Mullen ‘excited’ to have AR15 back when Gators face Kentucky in 1st SEC road game

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Florida has won 33 of their last 34 games with Kentucky, but the Gators aim to hit that 34 of 35 when they face the Wildcats in their first Southeastern Conference street game on Saturday night.

There is no shortage of memorable games between the Gators (3-1, 1-1 SEC) and the Wildcats (4-0, 2-0), including “Doering’s got a touchdown” for a 24-20 away win in 1993. In 2019, the last time the Gators played in Kentucky, Kyle Trask came in for an injured Feleipe Franks and rallied the Gators from an 11 point deficit to beat the Wildcats 29:21.

Florida hasn’t lost to Kentucky at Lexington in 35 years. By the time Kentucky defeated Florida in the Swamp in 2018, the Gators had a 31-game winning streak against the Wildcats. The Gators defeated Kentucky 34-10 in Gainesville last year.


Saturday’s matchup puts the country’s ninth-placed offensive – Florida at 540.8 yards per game – against the country’s ninth-placed defense – Kentucky at 260.0 yards per game.

“They’re a great physical defense and that’s what they play but they have a lot of experience,” said Dan Mullen. “You understand the scheme inside out. They are very solid at what they do and when you have your guys who are confident of what they are doing and know the plan and the defense, they are there and able to play games. “

On the other side of the ball, the Kentucky offense consists of the pro-set scheme of new coordinator Liam Coen, former Penn State quarterback Will Levis, and wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson, a Nebraska transfer named Mullen may or may not have known about Monday’s press conference.

“It’s a much more difficult challenge than, say, last week,” said Todd Grantham of the Wildcats’ offense while also showing up with the Volunteers.


As for the Gators’ offense, Mullen said on the SEC coaches conference call Wednesday that Anthony Richardson was “100% up to date. We are happy to have him back and ready to play. He’s a dynamic player. “

Emory Jones, who Mullen said he understood the playbook better, also said he was “definitely excited” to get AR15 back.

In this episode of Gators Breakdown, host David Waters and Will Miles discuss the status of some players who have been beaten up in the past few weeks and Jones making his first real road game start against the Wildcats.

Both teams win against SEC East teams: Florida’s 38-14 win over Tennessee in Gainesville and Kentucky’s 16-10 win over South Carolina in Columbia.

David is joined by Kevin McGuffey with Last Word on College Football on the latest episode of Gators Breakdown to preview the Wildcats and see how Florida fares against Kentucky.


The game on Saturday starts at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.

🟠 Orange in Gators uniforms for Saturday

The Gators are sure to stand out from all that Kentucky blues when they debut their orange pants for the first time this season on Saturday.

The Gators wear orange helmets and white jerseys to match the orange trousers.

Check out the photos of the kits posted on Gators Football’s Twitter account here.

🏟️ Week 5 features big SEC matches

While you wait for Florida’s game to begin Saturday night, both No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Georgia will have tests against SEC enemies.

At noon the Bulldogs No. 8 host Arkansas, with the Razorbacks taking a big win over Texas A&M and now taking a third win against a ranked team, something they haven’t done since 2011.

In the SEC on CBS game of the week at 3:30 p.m., No. 12 Ole Miss, fresh from a bye week, are trying to beat the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban’s record against his former assistant is 23-0, but could Lane Kiffin spoil that perfect record?


Other SEC intrigue games include Mississippi State at No. 15 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. and Tennessee, Missouri.

Outside the SEC, there is a top 10 match between No. 7 Cincinnati and No. 9 Notre Dame in South Bend.

Here’s who all of the AP Top 25 teams will be playing against in Week 5 (all games are on Saturday unless otherwise noted):

  • # 12 Ole Miss at # 1 Alabama – 3:30 p.m.

  • # 8 Arkansas at # 2 Georgia – noon

  • # 3 Oregon at Stanford – 3:30 p.m.

  • Indiana at No. 4 Penn State – 7:30 p.m.

  • # 5 Iowa, Maryland – Friday 8 p.m.

  • # 6 Oklahoma, Kansas State – 3:30 p.m.

  • # 7 Cincinnati at # 9 Notre Dame – 2:30 p.m.

  • # 10 Florida, Kentucky – 6 p.m.

  • No. 11 Ohio State at Rutgers – 3:30 p.m.

  • No. 13 BYU in the state of Utah – Friday 9 p.m.

  • # 14 Michigan, Wisconsin – noon

  • Mississippi State at # 15 Texas A&M – 7pm

  • Louisiana Monroe at # 16 Coastal Carolina – 2:30 PM

  • Western Kentucky in Michigan State No. 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • # 18 in the state of Fresno, Hawaii – 11 p.m.

  • No. 21 Baylor, Oklahoma No. 7-7pm

  • Arizona State at No. 20 UCLA – 10:30 PM

  • No. 22 Auburn at LSU – 9 p.m.

  • Louisiana Tech at # 23 NC State – 6 p.m.

  • Louisville at Wake Forest # 24 – 12:30 PM

  • Boston College at Clemson No. 25 – 7:30 p.m.

Ex-players describe abuse by the former Gators women’s basketball coach

Several former Florida basketball players have accused former coach Cam Newbauer of abusive behavior during his time with the Gators.

According to a story published Monday in the student newspaper The Independent Florida Alligator, Newbauer made verbal and racist comments about players, demoted players with his actions, and abused assistants.

Newbauer was hired in March 2017 and went from 46 to 71 over his four seasons in Florida before resigning on July 16 for personal reasons. He resigned one month after signing a three-year extension of the contract.


In a statement sent to multiple media outlets, Sporting Director Scott Stricklin said each time they raised issues that were brought to their attention. You can read the full statement here.

On Tuesday, Stricklin met with four media representatives, including the Associated Press, and provided more details about what happened during Newbauer’s tenure.

“We as a department have a responsibility to give our student-athletes the lead for their respective programs, their sports,” said Stricklin. “You will give them the best possible atmosphere and we failed in this situation. And that is ultimately my responsibility for the culture of this department.

“I take responsibility for that. In the future, we must ensure that we have the right leadership and create the right culture in these sports, not just in women’s basketball, but in all of our sports. “


Sticklin said in Newbauer’s “first year and a half, two years, we’ve had some reported behaviors that were a little worrying culturally.” Stricklin responded by “creating a lot more structure” for Newbauer and sending a senior manager to practice and games.

Stricklin eventually gave Newbauer a contract extension to help with recruiting. Stricklin also changed Newbauer’s termination terms, making it essentially a one-year contract.

Four months later, Stricklin said, Newbauer was caught up in another situation that made it clear that Newbauer “still has a problem treating people. So we sat down, told him what his options were, and he decided to step down. “

Newbauer will receive a $ 283,250 buyout that will be split into installments. Stricklin has named Kelly Rae Finley as interim head coach for the 2021-22 season and plans to hire a permanent replacement after the season.


You can read more details about what Stricklin told the four media members in the AP article.

Johnson not allowed to practice

Nearly 10 months after collapsing on the court, Keyontae Johnson was not medically cleared to practice, Florida men’s basketball coach Mike White said Tuesday.

The AP reports that White said Johnson would remain an important part of the team and “Coach Key” resumed his role as an additional coach during the team’s first practice session on Tuesday.

“(We hope) he continues to be the great young man he is, remains ready for whatever comes his way, continues to be a great person, a great teammate, an extension of our staff of course,” said White. “He’s a big gator. He’s a great gator in my eyes.


“No status change. Hasn’t been released yet, but it’s a big part of what we do. “

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