Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Matt Baker, Times staff writer

Matt Baker joined the Times as a sports reporter in 2011. In 2014, he started covering the Bucs, Rays and Lightning. He previously covered high school and college sports for the Tulsa World and minor league baseball for the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. His work has been honored by the Best American Sports Writing series and the Associated Press Sports Editors. He is a Hoosier native and graduated from Northwestern University in 2008.

Georgia coach Kirby Smart addresses reporters Tuesday during SEC media days in Atlanta. [MATT BAKER | Times]

SEC media days: Kirby Smart, Georgia have moved on from title game loss

ATLANTA — Georgia coach Kirby Smart can't seem to get away from last year's national title loss.Even on Tuesday before taking the podium at SEC media days, he saw highlights of it on ESPN.But half a mile away from the...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher signs autographs during Monday's SEC media days in Atlanta. [ AP PHOTO ]

Jimbo Fisher is out-recruiting Willie Taggart and Dan Mullen (so far)

ATLANTA — We don't yet know how well Jimbo Fisher will do in his first season at Texas A&M. What we do...
Updated: 6 hours ago
The LSU-Florida rivalry has continued to grow in the last few years. [ EVE EDELHEIT  |  Times ]

SEC media days: LSU’s season could be defined by Miami, Gators

ATLANTA — With criticism already heating up on LSU coach Ed Orgeron, don't be surprised if the Tigers' season ends up getting defined by their performance against two Florida teams.The first comes on the Sunday of opening weekend,...
Published: 07/16/18
Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher holds his SEC Media Days press conference at the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday, July 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Ga. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/TNS)

SEC media days: Pressure already on for Jimbo Fisher

ATLANTA — When new Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher walked to the stage Monday for his first SEC media days, he knew exactly what to say.Howdy."That's an A&M thing," Fisher explained.So Fisher knows how the...
Published: 07/16/18
Jimbo Fisher said he still loves Jameis Winston, despite his NFL suspension. They're seen here at FSU's pro day, before the Bucs drafted Winston No. 1 overall. [ OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times  ]

Jimbo Fisher: ‘I love Jameis…unfortunately he made some bad decisions’

ATLANTA — Jimbo Fisher defended every step of the way at Jameis Winston at Florida State, so it shouldn't be a surprise that he continues to back his former quarterback, even though both have moved on.Fisher, now the coach at...
Published: 07/16/18
Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher watches his team warm up before the Belk Bowl NCAA college football game against Wake Forest in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 29, 2017. Interim head coach Jeff Banks will coach the team in the game. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

SEC media days: Jimbo Fisher on leaving Florida State, Aggies title talk

ATLANTA — Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher said he had "no intentions of ever leaving Florida State," but the situation with the Aggies (including its administration and support) led him to leave for College Station.Fisher was the...
Published: 07/16/18
SEC Media Days will kick off here at the College Football Hall of Fame later this morning. [ MATT BAKER | TIMES ]

Live from SEC media days: Five stories to follow

ATLANTA — Good morning from SEC media days, the unofficial kickoff to college football's preseason.The four-day event begins later this morning with commissioner Greg Sankey's address at 11:30. A few things I'll be monitoring...
Published: 07/16/18
Robert Marve turned himself in to the Orient Road Jail on Friday morning. (Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office)

Ex-Plant QB Robert Marve arrested on domestic battery complaint

TAMPA — Former Plant High and University of Miami quarterback Robert Marve was arrested Friday morning in Hillsborough County, accused of striking his ex-girlfriend and stomping on her throat in Key West.Marve turned himself in at...
Published: 07/13/18
Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow will join the program's ring of honor in October. [ TIMES FILE ]

Tim Tebow to join Florida Gators’ ring of honor

Florida Gators legend Tim Tebow will become the latest player inducted into UF's ring of honor, the team announced Wednesday.Tebow will be honored on Oct. 6, when UF hosts LSU and when the Gators honor their 2008 national title team at...
Published: 07/11/18
KeVaughn Allen and the Gators will face a challenging non-conference schedule this season. [ TIMES FILE ]

Florida Gators announce non-conference basketball schedule

The Florida Gators announced their non-conference basketball schedule for the upcoming season.Their home opener is Nov. 9 against Charleston Southern, which also happens to be the football team's opener.The full...
Published: 07/11/18