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This is Gator Tales, presented by UF Health, the official podcast of the Florida Gators. If you're ready to take a deep dive into all things orange and blue, this is THE podcast for you. Hear exclusive interviews with players and coaches you won't get anywhere else along with the stories that have s…

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    • Oct 14, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 41m AVG DURATION
    • 282 EPISODES

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    Gator Tales #281: LB Mohamoud Diabate and LSU Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 51:50

    Gator Tales #281: LB Mohamoud Diabate and LSU Preview by Florida Gators

    Gator Tales #280: S Trey Dean III and Gator Roundtable (FB & MBK)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 50:42

    Adversity often strikes when you leave friendly confines and venture onto the road, and for the Gators, their first trip outside the state of Florida brought frustration and disappointment in Lexington. But with over half of the schedule still to play, the task turns to refocusing on the opportunities ahead. On today's show, host Adam Schick welcomes FloridaGators.com senior writers Scot Carter and Chris Harry to discuss the blues brought on at Kentucky, where Anthony Richardson fits into the picture, where the season goes from here, the parade of Olympians stepping into the celebrity “Mr. 2 Bits” role, the start of basketball practice and the most impressive records in sports in the PAT (1:43). Then, senior safety Trey Dean III talks about his rich football bloodline, how he has grown over his career, his love for malls and more (35:32). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #279: DT Antonio Valentino and Kentucky Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 58:51

    What was once a hotly contested rivalry continued to be a one-sided affair last weekend in The Swamp, with Florida continuing its dominance over Tennessee to improve to 3-1 on the year. But their next test will present a real change of scenery, as they prepare to leave the “Sunshine State” for the first time. On today's show, host Adam Schick convenes FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry to discuss the latest romp against the Vols, the state of the wide receivers, what makes Kentucky a significant challenge and the most engaging athletes they've covered in the PAT (1:46). Then, the inspiration for this week's PAT, grad transfer Antonio Valentino holds court on topics ranging from Happy Valley vs. The Swamp, the “Macho Man” Randy Savage and his mission to help athletes express themselves and grow their brands off the field (27:44). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #278: P Jeremy Crawshaw and Gator Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 60:56

    After going toe-to-toe with mighty Alabama for 60 minutes last weekend, the Gators may not have claimed a victory, but they certainly earned the respect of everyone in attendance and the college football world. But now that they have the attention, can they play to that standard moving forward through the SEC? On this episode, host Adam Schick chats with FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry about what we learned against Alabama, the lobsided state of the Florida/Tennessee rivalry, Katie Ledecky's surprising new role with the swimming program and their most memorable game environments in the PAT (1:44). Then, redshirt-freshman punter Jeremy Crawshaw joins the show to discuss his journey from Australian rules football to the American gridiron on the other side of the globe, along with some of the best fish-out-of-water moments he's experienced along the way (36:25). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #277: DT Daquan Newkirk and Alabama Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 65:20

    The way the football schedule generally works, we aren't conditioned for truly massive games until later in the calendar. But in 2021, the script is flipped, with top-ranked Alabama heading to The Swamp this weekend for the first time in a decade. On today's show, host Adam Schick dives into the details with FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry to cover the matchup from every angle, including the question on everyone's mind: what role will QB Anthony Richardson play? Then, Auburn transfer Daquan Newkirk shares his personal journey to Gainesville, reveals his very diverse hobbies and reflects on past battles with the Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl (38:19). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #276: OL Ethan White and USF Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 52:01

    The Swamp came alive for the first time in 2021 on Saturday, with a packed house treated to a ground game that racked up 400 yards and saw some new stars emerge from the backfield. Not to be outdone, the revamped Florida defense pitched a shutout for three quarters and showed a tenacity up front that suggested a much more resistant unit than the one it fielded a season ago. On today's show, host Adam Schick is joined by FloridaGators.com senior writer Chris Harry to discuss the opening night action, the emergence of Anthony Richardson, areas in need of shoring up going into week two and how sports helped bring the nation back together after 9/11 in the PAT (1:43). Then, junior offensive lineman Ethan White chats about the evolution of the line, how the strength and conditioning program molded him into a new player, returning to his Tampa Bay home this weekend and more (28:57). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #275: Season Preview and DE Zach Carter

