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March 04, 2014

Gators expand open practice schedule

GAINESVILLE -- Florida's disastrous 2013 campaign served as open season on the (lack of) coaching competency exemplified by Will Muschamp, but UF's 2014 has been dominated by change including newfound transparency. 

In a (savvy) move to reconnect with a disgruntled fan base, the Gators will open eight spring practices -- nine counting their annual Orange & Blue Debut -- the school announced Tuesday. 

Florida's inaugural practice on March 19 will be open to the public, as fans will have a chance to see new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and his up-tempo scheme, injured quarterback Jeff Driskel back in action, nine early enrollees and Vernon Hargreaves III intercepting all the passes more. 

UF's new open practice schedule represents a dramatic shift from Muschamp's bunker mentality, as the Gators have held just four total open practices (not counting the spring game) the previous two spring camps. 

The Gators also announced an additional practice open exclusively to season ticket-holders at an unknown date. 

UF's open practice schedule:

Wednesday, March 19

Friday, March 21

Saturday, March 22

Monday, March 24

Wednesday, March 26

Monday, March 31

Wednesday, April 2

Friday, April 11

Saturday, April 12 (Orange & Blue Debut)

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Muschamp spring speaking tour announced

GAINESVILLE -- Gators head coach Will Muschamp will speak at the Broward County Gator Club on May 1, the school announced Tuesday. 

Muschamp's spring speaking tour -- a collaborative effort by the UF Alumni Association, Gators Boosters and the University Athletic Association -- includes eight stops across the state starting with an April 8 appearance -- four days prior to UF's annual Orange & Blue Debut -- at the Gainesville Quarterback Club.

According to Adam Silverstein of OnlyGators.com, Muschamp's stop in Broward County will be the coach's first speaking engagement since 2011 at a Gator Club south of Palm Beach County.

Although dates and times are to be determined, offensive coordinator Kurt Roper (Ocala), offensive line coach Mike Summers (Tallahassee, Pensacola) and special teams coordinator Coleman Hutlzer (Daytona Beach) will also speak on the tour. 

Muschamp's complete tour schedule... 

April 8 - Gainesville Quarterback Club (Gainesville)

April 17 - Gator Club of Jacksonville (Jacksonville)

May 1 - Broward County Gator Club (Fort Lauderdale)

May 5 - Tampa/Pinellas County Gator Clubs (Tampa)

May 7 - Polk County Gator Club (Lakeland)

May 13 - Central Florida Gator Club (Orlando)

May 20 - Titletown Gator Club (Gainesville)

May 22 - Fightin' Gator Touchdown Club (Gainesville) 

According to Gatorzone.com, visit www.ufalumni.ufl.edu for more information including tickets, future appearances and more. 

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