Zook isn't cutting it

Published: Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 5, 2004 at 9:35 p.m.

Thank goodness the Outback Bowl is finally over. Unfortunately, the embarrassment will last at least until next season. Again.

For the second time in two years, the Gators have been taken to the woodshed in what essentially is their own back yard. Although I hate it when the Gators lose, it's always worse when they play with the lack of focus, determination and emotion they exhibited in this game, and when the game plan seems to have been drawn up by a Pop Warner coach.

The loss can't be blamed on a lack of talent. Commentators on ESPN said it a number of times - the talent on the Gator team is remarkable. Yet, instead of seeing this talented team come together and play up to their potential, what we saw was a bunch of guys wearing the same uniforms but who were more interested in the ridiculous showboating they did after the very few positive plays that were made. According to comments made by Coach Zook that the "all about me attitude" makes team building such a challenge. That may be true, but Iowa didn't seem to have that problem.

Coach Zook had his typical, "I'm disappointed we didn't get it done, but we're on the right track and we'll keep getting better - I'm sure of it," comments after the game. But after watching this team in this game, I'm not sure his assessment is one the Gator Nation will find satisfying.

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