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 61:15

    Right about now you're probably hearing a rumbling in your stomach, which can only mean one thing: you are hungry for college football! Luckily for you, it's almost time for the 2021 kickoff, a season we all hope resembles much more of what we would call a “normal year” as opposed to the 2020 campaign. On the 7th season premiere of the official podcast of the Gators, host Adam Schick sets the table for the feast to come, starting with a wide-ranging discussion about the storylines and expectations surrounding this season with FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry (1:37). Then, Adam chats with one of the most dangerous threats off the edge in the SEC: redshirt-senior defensive end Zach Carter (41:14). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #274: Grant Holloway, Jeff Demps and Tokyo Olympics Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 64:12

    Being a “Gator Great” is generally synonymous with outstanding achievements in Gainesville, but when you have world class talent, the pinnacle of your career tends to take you to even grander heights. In preparation for the Tokyo Olympics, host Adam Schick catches up with hurdling phenom Grant Holloway to find out how he is preparing for his date with destiny (1:48). Then, FloridaGators.com senior writer Scott Carter stops by to identify the Gators to watch, both for the USA and other countries around the globe (21:31). Finally, football national champion and former Olympian Jeff Demps discusses his Olympic journey and how he tasted glory on the podium, only to have it unceremoniously taken away due to a tainted teammate (35:25). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #273: State of the Program with AD Scott Stricklin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 41:59

    Any number of words can be used to describe the 2020 athletic season: unprecedented, weird, nerve-racking, bizarre, frustrating, exciting and many more all across the spectrum. It was undoubtedly a difficult year, and that required a steady hand at the wheel to lead the program through the unknown. On today's show, host Adam Schick welcomes athletic director Scott Stricklin to assess where the program has been, and more importantly, where it's going, with a focus on what the fan experience will look like in the fall, highlights from the spring season, hiring just the second coach in the history of Florida soccer, the grand vision for the new football facility, the issues around compensating players for their likeness, future plans for The Swamp, the proposed expansion of the College Football Playoff and more. Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    GATOR GREATS – Soccer Coach Becky Burleigh

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 58:08

    When it comes to coaches, especially at the collegiate and professional levels, they tend to be easy to typecast as hard-driving and laser-focused individuals with one goal – winning. But then there are those like Becky Burleigh, a true original who recently retired as the only head coach in the history of the Florida soccer program. On the special edition of "Gator Greats," host Adam Schick takes Becky Burleigh down memory lane in a wide-ranging and revealing discussion about her improbable beginnings as a young head coach, the challenges of launching a new program, her toughest opponents, how she knew it was time to step aside, what she plans to do with her second act and much more. Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #271: Gator Roundtable (BB, FB, MBK) and Season Recap

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 39:07

    Following baseball's early exit from the NCAA Tournament, the athletic calendar has nearly reached its conclusion, although track and field is hoping to have something more to say before the book is officially closed. On today's show, host Adam Schick convenes the final Gator Roundtable of the season with FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry, covering baseball's last stand, a critical milestone in the construction of the massive new football training facility, men's basketball assembling its new parts for the first time, the most memorable storylines from this COVID-altered athletic year and great Olympians in the PAT. Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #270: SB’s Katie Chronister and Gator Roundtable (SB, BB, MBK, MTN)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 52:00

    Gator Tales #270: SB’s Katie Chronister and Gator Roundtable (SB, BB, MBK, MTN) by Florida Gators

    Gator Tales #269: MTN’s Ben Shelton and Gator Roundtable (MTN, SB, Soccer, MBK)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 45:58

    Gator Tales #269: MTN’s Ben Shelton and Gator Roundtable (MTN, SB, Soccer, MBK) by Florida Gators

    Gator Tales #268: SB’s Hannah Adams and Gator Roundtable (SB, BB, Lax, Tennis)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 42:03

    In a year where good news has been hard to come by, the last week has been a spectacular ray of sunshine, as the CDC’s new guidelines for vaccinated Americans have led to the first real movement toward normalcy since this nightmare began. For sports, that means fans are coming back, and in Gainesville, the potential for 100% capacity as soon as this weekend at softball. On today’s show, host Adam Schick welcomes FloridaGators.com senior writers Chris Harry and Scott Carter to discuss softball’s regional draw, baseball’s continued solid run in SEC play, lacrosse’s postseason revenge tour, men’s tennis heading to the Elite Eight and most wanted memorabilia in the PAT (1:45). Then, softball’s web gem wiz Hannah Adams joins us to talk about the Gators’ walk-off winning ways, her astronomical growth at the plate and much more (26:35). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #267: MTN’s Josh Goodger and Gator Roundtable (SB, BB, LAX, Tebow)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 52:01


