4 BITS: Jim McElwain donates $5,000 to bring Colorado State player home from New Zealand

By Adam Silverstein
June 16, 2015

1 » Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain put his money where his heart is, reportedly donating $5,000 to a former Colorado State football player in order to bring the man, his young daughter and his deceased wife home after all were stuck in New Zealand. According to Matt L. Stephens of The Coloradoan, former CSU defensive lineman Eli Edwards lost his wife to lupus while the family was in New Zealand so she could undergo treatment. Edwards was unable to afford to fly home after the treatments and started a crowdfunding account in order to raise money to cover the trip and funeral costs. McElwain’s donation, gifted from his private company MacFam LLC, makes up approximately one-quarter of the $20,000 raised to this point. Director of strength and conditioning Mike Kent, who joined McElwain when he took the Florida job, also reportedly donated $500.

2 » Two Tampa-based Gators baseball signees – outfielder Kyle Tucker and right-handed pitcher Jake Woodford (Tampa, FL) – have signed professional contracts after being selected early in the 2015 MLB Draft. Tucker, selected No. 5 overall, inked his deal with the Houston Astros and will join his brother, former Florida first baseman Preston Tucker, with the organization. Woodard was drafted No. 39 overall by the St. Louis Cardinals and also signed with his team on Monday. According to MLB.com, Kyle Tucker’s deal is worth $4 million, while Woodford got $1.8 million.

3 » The Gators posted this interesting infographic on Twitter last week, detailing an average 15-hour day in the life of a Florida football player. The general breakdown includes waking up, eating breakfast, attending class, eating lunch, weight lifting, fueling up and recovering, going to meetings, attending practice, fueling up again, eating dinner and going home to relax and study with some short breaks in between. Among the more interesting things in the graphic include the line “wake up in a dorm that feels like a luxury apartment” (looks like those renovations will be done) and presence of an Apple Watch.

4 » Florida senior forward Alex Murphy has agreed to join Finland for the 2015 World University Games taking place from July 3-14 in South Korea. Murphy, whose brother Erik Murphy previously competed with Finland in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, is eligible to play for the team due to his mother’s heritage. Paivi Murphy is Finnish and played with the nation’s women’s national team in her youth. Alex Murphy will play an important role for the Gators in 2015-16 as a veteran helping lead the way during head basketball coach Michael White’s first season with the team.

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