Gator News and World Report (9/2/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Satuday, September 2, 2006. The NCAA is robbing Y-O-U; In last meeting, Meyer's Utes shut out Bower, USM; Fresno St. holds off No. 18 Gators; Doug Johnson: Be wary of Golden Eagles; Gator great Buford Long dies; Controversy reigns four decades after Gators game and more...

Florida Gator Football

The NCAA is robbing Y-O-U
s you shuffle into Ben Hill Griffin Stadium today all full of anticipation and celebration, fanning your face and walking in place, know that as you sit in your too-narrow seat and pay too much for a hot dog, you are about to be robbed.

In last meeting, Meyer's Utes shut out Bower, USM
Urban Meyer received a lot of attention for his innovative offense while at Utah. But Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower remembers something completely different when he faced Meyer's Utes in the 2003 Liberty Bowl.

Doug Johnson: Be wary of Golden Eagles
Doug Johnson has a message for the Florida football team - Beware the Golden Eagles. Johnson's first career start was the opener for another season full of fanfare and celebration when Florida played its first game after winning the national championship. On Aug. 30, 1997, he took the field for the first time as Florida's starting quarterback against Southern Mississippi.

Gators Resembling 2004 Utah Squad
If anyone is qualified to compare the start of Coach Urban Meyer's second season at the University of Florida with the dawn of Meyer's 12-0 sophomore campaign at Utah, it's Butch Rowley.

Meyer expects 'tough opener'
After Steve Spurrier and the 1996 national champs are honored tonight, coach Urban Meyer kicks off his second season at UF -- with expectations running high.

Boys from Old Florida begin season
One national championship in 100 years. That's no way to measure the college football experience at Florida.

95-year-old Gators letterman recalls his career
Frank Hancock Sr. knows the history of Florida football like no one else. The 95-year-old may have witnessed more of it than anyone alive.

Controversy reigns four decades after Gators game
Before Bobby and the Ol' Ball Coach, there was Lane Fenner. The most controversial chapter in a rivalry filled with bad blood, exciting finishes and high stakes occurred 40 years ago in October.

Gators' home murky with fear
A clever nickname and a pile of wins were the finishing touches. A one-time bog turned football stadium in 1930 became one of college football's best home-field advantages more than 60 years later when coach Steve Spurrier dubbed Florida Field, "The Swamp."

Fiery leader Pell inspired Gators fans
There's a tendency to dismiss Charley Pell and his 33-26-3 run as Florida coach as noteworthy for the sheer volume of NCAA violations alone and the same of being branded a cheater school.

Florida intends to get the kinks out
Florida linebacker Brandon Siler is glad to open the season with a test - just as long as it's not too tough. Let national powers Miami and Florida State beat up on each other Monday night.

Will ring years come full circle?
It's not about the bling. It's not about the e-Bay value. It's about what it means. To earn a championship ring at Florida or any school is like sliding a video of memories onto your finger. It means more than face value. Your name is engraved on one of the shanks but it's about being part of a team.

Cashing in on tailgating
When Gordon "Stumpy" Harris brings his fleet of orange-and-blue vehicles to Gator games, he tailgates in style.

Gators return plenty of experience from last season
Entering the season as the No. 7 team in the Associated Press preseason poll, the Florida Gators will have a big bulls-eye on their back in 2006.

Can Eagles swim upstream in Swamp?
Southern Miss junior defensive tackle Martavius Prince has been waiting for today to roll around from the moment the Golden Eagles' 2006 football schedule first was announced.

Change of culture
Minutes before Urban Meyer's weekly news conference Monday, junior Florida linebacker Brandon Siler stood at the podium and sounded just like, well, Urban Meyer.

Gators take rebuilt line for test drive
The linemen worked for four weeks, learning to play alongside each other as much as against the other guys.

USM faces uphill fight
If the experts in Las Vegas who've made Florida a 20½-point favorite know what they're talking about, Southern Miss might as well not even suit up for today's opener at 5 p.m. in Gainesville.

It's Tebow time for No. 7 Florida
im Tebow has spent most of his life following the Florida Gators.

Young takes reins tonight
Four years ago, Southern Miss had to break in a new quarterback at M.M. Roberts Stadium. The assignment was easy enough, as Dustin Almond and Mickey D'Angelo split time under center in a 55-7 victory over Jackson State.

Gators look to recapture glory
Florida receiver Jemalle Cornelius, one of 20 seniors on the 2006 squad, recalled earlier this week how great the Gators were in 1996, the school's only national title.

Florida kicks off its 100th anniversary of football tonight when the Gators host Southern Miss. It will be Year Two of the Urban Meyer Era, the season when his teams usually excel, and the debut of heralded freshman quarterback Tim Tebow.

Retailers score in football season
The 2006 college football season may be two days old. But, for many Floridians, today kicks off the gridiron season with the University of Florida's 6 p.m. game against Southern Mississippi.

Florida Gator Soccer

Fresno St. holds off No. 18 Gators
Steve Springthorpe left Florida three years ago, headed out west and attempted to add some life to a lethargic soccer program at Fresno State.

Florida Gator Basketball

Gators look for their spark way up north
Florida coach Billy Donovan is hoping a change of scenery will result in some more inspired play on the defense end of the floor.

Florida Gator Buford Long

Gator great Buford Long dies
Buford Long, a halfback in one of the greatest backfields in University of Florida football history, died of cancer Friday at his home in Wauchula. He was 74.

Florida Gator Volleyball

No. 7 Hawai`i Falls To No. 5 Florida In Three In HAL Wahine Classic
- The No. 7 University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine volleyball team (2-1) fell to the No. 5 Florida Gators (3-0) 20-30, 26-30 and 23-30 in front of a crowd of 8,138 on the first day of the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center Friday. The loss keeps UH Head Coach Dave Shoji at 899 career victories, as he'll go for No. 900 tomorrow against Colorado.

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