GAINESVILLE — Tebowmania returns to the University of Florida ... if only for a few hours on Thursday.
The debut of the SEC Network will be at 6 p.m. that day, and as part of the opening of the new network, Tim Tebow will be appearing on a show from the UF campus.
Tebow helped Gators win the 2006 and 2008 national titles and won the Heisman Trophy in 2007 — one of three Florida players to claim the award.
The network will debut with its flagship news and information show “SEC Now,” live from all 14 SEC campuses. Sports of all seasons will be showcased in the three-hour special.
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multi-platform network that will launch Thursday and carry programing 24 hours a day.
Tebow will serve as one of the primary analysts on “SEC Nation,” a traveling pregame show much like ESPN’s “College GameDay.”
The debut of the pregame show is Aug. 28 in Columbia, S.C., for the South Carolina-Texas A&M game.
The SEC Network has deals with most major carriers, including Bright House Networks. Verizon Fios and Cablevision are among the major holdouts as the launch date nears.