    Approaching or entering the postseason, momentum is a buzz word you often hear, and it can be critical in determining whether a team looks back on a good year as opposed to a great year – maybe even a special year. This past weekend saw a number of Gator teams throwing their weight around, some doing it dramatically like softball, others emphatically like lacrosse. On today’s show, host Adam Schick and FloridaGators.com senior writer Scott Carter dive into a walk-off championship for softball, four straight series wins for baseball, lacrosse’s AAC domination, the impending reunion of Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer and more (1:50). Then, men’s tennis senior Josh Goodage stops by to discuss how he hopped the pond from London to Gainesville and what it will take for the top-seeded men’s tennis team to claim its first national championship (26:15). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.


    Gator Tales #266: UF’s COVID Response Coordinators and Gator Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 49:34

    It was quite a weekend for the Gators in Cleveland, which is not a phrase you hear very often. But that was the site of an NFL Draft that saw eight former Gators taken over the course of the three days, part of an astounding showing by the SEC. On today’s show, host Adam Schick and FloridaGators.com senior writer Chris Harry recap all the new NFL destinations, critical series wins for both baseball and softball and the beginning of what could be a historic NCAA Tournament for men’s tennis (1:35). Then, Adam traces the arc of this twisting and turning athletic year through the eyes of Duke Werner and Stacey Higgins, the leaders of the sports health department who became Florida’s COVID-response coordinators and were most responsible for getting the program back up and running (19:17). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #265: “Gator Great” Tyrie Cleveland and NFL Draft Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 50:25

    Step one to a career in the NFL is making your mark in college, and if you can turn enough heads during your time in places like The Swamp, you just might get a ticket to your next destination after hearing your name called by the commissioner. For the Gators, anticipation is sky high to see where a host of stars are going, especially All-American TE Kyle Pitts. On today’s show, host Adam Schick finds out firsthand what it’s like to go through the draft process as we catch up with former Florida WR and current Denver Bronco Tyrie Cleveland (1:45). Then, FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry break down where the top Gator targets are likely to go, potential steals late in the draft and more (19:10). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #264: Tennis Coach Bryan Shelton and Gator Roundtable (MBK, Gym, VB, BB, SB)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 59:57

    While it’s getting late in the spring calendar, this past week saw a flurry of action in Gator athletics, with some teams achieving new season highs at the same time others saw their postseason runs coming to crushing ends. And that doesn’t even account for some major announcements off the court that drastically changed basketball’s off-season. On today’s show, host Adam Schick welcomes FloridaGators.com senior writers Chris Harry and Scott Carter to discuss the bevy of basketball news, the end of the NCAA roads for gymnastics and volleyball, baseball’s streaking behavior, softball turning the tide in Tuscaloosa and Oscar-winning movies that left a mark in the PAT (1:42). Then, men’s tennis coach Bryan Shelton stops by to share his personal journey and how it ultimately led him to elevate the UF program to new heights (29:38). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #263: VB Coach Mary Wise and Gator Roundtable (BB, Gym, Swim)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 52:37

    On our last show, we talked about 250 SEC titles for the athletic program, but now we are moving into NCAA Championship season, with both gymnastics and volleyball heading to the final destinations for their sport’s top prize. On today’s show, host Adam Schick convenes FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry for a roundtable discussing baseball’s mid-week walk-off against FSU, the opportunity for gymnastics to chase history in Fort Worth, a new yet familiar leader for the women’s swim and dive team and a PAT reflecting on the most talented athletes they’ve ever seen live (1:46). Then, volleyball coach Mary Wise joins Adam to discuss their unprecedented split season, the challenges of an all-SEC schedule and what it will take for the program to win its first national title in Omaha (25:36). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #262: Gator Roundtable and “Gator Great” Canyon Barry

