Will Muschamp hires Gators linebacker, strength assistant Mike Peterson away from Florida

New South Carolina Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp is finally done building his staff, which is filled with former Florida Gators ties, the last of which also being a former UF player.

Former Gators linebacker Mike Peterson, who has been working in Florida’s weight room since joining the program under Muschamp, has been hired away from his alma mater to serve as outside linebackers coach at South Carolina.

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Florida Gators offense bothered by (but understanding of) disrespect entering Citrus Bowl

There was little offense coming from the Florida Gators‘ side of the field over their final few games of the season, due in large part to the play of sophomore quarterback Treon Harris, an injured offensive line and a lot of youth and inexperience on that side of the ball.

Redshirt senior offensive lineman Trip Thurman, set to play in his final game in the 2016 Citrus Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines on Friday, is accepting of the criticism that Florida’s offense has received but equally disturbed by the lack of respect being paid to the Gators ahead of this contest.

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Louisiana Tech coach: Jeff Driskel a ‘scapegoat’ in ‘toxic environment’ of Florida Gators football

It was no surprise when former Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel transferred from the program prior to the 2015 season.

Set to be coached by his second staff (not counting the one that initially recruited him) and fourth offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, Driskel decided that enough was enough; he was sick of failing as the starting signal caller for the Gators and wanted to try his luck elsewhere. Similarly, Florida fans were happy to move on from Driskel after being constantly disappointed in the performance of the five-star prospect, who failed to live up to his hype despite the tough circumstances he faced from a coaching perspective at UF.

Now Driskel’s new head coach, Louisiana Tech’s Skip Holtz, has spoken out about his new quarterback’s time with the Gators and unsurprisingly placed the blame solely on Florida, not his current player.

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Florida DT Jay-nard Bostwick granted release to transfer away from Gators

Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick, who had seemingly been far removed from the Florida Gators for quite some time despite remaining on the team’s 2015 roster, has been granted a transfer release to leave the program, the school confirmed Friday.

Bostwick (6-foot-3, 283 pounds) missed the entirety of 2015 spring practice and has not been with the team since the conclusion of the 2014 season while dealing with what the Gators have only referred to as “personal issues.”

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McElwain, White, Foley make few waves as Florida Gators reps at 2015 SEC spring meetings

A tumultuous offseason for Florida Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley, one in which he had to hire new head coaches in his two top revenue-producing sports of football and basketball, did not carry over to the Southeastern Conference spring meetings this week where Foley and his new coaches were some of the least news-making people in attendance at the annual event.

Though the meetings will go on for two more days with new Florida president Kent Fuchs set to be in attendance, OnlyGators.com has decided to wrap up the first two days of the proceedings and provide a detailed look at five of the biggest topics actually discussed by the Gators’ representatives in Destin, Florida.

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FOUR BITS: arrests, McGriff, Paschall, Tip-Off

1 » Florida Gators sophomore left-handed pitchers A.J. Puk and Kirby Snead were arrested Sunday night and charged with third-degree felony criminal trespass for “climbing a crane inside a marked construction site without legal authority,” according to Alachua County Jail records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel‘s Edgar Thompson. Both players remain in jail as they are still waiting to see a judge at some point Monday. Puk and Snead have both seen action with the Gators this season, the former starting seven games and currently holding a 6-3 record with 5.87 ERA for Florida. Head coach Kevin O’Sullivan announced Monday that Puk and Snead have been suspended indefinitely, according to The Gainesville Sun.

2 » The Gators signed four-star athlete D’Anfernee McGriff on National Signing Day, as a change in coaching staff and questions about his ability to qualify at Auburn came into play. As such, it was known by the Gators coaching staff that he may also struggled to qualify at Florida or at least may have to wait a bit to get on campus. According to Luke Stampini of 247 Sports ($), McGriff expects to know his status by Monday. If he is unable to qualify at UF this summer or fall, he could choose to go to prep school and enroll in January or enroll at Eastern Arizona junior college, where he has already signed as a precaution, per his high school’s recruiting coordinator.

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Muschamp takes McElwain out of context when jabbing back about ‘insufficient’ Florida roster

Will Muschamp put his replacement in a tough spot when he left the Florida Gators – in more ways than one. Not only did Muschamp leave a roster depleted in a few key areas, he told the media and fans that he recruited so much talent that the next coach should have nothing to complain about.

“They’ve got a deep and talented roster, so don’t let that new guy tell you they don’t have any players,” Muschamp said last November. “Tell you that right now – they got some good football players in that locker room.”

New head coach Jim McElwain‘s now had a legitimate opportunity to evaluate the depth and talent on the Gators’ roster. And while he believes there are some capable players at Florida, he also noticed that there are some deficiencies.

“You’ve got to play the hand you’re dealt and right now, quite honestly, the hand we were dealt is really insufficient at some of the areas,” he said last Friday.

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NCAA schedules infractions call about decision on Florida Gators, likely Joker Phillips-related

The NCAA will hold a press call on Friday afternoon to discuss an NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions’ decision regarding the Florida Gators football program.

Though the organization would not comment on the nature of the decision other than to note that it will be released one hour prior to the call at 1 p.m., Florida sent out the following statement:

“We have not received the report yet, but we will receive it later today. However, this is a final resolution to a matter that we dealt with last June regarding one of our former assistant football coaches.”

Then-wide receivers coach Joker Phillips resigned on June 11, 2014, after just one year on the job, citing “personal reasons” factoring into his decision to step down.

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