Gator News And World Report (11/14/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, November 14, 2004. A final glimpse at what might have been; Florida eligible for bowl; They've got Great expectations; Faith fuels Mosby's success; Freshman tight end shines on senior night; Freshmen Step Up On Senior Night; Foley Wants Zook To Coach Bowl Game; By the numbers and more...

Florida Gator Football

A final glimpse at what might have been . . .
The last run out of the tunnel for the start of a game was like the first one in that it dripped with emotion. Back then, his father had stayed alive just long enough to see his son live out a dream.

Florida eligible for bowl
After so much misery, so much heartache, finally, some fun in The Swamp again for the Florida Gators and beleaguered outgoing coach Ron Zook.

Secondary comes of age
Facing Lou Holtz usually means bowing up and bracing for the running game. Because the legendary coach likes to run the ball and that's what South Carolina, with its big, physical offensive line and stable of talented backs, does best.

On senior night
On senior night, it was somewhat ironic that a freshman for Florida found the end zone most often.

GAINESVILLE -- Florida's 2004 season has been anything but predictable, but the Gators at least guaranteed that it will end with a small bit of normalcy.

Peach Bowl can't lose in matchup
The Peach Bowl couldn't go wrong with either Florida or South Carolina, and would be very happy to land either of those teams, a representative of the bowl said Saturday night.

Finally For UF: Consistency
GAINESVILLE - This is how the University of Florida football team was supposed to look all season.

Freshmen Step Up On Senior Night
GAINESVILLE - The Florida freshmen didn't get the memo that it was senior night.

Foley Wants Zook To Coach Bowl Game
GAINESVILLE - Now that Florida is bowl-eligible thanks to Saturday's win against South Carolina, some new questions have arisen.

A Special Night At The Swamp
GAINESVILLE - Someday, they'll wave to one another in an airport as they hustle in opposite directions to catch connecting flights.

GAINESVILLE -- He stood at midfield, wondering whether this would be the final time he played a game at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Victory assures Gators will get bowl invitation
GAINESVILLE -- Florida settled at least one pressing problem Saturday night by guaranteeing with the win over South Carolina that it will play in someone's bowl game.

At last, a UF win from start to finish
Don't write the obituary just yet. There's still a little life in the Florida Gators, who were left for dead on Oct. 25 when coach Ron Zook was fired.

Leak tosses six TDs
Florida quarterback Chris Leak threw for 313 yards and six touchdowns in the Gators' 48-14 rout of South Carolina.

It's Zook's call
University of Florida coach Ron Zook will get to decide if he wants to coach the Florida Gators in a bowl game.

A Magical Night in `Swamp'
For one Saturday evening, all was right with the Gator Nation. For one night, all the ills of the Florida Gators football team were forgotten.

A short list of coaches for UF's consideration
If the football-coach-picking committee for the Gators were a threesome - Florida president Bernie Machen, athletic director Jeremy Foley and me - and we power brokers exchanged lists of prime candidates, this would be mine:

AD to ask Zook to coach bowl game
GAINESVILLE - If Florida is extended a bowl bid at the end of the season, athletic director Jeremy Foley said he wants Ron Zook to coach the team.

By the numbers
3: Interceptions during the first half, two for Florida and one for South Carolina; the Gators also had one negated by a penalty.

Leak's 6 TDs send Zook out of Swamp in style
GAINESVILLE - Ron Zook left Florida Field for the last time Saturday night with a 34-point victory and a standing ovation.

Freshmen steal the spotlight
GAINESVILLE - Recently fired Florida coach Ron Zook chose not to attend Friday night's Gator Growl, the school's annual homecoming pep rally, because he did not want anything to take the spotlight off his senior class. However, his freshman class had no problem stealing the show on Saturday.

Auburn victory impacts USC
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Even before USC's game at Florida kicked off Saturday night, the Gamecocks had their bowl plans altered.

Wheels fall off
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As speculation swirled all week about Lou Holtz's future, the USC coach pointed out that football is about players.

Fond farewell
GAINESVILLE - Usually, the only homemade banner you'll find at Florida Field hangs from the second tier of seats behind the visiting sidelines and urges the Florida football team to "Work 'em silly Gators."

Florida Field triumph meant much for Zook
For a meaningless game, it sure carried a lot of meaning.

A story-Zook ending
GAINESVILLE -- Florida players were angry when their coach, Ron Zook, was fired Oct. 25. They didn't want to see him go.

Foley wants Zook in bowl
GAINESVILLE -- Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said he wants Ron Zook to coach the Gators in any bowl game they are extended a bid.

Unspoken words speak loudest
When it comes to spinning rumor mills and around-the-town speculation surrounding a football coach perhaps on the move, it's often what isn't said that speaks the loudest.

Poetic end for Zook: Paradise Lost
"There's no such thing as utopia, but Gainesville is the closest thing I've ever seen."

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Faith fuels Mosby's success
Back home in Brooksville, members of Bernice Mosby's church would have been proud.

They've got Great expectations
Now that they have tasted success, the Florida Gators are hungry for more.

Brittany DAVIS
POSITION: Forward HEIGHT: 6-2 YEAR: Junior HOMETOWN: Gainesville n FAVORITE ATHLETE: David Robinson

SEC's women's favorite? Do you really have to ask?
While it should only be a three-team race on the women's side of the Southeastern Conference, don't be surprised if there are quite a few buzzer-beating upsets this season. The league's 12 teams average 3.4 starters with only KENTUCKY returning less than three starters. Six teams have four starters back, five have three and the Wildcats only two.

Florida Gator Basketball

All together ... now?
You hear about it all the time. The nebulous trait defined as team chemistry. Winning teams have it. Losing teams don't.

Building tradition
We think Florida football fans are spoiled, that they cannot appreciate anything short of a national championship. Maybe it's just something in the water because I think Florida basketball fans are just as bad if not worse

10 QUESTIONS with Sun Sports Writer Kevin Brockway
1. What needs to be done so that this team can get past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament?

Florida Gator Danny Wuerffel

Wuerffel watches from sideline
Florida's Chris Leak became the first quarterback to throw six touchdown passes against a Southeastern Conference opponent Saturday night since former Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel did the same in 1996.

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

For Gamecocks, hiring Spurrier would be priceless
Steve Spurrier. There, got that out of the way. You can't go five minutes in this town without someone saying that name. They're either wishing he was coming, glad he's not or wondering where he will end up.

Florida Gator Urban Meyer

Bowl bid, job offers on horizon for Meyer
SALT LAKE CITY -- After Utah's lopsided victory against Colorado State, Utes Coach Urban Meyer huddled next to his wife, Shelley. He watched his players sing the school's fight song along with the student body.

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