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University of Florida Southeastern Conference Division I Jeremy Foley Gainesville, FL 21 Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, known as "The Swamp" Stephen C. O’Connell Center, known as "The O’Dome" Alfred A. McKethan Stadium, known as "McKethan Stadium" James G. Pressly Stadium University Golf Course Linder Stadium Pressly Softball Stadium Florida Lacrosse Facility Albert and Alberta Gators The Orange and Blue Blue and Orange GatorZone.com

Florida’s mascots, Albert and Alberta. private non-profit organization that was established in 1904.[1] Jeremy Foley has been the athletic director since 1992. All teams have on-campus facilities. Most are located on Stadium Road, including Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (dubbed The Swamp) for football; the Stephen C. O’Connell Center (also known as the ODome) for men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and gymnastics; Alfred A. McKethan Stadium (also known as McKethan Stadium) for baseball; Florida Lacrosse Facility for women’s lacrosse; Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium for softball; James G. Pressly Stadium for soccer and men’s and women’s track & field; Linder Stadium for men’s and women’s tennis; and the University Golf Course for men’s and women’s golf. The athletic program is one of the best in the nation and has been 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

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The Florida Gators are the athletic teams that collectively represent the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Lady Gators is an alternative often used for the women’s teams. The sum of the program and its followers is referred to collectively as the Gator Nation. All Gator athletic teams compete in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference, of which they are charter members, in NCAA Division I. The athletic department is run by the University Athletic Association (UAA), a

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Athletic Director Jeremy Foley the top ten of the National All Sports rankings every year for the past two decades. Most recently, the Gators won back to back Division I Men’s basketball championships while sandwiching a BCS National Title in football in between, all in 366 days. Florida recently just won the 2008 BCS National Championship in football defeating the Oklahoma Sooners (18th Season)

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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. 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.[2]

With the state of Florida being home to an estimated million alligators, the American Alligator ,often just called a "Gator" for short, was chosen as the mascot to represent the University of Florida in 1911. The official costumed mascots of the Florida Gators are Albert and Alberta. 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. There are 9 men’s athletic teams and 12 women’s teams currently fielded by the UAA. They are: Men’s Sports • Gator baseball • Gator men’s basketball • Gator men’s cross country • Gator football • Gator men’s golf • Gator men’s swimming & diving • Gator men’s tennis • Gator men’s track & field Women’s Sports • Gator women’s basketball • Gator women’s cross country • Gator women’s golf • Gator gymnastics • Gator soccer • Gator softball • Gator women’s swimming & diving • Gator women’s tennis • Gator women’s track & field • Gator volleyball • Gator lacrosse

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Head Coach Urban Meyer (5th Season)

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Football
See also: List of University of Florida football players See also: Fergie Ferguson Award

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Urban Meyer The football team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), which is frequently referred to by its former designation of Division I-A. 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 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. 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 head 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. 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 inconsistency,

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The 1907 Florida Gators squad. Florida first fielded an official football team in 1906, defeating the Gainesville Athletic Club 6-0 in its first game. Since then, the Gators have played in 34 bowl games, won eight Southeastern Conference titles, produced 135 All-Americans coming into the 2006 season, 35 NFL first round draft choices and three Heisman Trophy winners. The football team currently plays at the Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

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Heisman Trophy Winners[3] Steve Spurrier Danny Wuerffel Tim Tebow Head Coach Billy Donovan and he was fired midway through the 2004 season, following a loss to heavy underdog Mississippi State in Starkville, MS. (13th Season)

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ten tries since the game began in 1992. They won their first official conference title in 1991, the year before the first championship game was played.

Men’s Basketball
See also: List of University of Florida basketball players

The men’s team at the O’Connell Center

The Heisman Trophy 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. 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. The 2006 team played for the school’s second National Championship in January 2007, defeating the Ohio State Buckeyes 41-14. Recently Florida won the 2009 BCS National Championship Game, beating the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners 24-14. Overall the Gators have won the SEC Championship Game a record eight times in

The 1920-21 UF basketball team Florida had limited success prior to the mid-1990s. 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

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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 made the NCAA Tournament every year since Donovan’s third season with the team until the 2008 season, an eight-year streak that is easily a school record. The men’s basketball team currently plays at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. 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 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 five starters announced they would 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. 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-toback tournaments and the first in history to do so with the same starting lineup. The Thursday after the National Championship, Florida’s four juniors announced they would enter the NBA draft. After spurning the open Kentucky coaching job, 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

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Billy Donovan again the following two years. After a drug scandal involving Maxwell, Sloan left and the program went on probation. Lon Kruger slowly brought 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.

