In 1906: Florida plays its first intercollegiate football game against Stetson and wins 6-0
In 1950: Florida fields its first men’s soccer team and wins the SEC championship in 1953
In 2006: Florida men’s basketball wins its first national championship, defeating UCLA in the NCAA final. Coach Billy Donovan is named SEC Coach of the Year and AP Coach of the Year
The 2008 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gators competed in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and played their home games in Ben Hill Griffin ...
In 2013: Florida soccer wins its second national championship, defeating UCLA in a penalty shootout after a scoreless draw
The 2017 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament began on June 1, 2017, as part of the 2017 NCAA Division I baseball season. The 64-team, double-elimination tournament concluded with the 2017 College World Series (CWS) in Omaha, Nebraska. The CWS started on June 17 and ended on June 27. The 64 participating NCAA Division I college baseball teams were selected out ...
History of the Gators
The Florida Gators are one of the most successful college sports teams in history, with a long and proud tradition of excellence. Since their inception in 1906, the Gators have won three national championships (2006, 2008, and 2009), 11 conference titles (SEC East Division: 1993-1996; SEC Championship: 1993-1994; 1996-2000), and nine bowl games. The program has also produced some of college football's greatest players, such as Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, Tim Tebow, and Emmitt Smith.
Throughout history, the team has been known for its strong defense, often called "the Gator Defense." This is due to their ability to shut down opponents’ offenses regularly while simultaneously creating turnovers that lead directly to points for the offense. Their defensive prowess was especially evident during their 2006 National Championship run when they allowed just 13 points per game over an entire season!
In addition to great defensive performances throughout its illustrious history, the Florida Gators have also had tremendous success on offense with several Heisman Trophy winners, including Steve Spurrier (1966), Danny Wuerffel (1996), Tim Tebow(2007), and Emmitt Smith(1989). These four stars combined for over 20 All-American selections between them! Furthermore, each player became an NFL Hall Of Fame Inductee, further cementing themselves among some of College Football's best players.
Since its formation in 1906, The University Of Florida Football Program has gone from strength to strength, becoming one of College football's most recognizable programs. With 3 National Championships, 11 Conference Titles, 9 Bowl Games, 4 Heisman Winners & 20+ All-Americans, It is easy to see why fans flock to Gainesville every year, hoping that this could be their year!
College Sports Established
University of Florida
1973 - Present / NCAA Division 1
1915 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1932 – Present / SEC Conference
1922 – 1932 / Southern Conference
1911 – 1921 / Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Gators - The Florida Gators are one of the most storied teams in college sports, and their nickname has become synonymous with excellence. But did you know that the origins of this iconic moniker date back nearly a century ago? Let’s take a look at how it all began!
In 1911, when the University of Florida students were debating what to call their new football team, they decided on “Gators” as an homage to local wildlife. The Everglades region was home to many alligators and crocodiles, which made for great mascots - plus, they had plenty of tenacity, just like UF athletes! It wasn’t until later that year when then-athletic director William G. Kline wrote an article about why he chose Gators as the team name: “We must select some kind animal emblematic [of] our purpose…the Alligator is peculiarly fitted for such service." This marked the first time anyone officially referred to UF's athletic teams by its now-famous nickname –– The Florida Gators!
Fast forward more than 100 years later, and not much has changed; today, we still refer proudly refer ourselves as "Gator Nation" or "The Gator Family," but no matter what you call us, we will always be proud members who stand behind our beloved mascot Albert E. Gator®. Go gators!!
Men's Basketball 2
Women's Basketball 0
2008, 2006, 1996
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