Gator News And World Report (4/9/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, April 9, 2005. Spring Practice Update for Friday, April 8; Holliday to stay at UF; Dawgs pitching handles Gators; Relaxed Gators know the routine; Meyer eases up on RBs; Holliday won't take Marshall post; Florida, frustrated by injuries, forced into youth movement; Gators Learning About Winning; Scrimmage may draw 50,000; Spreading wealth and more...

Florida Gator Football

Spring Practice Update for Friday, April 8
The last regular spring practice for the Gators was a light one, with the focus more on Saturday's Orange and Blue scrimmage game.

Holliday to stay at UF
Safeties coach Doc Holliday has turned down overtures from Marshall - and a possible five-year contract - to remain part of the Urban Meyer movement at Florida.

Meyer eases up on RBs
Urban Meyer's words were biting, and not at all what Skyler Thornton and DeShawn Wynn expected to hear.

Holliday won't take Marshall post
Florida assistant coach John "Doc" Holliday on Friday withdrew his name from consideration for the head coaching position at Marshall.

Gators Learning About Winning
As the University of Florida's football practice wrapped up Wednesday, white-shirted defensive players cackled as they jogged off the field toward a hot shower and dinner.

Scrimmage may draw 50,000
Gators fans and players are excited about today's Orange and Blue game, which should unveil Urban Meyer's 'spread' offense.

Gators fans will get a fix for Meyer Mania
Urban Fever is sweeping the state of Florida, with many of the afflicted heading this way for a football weekend nearly five months before the season opener.

Spreading wealth
In the spring of 2000, Notre Dame assistant coaches Urban Meyer and Dan Mullen hopped in a car and went in search of some wide-open, innovative offense. Their road took them to Louisville, Ky., where they spent two days with Louisville offensive coordinator Scott Linehan, studying his spread attack.

Gators ready for first flight aboard Air Meyer
History's most revered fifth-year coach to never run a team in a major conference has arrived.

Gators unveil new look
There are critics, and new Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer is well aware that some don't feel his offense will work in the Southeastern Conference.

Gators' Everett faces new challenge
Earl Everett has all the challenges a Division I-A football player needs.

Florida attempts to grow up
Well, more like growing up. Despite returning from a two-match road trip with two victories, the UF women's tennis team is still tweaking its formula for road matches.

Florida Gator Baseball

Dawgs pitching handles Gators
Michael Hyle pitched five strong innings and solid relief by Will Startup helped Georgia to a 5-2 victory over Florida on Friday night.

Florida Gator Gymnastics

Relaxed Gators know the routine
Florida's gymnastics team has a new attitude, a new mindset. There's no more pressure, no more weight bearing down on them.

Florida, frustrated by injuries, forced into youth movement
At the end of Florida's gymnastics season last year, the Gators thought this would be their year. A talented freshman class would return, in addition to two talented juniors that would become senior leaders

Gymnastics Regional; Orange And Blue Tomorrow
One game will end spring practice; the other event will hopefully spring one team to the NCAA championships.

Florida Gator Softball

Gamecock Softball Hosts No. 15 Florida
The South Carolina Gamecock softball team (24-17, 7-8 SEC) returns home this weekend to host the No. 15 Florida Gators (29-10, 8-4 SEC) Saturday and Sunday at Beckham Field. Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. and Sunday's game is set for 2 p.m. and will be televised live on FOX Sports Net South, channel 31 on Columbia Time Warner Cable. Cheri Kempf will provide the color commentary and Bernie Guenther will do play-by-play.

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