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Fundraiser turns to memorial for UNF plane crash victim

Travis Gibson December 9, 2013
The previously planned golf fundraiser tournament at Deerwood Country Club continued as scheduled Monday, but it was played with strong emotions in memory of Huber.

UNF hangs 100+ on Webber in record setting dunkfest

Travis Gibson November 21, 2013
Every single UNF player wearing a jersey scored a field goal and five players scored in double figures in the blowout win.

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

Travis Gibson November 8, 2013
UNF did make things interesting, but eventually lost to the University of Florida Gators Friday, 77-69, in its season opener.

Moon: UNF soccer teams could be off campus entire season

Travis Gibson October 14, 2013
While UNF disputes with Besch & Smith concerning the project to fix UNF's soccer field problems, difficulties arise concerning morale, money and Mother Nature.

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

Travis Gibson October 7, 2013
JU scored two second half goals to pull away to a 3-1 victory, but head coach Linda Hamilton didn't see any of the four goals at Southern Oak Stadium Friday night.

Men’s basketball begins pre-season practice

Travis Gibson September 30, 2013
If the average fan from last season walked into a practice this year, they would be hard pressed to find a familiar face. The team has eight new players.

Basketball head coach takes Canadian recruiting trip

Travis Gibson September 26, 2013
Driscoll made presumed recruiting stops in Toronto and Hamilton as well as Ontario, according to Sault Star.

Osprey forward earns Player of the Week

Travis Gibson September 25, 2013
Rivaroli tallied 4 total points over the week, adding 2 assists to his first 2-goal performance of his college career.

Women’s soccer shut out again in loss to Furman

Travis Gibson September 21, 2013
UNF (2-6-2) has been shut out five times this season including Friday's loss to Furman (5-2-1). Granted, each loss was to a bigger, non-conference team.

Sienkiewicz named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week

Travis Gibson September 11, 2013
Brad Sienkiewicz was named Atlantic Sun Player of the Week.

Called for Traveling

Travis Gibson September 6, 2013
“The fans could smoke in the stands. And you’d be playing and the opposing team’s coach would just be drinking a beer and calling plays,” Smith said.

UNF soccer player caught drinking and driving

Travis Gibson August 19, 2013
A member of the UNF soccer team was caught driving while under the influence of alcohol Friday, Aug. 2.

Phishing scam looks to hook UNF employees

Travis Gibson July 25, 2013
University phone numbers have been inundated with serial telephone calls -- as many as 40 per hour -- as part of a phishing scam.

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

Travis Gibson July 16, 2013
The home opener is set for Nov. 16 against the Southern University Jaguars. UNF has not lost a home opener since 2008. Other non-conference matchups include games against nationally pre-season ranked opponents Ohio State (No. 10), Indiana (No.16) and Michigan State (No. 3).

Two schools bolt from A-sun for football friendly conference

Travis Gibson July 8, 2013
On May 30, Mercer and East Tennessee State Universities announced they would be leaving the A-Sun and joining the Southern Conference.

Woman robbed in Arena parking garage

Travis Gibson July 3, 2013
A female student was robbed Wednesday morning in the Arena parking garage.

ESPN’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ hits Jacksonville

Travis Gibson June 29, 2013
Flying sweat and blood, buxom ring girls and one vicious knockout.

3 UNF baseball players taken in MLB draft

Travis Gibson June 19, 2013
The UNF baseball team had a handful of current and future players drafted in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.

Phelan qualifies for U.S. Open

Travis Gibson 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.

Golf tied for 9th on first day of Nationals

Travis Gibson May 29, 2013
After one round of golf at the NCAA National Championship, No. 14 seed UNF sits tied for 9th place.

Live Blog: UNF v. Kennesaw State

Travis Gibson May 24, 2013
LIVE Baseball Blog: UNF v. Kennesaw State

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

Travis Gibson May 23, 2013
In the early afternoon of the DeLand sun, the only wind blowing came from the wiffs of the Lipscomb bats.

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

Travis Gibson May 22, 2013
Catcher Corey Bass and right-fielder Tyler Marincov captured the season ending honors on the eve of the A-Sun conference tournament.

Maguire shoots 7-under, UNF leads NCAA regional

Travis Gibson May 16, 2013
The St. Pete sophomore carries a one shot lead into round two over Georgia Tech's Anders Albertson (-6) and Florida State's Chase Seiffert (-6)

Granberry to transfer to Wyoming

Travis Gibson April 24, 2013
"Just based on those talks and where he was in his recovery and in his being he felt and his mom felt -- and I'm %100 behind him -- that it was in his best intrest to play this last season at a different school," Driscoll said. "It was really more of a fatherly approach than anything else."

