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January 6, 2002
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College football
Stoops deal with Gators in the works
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GAINESVILLE -- One day after the stunning resignation of Florida football coach Steve Spurrier, the search for his successor was under way and the fallout was being assessed.
Gary Shelton
Glazers, don't do it
The biggest question Bucs owners should make Tony Dungy answer is: "Would you like to remain our coach?"

Hubert Mizell
Don't expect a kinder, gentler Spurrier in NFL
Orr is a unique coaching animal. Adored by a few. Loathed by a lot. Artistically appreciated by anyone who knows a football from a Filipino frypan.

Bucs
Testing a King's patience
TAMPA -- This is how the season was supposed to end for Shaun King.

This also-ran game holds plenty of value
TAMPA -- Even if the final score is meaningless today, the Bucs don't want to wait until next weekend to defeat the Eagles in the NFC wild-card game.

Bucs chat
Performance should dictate selections

Kickin' back
Bucs running back Rabih Abdullah is not only a pious individual, but a devout Muslim who celebrates the month of Ramadan by fasting from sunrise to sunset, even during the season. Here is is on good and evil, fairy god mothers, Mike Tyson and God.

Profiling Aaron Stecker
At 5-10, 205 pounds, the former Mr. Football in Wisconsin, has a beefy enough frame to take 15-20 carries but plays behind two other good backs.

Bucs sideline
A game is a game

Monte and Clyde

NFL
Cowboys' Smith still going
Among a host of meaningless games being played today, the Cowboys-Lions game looks to be the most immaterial.

NFL notebook
Eagles at Bucs.

College basketball
Tempo way up, and so is Bulls offense
TAMPA -- According to South Florida coach Seth Greenberg, TCU played no fewer than five types of defense Saturday against the Bulls.

Gators take SEC opener
GAINESVILLE -- Udonis Haslem gave himself a chance to make a difference against South Carolina this time.

Today: USF vs. UAB
RECORDS: UAB 8-5, South Florida 10-3.

Duke transfer fitting right in alongside stars
As his Duke teammates reveled in a moment they hoped would never end in April at Minneapolis, Dahntay Jones could only hope that time might somehow move faster.

Olympics
Kwan chooses change at an interesting time
The decision was bold. Its impact far-reaching. And, as is generally the case in situations as this, it forced people to choose sides.

Rings and Things
WONDERING, WORRYING AND WAITING: Luge team member Becky Wilczak is within a few weeks of fulfilling her Olympic dream, but she is not sure if she will be able to compete.

Letters
Competition level of BCS laughable
The BCS ranking system is an absolute joke. Nebraska had no business playing in that game. Troy State played a better game against Miami. This system is probably worse than no system. At least the bowls may have been able to put together a better matchup choosing by the old format.

Lightning/NHL
Khabibulin shrugs at return
PHOENIX -- What if they boo?

Gaborik, 19, runs Wild on league
Marian Gaborik is the real deal. The Wild left wing is just 19 but already has the look of a potential superstar.

Et cetera
WMS Stay Away wins Pup Preview
ST. PETERSBURG -- A patron asked Paul Caple, owner of Capabal Kennel, to give him some tips on which greyhound to bet in Saturday's Puppy Preview at Derby Lane.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
When the water temperature drops below 60, trout concentrate over grass flats 4-6 feet deep. The most productive spots have a shallow flat within a few hundred yards. Deep grass holds trout of 1-3 pounds but edges of shallows can have a few more than 5. There may be a few big ones in deep spots but they're harder to catch.

It isn't too cold to wade into pockets of fish
Though bay and gulf water temperatures are in the 60s, there's probably no better time for wading anglers.

Baseball
Indians have plenty of talent to replace
The cover of the Indians' recently released 2002 calendar features 12 players.

Preps
Spartans' Wise No. 1
Dermillo Wise said he always had a long-term goal of becoming the best long-jumper in the world.

Second half holds intrigue, promise
The first half of the high school season was an appetizer of private school successes (Indian Rocks Christian and Northside Christian), spectacular plays (Marcus Morrison), and Lakewood and Largo unbeaten streaks heading into holiday play. Now for the main course.

Cougars' victory complete
TAMPA -- Heading into the championship game of the A.P. Leto Holiday Classic, Durant coach Gary Jordan said his offense had been taking care of itself this season.

Gaither loses tourney title in OT
TAMPA -- Tournament championship games should be down-to-the-wire thrillers.

No. 2 Clearwater suffers first loss of season
SARASOTA -- Finally, at the end of a holiday schedule filled with state-ranked competition, Clearwater found some real competition Saturday night in the final of the Karp Classic.

Largo wins title in OT thriller
TAMPA -- Tournament championship games should be down-to-the-wire thrillers.

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