The Gator News And World Report (3/31/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, March 31, 2005. Spring practice update for Wednesday, March 30; Taking cover; A Locke down in Tallahassee; Dodgers trade former Gator to Pirates; UF assistant Holliday to interview at Marshall; Tordi, Gators Make Quick Work Of Rival Seminoles; Even the tough avoid "The Pit"; Holliday interested in Marshall opening; Meyer: Time to toughen up and more...

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Spring practice update for Wednesday, March 30
Touchdown!!! Chris Leak to Chad Jackson. With the way Leak and Jackson connected in Wednesday's practice, Gator fans should get use to hearing that phrase. Leak looked good, but Jackson was phenomenal.

Taking cover
Last week, he drew praise from the head coach. On Wednesday, came the ire.

UF assistant Holliday to interview at Marshall
Florida assistant coach Doc Holliday will interview for the vacant head coaching position at Marshall next week, a source close to the search told The Times-Union on Wednesday.

Even the tough avoid "The Pit"
Players are told it's just plain ugly. They are told to stay out of "The Pit" because nothing good ever comes out of The Pit.

Holliday interested in Marshall opening
John "Doc" Holliday, hired by new Florida coach Urban Meyer as a defensive assistant, may interview next week for the Marshall University head coaching job.

Meyer: Time to toughen up
It didn't take new Florida football coach Urban Meyer long to issue a challenge to the Gators. He doesn't think his team has the grit it takes to be a top contender for titles.

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A Locke down in Tallahassee
When Pat McMahon came out to the mound to pull Stephen Locke in the sixth inning Wednesday night it wasn't any ordinary mound visit.

Dodgers trade former Gator to Pirates
The Los Angeles Dodgers traded backup catcher David Ross to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday for cash.

Gators rout 'Noles 9-2 to end skid
Like a grandfather doting over a grandson, Florida baseball coach Pat McMahon squeezed the cheeks or cherubic freshman left-hander Stephen Locke, offered a few encouraging words and sent him to the dugout.

Gators end Tally drought
Florida Gators shortstop Justin Tordi was searching for answers a week ago, trying to determine why he had fallen into a 1-for-15 slump at the plate. He finally discovered that he had been swinging the bat too hard, throwing his entire approach out of whack.

Tordi, Gators Make Quick Work Of Rival Seminoles
It was the hardest ball he'd ever hit. At least that's what Florida's Justin Tordi thought when he watched his towering three- run homer sail toward the peak of Florida State's scoreboard in left field.

Tordi's home run catapults Gators
UF shortstop Justin Tordi's three-run homer helped the Gators to their first win at Dick Howser Stadium since 2001.

Gators' Tallahassee drought ends in baseball
One major streak kept going Wednesday night, but the one that mattered most was ende

Gators stomp 'Nole
Mike Martin isn't one to dwell on lopsided losses. But with so much riding on a successful outing from Hunter Jones, this defeat won't be easy to dismiss.

Gators use strong pitching, shut down Seminoles
Maybe Florida State should choose to dedicate its athletic fields after the Gators have left town.

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