Gator News And World Report (09/10/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, September 10, 2004. 9/11: A question of honor; Fanatics: It is just a game; Gators Are Ready, Eager To Play Opening Game; Making tough decisions part of the job; Rush week; Weathering a storm; Gators eager for a return to normalcy; Freshmen QBs see Gators game as first true test and more...

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9/11: A question of honor
Memorializing Sept. 11 victims by taking day off not likely to happen.

Fanatics: It is just a game
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has been adamant about safety at collegiate athletic events.

Gators Are Ready, Eager To Play Opening Game
The waiting is nearly over for Florida, which has practiced for five weeks without a game.

Making tough decisions part of the job
Picking the winners of football games is easy, especially when you compare it to the decisions Jeremy Foley has had to make in the past week. The Florida athletic director has had to make five major decisions since last Thursday:

Rush week
The opener, the original one, was supposed to answer questions about a suspect Florida secondary. The new one, courtesy of Frances, changes everything.

Weathering a storm
Hurricane Frances, and the danger it imposed on his family, helped the Gators' Joe Cohen keep football in perspective.

Players are eager to face opponent
After its umpteenth preseason practice Thursday, Florida finally can look forward to actual game preparations.

College games to include Sept. 11 remembrances
From video tributes to fighter-jet fly-overs, colleges throughout the country have plans to focus Saturday's pregame ceremonies on the three-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

Atlantic grad seeks TD, win vs. Gators
Saturday would be the perfect day for Eastern Michigan wide receiver A.J. Bennett to score his first collegiate touchdown.

Gators eager for a return to normalcy
By the time the football team takes the field Saturday, it will have been 33 days since preseason practices began

Around the state (Scroll Down)
With a team that is as healthy as a coach could hope for heading into a season opener, Ron Zook will take the Gators into their game against Eastern Michigan on Saturday more concerned about the number of players than specific starters.

Hefney gets promotion after impressive play (UT Article)
Jonathan Hefney admits he spent most of the first half last Sunday night bouncing around on the sideline.

Freshmen QBs see Gators game as first true test (UT Article)
Minutes before Tennessee freshman quarterbacks Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge wowed a national television audience, they were poking fun at their offensive coordinator.

Gators success can't be measured on one game
Here's a promise that this is the first, and last, rant on Fridays.

Gators' Zook will use many players in opener Saturday
For Ron Zook, the question isn't who will play in Florida's opener Saturday against Eastern Michigan.

Florida Gator Soccer

Baker, FSU rule Florida rivalry
Beat Florida. That wasn't just one of Patrick Baker's goals when he took over the struggling women's soccer program at Florida State five years ago. Turning the rivalry around was also one of his job requirements.

UF set for new chapter in FSU rivalry
Legendary college football analyst Keith Jackson describes a rivalry best. As he simply puts it, "these two teams plain don't like each other."

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Duke Had A Short Reign
Anthony Dilweg remembers when Saturday afternoons brought excitement and anticipation to the Duke campus. And he's not talking about pitching a tent in Camp Krzyzewskiville a day ahead of time and waiting for a big Atlantic Coast Conference basketball game.

Florida Gator Volleyball

No. 4 Gators Come Back to top No. 15 K-State
Junior outside hitter Jane Collymore (Englewood, Colo.) posted her third straight double-double with a career-high tying 19 kills and a career high 21 digs, while senior middle blocker Sherri Williams (Orlando, Fla.) added 17 kills as No. 4 Florida won its 33rd consecutive regular season match in defeating No. 15 Kansas State 3-2 (15-30, 30-19, 26-30, 30-27, 15-13) in the first match at the Diet Coke Classic Thursday at the Sports Pavilion.

Florida vs. Kansas State
In the first match of the tournament, No. 4 Florida rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat No. 15 Kansas State in five games by scores of 15-30, 30-19, 26-30, 30-27, 15-13.

Early Test Awaits In Sunday's Match Of The Week
Every so often in college sports, a team loses its heart-and-soul, its superstar player and achieves new levels of success without that athlete.

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