The Gators opened training camp Wednesday, women’s basketball released its non-conference schedule, and the Gators opponent in Week 2 may be missing a key player.
Training camp begins
Since spring camp ended, most of the news around Florida has been about recruitment.
On Wednesday, the players set to play for the Gators in 2022 took to the field to prepare for the season.
After spending parts of last season in a hotel due to Covid-19, Florida is hoping for much smoother sailing this time around.
One of the main themes of camp this year will be improved discipline after being one of the most heavily penalized teams in the nation last year.
Women’s Basketball Releases Schedule Outside of Conference
The Florida women’s basketball team had a rollercoaster season in 2021.
Former coach Cameron Newbauer resigned last July, but early in the season it emerged that a toxic team culture essentially forced Newbauer to leave.
Kelly Rae Finley had to pick up the pieces and did so well.
Florida went 20-9 last year and placed 23rd. It was Gainesville’s first winning season since 2016.
Finley was hired as permanent head coach during the off-season and looks to continue the momentum this year.
The first step for the new season is the release of the non-conference schedule.
The home game for Florida will be a mostly low-key affair.
Florida will have seven home games during the non-conference portion of the season, none against a power-five opponent.
The Gators play FSU in Tallahassee on November 16 and in Miami on December 10.
Florida plays Green Bay and Houston over Thanksgiving weekend in St. Pete.
The women’s team is also joining the men’s team in Charlotte for the Jumpman Invitational in December and will compete like the men against Oklahoma.
The winner plays against the winner of North Carolina against Michigan.
Star Kentucky player availability is still unknown
Florida Football plays Kentucky in the second week of the season and it is not yet known if Kentucky will have a star running back Chris Rodriguez for the game.
Rodriguez was arrested in May for drunk driving.
Kentucky has not officially announced Team Rodriguez’s penalty.
When asked about Rodriguez’s status today, head coach Mark Stoops said: “I have no comment.”
Kentucky opens the season against Miami (OH). It wouldn’t be too surprising if Rodriguez missed the opener but was on the field against Florida.