Saturday, August 31, 2013

Game Day Goulash: Kansas State, Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray and Tajb Boyd, and more.

Game Day Goulash - The day Saturdays became relevant again. 

And All My Dreams, Torn Asunder.
Kansas State's chances for a repeat of its 2012 success take a big hit as the Wildcats get upset by FCS powerhouse North Dakota 24-21. (ESPN)

Gators behaving badly. 
Defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy is one of five Florida players who have been suspended for the ever-vague "violation of team rules." (ESPN)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day, UK edition.
British newspaper The Guardian reports on Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's one-half suspension for the season opener against Rice.

Be My Frenemy.
Rachel G. Bowers looks at the friendship between Georgia QB Aaron Murray and Clemson QB Tajb Boyd. Georgia faces Clemson in Death Valley Saturday night. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Insanity


A drinking school with a football problem. 
Washington State fans who traveled to Auburn, Al to see the Cougars face the Auburn Tigers reportedly consume all the beer in an Auburn, Al bar on Friday night. (CougCenter)

Friday, August 30, 2013

A.J. McCarron is wearing walking boot due to "ingrown toenail."

ESPN and CSS analyst Cole Cubelic had to have pretty much freaked out Alabama fans Friday night when he tweeted out a photo of Bama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron wearing a new accessory with his suit and bowtie when the team arrived in Atlanta for the August 31 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Virginia Tech. - a walking boot.




ESPN analyst Mark Schlabach later reported that McCarron was wearing the boot due to what's being described as "an ingrown toenail." An Alabama spokesman described the boot as "just a precautionary measure."

Whether this is the full story will probably never know. It will be something only McCarron, Nick Saban, and possibly Katherine Webb (but I digress rather ribaldry), know for sure.

(via Al.com)

Big Tentacles: Devin Gardner, Kain Colter, Thursday night scores, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.

Indiana Wants Me.
Indiana beats Indiana State 73-35. (ESPN)

Gopher Broke.
Minnesota defeats UNLV 51-23. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

The Constant Gardner.
Angelique S. Chengelis profiles Michigan starting quarterback Devin Gardner. (The Detroit News)

The Mark of Kain.
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern starting QB Kain Colter. (Sippin' On Purple)

Hey Joe.
Mark Snyder profiles Michigan wide receiver Joe Reynolds. (The Detroit Free Press)

Made in Taiwan.
Mike Griffith profiles Michigan State linebacker Taiwan Jones. (MLive.com)

 Herky vs. Huskies. 
Brendan Stiles previews Iowa's home opener against Northern Illinois. (Hawkeye Drive)

All (Hawk)Eyez on Me. 
A Black Heart Gold Pants "Fanpost" provides a very critical look at Iowa offensive coordinator Greg Davis.

Buckeyes vs. Bulls.
Kyle Rowland previews Buffalo vs. Ohio State (Eleven Warriors)

Jeff Gordon goes to the Dawgs.




NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon paid a visit to Athens, where he helped University of Georgia students provide meals as a part of the UGA Campus Kitchen program. While on campus, he paid a visit to the Bulldogs' athletic facility in the Butts-Meare building.

 


Gordon gave the team a pep talk as it prepares to face the Clemson Tigers on the road for the season opener. Whether or not a pep talk from the 13th ranked driver in NASCAR is a good thing or a bad thing remains to be seen.

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Covering Dixie Like Mildew: Jadeveon Clowney, A.J. McCarron, Johnny Manziel, and...FOOTBALL!!

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



The Game of the Year (so far).
Ole Miss pulled a last-minute victory out of its hat in a back-and-forth 39-35 battle with Vanderbilt. (ESPN)

Clowney sluggish in Gamecocks win.
South Carolina defeated North Carolina 27-10 in its season opener. Gamecocks' defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who was reportedly battling with a stomach virus, looked sluggish on the field. (ESPN)

Step By Step.
Alabama starting quarterback A.J. McCarron describes the Crimson Tide's attitude of handing things "one play at a time," and not on focusing on a third BCS title in a row. (ESPN)

On the Other Hand...
Florida head football coach Will Muschamp is looking ahead to the SEC Championship in Atlanta as his and the Gators' goal. (The Gainesville Sun)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day. 
Kevin Scarbinsky compares the (hopefully) all-but-over Johnny Manziel autograph signing controversy to similar one involving former Alabama players who signed memorabilia that ended up being featured prominently in an Alabama menswear store. (Al.com)

Kickstart My Heart.
Auburn will Face Louisville in the 2015 Chick-Fil-A Kickoff game. (College and Magnolia)

Jerryworld by any other name is still Jerryworld.
For Whom the Cowbell Tolls previews Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma St. at Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tx.

Zach Mettenberger is taking a Johnny Manziel-esque online course fall semester.



Remember the mess Texas A&M starting quarterback stirred when it was discovered he was taking online classes earlier this year? LSU starting quarterback Zach Mettenberger going that same route this semester while he plays his senior football season. Only its a single online English course.

It means Mettenberger has a lot of free time on his hands when he's not online or practicing. He gave an example of what he does with his day to USA Today.

 "I woke up about eight, ran some errands, went to Dunkin' Donuts, came over here (to the football facility), watched some film with my coffee," Mettenberger said of his day. "About 11, I went to lunch, came back and watched film until practice. It's just like if I was a coach or in the league (the NFL). I'm up here doing my homework, which is football pretty much."

Mettenberger is a fifth-year senior majoring in general studies taking one online course as his . This still doesn't make this sound any better.

(via USA Today HT Tireball)

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Bret Bielema, Nick Saban, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. It's like Christmas with more...football.

