1 » The 2013 NFL Scouting Combine is now in the books. Though not all of the 10 Florida Gators invited participated in the full event, a handful did and looked quite good while doing so. Below are links to OGGOA‘s combine wrap-ups. Click the appropriate link to see how your favorite former Florida player performed.
Safeties Matt Elam and Josh Evans – Tuesday | Defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd; linebackers Jon Bostic, Jelani Jenkins and Lerentee McCray – Monday | Running back Mike Gillislee – Sunday | Offensive tackle Xavier Nixon, kicker Caleb Sturgis, tight end Jordan Reed – Saturday
2 » New England Patriots running back and Olympic silver medalist sprinter Jeff Demps wants to return to the track but do so without giving up football. According to agent Daniel Rose of Gridiron Sports, who did not return a request for comment from OGGOA but did send a tweet about the subject on Tuesday, Demps truly hopes that New England gives him permission to pursue both of his passions. “Jeff Demps has no intentions of leaving football. He loves doing both football and track. Representing Team USA in track and field in the Olympics and playing NFL football are an honor and privilege and Jeff Demps loves both,” he wrote. NFL.com‘s Ian Rapoport first reported the story and explained on NFL Network that “he plans to compete in an event in March and that calendar would run through August. They informed the Patriots of that this week. It’s possible the Patriots could work out a deal as Demps does want to play two sports. It’s a little too early to know a resolution on this but we do know he wants to play two sports.” Whether or not New England – or another NFL team – wants to give Demps that opportunity is an unknown at this point.
3 » While at NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, TX a few weeks ago, Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee approached USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo about playing for Team USA in the upcoming 2014 FIBA World Cup and remaining on the team through the 2016 Rio Olympics. According to FOX Sports’ Chris Tomasson, Colangelo “said nothing is definite yet as far as Lee being among 20 to 24 players” invited to Las Vegas, NV for training camp from July 24-28. Chances are he will have that opportunity, however, as Lee trained with Team USA in preparation for the World Championships in 2010 and probably would have made the team if not for sustaining an injury that forced him to depart early.
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4 » Speaking of Lee, he and Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert got into a shoving match on Tuesday that escalated into a fight. Check out video of the incident below. Lee did not receive a technical, was not thrown out of the game and is not expected to receive a suspension from the NBA for his involvement. (He wound up being suspended for Wednesday’s game.) He did, however, injure his shoulder at some point during the game and is questionable to play on Wednesday.
5 » While on the topic of USA Basketball, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has also led Team USA in the last two Olympics, told ESPN Radio on Tuesday that he “loved, loved loved” coaching the team but has decided to step down from his post and allow another coach to take his place. Florida fans certainly have head coach Billy Donovan at the top of their list but chances are he is likely no better than fourth on Colangelo’s. San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Boston’ Doc Rivers and Philadelphia’s Doug Collins (a member of the 1972 team that lost to the Soviet Union) are the first three head coaches expected to get a call should Coach K’s resignation stick. However, that does not mean Donovan will never coach Team USA. Donovan is set to return to USA Basketball this summer to coach the under-19 team (he coached the under-18 team one year ago) and has said that he would love to coach in the Olympics. “I think anything like that is always great, being a part of the Olympics and representing your country. There’s probably a process for them at USA Basketball that they go through for different coaches and things like that. If that happens, it’s great. Is that my goal? Not necessarily at all. To be a part of it is certainly something that I think I would enjoy and be proud of. It’s not like I feel like I’m doing this to someday be the Olympic coach. I’m not. I’m doing it more to help out [my country],” he said three weeks ago.
6 » Olympic and former Gators swimmer Ryan Lochte‘s new E! reality show “What Would Ryan Lochte Do?” is coming soon to your television, so the network decided to release a trailer for the upcoming program on Tuesday. Decide for yourself whether or not this will be a show worth watching.