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Head Coach Amanda Butler Head Coach Kevin O’Sullivan previously signed. He signed a contract on June 7, 2007 to become the highest-paid coach in college basketball. During the 2007-2008 the team had almost an entire new set of starters. Billy Donovan led the team to the NIT Semifinals and was considered a rebuilding year for the Gators. The 2008-2009 team had a winning record but failed to receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament. (2nd Season) (2nd Season)

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Women’s Basketball

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 sports. Former UF player and previous Charlotte coach Amanda Butler was named the new women’s basketball coach on April 13, 2007. The women’s basketball team currently plays at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Baseball
See also: List of the University of Florida baseball players

Arena for the Women’s Basketball team See also: List of University of Florida basketball players 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.[4] 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.

Alfred A. McKethan Stadium

A picture of the 1924 Baseball team Andy Lopez took over the program in 1994, one season removed from leading Pepperdine

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Head Coach Tim Walton 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 the program had seemingly hit a plateau and Lopez was replaced. Pat McMahon became head coach in 2001 after coaching at Mississippi State. 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. They advanced to the championship round against Texas, ultimately losing two games to none. The baseball team has made the Series five times in total. 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 one game under .500 (26-27) heading into their final series, against LSU in Gainesville. UF surprisingly took two of three 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 did not qualify for the SEC Tournament. There was slight hope that the team might be selected for the NCAA Regionals, but they did not get a bid. After missing the NCAA Regionals again in 2007, McMahon was terminated as Florida baseball coach on June 7, 2007.[5] Former Clemson associate head coach Kevin O’Sullivan agreed to become the Gators’ new head baseball coach on June 13, 2007.[6] The baseball team currently plays at the Alfred A. McKethan Stadium. (4th Season)

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Tim Walton championships and an appearance in the Women’s College World Series.[7]

Softball
The University of Florida Athletic Association with a recommendation from President John Lombardi approved the women’s varsity softball team in 1995. The Florida Gators softball team officially started competing in the Southeastern Conference in 1997 under Head Coach Larry Ray. Within that time, the Florida Gators have reached many successes, including 2 Southeastern Conference

Pressly Softball Stadium The Gators won the Southeastern Conference regular season in 1998, 2008, and 2009, as well as the tournament title in 2008 and 2009. During the 2008 season they also made it to the biggest stage in all of college softball, the Women’s College World Series. The current head coach is Tim Walton who is in his 4th year with the team. He was previously the head coach at Wichita State University and he played baseball for the University of

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Head Coach Becky Burleigh Head Coach Mike Holloway Head Coach Mary Wise (19th Season) (7th Season) (13th Season)

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Oklahoma and a minor league team affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies. As of 2008 Coach Walton has achieved an impressive record of 163 victories and only 52 loses during his 7 year tenure as a head coach. The softball team currently plays at the Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium which is located on campus and is adjacent to the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. This facility opened in 1996 at a cost of $2.6 million, the field seats approximately 1,200 and is named after the benefactor Katie Pressly. The Stadium features a clay infield and a grass outfield, and complies with NCAA and Olympic specifications. The first game in the stadium was played against Stetson University on February 8, 1997.

Indoor Championship in 1990, 1992, 1997, 2002, and 2004. The women’s team has won the SEC Outdoor Championship in 1992, 1998, and 2003. The Head Coach for the track & field program is Mike Holloway, and he is responsible for both the men’s & women’s teams. The current Assistant Coachs are Steve Lemke, Todd Morgan, and Brian O’Neal.

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. The volleyball team currently plays at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. In her 18 years at Florida, Wise has compiled a 576-60 (0.960) record, won 18 consecutive SEC regular season titles (1991-2008), 14 SEC Tournament titles (1992-96, 1998-2003, 2005-07) and the Gators have made 18 consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament, including 7 final four appearances (1992, ’93, ’96, ’97, ’98, 2002, ’03) and a trip to the NCAA National Championship match in 2003, where they fell to undefeated Southern California. Florida landed the nation’s top 2008 recruiting class, ranked by Prepvolleyball.com and Volleyball Magazine, as they signed the nation’s top recruit and Gatorade National Player of the Year, Kelly Murphy, as well as four other recruits ranked in the top 50.[8] Murphy would go on to garner First-Team All SEC and a spot on the SEC All-Freshman Team with fellow Gators Colleen Ward and Kristy Jaeckel. Murphy would also gain the SEC Freshman of the Year, AVCA All-South Region Freshman of the Year, the AVCA National Freshman of the Year, and Volleyball Magazine’s Freshman of the Year. She would also be selected as an AVCA Third-Team All-

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.[1] 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.

