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Gators bench Feleipe Franks; Luke Del Rio to start at QB vs. Vandy

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No. 21 Florida is turning to a familiar face to fix an all-too-familiar problem. Luke Del Rio will get another chance as the team’s starting quarterback when the Gators (2-1, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) host Vanderbilt (3-1, 0-1) on Saturday.

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Alabama, SEC trying to climb back to college football summit

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Alabama and the Southeastern Conference are trying to climb back atop the college football mountain.

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Bill Gunter to take another stab at HD 37 seat

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Bill Gunter, a pastor of the Redeemer Community Church in New Port Richey, will make a second run for the Florida Legislature, seeking the House District 37 seat being vacated next year by term-limited Richard Corcoran. “Our great President Donald J. Trump has inspired me with his leadership and direction over the past year,” Gunter said in a statement. I will fight for the issues important to my fellow citizens if elected to serve in Tallahassee.” Gunter won a GOP primary election in 2013 in the special election to…

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‘Bama/Gators SEC title game looks like massive mismatch

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Talk about a mismatch. Alabama’s defense is the best in the nation. Florida’s offense looks like one of the worst. They’ll face off Saturday in the Southeastern Conference championships game, with the top-ranked Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0 SEC) heavily favored to lock up its third straight trip to the College Football Playoff with a victory over the No. 15 Gators (8-3, 6-2). Alabama has not given up a defensive touchdown in 17 quarters, a span that covers its entire November…

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Florida reopens football schedule against the Minutemen

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They’re called the Minutemen. Roughly speaking, that’s about how long UMass should be in Saturday’s game against the University of Florida. Oh, it’s still opening day for the Gators, what with a new quarterback (Luke Del Rio) and an old friend (Steve Spurrier, playing the role of Mr. Two Bits). And, like most football fans, Florida’s faithful don’t mind winning 52-7. What does it say about the season to come? Probably nothing. The SEC Country website predicts an 8-4 record with losses to…

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Remembering first Bucs training camp 40 years ago

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The Bucs rookies and other hopefuls reported to camp on Monday. On Wednesday, they will be joined by the veterans. The beauty of training camp, and opening day for that matter, is that all teams are tied for first place. Expectations are higher for some teams than for others. Some are Super Bowl contenders while others can satisfy their fans just by making the playoffs. It was exactly 40 years ago when the Bucs opened their first training camp. Expectations…

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Polk County’s 4-star hero could replace Confederate general in U.S. Capitol

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Twenty-three years ago a young House member introduced a bill to replace the statue of Confederate Gen. Kirby Smith in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol with one of Gen. James A. Van Fleet. It passed the House, but the Senate sponsor got cold feet after receiving phone calls from several Confederate memorial groups. That House member, Joe Tedder, a Lakeland Democrat, who is now Polk County Tax Collector, is again working to get the famous World War II and…

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