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Hello, Gators fans!
We have a lot of Southeast Conference meetings this weekend in the Panhandle, and then we’re heading to the diamonds.
🎤 Field questions for coaches related to the Saban-Fisher saga
Southeastern Conference leaders gathered this week for the Spring Meetings in Destin, and of course the Alabama coach feud Nick Saban Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher He will be raised.
Saban was asked if he had evidence that Texas A&M was buying players with name, image and likeness offset deals.
“I didn’t say anyone did anything wrong,” Saban said. “Well, I have said everything I am going to say about this. I should not have mentioned any single institution as I said before.”
He added, “I have no problem with Jimbo. I have no problem with Jimbo at all.”
It all started last month when Saban called Aggies During this year’s recruiting class, saying, “A&M bought every player on their team.” Fisher then responded by calling an impromptu press conference the next day, saying Saban’s comments were “vile” and He described his former boss at LSU as a ‘narcissist’ While he denied committing any violations in his program, which won first place in the recruitment category in the country for the year 2022.
Both coaches received a public reprimand from the conference office.
Tuesday, According to Brett McMurphy, College Football Expert at Action NetworkFlorida coach Billy Napier “I’m not foolish enough to arrest you and I’m commenting on that,” he said about the back-and-forth between Saban, his former boss in Alabama, and Fischer.
Napier agreed that the current situation with NIL compensation is difficult to manage.
“We live in a land with no laws,” Napier said, adding that he has no qualms about footballers bringing home some of the millions in revenue they generate.
“It’s stupid to say that players don’t deserve a piece of the pie,” Napier said. “If there are no players on the field, no one is sitting in the stands and no one is sitting at home watching TV.”
Wednesday, Fisher said he’s “moving forward.” of drama.
“It’s over. We’re done talking about it. We’re moving into the future of what’s going on and trying to fix the problems we have in college football,” Fisher said.
“We’re done. We’re moving. I don’t have a problem.”
Read more about what other SEC coaches have said about the disagreement and the lack of it over here.
🏟️ Could ‘more’ mean more SEC games?
Another topic in Destin is whether the SEC should expand from eight to nine games when the league grows from 14 to 16 teams with the upcoming additions of Oklahoma and Texas.
Whether the decision will come by the time of the Spring Meetings, which ends Friday, remains to be determined — and seems unlikely at the end of Wednesday’s sessions, according to the Associated Press.
“We still have some questions to answer,” the SEC commissioner Greg Sankey He said. “We have more work to do.”
That’s what Sanke said too About a possible transition to more conference games.
🏈 Pro . prospects
in ESPN Mel Keeper Jr. Tuesday He released his Top 25 list of the 2023 NFL Draft And expanded it to include the top ten in every position.
deep dive: Do you know these names? ESPN’s roster includes several local prospects for the 2023 NFL Draft
Among those players are Gators:
4. Anthony Richardson (Overall Ranking: 13)
9. Kingsley Iguacu
5. O’Cyrus Torrence
4. Jervon Dexter
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8. Ventryl Miller
10. Brenton Cox Jr.
8. Rashad Tornes II
📖 Here comes the magazine preview
The college football season preview is here!
We start with a look at Read & Reaction: 2022 Florida Football Preview Magazine.
in The latest version of Gators BreakdownHost David Waters Join Read & Reaction’s Will Miles And the Nick Knudsen To delve into the Gators preview and what they were most surprised about this team when putting together this preview.
⚾ Florida relegates to NCAA baseball championships
After the Gators baseball team fought their way into the SEC Championship game, falling 8-5 to Tennessee, they were selected as the regional spot for the NCAA Baseball Championship.
Game Summary: Tennessee beats Florida to win the SEC Championship
The 64-team tournament opened Friday in 16 regional regions. The winners advance to eight of the top three regional regions. These winners move on to the College World Series in Omaha.
The top eight National Seeds are guaranteed to host the Super Regency if they win their regional spots.
Read more: SEC, ACC Land 4 Zones NCAA Baseball Championship | Volunteers dominance earns them the first seed in NCAA baseball
The top eight nationally: Tennessee, Stanford, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Miami, Oklahoma State and East Carolina.
Seeds nine through 16: Texas, North Carolina, southern Mississippi, Louisville, Florida, Auburn, Maryland, South Georgia.
At Gainesville Regional, Oklahoma will play Liberty at 1 p.m. Friday, followed by Florida’s game with Central Michigan at 6:30 p.m.
🥎 Punch Gators is a ticket to the Women’s College World Championship
The Florida softball team will play in Women’s College World Championship For the eleventh time.
The World Championships begins with an eight-team double elimination tournament, followed by a best-of-three tournament series starting on June 8.
Florida is the only SEC member that qualifies. The 14th-seeded Gators defeated Virginia Tech’s No. 3 on Sunday 12-0 in Game Three of the Super Regional.
Game Summary: The Gators earn a place in the Women’s College World Championships with a decisive victory | Read more: A ‘Different Journey’ lands Florida in the Women’s College World Championships for the eleventh time
Although defending national champion Oklahoma is the banned favorite in the world championships, Florida’s resilience and ability to focus on the moment should serve them well in Oklahoma City, writes News4JAX sports anchor and reporter Cool Pepper.
Florida plays the unranked Oregon game at 7 p.m. Thursday.
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