Gator News And World Report (8/28/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Sunday, Auhist 28, 2005. Lee can't wait to get started with Brown-coached Knicks; Family, teammates celebrate Herrion; Ranking the SEC secondaries; Bad weather does not rattle Meyer; New Driving Force; UF foes under pressure; Tebow solid, but Hoover sweeps Nease; Meyer Liking What He Sees; Wynn gives the silent treatment; BCS ranks as coaches' top concern; Road to Roses and more...

Florida Gator Football

Family, teammates celebrate Herrion
FORT WORTH, Texas - The high school band danced for three blocks, twisting and stepping in a processional that sounded more like a parade.

Ranking the SEC secondaries
1. GeorgiaThe 'Dogs have two quality cornerbacks who can cover in seniors DeMario Minter and Tim Jennings and big-time hitter/run stopper at rover in 6-2. 215-pound senior Greg Blue.

Bad weather does not rattle Meyer
This definitely isn't Utah anymore.Urban Meyer found that out on Friday when weather not only played havoc with his team's practice, but also threatened to cancel his plans to attend the funeral of Thomas Herrion.

NEW DRIVING FORCE
Jarvis Herring was furiou. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley had fired football coach Ron Zook, whom the players loved because of his unwavering support, with four games remaining in the season. And there was Foley, standing in front of the team, trying to explain the decision.

MOTIVATION, MEYER-STYLE
Urban Meyer's most successful motivational play might have been a padlock.

UF foes under pressure
The Gators' defensive line is aiming for 40-plus sacks with an aggressive scheme.

Meyer leaves practice for funeral
Florida coach Urban Meyer left practice about a half an hour early Saturday to attend Thomas Herrion's funeral in Fort Worth, Texas, co-defensive coordinator Charlie Strong said.

Tebow solid, but Hoover sweeps Nease
In front of an ESPN audience, Tim Tebow showed his 300-yard passing efforts are as certain against a nationally ranked program as they are against the Northeast Florida competition the Nease quarterback has shredded for years.

Dual DCs Will Man Sidelines
GAINESVILLE - Florida's dual defensive coordinators won't have to duel over who has to watch each game from the press box, because both will be on the field.

Meyer Liking What He Sees
Urban Meyer thought he sounded a little out of character Friday.

Recent efforts have Meyer optimistic
Sheets of rain merged with flashes of lightning Friday evening -- not your standard football practice weather. So with the Gators taking shelter from the elements, this was not supposed to be Florida's sharpest day so far.

Wynn gives the silent treatment
UF running back DeShawn Wynn, who draws notice for his impressive talent and suspect work ethic, hasn't spoken to the media in a year.

College football practice report | Florida
Florida coach Urban Meyer and wife Shelley continue to watch weather updates with the hope they can make it to Thomas Herrion's funeral today in Fort Worth, Texas.

BCS ranks as coaches' top concern
College football coaches don't agree on very much. That's the main conclusion of a survey of Division I-A coaches conducted by The Palm Beach Post.

Early commitments an everyday occurrence
University of Miami coach Larry Coker remembers fondly the exhilaration that accompanied early February.

Reunion might be Meyer's best move of all
The Touchdown Terrace was packed, oozing orange and blue greatness. If you could have harnessed all of the energy generated by smiles and hugs it would have lit the Swamp for a year.

Joiner Making His Play
University of Florida safety Tony Joiner thinks it is time. A sophomore from Haines City, Joiner says it's time for the Gators football team to live up to its potential. He also thinks it's time for him to become the player he knows he can become.

Sizing up SEC East
2004 RECORD: 7-5, 4-4 SEC. COACH: Urban Meyer (first season at Florida, 39-8 in four seasons overall). BET ON IT: Meyer brings discipline and a track record to a program that is loaded with talent but has underachieved. His no-nonsense approach will work, but not immediately.

New coach changes attitudes at Florida
Gators learn that Urban Meyer demands more on and off the field than predecessor Ron Zook

Road to Roses
Sept. 3 Boise State at Georgia. If the Broncos can spring an upset, they may be on their way to the Fiesta Bowl.

NEW COACHES, NEW OPTIMISM
They didn't run out of seats at the Florida spring game. They ran out of printed tickets. When more than 58,000 turned out to get their first sideline view of new Gators coach Urban Meyer, school officials were reduced to handing out blank slips of paper to admit fans into the stadium.

UF's young OL backups a concern
Gainesville · Florida offensive line coach John Hevesy amused himself as he shared his wish for mature backups.

Surprises are certain as college season dawns
Every new college football season brings a full serving of uncertainty -- teams that appear overrated, overhyped . . . and overlooked.

Meyer's mountaintop is with Gators
Urban Meyer's children wondered about all the moves, a zig-zagging path across the country. Where was this leading, anyway? From the security of an assistant-coaching position at Colorado State to a pressure-cooker spot on Notre Dame's staff. From the miracle-working boss at Bowling Green to turnaround specialist at Utah.

SEC recruit losses outstrip ACC's
SEC football teams earned higher grades from the recruiting gurus on national signing day, but ACC programs lost far fewer signees because of their grades in the classroom.

Florida Gator Basketball

Lee can't wait to get started with Brown-coached Knicks
When the New York Knicks finally resolved their head coaching situation, former Florida forward David Lee found out who he needs to impress.

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