Tim Tebow still wistful for an NFL job

Tim Tebow is set to start this fall on the SEC Network, not an NFL team. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)

Tim Tebow is set to start this fall on the SEC Network, not an NFL team. (Jeff Gross / Getty Images)

Oh, Tim Tebow.

Tebow has lived a football life most people would envy: He is a Heisman Trophy winner; he has won two college football national championships at Florida; he has started at quarterback for an NFL team; he engineered an NFL playoff comeback win; and this fall will make his broadcast debut as an analyst on the uber-hyped SEC Network’s roadshow pre-game show “SEC Nation.”

He was even the subject of worldwide trend: “Tebowing.”

And he’s only 26.

Yeah, after Denver traded him he was cut by the N.Y. Jets and New England Patriots, and hasn’t thrown an NFL pass since since 2011.

And that’s what hurts. The one thing he holds out hope for is … a return to the NFL as a quarterback.

Tebow told Nashville’s Tennessean newspaper:

“I’m training every day and feel like I’m the best that I’ve ever been … I still love it, love playing, talking about it, and I’m just excited …

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Is Mike Smith on the hot seat?

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith signed a contract extension through 2016 this offseason. (John Bazemore / AP)

Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith signed a contract extension through 2016 this offseason. (John Bazemore / AP)

A season after reaching the NFC Championship game, the Atlanta Falcons went 4-12 under head coach Mike Smith.

The offensive line struggled. The wide receivers corps limped (no pun intended) through with injuries to Julio Jones and Roddy White.

Which NFL coach is most likely to be out of a job this season?

  • Jason Garrett, Cowboys (43%, 347 Votes)
  • Rex Ryan, N.Y. Jets (18%, 144 Votes)
  • Mike Smith, Falcons (18%, 144 Votes)
  • Dennis Allen, Raiders (9%, 72 Votes)
  • Joe Philbin, Dolphins (7%, 55 Votes)
  • Gus Bradley, Jaguars (5%, 42 Votes)

Total Voters: 804

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Yeah, yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. Lived it, don’t need to be reminded, right?

This history lesson is brought to you by USA Today in their list of NFL coaches who will start the season under pressure to win.

Smith, who was signed to a contract extension through 2016, makes the list with the likes …

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John Daly admits to gambling away $55 million

John Daly has made millions throughout his 25-year career in golf.

His greatest accomplishment remains winning the 1995 British Open. His regret? Not his loud pants, but losing upward of $55 million gambling.

The legendary golfer turned duffer sat with Graham Bensinger to discuss his struggles on the course along with his addictions to alcohol, gambling and women.

In a series of video clips, Daly claims President Obama cheats at golf, drinking improves his game and his virility off the course helps him on the course.

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Week 1 SEC football game times, TV

Thursday, Aug. 28

Texas A&M at South Carolina, 6 p.m., SEC Network

Ole Miss vs. Boise State (Georgia Dome), 8 p.m., ESPN

Temple at Vanderbilt, 9:15 p.m., SEC Network

Saturday, Aug. 30

Tennessee-Martin at Kentucky, noon, SEC Network

West Virginia vs. Alabama (Georgia Dome), 3:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2

South Dakota State at Missouri, 3:30 p.m., ESPNU

Arkansas at Auburn, 4 p.m., SEC Network

Clemson at Georgia, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

Idaho at Florida, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Southern Miss at Mississippi State, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network

LSU vs. Wisconsin (Houston), 9 p.m., ESPN

Sunday, Aug. 31

Utah State at Tennessee, 7 p.m., SEC Network

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Week 1 ACC football game times, TV

Thursday, Aug. 28

Wake Forest at Louisiana-Monroe, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Friday, Aug. 29

Villanova at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30

UCLA at Virginia, noon, ESPN

Delaware at Pitt, noon

Wofford at Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m., FSSO

Georgia Southern at N.C. State, 12:30 p.m., WUPA

William & Mary at Virginia Tech, 3:30 p.m.

