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Florida sports news roundup: Jaguars fire Gene Smith, a Gators guarantee and more

Rounding up the sports news in the state of Florida after a busy Week 17 in the NFL.

Al Messerschmidt

Week 17 of the NFL is in the books and BCS bowl games are upcoming. Check out the latest in Florida sports from around SB Nation's community of blogs.

Gene Smith fired: Jaguars owner Shad Khan releases statement - Big Cat Country - The Jaguars officially announced the firing of Gene Smith on Monday, with a statement from owner Shad Khan.

2013 NFL Draft Order: Buccaneers pick at 13 - Bucs Nation - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have the 13th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, and Bucs Nation says the team will likely look to improve its pass defense with the pick.

2013 NFL Draft Order Coming into Focus - The Phinsider - The Miami Dolphins will have the 12th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.

Magic vs. Raptors four-factors analysis - Orlando Pinstriped Post - The Magic were beat soundly in most areas in their ugly loss to the Raptors.

Chomping at Bits: Gators' Omarius Hines says "I just know we're going to win" Sugar Bowl - Alligator Army - Florida's Omarius Hines has made a guarantee that the Gators will win the Sugar Bowl over Louisville.

Opponent Blogger Q&A: Red and Black Attack - Tomahawk Nation - The manager of SB Nation's Northern Illinois blog answers questions for TN ahead of Tuesday's Orange Bowl.

DRaysBay Community Prospect #16 - DRaysBay - DRaysBay continues to rank the top prospects in their farm system.

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