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Florida baseball defeats Florida State: The Gators bounced back after losing their series to Kentucky over the weekend by winning 3-2 over the Seminoles in Jacksonville. It's the Gators' fourth straight win over the Noles. Florida hosts No. 1 Texas A&M for a three-game series this weekend. (Luis Torres, Independent Florida Alligator; Jordan McPherson, Orlando Sentinel; Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun; John Hines, Florida Gators)
UF hopes O'Connell Center renovations boost ticket sales: Florida basketball's average attendance dipped this year by 8.4 percent, marking the Gators' lowest attendance figures since the 1998-99 season. UF associate athletic director Mike Hill noted some factors that contributed to the decline, including three key home games being held when students weren't on campus and that Florida was coming off its first losing season since the 1997-98 season. The $64.5 million renovations will have improved fan amenities, reduce the capacity of the arena by about 1,000, and have all chairback seating. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)
Florida spring practice updates: Freshman defensive back Chauncey Gardner was singled out for his play during the team's scrimmage last week and redshirt sophomore quarterback Luke Del Rio and fifth-year senior Purdue transfer Austin Appleby appear to be vying for the starting job. Redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Thomas Holley is still dealing with a bad hip, despite losing more than 50 pounds since last season and moving to defensive end. Holley's football career may be in jeopardy due to his injured hip. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)
Jonathan Bullard used chip on his shoulder for successful senior year: Bullard considered entering the NFL Draft at the end of his junior season but returned after the NFL told him that he "was not good enough". He used that as motivation to have a dominant senior season and potentially earn himself a first or second round draft pick. (Scott Carter, Florida Gators)
Will Muschamp "probably made a mistake" changing offensive scheme at Florida: Muschamp was specifically speaking about changing the Gators' offense scheme when he was first hired. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)
"I probably made a mistake at Florida trying to change schematically from what they had done before. As a result, we ended up not being very good at anything. These days you just don't have time to make a lot of changes. You have to adapt to what your kids can do." - Will Muschamp speaking about his time at Florida
Gators' softball goes on team-building canoeing trip: The two-person canoe tandems hit the Santa Fe River yesterday afternoon. (Will Pantages, Florida Gators)
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