GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Florida is closing spring practice for
the first time in school history.
First-year coach Will Muschamp made the announcement Wednesday, saying he wants to minimize distractions with a new staff. The sessions will be off limits to fans and media.
Muschamp says the decision was made "in the interest of helping
our program be successful on Saturdays this fall."
Muschamp believes closed practices could give the Gators the
element of surprise next season with new offensive and defensive
The Gators will continue to open their spring game to the
public. It will be played April 9 at Florida Field.
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