily Three” each morning from Monday through Friday with the top three Gators news items you should know for that day. To start ...
Florida offensive line doesn’t block out criticism, accepts challenge
GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 06:  Brandon Powell #15 of the Florida Gators crosses the goal line for a touchdown during the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ben Hill Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Brandon Powell

7:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

It’s not spoken about in the Gators’ offensive line meeting room, but the group hears the criticism. “We don’t talk about it. We know. We hear,” said redshirt senior offensive lineman Mason Halter, who transferred to Florida from Fordham in June. Outsiders question the offensive line’s depth and competency, as ...
Florida’s Kelvin Taylor: ‘I have a really big chip on my shoulder’
Kelvin Taylor #21 of the Florida Gators runs for a touchdown during the game against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ben Hill Stadium on September 6, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

8:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015

As Kelvin Taylor trained at his old stomping grounds of Glades Day last month, he felt a familiar feeling. “It felt like high school again,” Taylor said with a smile. The Gators running back hopes he gets that same feeling at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium when Florida opens up its ...
Jake McGee standing out in early drills for Gators

8:00 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

Early in fall drills, Florida tight end Jake McGee is earning high praise from Gator coaches.McGee transferred to UF from Virginia prior to last season, but suffered a season-ending broken tibia and fibula in his left leg in the season opener against Eastern Michigan.He was granted a sixth year of ...
Antonio Morrison may not be ready for start of Gators season
April 6, 2013; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida Gators linebacker Antonio Morrison (3) during the spring practice for the Orange and Blue Deput at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

7:36 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

There’s good news and there’s bad news when it comes to the status Antonio Morrison. The Gators senior linebacker is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered during Florida’s 28-20 win in the Birmingham Bowl on Jan. 3, but he will be on the field as a limited non-contact ...
Florida Gators QB battle far from over
Florida quarterback Treon Harris (3) throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

6:33 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Gators’ quarterback position, but head coach Jim McElwain does know one thing. “Somebody is going to take a snap on the first play,” McElwain said at Florida’s media day Wednesday. “I don’t know who it is yet. As soon as we know, ...
Shirtless Tim Tebow putting in serious leg work
FILE - In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly looks on as quarterbacks Tim Tebow (11) and Sam Bradford (7) pass during NFL football minicamp in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

7:58 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Former Florida Gators great Tim Tebow, days from opening camp with the Philadelphia Eagles, is throwing everything he has at his latest chance to be an NFL quarterback. That includes a serious stint at working his legs. The man whose jersey ranks among the top 20 in NFL sales, ranking ...
Former Dwyer and Florida QB Jacoby Brissett finds home at N.C. State
North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett, escaping a Central Florida defensive lineman during last year’s St. Petersburg Bowl, was in the top five of several ACC passing categories last season. (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS)

5:39 p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2015

Jacoby Brissett stretches his legs and smiles. He’s sitting in a tall, wooden rocking chair on a shady porch on a warm summer day at a golf resort, taking a moment to appreciate the peace he has found. “I felt it from Day 1,” he said. “The environment, the people ...
Gators catch break in not facing former coach Will Muschamp this year
New Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp won’t get to face his former team, the Florida Gators, on the field this season. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)

5:23 p.m. Friday, July 24, 2015

It just won’t show up, no matter how many times I stare at the Florida Gators’ 2015 football schedule. There’s no Florida-Auburn game this year, which means there will be no immediate chance for Tigers defensive coordinator Will Muschamp to rain havoc down on his former Gator team, or to ...
Gators’ freshman receiver Antonio Callaway has ‘all the potential’
University of Florida freshman wide receiver Antonio Callaway shows off his elusiveness while playing for Miami-Booker T. Washington on a touchdown against Miami-Northwestern in 2014. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald)

5:48 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015

A lot of words were said at Southeastern Conference Media Days last week. Somewhere in the middle of all the talk about the Gators’ quarterback battle, indoor practice facility and expectations for the upcoming season was a comment about a freshman. Florida sophomore wide receiver Brandon Powell was asked if ...
Gators put spotlight on recruiting with Friday Night Lights camps
St. Thomas Aquinas QB Jake Allen is working to bring more high-profile recruits to the University of Florida.

5:51 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015

After Jake Allen verbally committed to Florida on July 1, he hasn’t stopped recruiting for the Gators. Whether the Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback is posting a picture of five-star Aquinas defensive end Nick Bosa doing the Gator chomp or just asking Florida fans to show another recruit some attention ...
SEC West forces East to play catch-up on, off field
DeAndrew White #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with teammates after their 42-13 win over the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship game on December 6, 2014. Alabama’s victory marked the SEC West’s sixth straight win over the East in the conference title game. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

4:28 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Arkansas coach Bret Bielema isn’t complaining about his team’s difficult schedule, but he would like to see how it’s created. “The schedule is kind of what it is,” Bielema said at Southeastern Conference Media Days last week. “I always tell our players don’t take issue or complain about something you ...
Uncertainty of starting quarterbacks one of SEC’s main stories
Mississippi coach Hugh Freeze speaks to the media at the Southeastern Conference NCAA college football media days, Thursday, July 16, 2015, in Hoover, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

6:45 p.m. Saturday, July 18, 2015

The media has cleared out of Alabama, signaling the end of Southeastern Conference Media Days. Each team got its turn to speak about the upcoming season and various on-field and off-field topics. Although it wasn’t the most eventful media days, there were some things that caught our eye. Here are ...
No question: Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves is special talent
GAINESVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 13: Vernon Hargreaves III #1 of the Florida Gators celebrates after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats in triple overtime at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

4:35 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 2015

With the amount of questions the Florida football team has entering this year on the offensive side of the ball, coach Jim McElwain and his staff probably won’t have to worry about one position on the defense: the secondary. The Gators’ secondary has a lot of depth, and it also ...
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