NCAA Division II

Argos now set to open season against A&M Commerce

Argos now set to open season against A&M Commerce

That didn’t take long. Less than a week after losing its opponent for the 2020 season opener, the University of West Florida football team has found a replacement. And it’s a good one. Texas A&M Commerce is coming to town Sept. 3 to take on the reigning NCAA Division II national champion Argonauts at Blue […]

Decision by Mountain East impacts UWF football slate

Decision by Mountain East impacts UWF football slate

The University of West Florida football team just lost its opponent for its season opener. The reigning NCAA Division II champions were scheduled to host West Virginia Wesleyan Sept. 3 at Blue Wahoos Stadium. But West Virginia Wesleyan is a member of the Mountain East Conference, which announced Thursday that it does not plan to […]

Florida Tech announces it is eliminating football

Florida Tech announces it is eliminating football

Football is no more at Florida Tech. The school made the announcement late Monday morning, citing financial challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason behind the decision. Tech is one of two NCAA Division II schools with football in Florida. The program was founded in 2011. Two years later, the Panthers kicked off […]

UWF benefits from Santa Rosa County connection

UWF benefits from Santa Rosa County connection

Quentin Randolph isn’t shy about reminding Anthony Johnson Jr. who had the upper hand when they were playing football at rival Santa Rosa County schools. Playing for Navarre, Randolph and the Raiders dominated Pace in 2014, winning 49-21. That was Randolph’s senior year. Johnson was a sophomore at the time for the Patriots. “Of course, […]

Randolph enjoys walk-on to wow moment

Randolph enjoys walk-on to wow moment

Quentin Randolph is two or three steps ahead of the West Alabama defender trailing him. He’s sprinting down the middle of the field in a tied game in the fourth quarter and the ball is sailing in his direction Saturday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Randolph preaches often that big-time players make big-time plays in […]

Gutsy effort not enough for Argos in loss to Blazers

Gutsy effort not enough for Argos in loss to Blazers

Turns out, Valdosta State is as good as advertised. But that didn’t stop the University of West Florida from nearly pulling off an upset of the nation’s No. 1 team Saturday night at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Georgia. A gutsy second-half effort was almost enough to help the 20th-ranked Argonauts overcome a 20-point halftime deficit. But […]

Conference title on the line for the Argos

Conference title on the line for the Argos

It’s the biggest game in NCAA Division II football this week. The University of West Florida squares off with top-ranked Valdosta State Saturday at 7 p.m. EST at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Georgia. A share of the Gulf South Conference title is on the line. The game is set to be televised live on ESPN3. Ranked […]

UWF sets stage for showdown with Blazers

UWF sets stage for showdown with Blazers

Austin Reed sat in a postgame news conference Saturday night after the University of West Florida held on for a 17-14 Gulf South Conference win over North Greenville. The redshirt freshman quarterback talked about a performance that propels the 20th-ranked Argonauts to their seventh consecutive win, the longest streak in program history. But he also […]

UWF hoops team ready for exhibition game

UWF hoops team ready for exhibition game

University of West Florida men’s basketball coach Jeff Burkhamer tried to schedule an exhibition game against a Division I opponent. It just didn’t work out. But the Argonauts will get a chance to test themselves before the real season begins, hosting Fort Stewart out of Georgia on Sunday. UWF will face a team of former […]

Reed connects with Grant to cap OT victory

Reed connects with Grant to cap OT victory

Austin Reed threw the ball. Kevin Grant made the catch.  What followed was a celebration highlighted by the University of West Florida football players running down the field in the direction of a frenzied student section. The elated players savored every second of a winning feeling produced by a thrilling 27-21 overtime victory over Mississippi […]

Home opener on horizon for Argonauts

Home opener on horizon for Argonauts

For the first time this season the University of West Florida football team is playing a home game. The Argonauts host the University of Virginia-Lynchburg Saturday at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. for the first ever meeting between the two schools. After crushing Shorter last Saturday, UWF faces a team that has […]

Randolph a walking success story

Randolph a walking success story

Quentin Randolph wrote in an Instagram post earlier this summer about the darkness he encountered in his football life, darkness that seemed to envelop him. He was staring at an uncertain future in the game he is so passionate about. He had talks with his family as well as with one of his closest friends […]

Vernetti rows her way to success with Spartans

Vernetti rows her way to success with Spartans

Hanna Vernetti was a standout weightlifter at Navarre. But rowing? She had never done it before. She knew little about the sport. “The only thing I knew was that it had sometimes been called weightlifting on the water, which is what sparked my interest in joining a rowing team in college,” Vernetti said. When she […]

Randolph steps up in Argos’ season-opening win

Randolph steps up in Argos’ season-opening win

Quentin Randolph leaped into the air and snagged the ball with authority. He landed inside the 10-yard line with a 29-yard clutch catch in the third quarter that gave the University of West Florida new life in a tightly contested season-opener against No. 22 Carson-Newman Thursday night. Randolph’s catch, one of a career-high four, set […]

Camp popularity connected to success of UWF football program

Camp popularity connected to success of UWF football program

Navarre running back Chris Williams said it best in providing a reason why the University of West Florida football camp was the place to be on a muggy summer night in July. “This isn’t just a regular team. They went to the (national) championship last year,” Williams said. “It’s a blessing to be a part […]

Taylor earns player of the week honor

Taylor earns player of the week honor

Callan Taylor has been named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Week for the first time in her University of West Florida softball career. The sophomore standout from Navarre earned the honor after dominating at the plate over the weekend in a series against Alabama Huntsville. Taylor finished the three-game series with six hits, […]

Argos will finally play home opener

Argos will finally play home opener

The University of West Florida’s football team will play its first home game of the season Saturday night when it takes on Chowan in a 6 p.m. showdown at Blue Wahoos Stadium. The Argos had their home opener against nationally ranked Midwestern State wiped out last week because of the threat of Hurricane Irma and […]

Once a dream, UWF closing in on historic first season of football

Once a dream, UWF closing in on historic first season of football

It began in 2009 with a vision that football would be a good fit for the University of West Florida. Dr. Judy Bense, the president of the university since 2008, spearheaded the efforts to turn the dream into reality, although initially the dream was a little too big. “Back when we had nothing, when all […]