Florida's "takeover" of the SEC Network, helmed by WWE wrestler Titus O'Neil (former Florida football player Thaddeus Bullard), will feature one national title-winning performance, "The Greatest Game Ever Played in The Swamp," a documentary on Tim Tebow, and nine different Gators squads, ESPN announced Thursday.
Here's the release:
- Florida Gators' Takeover Special: Meet nearly a dozen Gators and coaches from the sports of baseball, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track & field and volleyball who comprise Team Florida and make it one of the most dominant athletic programs in the country.
- 2015 SEC Baseball Tournament Championship - Florida vs. Vanderbilt: The Gators had to win four consecutive elimination games to bring home their first title since 2011.
- 2014 Florida vs. Texas (Volleyball): Head Coach Mary Wise and the Gators had already solidified their 21st SECtitle and played one more match before the NCAA Tournament - the result was a five-set thriller!
- 2009 Tennessee vs. Florida (Women's Basketball): Legendary coach Pat Summitt was looking for career win No. 1,001 but the Gators had other ideas, led by a pair of Tennessee state-natives, Sha Brooks and Head Coach Amanda Butler.
- 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship: The Gators sprinted, jumped and did everything else they needed to do in Starkville to bring the BIG hardware trophy backto Gainesville.
- 2014 Florida State vs. Florida (Soccer): The Gators travel to Tallahassee and their rivals sport a 38-match regular-season win streak ... watch the eighth-ranked Gators and the second-ranked ‘Noles battle on the pitch and see which team comes out CHOMP-ing!
- SEC Storied: Abby Head On: SEC Storied examines the extraordinary Abby Wambach, one of the most noticeable Gator athletes on the international soccer stage.
- 2015 Kentucky vs. Florida (Gymnastics): The Gators entertain the Wildcats and another emotional and exciting edition in the team's annual "LinkToPink" challenge.
- 2014 Kentucky vs. Florida (Men's Basketball): The SEC Tournament title is on the line when these two powerhouse programs collide and it's a thriller that comes down to the final possession!
- 2015 Florida State vs. Florida (Softball): The top-ranked and defending NCAA Champion Gators aim to complete the season sweep of their intrastate rival when the 10th-ranked ‘Noles challenge senior right-hander Lauren Haeger at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium.
- Florida Gators' Takeover Special: An encore showing the hour-long program that highlighted some of the top athletes and coaches who comprise Team Florida and make it one of the top athletic programs in the country.
- 11/22/1997 FSU vs. Florida (Football): The ‘greatest game ever played?' The Gators sure think so! Watch and find out why!
- 1/2/1997 FSU vs. Florida (Football): It's the rematch of intrastate rivals and the final collegiate game for Gator Great and Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel with the1997 Sugar Bowl and national championship on the line in New Orleans.
- 2006 Ohio State vs. Florida (Men's Basketball): Relive the excitement of the self-named ‘04s - Corey Brewer, Taurean Green, Al Horford and Joakim Noah - and the rest of the defending NCAA Champion Gators defend their home court against the third-ranked Buckeyes.
- Tim Tebow: Everything In Between: Watch behind-the-scenes footage of one of the all-time greatest and recognizable Gators in this intimate documentary about Tim Tebow and his preparation from college to the NFL.
And here's the schedule:
|midnight||Florida Gators' Takeover Special|
|1 a.m.||2015 SEC Baseball Tournament Championship: Florida vs. Vanderbilt|
|3 a.m.||2014 Florida vs. Texas (Volleyball)|
|5 a.m.||2009 Tennessee vs. Florida (Women's Basketball)|
|7 a.m.||2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championship|
|9 a.m.||2014 Florida State vs. Florida (Soccer)|
|11 a.m.||SEC Storied: Abby Head On|
|Noon||2015 Kentucky vs. Florida (Gymnastics)|
|1:30 p.m.||2014 Kentucky vs. Florida (Men's Basketball)|
|3 p.m.||2015 Florida State vs. Florida (Softball)|
|4:30 p.m.||Florida Gators' Takeover Special (encore presentation)|
|5:30 p.m.||11/22/1997 FSU vs. Florida (Football)|
|7:30 p.m.||1/2/1997 FSU vs. Florida (Football)|
|9:30 p.m.||2006 Ohio State vs. Florida (Men's Basketball)|
|11 p.m.||Tim Tebow: Everything In Between|
ESPN explains in the release that "Takeover schedules were created from available television inventory; NCAA Championships were not available for re-air," which explains not showing any of Florida's 13 national titles since 2010, all of which came in NCAA Championships of one sort or another. And that stipulation obviously also means that the SEC Network couldn't air either of Florida's national championship games from the NCAA Tournament.
But it's interesting to have just two football games from nearly 20 years ago on this list, with a slew of other games and events — all Florida triumphs, in case you didn't realize — on this list. There are a few things I want to see — both men's basketball games, maybe the Florida-FSU softball clash, and maybe the volleyball and soccer games, which I missed live — but I also think this is set up mostly for DVR users, not people (like me) whose SEC Network access is limited to WatchESPN.
What about you? What's missing from your ideal list?