Gator News And World Report (12/17/2005)

The Gator News and World Report for Saturday, December 17, 2005. Dickey backup to Leak; Spurrier promotes Gillespie; Longtime head SEC official fired; Dickey becomes UF backup plan; Ex-Gator Schiralli becomes graduate assistant; U.S. Open junior tennis champ will be a Gator and more...

Florida Gator Football

Dickey backup to Leak
After spending the season at wide receiver, junior Gavin Dickey is back at quarterback and he will be Chris Leak's backup for the Jan. 2 Outback Bowl. "Gavin is going to be a full-time quarterback (for the bowl game),"

Dickey becomes UF backup plan
The competition to be Florida's backup quarterback behind junior Chris Leak didn't last long.

Dickey Switched Back To Quarterback
Sophomore Gavin Dickey will back up QB Chris Leak when Florida faces Iowa in the Outback Bowl, Gators coach Urban Meyer said Friday night.

Ex-Gator Schiralli becomes graduate assistant
Nick Schiralli, a Cardinal Newman standout in the early 1990s and a former Gator, has joined coach Urban Meyer's staff as a graduate assistant.

UF piles up elite recruiting class
The Florida Gators' climb up the recruiting rankings could end with them at the top. The past three weeks, highlighted by Tuesday's commitment from quarterback Tim Tebow, have positioned coach Urban Meyer's recruiting class to finish at No. 1 in the nation.

UGA, Florida dominating South
Meet The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's 2005-06 Super Southern 100 — a.k.a. The Urban Meyer Fan Club. With a month and a half still to go before national signing day, 12 of the 58 players who've committed to colleges say they'll sign with Meyer's Florida Gators, including in-state star quarterback Tim Tebow.

Jermaine Cunningham
Haubert's take: Just when Florida Gators fans were beginning to come down off the high of landing highly coveted quarterback Tim Tebow Tuesday, they got another reason to get real excited last night as Coach Meyer and his staff landed the number two rated defensive end in the country.

Florida Gator Robert Gillespie

Spurrier promotes Gillespie
Steve Spurrier settled two openings on his South Carolina staff Friday amid the possibility he may have another vacancy on his hands before too long. Spurrier hired longtime Duke assistant Fred Chatham as tight ends coach and promoted graduate assistant Robert Gillespie to running backs coach. Spurrier also said co-defensive coordinator John Thompson was on a leave of absence and would not join South Carolina (7-4) for its Independence Bowl matchup with Missouri on Dec. 30.

SEC Basketball

Longtime head SEC official fired
The longtime head of basketball referees for the Southeastern Conference was fired and replaced, but the league wouldn't give the reason for his ouster, which came amid the departure of two game officials. Commissioner Mike Slive said the termination of John Guthrie after 25 years was ‘‘a personnel matter'' and declined further comment.

Florida Gator Tennis

U.S. Open junior tennis champ will be a Gator
Rising from obscurity to win the U.S. Open junior tennis tournament in September sent Ryan Sweeting's confidence soaring, and beating Maria Sharapova a few weeks later in a practice match gave his personal wealth a nice little boost.

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