University of West Florida Argonauts

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 […]

Lights go out in Georgia: Argos stun No. 1 Valdosta

Lights go out in Georgia: Argos stun No. 1 Valdosta

Anthony Johnson Junior’s third touchdown of the day was his biggest. The Pace grad scored from a yard out with six seconds to play, lifting the University of West Florida football team to a heart-stopping 38-35 win over top-ranked Valdosta State Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. The score capped […]

Rematch with No. 1 Blazers up next for Argonauts

Rematch with No. 1 Blazers up next for Argonauts

It’s a rematch three weeks in the making. And this time survival is on the line rather than a Gulf South Conference championship. On Saturday, the University of West Florida football team battles reigning national champion Valdosta State in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs. These two teams met Nov. 9 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 […]

Argos torch Hawks in GSC opener

Argos torch Hawks in GSC opener

Austin Reed had a debut to remember. Navarre’s own Quentin Randolph came through with a performance he’ll never forget. The defense played well enough to keep Shorter off the scoreboard in the second half. It all added up to a 42-14 win for the University of West Florida Saturday afternoon in Georgia. This was UWF’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

On to the championship! Argos punch ticket to title game with win over IUP

On to the championship! Argos punch ticket to title game with win over IUP

Don’t bother pinching yourself. Because what the University of West Florida football team accomplished Saturday afternoon in chilly Pennsylvania is no dream. Unless you want to call it a dream come true. The Argonauts are headed to the NCAA Division II national championship game in only their second year of existence after defeating top-ranked Indiana […]

Argos one win away from playing for national championship

Argos one win away from playing for national championship

One win is all the University of Florida is away from playing for a national championship. To get there, the Argonauts will have to knock off Indiana (Pa.) in the NCAA Division II semifinal round Saturday afternoon at George P. Miller Stadium in Pennsylvania. Kickoff is 11 a.m. local time. It won’t be easy. With […]

Unbelievable journey continues for the Argonauts

Unbelievable journey continues for the Argonauts

It used to be insane  to think a second-year football program like the University of West Florida could find itself on the doorstep of playing in the NCAA Division II national title game so soon. Now, the unbelievable is believable after the Argonauts rallied for a 28-21 win over Gulf South Conference champion West Alabama […]

Argonauts write another great chapter to their storybook season

Argonauts write another great chapter to their storybook season

The main characters in the story of the year in NCAA Division II football are the University of West Florida Argonauts. Another chapter was written Saturday afternoon in West Georgia. The Argos rallied for a thrilling 17-14 victory over the Wolves, advancing to the national quarterfinals. Marvin Conley sealed the deal, picking off a pass […]

Quick rise to prominence not a surprise to Argonauts

Quick rise to prominence not a surprise to Argonauts

Navarre’s own Quentin Randolph showed some of his new University of West Florida teammates film from 2015 when the team only practiced and held scrimmages. That was the season before the Argonauts’ inaugural campaign. The program has come a long way. Two years into playing games that count, the Argos spent the night before Thanksgiving at […]

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 […]

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 […]

Argonauts face national runner-up in final home game of year

Argonauts face national runner-up in final home game of year

A stern test awaits the University of West Florida football team Saturday when it takes on 2016 national runner-up North Alabama. Kickoff is 4 p.m. at Blue Wahoos Stadium in Pensacola. In their second year of existence, the Argonauts come into the game with a chance to set a program record for wins in a […]

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 […]

Argo Notes: UWF thriving behind high-powered offense

Argo Notes: UWF thriving behind high-powered offense

This may only be the first season of football for the University of West Florida, but with each passing week, the Argonauts continue to play like an established program. UWF nailed down its second consecutive win Saturday afternoon, topping Mississippi College 42-28 in Gulf South Conference action. The Argos rolled up 499 yards of offense […]

Argos ready to kick off inaugural football season

Argos ready to kick off inaugural football season

It’s time for the University of West Florida football team to raise the curtain on history. Seven years after the idea was born to bring football to the NCAA Division II school in Pensacola, the moment has arrived for the Argonauts to kick off their inaugural season. They will do it Saturday at noon against […]

Argos turn attention to GSC tournament

Argos turn attention to GSC tournament

The best regular season in six years ended Sunday afternoon with a second consecutive loss to Shorter. The Argonauts fell 1-0 to the Hawks in nine innings. Yet, West Florida University’s softball team is still headed to the Gulf South Conference tournament, earning the third seed. The Argonauts will play the sixth-seeded Hawks at 10 […]

Pettigrew making most of senior season with Argos

Pettigrew making most of senior season with Argos

Emily Pettigrew swings at the pitch fired in her direction and makes contact before bolting down the first-base line. West Alabama’s infielder hustles to make a play, scooping the ball up and rifling it to first base. Bu Pettigrew, her phenomenal speed on display, beats out the throw. That moment on a sun-splashed Saturday paints […]

UWF men’s hoops team earns big win

UWF men’s hoops team earns big win

It hasn’t been an easy year for the University of West Florida men’s basketball team. The Argonauts went into Saturday’s game against Union having lost seven games by five points or less three other games in overtime. But the adversity hasn’t rattled the confidence of the players. The Argos, down 63-52 early in the second […]

Argos unveil second recruiting class

Argos unveil second recruiting class

As Pete Shinnick stood in front of a podium on national signing day Wednesday, his University of West Florida football team exactly seven months from the start of its historic first season, the head coach of the Argos talked about the differences in recruiting this year compared to a year ago when the program was […]

Pettigrew among key returning players for Argos

Pettigrew among key returning players for Argos

Former Navarre standout Emily Pettigrew made quite an impression in her first softball season at the University of West Florida. Pettigrew was the only player to start all 49 games a year ago and ranked second on the team in batting average (.331) while leading the team in hits (54) and runs (25). The starting senior […]

Argos stretch win streak to six games

Argos stretch win streak to six games

Balanced scoring and stellar defense propelled the University of West Florida women’s basketball team to a 63-54 Gulf South Conference win over West Alabama Saturday afternoon at the UWF Fieldhouse. Three players scored in double figures for the Argonauts, who won their sixth consecutive game. UWF (9-4, 7-2 GSC) didn’t score in the final seven […]

Coyne helps Argos knock off another ranked opponent

Coyne helps Argos knock off another ranked opponent

The University of West Florida women’s basketball team made another statement Saturday, stunning No. 13 Union 75-67 in a Gulf South Conference showdown. Katie Bobos scored 18 points to pave the way while Alex Coyne poured in 16 points as the Argos knocked off their second ranked opponent of the season. UWF topped No. 22 […]