Gator News And World Report (11/17/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, November 17, 2004. Does Rix hold a hex over UF?; Zook wants team to avoid confrontations; Reid expected to be used heavily against Gators; Gators expect to see Rix in huddle; You make the call; A Big Weight Off; Healthy Colon a key contributor for UF; Run integral part of Meyer's offense; FSU's Washington hurting, but ready to roll; Gators hope Zook stays to coach in bowl game and more...

Florida Gator Football

Does Rix hold a hex over UF?
You know it's coming. He can't stay on the bench. Not the Gator-killer. Wyatt Sexton may get the start, but you know that at some point Chris Rix will be trotting out onto the field at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Doak Campbell curse
Florida's last football victory in Tallahassee doesn't just seem like a lifetime ago, it actually is for some current Gator and Seminole players.

Zook wants team to avoid confrontations
Over the past several years, the Florida-Florida State rivalry has become a little too heated, too intense, at times, with emotions on both sides bordering on uncontrollable.

Reid expected to be used heavily against Gators
Florida State wide receiver Willie Reid is expected to be back and used heavily in the wide receiver rotation this weekend against archrival Florida, giving the 10th-ranked Seminoles full use of one of their top playmakers in the season finale.

Meyer hiring rumors are false, Foley says
lorida athletic director Jeremy Foley told The Sun Tuesday afternoon that a website report that Utah coach Urban Meyer has agreed to become the next Florida football coach is "1,000 percent false."

Gators expect to see Rix in huddle
No matter how poorly Florida State quarterback Chris Rix has played against other teams, he has been at his best against rival Florida.

You make the call
In his three-decade involvement with football officiating, Atlantic Coast Conference football officials coordinator Tommy Hunt has seen a lot of changes -- literally, figuratively and quite vividly.

No agreement with Utah coach, Florida officials say
Florida officials on Tuesday denied an Internet report that the school has reached an agreement with Utah coach Urban Meyer to succeed the fired Ron Zook as its coach.

What's Next For Zook?
University of Florida tailback Ciatrick Fason does not want to block Coach Ron Zook's next career move.

Officials Say Rumor About Meyer Is False
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley, UF president Bernie Machen and Utah coach Urban Meyer all denied a Web site report Tuesday that Meyer had agreed to coach the Gators.

Gators getting ready for Rix
Wyatt Sexton will start at quarterback for Florida State, but the Gators are ready for -- and wary of -- Chris Rix.

Healthy Colon a key contributor for UF
His back doesn't bother him anymore. Neither does his hip. Nor does his knee, the one that has undergone two surgeries to repair torn ligaments.

Dixon hopes 19th showdown not his last
The Florida-Florida State rivalry has become a fixture in the life of Dwayne Dixon — an event he's come to anticipate like a birthday or wedding anniversary.

FSU's Steele knows Zook's pain
When Ron Zook leads his players onto the field Saturday for the final time during the regular season as head coach of the Florida Gators, one other coach in the stadium will understand Zook's emotions.

Leach looks back
Matt Leach lingered, wanting to satisfy his longing to squeeze everything he could out of the moment.

FSU's Washington hurting, but ready to roll
Injured or not, Leon Washington has a reputation to uphold. Florida State's top tailback has had his biggest performances against the Gators and says he won't let a sore shoulder slow him down.

Walking away
It's an event many Florida fans and alumni envisioned the day Ron Zook was hired. On Saturday, the Ron Zook farewell tour comes to a conclusion in Tallahassee. With the exception of a possible bowl game, Saturday's game against Florida State will be Florida's last with Zook at the helm.

Choke at Doak still a landmark
Ten years later, it's one of the most memorable games in the history of the UF-FSU rivalry.

UF-FSU Notebook: UF squashes Meyer Internet rumor
The latest batch of Internet rumors regarding the Florida coaching vacancy turned out to be just that, rumors.

'Noles, Sexton looser at home
Florida State's offense won't get another opportunity to solve its road struggles until the bowl game.

Cornerback too good for his own good
Ten games into his senior season, Florida State cornerback Bryant McFadden is still searching for his signature highlight.

UF players could be wrong about Meyer
Florida's players and fans have become familiar with Utah coach Urban Meyer's offensive system especially since his name has been rumored as a potential candidate to replace Ron Zook.

To say Florida State's defense will be wary of Florida quarterback Chris Leak this weekend would be the understatement of the season.

The Ten Best D-I Rivalries ... 7-10
The rest of the world might have Yankees-Red Sox, Bears-Packers, Coke-Pepsi and Christina-Britney, but the real rivalries are in college football. With no playoff system, rivalries define seasons as the biggest of the big showdowns that often decide conference and national championships. Other rivalries simply give one team's fan base bragging rights for a year. The old saying is true; a 1-10 season is a success if that one win is over the hated rival.

Gators hope Zook stays to coach in bowl game
Florida coach Ron Zook hasn't commented on whether or not he will coach the team in the bowl game and plans to meet with athletic director Jeremy Foley next week before making a decision.

Seminoles confident with Wyatt, while arrogant Rix warms bench
Talk about karma biting you in the ass. Raised in Santa Margarita, Ca., from the age of 12, Chris Rix was always surrounded by his entourage who would feed him grapes and tell him things like, "Chris, you're the coolest guy I've ever met," and "Chris, can I touch your leg, just for a second?"

Florida Gator Basketball

Noah eager to make an impact
Florida freshman Joakim Noah acknowledged he is not back to full strength yet after a two-week bout with mononucleosis.

A Big Weight Off
The court in front of David Lee grew longer with each passing second.

Urban Meyer

Run integral part of Meyer's offense
Florida's players and fans have become somewhat familiar with Utah coach Urban Meyer's offensive system - especially since his name has been constantly rumored as a potential candidate to replace Ron Zook.

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Booster makes pitch for Holtz to stay
While many USC fans are ready to anoint Steve Spurrier the Gamecocks' next football savior, at least one prominent booster made a pitch to convince USC's current coaching legend to stay.

Florida Gator Swimming

Seminoles Win Ten Events, But Can't Beat Top-Five Florida
It wasn't the way that Florida State University wanted to start Florida week, but the Seminole swimming and diving teams showed that they are gaining on their instate rivals. Florida State won ten events on the evening, but couldn't come up with the upset as it fell to the Gators.

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