Pete Shinnick

Storybook ending for Argos

Storybook ending for Argos

Not even the best writer in Hollywood could have scripted this ending. Not one in which the University of West Florida concludes its fourth season in program history with the NCAA Division II national championship. Yet, here in Texas on a chilly Saturday afternoon in late December, the dream became reality. The Argonauts completed a […]

Argos looking to punctuate playoff run with D-II title

Argos looking to punctuate playoff run with D-II title

When Pete Shinnick began recruiting for the start-up University of West Florida football program five years ago, all the head coach had was a vision to sell to players. No Pen Air Field. No Darrell Gooden Center. And no history to talk about. Just a vision of the potential this program could achieve if the […]

Argos one win away from playing for national title

Argos one win away from playing for national title

On Saturday, the University of West Florida football team will stand on the doorstep of the NCAA Division II national championship game. The 20th-ranked Argonauts battle No. 2 Ferris State in a national semifinal at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Michigan. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. EST. It will be the third consecutive unbeaten team […]

Playoff appearance up next for Argonauts

Playoff appearance up next for Argonauts

Playoff hopes on the line? No problem. The University of West Florida football team responded the way it hoped it would in a back-and-forth Gulf South Conference showdown against West Alabama Saturday. The result was a 48-37 victory on a mild, sun-splashed November afternoon at Blue Wahoos Stadium. With the win, the Argos cap their […]

Argos face Tigers with playoff hopes on the line

Argos face Tigers with playoff hopes on the line

Quentin Randolph started out as a walk-on at the University of West Florida and arrived on campus unsure of what to expect. The Argonauts were just getting off the ground with their football program at the time. Four years later, Randolph, a former Navarre standout who has become a go-to receiver, and his teammates will […]

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 […]

Argos make statement against Statesmen

Argos make statement against Statesmen

Demetri Burch jumped into the air and came down with the football, He lost his balance after the catch but managed to go forward and roll into the end zone. Not even two minutes into the game Saturday, the University of West Florida football team had just thrown the first punch against Delta State on […]

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 […]

Argos set to take on Choctaws in GSC play

Argos set to take on Choctaws in GSC play

Gulf South Conference play resumes for the University of West Florida football team Saturday night. Mississippi College comes to town for a 6 p.m. game at Blue Wahoos Stadium. UWF (2-1) is coming off one of its most dominant wins in program history. It blasted Virginia-Lynchburg 69-0. MC rallied from a 14-point deficit Saturday to […]

Argos rock Dragons in dominating performance

Argos rock Dragons in dominating performance

Evan Mitchell leaped up in the end zone and made a catch that left quite an impression on the crowd of 4,847 at Blue Wahoos Stadium Saturday night. The Virginia University-Lynchburg defender to his right had no chance to take the ball away from him. Mitchell came down with the ball with 5:55 left in […]

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 […]

Argos ready to kick off fourth season of football

Argos ready to kick off fourth season of football

A lot happened under the bright lights of Pen Air Field last Wednesday night. There were highlight-reel worthy moments of football players dunking balls into trash cans after a turnover, on-the-money throws made by two quarterbacks caught up in a highly contested battle for the starting job, hard hits by the defense and big plays […]

Argos back to work in spring practice

Argos back to work in spring practice

No one will deny the 2018 season for the University of West Florida football team was one that didn’t go as expected. The Argonauts finished 6-5, a game above .500, a year after going to the NCAA Division II national championship game. Injuries played a big part in it. Yet, here at Pen Air Field […]

Randolph grew into leadership role during 2018 season

Randolph grew into leadership role during 2018 season

His numbers on the stat sheet have been impressive. But then, Quentin Randolph always knew he could be a go-to receiver for the University of West Florida Argonauts. Yet, as much as the stats stand out for the Navarre alum, it’s what doesn’t show up in the box score that highlights where Randolph has made […]

Turnovers doom Argos in Coastal Classic

Turnovers doom Argos in Coastal Classic

With a minute left, a glimmer of hope existed for the University of West Florida football team.  Down two, the Argonauts recovered an onside kick at their own 45-yard line. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Armani Peoples sacked Sam Vaughn, forcing a fumble. That was the dagger on a tough night for […]

