Gator News And World Report (11/24/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, November 24, 2004. A fresh beginning; Machen says he won't change mind on Zook; Green family squares off; Gators slam FAU in home opener; Freshmen Provide Spark For UF; Shaky status has Davis eyeing UF; No reprieve for Zook and more...

Florida Gator Football

Machen says he won't change mind on Zook
University of Florida President Bernie Machen said he won't change his mind about the firing of Ron Zook despite a newfound outpouring of support for the outgoing head football coach since Saturday's upset victory over rival Florida State University.

Meyer's Phone Hasn't Rung
University of Utah coach Urban Meyer, considered one of the top candidates for the vacant Florida job, told The Salt Lake Tribune on Tuesday that no school has contacted him.

Shaky status has Davis eyeing UF
Put Cleveland Browns Coach Butch Davis high on the list of candidates to replace Ron Zook at Florida.

Butch Davis isn't leaving
Butch Davis isn't leaving, Ron Zook isn't staying and Urban Meyer is insisting that University of Florida officials haven't expressed interest in him becoming the Gators next football coach.

We courted Spurrier
The public outcry the past few weeks among Gator fans that Steve Spurrier wasn't properly courted was met with silence from the school's top officials.

Utah Football: Focused on one job
With the regular season over and college football's coach-hunting season in full swing, Utah's Urban Meyer insisted Tuesday that neither he nor anybody representing him has been contacted about another job, and athletic director Chris Hill acknowledged that he and Meyer have discussed another contract extension.

Zook's pink slip handed out too soon
Sometimes, you mess up. Sometimes, you have to own up. No one likes admitting he was wrong. No one likes falling on his sword or even, as in this case, his pen. Still, here goes:

No reprieve for Zook
Despite growing sentiment among some fans and players, Florida is not going to rehire Ron Zook as its football coach and the search for his successor is under way this week, school president Bernie Machen said.

Florida Gator Basketball

A fresh beginning
It was a night that began with a senior scoring six straight points and ended with a walk-on hitting a shot that ensured free sandwiches for everyone.

Green family squares off
It wasn't the most ideal circumstance for a dad to see his son play his first college game.

Gators slam FAU in home opener
Freshman point guard Taurean Green sparked No. 23 Florida to a 90-45 victory Tuesday night over Florida Atlantic, the team coached by his father, former NBA forward Sidney Green.

Freshmen Provide Spark For UF
Chasing a loose ball, University of Florida guard Taurean Green slid into the Florida Atlantic bench like a penguin coasting across an ice floe.

Gators double up on Owls
Some children cherish their father's wisdom. Florida guard Taurean Green used it against his.

Green gives dad his best
That's what Taurean Green said he would have for his father's Florida Atlantic team.

Gators crushes Owls
He made his father proud, even though he beat him. In a lopsided affair, point guard Taurean Green scored eight points and had eight assists, lifting No. 23 Florida to a 90-45 win against Florida Atlantic.

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