Florida coaching search: Chip Kelly buzz continuing even without finalized deal
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Latest on the coaching search
The Chip Kelly-to-Florida buzz continued to circulate on Monday after a big Sunday resurgence. While the UCLA opening has caused some concerns among Gators fans about a deal getting finalized, the biggest report that came out Monday was by the Buddy Martin Show — a deal involving Kelly won’t happen until next week because of a clause in Kelly’s contract with the San Francisco 49ers that would pay him $5 million for not accepting a coaching job with a team that was still playing during the 2017 season.
Meanwhile, players on Monday said the emoji barrage on Sunday was all in fun as they await the end of the coaching search.
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Gearing up for Florida State
Even with both teams holding losing records, it’s still rivalry week, so Florida’s annual matchup with Florida State is still slated to be an intense one. For the Gators, a win would help salvage a trying season while also serving as an opportunity to spoil Florida State’s bowl eligibility in a year in which the Gators are already out of bowl contention.
- Running back commit Dameon Pierce said he is staying put if Florida running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider stays on staff.
- Florida commits say they are at ease after a face-to-face meeting with athletic director Scott Stricklin.
- According to a 247sports report, Gators quarterback commit Matt Corral enjoyed his visit to Alabama.
SEC honors Egor Koulechov
Florida’s Egor Koulechov on Monday was named the SEC Player of the Week in basketball. Koulechov, a graduate transfer from Rice, averaged 20.3 points and 8.3 points with two double-doubles in the Gators’ three wins.
In other Florida men’s basketball news:
- Former Gator David Lee announced his NBA retirement on Sunday. The Gainesville Sun’s Kevin Brockway on Monday wrote that Lee was always a class act.
- The Gators moved up one spot to No. 7 in the AP poll.
Florida tennis with College MatchDay appearances
The Gators men’s and women’s tennis teams will play three total matches as part of the USTA’s 2018 College MatchDay schedule. The defending national champion women’s team will play against Florida State on Feb. 3 and Texas on April 1. The men’s team will also face FSU on Feb. 3.
Caeleb Dressel earns national honors
Florida senior and United States Olympian Caeleb Dressel was named USA Swimming’s Male Athlete of the Year on Sunday. Dressel won seven gold medals at the FINA World Championships this summer, a mark that is tied with Michael Phelps for most in a single world championship.
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What they’re saying on Twitter
Linebacker Nick Smith:
Everytime @Apple come out with a new phone, my phone start acting up 🤔 or am I just trippin
— Nick Smith (@NSmith2017) November 21, 2017
Linebacker Vosean Joseph:
Do it myself I don't mess with nobody 💯
— Vosean Joseph (@gloryboy_Sean) November 20, 2017
Defensive lineman Jachai Polite:
Back in Action.😎
— Jachai Polite. (@RetireMoms) November 20, 2017
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