Break out the high horses. 
ESPN's Chris Low slams the NCAA for Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's first-half suspension for the Aggies' season opener against Rice. This is the same ESPN which is pretty much entirely responsible for fueling this whole mess.

It's so funny I forgot to laugh.
Pat Forde calls Manziel's suspension "a joke." (Yahoo! Sports)

Sorry Seems To Be the Hardest Word.
Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison apologizes for this recent legal issues. (ESPN)

Getting to Know You.
Arkansas Fight profiles Arkansas head football coach Bret Bielema. 

The Snows of Kouanddjio.
Andrew Gribble profiles Alabama offensive lineman Arie Kouandjio. (Al.com)



Insanity


Too Much Time On My Hands.
Good Bull Hunting looks at what Johnny Manziel can do during his first half-suspension. Included suggestions include "Words With Frenemies with AJ (McCarron)," and "knitting life-sized macrame Drake figure."

The Ballad of Johnny Football.
Written by Spencer Hall. Sung to the theme to The Dukes of Hazard. (Every Day Should Be Saturday)

These are a few of my favorite things.
Run Home Jack (aka @celebrityhottub) lists things Alabama head football coach Nick Saban likes, including Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies, global warming, and "The lottery, but only Shirley Jackson style." (EDSBS)

College football season is here!



Nuff said.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Johnny Manziel suspended for first half of season opener.

Our long national nightmare is over. The NCAA and Texas A&M have reportedly come to an "agreement" where Aggies' starting quarterback Johnny Manziel will serve a one-half suspension during the season opener against Rice. This comes after the NCAA investigated the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner for allegedly signing sports memorabilia for money.

(via ESPN)

The Ruins: Trevor Knight, Jeremy Smith, TCU, and more.

Dancing in the Ruins - The new Big 12 emerging out of the ruins of the old.  



Knight Moves.
Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey profile Oklahoma starting quarterback Trevor Knight. (The Oklahoman)

Louisiana-Monroe Hayride.
Crimson and Cream Machine looks at Oklahoma's week one opponent Louisiana-Monroe. 

Jeremy spoke in class today.
John Helsley profiles Oklahoma State running back Jeremy Smith. (The Oklahoman

Cowboys vs. Cowbells. 
Cowboys Ride for Free previews Oklahoma State's season opener against Mississippi State at Cowboys AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Tx.

Frogs vs. Tigers. 
Patrick McCullough previews TCU's season opener against LSU. (Frogs O' War)

Terrier on every side.
Our Daily Bears previews Baylor's season opener against Wofford. FCS schools - they're not just for the SEC anymore.

Down on the Cornerback.
Matt Tait profiles Kansas cornerback Brandon Hollomon. (The Lawrence Journal-World)

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.
Randy Peterson profiles Iowa State. CB Charlie Rodgers. (The Des Moines Register)


Transfer window.
Former South Florida wide receiver D'Vario Montgomery is transferring to Iowa State. (Wide Right & Natty Lite)

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Aaron Murray, Auburn, and more.

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

This is the song that doesn't end. It just goes on and on my friend...
Texas A&M not talking about starting quarterback Johnny Manziel's status for Saturday's season opener against Rice. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of. 
B.J. Bennett profiles Georgia starting QB Aaron Murray, which focuses way too much of the final moments of the Dawgs' loss to Alabama in 2012's SEC Championship Game. (Southern Pigskin)

Tigers vs. Cougars. 
Chris Fuhrmeister previews Auburn's season opener against Washington State. (College and Magnolia)


Fullback to the Future. 
Randy Rosetta profiles LSU fullback C.J. Copeland. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Recruiting


Bad to the Bone.
South Carolina high school wide receiver Blake Bone commits to Kentucky's 2014 recruiting class. (A Sea of Blue

Insanity


Vanity Fair. 
Kelly Kazek takes an in-depth look at Auburn-related vanity license plates. Investigative journalism doesn't get any better than this.  (Al.com)


Aaron Murray is wearing contacts off-the-field, but not in games (at least not yet).



Football is a contact sport. Don't tell that to Georgia starting quarterback and new contact wearer Aaron Murray, who says he won't be wearing them during games.

News of Murray's wearing of contacts broke on Tuesday, when the Heisman Trophy candidate met with reporters. He says that he "just started wearing contacts like a week ago. I wear them during the day so my eyes can get used to them.”

Murray explained the contacts are more for the classroom than the gridiron.

 “It’s fine,” he said. “It really is just in class if I’m sitting in the back and the small words on the screen get me in a little trouble. Really my eyes aren’t bad at all. It’s just more for classroom stuff.”

Murray says he doesn’t need to wear them in games.

“Probably not right away,” Murray said. “I don’t know. Definitely not this week. I’m not wearing them during the game. I’m not used to them yet.”

Well, that will be enough to freak out the Bulldog nation before the Dawgs' season opener on Saturday at Clemson. Just wait till speculation on whether Murray's vision issues led to the Dawgs' loss to Alabama in the SEC championship game last season.  

(via The Athens Banner-Herald, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)





Guz Malzahn would slow down no-huddle offense if necessary to win.



Gus Malzahn has become notable for his use of the fast-paced no-huddle offense. That doesn't mean that the First-year Auburn head football coach is so bought into the system that he wouldn't be open to slowing the pace down if necessary. Malzahn discussed this in a press conference on Tuesday.

"We never plan on starting out slowing things down because pace is one of our advantages," Malzahn said. "But as the game gets going on, we're always going to do what gives our team the best chance of winning. We're not going to be stubborn to the point that we're going to put anybody in a bind, but at the same time if you're successful, you keep doing stuff."

