Gator News And World Report (10/28/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, October 28, 2004. Coach search to take time; Gibson due for big game; League's other coaches feel Zook's pain; Cocktail party in the Georgia Dome?; Zook firing will affect game, but how?; Waves from Zook's firing wash away some recruits; McDonald returning to UF's starting lineup; Stoops To UF: `No Interest'; Please, Steve, come back to UF; Gators try to focus on No. 10 Georgia and more...

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Coach search to take time
The frenzy - and the rumors that feed it - has begun. Despite Florida's vow that the search for a new football coach will be a prolonged process that likely could go deep into December or beyond, many seem intent on rushing this to a quick and simple conclusion:

Gibson due for big game
The videotape sits on a shelf in Fred Gibson's apartment. Occasionally, Gibson pops it in and watches himself put the finishing touches on a Georgia victory over Florida.

League's other coaches feel Zook's pain
Coaches want to beat each other up on Saturday, but when they're away from football they are a band of brothers, all part of the same close-knit coaching fraternity.

Cocktail party in the Georgia Dome?
Georgia officials are considering having the traditional Florida-Georgia game played in the Georgia Dome every other year after the teams' contract with the city of Jacksonville expires after the 2006 season.

Zook firing will affect game, but how?
When Georgia players walked off the practice field on Monday night, there were more questions about the firing of Florida coach Ron Zook earlier in the day than what it will take to change the outcome of a series in which the Gators have won 13 of the past 14 games and six in a row.

Waves from Zook's firing wash away some recruits
The fallout from Monday's firing of Florida coach Ron Zook isn't just limited to the coaching staff, their families, and the current players.

10 Questions about Florida
If Gators' minds aren't on game ... ouch!

McDonald returning to UF's starting lineup
Starting defensive tackle Ray McDonald will return to the starting lineup this week after being hampered the past two weeks by an injured ankle.

Florida's prep recruits aren't on train to Georgia
Sometimes recruits might pick a school because another recruit they've grown close to is going to that school, too. Kelin Johnson had opposite reasoning.

Georgia-Florida schedule of events

10 Questions about Georgia
As asked to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chip Towers.

Stoops To UF: `No Interest'
University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops removed himself Wednesday from the running for the head coaching vacancy at Florida.

Holtz Praises Zook
Lou Holtz only asked for about 20 seconds of Ron Zook's time this week. The South Carolina coach wanted to deliver a message.

SEC Tournament Slated To Be Held In Tampa In '09
The Southeastern Conference's men's basketball tournament will be played at the St. Pete Times Forum in 2009, the league announced Wednesday.

Stoops: 'No interest' in UF job
Bob Stoops is out -- or at least he says he's out of the running for the University of Florida head football coaching job.

Please, Steve, come back to UF
An open-pleading letter to Steve Spurrier, former NFL and college coach in limbo just like the University of Florida coaching position:

Gators try to focus on No. 10 Georgia
The speculation continued to swirl Wednesday. The phones continued to ring. And everyone within 1,198 miles of Gainesville became "a source familiar with the way Steve Spurrier likes his eggs."

Joe Cohen
Defensive End 6-2 • 266 Sophomore Melbourne Palm Bay HS

Zook keeping mind on Saturday's game
Since he arrived at Florida, Coach Ron Zook has been consistently praised for his relentless work ethic. So it should come as no surprise how Zook, who was fired Monday, has been dealing with his emotions lately.

Atmosphere tense at Florida
Within the walls of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Tuesday, a surreal and awkward scene began unfolding one day after Florida Coach Ron Zook was fired.

Stoops isn't interested
The list of possible candidates to replace coach Ron Zook at the University of Florida will not include the one active coach with a national championship.

UF's new president: Ready to lead a Gator Nation
First-year University of Florida President Bernie Machen has his hands on a lot of things. Becoming intimately involved in the details of hiring a football coach is no more unusual to him than gripping the handlebars of his gold Harley, or his wireless BlackBerry communicator.

UF's first choice is obvious: Forget idea of Spurrier
Steve Spurrier is the popular hire, and that makes him the easy hire. He's just not the right hire.

Brown packs a pint-sized wallop for Georgia
Thomas Brown heard the doubters long before he arrived in Athens. In fact, some of the cynics were in his hometown.

Gators Vent Over Timing Of Zook News
Players claim coach didn't get fair chance; say they're fired up.

Stoops to UF: 'Count me out'
Subtract at least one name from the list of potential candidates to replace Ron Zook as the Florida coach.

Florida DT has Georgia on his mind
Since defensive tackle Ray McDonald went out with an ankle injury against Louisiana State on Oct. 9, opposing running backs have twice scored game-winning touchdowns in the final seconds on Florida.

Some fans would pass on Spurrier
The university president has received suggestions to look at other candidates.

If Streak doesn't end now, when?
Surely, the imbalance and insanity of The Streak will end this year. Surely, reason will be restored to a rivalry that, for the last 14 years, has been as out of sync as Ashlee Simpson's lips.

SEC coaches support Zook
Holtz, Fulmer among brethren who show compassion after dismissal

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Crowd control policy to debut in December
After a series of meetings on the subject, the Southeastern Conference is close to taking its new crowd-control measures into action.

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