Florida Gators in the NFL: Six advance to 2015-16 Conference Championship games

The 2015-16 NFL season has been an exciting one for former Florida Gators in the league, and it will continue during Conference Championship game action next week with six Gators representing three of the four teams hoping for an opportunity to play in Super Bowl 50.

Overall, 11 former Florida players were on the rosters of teams that played in Divisional Round games over the weekend. That’s down from the 18 that started the postseason on NFL rosters as seven were eliminated in the Wild Card Round.

Below is a look at the Gators moving on to the next round and those that have fallen along the way. Teams and players in blue have advanced to the Conference Championships.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators run through Ole Miss 80-71 in Mike White’s homecoming

The two-faced Florida Gators basketball team was at it again Saturday, shooting the lights out on the road in Oxford, Mississippi, on the way to a wire-to-wire 80-71 win over the Ole Miss Rebels.

Florida (11-6, 3-2 SEC) opened up in control of the game and never lost its advantage, even as shots stopped falling and Ole Miss (12-5, 2-3 SEC) fought back in the second half. As such, new UF head coach Mike White was able to talk down his alma mater in what was a unique homecoming game.

OnlyGators.com breaks down Saturday’s win with seven quick-hitters:

It was over when: The Gators answered a 9-0 Rebels run that cut UF’s advantage from 20 points down to 11 with 7:34 remaining by scoring five straight points including a perfectly timed three by freshman guard KeVaugn Allen. The trey ended a 6:13 stretch Florida had to endure without a field goal and allowed the teams to trade baskets and free throws over the duration of the contest.

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Florida Gators move on from defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan after one year

So much for coaching continuity. Just one year after joining the program as a member of head coach Jim McElwain‘s first Florida Gators staff, defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan will be looking for a new job.

Florida announced Friday that Callahan “will not return” to the program for 2016. “We are making a change on our staff,” McElwain said in a release. “Moving forward, Kirk Callahan will be looking at some other opportunities and he has a long career ahead of him.”

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Florida Gators to welcome UAB back to college football with nonconference game in 2017

Set to return to college football in 2017 following a two-year absence, the UAB Blazers announced Thursday that they will travel to Gainesville, Florida, to face the Florida Gators in nonconference action as part of their return schedule on Saturday, Nov. 18.

A Florida spokesman confirmed this scheduling agreement to OnlyGators.com on Thursday.

The Gators to this point have not announced their entire nonconference slate for 2017 outside of a neutral-site contest against the Michigan Wolverines that is scheduled to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 2 in Arlington, Texas. Florida has its annual in-state rivalry showdown with the Florida State Seminoles set for Nov. 25 but also has one more slot to fill.

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Florida DE Alex McCalister pens letter to Gator Nation announcing departure to NFL Draft

Florida Gators redshirt junior defensive end Alex McCalister‘s decision to enter the 2016 NFL Draft has been known for quite some time. Still, McCalister chose Wednesday night to make his choice to leave school official and did so by sending a letter out to Gators fans via his Twitter account.

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Fastbreak: Florida Gators give away grand opportunity, fall to No. 15 Texas A&M 71-68

Unlike it’s road game last week, there was no questioning the effort given by Florida Gators basketball throughout Tuesday’s contest on the road against the No. 15 Texas A&M Aggies. In fact, the only thing to continue questioning about UF after the game is the team’s offensive execution, which continues to be a major issue for the program.

Florida (10-6, 2-2 SEC) continued its uneven play with a 71-68 defeat at the hands of Texas A&M (16-2, 4-0 SEC) in College Station, Texas, falling to 0-4 against ranked opponents and 0-5 against the best teams it has faced this season. OnlyGators.com breaks down Tuesday’s loss with seven quick-hitters:

It was over when: Gators sophomore point guard Chris Chiozza stole an inbounds pass with just seconds to play and missed a potentially game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer. Florida trailed by three for much of the final minute of the game, trading baskets for Texas A&M free throws before committing a costly turnover on its final possession. Redshirt sophomore center John Egbunu was called for a moving screen in the backcourt as the Gators planned to put together a more sound three-point play, turning the ball back over to the Aggies before Chiozza’s steal. Chiozza showed up with 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with eight assists on the evening, while Egbunu struggled with eight points on 3-of-8 shooting with three turnovers and five fouls.

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Florida Gators football sneaks into final top 25 polls of 2015 season

The Florida Gators (10-4) were embarrassed in three straight games to end the 2015 campaign, getting outscored a combined 97-24 in losses to Florida State (27-2), Alabama (29-15) and Michigan (41-7).

Still, the Gators somehow snuck into the very bottom of the Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today Coaches Poll when the final rankings were released early Tuesday morning following the Crimson Tide’s victory in the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Florida continued its free fall, dropping six spots to No. 25 in the AP Top 25 and seven spots to No. 25 in the Coaches Poll. UF can hold its head high, however, as it remained ranked in the polls for the vast majority of the season after failing to sniff the poll in 2014.

Overall, the Gators were one of five SEC teams in the final AP Top 25, joining Alabama (1), Ole Miss (10), LSU (16) and Tennessee (22), all of which were 2015 opponents for UF. Michigan and Florida State, two other Florida opponents, checked in at No. 12 and No. 14, respectively.

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Florida Gators women’s basketball enters AP Top 25 for first time since 2009

Florida Gators women’s basketball bounced back from its 76-70 loss to ranked Mississippi State in a major way, earning an upset win over Tennessee (74-66) on Thursday before throttling Ole Miss (85-65) on Sunday.

At 14-2 with victories over two top-ranked opponents this season, Florida on Monday reentered the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2009. The Gators checked in at No. 20, receiving 134 voting points over 18 ballots.

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