Birmingham Bowl: Florida vs East Carolina Livestream
By Space Coast Daily // January 3, 2015
KICK OFF IS AT 12 NOON FROM Legion Field
ABOVE LIVESTREAM: Birmingham Bowl – Florida vs East Carolina live.stream 2015 NCAAF HD Talecast
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The season has come down to this for the Gators.
Win Saturday and they finish with a winning record. Lose and they return home 6-6.
Beat East Carolina and they will be the only team in the state of Florida to win a bowl game this season. If they lose, the Sunshine State finishes 0-4 in bowl games.
But beyond the numbers, how the Gators play in the Birmingham Bowl will reveal more accurately how they handled the turmoil of the past month following the departure of head coach Will Muschamp.
Florida has hired its new head coach — Jim McElwain — but this team belongs to interim head coach D.J. Durkin for one more day.
Durkin reiterated during Friday afternoon’s press conference at Legion Field that the players have handled the unusual circumstances with maturity and a positive outlook.
“We’ve been locked in,” Durkin said. “I think we’re ready to go.”
Senior center Max Garcia agreed, saying much of that credit goes to Durkin, who will focus on his next job after the bowl game.
“I respect Coach Durkin a lot, his enthusiasm towards the game,” Garcia said. “I think he was a great person for being the interim. We just decided we wanted to play for each other no matter what the circumstance. That’s really what it’s all about, just playing for the guy next to you. It’s easy to cash out, but we’re still in it together.”
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