Gator News And World Report (12/4/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, December 4, 2004. A special collection of stories on Urban Meyer, who has agreed to be the 21st coach for the University of Florida. Also covered in this edition will be the Floirda Gators basketball team and volleyball ball team.

Florida Gator Football & Urban Meyer

Gator glamour now outshines Irish tradition
Nationally, they are stunned. A coach named after eight Catholic popes turned down Notre Dame, turned down his dream job, turned down a chance to call down the thunder, turned down the Gipper and Knute and the Golden Dome . . . for Florida.

UF players who look forward new coach
Count Florida quarterback Chris Leak as a player excited to be handed the keys to Urban Meyer's high-octane offense.

Meyer OKs 7-year deal with Gators
Only a few days ago, it looked like a done deal. Urban Meyer, a devout Irish-Catholic who always considered Notre Dame his dream job, seemed a lock to end up in South Bend, Ind.

Meyer accepts Florida's offer
Utah's Urban Meyer agreed Friday afternoon to become Florida's 21st head football coach, sources told The Sun.

Leak excited about Meyer's offense
hris Leak doesn't know a lot about the offense that Urban Meyer ran in Utah and hasn't seen the Utes play much this season.

Meyer's Coaching Chronology
Urban Meyer's coaching resume since 1986.

Ute movement
Utah's Urban Meyer has agreed to become the next coach at the University of Florida, choosing the Gators over Notre Dame, several sources told the Times-Union on Friday.

Brilliant Bernie burns the Irish
Hi, Bernie. Just wanted to tell you something. My bad. Sorry for calling you arrogant, slow and an egghead a few days ago.

Meyer headed to Florida, sister confirms
Florida is getting its first choice this time. Turned down by Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan three years ago before settling on Ron Zook, the Gators lured Utah coach Urban Meyer away from his "dream job" Friday.

Urban Meyer headed to coach at the University of Florida after turning down Notre Dame job
Florida 1, Notre Dame 0. The Gators beat Notre Dame to Utah coach Urban Meyer on Friday, luring him away from his "dream job" with the Fighting Irish.

Gators Get Their Man In Meyer
Urban Meyer shocked the college football world Friday by turning down his dream job to coach at the University of Florida.

The New Boss Gator
Get ready for Urban Meyer, the University of Florida's new football coach. He's a jolt to your comfort zone, subtle as a sledgehammer.

The Urban Meyer File
Hometown: Ashtabula, Ohio. Birth date: July 10, 1964.

Urban Meyer Milestones
2003 National Coach of the Year by The Sporting News

Hiring Excites UF Players
University of Florida receiver Andre Caldwell was in class Friday when his mother called with the news.

Confusing Week Finally Coming To End At Utah
Eventually, the Utah Utes will know who they're playing, where they're playing and who will be coaching them.

Even More Down On Their Luck
Landing in Salt Lake City, standing on a precarious limb, Notre Dame president-elect Rev. John Jenkins and athletic director Kevin White carried the hopes of the school's football future.

Coach picks Gators job over Irish
More than two months after firing football coach Ron Zook, the University of Florida ended its search Friday by replacing him with the hottest coaching prospect in the country.

Here's the truth behind the Meyer hiring
Go ahead and celebrate, Florida fans. Urban renewal is on the way. The Gators not only landed the hottest coaching prospect in college football Friday, but they beat out Notre Dame to get him.

Urban renewal: Gators get their man
Those who know the Florida Gators' new football coach say he's the type of person who will unite fans, boosters and alumni, pointing his compass toward national prominence.

Meyer's offense: Spread a lethal weapon
Urban Meyer is proud to admit it: He's a thief. He has taken bits and pieces from other offenses -- including ones at Colorado State, Louisville and West Virginia -- and developed his own version of the spread offense. And it has been lethal this season.

Colorful, energetic Meyer a hit with parents
Eight years ago, Florida was considered a lock to sign a star football linebacker from Osceola named Hugh Holmes.

Outlook positive but also cautious
As Florida football players filed out of their annual end-of-the-season banquet into a dark parking lot Friday night, the scene was a fitting conclusion to a long day in Gainesville.

Utah's Meyer to coach UF, spurn the Irish
Sources said Utah's Urban Meyer will coach the Gators, reportedly agreeing to a seven-year, $14 million deal.

Meyer isn't Spurrier, but Gators still landed a gem
Three strengths that make Urban Meyer the most coveted coach on the collegiate landscape

QBs Berlin, Leak finalists
The University of Miami's Brock Berlin and Florida's Chris Leak were among the finalists for the inaugural Manning Award to be presented to the nation's best college quarterback, the Sugar Bowl Committee announced.

Urban renewal: UF lands Utah coach Meyer
GAINESVILLE — Once the initial shock had passed and the news had sunk in, Gigi Escoe picked up the telephone to congratulate her younger brother — newly hired University of Florida football coach Urban Meyer.

Utah's offense is 'hottest thing'
Watch Urban Meyer's offense for one drive, and it's no longer difficult to imagine him as the 11-year-old boy whose toy soldiers were arranged in perfect rows, rank-and-file, in a bedroom whose walls were papered in perfectly aligned baseball and football trading cards.

Meyer must win early and often
Good for the University of Florida team of Machen & Foley (or, if you prefer, Foley & Machen) for its aggressive pursuit of Urban Meyer.

Bang! Gators regain swagger
The game was chicken, not football. That's why Jeremy Foley flew Thursday to Utah on an emergency mission to rescue his own reputation. The last thing Florida's athletic director wanted was to be remembered as the guy who laid an egg not once, but twice in finding a fully equipped, bells-and-whistles replacement for Steve Spurrier.

URBAN CULTURE: Will Utah's unflinching disciplinarian be UF's new coach?
SALT LAKE CITY — There are mistakes and then there are what Urban Meyer calls "uncorrectable flaws."

Meyer accepts job as UF head coach
GAINESVILLE - Urban Meyer has agreed to be the next head coach at the University of Florida, his older sister confirmed Friday.

Illini to get Gator aid
Ron Zook, fired as Florida football coach in October, is expected to be announced Monday as the Illinois coach.

Spurrier speaks to Strong about return
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has spoken with Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong about the Gamecocks' defensive coordinator's position, although there's no offer on the table.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators want a fresh start
Brittany Davis doesn't have an answer. Neither does Danielle Santos. But both Florida players are in agreement. The Gators (2-2) need to end their trend of slow starts when they face Temple today at 2:30 p.m. in the O'Connell Center.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Gators sweep FAMU
TALLAHASSEE - The last time the Florida volleyball team was in the state capital, it was forced to race home following a match with Florida State to avoid Hurricane Ivan.

Gators sweep FAMU for shot at Stanford
Earlier this week, Florida coach Mary Wise thought the injustice was that her 13th-ranked volleyball team would have to travel for the first round of the NCAA women's volleyball championship.

Florida Gator Basketball

'Canes put faith in Haith
Four years ago, an ACC school in a major metropolitan market took a chance on a little-known coach who had a reputation as a strong recruiter.

Florida weakness turned to strength
GAINESVILLE -- One of Florida's biggest disadvantages last season has become one the Gators' strengths this season -- and just in time for today's matchup against Miami.

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