Gator News And World Report (11/15/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, November 15, 2004. Zook remains positive for FSU; UF-FSU clash doesn't have its usual luster; Decisions Loom For Gators; A win in Tallahassee would be big; SEC has 'Cat match fever; Seniors leave lasting mark; Decade run - defeated; Zook tries to go from lame duck to swan; Socking it to Gators always a top priority; Gators serve up Swamp surprise to South Carolina; Gator golf starts strong in 1st-round rout and more...

Florida Gator Football

Zook remains positive for FSU
Florida's coach says that a win in Tallahassee will mean the 2004 Gators will be remembered as a special group.

UF-FSU clash doesn't have its usual luster
Saturday's Florida-Florida State game may be the most meaningless meeting between the teams since the 1989 -- if you look at it in terms of national perspective.

Zook won't reveal his bowl schedule
Despite Foley giving him OK, fired coach not committing to final game.

Grading the Gators
OFFENSE: A - The Gators had trouble moving the ball on the ground (92 yards rushing), but QB Chris Leak had a career night. He threw for 319 yards and six touchdowns, and spread the ball among eight receivers. UF even threw in some trick plays. Plus, the Gators stayed aggressive into the fourth quarter.

Decisions Loom For Gators
GAINESVILLE - University of Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason stood at midfield Saturday with offensive guard Mo Mitchell. Together, the two pondered the future.

A win in Tallahassee would be big
Florida coach Ron Zook still hasn't made a decision whether he will coach the Gators in a bowl game, but he is well aware of what a win Saturday night against Florida State would mean.

No decision on bowl
Gator coach Ron Zook has had a difficult few weeks since being fired on Oct. 25.

Zook tries to go from lame duck to swan
Ron Zook can go out with a bang if the Gators upset FSU on Saturday. As for coaching a bowl game, he hasn't made up his mind.

Socking it to Gators always a top priority
The networks don't care. For the first time in 23 years the Florida State-Florida game will not be carried either on ABC or CBS.

Florida rolls over Carolina in the Swamp
Florida quarterback Chris Leak passed for more than 300 yards and threw six touchdowns as he led the Gators to a convincing 48-14 win Saturday in Carolina's worst game of the season. Despite taking an initial lead, USC surrendered five touchdowns without answering with one of its own.

Zook, UF turn focus to Florida State
Florida became bowl eligible with six victories after its 48-14 win against South Carolina on Saturday night and athletic director Jeremy Foley wants fired coach Ron Zook to lead the team in whatever postseason invitation it receives.

The only thing on the line this season is pride
Six days from now, when Florida Sate hosts Florida at Doak Campbell Stadium, hardly anyone outside this state will care.

Gators serve up Swamp surprise to South Carolina
Is there any team harder to figure out than UF?

Zooker looking to leave a legacy
Maybe he was right all along. Since arriving at UF, Coach Ron Zook has used the terms "continuing to improve" and "getting better and better" approximately eleventy billion times. So much so that fans have become numb to it and reporters click off their recorders when they sense it coming.

FSU Comeback Or Florida Swoon?
In its relatively short history, the Florida State- Florida football rivalry has been about national significance (it was a matchup of top 10-ranked teams for 11 consecutive seasons) and bitterness (players have traded punches, pregame and postgame).

FSU must beat UF for a shot at BCS
Attempting to decipher the Atlantic Coast Conference's tiebreaker scenarios isn't easy, but Florida State (8-2 overall, 6-2 in the ACC) still has a chance to share the league title and win the tiebreaker that determines the league's representative to the Bowl Championship Series.

Florida Gator Basketball

SEC has 'Cat match fever
No current Florida player has beaten Kentucky - the program that's the yardstick by which every league team must measure itself.

Green making his own mark in basketball
Florida freshman point guard Taurean Green learned a lot from father Sidney's NBA journey.

Florida Gator Soccer

Seniors leave lasting mark
Not long after a shocking end to their season Friday afternoon, Gators coach Becky Burleigh was talking about the future.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Decade run - defeated
No. 15 Tennessee came to the O'Connell Center and did what no SEC team has done in the regular season in 10 years - beat Florida.

Florida Gator Golf

Gator golf starts strong in 1st-round rout
On the eve of the Hooters Collegiate Match Play Championship, the coach of the underachieving Florida Gators men's golf team sat down inside the Mission Inn Golf and Tennis Resort and vented a bit.

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