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Florida players can relax in cushy lounge

The Gators' players lounge features a 65-inch television. Jason Parkhurst for ESPN.com

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida's new players lounge in the football complex is one sweet hangout.

It just opened on Friday and used to be an extra locker room for walk-ons.

While waiting for practice, players kick back on cushy recliners, while others play pool on a custom-made table with a Gator head in the middle.

Counting the 65-inch television on the wall, on which a lot of the players are playing Xbox, there are four flat screen television sets in the lounge, along with computers on the side.

The lounge was an added feature first-year coach Will Muschamp wanted to put in to help build chemistry on the team and keep the players together, particularly in an era when there are no athletic dorms.