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 48:44

    If life is ultimately a series of milestones, this past week was a significant one in the annals of Gator lore, as the program celebrated a remarkable 250th SEC team championship. Delivered the moment the men’s tennis team triumphed over Kentucky, Florida’s conference dominance is unparalleled and shows no signs of slowing down. On today’s show, host Adam Schick is joined by FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry to discuss that titanic achievement, the latest developments in the basketball offseason carousel, a stressful regional for gymnastics and big game busts in the PAT (1:37). Then, before leaving basketball season completely behind, we’ll catch up with former Gator and future nuclear engineer Canyon Barry (27:23). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #261: Gator Roundtable (FB, MBK, MTN) and Gym’s Alyssa Baumann

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 55:31

    Gator Tales #261: Gator Roundtable (FB, MBK, MTN) and Gym’s Alyssa Baumann by Florida Gators

    Gator Tales #260: “Gator Great” Chris Chiozza and Gator Roundtable (MBK, FB, BB)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 49:05

    2021’s version of March Madness has no doubt lived up to its billing, and while Florida has been the beneficiary of that chaos in the past, it was not meant to be this time around, as the glass slipper fit for Oral Roberts in Indianapolis. On today’s show, host Adam Schick jumps back in time to visit with the hero of Florida’s last Sweet Sixteen appearance and current member of the Brooklyn Nets, Chris Chiozza. Then, FloridaGators.com senior writers Chris Harry and Scott Carter stop by to review basketball’s brief tournament run, assess the state of the program entering the offseason, recap spring football, detail baseball’s bounce back in SEC play, and in honor of the #SnyderCut, share movies and TV shows that need to be rectified in the PAT (21:40). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #259: Mike White and NCAA Tournament Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 40:00

    While many of us went mad at various points in 2020, we didn’t have March Madness to keep us in check. Thankfully, a full dose of crazy is coming our way, and the Gators are dancing for a 4th straight time, the longest active streak of any team in the SEC. On today’s show, host Adam Schick welcomes head coach Mike White to discuss the difficult road his team has charted this season and the path ahead in Indianapolis (1:38). Then, FloridaGators.com senior writer Chris Harry stops by to delve into Florida’s bracket and first round match-up against Virginia Tech, the women of the UAA, Becky Burleigh’s final home game and March Madness memories in the PAT (16:00). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #258: QB Emory Jones and Gator Roundtable (MBK, FB, BB)

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 45:20

    Spring football may not be quite the same in 2021 as it’s been in the past, but it beats the alternative of 2020, when it was canceled entirely. So while fans don’t get to be there live to see the reps or root for the orange team and the blue team in April in The Swamp, critical development is still happening, especially at the most important position on the field. On this week’s show, host Adam Schick gets to know quarterback Emory Jones and find out what has kept him going all this time waiting for his turn to shine (1:46). Then, Adam convenes FloridaGators.com senior writers Chris Harry and Scott Carter to discuss Mike White’s goals in Nashville, the first full scrimmage of spring football, Sully’s record-breaking week and sports/pop culture happenings that we just don’t “get” in the PAT (17:24). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #257: Gator Roundtable (MBK, FB, BB, Gym) and “Gator Great” Kevarrius Hayes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 48:04

    Don’t look now, but the calendar just turned to March, which means for the first time in over 700 days, we are counting down to the return of the NCAA Tournament after COVID yanked it away at the last minute in 2020. And while it is almost certain to include the Gators, seeds are still up for grabs, which is why these last few games start to carry that additional pressure. On today’s show, host Adam Schick welcomes FloridaGators.com senior writers Chris Harry and Scott Carter to discuss the final stretch for Mike White’s team, the emergence of Tre Mann, the buzz at the halfway point of spring football, the fan friendliness of the new Florida Ballpark, a blistering run for gymnastics and wishful thinking rule changes in the PAT (1:54). Then, we’ll catch up with recent “Gator Great” Kevarrius Hayes to reflect on his memories of UF, the challenges of international travel and his hopeful path to the NBA (29:49). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #256: MBK’s Colin Castleton and Gator Roundtable (MBK, FB, BB)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 50:14

    The final week in the shortest month of the year featured the fullest slate of action yet in this COVID-altered athletic season, with everything from baseball to swimming to golf and much more. On this week’s show, host Adam Schick fires up the roundtable with FloridaGators.com senior writers Chris Harry and Scott Carter to discuss a solid rebound for men’s basketball, early takeaways from spring football, a tough opening weekend for baseball and dream reboots in the PAT (1:34). Then, basketball’s resident big man Colin Castleton stops by to talk about his journey from the Sunshine State to Michigan, what brought him back home, the challenges of being 6’11 and more (24:36). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #255: Baseball Coach Kevin O’Sullivan and Hoops Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 43:59

