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Florida awarded raises to four assistant coaches this offseason.

Gatorbait.net uncovered the raises through an open records request. Most notably, DC Geoff Collins saw his salary bump from $600,000 to $900,000. With the $150,000 retention bonus he received in February also factored in, he will make a hefty $1.05 million for the 2016 season. For reference's sake, ESPN revealed earlier on Monday that Baylor interim HC Jim Grobe will be making $1.25 million this season. In addition to Collins, co-DC Randy Shannon, OL coach Mike Shannon and DL coach Chris Rumph all received bumps on their contracts to varying degrees.
Jul 25 - 3:27 PM

Florida junior WR Treon Harris will transfer.

Florida took to Twitter to confirm widespread reports of Harris' looming transfer. His time in the program was marred by mediocre play and off-field turbulence. On the field, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder struggled to spark any sort of a potent passing attack (50.3% career completions). And off the field, he was hit with an ongoing indefinite suspension this winter for reasons unknown. Harris transitioned over to wideout in the offseason while under that mysterious suspension. It is unknown at this juncture which programs he might be considering for a transfer. With QB Will Grier electing to join West Virginia's program in the spring, HC Jim McElwain is essentially starting with a fresh slate at the position this coming season, with redshirt junior QB Luke Del Rio probably holding the inside track to win the starting gig.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 25 - 1:58 PM

UNC four-star 2017 verbal RB commit Adarius Lemons flipped his commitment to Florida.

"Things change and I feel bad personally," Lemons said after visiting Florida on Friday, "but at the end of the day I am trying to find what is best for me and my family." One point on the Gators' side is that Lemons' family won't have to make extensive travel plans to watch the 6-foot, 195-pounder play -- something that wouldn't have been the case with the Tar Heels. Hailing from Clearwater, Florida, Lemons ranks as Rivals' No. 136 overall prospect (No. 9 running back) for the 2017 cycle.
Jul 25 - 12:33 PM

UNC four-star 2017 verbal RB commit Adarius Lemons said that Florida is making a legitimate push for him to flip his pledge.

"[Florida] told me if I didn’t commit they would have to recruit other backs," Lemons said. "Now that I know how highly they think of me. I just don’t know. I have them telling me how if I committed, I would be the only back they take in 2017." While Lemons remains committed to the Tar Heels, 247Sports' Crystal Ball sees both UNC and Florida as having a 33% shot at his eventual signature. The Clearwater, Florida, native indicated that his mother would prefer for him to remain in-state. At the very least, he will be taking an official visit to Gainesville this fall.
Source: SEC Country
Jul 23 - 4:11 PM

According to a police report, Florida redshirt junior LB Cristian Garcia helped stop a sexual assault on Thursday.

Garcia, who walked on at Florida to begin his career, is part of the security staff at 101 Cantina in Gainesville. He told authorities that he was taking out the trash when he noticed a man (later identified as Christopher Shaw) and a woman behind the dumpster. He initially assumed they were having consensual sex, but this was not the case. "The girl was basically unconscious," Garcia said, "so I knew there was no way she could be giving consent." He then approached the man, put his hands on Shaw and told him to stop. At which point, Shaw struck him several times before fleeing. Police later apprehended the suspect.
Jul 22 - 3:31 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain told the SEC Network's Paul Finebaum, "I’m of the belief that this team’s record has already been shaped based on what they did from the day we got back from our bowl game a year ago."

"Not that there aren’t things that are going to go on in the season," McElwain said. "However, I do believe your destiny is a little bit based on the work that you’ve put in when no one’s looking." Florida -- who won the SEC East in 2015 -- is being pegged by the SEC media as runner-up to Tennessee in the division for 2016. And the vote wasn't close. Tennessee received a whopping 225 first-place ballots, compared to the Gators' 57 (Georgia rounded out the media's top three for the East with 45 votes). In McElwain's first season at the helm of Florida's ship, the team went an impressive 7-1 in-conference, reached the SEC Championship Game (where they were promptly smacked down by Alabama) and finished out with a 10-4 record.
Jul 21 - 2:46 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain confirmed widespread reports that junior QB Treon Harris has transitioned to wide receiver.

Gridiron Now's Mike Huguenin reported back in February that Harris would be shifting over to wideout in the spring. That played out as expected. McElwain explained that the move was a logical one. "You’ve got to look at the fit," he said. "Nothing he did. Guys around him didn’t play great either. So I’ll never put that on a player." The 5-foot-11, 190-pound senior largely struggled as a passer in 2015, completing only 50.6% of his passes and posting an uninspiring 9/6 TD/INT ratio. While he continues to work out at Florida's facilities in advance of August camp, Harris' status for the 2016 season remains uncertain. He has been serving an indefinite suspension for reasons unknown since early March. During SEC Media Days, McElwain said, "Nothing's been resolved yet and there's really not a timeframe on it."
Source: SEC Country
Jul 21 - 12:27 PM

Florida freshman WR Rick Wells faces a third-degree felony charge for criminal mischief for damaging property along with fellow freshman WR Tyrie Cleveland.

