Gator News And World Report (11/19/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, November 19, 2004. Until we meet again Nov. 12, so long, S.O.S; Zook lists Crowder as 'probable'; Being a fighter saved life of UF's Williams; '86 Win Sticks With Ex-Gators; FSU AD Expects Status Quo; Gators Concentrating On Stopping The Run; Maligned Zook a class act to the very end; Ol' ballcoach primed to haunt ex-school; Gators work on toughness;

Florida Gator Football

Their bowl game
Spurrier never did it. As head coach at the University of Florida, he was never able to lead the Gators to a win at Doak Campbell Stadium, though he sports a fancy win percentage of .773.

Zook lists Crowder as 'probable'
Starting middle linebacker Channing Crowder is still limping on a tender right foot, but is expected to play in Saturday night's game against Florida State in Tallahassee, UF coach Ron Zook said Thursday.

Gators glad nip/tuck helped lineup
Partial credit, at least indirectly, for the Florida defense's extreme makeover last Saturday night must go to a plastic surgeon. We're not talking about a nip here, a tuck there. It has to do with true freshman safety Kyle Jackson being in the Gator secondary.

House Of Horrors
University of Florida receiver Jemalle Cornelius saw the hulking structure nearly empty. No garnet-and-gold-clad fans hurled insults. The Marching Chiefs didn't blast a haunting war chant from one end zone.

'86 Win Sticks With Ex-Gators
When Kerwin Bell stood at the center of the room, every eye snapped forward and every mouth snapped shut. Bell spoke to the faces a few feet away, but he raised his voice enough to ensure it would carry all the way to Tallahassee.

FSU AD Expects Status Quo
Saturday's game at Doak Campbell Stadium is the final meeting between rivals Florida State and Florida under the current four- game contract that spells out details on everything from who officiates the games to when the games will be played.

Disasters At Doak Campbell
Year - Score - Comment 1988 - 52-17 - Deion Sanders arrives in limo and the streak begins

Gators Concentrating On Stopping The Run
Florida S Cory Bailey believes the only way to neutralize Florida State's passing game is to stop RBs Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker.

Maligned Zook a class act to the very end
Whether you wanted him out or not, it's hard to look at what Florida coach Ron Zook has done and not be impressed.

FSU-UF clash not on major network for first time since '91
The Florida State-Florida game on Saturday is drawing as much local attention as it always does. Nationally, however, its a different story.

Degory never interested in FSU
Although Florida and its opponent Saturday, Florida State, have rosters consisting mostly of Florida natives, sometimes one school lays off a recruit when it doesn't have much of a chance of signing him.

Washington says NFL can wait
Despite missing two games with a shoulder injury, Florida State running back Leon Washington has made a strong case for first-team all-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.

Gators trying to forget debacle against FSU
Almost every year, the Florida-Florida State game has one memorable play that makes the difference.

Roads to Gainesville
Foley gathering information on potential Gator football coaches

Gators' Mitchell learns from his mistakes
The depression kicked in toward the end of his sophomore season.

Tough to get away from this rivalry
The Florida State talk, the pregame hype, the rigors of three consecutive games: all those strained Florida LS Casey Griffith prior to last season's Seminoles game.

'Noles D-line shuts down run
In a season that has exceeded even their expectations, members of the Florida State defensive line are saving the best for last.

Rivalry not the same? Don't tell the players
The national spotlight isn't focused on the state of Florida this week, which is highly unusual where Florida and Florida State are concerned. Florida coach Ron Zook was asked just one question on this week's SEC teleconference, one that came after prodding from the moderator and had nothing to do with the UF-FSU game.

Remote patrol
Sunshine will have extensive coverage of Saturday's big game between Florida and Florida State, starting at 9:30 a.m. with Tailgate Saturday .

What's it going to be this year?
Whenever in-state rivals Florida State and Florida meet the unexpected usually happens

Florida Gator Basketball

No. 23 Florida vs. Jacksonville
TIP-OFF: 8 p.m., Veteran's Memorial Arena, Jacksonville

For UF center Adrian MossiIt's about FINISHING
It's no big deal. No reason for Adrian Moss to feel different than at this point last season.

Gators work on toughness
During a preseason photo shoot last year, Florida basketball stars Anthony Roberson and Matt Walsh kept trying to look as tough as they could for the camera without cracking a smile.

Preseason ranking new for Gators
For the first time in several years, the Florida basketball team won't open the season ranked high in the polls. And that's okay with coach Billy Donovan and his players.

CONFIDENT AGAIN
The ire of the fans and players was nothing new for him.

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

Until we meet again Nov. 12, so long, S.O.S
Well, Steve Spurrier said he wanted a challenge. Welcome to the bottom half of the SEC East, Orr. The rumor that wouldn't go away will come to fruition early next week when the man who refers to the Gators as "we" will now have to start using the term "they" when speaking of his alma mater.

Spurrier to coach S. Carolina
Steve Spurrier, who guided Florida football to its best seasons in school history, will be back on the sidelines for a team in the Southeastern Conference East next season. And it won't be Florida.

With Holtz Retiring, Job Is Spurrier's
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Lou Holtz will retire as coach at South Carolina after the season, The Associated Press learned Thursday night, apparently paving the way for Steve Spurrier to replace him.

Spurrier on deck for South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Steve Spurrier has agreed to return to college football at South Carolina should Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz retire, according to a published report.

Like jilted lover, UF fans handle rejection
Many Gators bleed blue today, with pending news of the ultimate betrayal:

Ol' ballcoach primed to haunt ex-school
You know what will be even more entertaining than a homesick Steve Spurrier returning to coaching and leading the Florida Gators back to national prominence?

Spurrier agrees to take job
What is it going to feel like when Steve Spurrier runs the score up on Florida?

Spurrier has a nerve to hit a Gator nerve
I'll believe it when I see it. It makes no sense to settle on Steve Spurrier landing at South Carolina, where he's reportedly headed as Lou Holtz's replacement, until he, personally, has pulled the rip cord and ended the free fall of speculation.

Spurrier's record speaks for itself
STEVE SPURRIER loves a challenge. The one he faces as South Carolina's expected next head football coach is strangely similar to what he accepted in 1990 when he returned to his alma mater, the University of Florida.

A welcome back for Spurrier
Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer already equated the Southeastern Conference with the survival of the fittest.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Being a fighter saved life of UF's Williams
Sherri Williams is alive on this day. And as she tugs on the silver medical bracelet on her left wrist and begins telling her story of how a rare form of pneumonia nearly stole her life last summer - it's clear she's very lucky to be.

Urban Meyer

Meyer called a clone of Spurrier
One way or the other, the next Florida football coach will be Steve Spurrier. Gator Nation - yes, the orange-and-blue die-hards actually call themselves that - will accept no less.

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