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Florida Won SEC East ... So What?

Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel

At 87, Bowden Tries to Pick Up Pace

David Whitley, Orlando Sentinel

Truly Life, Death for Jaguars' Smith

Ryan O'Halloran, Florida Times-Union

McElwain Must Fix Florida's Offense

Andrew Olson, Saturday Down South

TALLAHASSEE — University of Florida football coach Jim McElwain deserves adulation and congratulations from Gator Nation for guiding UF to a second consecutive SEC Championship G...(full article)

Bobby Bowden was rushed to the hospital a few days ago. It might have been the luckiest ride of his life. Bowden was taking antibiotics that made him ill. When doctors examined him...(full article)

Honesty is always the best policy. And frankly, who has the energy to lie? But sometimes the truth hurts. And there's plenty of painful truth from Week 11. Let's take a look, Schei...(full article)

Jaguars linebacker Telvin Smith remained away from the team three days after his brother, Brian Moore, was shot and killed in Valdosta, Ga. On the opposite end of the emotional spe...(full article)

Ever since one Stephen Orr Spurrier took the job as Florida’s head coach for the 1990 season, offense has been king in Gainesville. After 12 glorious years of the Fun-‘N’-Gun...(full article)

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