Malzahn's first game as Auburn HC will be on Saturday, Aug. 31, as the Tigers face Washington State  and its HC, Mike Leach. 

(via Al.com)

Houston Nutt, Matt Jones, and "Rodney."


There's no use even trying to explain this one, except that it involves then Arkansas head football coach Houston Nutt, former Arkansas starting quarterback Matt Jones, and Jones' uh, "character" named Rodney.




This explains more about Nutt, Jones, and Arkansas than a 50,000-word article ever would.

(via Arkansas Fight)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Big Tentacles: Andrew Maxwell, Indiana, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer.
Michigan State names Andrew Maxwell starting quarterback for season opener against Western Michigan. (MLive.com)

Up in the Air.
The three-way competition between Cam Coffman, Tre Roberson, and Nate Sudfeld to be Indiana's starting QB is still continuing. (The Crimson Quarry)

Rock and a Hard Place.
Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman announces the start of a new tradition by having players touch the Red Grange Rock that stands in Zuppke Field's north end.  (The Champaign Room)

Injuries


Illinois injury report.
Illinois right guard Ted Karras will reportedly be out for the Fighting Illini's season opener against Southern Illinois due to a left ankle injury. (The Champaign Room)

Unquiet: Oregon State, UCLA, and recruitig news.

Unquiet on the Western Front - Your Pac-12, MWC, and BYU extravaganza.

Stand By Your Mannion.
Oregon State names Sean Mannion as starting quarterback. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore.
Bruins Nation doesn't like UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero.

Recruiting


Jeremy spoke in class today.
Texas high school senior cornerback Jeremy Winchester commits to Cal's 2014 recruiting class. (California Golden Blogs)

Colorado recruiting.
Texas HS senior offensive tackle Elijah Rodriguez commits to Colorado's 2014 recruiting class. (The Ralphie Report)

Oh, Ricky you're so fine!
California HS senior outside linebacker Ricky Liuchan commits to Oregon State's 2014 recruiting class. (Building the Dam)

Double your pleasure, double your fun.
Washington St. lands two 2014 recruiting class members in Washington HS senior offensive lineman Jordan Rose, and American Samoa HS senior OL Frank Luvu. (CougCenter)

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Alabama vs. Virginia Tech, Mark Stoops, and more.

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



How Soon is Now?
Reports suggest that the NCAA will be concluding its investigation of Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel "soon," and possibly as early as Wednesday. (Team Speed Kills)

It's been a while.
Andrew Gribble looks at the past four years between Alabama and Virginia Tech's last game against each other in 2009, and their upcoming meeting in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Aug. 31 in Atlanta. Bama won that game 34-24, and went on to win its first BCS title under head football coach Nick Saban. (Al.com)

Rome if you want to.
Mark Weiszer profiles Georgia tight end Jay Rome. Rome's father Stan played football and basketball at Clemson, whom the Dawgs face in their season opener. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

A tradition unlike any other.
Doc Harper looks at Arkansas traditions that are or could be ending, such as the move of the Razorbacks' season-ending rivalry game with LSU to earlier in the season in 2014. (Sporting Life Arkansas)

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life. 
Will Shelton tries to stay positive about Tennessee's chances for success in the 2013 season under first-year head football coach Butch Jones. (Rocky Top Talk)

On Your Mark.
Mark Story profiles Mark Stoops as he prepares for his first game as Kentucky HC against Western Kentucky at LP Field in Nashville, TN. And yes, two Kentucky schools playing their season opener in Tennessee does feel awkward. (The Lexington Herald-Leader)

Recruiting


LSU recruiting.
Louisiana high school junior cornerback Xavier Lewis commits to LSU's 2015 recruiting class. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

LSU recruiting, part deux.
Louisiana HS junior running back Nicholas Brossette commits to LSU's 2015 recruiting class. (The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

LSU RB Jeremy Hill's status uncertain for season opener vs. TCU.

Will embattled LSU running back be on the field for the Tigers' Aug. 31 season opener against TCU? That's something that only LSU head football coach Les Miles knows, and doesn't want you (or TCU) to find out.

"Jeremy Hill is going to sustain discipline," Miles said. "We said earlier that ... he would be withheld from play. That's going to take place. Our discipline will be internal at this point, and I don't think we have much further to say."

Asked whether Hill would travel to Dallas for No. 12 LSU's matchup with the 20th-ranked Horned Frogs, Miles remained vague.

"We're not going to comment on that at this point, but I wouldn't be surprised that he would be on our trip," the coach said."

Hill has had some notable run-ins with law. The most recent resulting from an incident in the spring where Hill reportedly "sucker-punched" another person at a bar in Baton Rouge. Hill plead guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge in July.

Miles' decision of whether or not Hill plays on Aug. 31. has the potential to place the LSU program in a bad light. The possibility of Hill playing on Saturday could result in heavy criticize in the media and critics of college football.

(via ESPN)

Johnny Manziel questioned by NCAA in six-hour session.




News broke overnight that the NCAA had reportedly met with Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel for six hours on Sunday regarding the allegations that he had accepted money for autographing sports memorabilia. ESPN's Travis Haney initially broke the story

"The governing body's officials met Sunday with Manziel, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, for nearly six hours on the College Station, Texas, campus, the source said. It was unclear whether the NCAA was satisfied with the initial meeting with Manziel or if it would require additional time with the redshirt sophomore. Texas A&M's season begins Saturday, at home against Rice."

Manziel is still listed as the starting QB in Texas A&M's season opener against Rice on Aug. 31.

(via ESPN)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Big Tentacles: Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football. 

