Gator News And World Report (12/5/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, December 5, 2004. Urban's flight a family decision; Zook: Illinois has not offered a job yet; Staff decisions to be made; Stanford squeaks by Gators; 'Canes' quickness too much for Gators; Florida makes hiring official; Irish eyes not smiling after Meyer's decision; Meyer hire brings sigh of relief; Meyer: Florida job too good to pass up; Gators hit 11 3-pointers in victory and more...

Florida Gator Football

Urban's flight a family decision
New Gators football coach says Notre Dame didn't offer him a job during conversations.

Zook: Illinois has not offered a job yet
Fired Florida coach refutes report that he'll be named Illini coach Monday; he'll meet with Ole Miss soon.

Staff decisions to be made
Meyer returning to Utah to decide what assistants will accompany him to UF.

Family Lures Meyer To Gainesville
Urban Meyer always said his family would help shape any decision concerning his football coaching future.

Florida makes hiring official
You can stop calling it an Urban Legend now. After all, urban legends lack authenticity. This story is perfectly true: Urban Meyer has been chosen officially as Florida's next head coach.

Irish eyes not smiling after Meyer's decision
The new Notre Dame fight song: Tears, tears at old Notre Dame, Gators got Urban, oh what a shame, The echoes are sleeping, and we got took, Wake up the thunder, maybe we can still get Zook!"

Meyer's success no urban legend
Urban Meyer brings his accomplishments and ability to turn struggling programs into winners to Gainesville.

End of an aura
It used to be that Notre Dame made the nation's front pages because of the football games and national championships it won and the coaches it hired.

Meyer hire brings sigh of relief
The résumés, background checks and the rest of a month's worth of due diligence became meaningless the minute University of Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley met Urban Meyer.

ND adrift after sudden decision
As night fell last Sunday, the drowsy effects of a long holiday weekend spread across the University of Notre Dame campus like a yawn.

Meyer: Florida job too good to pass up
Coaching Notre Dame is still Urban Meyer's dream job. It just isn't the one he's taking.

Gators' title potential clinches it for Meyer
One day after he agreed to become the football coach at Florida, Urban Meyer said he chose the Gators because he believes he has a chance at winning a national title in Gainesville.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Stanford squeaks by Gators
This feeling seems strange to coach Mary Wise. For the first time in her 14 seasons on the bench, Wise's University of Florida volleyball team will not advance to regional play in the NCAA Tournament.

Florida Gator Basketball

'Canes' quickness too much for Gators
Matt Walsh made it pretty simple when explaining why No. 19 Florida lost 72-65 to Miami on Saturday afternoon in front of 10,862 at the O'Connell Center.

Gators Show Selfish Side In Setback To 'Canes
Perseverance and selflessness - those were attributes attached to the No. 19 Gators coming in to their game with Miami.

MIAMI 72, FLORIDA 65
After jumping out to an 11-2 lead in the 1st half, No. 19 Florida's offense stalls in a 72-65 setback.

Hurricanes end Gators' state streak
The Frank Haith Era of University of Miami basketball has its first big victory — and it couldn't have come against a better opponent.

Mistaken identity
It began with the potential of a Florida rout, and ended with junior guard Matt Walsh walking off the court alone with a disillusioned look, wondering how it slipped away.

Men: UM catches Gators off guard
So much for unselfish, energetic and defensive-minded. It took only 5 minutes, 50 seconds Saturday afternoon for the Gators to squander the kudos earned during their 4-0 start and revert to the team that has disappointed fans and baffled prognosticators for more than three seasons.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Gators hit 11 3-pointers in victory
Tamia Williams' career-high 23 points Saturday led the Florida women's basketball team to a 77-58 win over Temple at O'Connell Center.

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