    Despite all that is abnormal about the world we currently live in, there is something comforting about the return of college baseball in mid-February – right on schedule. The Gators enter the year with all kinds of juicy storylines, from the opening of the spectacular Florida Ballpark to the unanimous praise as the preseason top team in the nation. On today’s show, baseball broadcaster Jeff Cardozo does a deep dive into the upcoming season and the weight of those lofty expectations with head coach Kevin O’Sullivan (1:38). Then, host Adam Schick chats with FloridaGators.com senior writer Chriss Harry about the return to the court for hoops and how they intend to get back on the right side of the ledger following another long layoff and frustrating finish (21:00). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #254: Softball Coach Tim Walton and “Gator Great” Egor Koulechov

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 45:16

    We learned early in this 2020-21 athletic season to expect the unexpected and be ready for anything, and this week provided more curveballs for men’s basketball, as both of their games were called off due to COVID-19 protocols. Having said that, this week will see the start of literal curveballs on the southwest side of campus, as softball opens their season this week and baseball is soon to follow. On today’s show, host Adam Schick goes deep with softball head coach Tim Walton about how he and his staff have prepared for the odd nuances of this season, how they worked with last year’s seniors to determine who wanted their extra year of eligibility and much more (1:44). Then, Adam checks in with recent “Gator Great” Egor Koulechov about his enduring memories from UF and where his basketball adventures have taken him since he left campus (30:00). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #253: Hoops Chat and MBK’s Osayi Osifo

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 51:12

    This past week marked a big step for the men’s basketball program, reentering the top 25 for the first time in 14 months following an upset of West Virginia in Morgantown. But success often makes the hunter the hunted, and Florida’s first outing following that national recognition was spoiled by underdog South Carolina.  On today’s show, host Adam Schick chats with FloridaGators.com senior writer Chris Harry about the eventful week in hoops (1:42), the retirement of legendary soccer coach Becky Burleigh (10:22) and memories from the 14 Super Bowls he covered in the PAT (17:07).  Then, transfer Osayi Osifo shares his remarkable journey from a prep rugby star in South Africa to a college basketball player in Gainesville (25:06).  Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #252: Gator Roundtable and MBK’s Anthony Duruji

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 48:28

    After shocking the college basketball world with their shorthanded domination of Tennessee, the men’s basketball squad continued its momentum with strong performances against Georgia and Tennessee, quickly becoming one of the hottest teams in the league. On today’s show, we’ll convene FloridaGators.com senior writers Chris Harry and Scott Carter to discuss the streaking Gators, the 2021 football schedule, more coaching carousel news and what should and shouldn’t be considered when it comes to hall of fame criteria in the PAT (1:40). Then, versatile transfer Anthony Duruji joins us to talk about getting his first bite of basketball in the Big Apple, transitioning to the SEC and much more (28:06). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #251: Gator Roundtable and MBK’s Tyree Appleby

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 46:27

    As cliché as it is to say, games aren’t played on paper, and the men’s basketball squad gave Tennessee a shocking reminder that anything can happen on a given night in the O’Dome. On today’s show, host Adam Schick welcomes FloridaGators.com senior writers Chris Harry and Scott Carter to discuss that remarkable upset, the latest on the transfer portal and coaching carousel for football, the SEC’s ambitious plan for the baseball season, Urban Meyer’s ascension to the ranks of the NFL and candidates for a hypothetical “president of the sports world” in the PAT (1:43). Then, standout transfer point guard Tyree Appleby joins us to detail his path from the Horizon League all the way to the SEC (28:05). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #250: Athletic Director Scott Stricklin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 35:31

    Reaching a milestone presents an opportunity for reflection, and while we won’t go all the way back to our beginnings in 2015 to mark our 250th episode, we will use it to take a big picture view of how the Gators and college athletics in general have gotten through the challenging times of COVID. In a wide-ranging conversation with host Adam Schick, athletic director Scott Stricklin discusses how college football completed a season despite unprecedented challenges (1:35), CFP reform (5:41), the state of the football program (12:34), guiding basketball through the Keyontae Johnson scare (17:32), the opening of the new baseball stadium (21:58), the progress on the new football facility (23:50) and his latest pop culture picks and recommendations (31:55). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #249: Gator Roundtable and Gymnastics coach Jenny Rowland

