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Florida Gators
Florida Gators athletic logo
University University of Florida
Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Jeremy Foley
Location Gainesville, FL
Varsity teams 18
Football stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium
Basketball arena Stephen C. O'Connell Center
Baseball stadium McKethan Stadium
Mascot Albert and Alberta
Nickname Gators
Fight song The Orange and Blue
Colors Orange and Blue

              Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... Jeremy N. Foley (born December 1, 1952 in Washington, D.C.) is the athletic director for the Florida Gators athletic program at the University of Florida. ... Gainesville is a city located in Alachua County, Florida, most known for the University of Florida, home to the Florida Gators football team. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ... Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (aka The Swamp) is the American football stadium for the University of Florida’s football team, nicknamed the Gators. ... The Stephen C. OConnell Center, popularly nicknamed the O-Dome is a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ... McKethan Stadium is the baseball stadium for the Florida Gators. ... The University of Floridas mascots, Albert and Alberta. ...

Homepage GatorZone.com

Florida Gators is the team name used for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Lady Gators is an alternative often used for the women's teams. The University of Florida (Florida, UFL, or UF) is a public land-grant, research university located in Gainesville, Florida. ... Location in Alachua County and the state of Florida Coordinates: , Country State County Alachua Incorporated (city) 15 April 1869 Government  - Type Council-manager  - Mayor Pegeen Hanrahan  - City Manager Russ Blackburn Area [1]  - Total 49. ...


All Gator athletic teams compete in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference, of which they are charter members, in NCAA Division I. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ... Division I is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ...


The athletic department is run by the University Athletic Association (UAA), a private organization despite the school itself being publicly funded. Since 1992, the athletic director of the Gators has been Jeremy Foley. blah blah Modern athletic directors are often in a coaching misconduct being proven, often the athletic director will be terminated along with the offending coach. ... Jeremy N. Foley (born December 1, 1952 in Washington, D.C.) is the athletic director for the Florida Gators athletic program at the University of Florida. ...


All athletic teams have on-campus facilities for competition. Most of these facilities are adjacent to the half-mile-long Stadium Drive, including Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (dubbed The Swamp) for football; the Stephen C. O'Connell Center (also known as the O-Dome) for men’s and women’s basketball, women's volleyball and gymnastics; McKethan Stadium for baseball; and Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex for men's and women's tennis. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (aka The Swamp) is the American football stadium for the University of Florida’s football team, nicknamed the Gators. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... The Stephen C. OConnell Center, popularly nicknamed the O-Dome is a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ... This article is about the sport. ... For the ball used in this sport, see Volleyball (ball). ... Gymnastics is a sport involving the performance of sequences of movements requiring physical strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, and kinesthetic awareness, such as handsprings, handstands, split leaps, aerials and cartwheels. ... McKethan Stadium is the baseball stadium for the Florida Gators. ... This article is about the sport. ...


The overall athletic program is one of the best in the nation and arguably the best overall in the SEC for the past two decades. The men's and women's teams have combined to win the Southeastern Conference All-Sports Trophy in every year but one since its inception. The Gators have also been in the top 10 of the National All Sports rankings every year for the past two decades.


Most recently, the Gators completed an unprecedented "Triple Crown", winning back to back Division I Men's basketball championships while sandwiching a BCS National Title in football in between, all in 366 days.

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Overview

The University of Florida was one of the charter members in the Southeastern Conference. Previously the Gators were in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 1912 to 1921, and in the Southern Conference from 1922 until the SEC was founded in 1932. The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, or SIAA was the first collegiate athletic conference formed in the United States. ... The Southern Conference (or SoCon) is a college athletic conference affiliated with the NCAAs Division I. SoCon football teams compete in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA). ...

Florida's mascots, Albert and Alberta.
Florida's mascots, Albert and Alberta.

Orange and blue were officially adopted as the school colors in 1910 from the main colors of the two institutions that had united to form UF in 1903. [1] Image File history File linksMetadata Albert-and-Alberta. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Albert-and-Alberta. ... The University of Floridas mascots, Albert and Alberta. ...


