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Florida looks to end two game losing streak: The Gators 66-55 loss to Miami on December 8th left head coach Mike White, and fans, frustrated. But, White, and fans, saw effort and hope in Florida's 58-52 loss to No. 1 Michigan State. The Gators are still having trouble shooting, as they did a year ago when they finished 16-17 and averaged their fewest points since the 1950s. In their last two losses, Florida is 5 of 30 from 3-point range. The Gators will face Oklahoma State in the Orange Bowl Classic in Sunrise on Saturday. (Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel)
There is "a chance" that Alex Murphy plays Saturday: Mike White says that the redshirt senior forward practiced and would be evaluated during the next couple of days. (Landon Watnick, Inside the Gators)
Large early enrollment class could help Gators: Florida currently has 11 commitments projected to enroll early. If they all do, that class would be tied for the largest number of early enrollments that the Gators have had. The extra time those players are on campus can help them be able to contribute earlier in their careers. Florida's projected 2016 early enrollees are QB Feleipe Franks, QB Kyle Trask, RB Mark Thompson, WR Dre Massey, WR Freddie Swain, WR Josh Hammond, OL Stone Forsythe, DE Jordan Smith, ATH McArthur Burnett, DB Chauncey Gardner, and K Eddy Pineiro. (Thomas Goldkamp, 247 Sports)
Florida's use of written offers of admission eliminates need for financial aid agreements: UF is now having its mid-year enrollment recruits sign written offers of admission instead of financial aid agreements. If a recruit signs a written offer of admission, and not a financial aid agreement, a school would not be in violation of NCAA rules should that recruit decide to enroll elsewhere. Wide receiver Isaiah Johnson, who signed an offer of admission and was announced as a mid-year enrollee in a tweet by Jim McElwain (that has since been deleted), de-committed from Florida, but the Gators did not commit a violation by announcing him, as Johnson only signed a written offer of admission.
If the recruit signs a financial aid agreement, and benefits are acted upon, the school will have committed a recruiting violation if that recruit fails to enroll. This happened to LSU last year with offensive lineman Matt Womack, who ended up enrolling at Alabama. The written offer of admission admits the mid-year recruit to the school but is not binding, and is very similar in a lot of ways to a financial aid agreement. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)
Marquis Dendy wins The Bowerman: Dendy is the first Gator to win The Bowerman, which is presented annually by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation. Dendy is also just the third jumper to ever win the award. (Zach Dirlam, Florida Gators)
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