Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, SEC Media Days, A.J. McCarron, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. All your crystal football are belong to us. 

Johnny Manziel's original sin.
Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel pleads guilty to one charge of failing to identify himself to the police in the 2012 incident that first brought him to media attention. Manziel was ordered to pay $2,000 fine, $232 in court costs, and a two-day jail sentence that was waived as "time served" after his arrest. (ESPN)

Cover Me. 
Clay Travis declares Manziel to be "the most scrutinized college athlete ever." For once, Travis may be right. (Outkick the Coverage)

I had the opinion it was out of control. 
Manziel is "out-of-control." Because Jay Graves said so. (The Jay Graves Report)

Meanwhile, back in reality...

The elephant in the room.
Vanderbilt reveals the names of four former players dismissed after a possible sex crime currently under police investigation. They are defensive back Brandon Banks, safety Cory Batey, receiver Jaborian McKenzie and tight end Brandon Vandenburg (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Mayock on McCarron.
NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock describes Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron as having  "good, but not great arm strength, and he is very accurate." (al.com)

These Are Days.
An AP guide to what to expect from this year's SEC Media days. (AP/Yahoo! News)

How to Win Friends and Influence People.
Arkansas Expats discusses how first-year Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema can win over the crowd at SEC Media Days.

Please Come to Loston. 
Kevin Brockway profiles LSU safety Craig Loston. (The Gainesville Sun)

Fanning the Flames.
David Climer rates SEC coaches from who is most to least on the Hot Seat. Missouri HC Gary Pinkel gets the dubious distinction of being the coach most on the Hot Seat. Not surprisingly, Alabama HC Nick Saban has the most job security. (The Tennessean)


Kentucky RB injured.
Kentucky running back Josh Clemons will miss the 2013 season due to surgury to repair an achilles tendon. (Southern Pigskin)


King of Fools.
Peter King has some things to say about the latest Manziel controversy, which Kissing Suzy Kolber trashed him over in its regular trashing of all things Peter King.

This is for the questions that don't have any answers.
Spencer Hall has some "questions that won't be asked" at SEC Media Days. Like asking South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier "You often engage in a war of words with Dabo Swinney. How many of them do you think he understands?" and asking Texas A&M HC Kevin Sumlin "Is the continued absence of a Waffle House in College Station the biggest obstacle for Texas A&M?" (SB*Nation)

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