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Riley Cooper can sign pro contract and still play football, according to Texas Rangers

HOOVER, Ala. -- Let's take a break from the Southeastern Conference Media Days for some news on Gators receiver Riley Cooper.

Florida coach Urban Meyer said on Thursday that he will learn of Cooper's fate either Friday or Saturday. Riley Cooper's father, Larry, said on Monday that his son will likely make a decision (football or baseball) by Friday.

Before you jump to any conclusions, let's wait and hear what the Texas Rangers have to say....

OK, just got off the horn with the Rangers. According to one of the Rangers' amateur baseball scouts, Cooper can sign with the Rangers and still play football for the Gators this season.

"[Riley] could sign with us and still play football for the Gators this season," a team spokesman said. "So anything that happens with football (starting practice, etc.) will not affect the baseball situation."

The deadline for 2009 draft picks to sign with MLB teams is midnight Eastern Time on Aug. 17. The Gators' first day of fall practice begins on Aug. 6. The first day of the fall semester begins on Aug. 24. Riley Cooper is currently playing for the McKinney Marshals of the Texas Collegiate League. He was drafted in the 25th round by the Texas Rangers and is currently trying to secure a minor-league contract.



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