Gator News and World Report (9/27/2006)

The Gator News and World Report for Wednesday, September 27, 2006. It's not about PAYBACK it's about PLAYING BETTER; Tide 'knows' UF wants its revenge; Tebow has no regrets; Fans' boos are news to Gators starter Leak; Meyer Looking For Way To Cover Practice Field; Gators good at giving; Classic Florida v. Alabama: Crimson Tide Unable to Check Flat-Footed Florida Boys and more...

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It's not about PAYBACK it's about PLAYING BETTER
The Florida Gators are carrying around a lot of anger this week over what happened in Tuscaloosa a year ago. But the anger is not the result of anything Alabama did on that steamy September day. It is over what the Gators did not do.

Tide 'knows' UF wants its revenge
If there's one certainty about Saturday's football game, it's that the University of Alabama knows the Florida Gators are looking for a little payback.

Tebow has no regrets
True freshman quarterback Tim Tebow developed a close relationship with Mike Shula during the recruiting process and had a hard time telling him he wasn't coming to Alabama. Nine months later, Tebow said he has no second thoughts about picking the Gators over the Tide.

Fans' boos are news to Gators starter Leak
Chris Leak swears he didn't hear the boos Saturday night. He's probably the only one at Florida Field who didn't.

Meyer Looking For Way To Cover Practice Field
Florida coach Urban Meyer said Tuesday that plans are in the works for the Gators to get some sort of enclosure on their practice field that would allow them to practice in inclement weather.

Gators good at giving
Tailback Kestahn Moore dropped the ball, and as a blob of Wildcats and Gators chased it around Florida Field on Saturday night, Coach Urban Meyer's shoulders slumped.

Great chance, big test for UF
Four major games could help Gators leapfrog into national-title picture. If you like worn-out clichés about playing them one at a time, you'll love Florida coach Urban Meyer, who is busy this week saying he doesn't care to talk about an upcoming four-game stretch that will surely define his team's season.

Gators coach Meyer still upset about rain
Still aggravated by the way rain spoiled his team's routine last week, when it missed its Tuesday practice, coach Urban Meyer said a plan could be in the works for an indoor facility.

Gators are out to impress recruits
Beating Alabama could do a lot more than keep Florida in SEC title contention this season. A win Saturday - with a half-dozen or more recruits looking on in The Swamp - could help the Gators win titles down the road.

Classic Florida v. Alabama: Crimson Tide Unable to Check Flat-Footed Florida Boys
Today's classic Florida v. Alabama game is from 1927, which followed two consecutive national titles for the Crimson Tide and two shutouts over Florida (34-0 in 1925 and 49-0 in 1926) in Birmingham. Led by Clyde Crabtree, the Gators would beat Alabama to even up the series at 3-3.

Hall thinks Alabama still not getting respect
Wide receiver DJ Hall, who grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., celebrated last year's 31-3 Tide win over the Gators especially well, since he took Florida's decision to stop recruiting him out of high school as a slight.

'Bama tailback looks to bounce back against Gators
With former quarterback Brodie Croyle gone and wide receiver Tyrone Prothro still recovering from a broken left leg he suffered against UF last season, Alabama knew it would need its star running back to step up in 2006.

No. 3: The Frozen Field
The 1928 Gators squad is considered the first great team in school history, scoring 336 points and allowing just 44 in a nine-game season that saw UF finish 8-1.

Thomas eager to rejoin team
For now, Florida senior defensive tackle Marcus Thomas is gone, but he's certainly not forgotten.

Alabama trying to get offense running
What's wrong with Kenneth Darby? That's been a big question ever since the Alabama tailback struggled in the season opener. Darby hasn't stopped struggling, or searching for an answer.

Florida Gator Basketball

Vitale staying with ESPN
GAINESVILLE -- Seven more years, baby! Dick Vitale, ESPN's famed men's college basketball analyst, will sign a seven-year contract extension with the network that could keep him working until 2013.

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