Argos miss opportunities in loss to Wolves

Argos miss opportunities in loss to Wolves

Quentin Randolph jumped to make one those clutch catches he’s become known for during his breakout season at the University of West Florida. The former Navarre standout came down with the ball. He fell backwards and landed at the 16-yard line with under seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. The 36-yard catch brought the […]

Remarkable season comes to a close for Argos

Remarkable season comes to a close for Argos

No one expected the University of West Florida football team to be playing in the final game of the 2017 season. But here the Argonauts were Saturday night, at Sporting Park in Kansas City, playing on the biggest stage in NCAA Division II football, a national championship hanging in the balance in a showdown with […]

Argonauts ready to roll into postseason

Argonauts ready to roll into postseason

On Sunday, the University of West Florida received a bid to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time. This Saturday, the sixth-seeded Argonauts will attempt to win their first postseason game when they take on third-seeded Wingate at noon at Belk Stadium in North Carolina. UWF, has won three of its last four […]

Historic season leads to playoff berth for the Argos

Historic season leads to playoff berth for the Argos

Historic and impressive. It’s the best way to describe Sunday evening for the University of West Florida football team, which learned it received an invitation to the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time in program history. In just their second year of existence, the Argos won seven games, including Saturday’s 34-29 come-from-behind win […]

Argonauts make a statement and program history

Argonauts make a statement and program history

When Pete Shinnick was hired in 2014 to start up the University of West Florida football program, he didn’t have much. No wins to write home about. No tradition or history to lean on to sell to potential recruits. “Four years ago, we had a phone and a desk. We’ve come a long way,” Shinnick […]

Valiant effort not enough for Argos to pull off upset

Valiant effort not enough for Argos to pull off upset

Here was the University of West Florida football team, on the 39-yard line of Delta State with 23 seconds to play, and staring at an opportunity to upset the nationally ranked Statesmen. At the very least, the Argonauts were counting on overtime. But the ball was snapped and hit the turf. Delta State recovered and […]

Tough night for the Argonauts in Gulf South Conference opener

Tough night for the Argonauts in Gulf South Conference opener

As bad as it looked early on for the University of West Florida football team Saturday night, the Argonauts never gave up in their Gulf South Conference opener against Valdosta State. And that was something UWF head coach Pete Shinnick was proud of in the wake of his team’s 30-19 loss to the Blazers in […]

Argos open Gulf South Conference play against Blazers

Argos open Gulf South Conference play against Blazers

Gulf South Conference play begins Saturday night for the University of West Florida football team. The Argonauts will welcome Valdosta State to town. The perennial power Blazers find themselves in an unusual spot with an 0-2 record. The Argos are 2-0. Valdosta hasn’t lost three consecutive games since 2013 when it lost to North Alabama, […]

Argonauts crush Hawks in home opener

Argonauts crush Hawks in home opener

Mike Beaudry three three touchdown passes, including two to Ka’Ron Ashley, and he ran for another as the University of West Florida football team crushed Chowan 51-23 in its home opener Saturday night at Blue Wahoos Stadium. Beaudry connected with Ashley twice in the first half, including a perfect 9-yard scoring strike to Ashley in […]

Rotary breakfast spotlights respect, competition in Raiders’-Dolphins’ rivalry

Rotary breakfast spotlights respect, competition in Raiders’-Dolphins’ rivalry

Intensity rises to another level in a game between two rivals, setting the stage for a showdown that can either bring out the best in athletic competition or shine a light on the worst of it. In the wake of what has happened in recent years during the Navarre-Gulf Breeze rivalry week — property has […]

Argos shine in historic home opener

Argos shine in historic home opener

Another chapter in the history of University of West Florida football was written Saturday night, and years from now, the chapter will be worth re-reading. It unfolded in front of a raucous sellout crowd on a beautiful night on the bayfront in Pensacola. The moment was full of excitement, the energy evident among the players […]