Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Covering Dixie: Johnny Manziel, Nick Marshall, James Franklin, and more.

Covering Dixie Like Mildew - The SEC. We still have more BCS titles than you do. 

"Covering Dixie" is getting back into the swing of things now that bowl season is finally over. I'll be doing some housecleaning for the next day or so, while I still try to recover from bowl season, the holidays, the Polar Vortex, bronchitis, and a session of helping babysit my twin nephs.

Johnny Proball?
Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel will reportedly announce his decision whether to stay at College Station for another year, or enter the 2014 NFL Draft by today. I wouldn't keep my hopes up on this one, Aggieland. (

Joseph goes to Aggieland.
Texas A&M hires Nebraska defensive backs coach Terry Joseph to be the Aggies' new DB coach. (Good Bull Hunting)

Stand By Your Man.
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says that Nick Marshall will remain as the Tigers' starting QB. This despite reports from ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit that Marshall could face competition during spring practice from his backup, Jeremy Johnson. (

Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?
Andrew Gribble looks at the five Alabama seniors that will be the toughest to replace in 2014. QB A.J. McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley obviously are at the top of the list. (

Not going down without a fight. 
Vanderbilt athletic director David Williams is making plans to keep Commodore head coach James Franklin from bolting to Penn State. (CBS Sports)

The numbers game. 
Jon Cooper looks at how the SEC did against non-conference opponents in 2013. The conference was 55-11 against non-conference teams. The ACC was the conference that scored the most wins against the ACC, with four. (Saturday Down South)

Springtime for Gators.
Florida will tentatively begin spring practice on March 19. The spring football game in The Swamp is being scheduled for April 12. (The Gainesville Sun)

NFL Draft

Mr. Robinson leaves the neighborhood. 
Auburn sophomore offensive linesman Greg Robinson announces his plans to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

When Josie leave home. 
Missouri junior running back Henry Josey is leaving school early to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. (AP/Yahoo! Sports)

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