With the state of Florida being home to an estimated million alligators, the American Alligator (often just called a "Gator") was chosen as the mascot to represent the University of Florida in 1911. The official costumed mascots of the Florida Gators are Albert (Albert E. Gator) and Alberta. restoring version with Binomial name (Daudin, 1801) American Alligator range map The American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) is one of the two living species of Alligator, a genus within the family Alligatoridae. ... Millie, once mascot of the City of Brampton, is now the Brampton Arts Councils representative. ...


The Gators' most prominent current rivals are SEC Eastern Division foes, the Georgia Bulldogs and Tennessee Volunteers, and the ACC's Florida State Seminoles. Florida has also shared past rivalries with the Auburn Tigers and Miami Hurricanes which have lessened in intensity in recent years. University of Georgia athletics logo The University of Georgia (UGA) has one of the nations top athletic programs, competing in the Southeastern Conference. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the primary institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system, Tennessees flagship public university. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... The Florida State Seminoles are the mens and womens sports teams of Florida State University. ... Auburn Tigers is the name given to Auburn University athletic teams. ... This is an article about the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. ...


There are 8 men's athletic teams and 10 women's teams currently fielded by the UAA. They are:

Men's Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
 

Women's Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

In addition, women's lacrosse is scheduled to begin play in 2010.


Football

Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, aka "The Swamp", has a seating capacity of just over 90,000, the highest in the state of Florida.
Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, aka "The Swamp", has a seating capacity of just over 90,000, the highest in the state of Florida.

The football team, as is the case for all other SEC schools, competes in the higher of two classifications, the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), which is still frequently referred to by its former designation of Division I-A. Head coach Urban Meyer 3rd year, 22–4 Home stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Capacity 92,000 aprx. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (8890x2457, 4687 KB) The Swamp File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (8890x2457, 4687 KB) The Swamp File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (aka The Swamp) is the American football stadium for the University of Florida’s football team, nicknamed the Gators. ... Seating capacity refers to the number of people who can be seated in a specific space, either in terms of the space available, or in terms of limitations set by law. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ...


Florida plays an eight-game conference schedule, headlined by annual SEC Eastern division showdowns against Tennessee and Georgia, the latter being held in Jacksonville, Florida every year and formerly dubbed "The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party." The permanent SEC West team the Gators face every season is LSU. In addition, the team has a yearly out-of-conference meeting with in-state rival Florida State at the end of the season. “Jacksonville” redirects here. ... The Worlds Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party is a common name for the annual college football game between the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs, one of the great rivalries in college football; it is officially known as the Georgia-Florida/Florida-Georgia Game (switching every... For other uses, see LSU. Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, generally known as Louisiana State University or LSU, is a public, coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and the main campus of the Louisiana State University System. ... The Florida-Florida State rivalry is a predominantly football based rivalry between the two flagship public universities in the state of Florida, the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles. ...


The football team has been one of the winningest in Division I-A/FBS since 1990, the year Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier returned to his alma mater as coach. The 1996 team, led by another Heisman winner, Danny Wuerffel, went 12-1 and won the national championship game in the Sugar Bowl, avenging an earlier loss to rival Florida State. Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Stephen Orr Spurrier (born April 20, 1945 in Miami Beach, Florida) is a former American football player and currently the head coach of the University of South Carolina football team. ... Danny Carl Wuerffel (Born:May 27, 1974 in Pensacola, Florida) is an American football player who won the 1996 Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback at the University of Florida under coach Steve Spurrier. ... This article is about the American football game. ... Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU)[7] is a public research university located in Tallahassee. ...


