Stories by Mark Long

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Being 'state champs' isn't enough for Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida's path to the College World Series was filled with familiar foes. The Gators (49-15) beat four teams from the Sunshine State.
By Mark Long

Friday, May 29, 2015

SEC commissioner steps down sooner than expected

DESTIN, Fla. - Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive unexpectedly stepped down Friday, just minutes after announcing record revenue and a groundbreaking rule.
By Mark Long

Thursday, May 28, 2015

New coaches could boost SEC basketball

DESTIN, Fla. - When Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings first stepped into the meeting room this week in Destin, he immediately noticed four new faces.
By Mark Long

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Guest coaching, graduate transfers are hot SEC topics

DESTIN, Fla. - Satellite camps and graduate transfers are hot topics on first day of Southeasteern Conference Meeting.
By Mark Long

Monday, May 11, 2015

New Florida coach gets guidance from Donovan, embraces tough task

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Mike White is getting a few pointers about his new job.
By Mark Long

Friday, May 8, 2015

Speith can't stay with McIlroy

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Masters Tournament champion Jordan Spieth didn't need two days with Rory McIlroy to know how far away he is from turning a budding rivalry into a real one.
By Mark Long

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Winston impresses at pro day

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Jameis Winston put on quite a show for NFL coaches, general managers and scouts during Florida State's pro day on Tuesday.
By Mark Long

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015

Tony Stewart now 0 for 17 in NASCAR's Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart's Daytona 500 drought continues. Stewart was involved in a five-car accident early, ending his chances of winning the “Great American Race.”
By Mark Long

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

Older drivers might follow Gordon's lead

Four-time Cup champion Jeff Gordon has already announced that 2015 will be his last as a full-time driver, and there's a sense that several others could follow him out the door.
By Mark Long

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Stewart black flagged at first NASCAR practice

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Tony Stewart opened Speedweeks with a weighty - and heated - issue.
By Mark Long

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

NASCAR drivers are all talk at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Daytona 500 media day included lots of talk about four-time champion Jeff Gordon and what could be his final ride in NASCAR'S most prestigious race.
By Mark Long

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Florida's search for a new coach was well-documented

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley thought he was conducting a secret search. It ended up being about as public as possible.
By Mark Long

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Florida hires McElwain as football coach

After working though a buyout issue, Jim McElwain is leaving Colorado State to become Florida's next head coach.
By Mark Long

Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014

South Carolina rewrites script

GAINESVILLE, Fla. Dylan Thompson scored on a 4-yard keeper to give South Carolina a 23-20 victory over Florida on Saturday.
By Mark Long

Gamecocks pull off comeback

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Dylan Thompson scored on a 4-yard keeper in overtime, giving South Carolina a 23-20 victory over Florida on Saturday.
By Mark Long

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Gators look to 'take back the Swamp'

Florida wants to turn things around at home, where it has lost five of its past seven games, including both in October.
By Mark Long

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

SEC backs are a heavy load this season

Looking at heights and weights of some of this year's backs in the Southeastern Conference, this crop just might be special.
By Mark Long

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

Muschamp running out of chances

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Florida coach Will Muschamp likely needs a victory against No. 9 Georgia today to have any chance of saving his job.
By Mark Long

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Gators to start freshman QB against Dogs

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - With his job on the line, Florida coach Will Mus­champ has turned to freshman quarterback Treon Harris.
By Mark Long

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Florida holds off Kentucky in three overtimes

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Matt Jones' 1-yard plunge in triple overtime gave Florida a 36-30 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night, extending the Gators' winning streak in the Southeastern Conference ...
By Mark Long
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