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 46:08

    As 2021 gets into full swing, Gator Nation is shifting its focus from football to basketball, with Mike White’s team getting rolling in the SEC following the temporary pause in the season. But because of this odd pandemic year, there was still some 2020 business that needed to be conducted, specifically the awarding of the Heisman. On today’s show, host Adam Schick convenes FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry to discuss Kyle Trask’s Heisman finish, the state of the football program following the Cotton Bowl, the first trio of SEC games for basketball and the ongoing debate about Ohio State’s inclusion in the CFP and what it means for the future of the sport in the PAT (1:43). Then, gymnastics coach Jenny Rowland stops by to discuss the expectations facing the preseason #1 team in the nation as they begin their unique 2021 journey this weekend (28:23). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    GATOR GREATS – The Promise Fulfilled #5: Miami Made

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2020 40:53

    On the final episode of our five-part series about the 2008 football national champions, host Adam Schick charts the up-and-down course of the BCS Championship Game with the players and coaches who battled it out against Oklahoma in Miami.. "Miami Made" features head coach Urban Meyer, offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, linebacker Brandon Spikes, kick returner Brandon James, running back Jeff Demps, wide receiver David Nelson, safety Ahmad Black, athletic director Jeremy Foley, "The Voice of the Gators" Mick Hubert and Steve Spurrier. Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #247: Cotton Bowl Preview, Heisman Chat and “Gator Great” David Nelson

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2020 59:06

    If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best, and while Florida gave Alabama all they could handle in Atlanta, the Crimson Tide proved a bit too tough in the SEC Championship. So while Florida won’t get to paint any new numbers inside The Swamp, they took a step closer to getting to the top of the mountain and will now test themselves against another of college football’s best programs in the Cotton Bowl. On today’s show, host Adam Schick welcomes FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry to break down the action in Atlanta, the opportunity ahead against Oklahoma, the final Heisman resume for Kyle Trask, the NCAA’s recruiting sanctions against the football program, the latest on Keyontae Johnson and fixing the CFP in the PAT (1:47). Then, we’ll dip into our Gator Greats vault and check-in with one of the heroes the last time Florida played Oklahoma, wide receiver and two-time national champion David Nelson (33:44). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #246: Keyontae Update, SEC Title Preview, Signing Day and LB James Houston IV

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 56:39

    As easy as it can be to get caught up in the stakes of games and start to lose perspective, life can sometimes provide a stark reminder of the things that truly matter. All of Gator Nation had that shared experience last Saturday, as the terrifying situation involving basketball star Keyontae Johnson sent shockwaves through the world of sports. On this week’s show, host Adam Schick discusses the latest developments in the weeklong saga and how the basketball program is handling the challenging situation with FloridaGators.com senior writer Chris Harry (1:49). Then, fellow senior writer Scott Carter breaks down football’s surprising loss to LSU, the pending showdown with Alabama and the new blood coming into the program on the early National Signing Day (9:28). Plus, linebacker James Houston IV stops by to reflect on a season unlike any other, the legacy behind his name and more (32:39). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #245: Gator Roundtable and punter Jacob Finn

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 49:47

    Even though it’s seemed like something of a formality since Florida defeated Georgia nearly a month ago, the Gators were able to officially book their tickets for Atlanta over the weekend, as their victory over Tennessee locked them into a date with Alabama for the SEC Championship. On today’s show, host Adam Schick chats with FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry about the significance of the division crown, the regular season finale against LSU, a hot start for Florida basketball and obscure sports they have covered in the PAT (1:39). Then, punter and economics whiz Jacob Finn stops by to discuss life as a specialist, how he tries to help his teammates be more savvy with their money and some of the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in the special teams meeting room (25:22). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #244: RB Dameon Pierce and Football Chat

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 51:05

    Instead of feasting on the Seminoles for a post-Thanksgiving snack, 2020 served up a helping of Wildcats this past Saturday in “The Swamp,” with the Gators staying on the path to Atlanta after a 34-10 win. On today’s show, host Adam Schick discusses Florida’s latest victory and the return of Kyle Pitts with FloridaGators.com senior writer Scott Carter (1:27). Then, junior running back Dameon Pierce stops by to chat about his Georgia roots, how Coach Mullen’s offense has made him a dual-threat and the running backs on his personal Mount Rushmore (25:32). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #243: WR Justin Shorter & Football Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 53:36

