Ready to Start.
Georgia offensive lineman Kolton Houston discusses how it feels to be finally be cleared to play by the NCAA after a three-plus year ban for due to a steroid he says he was unknowingly given in high school. (The Athens Banner-Herald)
Stand By Your Man.
Chip Towers praises Georgia head football coach Mark Richt and UGA for supporting Houston in his fight to be declared eligible to play by the NCAA. (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Almost Heaven, West Virginia.
Former Pitt running back Rushel Shell has announced he's transferring to West Virginia. (ESPN)
And now for the bad news.
Shell's first game at West Virginia will be against Alabama. (al.com)
The say the Sun is sometimes eclipsed by the Moon.
Chase Goodbread discusses how the brief brouhaha over the possibility South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had improper contact with Raper-cum-sports agent Jay-Z briefly overshadowed the ongoing college football media frenzy over Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. (nfl.com)
Mo money! Mo money! Mo money!
Flordia gives Gator HC Will Muschamp a raise (The Gainesville Sun)
Obscure Art Briles factoid of the day.
Baylor HC Art Briles likes Drake. Consider how college football history would have been different if Briles had tried to recruit Johnny Manziel using their shared appreciation of the Canadian rapper. (Our Daily Bears)
Black Heart Gold Pants analyzes Iowa HC Kirk Ferentz' Big Ten Media Days media session.
Flirting With Disaster.
The hiring of Curley Hallman to be LSU HC in 1991 is named by And the Valley Shook as the "biggest disaster in LSU history."
And you thought Aggies were weird.
A list of "25 Ways to Know You Went to Baylor" includes such entries as "The only time you use profanity is when someone tries to cut at Dr. Pepper Hour," "You have seen more artist’s rendering of the new stadium than you have of every dead president since kindergarten," and "You partook in the most pointless Baylor “tradition” by throwing perfectly good tortillas off a bridge." (Buzzfeed)