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March 18, 1990
Steve Georgiadis, 19, a sophomore pitcher for the University of Florida, died of heart complications after shoulder surgery.
April 1, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Harry Crews, a rough-hewn Southerner who drew a keen following with novels that describe a Hieronymus Bosch landscape of grotesques — characters who are tossed into rattlesnake pits, walk on their hands, croon lullabies to a skull and literally eat a car — died Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla. He was 76. The cause was neuropathy, according to his former wife, Sally Crews. The word "original" only begins to describe Crews, whose 17 novels place him squarely in the Southern gothic tradition, also known as Grit Lit. He emerged from a grisly childhood in Georgia with a darkly comic vision that made him literary kin to William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Hunter S. Thompson, although he never achieved their broad recognition.
November 2, 1988 | United Press International
A fire early Tuesday in a University of Florida dormitory room slightly injured three students and forced at least 45 others to find new living quarters, authorities said. More than 500 students were forced to evacuate when the two-alarm blaze broke out. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
October 20, 2011 | Sam Farmer
Four NFL teams, four distinct situations and one identical, well-worn audible: Old quarterback out, new quarterback in. Rookie Christian Ponder is taking over for Donovan McNabb in Minnesota. John Beck is replacing Rex Grossman in Washington. The just-acquired Carson Palmer will step in for the injured Jason Campbell in Oakland (though the Raiders have yet to say whether Palmer will start Sunday). And the Tim Tebow era is officially underway in Denver, where the ineffective Kyle Orton has been benched.
October 8, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
University of Florida linebacker Monty Grow is suing the NCAA, seeking to regain a year of eligibility he lost when he was suspended after testing positive for steroids.
December 10, 1988 | United Press International
University of Florida President Marshall Criser announced his resignation Friday as head of Florida's largest university. His resignation, effective March 31, comes as police and legal officials investigate drug use on campus, but Criser, 60, said he was resigning to spend more time with his family.
March 10, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Jeremy Foley, who began his career at the University of Florida as an intern in the ticket office 16 years ago, was promoted to athletic director. Foley, 39, senior associate athletic director since 1987, replaces Bill Arnsparger, who resigned in January to become defensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers. Foley was serving as interim athletic director.
March 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Gov. Jeb Bush was snubbed for an honorary degree at the University of Florida -- but he can still call himself an honorary alumnus. The Alumni Assn. Board of Directors passed a resolution to make Bush an honorary alumnus. The move came on the heels of a 38-28 Faculty Senate vote to deny Bush an honorary degree.
July 7, 2010 | From staff and wire reports
USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett has sent a letter of apology to the University of Florida and several other schools regarding allegations made by USC that the schools had made impermissible contact with running back Dillon Baxter after the NCAA announced sanctions against the Trojans. ESPN reported last month that a USC compliance official had sent a letter to Pacific 10 Conference officials alleging that Florida, Washington, Oregon, Fresno State and Alabama had contacted Baxter, a freshman who enrolled at USC in January and participated in spring practice.
November 8, 2009 | Mike Penner
Evidently, there is a different set of Jordan Rules for the next generation. When Michael Jordan's son, Marcus, persisted in wearing a pair of white Nike Air Jordan shoes during the University of Central Florida's recent exhibition game against St. Leo, Adidas announced it was ending its sponsorship of Central Florida sports, proving this Jordan was not bigger than the game -- or a contractual obligation with a sporting goods manufacturer....
August 30, 2009 | Chris Dufresne
Hmmm, let's see: a left-handed quarterback who sees a larger purpose than football in this life, and the one (we hope) after. Except: he may not have the arm to make it big in the NFL and runs too much, which is going to get him killed at the next level. Also: ministers to the less fortunate, is stubborn as a mule, leads with his head, constantly needs grass clumps picked out of face mask, treats body like piñata. And: so hyper-competitive he'd cry at his locker for an hour after a crushing defeat, then collect himself and responsibly face the media.
August 28, 2009 | Mike Penner
A minor league baseball promotion asking the question "What would Tim Tebow do?" never got an answer. Instead it got a cease and desist letter from the University of Florida, forcing the event's cancellation. The Fort Myers Miracle of the Florida State League planned to hold a "What would Tim Tebow do?" night on Wednesday, featuring promise rings for fans, a jump pass for the first pitch and a local man named Tim Tebo attempting to walk on water. It sounded like harmless fun, but then the University of Florida protested, demanding that the Miracle remove all references to Tebow from the promotion.
March 12, 2009 | Sam Farmer
Orson Charles, a five-star tight end prospect from Tampa, Fla., took an unforgettable tour last April of the University of Florida football facility. And, in this case, unforgettable was not a good thing. According to the Palm Beach Post's "Inside UF" blog, Charles bumped into the 2006 BCS Championship crystal, knocking it to the ground and shattering it. "Nobody said anything for 10 minutes, then Florida assistant coach John Hevesy said, 'What do I do? Who do I call?
January 10, 2009 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Was it really that bad? Didn't it all, in the end, after five months, a thousand howls and 34 bowls, work out for the conspiracy theorists, playoff advocates and, most of all, Florida? Gators Coach Urban Meyer, sleepless after a night of celebrating his team's Bowl Championship Series victory against Oklahoma, spent Friday morning posing with national title trophies presented by the USA Today voting coaches, the Associated Press and the Football Writers Assn. of America.
October 7, 2007 | David Wharton, Times Staff Writer
BATON ROUGE, La. -- It was midway through the third quarter when the crowd at Tiger Stadium heard news of USC's upset loss over the public address system and filled the muggy night with a shuddering roar. Louisiana State's fans continued chanting and celebrating for a solid five minutes. But there was still some vital business remaining on the field.
September 22, 2007 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
JAMES A. MICHENER, dead 10 years, has a new novel out, a two-generation love story called "Matecumbe." It's not much good. But the story of its publication is, like a car crash, hard to ignore. The short version is this: The author was in his 60s and at the peak of his fame when a writer-researcher he was working with introduced him to a young woman named Melissa, who lived in the Florida Keys.
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