Track & Field
The Florida Gators men’s track & field team has won the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championship in 1975, 1976, 1987, 1988, and 2004. The men’s team has won the SEC Outdoor Championship in 1953, 1956, and 1987. The women’s track & field team won the NCAA Indoor Championship in 1992. In addition, the women’s team has won the SEC

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Head Coach Jill Briles-Hinton Head Coach Buddy Alexander Head Coach Gregg Troy Head Coach Donnie Craine (25th Season Diving) (10th Season Swimming) (21st Season Men’s) (12th Season Women’s)

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American and a Volleyball Magazine SecondTeam All-American.

Golf
See also: List of University of Florida golfers

The men’s and women’s golf teams currently play at the University Golf Course. The facility was created in 1963 by the architect Donald Ross. In 2001 Bobby Weed renovated the facility, with a $4 million dollar donation from Mark Bostic.[9] After the renovation the Florida Gators have one of the finest facilities in collegiate golf. The Guy Bostic Clubhouse is equipped with numerous amenities and is over 8,000 square feet. The par for the course is 70, and the length of the course is 6,701 yards.

Swimming and Diving
The Florida Gators men’s team has won the SEC Championship a total of 33 times and also won national championships in 1983 and 1984. The women’s swimming & diving teams has won the Southeastern Conference Championship a total of 16 times and also won national championships in 1979 and 1982.[10] The Gators current head swimming coach is Gregg Troy, and the current head diving coach is Donnie Crane. They are both responsible for both the male and female teams. The Florida Gator’s most famous female swimmer is four-time Olympic gold medalist Dara Torres, the first swimmer from the United States to compete in five Olympics. Some of the most famous male swimmers are Ryan Lochte, Matt Cetlinski, Michael Heath, David Larson, Anthony Nesty, Darian Townsend, and Martin Zubero Both the swimming and diving teams currently compete at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Guy Bostic Clubhouse The Florida Gators men’s golf team has won four team titles, in 1968, 1973, 1993, and 2001, and had two individual champions, Bob Murphy in 1966 and Nick Gilliam in 2001. The women’s golf team has won two team titles, in 1985 and 1986. The University of Florida has regularly been represented in the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour. The Florida Gators golf program has produced over 40 athletes who have competed in the professional ranks. In the Southeastern Conference the men’s golf team has won SEC championships in 1955, 1956, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1999, and 2003. The women’s golf team has won SEC championships in 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987, 1991, and 1995. Overall the golf program has achieved 6 national championships, and 20 Southeastern Conference championships.

Cross Country
The Florida Gators men’s cross country team has won the SEC Championship in 1955,

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Head Coach Mike Holloway Head Coach Roland Thornqvist Head Coach Andy Jackson Head Coach Rhonda Faehn Head Coach Amanda O’Leary 1986, and 1987. The men’s team has competed in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament a total of 8 times. The Florida Gators women’s cross country team has won the SEC Championship in 1984, 1996, and 1997. The women’s team has also competed in the NCAA tournament a total of 8 times. The Head Coach for the cross country program is Mike Holloway, and he is responsible for both the men’s & women’s teams. The current Assistant Coach is Todd Morgan. (1st Season) (7th Season) (8th Season Men’s) (8th Season Women’s) (7th Season)

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highest finish in NCAA competition was as runner-up in 1998. The gymnastics team currently competes at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center. 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 the SEC Champion.

Tennis
See also: List of University of Florida tennis players 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 University for NCAA Championships. The Lady Gators tennis team won NCAA and or ITA championships in 1988, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2003.[11] Both the men’s & women’s teams currently compete at Linder Stadium.

