The Gator News And World Report (11/7/2005)

Ther Gator News and World Report for Monday, November 7, 2005. Spurrier prefers to avoid obvious plot; Gators grab another piece of hardware; Gators need M.A.S.H. unit; Ballcoach Meets Old Ballcoach; UF turns to basketball nursery; Gators look forward after controversial double-OT win; Ol' ball coach just wants to call plays; Spurrier stands in way of title Gators visit Gamecocks this weekend in a game crucial to deciding SEC East champion and more

Florida Gator Football

Spurrier prefers to avoid obvious plot
If you can't get tickets, don't look to your old ball coach. "I'm out of tickets now," Steve Spurrier said Sunday. "I still got some buddies down there who needed tickets. They're supposed to root for the Gators. They tell me, 'We pull for South Carolina except for one game a year.' That's where I am, too. I pull for Florida except for one game a year."

Gators need M.A.S.H. unit
Florida's quest to remain in the SEC race has become a true test of survival for the wounded Gators, who are limping toward their showdown with Steve Spurrier Saturday in South Carolina.

Interception redemption for Lewis
After quiet four years at UF, former First Coast High QB comes up big in Saturday's win.

Ballcoach Meets Old Ballcoach
The hype has bubbled for a year. This week, it will boil. But the principal players in "Urban-Ballcoach I" don't seem interested in adding any heat.

Spurrier hype-fest begins
South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier knows the wish he expressed on a Sunday afternoon teleconference can't come true.

Rash of injuries tempers Gators' overtime victory
THE GAME: The noise at the end Saturday night at Florida Field contained equal parts joy and relief. The Gators, up 14 on visiting Vanderbilt with three minutes left in regulation, needed an overtime rally to pull out a 49-42 victory. Now comes a showdown with South Carolina, anticipated since last November when the Gamecocks introduced Steve Spurrier as their new coach. UF's offense will enter the game with its confidence higher than at any other time this season, but the defense, hurt by injuries suffered against Vandy, proved susceptible to the pass in the fourth quarter and overtime.

Gators look forward after controversial double-OT win
As UF turned its attention to South Carolina, Vanderbilt's Bobby Johnson reaffirmed his disappointment over a late penalty Saturday.

Ol' ball coach just wants to call plays
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says he really doesn't see the big deal. He's the only one.

Spurrier stands in way of title Gators visit Gamecocks this weekend in a game crucial to deciding SEC East champion.
ast and present collide Saturday in South Carolina and the implications could hardly be more intriguing.

He'll always have Gainesville
He met his wife at Florida, won a Heisman Trophy there and later earned a national championship. It is only natural that Steve Spurrier still roots for the Gators.

A fan of a different feather
WHEN YOU TURN into the driveway of Daryl Cook's home on Dunwoody Club Drive, the mailbox — bright orange with blue "940" hand-painted on the side — and the concrete alligators strewn around the yard tell you that you have stumbled upon something, well, different.

Gators focused on much more than Spurrier
For almost a year, Florida followers have waited for this week with both excitement and dread. The Gators travel to South Carolina on Saturday to face the Gamecocks and Steve Spurrier. Let the hype begin?

Coaches can't hide from Spurrier hype
Let the hype begin. The long-awaited Florida-South Carolina game this weekend will pit Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier against his former school and team.

Vandy misses chance to beat UF
Bobby Johnson was furious Saturday night for many different reasons.The Vanderbilt football coach had a less than cordial evening with the officials during his team's 49-42 double-overtime loss at Florida. The Commodores fell victim to two questionable calls that could have changed the outcome of the game.

Florida Gator Volleyball

Gators grab another piece of hardware
No. 6 Florida's 3-1 win against Auburn (30-16, 30-19, 24-30, 30-16) clinched the Gators at least a share of their 15th straight Southeastern Conference title on Sunday. With two matches left to play, the Gators need just one win to claim sole possession of the SEC crown. Florida (23-2, 13-1) matched the Arkansas men's cross country program (1991-present) and the Tennessee men's outdoor track and field program (1964-78) as the only teams in SEC conference history in all sports to win as many as 15 straight SEC titles.

Florida Gator Dick Stratton

Dick Stratton, 78, TV sportscaster
(Used to host Gator Highlights With Ray Graves) Longtime Jacksonville broadcaster Dick Stratton, a sportscaster and television personality for more than 40 years, died of a stroke Saturday at age 78, a family member said.

Florida Gator Basketball

UF turns to basketball nursery
From his seat on the bench, Florida Coach Billy Donovan stared at the floor again. He jabbed his tongue into one side of his mouth, then the other, and ran his hand through his hair and down his neck.

Size could offset early inexperience
LAST SEASON: 24-8, 12-4 SEC (2nd, East Division), won SEC Tournament, lost in 2nd round of NCAA Tournament

Florida Gator Tom Brown

'No one should die so young'
Tom Brown's fraternity brothers nicknamed him Paul Bunyan. He could fix cars and docks, build decks and bring an entire building up to fire code.

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