Gator News And World Report (7/27/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, July 27, 2005. SEC's Meetings Shouldn't Be Boring; SEC media days won't be ho-hum affair; For Sooth! 7 Football Forecasts; Florida coordinator caps off courtship; SEC to roll out big guns; The Big 12 of the SEC; Three Mississippi State players arrested in nightclub fights; Georgia; South Carolina; Kentucky; Tide Goes Deep;

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Florida coordinator caps off courtship
Urban Meyer's offense is considered by some as possibly the new attack of the 21st century. If that's the case, perhaps it's fitting that the head coach's first offensive coordinator at Florida used modern technology to land the love of his life.

For Sooth! 7 Football Forecasts
With the first college football game on television just 29 days away (the Aug. 25 must-see tilt between Benedict and Morehouse), it's time to look into The Ledger's crystal ball to answer seven lucky questions for the 2005 college football season:

SEC preseason conference outlook
1. The Tennessee Volunteers have one of the best offenses in the nation this year. Whoever wins the QB job will be more than capable and RB Gerald Riggs should produce some solid numbers.

SEC Meetings

SEC's Meetings Shouldn't Be Boring
Unlike a year ago, a guest arriving Tuesday at the Wynfrey Hotel didn't need to scan the lobby for process servers.

SEC media days won't be ho-hum affair
Each summer around this time, Division I-A conferences hold their annual football media days.

Fresh faces highlight first day
HOOVER -- Four new coaches will take the stage today at Hoover's Wynfrey Hotel, site of the Southeastern Conference's annual football media days.

Media Days here, football not far away
When Southeastern Conference Media Days begins this afternoon a little before 2 in Hoover's Wynfrey Hotel at the Riverchase Galleria, one thing will be certain.

SEC to roll out big guns
The coast is clear for Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer

The reporters there will bombard them with questions, but here are 12 questions - one for each team, in order of appearance - that the Sun Herald will be getting answers to:

SEC media gathering focuses on new coaches
With Steve Spurrier returning to a league -- and division -- he once ruled and Phillip Fulmer no longer dodging subpoenas, the Southeastern Conference has returned to normal.

Coaches giveth, media repeateth
You can talk about instant replay or the 12-game schedule or Tennessee's high preseason ranking, but there's little doubt that most of the media focus at SEC Football Media Days, which opens today in Birmingham, will be on the Ol' Ball Coach.

Florida Gator Baseball

Horne could return as ace
Alan Horne's Florida baseball career may not be over after all

Florida Gator Golf

Putting practice pays for Gators' Chudy
It turned out Tiffany Chudy didn't need the new putter. Nor was her stroke to blame. Her real need was to see the ball go in the hole over and over and over again.

Mississippi State

Three Mississippi State players arrested in nightclub fights
Coach Sylvester Croom says no disciplinary action is planned for now against three Mississippi State players who ended up in police custody following two separate confrontations at a nightclub here.


Lewis pushes for rookie signings
Chris Perry's rookie season with the Bengals amounted to two rushing attempts and three pass receptions.

South Carolina

The offense will be much better?
There are plenty of people out there who are keen on the Gamecocks' chances of putting together a good football season in 2005. When offering their opinion, these good-natured folks will invariably invoke the name of the Almighty Spurrier and revert to a line something like this: "Well, the defense should be at least as good as last year, and we all know the offense will be much better!"

Members of various teams sign autographs for over 18,000 people
The University of South Carolina participated in the WIS-TV Back to School Bash this past Saturday. The Gamecocks had members of the Women's Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Equestrian, and Volleyball. Also members of Football and Men's Track and Field were present. The event was open to the public over 18,000 fans attended. The fans were able to play games, get autographs and interact with their favorite athletes.

Cats' leader works from the shadows
When Muhammad Abdullah heard on television that he'd been named preseason second-team All-Southeastern Conference, he didn't jump for joy or shout with glee.

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Returning receivers hold key for football Wildcats
If the University of Kentucky football team has a chance to be competitive in many games, it will be up to a receiving corps featuring two players the Wildcats didn't have last year because of injuries


Is Tennessee football out of bounds?
Before University of Tennessee football players get a playbook, they get a Think Card. It is an orange card small enough to fit into their wallets. On the front it says, "THINK," followed by a series of questions designed to help the player assess his behavior and make the appropriate decision

Fulmer seeks closure at Media Days
Phillip Fulmer will set foot in Alabama today for the first time since Oct. 25, 2003.

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Need evidence that Alabama football is rebuilding its numbers after three seasons of scholarship sanctions?

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