Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Zook's Future, Not FSU-UM, Is Talk of State

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Zook's Future, Not FSU-UM, Is Talk of State

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

There's a rumor making the rounds that second-ranked Miami and No. 5 Florida State will meet in a noon showdown at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. I just can't confirm it because there's so much venting and screaming across the Sunshine State.

Not about who's going to win, but about who's going to be Florida's next football coach.

This is the week that Xavier Beitia is supposed to be asked endlessly about Wide Left. Or is it Wide Right?

Sorry, FSU's errant field goals are almost forgotten in light of UF's unfulfilled team goals. And, where the blame lies.

Oh, Bobby Bowden is just one victory behind Penn State's Joe Paterno on the all-time list among Division I-A coaches? You'd hardly know the coach in Tallahassee is on the cusp of a milestone, what with all the ranting over Ron Zook not winning enough in Gainesville.

The man who followed Steve Spurrier is under so much criticism from fans and media, it makes last year's troubles look like a hiccup.

Many Gators supporters are so upset with Zook that they're methodically counting the time it's going to take for UF's administration to dismiss him. Hear that? "One Mississippi. . . . two Mississippi."

On the same day that California is holding its gubernatorial recall election, segments of Florida are begging for another recall.

At the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house across the street from Ben Hill-Griffin Stadium, a two-story banner calling for Zook's firing stayed up for nearly four hours after Saturday's 20-17 loss to Ole Miss. Athletics director Jeremy Foley, who hired Zook, was getting critical e-mails at halftime against Kentucky before the Gators rallied to win. You can just imagine what's on his computer screen now.

Speaking of message boards, an FSU Web site (warchant. …

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