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Florida celebrated three national championships in 2016-17.

Yahoo: Florida athletics consistently on top among Power 5 schools

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.

Consistently on top

Yahoo.com’s Pat Forde ranked all 65 Power 5 teams on Thursday based on their overall athletic performance during the 2016-17 season. He ranked the Gators as No. 2 overall behind only Stanford. His explanation:

“[Florida has been] in the top 5 each of the past five years, despite ebbs and flows in the revenue sports.”

This comes a week after the Gators finished the year No. 3 in the Learfield Directors’ Cup national standings.

Athletic director Scott Stricklin on Florida football

As he prepares for his first full year as Florida’s athletic director, Scott Stricklin said he is optimistic about the direction of the Gators football team under third-year coach Jim McElwain.

In other Florida football news:

More Florida baseball players sign MLB contracts

In addition to first-round pick Alex Faedo, who signed with the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, three more Florida baseball players finalized their first MLB contracts, including:

The deadline to sign is Friday at 2 p.m.

5 Florida players to sit on joint student-athlete meeting

The SEC announced Thursday that 68 of its student-athletes will participate in a joint meeting of the SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Councils and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Friday through Sunday in Birmingham, Ala. Five of those student-athletes are from Florida.

Gators on Team USA news

  • Volleyball: Former Florida standout and Olympic bronze medalist Kelly Murphy will be on Team USA for the World Grand Prix, which begins Friday in China.
  • Softball: Team USA, which has five current and former Florida players — pitchers Kelly Barnhill and Delanie Gourley, catcher Aubree Munro, infielder Kelsey Stewart and outfielder Michelle Moultrie — is 3-0 in the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. Team USA is playing at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, the site of the Women’s College World Series, where the Gators finished as the national runners-up. Barnhill and Gourley still remember the championship series, including the 17-inning battle to open the best-of-three series.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

Tight end C’yontai Lewis:

Running back Jordan Scarlett:

Linebacker Vosean Joseph:

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