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Chomping at Bits: Florida basketball teams to begin 2016-17 season in Jacksonville

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Both Gator basketball teams will tip off in Jacksonville on November 11th.

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Florida men's basketball to begin 2016-17 season in Jacksonville: The Gators will tip off in Jacksonville at the Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday, November 11th against Belmont and against Mercer on Sunday, November 13th. The renovation of the O'Connell Center is scheduled to be completed in December, so Florida will play its early season games at other locations, including previously announced dates in Orlando, New York, and Sunrise. (Denver Parler, Florida GatorsKevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun; Garry Smits, Florida Times Union)

The women's basketball team will also begin their season in Jacksonville: The Gators will play on Friday before the men's team, opening their season against South Alabama. (Kathy Cafazzo, Florida Gators)

Kevin O'Sullivan named finalist for 2016 Skip Bertman National Coach of the Year: The award is presented to the top collegiate baseball coach from any level of collegiate baseball. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators)

Five Gators named National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-Americans and D1baseball.com: Both outlets named Peter Alonso and Logan Shore to their first teams. Shaun Anderson was named to NCBWA's first team and D1baseball.com's third team, while JJ Schwarz and Alex Faedo were named to NCBWA's third team. (Daniel Apple, Florida Gators)

UF men's track and field coach Mike Holloway named National Men's Outdoor Coach of the Year: Holloway earned the award for the third time, having previously won it in 2012 and 2013. The Gators won the 2016 NCAA outdoors national championship earlier this month. (Zach Dirlam, Florida GatorsGraham Hall, Gainesville Sun)

Florida offers eighth grade quarterback: Harrison Bailey, who is in eighth grade, also holds offers from Miami and North Carolina. The Gators reportedly offered him after he participated in an Atlanta satellite camp. (Philip Rossman-Reich, SEC Country)

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