The Chronicles of Rudock.
Iowa names Jake Rudock to be its starting quarterback. (The Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Walk on the Wild Side.
Michigan awards full scholarships to walk-ons Graham Glasgow (offensive lineman), fullback Joe Kerridge, and receiver Joe Reynolds. (The Detroit Free Press)

UMass Effect.
Zach Miller looks at Wisconsin's week one opponent UMass. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)


Illinois parodies that stupid Geico "hump day" commercial.

While you're still picking up the pieces of you mind out of the carpet after Miley Cyrus out-WTFed Lady Gaga last night at the VMAs, here's something else that's going to make you wonder why you got up this morning. An Illinois video parity parody of that stupid Geico "hump day" commerical, featuring appropriately named Fighting Illini quarterback Reilly O'Toole in the role of that obnoxious camel.


Let's see how much O'Toole likes game day after Big Ten division play starts. I heard a story that Nebraska head football coach Bo Pelini once shot a camel just for snoring.

(via Fighting Illini Blog)

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Steve Spurrier, A.J. McCarron, and more.

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



Kill the Messenger. 
A Good Bull Hunting "Fanpost" criticizes ESPN reporter Joe Schad's reporting on the allegations that Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel accepted money for autographing memorabilia, along with a few good hits to the WWL regarding its handling of other college football controversies involving Mike Leach's firing from Texas Tech, and the Cam Newton brouhaha at Auburn.

Justin the nick of time.
Tennessee will reportedly name Justin Worley as starting quarterback for the Vols' season opener against Austin Peay. (ESPN

Carolina vs. Carolina. 
South Carolina head football coach Steve Spurrier discusses the Gamecocks' Thursday night season opener against North Carolina. Spurrier has beaten the Tar Heels in each of four games he has coached against them, three times at Duke (1987-1989) and once at South Carolina (2006).  (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

How Far We've Come. 
Don Kausler Jr. looks at how far Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron has come since his college career began in 2010. (Al.com)

(Louisiana-)Lafayette, we are here!
Arkansas Fight looks at Arkansas week one opponent Louisiana-Lafayette in the first game of the Bret Bielema HC era.

The Heat is On. 
Kevin Brockway looks at concerns about the heat surrounding Florida's season opener at home against Toledo. The game is scheduled to start at 12:21 p.m. (The Gainesville Sun)

Enter Sanders-man.
Joel A. Erickson profiles Auburn defensive end Craig Sanders. (Al.com)

Gone streakin'.
Mark Weiszer looks at Georgia HC Mark Richt's coaching history against Clemson. Richt is 11-0 when facing the Tigers as both an assistant coach as FSU (9-0), and as UGA HC (2-0). (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Hot in Here?
Justin R Sutton asks if Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen is on the Hot Seat this season. (For Whom the Cowbell Tolls.)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Fallout: Johnny Manziel, Urban Meyer, Aaron Murray, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday edition.

Stand By Your Man. 
With questions surrounding Johnny Manziel's eligibility still unresolved,  Texas A&M is still planning on him to be the Aggies' starting quarterback when the season begins next Saturday. (The Sports Xchange/Yahoo! Sports)

Party Out of Bounds.
The controversy surrounding Manziel's eligibility doesn't seem to be stopping him from having a good time, either. (FOX Sports

Finish What You Started.
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer wants to be the one who ends the SEC's title run over college football that he himself started with Florida's BCS win over (ironically) the Buckeyes in 2006. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

There's a possibility, but no chance.
Bob Hunter looks at the it's-now-or-never possibility that Ohio State and Michigan could face each other two weeks in a row this season: First in the season ending Big Game, then in the Big Ten Championship Game. The  Wolverines will join the Buckeyes in the realigned Big Ten eastern conference in 2014. (The Columbus Dispatch)

We Are Family.
Mark Weiszer looks at  Aaron Murray and his family as the Georgia starting QB gets ready for his final season in Athens. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

It's a dirty job, but someone's got to do it.
Loran Smith tries to defend Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo.


(The Athens Banner-Herald)

Northwestern player profile of the day.
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern defensive lineman Ifreadi Odenigbo. (Sippin' on Purple)

Recruiting


Alabama recruiting news.
Louisiana high school senior wide receiver Cameron Sims commits to Alabama's 2014 recruiting class. (Al.com)

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Lane Kiffin driving an ice cream truck? Lane Kiffin driving an ice cream truck.



Pretty self-explanatory, isn't it?It pretty much provides its own punch line as well.

(via Bruins Nation)

The Fallout: Johnny Manziel, Will Muschamp, Iowa, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - The last meaningless Saturday of your year. 

Yes, this is the last Saturday WttF for a while, as college football returns next week. "Game Day Goulash" will start back up on Saturdays for the rest of the season.

Knight shift. 
Oklahoma picks Trevor Knight as it's starting quarterback over Blake Bell. (ESPN)

If I die before I wake, feed Jake. 
Jake Rudock named starting QB for Iowa. (ESPN)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Gregg Doyel says Heisman Trophy voters shouldn't let 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel's drama-filled offseason sway their decision as to whether of not the Texas A&M QB should repeat at trophy winner. (CBS Sports)

I Can't Wait.
Florida head football coach Will Muschamp says he "embraces" the Gators 2014 road trip to Alabama for the 2014 season. If he makes it through 2013, that is. (Al.com)

Recruiting


Surely you Josh.
Texas high school senior cornerback Josh Jackson commits to Iowa's 2014 recruiting class. (Black Heart Gold Pants)

Bob Ryan compares Johnny Manziel to Alex Rodriguez.



Sooner or later, someone was going to get around to comparing embattled New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez to Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel. Naturally, that someone had to be The Boston Globe columnist and Around the Horn panelist Bob Ryan.