Following the 2001 season, Spurrier left the program to try his hand at coaching in the National Football League. Ron Zook, at one time the defensive coordinator under Spurrier, was hired as his replacement. Zook's squads were known for their inconsistency, and he was fired midway through the 2004 season, following a surprise loss to the Bulldogs of Mississippi State in Starkville, MS. NFL redirects here. ... Ron Zook (born April 28, 1954 in Loudonville, Ohio) is an American football coach and the current head coach at the University of Illinois. ... A defensive coordinator typically refers to a coach on a football team in the National Football League (or at other levels of American football) who is in charge of the defense. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Urban Meyer was announced as Florida Football's new head coach in December 2004. His first season in 2005 brought an immediate improvement of Florida's record at 9-3, with signature wins over all three of Florida's top rivals. The team narrowly missed out on playing for the SEC title due to a shocking loss to Spurrier's new team, the South Carolina Gamecocks. Urban Meyer (born July 10, 1964 in Ashtabula, Ohio) is currently the head football coach at the University of Florida. ... ← - 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Deaths in December • 30 Artie Shaw • 29 Julius Axelrod • 28 Jacques Dupuis • 28 Jerry Orbach • 28 Susan Sontag • 26 Reggie White • 26 Sir Angus Ogilvy • 23 P. V. Narasimha Rao • 23 Doug Ault • 19 Renata Tebaldi • 16... The University of South Carolinas 19 varsity sports teams are known as the Gamecocks. ...


The 2006 team played for the school's second National Championship in January 2007, beating the Ohio State Buckeyes by the score of 41-14 to win Florida's second football national title. The team is honored as BCS champions by President George W. Bush at the White House. ... The 2006 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 2006-2007. ...


The Gators have won the SEC Championship Game a record 6 times in 8 tries since the game began in 1992. They won their first official conference title in 1991, the last year before the game was played. This article covers the SEC championship football game. ...


Men's Basketball

The men's team taking the court at the O'Connell Center.
The men's team taking the court at the O'Connell Center.

Florida had limited success prior to the mid-1990s. However, under the tenure of Norm Sloan, Vernon Maxwell led the team to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen in 1987, and Sloan coached the team to the tournament again the following two years. After a drug scandal involving Maxwell, Sloan left and the program went on probation. The Florida Gators basketball team represents the University of Florida in the Southeastern Conferences Eastern division. ... Image File history File linksMetadata OConnell_Center. ... Image File history File linksMetadata OConnell_Center. ... The Stephen C. OConnell Center, popularly nicknamed the O-Dome is a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ... Norm Sloan (June 25, 1926 - December 9, 2003) was an American college basketball coach. ... This article is about the American basketball player. ...


Lon Kruger slowly brought the team to increased success and reached the NIT final four in his second year as coach. In 1993-94, the pieces fell into place for Florida. Behind Andrew DeClercq and Dametri Hill, the Gators went to their first Final Four following a dramatic victory over UConn. Two years later, Kruger's final season resulted in a losing record, and he left to coach at Illinois. Lon Kruger (born August 19, 1952 in Silver Lake, Kansas) is an American basketball coach. ... The National Invitation Tournament (NIT) is a mens college basketball tournament operated by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. ... Andrew DeClercq (born 1 February 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is a professional basketball player in the NBA. He was undrafted following a career at the University of Florida, and began his professional career with the Golden State Warriors. ... The Connecticut Huskies, also known as the UConn Huskies, are the athletic teams of the University of Connecticut. ... The Fighting Illini (also known as The Illini) are the intercollegiate athletic teams of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ...


Florida's Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, looking for a young coach with a proven track record, hired Billy Donovan, then at Marshall, as Kruger's replacement. His recruiting prowess was evident early, bringing future NBA star Jason Williams with him from Marshall and having early recruiting classes with future NBA players Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem, and Matt Bonner, among others. The Gators have made the NCAA Tournament every year since Donovan's third season with the team, an eight-year streak that is easily the school record. Jeremy N. Foley (born December 1, 1952 in Washington, D.C.) is the athletic director for the Florida Gators athletic program at the University of Florida. ... Wikinews has news related to: Gators coach Donovan goes pro, will coach Magic William John “Billy” Donovan, Jr. ... Marshall University is a public university based in Huntington, West Virginia. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Michael Lloyd Mike Miller (born February 19, 1980 in Mitchell, South Dakota, United States) is a professional basketball player currently playing with the Memphis Grizzlies. ... Udonis Johneal Haslem (born June 9, 1980 in Miami, Florida) is a professional basketball player currently with the Miami Heat of the NBA. For the 2005-2006 season, he is listed as 6 ft 8 in and 235 lb. ... Matthew (Matt) Robert Bonner (born April 5, 1980 in Concord, New Hampshire) is an American professional basketball player currently with the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. Standing 610 at 240 lb, Bonner was drafted out of the University of Florida by the Chicago Bulls in the 2nd round... The NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Championship is held each spring featuring 65 of the top college basketball teams in the United States. ...


