UF Closes Spring Practice, Pro-Day to Public

Rumored for weeks to be the case, the University of Florida announced on Wednesday afternoon that spring practices will be closed to the media and public. First-year head coach Will Muschamp cited minimizing distractions and the element of surprise in the fall as reasons to close practices that begin on March 16.

"With a new coaching staff here teaching our system, we feel like minimizing our distractions is important," head coach Will Muschamp said. "We realize that there is high interest from the fans, and we are extremely appreciative of the support that The Gator Nation gives us. We hope they understand that this decision has been made in the interest of helping our program be successful on Saturdays this fall by allowing our team to learn and develop together in this type of environment.

"We also respect that the media have a job to do and understand that this creates a challenge for them, so we ask for their patience with us as we work through our first spring practice here at Florida."

The practices will be closed to everyone, but the Orange & Blue Debut will air live on Sun Sports April 9 at noon.

The Gators will host their Pro Day on March 15. It will only be open to the media, and fans will not be allowed to attend.

"Pro Day is an extremely important day for the career hopes of these players, and they've spent an enormous amount of time and energy preparing for it," Associate Athletics Director for Communications Steve McClain said. "We feel that creating a more private environment and minimizing potential distractions will help give them the best chance to perform up to their potential. We also feel like it's become more important than ever for us to monitor who is around our team and student-athletes, and taking this step provides us an even greater ability to manage that."

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