Nov 23, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg (17) hands the ball off to running back Kelvin Taylor (21) during the first quarter against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators Bait & Bits: In Memoriam, Football's Backfield, Lochte vs Phelps, and SEC Honors


Welcome to Bait & Bits, a series on Hail Florida Hail that will feature one “bait” about an opposing school and some bits about the Florida Gators. Have any links that you want on Bait & Bits? Tweet it at us @HailFloridaHail or @BrettKaplan13 or email it to us at [email protected].

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Missouri Tigers. The Missouri Tigers will be the latest SEC team to face the baseball and softball buzzsaw. Florida’s baseball team has won five straight SEC games and softball has won six straight against SEC opponents. Softball’s first pitch is set for 6:00 pm and baseball starts at 7:00 pm.

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Diving Coach Donnie Craine Passes Away. In a tragic accident, Florida’s diving head coach Donnie Craine died Thursday. Craine was boating off the coast of Bokeelia, FL when his boat collided with another. Craine coached at Florida for 30 of his 37 coaching years, winning four SEC Diving Coach of the Year honors and coaching five national champions. Craine is survived by his wife Mindy and his children Keith, Christopher, and Stephanie. (GatorZone)

Four on Men’s Tennis Team Named All-SEC. Four Gators were named to men’s tennis All-SEC teams Thursday, just one day after four women’s tennis players were honored the same way. Florent Diep was named First Team All-SEC, while Maxx Lipman and Gordon Watson were named Second Team All-SEC. Elliot Orkin and Lipman were also named Freshman All-SEC. (GatorZone)

Florida’s Backfield. A lot’s been made about the Gators offense this offseason and most of the issues have been directed toward quarterback and receiver play. But Florida’s stable of running backs may be the key to their success. There are seven running backs looking to get their share of carries and that doesn’t include QB Jeff Driskel toting the rock. (Daniel Thompson, GatorCountry)

Lochte Beats Phelps. Former Gator Ryan Lochte beat Michael Phelps in Phelps first competition since deciding to come back from retirement. Lochte bested Phelps in the 100 meter butterfly, beating him by 2/10ths of a second, 51.93 to 52.13. (GatorSports)

Weekend Schedule. Sunday will mark the final time any Gators sports teams will compete in the month of April. Here’s the schedule for this weekend.

Friday
Men’s Golf @ SEC Championship
6:00pm #3 Softball vs #15 Missouri
7:00pm #12 Baseball vs Missouri
Saturday
Men’s Golf @ SEC Championship
12:00pm #12 Baseball vs Missouri
1:00pm #3 Softball vs #15 Missouri
Sunday
Men’s Golf @ SEC Championship
11:00am #3 Softball vs #15 Missouri
1:00pm #12 Baseball vs Missouri

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