The team had the distinction of never having won their conference tournament despite several regular-season titles under Donovan until the 2004-05 season, when they beat rival Kentucky in the SEC title game. The SEC Mens Basketball Tournament (sometimes known simply as the SEC Tournament) is the conference championship tournament in basketball for the Southeastern Conference (SEC). ... The University of Kentucky, also referred to as UK, is a public, co-educational university located in Lexington, Kentucky. ...

The Gators' 2006 national championship ring.

The 2005-2006 team's start of 17-0 was the best in school history, surprising many with a young but selfless squad led by four sophomores. The team started the season unranked, yet still managed to win its second consecutive SEC Tournament championship. On April 3, 2006, the Gators defeated the UCLA Bruins 73-57 in the National Finals to win the school's first men's basketball championship. All 5 starters announced they were going to return for another season to try to win consecutive championships. The University of Florida Athletic Association then purchased the floor used in Indianapolis for the Final Four, and installed it in the O'Connell Center. Image File history File links UF_2006_championship_ring. ... Image File history File links UF_2006_championship_ring. ... is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The UCLA Bruins mens basketball program, established in 1920, owns a record 11 NCAA championships. ... The Stephen C. OConnell Center, popularly nicknamed the O-Dome is a 12,000-seat multi-purpose arena at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. ...


Before the start of the 2006-2007 basketball season, the Gators were picked as the preseason #1 in both major media polls for the first time in school history. The Gators won their second consecutive NCAA National Men's Basketball Championship on April 2, 2007, defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 84-75. They became the first team since the 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils to win back-to-back tournaments and the first in history to do so with the same starting lineup. The Ohio State Universitys intercollegiate sports teams and players are called the Buckeyes (after the state tree, the Buckeye), and participate in the NCAAs Division I in all sports and the Big Ten Conference in most sports. ...


The Thursday after the National Championship, Florida's four juniors announced they would skip their senior year and enter the NBA draft. After spurning the open Kentucky coaching job the week after winning the championship, head coach Billy Donovan accepted the head coaching job with the NBA's Orlando Magic on June 1, 2007. A day later, Donovan informed the Magic he wanted to return to Florida instead. On June 6, 2007, the Orlando Magic let Donovan out of the five-year contract he had previously signed. He signed a contract on June 7, 2007 to become the highest-paid coach in college basketball. The Kentucky Wildcats are the mens and womens athletic teams representing the University of Kentucky (UK), a founding member of the Southeastern Conference. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ...


Women's Basketball

Women's basketall was approved as a sport by UF in March 1972 and began play in 1973 as a club team. In 1975 they debuted as a varsity program under head coach Dr. Paula Welch. They made local headlines in 1976 by winning the "state championship" by beating the other three women's teams in the state at that time. [2]


While traditionally being overshadowed by divisional (and national) basketball powers Tennessee and Georgia, the Lady Gators have made several NCAA Tournament appearances and sent players to the WNBA, such as DeLisha Milton-Jones. The winningest coach at Florida is Carol Ross, who guided the team for 12 seasons but now coaches at her alma mater, Ole Miss. The NCAA Womens Division I Championship is an annual basketball tournament for women. ... Delisha Milton-Jones Delisha Milton-Jones (born September 11, 1974) was a member of the gold medal winning 2000 US Olympic womens basketball team, and the 1998 and 2002 USA World Championship womens basketball teams. ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ...


Florida's women’s team had been coached by Carolyn Peck, a former WNBA coach who won a national title with Purdue, since the 2002-03 season. Her brother, Michael, had been an assistant on the staff since 2001. Peck was fired midway through the 2006 season (though allowed to finish out the year) after enduring the worst losing streak of any Gator's sports. WNBA may also refer to WNBA-AM, a radio station in Illinois. ... Boilermakers is the official moniker for the intercollegiate athletic teams of Purdue University. ...


