Gator News and World Report (7/27/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, July 27, 2006. I will be including in the GNAWR all the reports I run across from SEC Media Days. I will place them by team at the bottom of the index. Enjoy!

Florida Gator Football

New pro league inquires about UF facilities for franchise team
Spring football could take on a different meaning if a new league decides to work Gainesville into its playbook.

New football league plans April start
Football junkies now will have a way to fill the time between spring and fall practices. Wednesday, organizers announced the formation of the All American Football League, an eight-team professional circuit based in college towns and scheduled to start play next spring

Fox to air BCS rankings after NFL on Sundays
The biggest soap opera in college football will turn into a made-for-TV event next fall on Fox. The Bowl Championship Series, the often-controversial system that determines the national championship game matchup, will go straight from the computers to the nation's living rooms.

Tight at the top, confusion at the bottom
1. LSU TIGERS - According to reports, Les Miles is actually beginning to smile a little bit -- even cracking a few jokes as he travels the offseason booster circuit in Louisiana. Moreover, the native Midwesterner says he's learning to like Cajun cooking.

SEC title would turn Leak orange and blue
A columnist wrote a piece last week accusing a "vocal minority" of University of Florida football fans of disliking QB Chris Leak because he is black. Honestly, I really don't think Gator fans would mind if Leak all the sudden turned purple with pink polka dots if he developed a penchant for leading head coach Urban Meyer's spread option offense.

SEC Media Days

The Quarterback Question
he four featured coaches shared more than just the microphone Wednesday at SEC Media Days. They also were bombarded with the same question.

A look at four programs featured on the first day Wednesday
# Alabama Coach: Mike Shula, fourth season (20-17) # Last year's record: 10-2 overall, 6-2 in the SEC (3rd in the West). Defeated Texas Tech 13-10 in the Cotton Bowl. # Starters returning: Fourteen (9 offense, 4 defense, 1 special teams)

Now showing throughout the SEC?
The blockbusters of the summer? We wait until the Southeastern Conference Media Days to really get into them. Imagine the scene - you're coming off the elevator into an unfamiliar hallway and there he is. Phil Fulmer! Scary, eh? The SEC Media Days run today through Friday in Birmingham, Ala.

SEC NOTEBOOK: Priorities change for Richt
Football didn't matter to Georgia coach Mark Richt this past spring. Not with his wife battling cancer. Within a four-week span in April and May, Kathryn Richt was diagnosed with cervical cancer, underwent a hysterectomy and then received further treatment before finally getting news that the cancer had been caught early and had not spread.

Revolving doormats
Success is measured differently among Southeastern Conference schools.

Commissioner Juggling SEC, BCS Duties
The most powerful man in college football turned 66 Wednesday. Thanks to an unfortunate proximity between the day of his birth and the start of college football practices, he had to spend his birthday with more than 700 reporters.

Officials Examine Network Models
The Southeastern Conference likely will follow the lead of the Big Ten and the Mountain West conferences and create its own television network, though SEC commissioner Mike Slive said Wednesday the network likely won't go on the air for two to three years.

SEC's Slive now in BCS hot seat
Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive begins his two-year term in the hot seat as the Bowl Championship Series coordinator.

QB controversies abound as SEC Media Days roll on
If anyone has a right to know who Georgia's starting quarterback will be, it's Bulldogs' defensive end Quentin Moses. That's what Moses figured, anyway.

Senior Leak will remain starter; freshman Tebow turning heads
The Florida Gators have one of the best quarterbacks in the country, a senior who has started every year and a player who has a shot at breaking the school record in passing yards.

SEC Media Days Alabama

Shula will remain Tide deity if wins don't peter out
The rock star arrived at the Wynfrey Hotel and stepped into a mess that swallowed up the members of the media trying to get a nugget or two. The entourage moved through dozens of red-clad fans, one of them carrying an arm-load of houndstooth hats hoping to get them signed.

SEC Media Days Georgia

Offseason posed tremendous test for Dawgs coach
Like most football coaches, Georgia's Mark Richt usually eats, drinks and sleeps football 24/7 for 12 months a year. But for a few months this past offseason, the game didn't even exist for him.

Richt calm despite early question marks
When Georgia dropped back-to-back football games last year to Florida and Auburn, the Bulldogs didn't panic.

SEC Media Days Vanderbilt

Five questions with...Vanderbilt offensive tackle Brian Stampe
You open at Michigan in a game that was added to the schedule late. How excited are you to be going to Ann Arbor?

SEC Media Days Kentucky

Brooks knows he needs results
Rich Brooks had barely been in front of the microphone Wednesday when he addressed the most pressing question that those sitting before him were likely to ask.

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