Gator News And World Report (11/22/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Monday, November 22, 2004. Utah coach Urban Meyer a prospect for Gators; Zook relaxes in wake of win; Peterson stumps for Zook; Gators end 7-year tourney drought; Zook goes from zero to hero in Gainesville; What A Difference 6 Inches Makes For UF; UF now starts coaching search; UF officials under fire after Zook's recent success; Zook basks in milestone win and more...

Florida Gator Football

Zook relaxes in wake of win
Whether he coaches the Gators' upcoming bowl game will likely depend on his search for another job.

Peterson stumps for Zook
To hear Mike Peterson talk, he has two missions in football right now: help lead the Jaguars into the playoffs and right what he believes is a wrong at his alma mater.

Zook goes from zero to hero in Gainesville
For the first and last time in his career as the head football coach at the University of Florida, Ron Zook made Gators fans forget about Steve Spurrier.

FSU hurts Bowl chances
Another week of offensive struggles will lead into a two-week game of wait-and-see for the Florida State football team.

What A Difference 6 Inches Makes For UF
Maybe a team with something to lose would have punted out of fear.

UF now starts coaching search
The celebrations continued into early hours of the morning in Tallahassee and Gainesville as Florida students littered the streets of both cities after the Gators' 20-13 win against Florida State on Saturday.

Zook, Gators upset FSU
Florida players carried lame-duck Coach Ron Zook off the field Saturday night in a surreal scene after the Gators' first win at FSU's Doak Campbell Stadium since 1986.

UF officials under fire after Zook's recent success
A day after coach Ron Zook's historic victory at Florida State, the man who hired him three seasons ago and fired him four weeks ago was free Sunday to begin the official search to replace him.

Bevy of offensive weak spots puzzles Bowden
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is at a loss.

Zook basks in milestone win
About an hour after Ron Zook was carried off the field following Florida's upset win over then-No.10 Florida State on Saturday night, the beleaguered coach and his wife, Denise, took one last stroll on the field.

Zook celebrates victory on Bobby Bowden Field
It was supposed to have been Bobby Bowden's night, but Florida's Ron Zook stole the glory.

Ending on a high note
He arrived a nobody. He became an outcast. He left a rock star.

Victory for Zook adds twist to UF's future plans
The Gators are still celebrating, but for UF athletics director Jeremy Foley the focus immediately shifts to finding a new coach.

Urban Meyer

Utah coach Urban Meyer a prospect for Gators
Urban Meyer has lead his midmajor team to near the top of national rankings.

Meyer the prime candidate
The clock is now ticking. Urban Meyer, who many anticipate will be the next Florida coach, is expected to be contacted any time by UF athletics director Jeremy Foley.

Meyer becomes fast legend in Utah
He's a Catholic here in the land of Mormon, one named for a pope, Roman numeral and all. In the summer of 1964, he was baptized Urban Meyer III in Ashtabula, Ohio. Forty years later, Urban III has swiftly worked such miracles with Utah football that Utes everywhere — and many Gators, too — swear by his pigskin, if not papal, infallibility.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Replay is repeat for Vols
Tennessee pulls off its second stunning, historic win this month in the O'Connell Center by defeating Florida for the league title.

Tennessee edges UF to net volleyball title
Jane Collymore, Marcie Hampton and Angie McGinnis each posted double-doubles, but it wasn't enough as the No. 10 Florida volleyball team fell to No. 12 Tennessee 30-18, 27-30, 27-30, 30-17, 5-15 in the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship Sunday.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Peck to debut small lineup
UF will try to overcome the loss of All-America center Vanessa Hayden tonight against FSU.

Florida Gator Cross Country

Gators end 7-year tourney drought
Standing on the Percy Beard Track, Jeff Pigg looks toward a cloudless, blue sky.

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

Dominoes begin falling today for Spurrier
Lou Holtz will step down as South Carolina coach, and Steve Spurrier is expected to replace him.

Don't expect Spurrier to be Carolina savior
Man, enough with all this talk about Steve Spurrier going to South Carolina and turning the Gamecocks into a national power. Some perspective, please:

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators overwhelm Jacksonville despite early miscues
With seats plentiful, it seemed as if few had interest in the David Lee showdown, aka UF against Jacksonville.

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