Former UF player and previous Charlotte coach Amanda Butler was named the new women's basketball coach on April 13, 2007. The Charlotte 49ers is the name for all of the intercollegiate athletic teams that play for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. ... Amanda Butler became the sixth head coach of the Charlotte 49ers womens basketball program on April 19, 2005. ...


Baseball

Andy Lopez took over the program in 1994, one season removed from leading Pepperdine University to its only national championship in the College World Series. In 1996, he coached the Gators to a 50-win season and College World Series bid. By 2000, however,the program had seemingly hit a plateau and Lopez was replaced in order to get the program to the next level. Andy Lopez is currently the head baseball coach at the University of Arizona. ... Poopperdine University is a private institution of higher learning affiliated with the Church of Christ in unincorporated Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... The College World Series is the tournament which determines the NCAA Division I collegiate baseball champion. ...


Pat McMahon became head coach in 2001 after coaching at Mississippi State. Pat McMahon(born May 28, 1953) is the baseball coach for the Florida Gators. ... // Regionals: Super Regionals: SECSports. ...


The 2005 season was the best in school history, as the team won the SEC title and made the College World Series for the first time in seven years, and advanced all the way to the championship round against Texas, but ultimately lost two games to none. The baseball team has made the Series five times in total. The College World Series is the tournament which determines the NCAA Division I collegiate baseball champion. ... Texas Longhorns athletics programs include the extramural and intramural sports teams of The University of Texas at Austin. ...


The expectations for the team were high for 2006; they opened the season as the #1 team in the polls. The team struggled through the 2006 season, however. The Gators found themselves 1 game under .500 (26-27) heading into their final series, against LSU in Gainesville. UF surprisingly took 2 of 3 to finish right at .500, 28-28. However, the team's 10-20 SEC record was the second worst in the conference (only Auburn's 9-21 campaign was worse), and they didn't qualify for the SEC Tournament. There was very slight hope that the team might be selected for the NCAA Regionals, but in the end their disappointing performance did not get them a bid. The Southeastern Conference (SEC) is a college athletic conference headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, which operates in the southeastern part of the United States. ...


After missing the NCAA Regionals again in 2007, McMahon was terminated as Florida baseball coach on June 7, 2007. [1] Former Clemson associate head coach Kevin O'Sullivan agreed to become the Gators' new head baseball coach on June 13, 2007. [2] Kevin OSullivan, born in Toxteth during the Blitz, is an entertainment columnist for the British tabloid newspaper the Sunday Mirror. ...


Soccer

Becky Burleigh has been the coach since the team first began play in 1996. The team quickly became a contender and, in 1998, won the national title in its third year of existence against the storied North Carolina program. A player from that team, Heather Mitts has enjoyed a career on and off the field, including a spot on the US women's national team. The soccer team currently plays at the James G. Pressly Stadium.[3] The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is a public, coeducational, research university located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. ... Heather Blaine Mitts (born June 9, 1978 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a U.S. womens soccer player. ... First International Italy 1–0 USA (Jesolo, Italy; 18 August 1985) Largest win USA 12–0 Mexico (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991) USA 12–0 Martinique (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 20 April 1991) Worst defeat USA 0–4 Brazil (Hangzhou, China; 27 September 2007) World Cup Appearances 5...


Another former player, Abby Wambach, has become a recent star on the U.S. team and scored the game-winning goal in the final game of the 2004 Olympic Games. Mary Abigail (Abby) Wambach is a professional soccer player. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles accessible from a disambiguation page. ... (Redirected from 2004 Olympic Games) The Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, commonly known as the 2004 Summer Olympics were the 28th Summer Olympic Games. ...


Volleyball

Florida began competing in Volleyball in 1984 under the lead of Marilyn McReavy but didn’t achieve true success until Mary Wise took over the program in 1991. Mary Wise (b. ...


In her 17 years at Florida, Wise has compiled a 522-54 (0.906) record, won 17 consecutive SEC regular season titles (1991-2007), 12 SEC Tournament titles (1992-96, 1998-2003, 2005) and the Gators have made 16 consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, including 7 final four appearances and a trip to the National Championship game in 2003.


