Gator News And World Report (12/1/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, December 1, 2004. Abukar scores career high in win; Notre Dame opening could affect UF search; Next Move?; Gators Need A Miracle, And His Name Is Stoops; Abukar Shines In UF Win; The Spurrier factor; Decisions impact Gator bid for coach; Florida shouldn't run down clock; Guenther takes look at Florida's Zook; Gators not rattled by FAMU; Foley doing his homework for this search; Fourth option fuels UF's rout of FAMU and more...

Florida Gator Football

UF's bowl plans could be Peachy
Gators appear set for Atlanta New Year's Eve game against ACC foe.

Notre Dame opening could affect UF search
GAINESVILLE -- Florida now has some competition for its top choice to replace the fired Ron Zook as head coach.

Next Move?
A blast of news sweeping down from the Midwest on Tuesday could change the forecast for the University of Florida's football coaching search.

Gators Need A Miracle, And His Name Is Stoops
It's Stoops, stupid. There are only 24 shopping days until Christmas and the University of Florida is behind by three touchdowns. Again.

Decisions impact Gator bid for coach
GAINESVILLE -- No matter what the move, no matter what the name, nearly every decision made within the coaching fraternity Tuesday seemed to have an effect on Florida's search for a new coach.

UF president fumbling search for new coach
Obviously, the University of Florida must have a double-secret deal worked out with Oklahoma's Bob Stoops.

If Irish lure Meyer, it all changes at UF
In a six-hour period Tuesday, Tyrone Willingham's dismissal at Notre Dame and Butch Davis' resignation from the Cleveland Browns turned upside down the University of Florida's search for a football coach.

Florida shouldn't run down clock
You snooze, you lose. Somebody should hire a plane to write that in the sky over The Swamp today in Gainesville. That way Dr. Bernie Machen, president of the University of Florida, would have no difficulty reading it from his house just across the street from the Gators' athletic facilities. Athletic Director Jeremy Foley could see it from the window of his stadium office, too.

Source: Illinois talks to Zook
GAINESVILLE — Florida coach Ron Zook met Tuesday with Illinois Athletic Director Ron Guenther in Chicago to interview for the school's coaching vacancy, a source close to the process said.

Guenther takes look at Florida's Zook
Outgoing Florida football coach Ron Zook met with Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther on Tuesday in Chicago, sources in Florida said.

Reshuffling the deck
Even before the first candidate has been interviewed, Florida's search for a new head football coach has taken some monumental twists and turns and now may be setting up much differently than it appeared only a few days ago.

Foley doing his homework for this search
e following: 1. He has finalized a deal with Urban Meyer. 2. He has flown to Louisville to interview Bobby Petrino. 3. He has interviewed Butch Davis in Gainesville just hours after Davis's Cleveland team gave up 58 points. 4. He has hired Steve Spurrier. 5. He has hired Bobby Stoops. 6. He has solved the BCS problem for Auburn.

UF search continues
GAINESVILLE - Florida's search for a football coach got a little more complicated with the resignation and firing of two prominent coaches Tuesday.

Former Browns coach 'not even on radar screen'
Former Browns coach Butch Davis might not be a slam dunk to take over at the University of Florida after all. A source told the Florida Times-Union that Davis is "not even on the radar screen" with the Gators.

Florida feeling Peachy
Two firings may have shaken up the search to find a replacement for fired Florida head coach Ron Zook.

Florida Gator Basketball

Abukar scores career high in win
Florida sophomore fights back from injury to get 22 points in rout of FAMU.

UF's long home stretch through rest of month
Florida basketball players will remain in familiar, comfortable surroundings through the holidays.

Abukar Shines In UF Win
Milestones can wait. Anthony Roberson came into the University of Florida's game against Florida A&M needing 18 points to become the 36th Gator to reach the 1,000-point mark.

Gators on target against Rattlers
When the horn blared at the end of the game, Florida's fans booed. Some even cursed.

Gators not rattled by FAMU
Mohamed Abukar scored a career-high 22 points, and No. 19 Florida routed Florida A&M 88-51 on Tuesday night.

Fourth option fuels UF's rout of FAMU
GAINESVILLE - Florida A&M had a simple plan going into Tuesday night's game against Florida: neutralize the Gators' trio of Matt Walsh, David Lee and Anthony Roberson and force somebody else to step up and play big.

Gator fans leave rout on empty
You want to find a way to disappoint the Florida fans in a 37-point rout of Florida A&M? Take away their free subs. That was about the only drama in Tuesday's 88-51 Gators' victory against the Rattlers.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Florida 67, UCF 42
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Bernice Mosby scored 16 points and Tashia Morehead added 15 off the bench to lead Florida to a 67-42 win over Central Florida on Tuesday night.

Gators turn out Golden Knights with Morehead
Tashia Morehead says her injured right quadriceps muscle is 90 percent. But on Tuesday night, it was her smooth, sweet jump shot that was 100 percent.

Florida Gator Steve Spurrier

The Spurrier factor
Something seems strange. Something isn't the same. While the world finally has managed to come to grips with Steve Spurrier's return to college football in a city other than Gainesville, the coach has decided to throw his following for yet another loop.

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