Gator News And World Report (7/28/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, July 28, 2005. This city means only one thing in late July: SEC Media Days; UF's renewed confidence is obvious; Meyer lifts bans on locker room, Gator clothes; This ex-Gator has experienced a lot in the last decade; Meyer, Spurrier on the ball; Meyer: Gators `have to finish'; Meyer's wrath motivates; Upon further review; Meyer debuts at Media Days;

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This city means only one thing in late July: SEC Media Days
Today is always special for those of us with a passion for football because it is the unofficial kickoff for college football season with SEC Media Days in Birmingham, Ala. Birmingham has become to sportswriters what Omaha, Neb., is to college baseball players - all you have to do is say the name of the city and you know what lies ahead.

UF's renewed confidence is obvious
eing that it's still only July and Urban Meyer hasn't coached in his first SEC game yet, it's far too early to judge whether the once-mighty Gators are back.

NCAA imposes guidelines for instant replay usage in the SEC
pon further review, the play is not reviewable after all. SEC supervisor of officials Bobby Gaston spent Wednesday at SEC Media Days explaining the new instant replay system the conference will use and even had a room set up to demonstrate it.

Meyer lifts bans on locker room, Gator clothes
The Florida Gators have worked their way back into the comforting confines of their locker room this summer.

Florida's Fear-Based System Getting Results
Jarvis Herring got the phone call early one morning this summer

Meyer, Spurrier on the ball
Urban Meyer and Steve Spurrier will face far different challenges with their new football teams this upcoming season, but the two coaches undeniably have an awful lot in common.

Meyer: Gators `have to finish'
New Florida coach Urban Meyer said his team must be tougher so it plays better in the waning moments of games.

Meyer's wrath motivates
Florida safety Jarvis Herring knows how it feels to see your name scrolled across ESPN's Bottom Line.

Meyer's media debut: Cool, calm, confident
It took more than guts to say no to Notre Dame. It took a better offer. As recent sellout Gator Club crowds of 1,500 in Orlando and 1,200 in St. Petersburg would attest, the University of Florida gave Urban Meyer a better opportunity - and more fertile recruiting ground - than the tradition-rich Golden Dome. So, he moved the family to Gainesville.

Conference gets off to record start
While it seems like last football season never ended in Athens, the rest of the conference officially kicked off the new year on Wednesday.

SEC FOOTBALL MEETINGS
Steve Spurrier was strolling outside an interview room at SEC Media Days on Wednesday when he spotted Florida center Mike Degory and paused.

Meyer debuts at Media Days
Before making his official Southeastern Conference debut on Wednesday, Urban Meyer was asked about his first stop in Gainesville

Florida Gator Dan Cross

This ex-Gator has experienced a lot in the last decade
With a frequently-stamped passport, former Florida guard Dan Cross has managed to carve out a comfortable living in professional basketball.

South Carolina

Red-carpet treatment
Steve Spurrier is big news at the Southeastern Conference's annual media days. So big that 13 television cameras recorded his 56-step walk from the radio/Internet interview room to the television interview room.

Setting hasn't suppressed Spurrier slams
No one knew that 1990 would be the true beginning of a great college coaching career and also the start of more than a decade of steadfast and sassy smack talk, a loquaciousness that would eventually launch a thousand insults

Subdued Spurrier steals show
He exited the second-floor elevator wearing dark sunglasses, but the omnipresent smirk and swagger were dead giveaways.

Coach glad to be back in Hoover
Steve Spurrier, absent from the SEC for four years, enjoyed his return to the conference's football media days Wednesday and expressed confidence that he'll also like what he sees as he tries to build the South Carolina program.

Spurrier: Winning, not reputation, will get respect at S.C.
Steve Spurrier's return to the Southeastern Conference drew reactions ranging from excitement to curiosity to ``Aw, crap.''

Spurrier hedging, but not for long
Steve Spurrier used to be the most celebrated speaker at SEC Media Days, the Florida quipster with something to say on just about any topic.

A 'humble' Spurrier still in the spotlight
Steve Spurrier made no promises Wednesday

Spurrier's return to SEC becomes main attraction
A sign in the lobby welcomed attendees to this year's Southeastern Conference Football Media Days

Seems like old times for Spurrier
It was as if he'd never left. Steve Spurrier stepped onto the stage, glanced at his watch and immediately threw out one of his barbs: "I appreciate all of you hanging around. I thought everybody would be gone by four o'clock." Not a chance.

SEC Notebook

Fulmer speaks out on absence
All the buzz at the Southeastern Conference's annual media days was about Steve Spurrier's return to the league, but another high-profile coach made a return, too.

Outback Bowl, SEC Remain Partners
The Outback Bowl will remain an SEC-Big Ten affair televised by ESPN, bowl officials announced Wednesday.

Spurrier Doesn't Make Much Noise In His Return
Former Florida coach Steve Spurrier returned to SEC Media Days on Wednesday for the first time since 2001, wearing a garnet-and-black tie festooned with the logos of his new school, South Carolina.

SEC bowl tie-ins should stay same
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive said Wednesday that the league has completed discussions with officials from a number of bowl games, meaning the league will have bowl tie-ins for the 2006 to 2009 postseasons similar to those it's had over the past four years.

SEC details new instant replay process
The Southeastern Conference's new instant replay system won't be able to fix clock management mistakes or overturn pass interference calls -- meaning it wouldn't have corrected last year's two most publicized officiating mistakes.

SEC replay use has its limits
Instant replay wouldn't have saved Ron Zook's job, either. The biggest call of the University of Florida's 2004 season — Zook's final one at the school — wouldn't have been overturned by the new system adopted on an experimental basis by the Southeastern Conference

Upon further review
The Southeastern Conference will use instant replay this fall to review certain questionable calls by on the field officials.

Spurrier believes Chinese calendar — and a good defense — bode well for Gamecocks
Steve Spurrier wants to exorcise the Chicken Curse during the Year of the Rooster. Attending his first SEC Media Days representing a school other than Florida, USC's first-year coach turned to the Chinese calendar Wednesday for inspiration. Spurrier pointed out that when the 1969 Gamecocks won the only conference title in the school's 111-year history, it was a Year of the Rooster — same as this year.

Tennessee

Fulmer back to speaking mind
Tennessee Coach Phillip Fulmer made his long-anticipated return to Alabama on Wednesday to attend the Southeastern Conference football media days, a year after he stayed away from the event because of a messy legal matter.

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