University of Florida Ending 'Gator Bait' Chant at Football Games


The University of Florida will no longer use its popular "Gator Bait" cheer at sporting events ,in addition to numerous other changes the school's president announced Thursday.

In addition to committing to remove any monuments or namings "that UF can control that celebrate the Confederacy," Kent Fuchs, the University's President, said in a statement outlining the Florida's goal to be a part of "positive change against racism" the the cheer would be discontinued.

"While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our “Gator Bait” cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase," Fuchs wrote in the statement. "Accordingly University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer."

Take a look at the full statement here.