Gator News And World Report (11/16/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, November 16, 2004. Former head coaches valuable from the bench; Gators dismiss historic defeat; FSU fans upset with coordinator; Odds say it's Meyer; FSU center Castillo questionable for Florida game; Foley unsure if Zook will coach bowl; Leak's Domination Earns Him SEC Honor; Zook looks to start Crowder and Siler; UF gets defensive in time for FSU and more...

Florida Gator Football

FSU fans upset with coordinator
Bobby Bowden's youngest son is being blamed for an un-Seminoles-like offense.

FSU center Castillo questionable for Florida game
Florida State center David Castillo practiced Monday, but his status for the 10th-ranked Seminoles season finale against Florida on Saturday is unclear because of an injured right hand.

What sophomore jinx? Florida's Leak has gotten better in his second year.
Florida quarterback Chris Leak is better in 2004 than he was at the end of the 2003 season.

Foley unsure if Zook will coach bowl
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley doesn't expect to know until next week whether coach Ron Zook will stay with the Gators through the bowl game.

Chris-crossed seasons for rival QBs
Rix has made plenty of mistakes, but his shining moment came last year at UF

SEMINOLES NOTEBOOK: FSU players worried about Leak
With a full Saturday off for the first time in more than two months, Florida State's players and coaches enjoyed the opportunity to watch a full slate of college games this past weekend.

Leak's Domination Earns Him SEC Honor
GAINESVILLE - Florida QB Chris Leak won his second SEC offensive player of the week award this season Monday after throwing for 319 yards and six touchdown passes Saturday in Florida's 48-14 win against South Carolina.

Injury Has Castillo On Wait-And-See Status
Two games shape Florida State's season as C David Castillo sees it - Miami and Florida. One of them he's already had to watch from the sidelines because of injury.

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).

Balancing act
Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason manages to handle several demanding roles.

Zook looks to start Crowder and Siler
As Florida continues to await the return of LB Channing Crowder from a foot sprain, Coach Ron Zook said the team can take some comfort in the ability of the star linebacker's backup.

UF gets defensive in time for FSU
Guess who's coming to Tallahassee? The Florida defense.

Fason keeps UF, family guessing
If Tiffany Fason doesn't know whether Florida running back Ciatrick Fason is leaving for the NFL, no one does.

Struggling FSU offense feels the heat
Florida State has thrown for 2,055 yards and collected just 3,664 total yards. That's the smallest offensive yardage total for a Seminoles team after 10 games since 1986 - the last time FSU didn't win at least eight games.

Zook can't explain UF's 48-point outburst
After lighting up a solid South Carolina defense for 48 points, everyone's been asking Florida coach Ron Zook just how the Gators managed such an offensive outburst.

Presentation connects freshmen
The connection was finally made long after Ron Zook ran off Florida Field for the last time late Saturday night. Long after the last fan left. Sometime early Sunday morning during the long ride home.

Center Castillo hopes to give 'Noles a boost
Florida State coaches and players received some welcome news about their starting center Monday. David Castillo, who missed all but a few plays against North Carolina State after dislocating the ring finger on his right hand, snapped on Monday and did well.

Zook wins out: Gator Nation's dream, administration's headache
After UF put a hurting on South Carolina, all the writers sat in the South End Zone room, waiting for interviews.

Career game for Leak no surprise to teammates
You want to know when the Gators realized Chris Leak would have a big-time game against South Carolina?

Focus shifts from explosive win to FSU showdown
After lighting up a solid South Carolina defense for 48 points, everyone has been asking UF coach Ron Zook just how the Gators managed such an offensive outburst.

It takes six (and counting) to match Bowden
FSU's coach will have outlasted a half-dozen at UF after he faces Ron Zook for the final time.

Win No.6 lets UF breathe easier
GAINESVILLE - With their biggest archrival next on the schedule, the Florida players are relieved to have picked up the season's sixth victory against South Carolina on Saturday night. Otherwise, this weekend's game against FSU would have been a must-win for the Gators to become bowl eligible.

Seminoles wary of unranked Gators
Florida State insists it doesn't need to look at the national rankings, where the Florida Gators are unranked heading into this rivalry game for the first time since 1989.

Gators want fair calls this time against FSU
There's a good chance junior tailback Ciatrick Fason will be playing in his final regular-season game for Florida on Saturday when the Gators visit Florida State.

ANIMAL MAGNETISM
Ernie Sims is hearing voices. Not those kinds of voices. The Florida State linebacker isn't possessed, although opposing ball carriers might disagree. He just has a connection, an "understanding,'' to a group of exotic critters he calls his friends.

Florida Gator Basketball

Former head coaches valuable from the bench
Larry Shyatt provides Billy Donovan with another perspective.

Roberson starting to make his point
GAINESVILLE - The clock ticked, and Anthony Roberson waited. It ticked some more, and Roberson waited . . . and waited . . . and waited.

Forget expectations at UF
After two years of being ranked high in the polls and crashing in the NCAA tournament, Gators coach Billy Donovan is being more cautious about his team's chances.

Gators could upend 'Cats
Things haven't changed much in the Southeastern Conference since last year.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Backups handle duties
The Gators close out their exhibition schedule with a 95-88 win over EA Sports.

Gators ready for new roles
Carolyn Peck has been through this before. In the past, no Vanessa Hayden has meant no success, and now Florida's All-American center is gone.

Offense clicks for Gators in 95-88 exhibition win
Carolyn Peck's words echoed throughout the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.

Florida Gator Notebook

Gators dismiss historic defeat
The ending of Florida's NCAA record volleyball winning steak made headlines across the South, and the nation Monday, but it is a record Florida's players - and opposing coaches - don't think about.

Urban Meyer

Odds say it's Meyer
Speculating about who will be the next head football coach at the University of Florida is the thing to do these days.

South Carolina

Holtz's Focus On Clemson, Not His Future
South Carolina coach Lou Holtz still won't reveal his career plans beyond this season, but he did offer one clue at his Monday press conference.

Is Holtz leaving the Gamecocks?
Last week was the final home game for Florida lame-duck coach Ron Zook. But will this week be the final regular-season game of the 33-year-coaching career of South Carolina's Lou Holtz?

SEC Coaching

SEC coaching positions may open up soon
Just call it the Pillsbury Doughboy league. The Southeastern Conference could have as many as three turnovers in its coaching ranks by next season.

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