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Florida denies ESPN report

But U.'s Meyer named a possible replacement

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley denied a report Tuesday that school officials have contacted former coach Steve Spurrier about replacing Ron Zook.

According to, the school contacted Spurrier to gauge his interest in returning to coach the Gators and wanted an answer in the next 24 hours.

"There's absolutely no basis to that at all. It's false," Foley said. "We've got a little time. Why would 24 hours make a difference?"

Florida fired Zook on Monday after he posted a 20-13 record in two-plus seasons — just 14 fewer losses than Spurrier had in 12 seasons. Zook will coach the final four games this season, but the search for his replacement could begin with Spurrier.

He resigned from the NFL's Washington Redskins after two seasons and could be open to returning to his alma mater.

"I'll talk about that another time," Spurrier said Monday at a charity golf event near Orlando. "I don't think there's anything that I can say that is really appropriate at this time."

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, Utah coach Urban Meyer and Louisville coach Bobby Petrino also could be possible replacements. Foley said he would not talk to any coaches with current jobs until after the season.

Spurrier's defensive coordinator for three seasons at Florida, Stoops said he and Spurrier had talked recently enough to know he shot a 73 during his charity round.

But Stoops declined to give details about their conversation.

"That's not for me to talk about," Stoops said Tuesday. "Whatever he wants I'm all for. Though I talk to Coach frequently, that wouldn't be appropriate for me to talk about what we're talking about and what his feelings are."