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Florida Quarterback Jeff Driskel Signs With Boston Red Sox

Sep 8, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; Florida Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) throws a pass against the Texas A&M Aggies in the second quarter at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-US PRESSWIRETaken in the 29th round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel signed with the club on Wednesday.  The deal was first reported by a Boston radio station and later confirmed by Driskel’s father,  who says his son will continue to play football at Florida.

As long as deal is baseball specific and he doesn’t sign any commercial endorsement deals, Driskel can remain NCAA eligible in football and on scholarship

Driskel’s mother denied the report Wednesday night but his father confirmed it an hour later.  ”Heck yeah he signed,” Jerry Driskel said. “If football doesn’t work out, he’ll play baseball, but he’s still playing football [at Florida next season].”

When Driskel was drafted last month the news seemed to surprise even him.  ”Got drafted by the Red Sox today. Did not see that coming,” he wrote on Twitter.

Update: Driskel posted this to his Twitter feed this morning.

 

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Wow Headlines 6/9/2013

Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel drafted in 29th round of MLB draft by Boston Red Sox
Andre Ware repeats message to Johnny Manziel: “Tone it down.”
Georgia freshman John Atkins arrested Friday on minor traffic violations…not expected to miss any playing time
Mississippi State hit with two years probation by NCAA…
MSU will also lose two scholarships for upcoming school year as a self-imposed penalty
Former Auburn point guard Varez Ward pleads not guilty in alleged point-shaving scandal…faces trial in July
Alabama and Georgia favored in all 12 regular season games, according to Las Vegas oddsmaker
Tennessee coach Butch Jones says running back Marlin Lane is “back with the team”
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Report: Golson Headed To Back To UM After All

It looks like Ole Miss had dodged a bullet.  Again.

Senquez Golson — who the Rebels thought had turned down a baseball offer from the Boston Red Sox earlier this summer — apparently decided late yesterday not to ink with the baseball team.  After practicing with the UM football team, Golson traveled to Boston yesterday for one last negotiating session.

According to reports, Golson turned down a “substantial” signing bonus from the Sox just before the midnight signing deadline. 

That’s great news for Houston Nutt as the true freshman has already established himself as one of the Rebels’ best four cornerbacks. 

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Golson Expected To Leave UM For Red Sox

Several weeks ago, there was much rejoicing in Oxford when cornerback signee Senquez Golson announced that he would be playing football at Ole Miss rather than baseball in the Boston Red Sox farm system.  But the player appears to have had a change of heart.

Golson was in Boston today to take a physical and — reportedly — to negotiate a contract with the baseball club.  If Golson does leave the Rebels, it’s expected to be a rather big loss down the road.

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SEC Headlines – 6/14/11 Part Four

1.  Vanderbilt basketballer Steve Tchiengang underwent successful ankle surgery yesterday.  His recovery should take three months.

2.  This Auburn writer points out the Arkansas returns a lot more offensive weapons than the Tigers in 2011.

3.  Another ex-Razorback has landed elsewhere.

4.  Ole Miss football signee Senquez Golson says his negotiations with the Boston Red Sox are “pretty much over at this point… I’m going to school for football.”

5.  Murphy Holloway will still have to get a waiver from the NCAA to play hoops in Oxford this season.  (That’s what happens when you transfer from Ole Miss to South Carolina and then back to Ole Miss.)

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SEC Headlines – 6/13/11

1.  When it comes to Alabama’s Trent Richardson, let the Heisman talk begin.

2.  A few ex-Razorbacks have landed elsewhere after some recent “roster management” moves at Arkansas.

3.  This writer thinks the Hogs are headed toward a 10-win season.

4.  Defensive back Senquez Golson says he’s picked the Ole Miss football team over the Boston Red Sox.

5.  UM officials want their new black bear mascot to connect with children.  (So the kids’ parents won’t boo it?)

6.  Joker Phillips and a pair of his Kentucky football players experienced a life-altering trip to Ethiopia last month.

7.  This year’s UK basketball class might be the most hyped yet.  (Yes, really.)

8.  Tennessee’s football team is building character by building houses this summer.

9.  When Larry Scott tried to expand the Pac-10 — now the Pac-12 — to 16 teams last summer, we suggested folks should take the man seriously.  Now CBSSports.com has named the Pac-12 commish as the #1 power broker in college sports.

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