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A national championship graphic is displayed on the McKethan Stadium video board.

Florida Gators athletic program heads into offseason on a high note

Welcome to another installment of Good Morning, Gators, SEC Country’s daily morning column covering Florida athletics with beat writer Jordan McPherson. Here’s a look at what you might have missed on Thursday.

Florida athletics ends season on a high note

What a year it was for the Gators athletic program. Florida won three national championships in the closing five weeks of the athletic year and, in turn, finished third nationally and first in the SEC in the Learfield Directors’ Cup standings. Overall, Florida had 10 top-10 team national finishes this season

Closing the door on the Florida baseball season

The championship has been won and the celebration has subsided. Here are some pieces of reflection as this season of Florida baseball closes.

Also, the O’Sullivan to South Carolina rumors can be put to rest. The Gamecocks are expected to hire South Florida’s Mark Kingston as their next head coach.

Gators in the minor leagues

Former UF track athlete talks about competing with cancer

Jamaican Olympian and former Florida track star Novlene Williams-Mills opened up to about competing on the biggest stage of sports after battling breast cancer in 2012. An excerpt:

“I went to Jamaica, and to be honest, I went into the national championship and I just went about my business. I was just trying to carry on. What am I supposed to do? Am I supposed to just sit at home? One of the things I asked was, “Can I continue to run until we’re ready to do the surgery?” [My doctor] said yes. I needed something to distract me, because I know sitting at home I was just going to worry. I was going to cry. You know, my husband was going to work, all my friends at that time were competing, so I had nobody to talk to at home.”

Florida football players recount LSU game

Do you remember the Florida-LSU game? The goal-line stand? The home game played in Death Valley? The Gators certainly do. Coach Jim McElwain and an assortment of players reminisced on the 16-10 win on the SEC Network on Thursday.

Transfer reportedly quits football team

Just three days after McElwain publicly welcomed tackle Jake Fruhmorgen to the Gators football team, the Clemson transfer has reportedly left the Florida program.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

Linebacker Vosean Joseph

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte

Defensive lineman Zachary Carter

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