Connect with us

Florida Gators

Gators break tradition-will wear crazy alternate uniforms Saturday

Florida Football Insiders



Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire

Call us sentimental. Call us too old. Call us football traditionalists.

We like the Gators typical attire (like you see above) for Saturday games in the Swamp.

What we don’t like is what the University and the football program are doing with their alternate uniforms in the prime time game with Texas A & M.

Observe what Florida will be decked out in, when the Aggies come calling:

While we’re sure the millenials and teenagers approve of Gator skin looking jerseys and helmets straight out of Vince McMahon’s “XFL,” it’s messing with something that should be left alone.

You want compelling evidence that protecting the schools “look” still works? Here goes:

What makes USC so cool is that you always see them in the deep red and gold with Tommy Trojan on the side of the red helmet. Let Oregon have their 15 different color combinations and helmets. USC is USC.

In Happy Valley, PA, yes the Penn State Nittany blue jerseys with the white logo-less helmet is such an iconic look that no one needs to mess with, and they haven’t for going on 70 years. And the Nittany’s have won a ton, too.

And of course, the program that the Gators, everyone in the SEC, and heck, everyone in college football, envies is Alabama. And every Saturday, it’s Crimson tops, white pants and a Crimson helmet with a number on it. How have they fared over the years and recently?

Are any of those programs hurting for attention, success and the bottom line? Didn”t think so.

We get what the Gators are giving in to. They want to attract attention for their program and potential recruits.  And, we are assisting with that by publicizing what they are wearing.

Also, there is no arguing that huge revenue from Nike is involved, including selling replica jerseys, shirts and that space aged looking helmet/logo to fans, too. But guess what?

The University already makes a river of money without having to do this.

We know. We get that the Noles, Canes, USF, and UCF all have been using different alternate jerseys and changing their helmets in the recent past, too. Hey, the Bulls and Knights have different looks almost every game trying to get people to notice.

But, the Gators are the premiere program for the state. And up until now, their look with either an orange or blue jersey with an orange helmet and blue cursive “Gators” on the side was one of things that you could count on.

Not anymore.

Florida Gators

Gators announced home and home series with Cal Friday

Florida Football Insiders



Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators continued their philosophy of striking “home-and-home” deals with Power 5 opposition, when they announced on Friday that they will be doing so with the Cal-Berkley Bears out of the Pac-12 coming later in this decade.

The Gators made the announcement through their website and social media mid-day Friday that they will play Cal at home first and then travel to Berkeley the following year:

A.D. Scott Stricklin has broken up the long tradition that Florida would only play two home out of conference games in September and usually, against much lesser competition before entering SEC play. Stricklin has been very outspoken that in the age of the College Football Playoff, strength of schedule is emphasized and the selection committee holds schools responsible for not playing top-notch out of conference opponents, at least some of the time.

With that in mind, the Gators opened the 2019 season in Orlando against the Miami Hurricanes and won a sloppy game. And, they already have other Power 5 schools laid out to play home and away.

As we previously wrote, Florida will be playing the Texas Longhorns first in Gainesville in 2030 and then. return the game the following year in Austin.

Florida had previously announced last year that they will also play the Colorado Buffaloes out of the Pac-12, again with the first game in Gainesville in 2028 and then, returning it to Boulder the following season.

It’s interesting with Friday’s announcement that Stricklin and the football program are working backwards with the schedule. And, they will now play Cal before Colorado in September of 2026, and then will be opening on the Berkeley campus the following season.

Florida and Cal have only met two times, having played first in Gainesville in 1974 as the Gators wo 21 – 17 and then, they also met in Tampa to open the 1980 season with a Florida 41-13 blowout victory.

Continue Reading

Florida Gators

Second National Signing Day recap for top state schools

Jamil King



Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

National Signing Day 2020 has come and gone, and several in state schools were able to improve their classes heading into spring ball. The University of Florida watched rival Georgia secure the number one overall class, but the Gators were still able to land the best class in the state with the number eight class overall.

The Gators officially signed former five-star receiver Justin Shorter from Penn State, and Florida stayed in the family today as well, Xzavier Henderson officially joined the Gators. He’s the ounger brother of  former DB C.J. Henderson.

Dan Mullen also able to dip into the state of Texas inking four-star DE Princely Umanmielen. It wasn’t all great news for the Gators, as they missed out on a few key guys, including losing out on arguably top state safety Avantae Williams to in state rival Miami. Overall it was a good cycle for the Gators both recruiting and in the transfer portal.

The Miami Hurricanes continued an impressive offseason on National Signing Day. The Canes made arguably the biggest move in the state by landing Williams and keeping him Florida. Williams became the highest rated Hurricane in the class and propelled the U to the number 13 spot.

Miami has the second-best class in the ACC behind Clemson. With an impressive offseason in the books, once again excitement will be in the air in Coral Gables. The question is: will they live up to it in year two for Manny Diaz?

Florida State and new coach Mike Norvell have been working hard to get this class rolling last minute. After a good early National Signing Day Norvell looked to keep the momentum going. The Noles took a big hit Wednesday though, with the loss of Venice four star WR, Malachi Wideman, who flipped to Tennessee.

The Noles came back from that by landing a handful of other recruits. They got the number six Juco running back La’Damian Webb, ass well as, Robert Scott, an offensive lineman and Corey Wren, an athlete/running back.

Replacing Cam Akers will be tough for Norvell and building the offensive line is a top priority. The former Memphis coach came in late like he did, yet he finishes with a decent class sitting at 22 on 24/7.

Now the work begins turning around the former powerhouse.

Continue Reading