Florida fans will have a chance to get an up-close look at the Gators over the next three days.
Coach Dan Mullen is opening the practice gates to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Fans will be able to view the three practices from the east and south sides of the practice field. Bleachers will be set up on the east side.
A lane outside the baseball ticket office will lead fans to the practice field. Parking could be limited in the O’Connell Center lot all three days because of graduation ceremonies in The Swamp and Exactech Arena.
Here are the practice times:
Friday — 3:10-5:40 p.m.
Saturday — 3:10-5:20 p.m.
Sunday — 2:25-4:40 p.m.
Gifting the Gators
Playing in a bowl game is a reward for a good season. And with that reward come some bowl gifts.
The Gators and Wolverines will be getting some good stuff for playing in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl on Dec. 29.
The gifts the players will be receiving are a $300 Vanilla Visa gift card, a Fossil watch, a Mophie Powerstation XL, an Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker (3rd generation) and a football.
SOS in Sugar HOF
The legend of Steve Spurrier continues to grow.
His latest achievement is going to be his induction in the Sugar Bowl Hall of Fame.
Spurrier will join 10 players and/or coaches in the Sugar Bowl’s second HOF class. He is the only one going in as a player and a coach.
As a player, Spurrier was named the MVP of the 1966 Sugar Bowl (following the 1965 season) even though the Gators lost to Missouri 20-18.
Spurrier threw two touchdown passes and for more than 300 yards, leading the Gators back from a 20-0 deficit in the fourth quarter. UF failed to get the win because the decision was made to go for two after the first TD and the attempt (a Spurrier pass) failed. Two more failed two-point tries allowed the Tigers to escape with the win.
Spurrier was the first player from a losing team to win the Sugar Bowl MVP award.
As a coach, Spurrier led the Gators to five Sugar Bowl appearances, two for wins, including winning the national championship in the 1997 game against arch-rival Florida State.
The average Graduation Success Rates, compiled by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics and Sport at UCF, among bowl teams this season has risen from 77 percent to 79 percent. But 2018 has seen a slight downturn for the Gators, whose GSR has dipped from 77 percent to 74 percent.
Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma — the schools competing in this year’s College Football Playoff — all had “reasonable academic standing,” according to TIDES director Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the study. Alabama’s graduation rate was 84 percent, Clemson’s 87 percent, Notre Dame’s 95 percent and Oklahoma’s 76 percent.