I'll save you the A*Rod stuff, as it's the usual regurgitation of blah, blah, blah, PEDs, blah, blah, blah, cheater, blah, blah, blah, fraud, blah, blah, blah...That you would expect from a Boston Globe reporter about a New York Yankee. No mention of Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz' alleged failed drug test in 2003, though. Shocking that.

As for JFF, it's the average "no one here gets out alive" attack on the hypocrisy of the NCAA policies on student athletes, and on Manziel.

"The Johnny Football thing is an insult to any intelligent person’s intelligence. He signed his name 4,400 times out of the goodness of his heart? He is so mobbed on campus that he must resort to taking online courses? The “student” part of the laughable “student-athlete” designation has any remote meaning to him? Oh, please.

There is nothing new here. It wasn’t too long ago that we were being asked to swallow the idea that Cam Newton turned down money to attend Mississippi State but went to Auburn at the 11th hour for nothing? It was all worth it for Auburn. They lawyered up. They got their national championship. They made their money. Cam did what he was hired to do and moved on."

 Cam Newton was paid? Does Bob know this for sure? Yo, Bob! Paul Finebaum on line five.

As for the argument that never ends about college athletes actually getting paid (legally and above-board, that is)...

 
"The question in this particular case is not, “Should college athletes be paid?” That is a fair question, but not a relevant one in the case of Johnny Manziel, who comes from a wealthy family. The question that should be asked is, “Do some of these adults who worship college sports have anything remotely resembling a real life?” Passion for a college sport or particular institution is one thing. A mindless obsession that puts any remote value on the signature of a 20-year-old college player is another thing entirely."

Well, like a lot of background information about Manziel, even how wealthy his side of the family is has come under suspicion recently. But that's neither here nor there.

"You know how Colombian drug dealers like to say that if Americans (and others) didn’t hunger for their product, there wouldn’t be any need to produce the drugs? Well, if those Texas A&M fans weren’t so sickly obsessed with college football, Johnny Manziel’s signature on a helmet would be worthless."

Comparing college football fans to drug addicts? That's low, Bob. Especially coming from a reporter who lives and breathes in the dead center of the Red Sox Nation. There's a lot of hypocrisy to dish out here, and that includes a nice healthy for Bob Ryan himself.

(via The Boston Globe)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Covering DIxie: Johnny Manziel dissed, A.J. McCarron, Zach Metternburger, and more.

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



Did I disappoint you, or leave a bad taste in your mouth?
Much ado made after SEC  coaches diss Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel by picking Georgia QB Aaron Murray over the 2012 Heisman Trophy for the 2013 All-SEC Squad first team. Manziel was placed on the second team. (ESPN)

Always look on the bright side of life.
It could be worse for Manziel.  His BFF, Alabama starting QB A.J. McCarron is on the third team. McCarron's dad is somewhat ambivalent about it all. (Al.com)

He's just not that into you. 
Texas A&M backup QB Matt Davis is reportedly transferring to another school. (ESPN)

Zach Attack!
Brandon Larrabee profiles LSU starting QB Zach Mettenburger. (Team Speed Kills)

Lucky Dawgs?
Georgia manages to avoid playing Alabama, LSU, and Texas A&M during the 2014 regular season. It will do the Palmetto State two-step again as it faces Clemson and South Carolina at the start of the season. (Dude You Crazy)

Maye I have this dance.
Kevin Brockway profiles safety Marcus Maye. (The Gainesvile Sun)

Faster, Pussycat! Kiehl! Kiehl!
Brandon Marcello profiles Auburn safety Kiehl Fraziel (Al.com)


Insanity

Chain Reaction.
Spencer Hall delivers reactions of the reaction to the 2014 SEC schedule. You should know by now why this is listed here by now. (Every Day Should Be Saturday)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Johnny Manziel pushing other players around in Texas A&M locker room...in equipment cart jousting matches.


Johnny Manziel's life is just better than yours.

While the never-ending NCAA investigation over allegations that Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel continues with no end in sight, Manziel has other things on his mind such as the Aggies' fall camp. Here, he's able to take his mind off the brouhaha (which is slowly becoming more "haha" than "brou" as it goes on) by pushing other teammates around. Literally. In what's apparently a inside-the-locker room jousting tournament using equipment carts instead of horses.



And no, this probably isn't the strangest thing ever to happen in a Texas A&M locker room. But we won't talk about such tawdry things here.*

Meanwhile, Texas A&M University chancellor John Sharp released a statement critical of both the NCAA investigation of Manziel, and of one of Manziel's chief accusers, Darren Rovell. Whether this is a sign



*Though this does provide a useful aside to mention Dolly Parton is building a Dollywood resort facility in Pigeon Forge, Tn. If it doesn't get nicknamed "The Chicken Ranch," we're all doing it wrong.



Medical day

Hey y'all. Had to go to the doctor's office today. Hope this explains the inactivity. I'll be back tomorrow unless something happens.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Covering Dixie: Geno Smith, Johnny Manziel, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. Resistance is futile. 

 You better check yo self before you wreck yo self.
Alabama senior leaders hope that cornerback Geno Smith uses his suspension from the Aug. 31 Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game as a learning experience. (Al.com)

Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.  
Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel will not repeat as Heisman Trophy winner in 2013. Because Team Speed Kills said so. 

Standing on the shoulders of giants leaves me cold.
South Carolina names Mike Davis to the starting running back position previously held by former Gamecock RB Marcus Lattimore.  (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

I ain't much on Casanova.
Joel A. Erickson profiles Auburn linebacker Cassanova McKinzy. (Al.com)


Report: LSU and Texas A&M will face each other in 2014 season closer.

