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Fundraiser turns to memorial for UNF plane crash victim

December 9, 2013

Sutton Lakes subdivision in east Arlington was the site of a deadly plane crash Sunday night. The small plane carrying three passengers crashed into a pond in a quiet neighborhood around...

UNF hangs 100+ on Webber in record setting dunkfest

November 21, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Like a young man holding the door open for an old lady, UNF did what it was supposed to do Thursday night. Head coach Matthew Driscoll used the match-up against the NAIA school...

Men’s basketball stays close, drops season opener to UF

November 8, 2013

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It was a David versus Goliath match-up. This time the Gator Goliaths were too much for a UNF team full of Davids. UNF did make things interesting, but eventually lost to the No....

Moon: UNF soccer teams could be off campus entire season

October 14, 2013

The UNF men's soccer team played its first home conference game six miles away from UNF’s campus. The game was played at Patton Park. Rowdy UNF students seen regularly at last year’s games at...

Women’s soccer drops match to JU, head coach absent

October 7, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A penetrating run through the JU defense by Carolina Lencina and a layoff pass to Thea Linkfield resulted in a goal and a 1-1 tie in the second minute of the second half. But...

Men’s basketball begins pre-season practice

September 30, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Head basketball coach Matthew Driscoll is still trying to nail down the names of his players. "Hey, what's your name? Dallas," Driscoll said to freshman Dallas Moore after...

Basketball head coach takes Canadian recruiting trip

September 26, 2013

UNF's next recruit could come from north of the border. According to the Sault Star, a daily newspaper in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, head basketball coach Matthew Driscoll travelled to Canada to...

Osprey forward earns Player of the Week

September 25, 2013

Sophomore Jean Rivaroli scored two goals for Osprey men’s soccer in an overtime loss Sunday to Florida Atlantic. It was the first loss of the season for the Ospreys, breaking their undefeated streak...

Women’s soccer shut out again in loss to Furman

September 21, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- This is the time in the season when wins and losses don't mean much in the way of conference championships, but the UNF women's soccer team can't like the path it's on. In...

Sienkiewicz named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week

September 11, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On the heels of a upset, shutout win against UCF, Brad Sienkiewicz was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 9. The senior UNF keeper, used 5 saves against...

Called for Traveling

September 6, 2013

  Former UNF star takes his talents to South China   Parker Smith sits up in his hotel bed. It’s still dark outside, but the sounds of fireworks in the skies of the Shaanxi province are...

UNF soccer player caught drinking and driving

August 19, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A member of one of UNF's soccer teams**, was caught driving under the influence of alcohol Friday, Aug. 2. The player was given a field sobriety test by a University Police...

Phishing scam looks to hook UNF employees

July 25, 2013

UNF Information Technology Services believes that a rash of recent calls made to the school are part of a large scale phishing scam. According to a faculty and staff wide email sent by Assistant Director...

UNF releases Men’s Basketball schedule – UF, Mich. State, Ohio State headline tough non-conference slate

July 16, 2013

UNF basketball begins its 2013-2014 season against in state foe, University of Florida on Nov. 8. The last time these two squared off, the Gators grounded the Ospreys in a decided 91-55 pounding. UNF...

Two schools bolt from A-sun for football friendly conference

July 8, 2013

  Beginning in July 2014, The Atlantic Sun Conference will look much different. On May 30, Mercer and East Tennessee State Universities announced they would be leaving the A-Sun and joining...

Woman robbed in Arena parking garage

July 3, 2013

A woman was allegedly robbed Wednesday morning in the Arena parking garage. According to the University Police Department, the robbery took place around 11:15 a.m. on the third floor of the parking...

ESPN’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ hits Jacksonville

June 29, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --Flying sweat and blood, buxom ring girls and one vicious knockout. For the first time in 11 years, televised boxing made its return to Jacksonville on Friday night. ESPN's "Friday...

3 UNF baseball players taken in MLB draft

June 19, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The UNF baseball team had a handful of current and future players drafted in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. Current players Tyler Marincov, Corey Bass and Kyle Westwood...

