Gator News and World Report (8/3/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Thursday, August 3, 2006. Eagles' Kearse wants to step it up this time; NCAA ready to make schools pay for academic failures; Gators' practice full of subplots and more...

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NCAA ready to make schools pay for academic failures
The NCAA might reinforce this tough message on academics this week: If teams consistently fail to make the grade, they may not get paid. Or they could be barred from postseason play.

To say UF coach Urban Meyer is giddy about fall practice would be putting it lightly. "I can't tell you how much I can't wait to get into that hotel with those players and spend time with them," he said. "Some people dislike training camp. I'm a head football coach that loves training camp because I live with them. That's the greatest time of the year."

Former FSU quarterback dies at 58
Teammates will remember Gary Pajcic for his big plays and even bigger heart. The former Florida State starting quarterback died Wednesday after being hospitalized over the weekend and later falling into a coma. His Jacksonville law firm confirmed that a memorial service will be held on Saturday.

Gators all healthy
After an up-and-down offseason, Florida will open football training camp Sunday without a major injury on its roster.

Florida Gator Jevon Kearse

Eagles' Kearse wants to step it up this time
The lazy days that used to make up Jevon Kearse's offseasons were spent in South Beach, where he hit the clubs and searched for satisfaction. He'd take up residence in a rental near the never-ending procession of plastic and roll out in his trendy store-bought urban outfits with his boys, eight and nine cars thick.

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