Sand Volleyball wins second consecutive A-Sun title

Travis Gibson April 22, 2013
The deciding set was played on the far end of the sand volleyball courts at Jacksonville University, so in order to get a better view both teams lined up against chain link fence to get a closer look at the action.

UNF baseball first place: big bats, comebacks

Travis Gibson April 17, 2013
UNF would add six more runs, and a total 17 hits for the game. The team totaled 32 runs in the three game series, and grabbed three wins against NKU (6-30, 1-11 A-sun) over the weekend.

Plans for UNF football get sacked

Travis Gibson 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.

Former UNF basketball player charged in murder

Travis Gibson April 3, 2013
Former UNF basketball player Stephen O’Reilly turned himself in to authorities in Florida after a warrant for his arrest was issued for the fatal stabbing of his roommate.

Weeks bats for cycle, UNF claims ETSU series

Travis Gibson March 31, 2013
Weeks, who attended Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, finished the game 4-for-5. Weeks notched all four elements of the cycle with a home run (4), a triple, a double and a single. He also had two runs scored and a team-best five RBI.

UNF is all too familiar with NCAA Cinderella, FGCU

Travis Gibson March 27, 2013
“In their last five wins, we were one of those teams [that played them tight]. We were the only team in the last five minutes that was a possession away from being there,” Driscoll said.

Column: Nice guys finish last

Travis Gibson March 12, 2013
The nice guy strategy works if you’re trying to build a team you would want your daughter to marry, but not if you are trying to win games.

Day with Driscoll

Travis Gibson March 6, 2013
“If you don’t win, you get fired. You’ve got 18-22 year old kids controlling your life.”

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

Travis Gibson 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.

Beech and McRoy spur recent wins for men’s basketball

Travis Gibson February 28, 2013
But two weeks ago, Beech was about as confident as Oscar Pistorius’ defense attorney.

UNF golf wins Hayt Invitational, Phelan medalist

Travis Gibson February 27, 2013
Senior Kevin Phelan fired two stellar rounds of -8 (64) and -5 (67) to finish at -13 and win medalist honors.

Men’s basketball dominates on Senior Night

Travis Gibson February 23, 2013
"I've been working coach all week," said Beech. "David Jeune got me open, Will Wilson, Andy Diaz all the seniors they were looking for me. I got open shots and I hit them. It was fun."

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

Travis Gibson February 20, 2013
The top of the A-Sun is more crowded than a “Harlem Shake” video, but it’s lonely at the bottom.

UNF baseball joins ‘Harlem Shake’ craze

Travis Gibson February 17, 2013
"Do the Harlem Shake."

Crumble in the rumble

Travis Gibson February 16, 2013
"We want to get hot going into the tournament and we were very confident coming into tonight," Smith said. "It's very frustrating."

Football ain’t free

Travis Gibson February 14, 2013
“You don't leave as a legacy something that can't financially carry itself -- that's a bad legacy,” Delaney said. “I think it's more likely that we won't have football than we will.”

UNF finds Mercer’s defense unbearable

Travis Gibson February 9, 2013
After the game, Driscoll said that starting lineup changes may be in UNF's future. Driscoll will likley be looking to improve UNF's slumping offense. UNF is averaging 56 points in its last three games, nine points below its season average of 65.

Column: Leader of the Flock

Travis Gibson February 6, 2013
During pre-game warm-ups Wallace was the most vocal player on the court. You could see the energy exuding from him as he stalked up and down the court, taking time to pump up each of his teammates.

Second half comeback against Stetson ends losing streak

Travis Gibson February 2, 2013
Junior Travis Wallace led the team in more than one aspect Saturday night. His energy and vocal leadership kept the team's head in the game, even when the Ospreys fell behind by 19 points midway though the first half. His presence inside and perfect free throw shooting (6-6) led all scorers with 18 points.

Column: Calling all leaders

Travis Gibson January 30, 2013
When the a team is making a run and the shots aren't falling on the offensive end, who will step up and demand more from his teammates?

Which team will show up against JU?

Travis Gibson January 16, 2013
The team goes as Smith goes. In the last four UNF victories, Smith’s contributions averaged over 25 points per game. In the last four UNF defeats, Smith’s average was 10 points per game.

