Florida Football


May 29, 2020

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I doubt that it is needed, but just in-case, as a short explanation, S.O.S. is the internationally known signal that is a call for help or rescue.

In this instance, it could equally stand for Save Our Site.

Yes, as I stated in the very first article on the new site [On the Mark: Inside the Gators on the move], I consider this 'our' site.

When I went out on my own on April 1, 2018 there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding my venture. After several years running the Gator Insider site on Gator Country and then 14 years with Rivals/Yahoo Sports, I was starting over again at zero.

The site got off to a fast start, gaining almost as many subs by the end of the fifth month than I expected to have in the first-year total. Then it sort of flattened out and remained steady. 

Then, in March, a few weeks before our second-year anniversary all hell broke loose.

With over 100,000 deaths and 40 million unemployed and business after business negatively impacted – I'm not trying to portray myself as a victim or portend that my needs are greater than others when there are clearly many, many out there who are hurting.

However, the reality is, as a small business, if something doesn't change soon, here at Inside the Gators we are also looking at some significant changes.

When the NCAA announced Wednesday that the recruiting dead period was going to be extended through July 31 - it took away any chance of covering events such as Friday Night Lights or summer visits, official or unofficial.

That adds two more months of projected ‘misery’ for this industry on top of what has already been three terrible months that began back in early March.

F5 Sports to me is the Cadillac of networks. I absolutely love the layout and usability of the site. However, the 'rent' isn't cheap or free. I have start-up costs and hosting costs to pay off and I simply am unable to do that with how things are today.

Basically, as it stands right now, though I love it, I can't afford this luxurious penthouse.

Some have suggested I borrow the money or start a Go-Fund-Me, but that's not who I am.

What I absolutely love about the online, e-commerce, economy is that at least in this business, there's really no one putting their finger on the scale. You survive or you fail based on your own merits. I started out writing a recruiting bog on Geocities and went on to a 20-year career because I produced content that Florida fans found valuable enough to pay for. If that's no longer the case, then so be it. I readily accept that.

If you feel as though this is content that is worth paying for, that you would miss when it's gone, then please consider signing up. If not, while the site will still be here in some form or fashion to service our membership, it won't be as it is today, with me running the show or on this platform.

Below are examples that are free for everyone to read of the type of content we produce. It is either the type that has value and people want to keep around, or they won't and it won't be around in its present form for much longer.

The choice is yours. Regardless of the outcome, I do appreciate each and every one of you who have supported the sites over the last two decades in some form or another

If you have any feedback, or ideas, up to and including buying one of my kidneys, please feel free to email me at mwrivals@gmail.com


Ken Zampese spent 20 years in the NFL before becoming a Florida football support staff member last season. Now, after returning to the NFL with the Washington Redskins, he looks back on his time at Florida, sharing his thoughts on Dan Mullen, the program, the quarterbacks, and more.

Florida has landed three former five-stars in the past eight months via transfers. Why were they ranked as five-stars to begin with? Why did they fail at their first schools? Why might things be different for them at UF? We went on a mission to find those who know them best for the latest.

This marks the ninth off-season in which Inside the Gators has interviewed an anonymous departing player in order for him to share his thoughts on an array of topics regarding Florida Gators football.

You know about his recruiting process and what he is capable of on the field, but today go behind the scenes and find out more about Florida signee Mordecai McDaniel on a more personal level.

Former Florida football players share their thoughts on the season, grading Dan Mullen, the players who surprised and disappointed, who they believe will have a breakout 2020 season.

A few former Florida football players from the Class of 2000 share their memories 20 years after they themselves signed to play for the Gators.

If you have ever actually wondered what goes on during an official visit, this Inside the Gators exclusive takes you behind the scenes of what happens Friday through Sunday on campus during an official visit weekend at the University of Florida.

Former Florida defensive end Johnie Church (1992-1995) shares 10 observations on Florida football after the Gators 34-3 win over Tennessee.

With Florida's 2019 season opener against Miami just a week away, Inside the Gators has turned to former Gators football players to get their take on the upcoming season. We asked numerous former players for their take on the following 10 questions.

The family atmosphere surrounding the Florida football program starts at the top. Dan Mullen not only allows the coaches’ wives and kids to be around the facility, he encourages it in some ways by hosting special events for the families.

LAKE WALES, Fla. | Up until just over a year ago, defensive lineman Gervon Dexter was well on his way to playing college ball, but in a sport other than football.

While the Florida-Georgia result wasn't official until the game clock struck double-zero at 6:56 p.m. on Saturday evening, in reality, the outcome was all but decided long before kick-off by Georgia completely trouncing Florida along the recruiting trail.

A few weeks ago an episode of HBO's 24/7 documented the Florida Gators as they prepared for their game against Towson. The show only showed about 50% of what happens during game week. Inside the Gators fills in the remaining 50% with this Behind-the-Scenes feature.

Just 20 games into Dan Mullen's tenure as the Florida head football coach it is readily apparent that Gators football is in much better hands than it was with the last two head coaches.

Suiting up in the Orange & Blue, as a grad-transfer, in the stadium in which his season was cut short the year before, while being one of the standouts in the victory are just several of the many reasons it feels as though Jonathan Greenard's career has come full circle.

Part IV of our off-season Anonymous Player Parting Thoughts Q&A takes a closer look at some of the changes implemented by Dan Mullen after taking over the Florida football program last off-season.

As we have done with other big recruiting events, Inside the Gators takes you behind the scenes and gives you The Inside Scoop on how Florida flipped four-star linebacker Derek Wingo from Penn State.

If you have ever actually wondered what goes on when freshmen football players arrive on campus, this Inside the Gators exclusive takes you behind the scenes of freshman check-in at the University of Florida.

If you have ever actually wondered what goes on during an official visit, this Inside the Gators exclusive takes you behind the scenes of what happens Friday through Sunday on campus during an official visit weekend at the University of Florida.

Inside the Gators has taken its most anticipated off-season feature - Anonymous Player Parting Thoughts - to the next level with this in-season two-part question and answer session.

Dan Mullen arrived in Gainesville promising a culture change. That's happening, in part, thanks to his wife Megan, who has adopted the Florida Gators players as her own.

In Part I, seven former Florida football players share their thoughts on the Florida-Georgia game, Dan Mullen and the direction of the football program.

In this seven-part series Inside the Gators gives you an in-depth look at the Florida football program through the eyes, interactions and observations of the parents of six Gators football players - past, present, and future.

Part II of our off-season Anonymous Player Parting Thoughts Q&A takes a closer look at what happened during the Will Grier saga and Florida's offensive malaise under Jim McElwain.

Part I of our off-season Anonymous Player Parting Thoughts Q&A takes a closer look at what went bad with Florida's S&C Program and a player's thoughts on the facilities.

Dan Mullen has said from the jump that he wants former Florida football players to come back and be part of the program. This spring he proved that wasn't just talking.



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