Lacrosse
In early 2006, the University of Florida 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. The team will officially begin play in 2010.[12]

Former Varsity Sports
The Florida Gators in the past fielded varsity teams in men’s boxing, men’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball. The boxing team was eliminated in 1943 due to World War II, and was never reformulated due to a lack of interest in the competitions.[13] The men’s wrestling and men’s volleyball teams were eliminated as a direct result of Title IX implications.[14] The University of Florida Athletic Association desired to take a proactive role in Title IX compliance, and this unfortuantely resulted in the elimination of two male varsity programs. However the University of Florida currently has a men’s

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

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wrestling club team which was founded in 2000[15] and a men’s club volleyball team which was founded in 1989.[16]

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Cheers and Spirit program
See also: Rowdy Reptiles See also: The Super Gators

Olympics

Florida Gators in the Olympics See also: List of University of Florida Olympians The University of Florida has a reputation and long tradition of producing athletes who compete in the Olympic Games. Hundreds of University of Florida alumni have competed in or coached in the Olympic Games. In total 118 Gator athletes from 27 different countries have competed in the Games, taking home 39 gold medals, 19 silver and 18 bronze (as of the 2004 Summer Olympics).[17] The list includes such athletes as the track stars Kerron Clement, Dennis Mitchell, and Bernard Williams. The outfielder Brad Wilkerson, the baskeball star DeLisha MiltonJones, the soccer sensation Abby Wambach, and tennis player Jill Hetherington are also on this list. Also at 41 years of age the swimmer Dara Torres became the first swimmer from the United States to compete in five Olympic Games: 1984, 1988, 1992, 2000, and 2008. She competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in the 50 meter freestyle, 4×100 medley relay, and 4×100 freestyle relay and won the silver medal in all three of these events. In all she has won four Olympic gold medals over her entire swimming career.

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

Mr. Two Bits 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 Seminoles, called it one

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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. 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

UF Cheerleaders performing of the most thrilling moments in college football. Many Gator fans like to perform the Gator Chomp to symbolize the swallowing of their opponents. "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. The football team had 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: Two bits, Four bits, Six bits, A dollar. All for the Gators, Stand up and Holler!

F - L - O - R - I - D - A [2] 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 (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. The University of Florida alma mater is played by The Pride of the Sunshine Marching Band before every home football game. In addition, the entire football team meets on the field after each home game and sings the alma mater while the band plays. This tradition was re-introduced to Florida football by the alumnus and former head football coach Steve Spurrier.

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NACDA Directors’ Cup
Annual Finishes in the National AllSport Rankings Academic UF Year Finish 1983-84 1984-85 1985-86 1986-87 1987-88 The Pride of the Sunshine Florida, our Alma Mater, thy glorious name we praise All thy loyal sons and daughters, a joyous song shall raise. Where palm and pine are blowing, where southern seas as flowing, Shine forth thy noble gothic walls, thy noble vine clad halls! Neath the orange and blue victorious, our love shall never fail, There’s no other name so glorious, all hail, FLORIDA HAIL! 1988-89 1989-90 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-00 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 5th 4th 8th 4th 5th 9th 5th 5th 5th 4th 4th 5th 3rd 5th T2nd 4th 7th 7th 3rd 7th 6th 6th 5th 6th 6th

The University of Florida Marching Band
The University of Florida Marching Band—which is also known as "The Pride of the Sunshine"—is one of the strongest college marching bands in the United States, and the current director is John M. Watkins. The Pride of the Sunshine plays at every home football game inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, also known as The Swamp. The Florida Gators Band also performs at various events such as the Gator Growl, parades, and the annual Orange and Blue Spring Scrimage game. The twirling dancers for the marching band are called the Gatorettes.[3]

All-Sports rankings

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. Florida has managed this accomplishment while fielding fewer sports than other perennial top athletic programs. In the 2007-08 academic year, Florida finished sixth place in the NACDA Directors’ Cup. The finish marks Florida’s 25th consecutive position among the nation’s top-10 programs. The following programs finished in the top 10 in 2007-08: · Women’s golf (No. 9) · Softball (No. 3) · Women’s tennis (No. T-3) · Men’s tennis (No. T-9) · Women’s outdoor track & field (No. 9)

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· · · · · · · Women’s gymnastics (No. 4) Men’s swimming & diving (No. 6) Men’s swimming & diving (No. 8) Women’s indoor track & field (No. 8) Men’s indoor track & field (No. 8) Women’s soccer (No. T-9) Volleyball (No. T-9)

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2007-08 NACDA Top Ten
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Stanford - 1,461 UCLA - 1,182 Michigan - 1,160 Arizona State - 1,146 Texas - 1,129.50 California - 1,119 LSU - 1,081.66 Penn State - 1,041 Georgia - 1,040

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 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 three in a single year, and had last accomplished the feat in 2000-01. [4]

National championships
In its history, Florida has won 27 total team titles, 17 of which are NCAA 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 1990s. • Men’s • Basketball - 2006, 2007 • Football - 1996*, 2006*, 2008* • Golf - 1968, 1973, 1993, 2001 • Swimming & Diving - 1983, 1984 • Women’s • Golf - 1985, 1986 • Gymnastics - 1982" • Indoor Track & Field - 1992 • Soccer - 1998 • Swimming & Diving - 1979", 1982 • Tennis - 1988*, 1991*, 1992 (ITA & NCAA), 1996 (ITA & NCAA), 1997*, 1998, 2003 * indicates a non-NCAA championship. " indicates an AIAW championship.

