43 Facts About Florida Gators


Florida Gators are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the University of Florida, located in Gainesville.

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The University of Florida Gators was one of the thirteen charter members who joined together to form the new Southeastern Conference in 1932.

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Florida Gators is the only school in the SEC and one of four schools nationally to have won a national championship in the football, men's basketball, and baseball.

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Florida Gators is the only school in NCAA Division I history to hold the outright men's basketball and football championships during the same school year.

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In 2017, Florida Gators won the baseball national championship for the first time.

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The Florida Gators swept LSU in the best of three national title series.

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Florida Gators is the only Southeastern Conference school to accomplish this feat, as well, Florida Gators is the only school in history to have achieved triple crown status in such a short span of time.

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Only one other Division I athletic program has matched that feat, and Florida Gators has achieved this record while fielding fewer sports teams than many of the other perennially top-ranked collegiate athletic programs.

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The Florida Gators are the only SEC sports program to earn all three SEC all-sports trophies in a single year, and have swept all three trophies twelve times.

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Florida Gators is one of only two Division I schools to hold both major men's championships at the same time, and was the first to do so.

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University of Florida is a founding member of the Southeastern Conference, one of the nation's premier intercollegiate sports conferences, and 20 of the 21 Gators sports teams compete in the SEC.

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The Gators have won an additional 66 SEC tournament titles in these sports which are not included in Florida's total of 255 SEC team championships.

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In June 2017, Florida Gators won their first College World Series championship, sweeping fellow SEC rival LSU in two games in the best-of-three finals.

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Florida Gators enjoyed limited success in men's basketball before the mid-1980s.

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Coach Norm Sloan's Florida Gators were invited to the National Invitation Tournament —only the second time the team had been invited to a post-season tournament.

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Under Donovan, Florida Gators won its first SEC men's basketball tournament in 2005, when they beat the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC title game.

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In 1975, the Lady Florida Gators debuted as a varsity program under head coach Dr Paula Welch.

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The Florida Gators made local headlines in 1976 by winning the "state championship", beating the other three women's college teams located in the state at that time.

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In 2009, the Lady Florida Gators placed seventh at the NCAA cross country championship; in 2010, they won the SEC championship for the second consecutive year.

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Since then, the Florida Gators have played in thirty-seven bowl games, won three national championships and eight Southeastern Conference championships, and produced 138 All-Americans, forty-two National Football League first-round draft choices and three Heisman Trophy winners.

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Florida Gators has historically shared rivalries with Auburn and Miami, too, but those games are no longer played annually and have lessened in intensity.

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Florida Gators have won the SEC Championship Game seven times in eleven appearances since the SEC instituted the championship game in 1992.

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The Florida Gators won their first official conference title in 1991, the year before the first SEC conference championship game was played, for a total of eight SEC championships in the last twenty-four seasons.

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Gymnastics was one of the first women's sports added at the University of Florida Gators and achieved early success by winning the 1982 AIAW national championship.

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Since the NCAA assumed sponsorship of the national gymnastics championships in 1982, Florida Gators has typically earned invitations to the NCAA national championships, and advanced to the NCAA "Super Six" eighteen times.

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Florida Gators have won a total of nine SEC gymnastics championships since 1982.

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Florida Gators became the second Southeastern Conference member university to offer lacrosse as a varsity sport, following Vanderbilt University, and played its inaugural 2010 season in the American Lacrosse Conference together with the Commodores.

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The Florida Gators have been ranked among the top ten women's lacrosse teams in the country each of the last five seasons, and have been ranked as high as No 1.

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Since the beginning of the program, the Florida Gators have had several notable successes, including four SEC championships, eight appearances in the Women's College World Series, and back-to-back WCWS national championships .

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Florida Gators won nine SEC regular season championships, as well as five SEC tournament titles .

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In 2014, the Florida Gators defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first two games of the three-game Women's College World Series to win their first NCAA national championship.

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In 2015, the Florida Gators repeated as national champions by defeating the Michigan Wolverines in the full three games.

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Florida Gators was previously the head coach at Wichita State University and he played baseball for the University of Oklahoma and a minor league team affiliated with the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Florida Gators have had an international flavor since the 1980s, when the Olympic success of Gator swimmers began to attract Canadian, European and Latin American swimmers to train under coach Randy Reese.

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Florida Gators have one of the strongest and most storied women's tennis programs in NCAA history, and the women's tennis team has won seven NCAA team championships .

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The Florida Gators have claimed five SEC Tournament titles in Men's Tennis and 20 in Women's Tennis .

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The Florida Gators have made nineteen trips to the NCAA tournament, including eight NCAA Final Four appearances .

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Florida Gators landed the nation's top 2008 recruiting class, as ranked by Prepvolleyball.

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Florida Gators's was honored as an AVCA Third-Team All-American and a Volleyball Magazine Second-Team All-American.

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The Florida Gators men's wrestling team was an SEC-sponsored sport from 1970 to 1979; the team won the 1975 SEC championship tournament and placed second during four other seasons.

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University of Florida Gators has invested significant capital and effort in the construction, expansion and betterment of its major sports facilities, including the following outdoor stadiums, indoor arenas, and training and practice facilities:.

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University of Florida Gators began its sports program soon after it was established in Gainesville in 1906, and its teams adopted orange and blue as their official colors soon thereafter.

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University of Florida Gators has a reputation and long history of producing athletes who compete in the Olympic Games.

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