The Point, Nov. 29, 2021: Florida football’s next coach is Billy Napier


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Today’s top Florida stories

• Associated Press: Florida hires Louisiana-Lafayette coach Napier to replace Mullen. “The Gators hired Louisiana-Lafayette’s Billy Napier on Sunday, ending a quick process that landed them their top target a week after firing Dan Mullen. The 42-year-old Napier will remain with the Ragin Cajuns (11-1) this week as they prepare to host Appalachian State (10-2) in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Saturday. He is 39-12 in four seasons in Lafayette, including 32-5 the past three years.”

• USA Today Network ($): Florida redistricting plans include a surprise – praise from Democrats. “How long such harmony will last is unknown. But in what many see as a script flip, Democrats generally accepted the congressional and Senate plans produced by (Jay) Ferrin and the Senate redistricting staff.”

• Mainstreet Daily News: University Ave. accidents continue amid upgrades. “The city implemented new speed tables in the spring on University Avenue where it borders the UF campus, and the section of road now has a reduced speed limit.”

• Gainesville Sun ($): Gainesville’s birth tied to Boulware Springs, an early gather spot nearly lost to neglect. “These days the grassy furrow where the city of Gainesville was born is not looking so good. The once sparkling gem of the city is tarnished from years of neglect.”

• Miami Herald ($): UM students campaign to cut ties with Miami Seaquarium after dolphin deaths, probe. “Some students at the University of Miami want the school to stop sending them on research field trips to the Miami Seaquarium after a damning federal report revealed that park managers fed spoiled food to marine animals and allowed bacteria to multiply in tanks, making manatees and dolphins sick, among other violations.”

• Associated Press: Carrie Meek, pioneering Black former congresswoman, has died. “Carrie Meek, the grandchild of a slave and a sharecropper’s daughter who became one of the first Black Floridians elected to Congress since Reconstruction, died Sunday. She was 95.”

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