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Missouri Tigers Baseball. The Missouri Tigers had a valiant effort on Sunday, but couldn’t avoid the sweep. Florida baseball had two dominating performances, one by Logan Shore and one by Aaron Rhodes, in the first two games, and then used a walk-off by freshman Ryan Larson to get back to their winning ways after dropping two straight midweek games against in-state competition. The Gators have now won eight straight SEC games and six straight conference games at home.
Fair SEC Schedule? You know how every year Florida has one of the toughest schedules in the country? Well the new scheduling means it will be difficult for the Gators to get back to the SEC elite this season and in the future. I wrote about how having LSU on the schedule is a double-edged sword, and this season they get to play at Alabama and LSU. Not a fun schedule for a coach firmly on the hot seat. (Alex Scarborough, ESPN.com)
New Jersey Recruit Likes Florida. One of the top cornerbacks in the 2015 recruiting class is heavily considering Florida. After not having the Gators in his top 10, they’ve quickly gone to the top of Kareem Ali‘s list. Now it looks to be a Florida-Maryland battle for the four-star CB from New Jersey. He likes how UF has churned out NFL ready defensive backs. (Brian McLaughlin, Saturday Down South)
RoPo to Oakland? Former Florida linebacker Ronald Powell recently visited with the Oakland Raiders ahead of this year’s NFL Draft. Powell projects to be drafted in the later rounds, likely the 4-6. Visit our sister site, Just Blog Baby, for more. (Chase Ruttig, Just Blog Baby)
Baseball Moves Up in Rankings. As of time of publishing, the Gators baseball team moved up in two of the four rankings and stayed steady in another one. Florida is up one spot in both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America polls to No. 8 and No. 5 respectively and stayed steady at No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. They did, however, gain a first place vote in the Coaches Poll.
Emotional Farewell to a Golf Legend. The SEC Tournament, in which Florida finished 12th, was most likley the last tournament for retiring legend and men’s golf head coach Buddy Alexander. Alexander was mobbed by players, family, friends, and fellow coaches after the last Gator finished the course. His career has been a great one and we’ll be lucky if we can find someone who can fill half his shoes with the amount of respect he’s gained in the golfing world. (Brentley Romine, GolfWeek)