Gator News And World Report (1/12/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, January 12, 2005. Locksley to join Zook at Illinois; Big game vs. LSU; Gators aiming high at Auburn; Gators' roster down to nine; Sounds of silence; Defense on UF's mind; Parker enters not guilty pleas; Freshmen Facing Rugged Test; Things are looking up for Florida in SEC; Meyer hits road running; Walsh-less Florida team comes to town;

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Locksley to join Zook at Illinois
He spent plenty of hours talking with mentors, coaches and others, but in the end Mike Locksley decided it was time.

Meyer hits road running
New Florida coach Urban Meyer has been trying to make up for lost time on the recruiting circuit.

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Big game vs. LSU
The women's basketball team continues its SEC slate with a game against the Tigers and then at South Carolina.

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Gators aiming high at Auburn
Auburn coach Jeff Lebo knew before the season started it was going to be a struggle.

Gators' roster down to nine
lorida's women's basketball team received another setback Tuesday when coach Carolyn Peck announced reserve guard Kim Dye will miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury.

Sounds of silence
Fans standing in the student section of the O'Connell Center needed only a few notes to recognize the opening of Paul Simon's song, You Can Call Me Al.

Defense on UF's mind
Florida coach Billy Donovan followed in mentor Rick Pitino's footsteps by emphasizing a fast-paced offense, a pressure defense, and a love for shooting the 3-pointer.

Freshmen Facing Rugged Test
After Al Horford announced he would play his college ball at the University of Florida, fans in opposing gyms greeted him with Florida State's war chant and the tomahawk chop.

Florida at Auburn
TIP-OFF: 8 p.m.; Beard- Eaves Memorial Coliseum, Auburn, Ala.

Things are looking up for Florida in SEC
Swept up in the emotion of a hard-fought win, Florida senior David Lee couldn't help but peek into the future.

Walsh-less Florida team comes to town
Auburn's cheering section may be somewhat disappointed when the Florida Gators come to Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum tonight.

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Parker enters not guilty pleas
Florida basketball administrative assistant Major Parker pleaded not guilty to six counts of drug distribution on Tuesday in federal courtroom in Gainesville, and the former Gators player now faces a trial that is scheduled to begin Feb. 14.

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UF Staff Assistant Pleads Not Guilty To Drug Charges
University of Florida men's basketball staff member Major Parker pleaded not guilty Tuesday in federal district court to five counts of cocaine trafficking.

Parker pleads not guilty
Major Parker, a staff assistant for Florida basketball Coach Billy Donovan, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to five federal counts of cocaine distribution. His jury trial will begin Feb. 14, unless a plea agreement is reached.

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