Stories 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

Saturday, Sept. 13, 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

Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014

Falcons, Jaguars trying to settle offensive line spots

Jacksonville hopes to settlethe center position job in Thursday's preseason finale against Atlanta, which also is looking to finalize its offensive line.
By Mark Long

Falcons, Jaguars trying to settle offensive line in finale

Jacksonville hopes to settle the offnesive line position in Thursday's preseason finale against Atlanta, which also is looking to finalize its offensive line.
By Mark Long

Friday, July 4, 2014

Gilliland is on pole for Coke Zero 400

David Gilliland's top speed during a hectic, cat-and-mouse qualifying session was 199.322 mph,and earned him the Coke Zero 400 pole.
By Mark Long

Saturday, June 7, 2014

U.S. beats Nigeria in World Cup send-off match

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jozy Altidore ended a six-month scoreless streak with a pair of goals, leading the United States over Nigeria 2-1 Saturday night in the Americans' World Cup send-off match.
By Mark Long

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

U.S. coach Klinsmann says team is a 'work in progress'

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The U.S. is getting a little defensive about its defense.
By Mark Long

Friday, May 30, 2014

SEC's reveue should continue to rise

DESTIN, Fla. - Southeastern Conference revenue remains on the rise. It should make a major jump next year following the launch of the SEC Network.
By Mark Long

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Gators coach wants to avoid FCS schools

DESTIN, Fla. - Florida coach Will Muschamp wants to avoid playing teams from the Football Championship Subdivision. And not because the Gators lost to lower-division Georgia Southern.
By Mark Long

Friday, April 4, 2014

Gators coach builds another juggernaut

With his fourth team in the Final Four and in the midst of the longest winning streak in school history, maybe Florida coach Billy Donovan should be dubbed "Billy the Builder."
By Mark Long

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Florida's Young makes life tough down low

Patric Young has been far from an underachiever for top-seeded Florida (36-2), which plays Connecticut in the Final Four on Saturday.
By Mark Long

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

No. 3 car still holds special place

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Austin Dillon might as well have grabbed the largest Dale Earnhardt tribute flag ever made and waved it all around NASCAR's most famous track.
By Mark Long

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

Gators' star injured in win against Gamecocks

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Scottie Wilbekin scored 17 points before getting helped to the locker room with a sprained right ankle, and No. 10 Florida opened SEC play with a 74-58 victory against South ...
By Mark Long
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2014 City salaries rose slightly

The salaries of Augusta-Richmond County employees remained relatively flat over the past year, but some people got big raises. Average full-time pay increased by 1.4 percent to $38,949.19.
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