The LSU football may get a significant makeover in 2014. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that The Tigers' traditional end-of-the-regular-season divisional rivalry game with Arkansas will be replaced with Texas A&M next season. The LSU-Arkansas game will reportedly be moved to the middle of the season.

While the LSU-Arkansas rivalry doesn't have the long history of Alabama-Auburn or Georgia-Florida, the two schools have met at the end of the season since the Razorbacks joined the SEC in 1992. The only exception exception was in 2001. The Tigers ended that season facing Auburn, after the two team's Sept. 16 game has rescheduled following the events of 9/11.

(via The New Orleans Times-Picayune)

Alabama DB Geno Smith suspended for season opener against Virginia Tech.

Geno Smith mugshot via The Big Lead.


It didn't take long for the Wrath of Saban to come down on Geno Smith. The Alabama defensive back, who was charged with a DUI last weekend, was suspended for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff season opener in Atlanta against Virgina Tech on Aug. 31.

Alabama head football coach Nick Saban discussed the suspension after the team's practice on Tuesday.

"We've never had an issue with Geno. He's an excellent person," Saban said. "He's never been in trouble here before, never been in my office for anything, but I think this is something that everybody should learn from that when you make a bad choice, sometimes the consequences of that choice can really have a negative effect.

"Some of these guys don't have enough foresight to understand cause and effect, but Geno has been a really good person in the program and just made a choice, bad decision. Made several of them, so now he's got consequences for it."

Smith had nine tackles in the 2012 season, and was expected to be a significant contributor to the Tide's defense this season.

(via Al.com)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Purdue student music video will melt your brain.



Fall semester is here for many colleges and universities across the country, with football just around the corner. With it comes students going back to class, getting settled in their dorms, and making crappy music videos.

With that in mind, students at Purdue produced this little gem, which has a whiteness level so high it almost makes you ignore the fact there are minorities in it.

(via Deadspin)


Big Tentacles: Fitz Toussaint, Dave Brandon and Mark Hollis, and more.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.

When Toussaint  comes Marching in.
Mark Snyder looks at the recovery process of Michigan running back Fitz Toussaint, who was sidelined by a broken leg in a game last November. (The Detorit Free Press)

Night Time's (not) the Right Time.
Neither Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon nor Michigan State AD Mark Hollis are too enthused about the Wolverines face the Spartans in a night game. (The Detroit Free Press)

I Secondary That Emotion.
Zach Travis takes a look at Michigan's secondary. (Maize N Brew)

There can be only one.
Corn Nation looks at the fledgeling rivalry between Nebraska and Northwestern, two schools who share the use of the initials "N.U." as shorthand for their school.


Injuries


Wisconsin injury update.
Wisconsin loses defensive end Jack Keefer for the season due to a knee injury. (Bucky's 5th Quarter)

Illinois injury update.
Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim is dealing with a hamstring injury. (The Champaign Room)

Recruiting


Iowa recruiting
Kansas City, Mo high school linebacker Aaron Mends commits to Iowa's 2014 recruiting class. (Black Heart Gold Pants)


Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel vs. Mike Bianchi, Nick Saban, Connor Shaw, and more,

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



Obligatory Johnny Manziel item of the day.
Mike Bianchi declares that Texas A&M is either "inept or corrupt" in its handling of the controversy surrounding claims that starting quarterback Johnny Manziel accepted money for signing memorabilia. He also refers to Manziel as "Johnny Paycheck." How original. (The Orlando Sentinel)

And now with a response from Aggieland...
Texas A&M blog Good Bull Hunting ridicules Bianchi like you would expect them to.

Yeah, they went there.
GQ titles Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer author Warren St. John's profile of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban "Sympathy for the Devil." (Al.com)

Connor Job. 
Garnet and Black Attack profiles the most underrated QB in the SEC, South Carolina's QB Connor Show.

Father's Day.
Georgia offensive left tackle Kenarious Gates and his girlfriend are  celebrating the birth of  daughter Kennedy McKenzie Gates. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Law and Order.
LSU defensive back Ricky Jefferson was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest involving an incident in Metairie. La. in February. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Hershel Walker says "Gurshall" is "not a good name" for Georgia's Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.



Georgia tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall's ongoing campaign to stop being called by the "Gurshall" nickname got a huge boost over the weekend from possibly the greatest name in University of Georgia football...nay, in University of Georgia athletics history. Hershel Walker, the legendary UGA running back whose name inspired "Gurshall" came out in support of the duo's attempt to squash the shared nickname they so intensely despise out of existence.

“I thought it was very cute, but I thought it was unjust,” Walker said. “Those guys are so good on their own. People always want to compare running backs coming to Georgia, running backs to Herschel Walker and I said, `I think that’s totally unfair’ because those guys have proven they can play and they have the right to be their own name and Gurshall is not a good name. I can’t even spell Gurshall. So that’s not a good thing at all.”

Hershel said don't call them "Gurshall," so don't call them "Gurshall." Simple as that. 

(via The Athens Banner-Herald)

Dee Ford, Auburn's top rusher in 2012 to miss season opener against Washington St.



It looks as though Auburn will have to go into its season opener against Washington State without its top rusher from last season. Defensive end Dee Ford is recovering from what's being described as "an injury to one of the ligaments in his left knee," and may be out for longer than that.

Ford is reported to have suffered the injury back on Aug. 10. No surgery is expected.

(via Al.com)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Johnny Manziel conspicuously absent from ESPN college football promo.