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Athletic facilities

James G. Pressly Stadium Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Florida Basketball Practice Complex Stephen C. O’Connell Center

University of Florida Alumni Association • Founded in 1977, the O’Connell Center is the home to men’s & women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and gymnastics. In all the O’Connell Center can accomidate 12,000 people and the facility is also used to host graduation ceremonies and a variety of concerts and shows. Florida Basketball Practice Complex • Founded in 2001, the Basketball Practice Complex is a premier facility. Overall the structure is a two-story 47,505 square foot

Mark Bostic Golf Course Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Founded in 1930, and has a capacity for 88,548 people. It is the 12th largest college football stadium by capacity. This facility is home to the Gator football team. Stephen C. O’Connell Center

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complex that includes multiple practice gyms, a training room, and a 1900-square foot weight room.[18] Alfred A. McKethan Stadium • Founded in 1988, the University of Florida’s McKethan Stadium has played host to baseball games for more than two decades. Renovated in 2007, the facility can now seat up to 6,000 fans. Mark Bostic Golf Course • Founded in 1963, the 18-hole Mark Bostic Golf Course is the official golf course of the University of Florida. The course is home to both the men’s and women’s varsity Golf Teams. Every year the Gator and Lady Gator Golf Day Pro-Am competes at this course. In all the course is 6,701 yards in legth, and is a par 70. The course was renovated in 2001 with a 4 million dollar donation from Mark Bostic.[19] Lemerand Center • Founded in 1995, this facility can be used by all varsity athletes at the University of Florida. The facility is a 43,000 square foot complex that contains locker rooms, equipment storage, and training facilities. James G. Pressly Stadium • This facility is a soccer stadium, and is also equipped with the Percy Beard track. The facility was renovated in 1995, and 2,500 benches were added to the existing 2,000-seat concrete grandstand, bringing the total capacity up to 4,500.[20] Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex • Linder Stadium serves as the home to the men’s and women’s tennis teams. The facility was renovated rescently and the entire square feet of the facility is now at 7,163. In addition a 1,000-seat grandstand overlooks six main courts that are lighted. Also a second row of 9 courts are also located at this facility. Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium • Founded in 1996, the stadium seats approximately 1,200 fans and is named after Katie Seashole Pressly. It features a clay infield and a grass outfield. The stadium complies with NCAA and Olympic specifications. Florida Lacrosse Facility • Founded in 2008, Florida’s Lacrosse Facility will host to the varsity Lacrosse team. In all, a 1,500-seat stadium will run the length of the game field, and two lacrosse fields will be built. The objective is to have one for competition and another

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for practice. In addition, the facility will include numerous amenities, locker rooms, and training room.

Notable people
• University of Florida Athletic Association See also: List of University of Florida football players See also: List of University of Florida basketball players See also: List of the University of Florida baseball players See also: List of University of Florida golfers See also: List of University of Florida olympians See also: List of University of Florida tennis players

References
[1] Founded in 1904 [2] "1906-1927: Early Gainesville". http://www.ufl.edu/history/1906.html. Retrieved on 2007-07-13. [3] "List of Heisman Trophy Winners". http://www.heisman.com/winners/hsmnwinners.html. Retrieved on February 23 2009. [4] http://www.gatorzone.com/basketball/ women/media/2006/pdf/history/ florida.pdf [5] Pat McMahon fired [6] UF selects baseball coach - GATORS04 GatorSports.com [7] Gatorzone Historical Info [8] Incoming freshman class rated No. 1 by Prepvolleyball.com [9] About the Bostic Golf Course [10] History of swimming excellence [11] Lady Gator women’s tennis championship info [12] Info about the lacrosse team [13] University of Maryland report on collegiate boxing [14] Wrestling eliminated by the Florida Gators [15] Wrestling club team at UF [16] Men’s Volleyball club team at UF [17] Gators in the olympics [18] About the Practice Complex [19] Background info for the course [20] Renovation info

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• University Athletic Association - Official site of UF’s athletics board.

External links
• Gatorzone.com - Official website of the Florida Gators.

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