Phelan qualifies for U.S. Open

June 5, 2013

University of North Florida golfer Kevin Phelan won medalist honors at the Bradenton Sectional Qualifier to earn a spot in the field for the 2013 U.S. Open Championship on June 13-16. The Open take...

Golf tied for 9th on first day of Nationals

May 29, 2013

After one round of golf at the NCAA National Championship, No. 14 seed UNF sits tied for 9th place. Tuesday was a day when the best became the worst and the worst became the best for the Ospreys. No....

Live Blog: UNF v. Kennesaw State

May 24, 2013

DELAND, Fla. -- Fresh off a 6-1 win over first win of this season's A-Sun tournament, the UNF baseball team takes on Kennesaw State in DeLand today.On the mound for the Ospreys is the lanky lefty Tommy...

UNF herds Bison, advance to winners bracket in A-sun tourney

May 23, 2013

DELAND, Fla. -- In the early afternoon of the DeLand sun, the only wind blowing came from the wiffs of the Lipscomb bats. UNF pitcher Kyle Westwood tossed a complete game, three-hit-seven strike...

2 Ospreys named to All-Conference team, A-Sun tourney begins

May 22, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two members of the UNF baseball team were named to the Atlantic-Sun All-Conference Team on Tuesday. Catcher Corey Bass and right-fielder Tyler Marincov captured the season ending...

Maguire shoots 7-under, UNF leads NCAA regional

May 16, 2013

Playing in the number three spot, MJ Maguire carded a round of 7-under 65 to lead UNF to a first round lead in the NCAA regional tournament. Starting on the back nine, Maguire rolled a bogey free...

Granberry to transfer to Wyoming

April 24, 2013

Former UNF Men's basketball standout Jerron Granberry will be taking his talents to Laramie. Laramie, Wyoming is the home to the University of Wyoming Cowboys, a team that finished with a 20-14...

Sand Volleyball wins second consecutive A-Sun title

April 22, 2013

The A-Sun title boiled down to one set. In the final round UNF lost its first two matches to Stetson giving the team the tall task of winning all three of its second round of matches on March 21...

UNF baseball first place: big bats, comebacks

April 17, 2013

Rain only delayed the inevitable. On a gloomy Sunday afternoon rain and lightning postponed the third and final series game between UNF and the Northern Kentucky Norse, but the thunder was provided...

Plans for UNF football get sacked

April 4, 2013

UNF president John Delaney issued an email to students informing them the university will not pursue a football program in the near future. “After much financial examination, we have concluded...

Former UNF basketball player charged in murder

April 3, 2013

Former UNF basketball player Stephen O’Reilly turned himself in to authorities in Escambia County, Fla. after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a murder case. O'Reilly was charged...

Weeks bats for cycle, UNF claims ETSU series

March 31, 2013

With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Drew Weeks stepped to the plate with a chance to make history. Weeks needed a double to complete the cycle -- the holy grail of offensive baseball...

UNF is all too familiar with NCAA Cinderella, FGCU

March 27, 2013

This weekend, Florida Gulf Coast University put the Atlantic Sun Conference on the map, making a cannonball splash at the NCAA men’s March Madness. The Eagles, who defeated UNF in the first round...

Column: Nice guys finish last

March 12, 2013

  Coa A first-round tournament loss ended an unusual and unsuccessful season for head coach Matthew Driscoll and the men’s basketball team. The loss marked the second consecutive first-round...

Day with Driscoll

March 6, 2013

He throws open the glass door of the Dollar General and heads to the driver’s side of his silver Toyota Camry. He walks with short, quick steps. He hops in the car and places a grocery bag full...

Ray-Rod’s perfect game leads UNF to comeback victory

March 3, 2013

With 21 seconds left and UNF clinging to a two point lead, freshman Ray Rodriguez, who had attempted only one free-throw all season, stepped to the line. Rodriguez drained both free throws and gave...

Beech and McRoy spur recent wins for men’s basketball

February 27, 2013

With about two minutes left, Beau Beech hit a three point shot to give UNF a 25 point lead against USC Upstate, Feb. 23. As he sprinted down the court after the shot, he lifted both of his arms...

