Gator News And World Report (12/21/2004)

The Gator News and World Report for Tuesday, December 21, 2004. Flawed BCS needs to have accountability; Meyer delivers top QB recruit to UF; Abukar turns to San Diego St.; Mixed bag on SEC's new rule; Davis takes an offensive turn; Peck's Gators banged up; Colon, Miami forever linked; Gators Will Get A Lesson From Past; Garner not headed to Gators and more

Florida Gator Football

Flawed BCS needs to have accountability
I'm cheap. I'm available. Pick up the phone and give me a call, oh high wizards of the BCS.

Meyer delivers top QB recruit to UF
One of the nation's top quarterback recruits is following Urban Meyer to Florida. Josh Portis, a versatile quarterback from Woodland Hills, Calif., orally committed to Meyer on his official visit to Gainesville this past weekend.

Colon, Miami forever linked
Jon Colon's collegiate career is ending fittingly -- against the team he'll always be linked with, other than Florida.

Gators Will Get A Lesson From Past
Florida players can expect a stern lecture with their Christmas dinner. The Gators, who will meet in Atlanta on Saturday to prepare for the Peach Bowl against Miami, will hear a list of do's and don'ts from interim coach Charlie Strong.

Decision causes delay for UF's Charles
The legal tribulations of Florida LB Taurean Charles continued Monday when an Alachua County judge refused to accept a no-contest plea to misdemeanor culpable negligence during an arraignment hearing.

Taft quarterback commits to Florida
Taft High of Woodland Hills quarterback Josh Portis is following Urban Meyer to Florida. Portis has orally committed to play football for the Gators next year.

Garner not headed to Gators
Jonathan Garner is learning the hard way that the college football recruiting game is a lot like the dating game in high school.

SEC recruiting update
The Gators picked up one of their top commitments so far with QB Josh Portis, a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, saying Sunday he would sign. Portis, a senior at Woodland Hills (Calif.), is the cousin of former University of Alabama and Titans' guard Marico Portis and a relative of former Dolphins RB Clinton Portis.

UT locking horns with Florida, LSU for recruits
Tennessee's football team heads into the recruiting dead period with 14 commitments and is waiting on several more.

NFL will have to wait for Palm Bay's Degory
Florida center Mike Degory, a junior who would be at least a second-round NFL draft pick if he decided to turn pro early, hasn't heard back yet from where he forecasts to go in the draft. He petitioned the league to find out, but isn't all that interested to find the results.

Shannon waits for call from Pittsburgh
University of Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon said he hasn't been contacted by Pittsburgh for its coaching position.

Florida Gator Basketball

Abukar turns to San Diego St.
Mohamed Abukar will resume his college basketball career closer to home. A few days after leaving Florida, Abukar said Monday he intends to enroll at San Diego State next semester.

Mixed bag on SEC's new rule
The Southeastern Conference unveiled its new crowd-control measures last week. And it's clear schools that do not have enough security to fend off fans rushing onto the court will pay.

Florida Lady Gator Basketball

Davis takes an offensive turn
Since graduating from Buchholz High School in 2002, Brittany Davis has earned a reputation at Florida as a tenacious defender and steady rebounder.

Peck's Gators banged up
With just 11 players on their roster, Florida's women's basketball team knew it had to maintain their health this season. So far, it's been a rough start.

Women's Basketball Faces Florida
The University of Richmond women's basketball team puts its perfect record on the line on Tuesday afternoon when the Spiders play SEC foe Florida in Gainesville. The game will be broadcast on the internet at www.richmondspiders.com and can be seen live on the Sunshine Network in select areas.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Title teams do in volleyball squad
e all know that in the 64-team NCAA volleyball tournament, 63 teams end their season with a loss.

Florida Gator Baseball

Fan favorite Eckstein is set free by Angels
David Eckstein said he was saddened by the Angels' decision to non-tender him Monday and send him away to free agency, but he also expressed gratitude to the organization that was the first to give him a shot at the big leagues.

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