Gator News And World Report (11/23/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, November 23, 2004. Win over FSU reignites Zook frenzy; Unruly fans will be dealt with at UF; Holtz, bowl gone; Spurrier to South Carolina; UF protest fizzles as Zook intervenes; Tonight's dish: mixed Greens; Money Equals Power For Florida's Bull Gators; Spurrier to follow Holtz; FAU-UF: All in the family; Time for Zook's ride into the sunset; UF places 27th in NCAA and more..

Florida Gator Football

Win over FSU reignites Zook frenzy
Just when it looked like this surreal and controversial Florida football season had calmed down with the acceptance of Ron Zook's firing, the Gators went and changed everything by going to Tallahassee and upsetting then-No. 10 Florida State on Saturday night.

UF protest fizzles as Zook intervenes
Players stay out of march after fired coach asks them not to join.

Money Equals Power For Florida's Bull Gators
In the dark and murky swamps of Florida, a bull gator is usually harmless unless it feels threatened. In The Swamp, a 92,000-seat football palace located on the campus of the University of Florida, a different kind of Bull Gator roams free in air- conditioned luxury suites and prime real estate called 50- yard-line seats.

Zook intercepts planned protest by Gators
Three university police officers sat on their motorcycles in preparation, nearly 25 reporters awaited the protest, TV cameras were rolling and the photographers were in place.

Zook silences rallying cry to save job
Despite Ron Zook's victory against Florida State, it appears the fired Florida coach has accepted his fate. In a last-minute attempt to save Zook's career at Florida, a former UF student and several players tried to organize a march from the stadium to UF president Bernie Machen's office across campus.

UF's Zook undecided on bowl
Ron Zook has a decision to weigh, even if it appears to be a no-brainer. Leave the University of Florida on the heels of his biggest victory in three tumultuous seasons, or risk one final loss — Zook's 15th in 38 games — by coaching in a bowl game.

Time for Zook's ride into the sunset
It's too bad the victory ride only took Ron Zook to the locker room Saturday night. It would have been nice if Zook's players carried him out of town, back to Gainesville and to his office in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, where they could have collected some empty boxes and helped their coach pack his belongings.

Tom Hanson: Gators' win courtesy of Jeff Bowden
Early Sunday morning around 3 a.m., a mini-van — proudly flying several Florida Gators flags from the rooftop — roared down Interstate-75 South towards Gainesville.

Outgoing coach at the QB Club
On the day the old ballcoach was ready to jump back into the college football coaching ranks, his successor at the University of Florida said he finally realized he didn't have a job anymore.

Gator march for Zook called off
Coleen Martinez was trying to empower a good friend, Florida senior free safety Zephrin Augustine, when she suggested he rally his teammates to fight for their fired football coach, Ron Zook.

Gamecocks to name Spurrier new head coach Tuesday
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - The University of South Carolina has scheduled a news conference for 1 p.m. (et) Tuesday when it is expected to announce that Steve Spurrier will take over as the school's new head football coach.

Fickle UF fans need a dose of reality
Some UF players sat under a handwritten poster hanging in Turlington Plaza around noon on Monday. It read "HIRE ZOOK AGAIN." The poster echoed what many Gators fans are desperately hoping is all a nightmare, hoping that Zook will be back next year to lead UF to the promised land.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Florida State ends UF's hold in opener
The last time Florida had lost a season opener — the 1993-94 season — the Gators finished the year with a 22-7 record. Coach Carolyn Peck could see that happening again following the Gators' season-opening 72-62 loss to Florida State Monday night in the O'Connell Center.

Florida St. 72, Florida 62
Linnea Liljestrand scored 20 points off the bench and Ganiyat Adeduntan had 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead Florida State to a 72-62 win over Florida on Monday night, snapping the Seminoles' 16-game losing streak to their in-state rivals.

UF women's opener spoiled
Watching a pair of winning streaks come to a close was not how the Florida women's basketball team wanted to start its season.

FSU ends Gators streak
With a raucous crowd for both sides, the UF women's basketball team hoped to start its season with a bang. But the explosion came too late as the Gators lost to their in-state rivals from Florida State, 72-62. UF had won the last 16 meetings against the Seminoles.

Florida Gator Basketball

Unruly fans will be dealt with at UF
Florida guard Matt Walsh doesn't condone what Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest did Friday night.

Tonight's dish: mixed Greens
UF freshman wants a big victory over his father's Florida Atlantic squad.

Florida Atlantic at No. 23 Florida
TIP-OFF: 7 p.m., O'Connell Center, Gainesville TV/RADIO: Sunshine Network; WDAE, 620 AM

FAU-UF: All in the family
After practicing for years with the Florida Atlantic players, Taurean Green will be going against them tonight, when Florida hosts the Owls at 7 at the O'Connell Center.

Florida Gator Chris Doering

Doering a Steeler
For two months, he has had to watch from afar as his former team became one of the hottest stories in the NFL.

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

Holtz, bowl gone; Spurrier to South Carolina
No Lou. No bowl. But at least the Ol' Ball Coach is on the way. On one of the strangest days in South Carolina football history, the Gamecocks said goodbye to one national championship coach in Lou Holtz as they prepared welcome another in Steve Spurrier.

Spurrier to follow Holtz
South Carolina football coach Lou Holtz announced his retirement Monday and is expected to be replaced at 1 p.m. today by his friend and golfing buddy, former University of Florida coach Steve Spurrier.

Spurrier's arrival expected to change landscape of SEC
Georgia coaches thought they were through having to worry about former Florida coach Steve Spurrier, who is expected to be named today as Lou Holtz's replacement at South Carolina.

Florida Gator Shorts

UF Shorts
Florida defensive tackle Ray McDonald was named the SEC defensive player of the week for his performance in Florida's win against Florida State. Three of McDonald's seven tackles were for a loss.

Urban Meyer

Meyer making his mark at 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 Cross Country

UF places 27th in NCAA
A sloppy course and cold conditions set the stage for a season finish that was not exactly what the UF men's cross country team had dreams of when it received an automatic bid last week in the South Regional.

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