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Chomping at Bits: Jeremy Foley discusses McElwain, assistants, and facility renovations

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Florida AD Jeremy Foley spoke about Jim McElwain's first year with the Gators, continuity on the football staff, and UF's upcoming facility improvements.

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Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley praises Jim McElwain's first year and talks about facility renovations: Foley praised McElwain for his first season accomplishments, noting that while the year did not end the way that anyone wanted, McElwain has the program headed in the right direction and was able to win 10 games. Foley also speaks highly of the football staff. So far, Florida appears to be returning all nine of the same football assistants for the first time since 2007.

Foley stated that the University Athletic Association is working with an architectural firm to develop a master plan for upgrading facilities. Renovations to the 35 year old O'Connell Center are set to begin mid-March. While football facilities will continue to be looked at, some sort of improvement to the Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium are also likely to be on a future agenda. (Graham Hack, Independent Florida AlligatorZach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Gators relying on defense to keep games close, despite poor shooting: Saturday's win again showed that the Gators don't need stellar offensive statistics to keep games close, or win them, when they are at their best defensively. The Gators held the Tigers to their second worst shooting game of the season, and second lowest point total of the season. Florida is 10-5, despite ranking last in the SEC in field goal shooting, three-point percentage, and free throw rate. The Gators also are playing the No. 5 ranked strength of schedule and the No. 6 ranked most difficult non-conference schedule. (Alex Maminakis, Independent Florida Alligator; Ian Cohen, Independent Florida Alligator)

Florida women's basketball wins second straight SEC road game: The Gators handily defeated Ole Miss 85-65 on Sunday. The win is Florida's 14th this year (out of 16 games), which already surpassed their entire last season win total (13). Rank 'em!  (Florida Gators)

Gators Gymnastics wins opener: No. 2 Gymnastics opened their season with a win at Texas Women's University on Friday. Florida scored a 196.825, the fourth highest total in a Florida season opener. The Gators swept the meet events. (Florida Gators)

Feleipe Franks heads to UF: After competing in Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Franks was headed to Gainesville to join the rest of Florida's early enrollees. (Chris Hays, Orlando Sentinel)

McArthur Burnett on campus: Burnett, Florida's other early enrollee that was not on campus earlier last week, has made it to Gainesville as well. (Anthony Chiang, Palm Beach Post)

Florida Men's Basketball Trivia:
A)
Which Gators team holds the record for most free throws made in a season? How many did that team make?
B) Which Gators team holds the record for most three-pointers made in a season? How many did that team make?
C) Which Gator holds the record for double digit scoring games in his career? How many did he have?
D) Only three times has a Gator recorded a triple double. Which Gators did it and in which games? Hint: Two of them were recorded by the same Gator. (Record kept since the 1996-97 season)

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