Urban Meyer on Tim Tebow: Media attention curbed NFL interest, opportunities

During a radio interview two years ago, Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer propped up Tim Tebow‘s future as an NFL quarterback, noting that he still thought Tebow would go out and “win a Super Bowl” before his time was up.

That was when Tebow was on the outs with the New York Jets. Since then, despite getting a training camp invitation with the New England Patriots that offseason, Tebow has not seen the field during an NFL regular season game.

On Tuesday, Meyer appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and was asked about the future of his Heisman Trophy winner with the Florida Gators. Suffice to say, Meyer still fully believes in Tebow’s chances to succeed in the NFL but explained that due to circumstances beyond his control, he has not had the same opportunities as others.

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FOUR BITS: Parsons, Hill, Tebow, Beal, Speights

1 » All indications are that the news on Chandler Parsons’s knee injury is going to get worse before it gets better. According to ESPNDallas.com’s Tim MacMahon, the Dallas Mavericks fear their forward will need microfracture surgery, a procedure that would keep Parsons on the bench through the start of the 2015-16 season. Doctors will investigate the severity of Parsons’s injury with a scope once the swelling goes down; the hope is that he has simply damaged his cartilage, which could be repaired with less-invasive arthroscopic surgery. Parsons will enter the second season of a three-year, $46 million deal in 2015-16, and he serves as a building block for a Mavericks team hoping to turn things around with a younger roster next year.

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Four-star RB Robert Washington picks Florida on video, commits to Syracuse at ceremony

In a strange and questionable turn of events Saturday, four-star running back Robert Washington (Huntersville, NC) announced his commitment to the Florida Gators in an exclusive Bleacher Report video only to turn around 15 minutes later and commit to Syracuse at a scheduled announcement ceremony.

Washington (5-foot-11, 200 pounds), ranked No. 239 overall in the 247Sports Composite, was choosing between Alabama, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Syracuse and TCU. He either has not made up his mind or pulled a fast one on Florida.

During the commitment video pre-taped with Bleacher Report, Washington lauds the staff and situation at Florida but speaks only of great fan interest at Syracuse.

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FOUR BITS: Tebow, Parsons, Jackson, Easley

1 » Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz spoke with the media on Thursday and provided some perspective on the team’s decision to sign former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract. “We worked him out and we saw improvement from the last time we saw him,” he said. “[We] had exposure to him live when we played New England when they practiced here. When we worked him out, we saw a great deal of improvement in him.” Ultimately, the Eagles decided “that it was an opportunity to bring in somebody who could compete for a spot,” and all indications are that Tebow will get that chance, a legitimate one at that – unlike some of his other stops..

2 » Forward Chandler Parsons, in his first year with the Dallas Mavericks, has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering what appears to be a serious right knee injury. Parsons, who was averaging 15.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 33.1 minutes per game for Dallas, was a full-season starter for the Mavericks and the team’s key free agent signing in the offseason. The Houston Rockets, Parsons’s former team, leads the Mavericks 2-0 in their first-round series. Fellow former Florida F Corey Brewer is averaging 15.0 points in 26.5 minutes per game for Houston thus far in the series. He’s shooting .500 from the field and .571 from beyond the arc.

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Florida Gators CB J.C. Jackson out of jail, still facing felony charge, status up in the air

Updated on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.

Still facing a first-degree felony charge for armed robbery and with his football-playing future in serious doubt, Florida Gators redshirt freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson is no longer behind bars as of Tuesday evening, OnlyGators.com uncovered in a review of Alachua County Court and Alachua County Jail documents.

Jackson, whose bond was set at $150,000 by an Alachua judge on Sunday, spent the better part of three days behind bars and must still face charges of aiding an armed robbery in Gainesville, Florida.

Head coach Jim McElwain , while meeting with the media in Lakeland ahead of a speaking engagement with the Polk County Gator Club, provided little comment on Jackson’s situation other to say that no decision has been made on his future at this time.

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Philadelphia Eagles sign Florida QB Tim Tebow

Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow officially signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, joining his fourth NFL team. He participated in his first offseason workout in the afternoon.

Tebow, 27, has not played in a game since 2012. He was signed by the New England Patriots during training camp in 2013 but did not make the team and sat out the 2014 season while serving in a new role as a college football analyst with the SEC Network.

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Florida Gators OL Rod Johnson on retirement: ‘It can be taken away from you in just one play’

Less than one week ago, Florida Gators redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Roderick Johnson, a promising talent and the team’s best returning starter on the unit from a season ago, was told he must retire from football after being diagnosed with congenital cervical stenosis.

For the first time since the announcement, Johnson has decided to speak at length about the issue by releasing a statement through the school.

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Florida Gators CB J.C. Jackson remains in jail on felony charge, not cooperating with police

Florida Gators redshirt freshman cornerback J.C. Jackson remains in jail Monday on $150,000 bond as he is being charged with a first-degree felony in connection with an armed robbery that occurred in Gainesville, Florida, over the weekend.

According to The Gainesville Sun, Jackson “has refused to cooperate with investigators” as the Gainesville Police Department hopes to identify and bring in the other two men that committed the alleged crime.

Seeing as Jackson was a participant in the alleged crime but did not brandish the firearm or take direct part in the robbery, GDP spokesman Ben Tobias told the paper that Jackson would likely be better off speaking to police and working out a deal as opposed to remaining silent on the matter.

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