UNF golf wins Hayt Invitational, Phelan medalist

February 27, 2013

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. -- The UNF men's golf team captured its first victory of the season in blow out fashion, claiming the top spot in the John Hayt Collegiate Invitational. The tournament, played at...

Men’s basketball dominates on Senior Night

February 23, 2013

"That's definitely the storybook way that you want to end your senior night," said senior point guard Will Wilson. UNF was able to win big in their final home game of the season. UNF (12-17,...

Column: The good, the bad, and the bloody awful

February 20, 2013

UNF’s loss to JU, Feb. 15, was the kind of loss that can crush a team. UNF looked to be turning their season around when they rallied from a 19 point deficit to defeat Stetson Feb. 2. They followed...

UNF baseball joins ‘Harlem Shake’ craze

February 17, 2013

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Crumble in the rumble

February 16, 2013

Jacksonville, Fla. -- Parker Smith launched a three. As the ball spun through the air of Veterans Memorial Area, the clock expired. If the shot goes in, the Ospreys win the game, make a statement...

Football ain’t free

February 14, 2013

Campus enthusiasm for football at UNF by 2017 could falter when students discover athletic fees would most likely have to double to make it happen. In an email to students and faculty, UNF President...

UNF finds Mercer’s defense unbearable

February 9, 2013

Macon, Ga -- The venue may have changed, but the result was the same for UNF against the Mercer Bears on Sat. night. In fact it was worse. UNF (10-16, 5-8 A-sun) was not able to avenge a loss...

Column: Leader of the Flock

February 6, 2013

Coming off its fourth straight loss, after losing to FGCU, Jan. 31, the team found itself staring a fifth one right in the face in the game against Stetson, Feb. 2. UNF was down by 19 points before...

Second half comeback against Stetson ends losing streak

February 2, 2013

Jacksonville, FLA -- On a day when Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow, the UNF men's basketball team finally stepped out of a shadow of its own. UNF ended a four game losing steak and beat the...

Column: Calling all leaders

January 30, 2013

The UNF men's basketball team has played the first leg of its conference schedule, and the results have been less than impressive. In fact, they've been un-pressive. UNF is in the middle of a three...

Which team will show up against JU?

January 16, 2013

The last two games played by the UNF men's basketball team represented everything that has gone right -- and wrong -- this season. Considering the game against JU is on the horizon, will UNF arrive as...

Game Day 2017?

January 15, 2013

University President John Delaney officially asked the University Board of Trustees for permission to begin exploring the idea of adding a football team to the athletics program at UNF. In the fall...

Moon now considering UNF football

Moon now considering UNF football

January 15, 2013

[Editors note: For an update on this developing story go here.] In a story published in The Spinnaker during the fall semester, Athletic Director Lee Moon was asked about the possibility of...

Osprey men outlast Owls

January 13, 2013

Jacksonville, Fla -- The dynamic duo of senior Parker Smith and junior Travis Wallace lead the Osprey's men's basketball team to a 81-72 win over Kennesaw State Saturday night. Smith scored 32 points,...

Men’s Basketball Break Summary

January 10, 2013

While most UNF students were enjoying their holiday break, the UNF men’s basketball team was traveling the country playing a series of tough games. UNF has now moved into the season-within-the-season...

Column: PS3 goes off in DeLand

January 10, 2013

Coming into the season, I was excited to watch one of the best three-point shooters in the country, UNF senior guard Parker Smith. The Bleacher Report, a sports website, rated him as one of the best...

Parker Smith’s 33 points leads UNF past Hatters

January 6, 2013

UNF notched its first conference road win of the season against Stetson 90-74 on the back of a season best performance by senior guard Parker Smith. Stetson fans shook their heads in amazement as PS3...

Cold shooting dooms Men’s basketball against Northern Kentucky

January 3, 2013

UNF's seven game home win streak came to an end Wed. night, due in part to poor shooting. The Ospreys lost to A-sun rival Northern Kentucky, 65-52. UNF (6-9, 1-1 A-sun) shot 20% from three point...