Clemson at Georgia, 5:30 p.m., ESPN

Elon at Duke, 6 p.m.

Liberty at North Carolina, 6 p.m.

Florida State vs. Oklahoma State (Arlington, Texas), 8 p.m., ABC

Boston College at Massachusetts, time TBD

Monday, Sept. 1

Miami at Louisville, ESPN, 8 p.m.

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Kennesaw State upsets Alabama in NCAA regional

Kennesaw State starter Travis Bergen gave his team a huge lift Friday, coming within an out of a complete-game shutout as the Owls upset Alabama 1-0 in the first game of the Tallahassee baseball regional Friday afternoon.

Bergen (8-4) pitched 8 2/3 innings and gave up five hits while striking out three with one walk.

Asked what went right for him, Bergen said, “I think they were swinging early in the count and I was able to locate the fastball pretty well and get some quick outs and that’s why the pitch count was low.”

Kal Simmons drove home Brennan Morgan with a sacrifice fly to left field in the fifth inning for the game’s only run. Morgan led off the inning with a single to left. He went to second on Matt Bahnick’s sacrifice bunt and to third on a wild pitch. Justin Motley and Cornell Nixon were walked before Simmons delivered the sac fly.

““Obviously it’s a huge win for our program,” KSU coach Mike Sansing said. “Just from the Division I level, making …

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Angels-Braves on June 15 moves to night

ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, in its 25th season, has selected the June 15 Los Angeles Angels’ visit to Turner Field to play the Braves as an 8 p.m. start. The game originally was scheduled for 1:35 p.m.

Dan Shulman, analyst John Kruk and reporter Buster Olney will provide commentary for the telecast.

The Sunday Night Baseball schedule through Aug. 3 as of Thursday:

June 1, Pittsburgh Pirates at Los Angeles Dodgers

June 8, Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers

June 15, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Braves

June 29, Boston Red Sox at New York Yankees

July 13, New York Yankees at Baltimore Orioles

July 20, Los Angeles Dodgers at St. Louis Cardinals

Aug. 3, New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

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SEC chooses site of 2016 women’s basketball tournament

The SEC awarded its 2016 women’s basketball tournament to Jacksonville, Fla. The tournament will be played in Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, a 15,000-seat arena.

The SEC women’s tournament previously was awarded to North Little Rock, Ark., in 2015 and Nashville, Tenn., in 2018, 2022 and 2026.

The tournament was held at Gwinnett Arena the past two seasons.

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Football fever at Mercer: Season ticket sellout

Nine days after the season ticket package for Mercer’s second football season was made available to new fans, the school announced Thursday that it now has a sellout of the more than 5,000 packages for this season’s seven-game home schedule.

More than 90 percent of ticket holders from the first football season since 1941 at the Macon school re-upped. Last season, the Bears averaged 9,379 in an eight-game home schedule, including a best-ever 12,172 at the Aug. 31 season opener.

The Bears, who were 10-2 in their inaugural season under coach Bobby Lamb, will open on Thursday, Aug. 28 against Reinhardt and begin play in the Southern Conference against Furman on Sept. 6. Single game ticket sales will begin in a few weeks.

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Could Michael Vick win job as Jets starter?

Does former Falcons quarterback Michael Vick have a chance to start for the Jets or does he not?

Vick’s New York Jets coaches keep telling the media that Vick and Geno Smith are in an open competition for the Jets’ quarterback job, and Vick keeps saying there is no competition, that Smith won the job.

Neither coach Rex Ryan or offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg has named Smith the starter.

Ryan said Wednesday, according to a report at NJ.com: “There is competition. There’s no doubt. We’ve got two guys who are really pushing to be a starting quarterback.”

Ryan made his remarks after the second day of Jets OTAs.

“It’s not closed competition,” he said, feigning seriousness, according to NJ.com.

The website report then said Ryan’s tone then returned to normal as he added, “There’s competition. I don’t mean to make light of it, but in a way I think I should because it’s the second day of OTAs and we have these questions.

“One thing we know for certain: The guy that we think …

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