Gator News And World Report (10/14/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, October 14, 2004. Zook's reaction 'unacceptable' following frat fight; Foley critical of Zook, who offers apology; Zook still undecided on nickel replacement; Zook Apologizes For Role In Fracas; QB Ingram Expected To Join Basketball Team; Wins, losses will determine Zook's fate; Jackson gets shot at punt returns; UF president OKs Zook's punishment; Coaches OK if Leak isn't 'perfect' and more...

Florida Gator Football

Zook's reaction 'unacceptable' following frat fight
Florida coach Ron Zook acknowledged Wednesday that he confronted several fraternity members after a fight between them and three of his players last month, and athletic director Jeremy Foley called Zook's behavior "unacceptable."

Foley critical of Zook, who offers apology
Florida coach Ron Zook's tenure will not be affected by a recent incident at a campus fraternity house in which he argued with fraternity members, athletic director Jeremy Foley said Wednesday.

Zook still undecided on nickel replacement
Florida coach Ron Zook was still unsure Wednesday about who would play in nickel situations against Middle Tennessee State. Safety Jarvis Herring usually takes that position, but he is suspended for this game.

Zook Apologizes For Role In Fracas
Yet another sign of the times: On the same day University of Florida football coach Ron Zook apologized for shouting at fraternity members in front of their house last month, a T-shirt company introduced a ``Ron Zook for Frat House President'' shirt.

QB Ingram Expected To Join Basketball Team
Florida coach Ron Zook said Wednesday that he likely would release QB Cornelius Ingram to the basketball team sometime this month.

Wins, losses will determine Zook's fate
It's embarrassing. It's another bullet in the gun for the Ron Zook bashers who probably don't need any more ammo. It's a big deal because Florida is 3-2, not 5-0. But Frat-gate should be taken for what it is — a bad situation that again sheds negative light on the Gator football program.

Zook apologizes for incident at UF fraternity
University of Florida football coach Ron Zook apologized Wednesday for a month-old incident at a fraternity house when he intervened in a confrontation between UF football players and fraternity members.

Jackson gets shot at punt returns
Florida sophomore Chad Jackson has already made big plays this season at receiver.

Coaching Connections
niversity of Florida offensive coordinator/receivers coach Larry Fedora left the same post at Middle Tennessee State where he led the offensive unit from 1999-2001.

Zook apologizes for incident at fraternity house
University of Florida football coach Ron Zook apologized and admitted Wednesday that his emotions got the better of him during an incident at a fraternity house last month in which -- according to a police report -- Zook threatened a student.

UF president OKs Zook's punishment
University of Florida President Bernie Machen approved the actions taken by Athletic Director Jeremy Foley after a confrontation between Coach Ron Zook and several fraternity members last month, Machen said Wednesday.

Coaches OK if Leak isn't 'perfect'
No, QB Chris Leak isn't perfect. Although the sophomore has often been portrayed as such, coaches said Wednesday it's important to keep realistic expectations for Leak. That way, if he ever struggles again like he did in Saturday's 24-21 loss to LSU, the world won't wonder what happened to the wonder boy.

Football provides a family reunion
The phone worked just fine. It was the family that didn't.

UF supporters abuzz about possible pending doom for Zook
It's not often local attorney Cater Randolph feels embarrassed by the Florida Gators. But Wednesday morning was one of those days.

Frat-gate may be final straw that proves Zook's undoing
Unsolicited advice for Andy McCollum and his Middle Tennessee State football players:

Florida: Zook incident is behind us
Ron Zook, at the center of controversy since the day he was hired as Florida football coach, found the pressure ratcheted higher this week when athletic director Jeremy Foley termed his behavior in a confrontation with students "unacceptable."

MTSU seeks to turn season around with upset of Florida
Florida Coach Ron Zook insists he didn't give his team a day off from practice this week just because it is playing Middle Tennessee State Saturday.

Zook has praise for Hill
While Florida coach Ron Zook was done answering any questions regarding his now infamous run-in with an on-campus fraternity Wednesday, he was willing to address several matters of on-the-field concern.

Zook demotes punt returner after errors
After several muffed punts and a crucial mistake last week against LSU, Florida coach Ron Zook is making a change on special teams.

Florida Gator Basketball

Roberson sticks around despite draft predictions
Donnell Harvey, Kwame Brown, Mike Miller, Christian Drejer — the list of players who have deferred to complete their basketball apprenticeship under UF coach Billy Donovan goes on.

Donovan uncertain about '04 Gators
With Midnight Madness coming up Friday, the fate of Florida's basketball team this season is as uncertain as it was after the Gators' 15-point loss to Manhattan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in March.

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