    While the week of Thanksgiving traditionally includes a large serving of the Sunshine Showdown, in this year of unexpected changes, Florida will instead battle Kentucky while fans across the country look to find safe ways to celebrate the holidays with their families. On today’s show, host Adam Schick is joined by FloridaGators.com senior writer Scott Carter to assess Florida’s performance against Vanderbilt, the impact it had on the Heisman conversation, what to expect against Kentucky and the best game shows in the PAT (1:30). Then, wide receiver Justin Shorter stops by for a wide-ranging conversation about his northern roots, what brought him to Gainesville, his praise for Kyle Trask and much more (29:51). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #242: CB Kaiir Elam and Football Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2020 51:14

    While most of the SEC was sidelined over the weekend, Kyle Trask and the Gators took center stage on Saturday night against Arkansas and Feleipe Franks, and once the dust settled in The Swamp, the Gators rolled 63-35 and vaulted Trask into the upper echelon of the Heisman race. On today’s show, host Adam Schick gets to know sophomore cornerback Kaiir Elam and finds out what it’s like going up against what is possibly the nation’s best offense every day in practice (1:52). Then, Adam welcomes FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry for a roundtable discussion about Trask’s rising star, the state of the Gator defense, the impending start of Florida basketball and history’s most underrated players in the PAT (19:52). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #241: WR Tre Grimes, Football Chat & “Gator Great” Chris DiMarco

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2020 70:24

    When you look at the way 2020 has played out on the gridiron, almost everything has changed relative to expectations, from the schedule, to the opponents, to the number of people in the stands and much more. But one element that stayed constant both before and after COVID upended our world was Florida’s need and desire to beat Georgia and rise to the top of the SEC East. That happened this past weekend in Jacksonville, putting the Gators in the driver’s seat for Atlanta and beyond in year three under Dan Mullen. On this week’s show, host Adam Schick welcomes senior receiver Tre Grimes to discuss the triumph over the Bulldogs and the match-up against Arkansas and his former roommate Felipe Franks (1:55). Then, FloridaGators.com senior writer Scott Carter stops by to take a deep dive into where Florida stands at this juncture and the challenges awaiting them as the new top dog in the division (18:52) Finally, with the first ever November Masters upon us, we’ll catch up with former Florida golfer and PGA Tour veteran Chris DiMarco (44:55). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #240: RB Nay’Quan Wright and UGA Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2020 48:07

    After an unprecedented three-week layoff, the Gators returned to the field and “The Swamp” to take on Missouri last weekend, with fireworks of all kinds taking place over the course of the night. On today’s show, host Adam Schick is joined by FloridaGators.com senior writer Scott Carter to discuss Florida’s performance against Missouri, the altercation that grabbed headlines and what it all means for Florida/Georgia in Jacksonville (1:21). Then, Adam spends some time with redshirt freshman running back Nay’Quan Wright and learns how he came mere centimeters from death on his path to becoming a Gator (29:59). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #239: OL Stewart Reese and Missouri Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2020 48:21

    After an unexpected two-week hiatus, Florida returns to action this weekend to take on Missouri in The Swamp. And while we know we’ll see the Gators in throwback jerseys and helmets, we know much less about what to expect on the field. On this week’s show, host Adam Schick chats with offensive lineman Stewart Reese about how the team has handled the COVID disruption and how a Florida kid ended up at Mississippi State… and then back in the Sunshine State (1:36). Then, FloridaGators.com senior writer Scott Carter joins Adam to assess where the Gators stand entering a grueling, seven-week sprint to the finish line (24:22). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #238: COVID Update and “Gator Great” Chris Leak

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2020 52:07

    We knew this season would be unlike any other, and that’s certainly proven true at an early juncture for the Gators. Following their loss at Texas A&M, the football program suffered a COVID-19 outbreak that caused the team to pause all activities and delayed both the LSU and Missouri games. On today’s show, host Adam Schick chats with FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry about the latest developments within the football program, the opening of practice for men’s basketball and much more (1:28). Then, Adam opens up the GATOR GREATS vault and shares an exclusive chat with former QB Chris Leak about his early life and post-UF career (34:42). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    GATOR GREATS – The Promise Fulfilled #4: Turning The Tide