ESPN has released a 0:31 second promo it calls its "2013 ESPN College Football Kickoff Anthem." Thankfully, it's an anthem that doesn't feature Kenny Chesney, but I digress. The clip features Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, and Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly, along with Heisman Trophy candidate quarterbacks Aaron Murray of Alabama, and Aaron Murray of Georgia. 



Conspicuous by his absence is 2012 Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. Not a shock, as Manziel is embroiled in a controversy over whether he took money to autograph sports memorabilia. A controversy that ESPN has been responsible for putting in the public eye in the first place.

Big Tentacles: Purdue, Northwesternm and Illinois.

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.

Not a lot to today. Being dizzy somewhat doesn't help right now, either. 

Oh Henry! 
Rob Henry named starting quarterback of Purdue. (CBS Sports)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Andrew Coppens predicts a 9-3 regular season record for Northwestern in 2013, losses to Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan. (The B1G Time)

Howe y'doin?
IlliniBoard.com profiles Illinois defensive tackle Jake Howe.

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Geno Smith Gene Stallings, and more.

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



Obligatory Johnny Manziel story of the day.
Embattled Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel handled the majority of snaps during the Aggies' Saturday night scrimmage game. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Alabama must sit Geno Smith.
Alabama needs to suspend defensive back Geno Smith if he is guilty of the DUI charge he was arrested for over the weekend. Because Kevin Scarbinsky said so. (Al.com)

Stallings on Alabama-Texas A&M. 
Coaching legend Gene Stallings, who has been head football coach at both Texas A&M and Alabama, discusses the Sept. 14 Alabama-Texas A&M game. (Al.com)

I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For.
First year Tennessee HC Butch Jones says that the Vol's offense still needs playmakers. (The Knoxville News Sentinel)

Fire I'll take you to burn. 
Paul Sjoberg declares five week one games involving the SEC (Murray State @ Missouri, Austin Peay @ Tennessee, Washington State @ Auburn, Kentucky @ Western Kentucky, and Toledo @ Florida) to be "dumpster fires."  Throwing Washington St. @ Auburn in there might have been a little bit of a mistake there. (Our Two Bits)

I've seen the future, and it will be.
Dawg Sports previews Georgia's Nov. 9 home game against Appalachian State. For the record, it's never too early to remind your Bulldog Nation friends about the 2007 Appalachian St. - Michigan Game.


Recruiting


For Whom the Bell Tolls. 
Arkansas gets a 2015 recruiting class  commitment from Junction City, Ar. high school junior defensive end Jamario Bell. (Arkansas Expats)

Former Auburn coach Pat Dye reminisces about Bear Bryant at SEC Beach Bash.

Pat Dye and Bear Bryant on a hunting trip c. 1982. Via al.com.


Former Auburn head football coach Pat Dye was one of the featured guests at the SEC Beach Bash in Gulf Shores, Al over the weekend. Dye shared with SEC fans attending the event about the moment when he informed his former boss at Alabama, Bear Bryant, his interest in taking the job of coaching the Crimson Tide's biggest rival in 1981.

"He got wind that I was interested in the Auburn job and they were interested in me and he called me and said, 'What are you doing?'" said Dye, who'd served on Bryant's staff at Alabama from 1965-73. "I said, 'What do you mean, what am I doing?' He said, 'You ain't going to Auburn.' I said, 'I'm going to Auburn if they offer me the job. He said, 'No, you're going to get this job.'

 "I said, 'Coach, I ain't going to get that job. You've got too many former players and too many former coaches that have Alabama ties. I won't ever get that job and besides that, I don't want that job. If I came to Alabama, I'd just be running a maintenance program, trying to maintain what you've already done. Ain't nobody alive can do that.' Saban wasn't born then.

( For the record, Nick Saban was born in 1961. Dye exaggerated a little bit there.)

Dye also recalled discussing with Bryant about the future of the Iron Bowl, which was then a neutral-site rival game between 'Bama and Auburn at Legion Field in Birmingham.

 "He said, 'I guess you're going to want to take the Auburn-Auburn game to Auburn,'" Dye said of Bryant. "I said, 'We're going to take it to Auburn.' He said, 'Not as long as I'm coaching.' I said, 'You ain't going to coach forever.' He said, 'We've got a contract through '88.' I said, 'We're going to play '89 in Auburn,' and we did."

The first Iron Bowl game played at Jordan-Hare Stadium in 1989. Auburn won that game 30-30. The game eventually became full home-at-home rivalry in 2000, when the first Iron Bowl was played at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Dye believes Alabama benefited more with the change than even Auburn did.



"If you look at what's happened since '89, I would say that it's a great thing for Auburn but Alabama has really benefited more from it than Auburn because it got their games out of Birmingham," he said. "Now the Alabama fans have a game-day experience that they couldn't have in Birmingham around Legion Field -- tailgating and getting back on campus. Look at the facilities that they've built since 1989. I'm sure it's just like it is at Auburn, they have benefited from an academic standpoint also because of all the money that football generates. 

"It's been good for both schools. It's the way it should be now."
 
(via Al.com)

Alabama CB Geno Smith arrested for DUI.

Geno Smith's mugshot via The Big Lead.


Well, here's some news Alabama head football coach Nick Saban didn't need. Crimson Tide cornerback Geno Smith was arrested on DUI charges over the weekend, and was held on $1,000 bond at the Tuscaloosa County Jail until at least 11:00 a.m on Sunday. He was apparently released on bail  at some point between 11 a.m and 7:45 pm, according to Al.com's Andrew Gribble.

Obviously, Saban was not amused.

 "This is obviously not the kind of behavior we expect from our players," coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "I don't have all of the details at this point and will handle it appropriately once I've had the chance to review the information."

