New home for Golf Hall, Jaguars NFL Draft, more
When the PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan did not commit in his public address at the Players Championship to keeping the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine beyond 2023, he sent an unequivocal message that his days there could be numbered.
If the WGHOF moves after a quarter century to St. John’s County, a logical destination might be somewhere that deserves to be considered the golf capital of the world – Palm Beach County.
Jupiter alone is home to five of the top 10 golfers in the world – Rory McIlroy, Patrick Canlay, Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Collin Morikawa — as well as four-time major champion Brooks Koepka. Oh yeah, and Jupiter Island is where the world’s 757th player is, Tiger Woodsowns a residence.
In addition to 12 of the top 50 players in the world living in Palm Beach County, seven retired golfers or Champions Tour players — Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, raymond floyd, Ernie Els, Nick Price, Bernard Langer and Greg Norman – with 42 majors combined with each other also reside there.
It’s pretty obvious that the PGA Tour is seriously exploring an alternate plan for the WGHOF headquarters. So if a move from St. Augustine is unavoidable, it only makes sense to move to a location where nearly all of golf’s living royalty are nearby to help promote the Hall, which should attract more visitors to the county. from Palm Beach.
Additionally, the PGA of America will soon be moving its headquarters from Palm Beach Gardens to Frisco, Tx. in the coming months, the Hall of Fame could fill the void and at least retain some of Florida’s rich golf history. . . .
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Trading up to #1
While many believe the Jaguars would strongly consider leaving the No. 1 spot for adequate performance, it has only been done six times in NFL history. In 2016, the Los Angeles Rams took the biggest leap by winning 14 spots to take the Tennessee Titans’ first pick to select quarterback. Jared Goff.
The other trades to No. 1 were made by the Atlanta Falcons in 2001 to pick QB Michael Victhe St. Louis Rams in 1997 to take OT Orlando Rhythmthe Cincinnati Bengals in 1995 to select RB Ki Jana Carterthe Dallas Cowboys in 1991 to choose DT Russell Maryland and the Indianapolis Colts in 1990 to take QB Jeff Georges.
Jaguars draft quiz: If the franchise chooses Michigan edge rusher Aidan Hutchinson with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, he would become only the second Big Ten player to be selected in the first round by the Jaguars. Who was the other?
Small O-line club at the top
Even though the Jaguars need an offensive tackle, only four were surprisingly taken with the No. 1 draft pick in the NFL Draft.
Two of them, Ron Yary (1968, Minnesota Vikings) and Orlando Rhythm (1997, St. Louis Rams), is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The others were Jacques Long (2008, Miami Dolphins), four-time Pro Bowler, and Eric Fisher (2013, Kansas City Chiefs), a two-time Pro Bowler who made $70 million with KC and is a free agent after the Colts refused to sign him to a second contract.
Potential jaguar headache
With Deebo Samuel demanding a trade, BetOnline.ag established the Indianapolis Colts as the 9-2 favorite to land the offensive weapon of the San Francisco 49ers.
This would not be good news for the Jaguars, rivals of the AFC South. Last season, 25-year-old Samuel touched the ball as a receiver/runner 136 times for 1,770 yards (13-yard average) and 14 touchdowns. He ran it eight times for 79 yards and a touchdown against the Jaguars.
If the Colts land Samuel, who is more dynamic as a receiver, it’s going to be more turmoil for the Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Calwell, who already has a ball carrier Jonathan Taylor to worry about. Go to the Kansas City Chiefs, who the Jaguars will face in 2022, to fill the void left by Tyreek HillThe departure of is another potential scenario. Guess the 49ers love Samuel too much to trade him unless someone provides a royal ransom.
Mincy brings a good vibe to JU
Jacksonville University basketball momentum continues to build under freshman coach Jordan Mincywho received three separate standing ovations Wednesday night at the team banquet.
That’s what a coach gets when he delivers a 21-win season, his team reaches the ASUN Tournament Championship game, and the school rewards him with a 10-year contract extension.
Now, if the Dolphins shocked the college hoops world on Nov. 7 by upsetting Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, then JU may have to consider erecting a statue of Mincy outside Swisher Gym.
Florida in pursuit of a big key man
In endless pursuit of transfer portal players, Florida basketball coach Todd Golden brings in 6-foot-10 and former Morehead State star John Broome for a visit this weekend.
Broome, who averaged 16.8 points per game, 10.5 rebounds and finished third in the nation with 3.9 blocks, is one of the best transfers available.
Although Broome is from Plant City, the home state advantage for the Gators could be negated by the power lineup of marquee schools also in the mix for his services. UF takes on Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville, Duke, Memphis, Gonzaga and Houston.
As Florida Loses 5-Star Hope Malik Renau this week in Indiana, as well as 6-9, 230 pounds Jalen Roseau of the Los Angeles disengagement, landing Broome would help soften the blow.
College hoops lose star quality
With the surprise retirement this week of the Villanova basketball coach Jay Wrightabove Duke Mike Krzyzewski en route to sunset, college basketball lost more than two legends with seven combined national titles and 17 Final Four appearances. The sport has lost gold standards for running programs the right way.
Hate Duke all you want, but Coach K is probably the greatest coach of all time. As for Wright, he will go down as one of the most underrated and stylish coaches in history. Looking at the active coaches still there, none other than maybe Michigan State Tom Izzo have the combination of accomplishments and demeanor to match these twin training giants. . . .
Gators MLB pipeline
When the former Florida receiver Mark Kolozsvary entered Wednesday as a late-game substitute for the Cincinnati Reds, the 2017 seventh-round draft pick became the 26th player in the past decade to make an MLB debut who played under the coach of the ‘UF Kevin O’Sullivan.
Considering there are only 78 players in Gators history to reach the big leagues, that’s a pretty impressive number. O’Sullivan’s first player to adapt to MLB was the infielder for the Los Angeles Angels Nick Maronde (third round, 2011 draft) on September 2, 2012.
Exclusive success club
When the Detroit Tigers/DH first baseman Miguel Cabrera lands his 3,000th hit, he will join one of the most exclusive clubs in Major League Baseball history. He would be only the third player to also have 500 home runs and a career batting average of at least .300.
Heading into Friday’s game against the Colorado Rockies, the 39-year-old Cabrera has 502 home runs and a .310 BA.
Other players reaching this trifecta standard are Hank Aaron (3,771 visits, 755 HR, .305) and Willie Mays (3,293 visits, 660 HR, .301). Had Baby Ruth not having spent his first four seasons primarily pitching, his 2,873 hits would have easily topped 3,000 to reach the gold standard in those three categories.
Jaguar Questions Answered: In the 1996 draft, the Jaguars made what remains their only first-round Big Ten player selection when they selected linebacker from Illinois. Kevin Hardy with pick n°2.
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