GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.
Gators coach Jim McElwain said there have been death threats directed toward his program after UF's 3-3 start.
"The hard part is obviously when the threats against your own players, death threats to your families, the ill will that's brought upon out there," McElwain said Monday. "And yet I think it's really one of those deals that really is a pretty good testament to what's going on out there nationally. A lot of angry people. In in this business we're the ones they take the shots at, and that's the way it is."...
GAINESVILLE - The Florida Gators' 3-3 start is causing some fans to become irrational - even by college football standards.
UF coach Jim McElwain said there have been death threats made against people related to his program.
"There's a lot of hate in this world and a lot of anger and yet it's freedom to show it," McElwain said Monday during his weekly news conference. "The hard part is obviously when the threats against your own players, death threats to your families, the ill will that's brought upon out there, and yet I think it's really one of those deals that really is a pretty good testament to what's going on out there nationally. A lot of angry people. In in this business we're the ones they take the shots at, and that's the way it is."...
USF remains ahead of UCF in the latest AP Top 25 poll - but just barely.
The Bulls dropped one spot to No. 17 in the latest rankings, released Sunday. USF improved to 7-0 after beating Tulane on the road Saturday. UCF rose two spots to No. 18 after a 31-21 win over Navy.
Miami remains at No. 8, between Clemson and Notre Dame....
No major changes in my latest AP Top 25 ballot.
Last week, I struggled with 5-9. This week, it was 5-10 (Hi, Notre Dame!). You could justify ranking Miami, Clemson, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Wisconsin and the Irish in almost any order, and I wouldn't argue much. I decided not to change 5-9 from last week, because Clemson and the Buckeyes were both off, and I don't think I learned enough from the solid wins Miami, OU and Wisconsin put together to warrant a change....
1. One of the many hard-to-believe stats about FSU's underperforming defense: DE Brian Burns led all freshmen nationally with 9 ½ sacks last year; his first one this season came midway through the second quarter Saturday.
2. If any NFL teams have doubts about whether Louisville's Lamar Jackson can be a great quarterback at the next level, they should rewatch his 26-yard touchdown pass to Seth Dawkins. FSU DB Kyle Meyers had great coverage, but Jackson threw it perfectly where only Dawkins could get it. ...
TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher didn't have an explanation for the turning point in Saturday's 31-28 last-second loss to Louisville.
The Seminoles (2-4, 2-3 ACC) had driven 48 yards in the final five minutes with the score tied at 28. Quarterback James Blackman's 21-yard rush had FSU in field goal range, with a chance to avenge last year's humiliation to the Cardinals (5-3, 2-3). ...
Derwin vs. Lamar
Louisville QB Lamar Jackson ran wild (362 total yards, five touchdowns) over FSU last season, but the Seminoles were without do-it-all S Derwin James. James should be the antidote for a dual-threat talent like Jackson, and now he's healthy and, presumably, motivated from the 63-20 game he had to watch last year. "(James) might put a little bit of fear in Lamar Jackson's heart just seeing him back there," FSU DB Levonta Taylor told 247Sports this week....
Must-see and meh time frames Saturday for college football:
Lamest time window: Noon, although No. 10 Oklahoma State is on upset watch at Texas.
Noon: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson against a talented Florida State defense? Yes, please.
3:30: Syracuse will try to upset a second straight top-10 team (No. 8 Miami), and Navy hosts No. 20 UCF in one of the best Group of Five matchups of the season....
"His track record on the offensive side of the ball is special. You can look it up, see the records." — Florida then-athletic director Jeremy Foley, December 2014
GAINESVILLE — After Will Muschamp led some of the ugliest seasons in modern Florida history, Jeremy Foley knew the Gators' next head coach would have to revive one of the worst offenses in the SEC....
Two days before suiting up in the Under Armour All-America Game at Tropicana Field, Dalvin Cook announced a change of heart.
After almost nine months as a Gators commitment, the five-star running back from Miami flipped to rival Florida State.
"I felt at heart that it was the school for me, and I can get everything I want to get done there," Cook told Fox Sports at the time.
He did, of course. Cook needed only three seasons to become FSU's all-time leading rusher. He was one of the NFL's top rookies for the Vikings before tearing his ACL....
Of course Florida State remembers what happened against Louisville last year. The 63-20 loss was one of the worst defeats in Seminoles history.
"You remember what they're capable of, that this can happen," Jimbo Fisher said.
But the FSU coach doesn't feel the need to keep reminding his players about it this week as they prepare to face the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, QB Lamar Jackson (above), again. Fisher said this is a new team, so things are different. ...
Florida Gators defensive lineman Jordan Sherit will miss the rest of the season after undergoing hip surgery earlier this week, coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday morning.
"It's a bad deal, man," McElwain said.
The former Hillsborough High standout has had an injury-plagued career. He tore his ACL during his senior season of high school. He missed time late in 2014 because of injury and only played in 10 games last season because of multiple injuries....
After last year's run to the Elite Eight, the Florida Gators are one of the favorites in the SEC.
UF is picked to finish second in the league, according to a panel of college basketball media members.
Kentucky, of course, is projected to win the conference.
Guard KeVaughn Allen is UF's lone individual honoree; he's first-team pick to the all-SEC team.
Wildcats freshman Kevin Knox - a former star forward at Tampa Catholic - is a second-team choice....
Here's another indictment of how mediocre the state's college football season has become.
The AP released its midseason All-America team on Tuesday, and the only first-team selection from Florida was ... Gators punter Johnny Townsend.
Two other players from the state were second-team selections: USF kicker Emilion Nadelman and Florida State safety Derwin James.
For comparison, the state had four players on the preseason team, including two first teamers (James and FSU cornerback Tarvarus McFadden)....
While the entire college football universe was focused on a sexual assault allegation against quarterback Jameis Winston during Florida State's 2013 national title run, another off-field scandal was playing out quietly.
Champions Way: Football, Florida, and the Lost Soul of College Sports explores allegations of academic impropriety (involving former Plant High star James Wilder Jr., among others) raised by whistleblower Christina Suggs during that perfect season. ...