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Busy day for Florida Gators fans: Urban Meyer gets paid; Riley Cooper hasn't signed; Nimrod Tishman update and more!

GAINESVILLE -- It has been quite the day for Gators fans, but the day isn't over. Not yet. There's more news. First, we brought you this story about Urban Meyer getting a little richer. Now the shift turns too the football field, where a couple receivers are making news.

I contacted the Texas Rangers today and they told me that Florida receiver Riley Cooper has not signed his contract yet. Here's the email from the Rangers:

"We don't have anything to confirm at this point," wrote sports information director Rich Rice. "We don't have anything to confirm at this point.  We are told as soon as they sign the contract and we announce it.  Our guys in the office say he hasn't signed.  Again, still a couple weeks until the deadline, we'll see if there is something to announce."

Football practice begins on Thursday. Cooper's deadline to sign with the Rangers is Aug. 17.

STEPHEN ALLI SKIPS SENIOR YEAR?
I've been hearing rumors that receiver Stephen Alli of Toronto might be enrolling at the University of Florida  a year ahead of schedule and participating in fall camp on Thursday. The University of Florida would neither confirm or deny the story on Monday night.

Alli, who was considered a commitment for the class of 2010, has apparently graduated a year early. He chose Florida over Harvard. More on this tomorrow.

ISRAELI POINT GUARD ADMITTED
Israeli point guard Nimrod Tishman has been admitted to the University of Florida and will begin classes on Aug. 24. Tishman, 18, now only needs to be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse to be eligible to play basketball this season.

Tishman, a 6-5 point guard, is a member of Israel's 18-and-under national team. He recently averaged over 18 points in the Under 18 European Championships in Metz, France. 

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