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Tate a Saturday no-show at UNC

Posted August 8, 2009

UNC football recruit Donovan Tate did not practice with the team Saturday.

Tate had been expected to work out with the Tar Heels, but was still en route from his home state of Georgia.

The #3 pick in the Major League Baseball Draft, Tate has until August 17 to work out a contract with the San Diego Padres.

Assuming Tate does sign with San Diego, the Padres would likely include a clause in the contract preventing him from playing college football.

If the contract talks break down, Carolina would use Tate as a quarterback.

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  • blugoat Aug 10, 6:39 a.m.

    Do what makes you happy dude.

  • Sauras69 Aug 9, 3:23 p.m.

    He would be putting his career in baseball on the line if he plays football. Think about your future and making huge bucks. Forget about football. This kid is talented, but he has more talent in baseball.

  • UNCalumnus Aug 9, 2:37 p.m.

    He's there today as per UNC football's twitter page.

  • Riddickfield Aug 9, 11:13 a.m.

    He would be foolish to play football considering how well he will be paid in MLB. You won the sports lottery kid, don't screw it up by playing football and getting yourself injured.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Aug 9, 10:15 a.m.

    if he's not gonna play foozball then why in the world is he gonna come to training camp and risk... View More

    He isn't. I think that's the point. This kid is playing MLB next year. Has anyone ever been drafted that high and opted to stay in college a few years instead of taking the money? Not that I know of.

  • bafans11 Aug 9, 8:44 a.m.

    I think WRAL needs to go find some real news to report.

  • RochesterRedWolf Aug 8, 11:41 p.m.

    if he's not gonna play foozball then why in the world is he gonna come to training camp and risk having marvin austin fall on him?

    plus BD has stockpiled QB's over there so thick you'd have to wonder how could he do anything other than tie yates' shoe-laces? If he's a great athlete you could maybe move him over to like a CB/SS or slot receiver.

  • Gunnstigator Aug 8, 11:20 p.m.

    While I'd LOVE to see him in Carolina blue this season, I just don't see it happening. I would think he'd be able to work things out with the Padres, and who can blame him.

  • yancarrese Aug 8, 9:04 p.m.

    Why is this news? The kid is going to play MLB. Nobody blames him.

  • Deacons Aug 8, 8:42 p.m.

    There is no way he will play college football as the number 3 draft pick. He would be crazy.

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