FOUR BITS: Strong nearing deal with Louisville, scholarship offer, Tebow’s NFL evaluation

By Adam Silverstein
December 8, 2009

1 » According to The Orlando Sentinel, the talks between Florida Gators defensive coordinator Charlie Strong and Louisville Cardinals athletic director Tom Jurich are ongoing. Jurich told the Sentinel that things are “proceeding great,” and the conversation between the two will continue Tuesday afternoon.

2 » On the subject of Strong, the University of Louisville announced that the school’s Personnel Committee of the Athletic Association Board of Directors will be meeting Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. FanHouse reports that the meeting has been scheduled to gain approval for Strong to be hired as the school’s next head football coach.

3 » The Gators have offered a football scholarship to highly touted 2011 inside linebacker recruit Anthony Wallace (Dallas, TX) according to ESPN. Florida’s offer is already Wallace’s 13th.

4 » KC Joyner, aka “The Football Scientist,” evaluated senior quarterback Tim Tebow in his ESPN Insider column on Tuesday. Joyner believes Tebow’s “intangibles are off the charts,” but his “metrics leave much to be desired.” Characteristics working against Tebow are his elongated throwing motion and tendency to lock onto receivers; he also does not read blitzes or pass-rushing tricks well, will not step forward on play-action fakes and is uncomfortable working in the pocket. “Tebow’s charisma and ticket-selling abilities may cause some team to draft him higher than his current skill set says he should be taken,” Joyner concludes.

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