Thursday, April 26, 2018
Colleges

Tight end Taylor leaving Gators

Florida tight end Kent Taylor will spend the holidays looking for a new school. The Land O'Lakes alumnus is among six Gators who will transfer.

Taylor did not play this season. He played in six games in 2012 and had two receptions for 5 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown in the Sugar Bowl. Taylor said he's unsure of his next move.

"I have no idea at this point," he said Thursday. "I'm just weighing my options at this point."

He said "a combination of things" led to his decision and he'll try to enroll somewhere for the spring semester.

Also transferring are quarterback Max Staver, running back Rhaheim Ledbetter and offensive linemen Quinteze Williams, Trevon Young and Ian Silberman. Silberman, who will graduate this weekend, will be eligible to play immediately next season. Only Silberman and Ledbetter played this season. Ledbetter played in two games, Silberman in 12 with four starts.

"These young men felt it was in their best interest to look for an opportunity to play somewhere else," coach Will Muschamp said. "We wish all of them the best of luck."

Taylor was a consensus four-star recruit who was rated the No. 1 tight end in the nation by rivals.com. Other schools who pursued him included Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oregon. He is unsure if schools that once recruited him remain an option.

Honor for Hargreaves: Defensive back Vernon Har­greaves (Wharton High) was one of three Gators named to the coaches All-SEC Freshman team. Punter Johnny Townsend and running back Kelvin Taylor also made the team.

USF's FLOYD HONORED: USF sophomore quarterback Matt Floyd was named the winner of the Freddie Solomon Community Spirit Award, which honors a college player from Florida or South Carolina who has impacted the lives of others through giving and community service. Freddie Solomon, who was born in Sumter, S.C., played football at the University of Tampa and 11 seasons in the NFL. After his career, he remained in Tampa before passing away last year at age 59.

Coaching updates: Notre Dame assistant Bob Diaco, 40, signed a five-year, $8 million deal as UConn coach, and quoted everyone from St. Augustine (in Latin) to Garth Brooks in explaining how he plans to immediately build a championship program. … New Boise State coach Bryan Harsin agreed to a five-year, $6.5 million deal. … Weber State introduced Utah assistant Jay Hill, 38, as coach.

Brown low key: Texas coach Mack Brown declined to say whether the Alamo Bowl will be his final game, amid intense speculation whether he will step down. "My situation has not changed,'' he said. Speaking to reporters for the first time since reports indicated he might step down, Brown said he has yet to talk with new athletic director Steve Patterson and university president Bill Powers. He deflected other questions about his future. Reports have a meeting happening today. It is speculated that Texas would pursue Alabama coach Nick Saban for a vacancy. Tide quarterback AJ McCarron said Thursday that Saban told him he is not leaving.

Sec ratings soar: The average television rating for SEC games on CBS this season was the highest since the network began broadcasting a primarily SEC schedule in 2001. CBS said it averaged a 4.5 rating and 10 share, up 15 percent from last year. Ratings represent the percentage of homes with TVs tuned into a program, and shares measure the percentage of TVs in use.

Tampa volleyball falls

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — No. 1 Tampa's season ended with a 3-1 loss to No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul in the NCAA volleyball tournament quarterfinals. The scores were 18-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22.

Berkley Whaley of Lakewood High had a match-best 19 kills for the Spartans (32-2). Setter Kahley Patrick of Clearwater High had 41 assists and 10 digs.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

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