Gator News And World Report (1/5/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, January 5, 2005. Players receive Meyer message; UF to rely more on its freshmen; Parker faces 6 counts; Meyer wants players to buckle down; Win now or pack your bags and more...

Florida Gator Football

Players receive Meyer message
The Urban Meyer era officially got under way at Florida with a 7 a.m. team meeting Tuesday and the reaction from the players seemed mostly positive

Meyer outlines priorities to UF
This time, there was no need for garbage pails to hold the vomit of exhausted players. Unlike his introductions in the past, the mood at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Tuesday was casual and inviting.

Meyer wants players to buckle down
There are players' coaches, then there's new University of Florida coach Urban Meyer. Meyer might not make his fondness for his players obvious, like Ron Zook did, but they'll know Meyer cares. At least that's the impression Meyer left with the Gators on Tuesday, when the team met with him for about an hour, starting at 7 a.m. on the first day of classes at UF.

Win now or pack your bags
He's the hottest coaching property in college football, his genius established at Bowling Green and Utah, his services sought and ultimately secured by Florida for $2 million a year.

Meyer begins reign at UF
The Urban Meyer era has officially begun at Florida, and it didn't take long for the players to gain respect for their new coach.

Florida Gator Basketball

UF to rely more on its freshmen
< hey have been asked to grow up quickly. From September, when Florida coach Billy Donovan first noticed signs of their ability and attitude, Florida's freshmen class has been counted on in situations some didn't envision before the start of the>
Florida Gator Major Parker

Parker faces 6 counts
Florida basketball staff assistant Major Parker and a co-defendant were indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Tallahassee on six counts of drug distribution.

Former UF star faces charges
Former Florida basketball star Major Parker was indicted as a co-defendant Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Tallahassee on six counts of drug distribution and could face up to 40 years in prison if found guilty.

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