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The 2013-2014 Academic Athletic Calendar. Florida’s athletic teams did incredibly well this academic year, winning six SEC Championships and two National Championships (gymnastics, softball). The Gators won the SEC All-Sports Award for the sixth straight year. All that success and the only place to go is up. Football struggled on the season and will look to rebound this upcoming year. Look for UF’s success to continue.
Track & Field Finishes 2nd, 4th; Three More Champions. Over the weekend, Florida’s men’s track & field team was looking for their third straight outdoor title. They ended up placing second, behind the host Oregon. Despite national championship performances from the 4X100 relay team of Dedric Dukes, Antwan Wright, Arman Hall, and Hugh Graham, Jr., Dukes 200M victory, and Marquis Dendy‘s triple jump title, the men finished 18 points behind the Ducks. The women’s team also found success, with Saturday’s highlight being Cory McGee with her second place finish in the 1500M. The Gators placed fourth, behind national champion Texas A&M, Texas, and Oregon. Congrats on a great season! (GatorZone)
Men’s Golf Hires JC Deacon as New Head Coach. JC Deacon will have the difficult task of following Buddy Alexander. He seems like just the guy to do it. The 31-year-old Deacon had a nice playing career, capturing two titles on the Canadian Tour, and has been an assistant coach at UNLV for the past four years. Now, he gets his first chance to prove his head coaching chops, this time at a major program. (GatorZone)
Baseball Recruit Signs with Los Angeles Angels. Alex Abbott had a tough decision to make between attending UF and signing with the LA Angels. After the Angels drafted him in the sixth round as the 179th overall pick, Abbott decided to forgo his eligibility at Florida and sign with Los Angeles. He was the only recruit to sign or get drafted by a MLB team. (The Tifton Gazette)