Gator News and World Report (1/12/2007)

A special Gator News and World Report that will feature the news articles that feature stories on the Gator win on Monday night. Most of the links will be from the daily newspapers from around the state with some stories from Ohio and elsewhere.

Florida Gator National Championship

Gators, Buckeyes are teammates now
Three Florida Gators were back on the football field Thursday, less than 72 hours after the national championship game.

Ohio State's Ginn's injury 'just a sprain,' father says
Ohio State's Ted Ginn Jr., injured celebrating after he returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in the BCS national championship game, sprained his left foot and will have to wear a walking boot for a few weeks, his father Ted Ginn Sr. said Thursday.

Florida saves its best game for last one
How does it feel to wake up in Titletown today? Just another national championship. Just another dominating performance in the biggest game of the year.

Fans gather to cheer Gators to victory
Even from kickoff, it seemed everyone in Gator Nation knew it. "We know they will win," Gator grad and Houston resident Rob Newsom said just seconds before he watched the Gators score their first touchdown from a big-screen TV at The Swamp restaurant.

Leak To Appear On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
* University of Florida senior quarterback Chris Leak (Charlotte, N.C.) is slated to appear as a guest on The Tonight Show with host Jay Leno on Tuesday night. Leak is scheduled to be joined on the program by actor Ben Afflek and musical guest Jewel.

Lack of respect motivated them, UF players say
The game was over. The season was over. So Florida's players held nothing back when sharing their thoughts about Ohio State after Monday night's 41-14 win in the BCS title game.

Leak is MVP
When people talked about University of Florida quarterback Chris Leak, there would inevitably be a but in the sentence.

Noah glad Gators getting championships in twos
Joakim Noah called out Florida's football team last April, telling the crowd during the Gators' national basketball championship celebration, "Now it's time for the football team to do it, too."

Gators Take No. 1 Ranking in a Landslide
Florida didn't have to lobby to win this vote. The Gators are No. 1 in a landslide.

Gators Make History With Dual Titles
Call it the Gator Slam. The Florida Gators became the first program to hold football and men's basketball titles at the same time Monday night with a 41-14 victory over top-ranked Ohio State.

Tressel's Reputation Unravels
It's a good thing Ohio State coach Jim Tressel showed up for the national BCS title game wearing his customary red sweater vest. Otherwise, as badly as Tressel got fleeced, somebody would have accused Florida coach Urban Meyer of stealing his sleeves, too.

Meyer Revives Gators
Florida coach Urban Meyer posed for countless pictures with four different national championship trophies Tuesday, smiling for every shot.

Title-game loss just a bump in the road
It's taken me a few days to recover from Ohio State's debacle in the desert against the University of Florida, but I feel that my mental faculties have recovered to an acceptable level to where I can now speak with some clarity on the subject.

Florida Win Shows SEC is the Best!!
The big question everyone is asking is - what happened to Ohio State? Everyone is talking about how the Gators demolished the Buckeyes to win the 2006 BCS College Football Championship.

Buckeyes fans transmit regrets from Arizona
For Ohio State fans in Cleveland and across the nation, the game they had waited 51 days for ended not with a bang, but a whimper.

As OSU losses go, they don't get worse
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new No. 1. The debate is over.It's done, finished, case closed.

Tebow inherits the quarterback throne for Florida
In the corner of the University of Phoenix locker room Monday night, with a suit coat over his shoulders and an equipment bag in his hand, quarterback Tim Tebow summed up year No. 1 as a Florida Gator.

What a fool to pick Ohio State
OK, I give in. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea culpa. That is Latin for "Only A Moron Would Pick Against The Gators."

Florida's motto isn't 1-and-done
Before Florida demolished Ohio State in the Bowl Championship Series national championship game, all the hype surrounding next season centered on which team would start atop the polls: Southern California or Michigan.

Gators' QB is Sports Illustrated cover boy
The celebration continues for the national champion Florida Gators football team with the Jan. 15 regular issue of Sports Illustrated and a special commemorative edition that hits newsstands today.

Meyer might get raise, but he won't ask for it
Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley said Thursday there is "a time and a place" for talks with Urban Meyer about a contract extension and raise stemming from the Gators' second national championship.

Urban Development
The catharsis began on the kind of mats preschoolers sleep on. Urban Meyer, the 40-year-old, hotshot Utah coach, had barely stepped foot in Gainesville and he was already giving the impression that he owned the keys to the city.

Which conference is better in football: SEC or the Big Ten?
There has been recent banter in two regions of this great country pertaining to college football. It involves two regions - The Deep South and Midwest - that seem to have much disdain for the other when it comes to football. People want to argue about which conference is better, the SEC or the Big 10?

Percy Harvin's fresh start
Hampton Roads knows Percy Harvin. Now, so does the rest of America. He's among the best football players to emerge from this place. A good student. A talented basketball player. A track star.

OSU football new No. 1 … punch line
Lose a championship football game, slink away and hope everyone forgets until next season? Not a chance. Not for the formerly No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes.

Leak silences one critic … me
I was wrong about Chris Leak. Three months ago, I laid out him almost as hard as Auburn's Quentin Groves did during what turned out to be Florida's only loss.

Gator Gamble Paying Rich Dividends
They printed thousands of Gator Championship shirts weeks before the game was played; now they are cashing in.