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2020 35:43

    On episode four of our five-part series about the 2008 football national champions, host Adam Schick tracks the Gators' march through the tail end of the regular season, culminating with their dramatic comeback win over Alabama in the SEC Championship. "Turning The Tide" features head coach Urban Meyer, offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, linebacker Brandon Spikes, kick returner Brandon James, running back Jeff Demps, wide receiver David Nelson, safety Ahmad Black, athletic director Jeremy Foley, "The Voice of the Gators" Mick Hubert and Steve Spurrier. Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #236: WR Trent Whittemore, Football Chat and Gator Great Dane Dunning

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2020 73:23

    The Swamp may not have been as loud as in a normal home opener, but over 15,000 fans and many cardboard friends were treated to a 38-24 win over South Carolina. Now, in this SEC grinder of a schedule, they head back on the road as far west as you can possibly go in the conference, making their second ever trip to Aggieland. On today’s show, host Adam Schick talks to wide receiver and Gainesville native Trent Whittemore about fulfilling his dream of becoming a Gator and scoring his first career touchdown in The Swamp (1:49). Then, FloridaGators.com senior writer Scott Carter stops by to recap the South Carolina game and look ahead to Texas A&M (23:47). Finally, Jeff Cardozo chats with a Gator Great from the diamond, as pitcher Dane Dunning recounts getting called up to the majors and pitching in the playoffs as a rookie (50:22). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    Gator Tales #235: LB Ventrell Miller & Football Roundtable

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2020 56:24

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    Gator Tales #234: TE Kyle Pitts and Football Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2020 71:09

    While we spent the last five months on this podcast proudly telling stories from the past, we are very excited to begin writing new chapters in the book of Florida athletics. So after a spring and summer of uncertainty, football is back, albeit not exactly the same as before. On our sixth season premiere, host Adam Schick finds out how preseason All-American tight end Kyle Pitts prepared for this unique season, how he is handling sky-high expectations and what he did to stay entertained during quarantine (1:38). Then, Adam is joined by FloridaGators.com senior writers Scott Carter and Chris Harry to discuss the road to the 2020 season (19:33), expectations for the offense (44:38), the loaded secondary (47:20), taking on Lane Kiffin in his first game at Ole Miss (53:55), Billy Donovan’s move to Chicago (58:52) and their favorite TV shows discovered during the pandemic (1:03:05). Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    GATOR GREATS – The Promise Fulfilled #3: Jacksonville Justice

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2020 34:13

    On episode three of our five-part series about the 2008 football national champions, host Adam Schick does a deep dive into the various storylines driving the 2008 Florida/Georgia game, from Brandon Spikes' opening takedown of Knowshon Moreno all the way through the timeouts Urban Meyer took to get back at the Bulldogs for their 2007 end zone stunt. "Jacksonville Justice" features head coach Urban Meyer, offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, linebacker Brandon Spikes, kick returner Brandon James, running back Jeff Demps, safety Ahmad Black, "The Voice of the Gators" Mick Hubert and Steve Spurrier. Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    GATOR GREATS – The Promise Fulfilled #2: Wrecking Ball

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2020 35:12

    On episode two of our series about the 2008 football national champions, host Adam Schick finds out how “The Promise” fueled a turnaround and got the team back on track in blowouts of Arkansas, LSU and Kentucky. "Wrecking Ball" features head coach Urban Meyer, offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, linebacker Brandon Spikes, kick returner Brandon James, running back Jeff Demps, safety Ahmad Black, receiver David Nelson and athletic director Jeremy Foley. Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.

    GATOR GREATS – The Promise Fulfilled #1: Championship or Bust

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2020 38:14


    Introducing “The Promise Fulfilled,” a new miniseries chronicling the journey of the 2008 national champions from Tim Tebow’s legendary speech all the way through the moment they won their second BCS title in three years. On the debut episode, host Adam Schick learns about the hunger driving the returners after a disappointing 2007 campaign, their early success against Miami and Tennessee and the Ole Miss game that changed everything. "Championship or Bust" features head coach Urban Meyer, offensive coordinator Dan Mullen, linebacker Brandon Spikes, kick returner Brandon James, running back Jeff Demps, safety Ahmad Black, receiver David Nelson, athletic director Jeremy Foley and “The Voice of the Gators” Mick Hubert. Please subscribe and leave a review if you like what you hear and for more information, visit FloridaGators.com/GatorTales.


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