Gator News And World Report (07/28/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, July 28, 2004. Police charge 2 more Gators; Tuberville, Zook face job security questions; Zook's on hot seat, but then he knows that; Crunch or be crunched for Gators; Same old book for Zook; Gators are 'going in the right direction,' Zook says; Zook wants to take pressure off Leak; No question Gators love coach. Plus a special section on SEC Media Days and teams around the SEC.

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Police charge 2 more Gators
Police spokesman says Everett, Thornton admit to hitting student.

More UF Players Face Charges
A fight at a June 13 house party in Gainesville has resulted in criminal charges for two more University of Florida football players.

Veteran Gator Tries To Mentor Teammates
Florida senior LB Travis Harris said he has tried and will continue to try to counsel younger players to stay away from off-field trouble.

Handling heat
For a coach who is supposed to be moving onto the proverbial hot seat, there were no obvious signs of discomfort or anxiety Tuesday afternoon. No beads of sweating forming on his forehead. No nervous tics. Not the slightest tremor in his voice.

2 more Gators facing charges
wo more Florida football players are facing criminal charges in connection with the incident that led to teammate Taurean Charles' arrest last week, delivering yet another blow to a team already immersed in legal woes.

Tuberville, Zook face job security questions
Junior Rosegreen knows there's one way to ensure that Tommy Tuberville's status as Auburn's coach is no longer in doubt: win a bunch of games.

Zook's on hot seat, but then he knows that
Ron Zook, trendsetter. When Zook was hired to succeed Steve Spurrier as Florida's football coach three years ago, a dissatisfied booster quickly acquired the Web site domain in anticipation of a quick departure.

Two more players facing legal troubles
While University of Florida football coach Ron Zook was answering another round of questions about discipline problems in his program at Tuesday's Southeastern Conference media days, two players were facing battery charges stemming from a fight that led to teammate Taurean Charles' arrest for a felony last week.

Crunch or be crunched for Gators
Florida players and coaches seemed not to relish a game reaching the final stanza in 2003. Crunch time seemed always to turn into crunched time.

Same old book for Zook
It's been more than two years since Steve Spurrier called the plays for his final game as University of Florida head coach. And it's the third time that Ron Zook, his replacement, has stood before the annual gathering of SEC football writers in Birmingham.

Gators are 'going in the right direction,' Zook says
If Florida coach Ron Zook is really a man on the hot seat, as several preseason publications have suggested, he sure isn't showing it.

Another year, another round of pressure for Gators' Zook
Coming off two 8-5 seasons, UF coach Ron Zook continued to answer questions about Steve Spurrier at Media Days.

Zook says he's not looking over his shoulder

Zook still caught in legend's web
Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher was on the University of Florida campus in the spring to check out the most talented Gators at their annual Pro Day, when players run, jump, throw and catch in a scaled-down version of the NFL combine.

Zook wants to take pressure off Leak
Dan Hutson, one of the owners of Newsstand International in Charlotte, N.C., is good friends with one of the city's better-known college football players.

Two more Gators in trouble
The Gainesville Police Department filed sworn complaints against Florida starting linebacker Earl Everett and backup tailback Skyler Thornton for one count each of misdemeanor battery on Tuesday for their involvement in a June 13 incident.

At Florida, Leak welcomed
It was a given last season that Chris Leak would eventually be Florida's quarterback. For the true freshman with the golden arm, it was only a matter of when.

No question Gators love coach
Florida defensive end Travis Harris wishes fans could see coach Ron Zook the way his team does.

Gators still under the microscope
Even though they're no longer at the top of the SEC, the Florida Gators are the team others in the league focus on.

SEC Media Days

UT's Fulmer, considered NCAA snitch by Bama supporters, is criticized for avoiding state.
Alabama fans believe Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer popped their program in the mouth when he acted as a confidential informant to the NCAA and passed on purported violations that eventually landed the Crimson Tide on probation.

Auburn's Tuberville puts his pains behind
It has been a long time since Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville felt as good as he does now.

SEC Media Days to begin this week
It's only the pre-game show, but there are already fireworks around SEC football.

SEC Coaches Deal With Distractions
Something is amiss at Southeastern Conference football media days when the most insightful comment comes from Vanderbilt's coach.

Tuberville has weathered last season's storms
He was the leadoff batter at the Southeastern Conference Media Days, introduced as a head coach making his 10th appearance at the annual gathering.

Vandy out to prove it's not a laughingstock
At another school, in another conference, they would be considered one of the darlings of the pre-season magazines. Instead, they are a punchline at the Southeastern Conference Media Days.

Put focus on players
As expected, a hot topic of conversation at SEC Media Days has been the planned absence of Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer, but one coach from Alabama, Auburn's Tommy Tuberville, said Tuesday it's time to let it go.

The new-look Atlantic Coast Conference is ready to challenge the SEC for Southern football supremacy?

Slive brags about league's progress
The Southeastern Conference had as much successful on the fields of play as it ever had the past 12 months, generated more bowl money than at any time in its history and took a few steps toward the goal of becoming an NCAA-sanction free conference by 2007, commissioner Mike Slive said Tuesday.

Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville took the stage to kick off SEC Football Media Days Tuesday afternoon with a one-liner that contained an unintentional irony for Tiger fans.

SEC coaches take jabs at absent Fulmer
A ringing cell phone interrupted Bobby Johnson as he fielded questions Tuesday about his Vanderbilt football team.

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