Florida, Michigan State talking basketball series

Florida Gators and Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball are discussing a home-and-home series for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, according to ESPN.com.

The Gators – which originally planned a barnstorming tour of the state of Florida while a $60 million renovation to their home arena, the Stephen C. O’Connell Center, forced them out of Gainesville, Florida, for the spring 2015 semester – are now looking to rearrange their schedule and add some home games as the renovation has been postponed one year.

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Silver Lining: Billy Donovan exits Florida Gators as friend, AD Jeremy Foley looks for replacement

There are successful coaches, championship-winning coaches, hall of fame coaches … and then there are transformative coaches that come around once in a generation to shape a program in their image.

After 19 years with the Florida Gators, the efforts made and results produced by now-former head basketball coach Billy Donovan cannot be constrained by even such a broad categorization. Not when they extend well off the court to the athletic program as a whole, the university and even the surrounding community of Gainesville, Florida.

How, then, do you go about replacing a man like Donovan?

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4 NFL BITS: Tebow, Cunningham, Demps, Draft

1 » Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly over the weekend dismissed comments from quarterback Mark Sanchez, who called former Florida Gators signal caller Tim Tebow just a “camp arm” for the franchise this summer. “I think everybody here that we bring to our organization is here to compete for a job. That’s what Timmy’s going to do,” Kelly said live on the NFL Network. “He’s an unbelievable competitor. If we were just going to have guys throw drills, we’d take [network analyst Mike] Mayock in the offseason and bring him down here and let him throw to them.”

2 » Former Florida linebacker Jermaine Cunningham was arrested in December after allegedly sending naked or sexual pictures of a woman he was seeing to her friends and family following a domestic dispute between the two parties. (Other charges at the time of his arrest included transporting a gun in his car and tampering with clothing.) As such, he will appear court on Wednesday to face “revenge porn” charges under New Jersey law, according to the Associated Press. Cunningham was picked up by the New York Jets after being released during the 2013 season and spent the 2014 campaign with the team, most of it on injured reserve. He is currently a free agent.

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Billy Donovan supports John Pelphrey for Florida Gators job, hopes program doesn’t take step back

Monday’s farewell press conference with now-former Florida Gators head basketball coach Billy Donovan featured plenty of recollection over his 19-year career in Gainesville, Florida, but it was also a time to look forward to the future of the program and who might replace arguably the best team sports coach in school history.

As such, Donovan was not bashful in supporting Gators assistant coach John Pelphrey – his former player at Kentucky and long-time assistant (at Marshall, two stints at Florida) – for the role when asked directly about his potential candidacy.

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Florida Gators in the 2015 NBA Playoffs: Conference Semifinals

With the 2014-15 NBA Playoffs underway, 10 of the 11 former Florida Gators basketball players in the league advanced to the postseason. The Gators were represented on nine of the 16 playoff teams with four starters and six reserves active for competition. The 10 total UF players in the postseason marked the most of any school this year.

Seven have since advanced to the second round. OnlyGators.com breaks down how each player fared during round one as well as their respective outlooks going forward.

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Florida softball wins 2015 SEC regular-season title

Despite dropping a series and regular-season finale in extra innings on Sunday, No. 1 Florida Gators softball ended the day by being crowned the winners of the 2015 SEC Championship.

Florida entered Sunday on a 17-game winning streak dating back to April 3 and had earned close 7-6 and 9-6 wins over the Missouri Tigers in the first two games of their weekend series. Though the Gators rallied back from a two-run deficit to force extra innings, the Tigers clinched a 3-2 victory with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth.

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2016 CB C.J. McWilliams commits to Florida

Unrated 2016 cornerback Christopher “C.J.” McWilliams (Miami, FL) verbally committed to the Florida Gators on Sunday, the player told OnlyGators.com.

McWilliams (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) received a scholarship offer from the Gators on Friday and jumped on the opportunity, as first reported by Luke Stampini of 247Sports.

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Florida Gators lacrosse wins 2015 Big East Tournament, sweeps league titles

Doubling up on league titles in its first season as a member of a new conference, Florida Gators lacrosse dominated the Connecticut Huskies 20-6 to win 2015 Big East Tournament.

Florida, which ended the regular season with an 11-10 loss to UConn in Storrs, Connecticut, found its way back into town for the tournament, routing Villanova 18-8 in the semifinals on Thursday before squaring off and earning a measure of revenge over the Huskies on Saturday. UF led 8-2 early and held on for the rout.

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