GATOR FOOTBALL & RECRUITING: Muschamp fighting perception problems | Florida's newest commit talks about his decision | Tebow gets vote of confidence
In order to make sure Florida Gators-related news stories don't fall through the cracks, once or twice a week The Silver Lining will take on a "news and notes" format to keep you up-to-date with the latest goings on in the world of University of Florida athletics.
Leaning toward transferring is former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins who, according to CBS Sports' Len Pasquarelli, is seeking out a non-Division I school to play for immediately. With the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft up in the air due to the lockout, transferring may be Jenkins's best bet as he attempts to rehabilitate his image and paint himself in a better light for NFL teams interested in acquiring his talents.
Interested in trying to capitalize on the fever surrounding the 2011 NFL Draft, the United Football League held its own player selection event exclusively online via Twitter. Two former Gators - CB Reynaldo Hill and defensive tackle Ian Scott - were picked in the UFL Draft to play in the league next year. Hill, a four-year NFL veteran, was selected with the No. 2 overall pick of the first round by the Omaha Nighthawks. Scott, on the other hand, was chosen No. 30 overall in the sixth round by the Virginia Destroyers. A seven-year NFL veteran, he has not played professionally since 2009.
Nearly everything Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow says these days is picked up and run with by the media, but the Heisman Trophy winner made an interesting comment while at a charity event on Tuesday that has gone unnoticed by most. Sitting with rookie linebacker Von Miller, Tebow was asked about players who claim they are not role models for children. He would have none of it. "I get sick when I hear athletes say, 'I'm not a role model,'" Tebow commented. "Yes you are. You're just not a very good one."
In the recently signed contract by Florida head coach Will Muschamp, he is set to earn a number of bonuses in addition to his base salary as part of his five-year, $13.75 million deal. Muschamp received a $750,000 signing bonus from the University of Florida and will earn $500,000 more if he is retained as coach through Jan. 31, 2016 (plus another $250,000 if he lasts through the same date in 2017). He gets $200,000 annually per the school's contract with Nike, $75,000 if he takes the Gators to a Southeastern Conference Championship title and $250,000 if he brings home the BCS National Championship. Muschamp also has an annual expense account of $61,000 along with a complimentary car and other tangible incentives. Notable are the terms of his dismissal. Should he leave on his own accord (decide to go to another team), Muschamp can be bought out for $500,000. On the other hand, should Florida choose to terminate his contract, he would be paid $2 million for every year left on his deal.
Not being satisfied with how his college career ended, Gators forward Chandler Parsons knows the 2011 NBA Draft in June is just the beginning of a new frontier for him. To get prepared for the big day, he is currently working out with coaches and trainers and is climbing up scouts' boards due to his tenacity, athleticism and overall basketball IQ. Though not initially projected to be at that level, Parsons may very well end up being a late first-round pick by the time all is said and done. Florida's last late first-round pick, now-Golden State Warriors forward/center David Lee, is doing pretty well for himself (NBA All Star, career 13.6 ppg. and 9.6 rpg.) after being selected No. 30 overall by the New York Knicks in 2005.
Gators Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls continue to go head-to-head in the Conference Semifinals round of the NBA Playoffs. With the series tied at a game apiece, each player shined in the contest his team won. Horford was 4/7 for nine points with 13 rebounds in the first game of the series, while Noah exploded for 19 points on 6/8 shooting with 14 boards in game two. The Atlanta-Chicago series continues over the weekend with game three on Friday (7 p.m. ESPN) and game four on Sunday (8 p.m., TNT).