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January 5, 2002
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Spurrier quits
Coach says 12 years is enough
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[Times photo: Kevin White]
Coach surprises Florida football fans, abruptly resigning to pursue NFL job.

Gators poised to move on
Everybody was shocked by Steve Spurrier's sudden departure, and that includes Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley. But at least Foley was prepared.

Gator fans lament coach's departure
Emotions run high as longtime fans react to the news of the football coach's resignation. One calls it "Black Friday."

Recruits' reaction mixed on UF news
News of Steve Spurrier's surprising decision to step down at Florida hit home Friday afternoon for area recruits who now have one less reason to consider the University of Florida as part of their future.

Stunned Gator fans swamp sites
Steve Spurrier's decision spurs so much traffic, some UF-related Web sites shut down.

Players learn like everyone else: on TV
Area products playing for Steve Spurrier didn't see the Gator coach's resignation coming.

Feeling on campus: shock and disbelief
One student says it is weird because when you think of the Gators, you think of Steve Spurrier and the football team.

Spurrier's bio

What they're saying

Gary Shelton

Everyone's talking except the Glazers
And now for the latest on Florida's former football coach . . .

John Romano
Fittingly, Fun 'n' Gone
Worship a man for 12 years and you think you know him. Then he goes and changes his calling.

Bucs
Bucs reserves get a chance
From the sideline to the starting line, backups try to stay ready.

Dungy will coach Sunday vs. Eagles
TAMPA -- Coach Tony Dungy will be on the sideline for Sunday night's game against Philadelphia, then leave to attend funeral services for his mother, general manager Rich McKay said Friday.

Lightning
Same score, different city
HAWKS 2, LIGHTNING 0: Consecutive road shutouts extend skid to 5.

Svitov gets tough at juniors
CHICAGO -- For those not following the exploits of Russia's Alexander Svitov at the World Junior Championships, well, it was quite a saga.

Colleges
Unbeaten, undisputed champion
Miami basks in glory after routing Nebraska in the Rose Bowl.

Today: No. 3 Florida vs. South Carolina
WHEN/WHERE: Noon; Stephen C. O'Connell Center, Gainesville.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
Winter finally has hit, and the temperatures of Tarpon Lake have dropped into the 50s. This causes a cold-blooded creature such as a bass to slow its feeding, making it difficult to catch one. But it is not impossible.

Et cetera
Disney marathon
WHEN: 6 a.m. Sunday.

Preps
Wharton's lapse leads to loss
TAMPA -- If there's one thing that can be said about Friday night's A.P. Leto Holiday Classic semifinal between Wharton and Durant, it's that the Wildcats were warned.

Tigers hold off Crusaders
Jesuit improves to 11-2 with a 64-61 win over rival Tampa Catholic.

Cowboys put Falcons away, 44-30
TAMPA -- When Gaither slipped past Leto in the consolation final of the Lady Shark tournament last week, the Cowboys learned an important lesson from their slim 47-43 win: Don't let Leto hang around next time.

Still waiting for a challenge
Class 6A No. 2 Miami Senior poses no problem as 5A No. 2 Clearwater rolls to a 55-38 win.

Dupree's big game can't stop Largo
TAMPA -- Largo coach Leonard Williams had seen Wharton's Candice Dupree play before on film and had heard all there was to hear about the Wildcats' 6-foot-4 center. He knew of the headaches associated with guarding her, not to mention the heartache that comes with the inability to do so.

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