Game Day 2017?

Travis Gibson 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. Only last semester, Athletic Director Lee Moon was asked about the possibility of UNF starting a football program. His response was, "Not in my lifetime."
Moon now considering UNF football

Moon now considering UNF football

Travis Gibson January 15, 2013
Moon said that he has been polling fraternities and sororities to test the climate for football on campus, after receiving permission from President John Delaney.

Osprey men outlast Owls

Travis Gibson January 13, 2013
"It's a good league and every night you better be ready to play, and if you don't buy into that or you don't believe that, you have something seriously wrong with you," Driscoll said.

Men’s Basketball Break Summary

Travis Gibson January 10, 2013
UNF has started to develop balanced inside-outside scoring with the inside scoring of Wallace and the long range ability of Parker Smith, but freshman Beau Beech has started to become a viable third scoring option.

Column: PS3 goes off in DeLand

Travis Gibson January 10, 2013
By the middle of the first half, Smith was so hot Stetson fans were yelling, "No!" the second he was catching the ball in anticipation of the three points that were sure to follow.

Parker Smith’s 33 points leads UNF past Hatters

Travis Gibson January 6, 2013
PS3 shot a nearly flawless 90% from 3-point range, connecting on 9-10 attempts, and finished with 33 points and 5 assist.

Cold shooting dooms Men’s basketball against Northern Kentucky

Travis Gibson January 3, 2013
Freshman Beau Beech (17 pts, 8 reb) made 3 of 5 three point shots, while the rest of the team was a combined 2 for 20 from long distance.

Men’s basketball grabs win in A-sun opener

Travis Gibson January 2, 2013
Wallace, who has emerged as the team's go to scorer, is riding a hot streak and is averaging 23 points and 8 rebounds over his last four games.

UNF men’s basketball breakdown

Travis Gibson November 29, 2012
Playing strong competition can reveal a lot about a team, including strengths and weaknesses. UNF showed they can hang with the big boys of the NCAA, playing well in spurts against Memphis and FSU, but if UNF wants a shot at the A-Sun Title they will need to make a few key improvements.

Volleyball falls to ETSU in A-Sun tournament final

Travis Gibson November 17, 2012
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

Travis Gibson 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) at Lipscomb's Allen Arena.

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

Travis Gibson November 10, 2012
"His dad was a coach and a Vietnam vet who had a lot of great qualities," Driscoll said. "He taught is son this, don't expect to be praised when you do things well, but expect to be discplined when you do things wrong, that's what Jerron lives by."

Volleyball downs Dolphins

Travis Gibson 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

Travis Gibson November 4, 2012
With UNF's hopes of post season play over, the Ospreys had a chance to play spoiler. A victory over JU would have eliminated them from post season play, but UNF wasn't able to defend in the last third of the field.

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

Travis Gibson October 29, 2012
The UNF women's soccer team captured a victory in their quarterfinal match in the Atlantic Sun Tournament on Oct. 27.

Column: Can’t Hardly Skate

Travis Gibson October 25, 2012
Regardless of my constant desire to see their destruction, I do respect the skills displayed by the skaters at UNF. It' has to be difficult to navigate the lunch crowd, especially with those mini skate boards that look like they came out of a cereal box.

Jekyll and Hyde Weekend for Women’s Soccer

Travis Gibson October 21, 2012
Sunday's game was dubbed Senior Day, as it marked the last time six UNF players would play a game at Hodges Stadium.

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

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

Travis Gibson September 25, 2012
In a Sept. 11 in a match against Bethune-Cookman, Pridgeon reached 1,000 digs to go along with 1,322 kills for her college career. She is the only active player in the Atlantic-Sun Conference to have at least 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills.

Column: My Week in Fantasy Football Land

Travis Gibson 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 a game that involved two teams that I hate.

Column: Go Ahead, Call it a Comeback

Travis Gibson September 12, 2012
This player didn’t stand out because of her powerful 5-foot-9 frame, her long bleach blonde hair or because of the bulky knee brace that engulfed her left knee. In order to notice Anna Budinska, you didn’t need to see her, all you needed to do was listen.

Open Letter to Maurice Jones-Drew: Enough is Enough

Travis Gibson 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.

UNF Athletics releases 2012-13 men’s basketball schedule

Travis Gibson August 6, 2012
Look here to see the Men's 2012-13 basketball schedule.
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