The Florida Gators kicked off spring practice before the University of Florida broke for spring break. When the players returned to campus on Sunday Jim McElwain and the coaching staff had a surprise waiting for the players. During the team meal on Sunday McElwain surprised the players with championship rings.
“Well-deserved,” McElwain said. “Back-to-back SEC champs in the East. That’s something that is no small feat.”
— Eddy Pineiro (@eddypineiro1) March 13, 2017
Although the face of the ring clearly states “SEC East Championships” a UAA spokesperson clarified that the rings were for winning the Outback Bowl. McElwain said Tuesday that he was proud of the way the Gators prepared for and showed up to the bowl game this year after a major flop in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl the year prior.
“For me the way they approached the bowl game, it was more of a bowl game-type deal that they approached it with the right mind-set to go win the game,” McElwain said. “That’s – I think – one of those things that shows the sense of accomplishment, and they’re always excited to get some bling.”
— Michael Trask (@Mtrask65) March 13, 2017