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By JOHN C. COTEY
Published October 29, 2004

Gators everywhere

The Florida coaching situation is the big story this week, so look for extensive coverage just about everywhere you find college football.

The game (the soon-to-be-Zookless Gators take on Georgia) will be aired by CBS at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, but the sideshow will draw the most coverage.

Sunshine will show its weekly previews mostly live from Jacksonville, and even the Best Damn Sports Show Period returns from hiatus for the World's Biggest Cocktail Party, with Leeann Tweeden and former football star Herschel Walker doing pregame (and Walker is the featured attraction in the Best Damn Kissing Booth).

On ESPN's College GameDay , reporter John Barr spent the week in Gainesville and files a report live from the game site.

Working day and night

On this week's edition of Inside the NFL , HBO looks at the demanding schedules of NFL coaches, with some poignant moments with the widow of former Patriots quarterback coach Dick Rehbein , who died in 2001 at age 45 when his heart gave out during a routine stress test.

The show replays at 7 tonight . Armen Keteyian reports that according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American worker clocks 2,100 hours per year; NFL coaches work an estimated 4,100.

Naturally, Bucs coach and workaholi c Jon Gruden is featured.

"Every coach I know, that I respect, pours it on," he said. "You coach football, I think you live in dog years. You coach one year, that's like living six. You know what I mean?"

Despite the statistics, and the death of Rehbein, Gruden doesn't sound ready to scale back.

"I've been very fortunate to be blessed with something I love to do," he said. "I guarantee you this: A lot of coaches who might not live a long time have had a hell of a lot of fun and had some great experiences. Some that people die for, I think."

Bush, Kerry, NFL?

NFL Network, available only to DirecTV subscribers, will have special programming 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, depending on who won the presidential election.

If President Bush , a former Texas governor, wins, the programming will feature NFL teams from Texas. If Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry wins, it will be dedicated to the New England Patriots.

And finally ...

NBA analysts Charles Barkley (TNT) and Stephen A. Smith (ESPN) predict Detroit will return to the NBA Finals against San Antonio. Smith predicts a Pistons repeat. The season tips off on both networks Tuesday.

[Last modified October 28, 2004, 23:49:27]


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