Gator News And World Report (11/12/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, November 12, 2004. A Gator great tells what he's growling about; Gators' golden opportunity; Gators look smart for starting Butler; Crowder's playing status improving; Women's basketball eyes top class; Zook not mulling future; UF's Freeman ready to make difference; Leak A Semifinalist For Davey O'Brien Award; Spurrier reiterates he will not return; Holtz tries to return focus to team and more...

Florida Gator Football

A Gator great tells what he's growling about
In this case, I'm with Ron Zook. I'm sitting out Gator Growl. Really, I have for the last three years. It used to be quite an event, but as I approach my 50th birthday Sunday the idea of sitting on metal bleachers touching thighs with Ned, Class of '66, while students fire wads of paper and underage co-eds get sloppy on Zima and Fruitopia, sorry, I'll have to miss this one.

Gators look smart for starting Butler
If he were on the debate team or in the chess club, his nicknames might cause opponents to shudder.

Crowder's playing status improving
Starting middle linebacker Channing Crowder saw limited work in practice Thursday and there's a chance he could see some playing time against South Carolina on Saturday night, UF coach Ron Zook said.

Zook not mulling future
Florida coach thinking about South Carolina; his bowl status -- if UF qualifies -- undetermined.

Leak among O'Brien lucky 13
GAINESVILLE -- Despite Florida's 5-4 record, sophomore quarterback Chris Leak was named as a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback.

Leak A Semifinalist For Davey O'Brien Award
GAINESVILLE - Florida QB Chris Leak was named one of 13 semifinalists Thursday for the Davey O'Brien Award, which is given annually to the nation's top quarterback.

Fullback's death to be memorialized
This would have been his senior year. It would have been his day, the moment he walked toward the 50-yard line with his parents at his side before Florida kicks off against South Carolina.

Crowder may play after all
It wouldn't be the first time Channing Crowder made a surprise return to Florida's lineup, and it looks like the star linebacker might have a chance to save UF on Saturday against South Carolina.

South Carolina job nice fit for Spurrier
GAINESVILLE — If University of Florida legend Steve Spurrier is coaching against his alma mater at this time next season, his older brother won't be at all surprised.

Holtz tries to return focus to team
Lou Holtz wanted to talk about his team Thursday. But the focus — as it has been all week — remained squarely on Holtz.

Strong still searching for a job
Gators defensive coordinator once was a favorite for head coaching slots

The Swamp in the last three years has been a place of some highs and a lot of lows for a team, a head coach and his staff.

Freshman tight end emerges as Gators playmaker
Miles away, back in Longview, Texas, there is a picture of the UF football team. It sits in a game room, far from Gainesville.

Defense remains ticket to keeping bowl hopes alive
All this stuff about Steve Spurrier going to the Gamecocks has got to be making Gators fans nuts.

Florida wants coach with an offensive mind
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.

Florida Gator Soccer

Gators' golden opportunity
hey are hosting the first two rounds of the NCAA Soccer Tournament and have hopes of advancing deeper into the tournament than that. The Florida Gators (16-3-3), fresh off an SEC Tournament title, open the NCAA Tournament at 3 p.m. today with a first-round match against Central Florida (16-3-2) at Pressly Stadium.

UF's Freeman ready to make difference
GAINESVILLE -- Last season, the Florida soccer team was poised to make a deep NCAA tournament run. And even though the Gators made it to the quarterfinals before losing to Florida State, something was missing.

Women's soccer team hosts NCAA tourney
GAINESVILLE - The soccer team will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament today and Sunday at the James G. Pressly Stadium.

Florida Soccer Plays Host to UCF for NCAA First Round on Friday
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -The University of Florida soccer team (16-3-3) will meet the University of Central Florida (16-3-2) Friday in NCAA First Round action. Match time is set for 3 p.m. at the James G. Pressly Stadium and admission is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for youth 17 & under plus senior citizens.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Women's basketball eyes top class
he paperwork may not be completed until next week, but it appears Carolyn Peck will be bringing in one of the most highly touted recruiting classes in Florida's women's basketball history.

Florida Gator Basketball

Building tradition
Billy Donovan enters his ninth season at UF saying the players and the fans make the job worthwhile.

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

Spurrier reiterates he will not return
Steve Spurrier has some bad news for the Gators out there hoping he'll have a change of heart and ultimately return as Florida's head football coach. If the school comes to him at the end of its search and asks him to reconsider, the answer still would be no.

USC abuzz with Spurrier speculation
Did you hear the one about Steve Spurrier coming to South Carolina? Oops, that's the punch line.

Florida Gator Baseball

Panthers' Matulia signs with Gators
John Matulia is accustomed to facing high expectations.

Florida Gator Swimming

Swimming teams square off against No. 4, No. 3 Gator teams
USC's men's and women's swimming teams will encounter their SEC rival Florida Gators on Friday at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Natatorium in Gainesville.

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