The 2006 season brought with it a 33-3 overall record and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen, held in Gainesville. The Gators fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 games to 1. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are the college sports team for the University of Minnesota. ...


Women's Tennis

Florida has one of the strongest and most storied women's tennis programs in NCAA history, producing such former greats as Lisa Raymond and Jill Craybas. Currently, they are second to only Stanford with 4 NCAA Championships.


Gymnastics

Gymnastics was one of the first women's sports added at the University of Florida and achieved early success winning the 1982 AIAW Championship. Since the NCAA took over the championships in 1982, Florida has advanced to the National Championships (Top 12) 15 times and an additional 10 times, has advanced to the Super Six. Florida's highest finish in NCAA competition was as runner-up in 1998. The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women was founded in 1971 to govern collegiate women’s athletics and to administer national championships. ...


Currently, the Gators are coached by Rhonda Faehn and finished 4th at the 2006 NCAA Championships.


Florida finished the 2007 season third overall behind Utah and Georgia despite being ranked #1 in the nation and defeated Georgia to win the SEC Championship earlier in the year.


Lacrosse

In early 2006, the UF Athletic Association announced they would soon begin play in women's lacrosse, due to the growth of the sport and increased availability of competition. They became the second SEC school to offer lacrosse as a varsity sport, following Vanderbilt. They will begin play in 2010. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Lacrosse (disambiguation). ... Vanderbilt University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university in Nashville, Tennessee. ... 2010 (MMX) will be a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Cheers and Spirit Program

Cheerleaders often incite and direct the "orange" and "blue" chants during football games.
Cheerleaders often incite and direct the "orange" and "blue" chants during football games.

A short video showing alligators moving in on their prey, with the famous Jaws theme playing in the background, is displayed on the Daktronics ProStar Video Board, commonly known as a jumbotron during every football game before the players come out of the tunnel. ESPN's College Gameday analyst Lee Corso, a former coach and graduate of rival school Florida State, called it one of the most thrilling moments in college football. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 2054 KB) Crowd in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium University of Florida vs. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 2054 KB) Crowd in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium University of Florida vs. ... Jaws is a 1975 thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on Peter Benchleys best-selling novel inspired by the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916. ... ABC SuperSign, with the largest Sony JumboTron in existence. ... Lee Corso (born 1936) is a sports broadcaster and football analyst for ESPN. He has been featured on ESPNs College GameDay program since its inception and appears annually as a commentator in EA Sports NCAA Football. ...


"Orange and blue" is one cheer that is very popular at home games, with the student section yelling "Orange!," and the alumni section answering back with their loudest "Blue." This can go back and forth for several minutes, with both sides competing to be the louder one.


The marching band that performs at halftime and after big plays during the football season is known as "The Pride of the Sunshine."


The coordinated dance team that performs at many sports are known as the Dazzlers.

Mr. Two Bits leads the Two Bits cheer before a football game.
Mr. Two Bits leads the Two Bits cheer before a football game.

The football team has a long-time tradition of having George Edmondson Jr.--better known as Mr. Two Bits--wandering through the stands with a sign and a whistle to pump up the crowd to the cheer of: Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ...

Two bits, Four bits,
Six bits, A dollar.
All for the Gators,
Stand up and Holler!

Though he officially retired in 1998, Edmonds has been seen at many football games since, and was made an honorary alumnus in 2005.


Another tradition--at home and on the road--is when Gator fans link arms and sway, singing We are the Boys after the end of every third quarter. Originally written as a song for a University of Florida dance in the 1920s, We Are the Boys was soon adopted by the students and fans as a pep song. ...

We are the boys from old Florida
F - L - O - R - I - D - A
Where the girls are the fairest,
the boys are the squarest
of any old state down our way.
We are all strong for old Florida,
down where the old Gators play.
In all kinds of weather,
we'll all stick together. for
F - L - O - R - I - D - A [4]

Traditionally fans add "Hey!" at the end of the first stanza, and shout "Go Gators!" after the line "Down where the old Gators play," and at the conclusion of the song.


