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Tim Tebow on lure of AAF Spring league: “Coach Spurrier keeps calling”

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Jul 18, 2017; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; St. Lucie Mets designated hitter Tim Tebow (15) signs autographs for fans prior to the game A at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
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The story of Tim Tebow trying to make his way onto a Major League Baseball roster is front-and-center again at New York Mets Spring Training in Port St Lucie. However, as much as the mostly New York media wanted to talk about the prospect of him playing for the big club this season, still looming is the possibility of Tebow returning to football.

That is currently with the courtship of the former Gators great by the new Alliance of American Football.

Here’s the video of his session:

Tebow, however, he made it very clear that he is only committed to baseball, the Mets organization and trying to realize the dream of not only making the major league club but becoming a contributor for the Mets this season.

Still, that doesn’t mean that the former Heisman winning quarterback of the Gators isn’t being contacted another former Heisman winning Gator, who now coaches the Orlando franchise in the AAF Spring football league.

Tebow confirmed in St Lucie that the AAF has still been in contact with him about coming to play for their league and it’s Steve Spurrier, specifically, that is still trying to recruit him,

“Coach Spurrier keeps calling. And I love, Coach Spurrier.” Tebow continued, “It was easy (saying no). Even though, it was an awesome offer. It’s great and it’s humbling. I’m all in on baseball…. No way that I could stop and not give this the chance after everything that I’ve worked for,” he concluded.

While the lure of playing QB, for the Apollos, not far from where he ruled “The Swamp” has to be tempting, Tebow has a legit shot to be with the Mets at some point in 2019.

He was on track for that last summer, while playing Single A ball in Columbia, SC and for the Mets Double A team in Binghampton, NY.

As we wrote then, Tebow had been named to the Eastern League All-Star Game, where he doubled in his first at bat. Tebow  hit .273 with a .336 On base percentage (both are average) with six home runs 36 RBI’s and 21 extra base hits in his 271 plate appearances in the 2018 season at Double A.

Then, he was hit by a pitch and suffered a broken bone in his, which derailed any chance to play for the big team last year. Tebow returned to his “fall job” of studio analyst on SEC football games for the SEC Network starting in September.

That was last year. This is now.

And for now, no longer is Tebow interested in being a QB, for the Orlando Apollos or anyone else.

He wants to be an MLB player.

 

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Gators announced home and home series with Cal Friday

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The Florida Gators continued their philosophy of striking “home-and-home” deals with Power 5 opposition, when they announced on Friday that they will be doing so with the Cal-Berkley Bears out of the Pac-12 coming later in this decade.

The Gators made the announcement through their website and social media mid-day Friday that they will play Cal at home first and then travel to Berkeley the following year:

A.D. Scott Stricklin has broken up the long tradition that Florida would only play two home out of conference games in September and usually, against much lesser competition before entering SEC play. Stricklin has been very outspoken that in the age of the College Football Playoff, strength of schedule is emphasized and the selection committee holds schools responsible for not playing top-notch out of conference opponents, at least some of the time.

With that in mind, the Gators opened the 2019 season in Orlando against the Miami Hurricanes and won a sloppy game. And, they already have other Power 5 schools laid out to play home and away.

As we previously wrote, Florida will be playing the Texas Longhorns first in Gainesville in 2030 and then. return the game the following year in Austin.

Florida had previously announced last year that they will also play the Colorado Buffaloes out of the Pac-12, again with the first game in Gainesville in 2028 and then, returning it to Boulder the following season.

It’s interesting with Friday’s announcement that Stricklin and the football program are working backwards with the schedule. And, they will now play Cal before Colorado in September of 2026, and then will be opening on the Berkeley campus the following season.

Florida and Cal have only met two times, having played first in Gainesville in 1974 as the Gators wo 21 – 17 and then, they also met in Tampa to open the 1980 season with a Florida 41-13 blowout victory.

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Second National Signing Day recap for top state schools

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National Signing Day 2020 has come and gone, and several in state schools were able to improve their classes heading into spring ball. The University of Florida watched rival Georgia secure the number one overall class, but the Gators were still able to land the best class in the state with the number eight class overall.

The Gators officially signed former five-star receiver Justin Shorter from Penn State, and Florida stayed in the family today as well, Xzavier Henderson officially joined the Gators. He’s the ounger brother of  former DB C.J. Henderson.

Dan Mullen also able to dip into the state of Texas inking four-star DE Princely Umanmielen. It wasn’t all great news for the Gators, as they missed out on a few key guys, including losing out on arguably top state safety Avantae Williams to in state rival Miami. Overall it was a good cycle for the Gators both recruiting and in the transfer portal.

The Miami Hurricanes continued an impressive offseason on National Signing Day. The Canes made arguably the biggest move in the state by landing Williams and keeping him Florida. Williams became the highest rated Hurricane in the class and propelled the U to the number 13 spot.

Miami has the second-best class in the ACC behind Clemson. With an impressive offseason in the books, once again excitement will be in the air in Coral Gables. The question is: will they live up to it in year two for Manny Diaz?

Florida State and new coach Mike Norvell have been working hard to get this class rolling last minute. After a good early National Signing Day Norvell looked to keep the momentum going. The Noles took a big hit Wednesday though, with the loss of Venice four star WR, Malachi Wideman, who flipped to Tennessee.

The Noles came back from that by landing a handful of other recruits. They got the number six Juco running back La’Damian Webb, ass well as, Robert Scott, an offensive lineman and Corey Wren, an athlete/running back.

Replacing Cam Akers will be tough for Norvell and building the offensive line is a top priority. The former Memphis coach came in late like he did, yet he finishes with a decent class sitting at 22 on 24/7.

Now the work begins turning around the former powerhouse.

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