Durkin: Cox out for bowl, McGee hopes to stay at Florida, Gators prepare for Birmingham

Florida Gators interim head coach and defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin met with the media on Thursday to discuss the early portion pf practice ahead of the 2015 Birmingham Bowl, injuries, roster developments and the team’s preparation for the East Carolina Pirates. Florida and ECU will square off on Saturday, Jan. 3 at 12 p.m. at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

UP-AND-COMER SIDELINED FOR BOWL

Redshirt sophomore defensive end Bryan Cox Jr. began to show some flashes as the 2014 season came to a close, but he will be unable to take advantage of the 20 bowl practices to take his game to the next level ahead of spring practice.

Cox, who announced on social media that he underwent surgery, has officially been ruled out for the bowl game after having a procedure on his hip.

“Bryan Cox had surgery and he will be out for the bowl game,” Durkin said. “It was a hip injury, something that was deteriorating over time that he needed to have done.”

In his second year of on-field action, Cox finished with 29 tackles (six for lost yardage) and four sacks. He will likely step into a starting role with the Gators in 2015.

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Florida Gators to play East Carolina Pirates in the 2015 Birmingham Bowl

Bowl-eligible after missing the postseason in 2013, the Florida Gators (6-5) on Sunday officially earned a berth to the 2015 Birmingham Bowl, where they will take on the East Carolina Pirates (8-4) on Saturday, January 3 at 12 p.m. ET.

Florida and East Carolina will play at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. The game will be televised on ESPN.

It marks the first time the Gators will play in the Birmingham Bowl, which was established in 2006 and is owned and operated by ESPN.

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Florida-Florida State extend football series through 2018; East Carolina added for 2015

The Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles on Thursday announced that a contract to extend the annual in-state rivalry football game between the two schools has been signed through 2018.

Florida State will host Florida in 2014 (the last year of the old contract), 2016 and 2018 with the Gators playing host to the Seminoles in 2015 and 2017, extending the series which has been played annually since 1958.

UF leads the all-time series against FSU 34-22-2 but has lost three of the last four meetings between the programs after winning six-straight from 2004-09.

Florida State has outscored Florida 115-58 since 2010 with the Gators’ only victory coming via a 37-25 road win in 2012.

Also on Thursday, Florida announced that it will host the East Carolina Pirates on Sept. 12, 2015, which is slated as the second week of the regular season.

It is the second time in school history that UF and ECU will square off on the gridiron as the Gators previously beat the Pirates 24-17 on Oct. 22, 1983. East Carolina has bookended the Florida game with contests against South Carolina in 2014 and 2016.

Florida is also tentatively scheduled to face New Mexico State and Florida Atlantic in non-conference action in 2015 though those games have not yet been confirmed.

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Florida softball sweeps, wins Lipton Invitational

No. 3/9 Florida Gators softball (9-1) took home the 2010 Lipton Invitational title Saturday, winning five straight games in the tournament by an average of over five runs.

Check out all five game recaps and much more after the jump!
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SIX BITS: Golf, tennis, softball, track, Harrell

1 » After three days of action, the No. 4 Florida Gators men’s golf team led the 33rd annual SunTrust Gator Invitational with a total score of 562 (283-279, +2) after 36 holes at the Mark Bostick Golf Course. Senior Tyson Alexander shot a two-round 141 (71-70, +1), good for a first-place tie going into the final round. That will take place Sunday beginning at 9:10 a.m.

News on tennis, softball, track and former LB James Harrell after the jump!
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Holtz hired, Gators 2010 staff likely complete

Now that East Carolina PiratesSkip Holtz has been hired as the new head coach of the South Florida Bulls, the Florida Gators 2010 coaching staff appears to be solidified. Associate head coach and defense/defensive line coach Dan McCarney was under consideration for the job and, according to Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel, he actually received two interviews for the position.

Florida Gators (Projected) 2010 Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Urban Meyer

Interim Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line: Steve Addazio
Quarterbacks: Scot Loeffler
Wide Receivers: Zach Azzanni
Running Backs: Stan Drayton
Tight Ends: Brian White

Defensive Coordinator, Inside Linebackers: George Edwards
Co-Defensive Coordinator, Secondary: Chuck Heater
Associate Head Coach, Defense/Defensive Line: Dan McCarney
Outside Linebackers: D.J. Durkin

Special Teams: Urban Meyer / D.J. Durkin
Recruiting Coordinator: TBD
Director of Player and Community Relations: Terry Jackson

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