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Former Clemson, Florida Running Back Announces Transfer Decision

Shortly after re-entering the transfer portal, Demarkcus Bowman has selected his next school. On Monday, the running back announced his commitment to UCF on Twitter. A former five-star prospect out of high school, Bowman transferred from Clemson after receiving just nine carries in 2020. He didn't see much more playing time in Florida, where he gained 81 rushing yards on 14 handoffs.
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Look: Florida Boosters Respond To Wild Recruiting Rumor

Sunday was a rough day for Florida Gators boosters as prized quarterback Jaden Rashada announced his intentions to play in the Sunshine State... for the Miami Hurricanes. But there has been a controversy brewing over whether Rashada was offered a lucrative NIL deal to attend Florida over Miami. Michael W. Caspino of Forward Counsel in California recently told On3 Sports that Rashada left "million on the table" by choosing the Canes over an $11 million offer he claim came from the Florida boosters group Gator Collective.
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Anthony Duruji Signs With Atlanta Hawks

According to his agency, ProMondo Sports, Florida Gator alumni Anthony Duruji has signed with the Atlanta Hawks as an undrafted free agent. Right now the terms of the deal are unknown, but it’s likely an unguaranteed deal that will allow him to come to camp and compete in the NBA Summer League and look to stick at the highest level. With only two rounds in the NBA Draft there are plenty of undrafted players to make an impact, and 25% of the players in the NBA playoffs were undrafted free agents. For players like Duruji it’s all about finding the right situation where he can fit in and showcase his abilities and hopefully Atlanta is the perfect spot.

Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of New Gainesville Store as Part of 2022 Day Brighteners Tour

Press release from Wawa, Inc. GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Wawa, Inc. today announced the grand opening of its newest store located at 4322 SW Archer Rd. on Thursday, June 30th. To mark the occasion, Wawa is hosting an exciting grand opening celebration and outdoor ribbon cutting beginning at 9:00 a.m. Prior to the celebration, the new store will open at 8:00 a.m., when Wawa will begin distributing limited-edition, Wawa “Goose Vibes Only” t-shirts for the first 100 customers who walk through the door, while supplies last! Wawa will also provide free coffee to toast the community and brighten days from June 30 to July 10.

UF Health hires diversity officer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - UF Health officials named their new Chief Diversity Officer. Doctor Lakesha Butler is taking over this position, come August 22nd. Butler was a professor of pharmacy practice and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Southern Illinois University. She is trained in facilitating diversity-related discussion and...
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Gators' QB Moore chooses Mercer

Goose Creek High School quarterback Drew Moore announced his college choice on June 27. The three-year starter and all-region selection is headed to Mercer University in Macon, Ga., to further his playing career after his days on Red Bank Road are over. The Bears are in the Southern Conference. They’re landing a player who has been trending upward the last couple years.

Bradford Preschool closed by DCF after police investigation

A mother of 4 children who attended Bradford Preschool said she was concerned after noticing bruises and scratches on the children's bodies. Last November, Brenda Perez said she picked up her kids from Bradford Preschool, and her 4-year-old had marks around one of his eyes. "I contacted them asking, you...

Chomp: Good & bad recruiting news for the Gators

This story first appeared in Chomp, our Gators football newsletter. Subscribe here. We’re sending this week’s edition of Chomp earlier than usual because we have some good news — and bad news — on the recruiting front... 🙂 A commit & 2 misses over the weekend...

Two Miami men convicted after $1.4 billion healthcare scam targeting rural hospitals

Two Miami men were convicted Monday for conning vulnerable addiction treatment patients, rural hospitals and health insurance companies out of $1.4 billion in a healthcare fraud scam that spanned Florida, Georgia and Missouri, according to authorities. Jorge Perez, 62, and Ricardo Perez, 59, were found guilty of conspiracy to commit...
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Defensive back Sharif Denson commits to Florida over Texas A&M & others

The Florida Gators picked up a big commitment from in-state prospect who has ties to the Gators on Monday. Defensive back Sharif Denson (5-11, 170, Jacksonville, FL. Bartram Trail) committed to Florida over Florida State, South Carolina, and Texas A&M. “Committed, this how I’m feeling,” Denson posted on his Instagram....

Jorge Perez, co-conspirator convicted in rural hospital billing scheme

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A federal jury has convicted the men accused in a $1.4 billion scheme to run a North Central Florida hospital, among others, into the ground. Jorge Perez, 62, and his co-conspirator Ricardo Perez, 59, were convicted Monday after a 24-day trial in the Middle District of Florida. They were found guilty of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, five counts of health care fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering of proceeds greater than $10,000.

Rattlers' strike by giving back during annual gala

Two Alachua County high school students joined the Rattler family and were awarded scholarships to help them on their road to graduating college at the annual Alachua County chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association Scholarship Gala. The two recipients awarded the $1,000 scholarships were Tyra Peterson of...