The University of Florida Fight Song ("The Orange and Blue") is also sung frequently at all Florida sporting events.

So give a cheer for the Orange and Blue
Waving for-ev-er
Forever Pride of old Flor-i-da
May she droop nev-er…
We'll sing a song for the flag to-day
Cheer for the team at play!
On to the goal we'll fight our way for Flor-i-da.

All-Sports Rankings

NACDA Directors’ Cup

Annual Finishes in the National All-Sport Rankings
Academic Year UF Finish
1983-84 5th
1984-85 4th
1985-86 8th
1986-87 4th
1987-88 5th
1988-89 9th
1989-90 5th
1990-91 5th
1991-92 5th
1992-93 4th
1993-94 4th
1994-95 5th
1995-96 3rd
1996-97 5th
1997-98 T2nd
1998-99 4th
1999-00 7th
2000-01 7th
2001-02 3rd
2002-03 7th
2003-04 6th
2004-05 6th
2005-06 5th
2006-07 6th

Florida has finished in the top 10 in national all sports rankings every year since 1983-84. UCLA is the only other program that has matched that feat. Perhaps more impressive is that Florida has managed this accomplishment while fielding fewer sports than other perennial top athletic programs.


In the 2006-07 academic calendar, Florida finished sixth place in the NACDA Directors' Cup. The finish marks Florida's 24th consecutive position among the nation's top-10 programs. Eleven different Gator teams finished in the top 10 of their respective sport. The NACDA Directors Cup is an award given annually by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics to the colleges and universities with the most success in collegiate athletics. ...


· Men’s Basketball (No. 1)
· Football (No. 1)
· Gymnastics (No. 3)
· Men’s Swimming & Diving (No. 4)
· Women’s Tennis (No. T-5)
· Women’s Swimming & Diving (No. 7)
· Men’s Golf (No. T-9)
· Soccer (No. T-9)
· Softball (No. T-9)
· Men’s Tennis (No. T-9)
· Volleyball (No. T-9)


2006-07 Directors’ Cup Standings

1. Stanford - 1429.00 points
2. UCLA - 1257.00 points
3. North Carolina - 1161.33
4. Michigan - 1135.25
5. Southern California - 1103.50
6. Florida - 1064.25
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SEC All-Sports Trophy

At the end of the 2005-06 season, Florida has claimed 168 SEC titles, the most in conference history. The next closest program is Tennessee with 141 titles. The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. ...


The SEC All-Sports Trophy began in 1973 as the Bernie Moore trophy and tabulated the league’s best men’s sports program. In 1983, the SEC also began calculating the best women’s sports program in the conference, as well as tabulating an overall champion. In 1994, the "New York Times" Regional Newspaper Group took over the awarding of the trophy.


In the history of the award, Florida has won 13 Women’s Trophies, 11 Men’s Trophies, and 16 Overall Trophies.


Georgia won the 2005-06 All-Sports trophy to snap Florida's record streak at 14 straight (1990-91 through 2004-05).


Florida reclaimed the SEC All-Sports Trophy for the 2006-07 athletic year. The Gators won in the overall, men's, and women's sports trophies. They are the only SEC program to earn all 3 in a single year, and had last accomplished the feat in 2000-01. [5]


2006-07 Overall SEC All-Sports Standings

Place School Points Sports Average
1. Florida 285.5 16 11.45
2. Tennessee 141 15 9.40
3. Georgia 133.5 16 8.34
4. LSU 115.5 16 7.22
5. Auburn 102 16 6.38
5. Vanderbilt 76.5 12 6.38
7. Alabama 100 16 6.25
8. Arkansas 88 15 5.87
9. Mississippi 75 13 5.77
10. South Carolina 86.5 15 5.77
11. Kentucky 89.5 16 5.59
12. Mississippi State 52 14 4.00
2006 men's basketball team meeting with President George W. Bush.
2006 men's basketball team meeting with President George W. Bush.
2006 football team at the White House.
2006 football team at the White House.
Members of the 2007 men's basketball champions pose with Bush for the second time in as many years.
Members of the 2007 men's basketball champions pose with Bush for the second time in as many years.

