Gator News And World Report (12/09/2004)

Yhe Gator News and World Report for Thursday, December 9, 2004. It's a night for 3's; Meyer starts shaping staff; UF's Fedora to join Zook at Illinois; Hungry fans eat up blowout win; UF coach arrested on drug charges; Gator hoops please Meyer with win; New UF coach has tough reputation; Meyer ready to shuffle UF staff and more...

Florida Gator Football

Off to winning start
It was 3:19 p.m. when the gray Durango wheeled into the bowels of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida's new football coach got out of the passenger seat and walked with his suit jacket over his shoulder through Gate 2.

Meyer starts shaping staff
New Florida football coach Urban Meyer spent his first day on the job working to put together his coaching staff.

UF's Fedora to join Zook at Illinois
Meyer will hire new offensive coordinator; 3 other UF assistants expected to accompany Zook.

Strong gets his chance
Interim Florida coach knows that Peach Bowl is important audition.

2 Assistants To Follow Zook
Charlie Strong made his first public appearance Wednesday as the University of Florida's interim football coach, but he said his future remains undecided.

Fedora will follow Zook to Illinois
Offensive coordinator Larry Fedora said Wednesday he has accepted an offer from Illinois Coach Ron Zook to join his former boss at his new school. The assistant will remain in Gainesville through the Peach Bowl before moving north to serve as Zook's offensive coordinator once more for the Illini.

With UF change, Garner weighs options
Quarterback Jonathan Garner of Mainland has to rehab an elbow injury and get a read on new UF Coach Urban Meyer.

Meyer ready to shuffle UF staff
Coach Urban Meyer's staff at the University of Florida is taking shape behind the scenes.

Florida Gator Basketball

It's a night for 3's
There is a time-tested saying in coaching that Florida's Billy Donovan espoused Wednesday night.

Hungry fans eat up blowout win
The chant started with just less than three minutes remaining in Florida's 93-54 rout of Stetson at the O'Connell Center on Wednesday night.

UF coach arrested on drug charges
Florida assistant basketball coach Major Parker faces federal drug charges after his Tuesday arrest for selling cocaine to an undercover Gainesville Police Department officer.

Gators Rediscover Shooting Touch
Maybe the loss to Miami angered them. Or maybe they were just trying to show new football coach Urban Meyer that his won't be the only exciting offense on campus.

UF Assistant Parker Arrested In Alleged Cocaine Sale
Major Parker, the assistant to University of Florida men's basketball coach Billy Donovan, is facing federal drug-trafficking charges after he was arrested Tuesday for his alleged role in the sale of half a kilogram of cocaine to an undercover officer.

Gator hoops please Meyer with win
Maybe all Florida needed was a new coach. With recently hired football coach Urban Meyer and his family in attendance, the Gators rebounded from an upset loss to Miami by routing Stetson 93-54 on Wednesday night.

Florida Gator Taurean Charles

Ex-UF player charged in June incident
Former Florida linebacker Taurean Charles was charged Wednesday with aggravated battery stemming from a June 13 incident in which Charles was accused of throwing a keg of beer at another UF student.

UF player to be arraigned
Nearly five months after Florida linebacker Taurean Charles was arrested for his role in an off-campus fight, the Gainesville State Attorney's Office has decided to pursue formal charges of aggravated battery and culpable negligence, a spokesperson said Wednesday.

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