Gator News And World Report (11/05/04)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, November 5, 2004. Today includes an article from Washington on how SOS affects UW; UF will now play new type of match game; Hunt for coach continues elsewhere; Who will order up the BCS disorder this week?; BCA offers Gators advice in search; UF's Machen has history of toughness; New offense put in motion; Boosters Say They Understand Spurrier's Decision; Spurrier opts to pass on a replay at Florida; Stoops would be a great new ballcoach and more...

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UF will now play new type of match game
Steve Spurrier is no dummy. He was able to put aside emotion and nostalgia, able to brush away the memories and make a sound, smart decision Thursday, one that caused much gnashing of teeth and will be second-guessed deep into the summer.

Hunt for coach continues elsewhere
espite the pall that's settled over Florida football the past few weeks, UF supporters and former players have managed to find and cling to hope. Hope in the idea that Steve Spurrier would return and the good old days of Gator football would come rushing back with him.

Who will order up the BCS disorder this week?
I don't know what it says about us, but we root for train wrecks when it comes to sports. We love the major upsets, the fall of dynasties, the collapse of heroes. There's not much better than watching the best golfers in the world throw up all over themselves at a U.S. Open.

Spurrier to UF: 'Been there, done that'
Popular coach says he won't come back for the same reasons he gave for leaving in 2002.

Search goes on
Now that Steve Spurrier has removed himself from consideration and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops reaffirmed that he's not interested, the race to be Florida's next football coach looks as wide open as Spurrier's offense

BCA offers Gators advice in search
Minority organization tries to influence hiring practices, publicize schools' efforts to diversify.

UF's Machen has history of toughness
It was the fall of last year and Bernie Machen was not on the hot seat, as he is now, leading Florida's coaching search for Ron Zook's replacement.

Spurrier withdraws from Florida coaching search
If Steve Spurrier decides to coach again, it won't be at his alma mater.

Jags-Texans have more viewers than 'Dogs-Gators
The highest-rated college football game in the Jacksonville market still wasn't high enough to overtake Sunday's Jaguars contest.

No Thanks
There will be no second coming at the University of Florida.

Spurrier's Statement
``I have informed Jeremy Foley, our athletic director, that I am withdrawing from consideration for the head coaching position at my alma mater.

Boosters Say They Understand Spurrier's Decision
Since his name first surfaced as a possible replacement for Ron Zook, former Florida football coach Steve Spurrier has been the focal point of a Gator Nation desperately seeking a return to glory.

Gators RB Thornton To See More Action
Florida TB DeShawn Wynn's groin injury will give third-teamer Skyler Thornton another chance to prove himself Saturday against Vanderbilt.

Spurrier opts to pass on a replay at Florida
Steve Spurrier created a jolt felt statewide Thursday, announcing he was not a candidate to coach the University of Florida football team.

With Spurrier out, Gators refocus search
The news hit Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley on Thursday the same way it hit a bulk of Steve Spurrier loyalists: He was disappointed and surprised.

Stoops would be a great new ballcoach
Bob Stoops. That's who the Florida Gators are trying to hire.I'm convinced of it now. Think about it:

UF's Parker continues to have back pain
Some days his back feels great. Other days, the pain is so discouraging, he contemplates leaving football at year's end.

Spurrier spurns the Gators
Steve Spurrier's return was desired by many Florida football fans, but he took his name off the Gators' list of possible replacements for Ron Zook.

Spurrier won't seek return to Gators
Steve Spurrier, who coached the University of Florida to a national title and six conference championships, has withdrawn his name from consideration to replace Ron Zook.

The ol' ball coach bursts the bubble
The Steve Spurrier Express is gone, kicking up a lot of dust and making a lot of noise as it whisked past Gainesville, but gone all the same.

Spurrier won't return to UF
In the end, Steve Spurrier decided he didn't want to compete with the coaching legacy he had left behind nearly three years ago at the University of Florida.

Spurrier tells Gators no thanks
So much for the popular vote. Yesterday, Steve Spurrier released a statement saying he has decided not to seek a return to Florida as the head football coach. He left Florida after the 2001 season, ending 12 years of unprecedented success for the program.

A two-week tale of two Spurriers comes to an end
Turns out, not even Steve Spurrier is interested in being the next Steve Spurrier.

Locals take Spurrier decision in stride
Upon hearing the news that Steve Spurrier turned down the chance to return to the University of Florida, Southwest Florida Gator Club president-elect Corbyn Hightower exchanged a few calls and e-mails with fellow Gators.

Spurrier's news may affect UW job search
No sooner had the news hit yesterday that Steve Spurrier was pulling himself out of consideration for a return trip to Florida than speculation began to rumble around Seattle that maybe that means the ol' ball coach is headed to UW.

Vandy-Florida Breakdown
We have a winner for Rose-Colored Blinders Stat of the Year. From Florida's game notes preceding Saturday's contest with Vanderbilt: "The Florida defense held Georgia to seven points in the fourth quarter. The total was the lowest amount an SEC opponent has scored in the fourth quarter against the Gators this season."

UF must let go of Spurrier memories and move on
The University of Florida's next football coach won't be Steve Spurrier.

Schmidt: Florida still searching for coach
What a mess. Florida dismissed head football coach Ron Zook in the middle of the season last week. This week former coach and godfather of the program Steve Spurrier told Florida he wasn't interested in the coaching job, despite reportedly being offered a salary that was about $5 million per year.

President blew this one
Happy now, Bernie? A few weeks ago, you could have polled hundreds of thousands of Florida Gator alumni, and they would've been hard-pressed to tell you the name of their university president. And the only reason they came to know that it was you, Bernie Machen, was because Ron Zook was fired and Steve Spurrier was available.

QB Dickey finding time at wide receover
The creativity and aggressiveness that the Florida offense became famous for under former coach Steve Spurrier made a comeback last week against Georgia just days after the dismissal of Coach Ron Zook and possibly his entire staff.

Meyer, Tedford high on Florida's wish list
Urban Meyer thought he had it bad when rumors first started that he would be considered for the Florida job, after Ron Zook was fired last week.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

New offense put in motion
It may take Florida some time during this preseason to get comfortable in its newly implemented motion offense. Fortunately for the Gators, their defense is sound and true.

Florida Gator Basketball

Ingram is finding his legs for the hardcourt
The first thing you notice are the shoulders. Broad. Well-toned. The kind of shoulders you would find on a football player, which Cornelius Ingram was at Florida for the first three months of his freshman year.

Florida Gator Soccer

Gators advance to semis
A goal in each half gave the No. 16 Florida soccer team a 2-0 win over Alabama in the opening round of Southeastern Conference Tournament on Thursday at the Auburn University Soccer Complex.

Florida ends UA season
The Crimson Tide soccer team (10-11, 5-7 SEC) dropped a 2-0 game to the Florida Gators on Thursday in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

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