The lesser of the two first-year prospects arrested Sunday for shooting pellet guns and "causing more than $1,000 in property damage at Keys residential housing on the UF campus," according the Orlando Sentinel, Wells was a three-star recruit. Per the 247Sports' composite ranking, Wells is the No. 462 player in the class of 2016. "This is not behavior that we expect and as I often talk about there will be consequences for their actions," head coach Jim McElwain said
Jul 18 - 5:41 PM

In regards to the arrests of freshman WR's Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells, Florida HC Jim McElwain said in a statement that "there will be consequences for their actions."

As far as statements go, McElwain's was about as frosty and short as humanly possible. He said simply that "[t]his is not the behavior we expect and there will be consequences for their actions." Cleveland and Wells were arrested and charged with criminal mischief for property damage (a third-degree felony) and shooting a missile inside an occupied dwelling (a second-degree felony) after allegedly shooting out multiple dormitory windows with a BB gun over the weekend. A suspension could be coming down the pike, though McElwain's one-sentence statement shed no light on what, exactly, the "consequences" will be in this case.
Jul 18 - 2:46 PM

Florida freshman WR's Tyrie Cleveland and Rick Wells were arrested for a dorm incident involving a BB gun.

According to the police report, an officer responded at 11:30 PM on Friday after being notified of the disturbance. They arrived to find three shattered windows at Keys Residential housing. A review of surveillance tapes showed two men shooting at someone at 6:45 PM. Eventually, Cleveland and Wells were determined to be the two parties involved. Wells admitted to his involvement and turned over the BB gun, at which point the pair of wideouts was arrested. They face a third-degree felony charge for criminal mischief for damaging property (the pair allegedly did about $1,000 in damage with their little stunt) and a second-degree felony charge for shooting a missile inside an occupied dwelling. Cleveland is the big name to watch here, as he was expected to factor into the Gator offense as a freshman. Rivals ranked him as their No. 14 overall prospect for 2016. Florida is expected to address these arrests later on Monday.
Jul 18 - 12:42 PM

Florida HC Jim McElwain said that junior WR Treon Harris remains suspended.

This is one of the more mysterious stories of the offseason. Harris was not with the team in January and Florida levied an indefinite suspension against him in early March. Ditto for sophomore WR Antonio Callaway, whose attorney said that his client's suspension relates to a December incident. McElwain's comments on Tuesday did little to clear up the matter. "Right now they're obviously back on campus," he said, "doing team workouts and some things like that. Nothing's been resolved yet, and there's really not a timeframe on it."
Jul 12 - 2:14 PM

Pro Football Focus ranks Florida senior OLB Jarrad Davis as the No. 97 player in college football.

"While LB Antonio Morrison drew most of the attention the last few years, Davis simply outplayed him in all phases," wrote Steve Palazzolo. "He can attack downhill and as a blitzer." In only 49 rushes last year, Davis notched four sacks, seven QB hits and 11 hurries. In coverage, his +7.9 grade ranked No. 10 in the nation.
Jul 10 - 11:25 AM

Florida redshirt junior QB Luke Del Rio has been awarded a scholarship after joining the program as a walk-on in 2015.

Del Rio initially hooked up with Alabama as a walk-on in 2013, then transferred to Oregon State. He was on scholarship with the Beavers for one season before transferring to Florida as a walk-on prior to the start of the 2015 campaign. After sitting out a season, he now has a scholarship in hand and is in a prime position to compete for the starting gig with fellow transfer Austin Appleby this August.
Jul 6 - 12:57 PM

Florida four-star 2017 T Kadeem Telfort will continue to take visits to other programs.

Telfort originally stood as a Miami commit, but flipped on the Hurricanes last summer. While he remains pledged to the Gators, he is keeping his eyes open. When Rivals asked him which programs were currently pushing hardest in their pitches, the 6-foot-6, 323-pounder said, "Florida obviously and then I would say USC, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee, and UCF." He plans on making visits to Georgia, Florida State and Georgia Tech, with Alabama also a possibility. Telfort ranks as Rivals' No. 213 overall prospect and their No. 26 tackle for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 4 - 1:59 PM

Three of the top candidates within Florida who might have had a chance at replacing departing AD Jeremy Foley withdrew their names from consideration.

Executive associate AD for internal affairs Chip Howard, executive associate AD for external affairs Mike Hill and executive associate AD for administration Lynda Tealer were all potential replacements for Foley, but the trio withdrew their names from consideration. In a statement, Florida spokesperson Steve McClain said, "Each of the internal people have made a decision not to pursue the athletic director position for their own individual reasons." Of note, while Florida has an eight-person committee tasked with determining the Gators' next athletic director, they are not utilizing a search firm.
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