Florida Beats Ohio State, Odds for BCS Title
In the words of Public Enemy: "Don't Believe The Hype." It's been said that defense wins championships. That is true. It has been said that the SEC is one of the most dominant conferences in the country. After Monday night, that also seems about right: Auburn dispatches Nebraska; LSU destroys Notre Dame; Florida completes the trifecta by decimating Ohio State (and finally getting Lloyd Carr to shut up).

Florida Gators whizkids snap up unique college double
With their resounding win over Ohio State in Monday's College Football National Championship, the Florida Gators became the first U.S. college in history to hold the titles in men's basketball and football at the same time, an incredible achievement by any measure.

No. 2 Florida 41, No. 1 Ohio St. 14
For more than a month, the Florida Gators stewed in silence. Asked about Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, they heaped on the praise. Asked about No. 1 Ohio State, they poured on the compliments.

Meyer Addresses Gators' Future and Thinks 'It Looks Really Good'
Only a few hours after Florida's big night in the desert, head coach Urban Meyer sat at a podium Tuesday morning next to three separate national championship trophies and peered into the Gators' future. One of Meyer's first priorities will be replacing the 21 seniors (and maybe a handful of juniors) who were so instrumental in UF's success this season and in Monday night's 41-14 blowout of No. 1 Ohio State in the BCS national championship game.

OSU challenge: Restore confidence, reload roster
Following Ohio State's 41-14 collapse Monday night against Florida in the BCS national title game, where do the Buckeyes go from here? Will they have the personnel to make a run at another national championship in 2007? Can they overcome the loss of 10 senior starters, including Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Troy Smith, and possibly three junior defectors to the NFL?

Gator Domi-Nation
The Gators finished the season 13-1, a school record, and made NCAA history with a win over the Buckeyes: It's the first time a school has held national championships in both football and basketball within a 12-month span.

Many lessons learned after Florida's victory
As Florida football coach Urban Meyer got in his cardio workout lifting various national championship trophies Tuesday morning, many lessons were hammered home.

Troy Smith showed his stuff, but not with his numbers
Looking back, it was "How to Set a Guy Up For Failure 101." Hand him the Heisman Trophy, which history warns is like handing a bowl-bound quarterback the wrong end of a hot iron.

Florida sends message to OSU, Smith
The announcement kept echoing through the crammed corridors at Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport yesterday.

Gators win it all
When the sun set in hues of orange and blue Monday afternoon it was a sign of something good to come to the Gator nation, taking into consideration the Florida Gators had an 8:30 p.m. date with the Ohio State University Buckeyes in Glendale, Arizona.

Some Serious Cash in Meyer's Future
Florida coach Urban Meyer has a full plate with the NCAA Coaches Convention this week and recruiting the rest of the month. But eventually, the newly-crowned national championship coach will sit down with UF athletic director Jeremy Foley to discuss a contract extension.

Wynn's got words for OSU
During most of his time at the University of Florida, tailback DeShawn Wynn never was eager to do media interviews.

Thanks, Leak, for the sweet memories
Chris, you did us proud. I'm sure some of you watched Florida manhandle Ohio State in the college football national championship game Monday night, winning 41-14, and I'm sure some of you watched former Independence High quarterback Chris Leak play for the first time.

What they're saying about the Gators
Following is a sampling of what writers have said about Florida's national championship victory over Ohio State on Monday night.

Football champs bask in glory in Gainesville
Gator fever rocked the house as the University of Florida welcomed its football heroes home. More than 12,000 fans went wild at the O'Dome on Tuesday in a salute to the team that captured its second national championship one night earlier, as UF became the only school to hold national titles in football and men's basketball at the same time.

Gators defense generated a storm
And now a few words from the ecstatic guys in the Gators' locker room after their 41-14 BCS national title victory Monday against Ohio State in Glendale, Ariz.

Gators Play Layoff Game Better Than Buckeyes
Imagine a World Series six weeks after the last playoff game. Imagine the NBA finals in August. Imagine March Madness on Memorial Day.

Flattened Ohio St. needs time to heal
It's not the end of the world or the end of Buckeye football. It just seems that way. The Buckeyes were manhandled 41-14 by second-ranked Florida on Monday night in the BCS national championship game before millions of viewers around the world.

As losses go, this ranks up there for Buckeyes
For many Ohio State players, it was tough putting into words the feelings they had in the aftermath of being stomped 41-14 by Florida on Monday night in the national championship game.

Slight gives Gators added fight
Urban Meyer, a Midwestern Catholic with ties to Notre Dame, turned down a chance to coach the Irish for a chance to coach Florida and "recruit the best players in the country."

Florida's defensive speed was the difference
The more Monday's BCS Championship Game is contemplated, the more perplexing it seems.

Meyer coaches best game of life
They were sprinkled among the fans in the Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr. jerseys, dressed as nattily as their favorite coach in scarlet-and-gray sweater vests and matching Jim Tressel glasses.

Everett, Medder help Gators win title
No helmet, no problem -- at least not for former South Sumter star Earl Everett. One of the more memorable images on a night filled with memorable images for Gators fans in Monday night's 41-14 victory over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game was Everett, who had lost his helmet, still chasing down and tackling Buckeyes quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith.

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