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Posted: February 08, 2018

Jacob Copeland's mom, upset over son’s choice on signing day, leaves ceremony after announcement

FILE PHOTO: A general view during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
FILE PHOTO: A general view during the game between the Florida Gators and the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

PENSACOLA, Fla. —

She was dressed in support of Tennessee or Alabama as she wore a Tennessee hat and a ‘Bama shirt. At the same time, an orange Tennessee hat, a red Crimson Tide hat and a blue Gators hat lay on the table in front of high school football standout Jacob Copeland. Which one would he choose? Would it match the apparent preferred schools of his mother or a different one? 

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If you’ve seen the video, you know the answer. The star wide receiver chose the blue University of Florida Gators hat and his mother, Betty Copeland, was having none of it. 

She got up, grabbed her purse and left the letter of intent signing at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida, Sports Illustrated reported.

Copeland said during an interview he didn’t know why his mother left, but that they discussed the choices and he went with his heart, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

Copeland’s mother eventually returned and did her part of the signing before leaving again, CBS Sports reported. She returned again and gave him a hug as he cried.

Copeland took to Twitter and said it was part of his mother’s personality and she just “put on a show.”

Copeland had 32 offers from schools before National Signing day, the Pensacola News Journal reported.


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