McElwain, Spurrier, White, Stricklin to make 20 stops on 2017 Florida Gators speaking tour

By Adam Silverstein
March 9, 2017
McElwain, Spurrier, White, Stricklin to make 20 stops on 2017 Florida Gators speaking tour

Florida Gators head football coach Jim McElwain is set to make 10 appearances at Gator Clubs as part of the program’s annual Gator Gathering speaking schedule, with Steve Spurrier participating in three more events, head basketball coach Mike White hosting four and athletic director Scott Stricklin making three stops.

The speaking tour is put on by the UF Alumni Association and Gator Boosters, Inc. in association with the University Athletic Association. Tickets are available to the public and sold to the respective events with proceeds usually going to support the club and fund scholarship opportunities for local area students.

Jim McElwain
» April 4 – Gainesville Quarterback Club (Gainesville, FL)
» April 25 – Central Florida Gator Club (Orlando, FL)
» May 2 – Atlanta Gator Club (Atlanta, GA)
» May 3 – Polk County Gator Club (Lakeland, FL)
» May 9 – Titletown Gator Club (Gainesville, FL)
» May 16 – Gator Club of Jacksonville (Jacksonville, FL)
» May 18 – Pinellas County Gator Club (St. Petersburg, FL)
» May 23 – Dallas/Fort Worth Gator Club (Dallas, TX)
» May 25 – Fightin’ Gator Touchdown Club (Gainesville, FL)
» May 31 – Emerald Coast Gator Club (Destin, FL)

Steve Spurrier
» April 26 – Palm Beach County Gator Club (West Palm Beach, FL)
» May 2 – St. Augustine Gator Club (St. Augustine, FL)
» May 4 – Treasure Coast Gator Club (Vero Beach, FL)

Scott Stricklin
» May 10 – Volusia County Gator Club (Daytona, FL)
» May 17 – Sarasota/Manatee County Gator Club (Sarasota, FL)
» May 22 – Northwest Florida Gator Club (Pensacola, FL)

Mike White
» June (TBA) – Southwest Florida/Naples Gator Clubs (Fort Myers, FL)
» June (TBA) – Panhandle Gator Club (Panama City, FL)
» June (TBA) – Tampa Gator Club (Tampa, FL)
» June (TBA) – Space Coast Gator Club (Melbourne, FL)

Among locations not receiving visits from Florida coaches and/or staff during this year’s speaking tour are Broward County, Miami-Dade County and Leon County (Tallahassee).


  1. Broward Gator says:

    I have lived in South Florida for 50 years and UF has the worst South Florida presence of the “Big 3”

    How can they refuse to send Coaches to Miami-Dade and Broward??

    Stupid! Yet Jimbo’s down here, and Mark Richt is down here, but we can’t send down anyone?

    And Coach can’t make it to Palm Beach???

    • It’s strange that none of the actual on-field coaches are going down to South Florida, but generally they visit Broward or Palm Beach every other year.

      • Broward Gator says:

        Thank you Adam. From my point of view the “every other year” attitude towards South Florida is a big part of why we run last place down here and aren’t very involved and engaged in the community!

        I’ve heard a lot about Coach Mac’s commitment to South Florida recruiting, and they have signed more South Florida players lately, but still he needs to be down here much more often–forget the fan fest (even though he would get additional local newspaper coverage were he in town) he should be all over historically proven top recruiting areas in the country such as Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach.

        Every other year isn’t good enough!

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