A lot is happening in our Thursday Sports Update today…
** The annual NCAA Convention gets underway today and we could see some sweeping changes to college athletics, especially in college football. Proposals have been drafted that could give athletic directors more decision making power, student athletes a stipend and more power for the bigger schools in Division I.
** The Minnesota Vikings have a new coach today after hiring Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
** The Gainesville Sun reports that former Gator and current NFL player Jarvis Moss was arrested during a traffic stop in town and charged with pot possession of less than 20 grams. However, he also faces felony tampering with evidence charges after police say he allegedly tried to chew “large pieces of cannabis” during the stop.
** Former Gator player and coach Joe Wickline has joined Charlie Strong's staff at Texas. He will be the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator. He was on the staff at Oklahoma State. Former Gator assistant Vance Bedford comes to Texas from Louisville as defensive coordinator.
** The Orlando Magic lose in triple overtime to the Chicago Bulls 128-125 as former Gator Joakim Noah scores a season high 26 points.
** The Miami Heat lose on the road to Washington 114-97 as former Gator Brad Beal scores 19 points.
** Plenty of SEC men's basketball last night. Texas A&M remains unbeaten in league play after beating South Carolina 75-67; Marshall Henderson scores 25 in his return from suspension as Ole Miss downs LSU 88-74. Tennessee beat Auburn 78-67 and Alabama beat Mississippi State 80-61.
** LA Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw has reportedly signed a seven year, $215 million deal to stay with the Dodgers; it is the most money ever given to a pitcher.