Men’s basketball grabs win in A-sun opener

January 2, 2013

In the first game of the season within the season, UNF used a second half surge to capture a 84-70 win against A-sun foe Lipscomb on New Year's Eve. UNF had five players score in double digits and...

UNF men’s basketball breakdown

November 29, 2012

UNF's men's basketball team is off to its typically slow start, mostly due to their difficult road schedule against top-tier teams. But playing strong competition can reveal a lot about a team, including...

Volleyball falls to ETSU in A-Sun tournament final

November 17, 2012

Nashville, Tenn -- An unlikely run by UNF's volleyball team in the Atlantic-Sun Conference Tournament ended Saturday when the Ospreys lost a five set match to ETSU (23-25, 24-26, 25-18, 25-22, 12-15),...

UNF volleyball beats JU in A-sun tourney

November 16, 2012

Crosstown rivals UNF and JU met for the third time this season in the first round of the Atlantic Sun tournament. The fourth-seeded Ospreys swept fifth-seeded Jacksonville 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-13)...

Playing with heavy hearts, UNF men’s basketball wins in season opener

November 10, 2012

In the opening game of the 2012 season, the UNF men's basketball team had more than just a victory on their mind. Senior guard Jerron Granberry suffered the loss of his father earlier in the week and...

Volleyball downs Dolphins

November 4, 2012

A pumped up crowd wearing t-shirts carrying the words, "Kick the Fins", cheered the UNF volleyball team to a straight set victory over JU Sat. Nov. 4. UNF (18-11, 9-7 A-sun) won its fourth straight...

Men’s soccer loses big in season finale

November 4, 2012

The UNF men's soccer team was not able to send its senior's out on a high note, as the team fell to local rival JU by a score of 5-1 on Sat. Nov. 3. With UNF's hopes of post season play over, the...

Women’s soccer advances to semifinals in A-Sun tourney

October 29, 2012

The UNF women's soccer team captured a victory in their quarterfinal match in the Atlantic Sun Tournament on Oct. 27. The Ospreys (8-9-2) scored three goals in their match against Kennesaw State...

Column: Can’t Hardly Skate

October 25, 2012

If you ride a skateboard on UNF's campus I want you to fall. Not a painful bone shattering fall, just enough of a spill to leave you on the ground -- accompanied by some pointing and laughing. As...

Jekyll and Hyde Weekend for Women’s Soccer

October 21, 2012

During a two game home stand over the weekend, the UNF women's soccer team was the windshield one game, and the bug for the next. On Fri. Oct. 19, the Ospreys (7-9-2 overall, 5-3-1 A-Sun) played...

Women’s Soccer Wins Two, Ascends to Top of A-Sun

October 8, 2012

When the final whistle chirped on a hot and muggy Sunday afternoon match against Stetson, the UNF women's soccer team found themselves on top of the Atlantic Sun Conference standings. UNF (4-0-1 A-Sun)...

UNF Volleyball’s Paige Pridgeon joins elite 1,000, 1,000 dig club

September 25, 2012

When most people use the expression, "I've done it 1,000 times," it's just a figure of speech. But not if those words are coming from senior UNF volleyball player Paige Pridgeon. In a Sept. 11 in...

Column: My Week in Fantasy Football Land

September 21, 2012

  On Thursday night, Sept. 13, I received some devastating news. I was notified via iPhone that a football player that I've never met, on a team that I have never rooted for, was injured in...

Column: Go Ahead, Call it a Comeback

September 12, 2012

I love comeback stories. They are one of my favorite aspects of sports and life. To see an athlete drop, whether due to injury or some other personal circumstance, only to re-emerge just as good or...

Open Letter to Maurice Jones-Drew: Enough is Enough

August 28, 2012

Hey Mojo, It's me, Travis.  You don’t know me, but I know you. I know you well enough to refer to you by Mojo, a nickname I use mostly because typing Maurice Jones-Drew every time takes too long. I've...

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