Gator News And World Report (1/2/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, January 2, 2005. Meyer gets football writers' coach of year award; Gators bid '04 good riddance; Gators seek momentum; Find swagger; Gators have Meyer all to themselves; UF finds hope gazing into future; Meyer may soon learn it's tougher to succeed with Goliath than David; Promising preview for Gator fans; UF's focus turns to recruiting adn more...

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Gators bid '04 good riddance
Because on Tuesday, Urban Meyer will be in Gainesville meeting with the players and a new era in Florida football history will officially begin. Meyer's message to his new team might be to file away the humbling loss to Miami in the Peach Bowl on Friday night and start moving forward. Don't look back.

Meyer gets football writers' coach of year award
The honor was announced during the Utes' 35-7 victory over Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl, the final piece in Utah's first perfect season since 1930.

Find swagger
Beginning this week with Meyer's first meeting, Gators look for old attitude.

Despite loss, Gators are mighty confident
Some will return. Some won't. And another has yet to decide.

A season of squandered talent
The word on Urban Meyer is that he's a disciplinarian, a tough, hard-nosed coach who pushes his team.

Gators have Meyer all to themselves
The coach faces massive expectations – and a little rebuilding – in Gainesville.

UF finds hope gazing into future
A day after being humbled, even humiliated, one final time this season, University of Florida junior center Mike Degory sat down and tuned into the future under incoming coach Urban Meyer.

Gators put faith in new regime
It is Sunday. Two days remain before the NCAA championship football game.

Meyer may soon learn it's tougher to succeed with Goliath than David
Boy Wonders beware. Football can be a fickle business. And now that Urban Meyer leaves Utah for the high-stakes table in Florida, he should place Saturday's game in a special scrapbook.

Promising preview for Gator fans
Imagine seeing the Fiesta Bowl through the eyes of Jeremy Foley, Florida's athletic director. Maybe he shouldn't wait. Maybe he should give Urban Meyer a contract extension now.

UF's focus turns to recruiting
Step 1 in the Urban Meyer Era at the University of Florida begins in just a few more hours, after his Utah team played in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday night. On Tuesday, Meyer will meet with the Gators to discuss classwork, off-season training,

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Gators seek momentum
Because earlier this season, Peck noticed that Florida was too reliant on its outside shooting, heaving up shots from around the perimeter without working the ball inside.

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FSU to present a true road test
That's before Leonard Hamilton became the new sheriff at Florida State. Intent on having the rivalry basketball game stand on its own, Hamilton has resisted the tradition of scheduling the night before football in favor of a January game. Hence, Florida will play at Florida State this afternoon in its last non-conference test before springboarding into its Southeastern Conference schedule.

For FSU, Rivalry Takes Back Seat
When Bobby Bowden became the football coach at Florida State in 1976, he knew the mandate: Beat Florida. When he did, he laid the foundation for his lasting legacy in Tallahassee.

Florida (8-2) at Florida State (7-6)
TIP-OFF: 1 p.m.; Donald Tucker Center, Tallahassee

FSU hoops have Florida in their sights
At this time of year, Coach Leonard Hamilton spends most of his time with his family and with people inside the Florida State basketball program. Perhaps that insulation from the outside world explains why he rarely hears Seminoles fans talking about his team's six-game losing streak to the Florida Gators.

Gators attempt to avoid valleys
Florida has suffered some tough losses this season and has had lapses of concentration, which the Gators will need to avoid in today's game against FSU.

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