Gator News And World Report (7/29/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Friday, July 29, 2005. BCS can't screw it up again for Auburn, can they?; UF keeps nose clean; SEC Media Days with reports on Georgia, Vanderbilt, Auburn and Mississippi State--plus more.....

Florida Gator Football

UF keeps nose clean
A year ago, following an offseason arrest, Florida defensive back Jarvis Herring was viewed as a troubled kid getting ready to serve a one-game suspensio


Richt: 'Dogs not out of control
Georgia's off-field and academic troubles may not have gotten as much national attention as the same issues at Tennessee and South Carolina, but the Bulldogs aren't far behind.

Georgia's Big Dawg
Even without the Davids (departed quarterback David Greene and defensive end David Pollack), offensive lineman Max Jean-Gilles believes Georgia can still be a Goliath in the SEC and college football in general.

Jean-Gilles ready to guard Shockley, rest of Bulldogs for one last season
Max Jean-Gilles was stylin' and profilin' through the lobby of the Wynfrey Hotel in his black pinstriped suit and st.udded earring, dwarfing teammate Gerald Anderson.

Richt's plans have paid off for Bulldogs
In this high-stakes, heavy-pressure business we call college football, Mark Richt has proven he has a knack for playing the right hand.


Vanderbilt feels the loss of running back Doster
Kwane Doster's shooting death in 2004 is still affecting the Vanderbilt football team, and coach Bobby Johnson said he's not sure if he or any of the players will ever get over losing him to violence


Tuberville Makes Pitch For Playoffs
After Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer and Georgia's Mark Richt waxed eloquent about their jobs as teachers and molders of young men, Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville revealed how he would fill in the "Your occupation" line on his 1040 form.

Auburn's goal: Build on perfection
When you scan the roster, you realize just how many superstars have graduated. The quarterback, the two running backs and the shutdown cornerback all were scooped up in the first round of April's NFL draft.

On heels of 13-0, Tuberville says this team better
Tommy Tuberville has always worn the underdog suit well.

BCS can't screw it up again for Auburn, can they?
You think you don't like the BCS? Imagine being an Auburn fan. Imagine if your team had become the poster boys for what is wrong with the system.


Officials Preparing For Use Of Instant Replay
Before he launched into an explanation Wednesday of the instant-replay system the Southeastern Conference will use this season, director of officials Bobby Gaston described the procedure he implemented last season to prepare officials for the advent of replay.

SEC MEDIA DAYS NOTEBOOK: Richt happy with Chaney's home
Georgia coach Mark Richt expressed his thanks Thursday to Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom for taking Bulldogs recruit Jamar Chaney.

Football Mags

Who is No. 1?
For fans who dread the months between bowl games and fall practice, pre-season magazines provide just the fix.

Mississippi State

Croom swings broom at Mississippi State
There is no cheering in the press box. Objectivity is Job One in journalism. We're not supposed to take sides.

Norwood's plan: Branding success
The president and chief executive officer of Jerious Norwood Inc., held a board meeting while sitting at his media podium fielding questions and soaking up the attention.

Croom happy to be out of spotlight
For Sly Croom, what a difference — what a welcomed difference — a year has made. This time last year at SEC Media Days, Croom was THE STORY. Everyone wanted to know how Croom felt about making history as the first you-know-what in the you-know-where. Nobody asked him about his Mississippi State players, much less about X's and O's. Everyone wanted his life story. Everyone wanted him to talk about his historical significance.

Croom, Bulldogs building oneness
Sylvester Croom stepped to the podium at 8:45 a.m. Thursday before a few dozen sleepy sports writers and a handful of TV cameras

State players get with program
Second-year Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom says his program still has a long way to travel, but the Bulldogs are better than they were at any time last season.

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