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Florida football: Gators ready to defend SEC East title

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Race to defend the East begins now

The No. 24 Florida Gators open SEC play on Saturday against No. 23 Tennessee, which marks the official start of the Gators’ attempt to win the East for a third straight year. While this game is viewed by most as a crossroad game for the Gators, third-year coach Jim McElwain views it as the start of a title defense. His explanation as given on Thursday:

“Defending SEC East champs. It goes through here and it goes through Gainesville,” McElwain said during the live radio show at Piesanos Pints & Pies. “And, you know, we’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I know our guys are excited to get back in The Swamp and have an opportunity to play and more than that be able to play an SEC, conference game.

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Suspensions linger

The University of Florida Police Department confirmed Thursday that the investigation into credit card fraud is active and ongoing, and that “these type of investigations take time to complete.” Meanwhile, McElwain and defensive coordinator Randy Shannon discussed their general philosophies regarding suspensions during the Gators’ weekly radio show.

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