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The Gators want to finish their trying 2017 season on a high note with a win over in-state rival Florida State.

Florida trying to keep focus on football ahead of FSU amid coaching search

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Gators focusing on Florida State

While the buzz continues to circulate around the coaching search, the Florida Gators are trying as hard as they can to keep their focus on their regular-season finale against Florida State. They hear the outside noise, but at the end of the day — and after a trying season — they want to find a way to end on a high note. That would come by beating a rival they haven’t beaten since 2012 in a game that is likely going to be ugly offensively.

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Latest on the coaching search front

Speaking of the coaching search, here are the latest highlights:

  • According to a piece written by Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde, the Gators plan to widen their coaching search once the regular-season ends if they don’t have a deal finalized with Chip Kelly.
  • While a deal wasn’t completely finalized with Kelly when Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin and his UAA higher-ups went to New Hampshire on Sunday, his hiring still seems to be inevitable at this point.

In other Florida football news

Volleyball caps regular-season home schedule

The No. 3 Gators volleyball team closes its regular-season home schedule Wednesday against Auburn. First serve is set for 7 p.m. The Gators are still in a deadlock with the Kentucky Wildcats for the SEC title heading into the final week of the regular season.

Women’s basketball wins first game in Savannah

Behind 25 points from Funda Nakkasoglu and a school-record 15 made 3-point shots as a team, the Gators women’s basketball team defeated Richmond 87-80 on Tuesday as part of the Savannah Invitational. Florida (2-2) continues the invitational by playing Stetson on Wednesday.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

Former Florida cornerback Jalen “Teez” Tabor:

Defensive lineman Zach Carter:

Quarterback Luke Del Rio:

Running back commit Dameon Pierce:

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