Gator News And World Report (06/12/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, June 12, 2004. BCS bigwigs strike blow for ... themselves; UF has been, UMmm, snakebit; TV/MEDIA: Sunshine kicks off 'Gridiron Classics'; BCS to add 5th game after 2006 season; Coach Was Right About Hoyman; The Light shines brightly on No. 1 UM; Burt has put hurt on UF postseasons; UF athletes win 2 national titles; UM-UF history adds another chapter today

Florida Gator Football

BCS bigwigs strike blow for ... themselves
The decision by the Bowl Championship Series honchos to rotate a fifth bowl among themselves has been referred to as "piggybacking." It ought to be called what it really is -- a piggish coalition.

TV/MEDIA: Sunshine kicks off 'Gridiron Classics'
The Sunshine Network begins its popular Sunshine Gridiron Classics today, featuring three Florida State football games against ACC opponents during the 1990s.

BCS to add 5th game after 2006 season
Change continues to be the constant for the Bowl Championship Series.

Russell, Munson headed to Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame
Erk Russell recalls the mornings in 1963 when he and play-by-play announcer Larry Munson "would smoke cigars, drink coffee and watch the sun come up" while discussing football.

Florida Gator Baseball

UF has been, UMmm, snakebit
Gators begin series today against team that's beaten a deep hatred into them.

Coach Was Right About Hoyman
Ernie Rosseau gave the lanky right- hander a few more pitches.

The Light shines brightly on No. 1 UM
Jim Morris calls it his "last great schedule." Next year, the Miami baseball coach knows that things will change. When his school becomes a member of the ACC, the road will become a more familiar place.

Raising 'Cane
Rivals meet with trip to Omaha on line

Burt has put hurt on UF postseasons
Motivation is the last thing Ben Harrison needs. But just to be reminded what's at stake, he slowly opens the drawer of despair.

Gators hope to turnaround trend
Ben Harrison hardly needs a photograph to remind him of the pain the University of Miami baseball program has inflicted upon the Florida Gators.

Gators eager to face familiar foe Miami
The facts might suggest otherwise, but the Florida baseball team isn't lamenting that its road to the College World Series winds through Miami.

UM-UF history adds another chapter today
The Hurricanes, who have dominated the Gators in postseason play, still inspire raw feelings in some UF players. Today, both teams will funnel their emotions into the opener of a best-of-3 super regional to determine a berth in the College World Series.

'Canes, Gators battle for shot at CWS
Two years ago Ben Harrison was the star sophomore on a veteran-loaded Florida baseball team that looked like championship contenders.

UM has been major obstacle
After Florida swept through the Oklahoma City regional last weekend, the Gators didn't pile on top of one another.

Miami-Florida rivalry heats up
The University of Florida-Miami rivalry in baseball is becoming a minor version of Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees.

State teams hit spotlight
The state of Florida's emergence as a college baseball power hasn't been so different than its rise to glory in football.

Florida duo returned for shot at national title
Pat McMahon never said, "Please don't leave me."

Florida (43-20) vs. Miami (47-11)
When: Today, noon; Sunday, noon or 3 p.m.; Monday (if necessary) 1 p.m. or 7 p.m.

Jim Burt Jr. has set the bar high at UM
It's not often an athlete's professional career gets to come full circle even before it starts.

Florida Gator Track & Field

UF athletes win 2 national titles
The Gators' 4x100-meter relay team and Josh Walker in the 110-meter hurdles finish first.

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