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National Championships

In its history, Florida has won 27 team national championships and 185 individual national championships. Florida is also the only team to hold both major championships at the same time (as the 2006 BCS Champions and the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions). The Gators basketball team repeated in NCAA Men's Basketball in the 2005-2006 season and in the 2006-2007 season being the first time since Duke in the early 90's.

  • Men's Golf - 1968 NCAA Championship
  • Men's Golf - 1973 NCAA Championship
  • Women's Swimming - 1979 AIAW Championship
  • Gymnastics - 1982 AIAW Championship
  • Women's Swimming - 1982 NCAA Championship
  • Men's Swimming - 1983 NCAA Championship
  • Men's Swimming - 1984 NCAA Championship
  • Women's Golf - 1985 NCAA Championship
  • Women's Golf - 1986 NCAA Championship
  • Women's Tennis - 1988 National Team Indoor
  • Women's Tennis - 1991 National Team Indoor
  • Women's Track - 1992 NCAA Indoor Championship
  • Women's Tennis - 1992 National Team Indoor
  • Women's Tennis - 1992 NCAA Championship
  • Men's Golf - 1993 NCAA Championship
  • Women's Tennis - 1996 NCAA Championship
  • Football - 1996 AP & Coaches Polls Championship
  • Women's Tennis - 1996 National Team Indoor
  • Women's Tennis - 1997 National Team Indoor
  • Women's Tennis - 1998 NCAA Championship
  • Women's Soccer - 1998 NCAA Championship
  • Women's Tennis - 1999 National Team Indoor
  • Men's Golf - 2001 NCAA Championship
  • Women's Tennis - 2003 NCAA Championship
  • Men's Basketball - 2006 NCAA Championship
  • Football - 2006 BCS Championship
  • Men's Basketball - 2007 NCAA Championship

Notable alumni

See also: List of University of Florida alumni

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Men’s Basketball
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Women’s Basketball

Football
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Golf

 

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Track and Field Heather Blaine Mitts (born June 9, 1978 in Cincinnati, Ohio) is a U.S. womens soccer player. ... First International Italy 1–0 USA (Jesolo, Italy; 18 August 1985) Largest win USA 12–0 Mexico (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 18 April 1991) USA 12–0 Martinique (Port-au-Prince, Haiti; 20 April 1991) Worst defeat USA 0–4 Brazil (Hangzhou, China; 27 September 2007) World Cup Appearances 5... American Sportscasters A sportscaster, sports announcer, or sports commentator is a type of journalist on radio or television who specializes in reporting or commenting on sports events. ... Mary Abigail (Abby) Wambach is a professional soccer player. ...

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  • Ryan Lochte, US Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Matt Cetlinski, US Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Mike Heath, US Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Martin Zubero, Spain Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Anthony Nesty, Suriname Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • David Larson, Suriname Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Tracy Caulkins, US Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Nicole Haislett, US Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Dara Torres, US Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Allison Sinclair, US Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Mary Wayte, US Olympic gold medalist swimmer
  • Janie Wagstaff, US Olympic gold medalist swimmer

Ryan Lochte (born August 3, 1984 in Canandaigua, NY) is an American world record swimmer who won medals at the 2004 Summer Olympics. ... Michael Heath is an American swimmer who won three Olympic medals. ... Anthony Nesty swimming Anthony Nesty is the first black athlete to win an Olympic medal in swimming. ... Tracy Caulkins (born January 11, 1963) is a former three time gold medal winning swimmer from the United States. ... Nicole Lea Haislett (born December 16, 1972 in St. ... Dara Grace Torres (born on April 15, 1967 in Los Angeles, California), was the first American swimmer to compete in four Olympics: 1984, 1988, 1992 and 2000. ... Mary Alice Wayte (born March 25, 1965) is a former freestyle swimmer from the United States, who won the gold medal in the Womens 200m Freestyle at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. ...

References

  1. ^ 1906-1927: Early Gainesville. Retrieved on 2007-07-13.
  2. ^ http://www.gatorzone.com/basketball/women/media/2006/pdf/history/florida.pdf

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