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CELEBRITY ALUM OF THE DAY— NOT!

You know this guy: http://bit.ly/1h7AbDz

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He was watching Florida overpower Pitt, but he’s really a football guy and besides, his B.A. in economics is from Wesleyan University and not Florida, despite the "Gators" logo on his visor.

OK, so maybe he’s just a huge fan of "Swamp Brothers."

But even that may not explain what New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was doing Saturday in Orlando, Fla.

"Well, he put the scouting report in today," Gators coach Billy Donovan said after the game.

"Coach has been great to me," Donovan continued, once the laughter died down. "I don’t know how many years it’s been, I went to Boston and met with him maybe after their third Super Bowl and have developed a very, very good relationship with him and got a great respect for him.

"He was in Gainesville, I guess. It may have been a pro day or watching practice, and he called me and said he wanted to come down for the game. I left him a couple tickets."

Now we’re getting somewhere.

Florida’s Patric Young stands 6-foot-9, weighs 240 pounds and is such a good athlete that he’s often described — in sporting parlance — as a "beast." The senior center is projected as a second-round NBA pick, but last year Young showed up at Florida football practice and looked good enough catching passes to touch off speculation he could play tight end in the NFL.


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New England’s incumbent at that position, perpetual party animal Rob Gronkowski, hasn’t been healthy enough to count on recently and is up to his usual offseason antics (video courtesy of TMZ here: http://tmz.me/OJ2nG9 ). Another of Belichick’s once-outstanding (and now former) tight ends, Aaron Hernandez, is in jail facing murder charges.

Donovan said he didn’t get the chance to sit down with Belichick during the visit, but added, "I always appreciate the amount of time over the years he’s given me."

No doubt, Billy.

But it might not have been about you at all.

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HOT. HOT, HOT. MAYBE NOT.

You won’t be able to look at Creighton the same way, not after reading this: When the Bluejays face Baylor, they’ll trot out not only the nation’s top scorer, but apparently two of the best-looking players in the game as well.

Teeny-bopper website Seventeen.com said so, naming scoring machine Doug McDermott and his bearded wingman, Ethan Wragge, as Nos. 6 and 7 on its "guy candy" tournament list. Decide for yourself here: http://bit.ly/1kTSiBt

While McDermott’s selection barely raised a ripple, Wragge’s loosed a tidal wave of boos. AP’s Jim Vertuno tracked the fallout:

"Wildest thing I’ve ever heard in my life," teammate Grant Gibbs said.

"The bearded bomber is ... what he actually looks like," added Jahenns Manigat.

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