Smith's arrest was the first Alabama player arrested since four players were arrested on charges of robbery and credit card fraud.  No word as been given on his status on the team.

(via ESPN, Al.com)

Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Fallout: Johnny Manziel, Ohio State, Auburn, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Sunday Edition. 

This is the song that doesn't end. Yes, it goes on and on my friend...
In an e-mail to boosters regarding the Johnny Manziel autographs-for-cash controversy, Texas A&M athletic director said that "There simply is no blueprint for handling what Johnny and his family have gone through since December." (ESPN)

Buckeyes suspend two. 
Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer announces that cornerback Bradley Roby (misdemeanor assault charges) and running back Rod Smith (undisclosed violation of team rules) have been suspended for the season opener against Buffalo. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Demetruce McNeal is an ex-Auburn Tiger.
Auburn head football coach Gus Malzahn announces the dismissal of Tigers' safety Demetruce McNeal following his recent arrest for alleged possession of Marijuana. (ESPN)

Tough to spell this early in the morning of the day.
Adam Rittenberg profiles Illinois starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. (ESPN)

Injuries


Notre Dame.
Notre Dame linebacker Danny Spond has ended his college career due an undisclosed medical issue. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

Nebraska.
Nebraska defensive tackle Kevin Williams will miss the 2013 college football season due to a knee injury. (AP/Yahoo! Sports

Recruiting


Lake Charles,La. high school rising senior Trey Quinn has committed to LSU's 2014 recruiting class. (ESPN)




Saturday, August 17, 2013

Test

Test

The Fallout: Johnny Manziel, John Elway, and more.

Welcome to the Fallout - Saturday edition.

This is song that doesn't end. Yes, it goes on and on my friend. 
George Schroeder discusses the Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel autograph signing controversy, says nothing new. (USA Today)

The Usual Suspects.
Mike Herndon ranks the SEC's best quarterbacks. No surprises at all, as Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel ranks first, Alabama's A.J. McCarron second, and Georgia's Aaron Murray third. (Al.com)

Seven the Hard Way.
Stanford announces it will retire legendary Cardinal and Denver Broncos' starting QB John Elway's #7 jersey number during the Nov. 7 game against Oregon. (Rule of Tree)

He went to Jared! 
Cal names Jared Goff starting quarterback. (ESPN)

The Savage Nation.
Pitt names Tom Savage as the Panthers' starting QB. (Cardiac Hill)

Injury reports.


Georgia
Georgia safety Corey Moore is recovering from a sprained knee. (The Athens Banner-Herald)

Recruiting.


New York State of Mind.
New York high school senior athlete Curtis Samuel commits to Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class. Samuel is the first NY recruit for the Buckeyes since 2005.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Mark Richt lost control of a pair of hair clippers, got a buzzcut.



Major news out of Athens on Thursday. Mark Richt has lost control of a pair of clippers. Or at least somebody lost control of a pair of clippers, and they just happened to be going through the Georgia head football coaches hair. Richt explained to Mark Bradley the events surrounding the buzzcut.

Your hair is shorter. What happened?
“I got tired of messing with it. My wife actually cut her hair short not too long ago, so I thought I’d go ahead and join the party. Whether I keep it this way, I don’t know. I’ve got to live with it for a minute. The funny thing was, I did it Monday, and Tuesday just happened to be my eight-different-PSAs (public-service announcements) day.”


Judging from Richt's interview, it doesn't sound like he was happy with how the new crewcut turned out. So don't be surprised if he's you see him wearing hats more often in the next few weeks.


In the meantime, EDSBS' Spencer Hall celebrated Richt's buzzing in a way that only a brilliant but demented Florida alum could - by parodying Pavement's "Cut Your Hair."

"Mark Richt don't you go and cut your hair
Don't you know it's gonna make you age
He's just a boy with two haircuts
(and those are pretty nice haircuts)"

Yeah, this haircut may be the worst massacre Richt's faced since the Alabama "Blackout" debacle of 2008. 

(via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Big Tentacles: A ton of cornerbacks, injuries, and...alligators?

Big Tentacles - The Big Ten and its influence over college football.

Don't ask me why, but there's a lot of cornerback news today.

Down on the Cornerback.
IlliniBoard.Com profiles Illinois cornerback V'Angelo Bentley.

Down on the Cornerback, Part Deux. 
Illinois safety Caleb Day is moving from the safety position to cornerback. (The Champaign Room)

Down on the Cornerback, Part Tres. 
Brandon Fisher profiles Ohio State safety/cornerback Darron Lee. (Buckeye Empire)

Mr. Jones and me tell each other fairy tales. 
Rodger Sherman profiles Northwestern cornerback Daniel Jones. (Sippin' on Purple)
Iowa player profile of the day. 
Adam Rittenberg profiles Iowa defensive tackle Carl Davis. (ESPN)

Jack Attack!
Mike Griffith profiles Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin. And no, I don't know of he's related to former Real World Brooklyn cast member and Iraq War vet Ryan Conklin.  (MLive.com)

Injuries


Ohio State injury report.
Ohio State cornerback Adam Griffin underwent shoulder surgery Thursday morning, which will in all probably end his college football career. Griffin is the son of the only time Heisman Trophy winner and legendary Buckeye  Archie Griffin. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Illinois injury report.
Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhasse "tweaked" his ankle in practice on Wendsday. (The Chicago Tribune)

Insanity


See you later, alligator.
Adam Jacobi explains why alligators shouldn't play football. Expect a rebuttal from Florida alum Spencer Hall sometime today, with a good chance that this painting turns up over at Every Day Should Be Saturday



(Black Heart Gold Pants. Well, where did you think this came from?)