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Chomping at Bits: Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin reassuring recruits

The Gators’ AD joined staff on their recruiting calls this week.

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Scott Stricklin reassuring recruits: Florida interim head coach Randy Shannon said that the athletic director joined his staff during recruiting phone calls. Stricklin informed prospects that he intended to make a good head coaching hire, and provided his contact information to them. (Ryan Young, SEC Country; Blake Alderman, 247Sports)

Florida men’s basketball adds two 2018 signees: Incoming freshmen Noah Locke and Andrew Nembhard signed national letters of intent for the Gators. Nembhard is rated a five-star prospect by two services and No. 3 playmaker by Scout, while Locke is a four-star regarded as one of the nation’s best perimeter shooters in the 2018 class. (Denver Parler, Florida Gators; Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

Chris Chiozza to be game-time decision for opener: Mike White announced that the starting senior point guard would be a game-time decision for Monday’s opener against Gardner-Webb. Chiozza sprained his left shoulder during the Gators’ exhibition win over Jacksonville. (Kevin Brockway, Gainesville Sun)

How Florida head coaching candidates’ current defenses stack up: Dan Mullen’s Mississippi State team and Justin Fuente’s Virginia Tech team presently boast highly rated defenses. Scott Frost’s UCF team and Matt Campbell’s Iowa State team also field decent units on that side of the ball. Mike Norvell’s Memphis team, however, does not. (Jordan McPherson, SEC Country)

Assessing what’s left of the Gators’ roster: There are just 56 scholarship players available for Florida this weekend. That’s below even FCS scholarship limits. (David Wunderlich, Gator Country)

Ja’Marr Chase could be first of several decommitments: This is to be expected during a coaching change. (Zach Abolverdi, SEC Country)

Gator soccer opens NCAA tournament play: Florida will be without their leading scorer, freshman Deanne Rose, who is currently with the Canadian National Team. (Tyler Savitsky, Florida Gators)

Imploring Doug Nussmeier to run the QB: Advocating for read option, and looking at Nussmeier’s history with running quarterbacks. (Will Miles, SEC Country)

UF volleyball hopes for strong finish: The Gators want to be a top-seed and play their first four rounds of the NCAA tournament at home in the O’Dome. (Chris Harry, Florida Gators)

Aaron Hernandez’s brain severely damaged by CTE: A researcher called Hernandez’s case the most severe example of the degenerative disease linked to head blows ever found in someone so young. (Gainesville Sun)

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