Monday, April 14, 2014
Want the SEC Network? Ask for it. That’s the message Justin Connolly brought to the Tiger Club of Kansas City on Tuesday. Connolly is an ESPN vice president for college networks who will oversee Southeastern Conference sports coverage.
Bidding to become the first to win three straight national college football championships, Alabama collected 58 of 60 first-place votes in the preseason Associated Press poll revealed Saturday. Second-place Ohio State received one, and Georgia, which fell to Alabama in last year’s SEC Championship game, got the other.
In a move that coincides with the creation of the new College Football Playoff, the Southeastern Conference on Monday announced nine bowl agreements and a new process for assigning schools that will start in 2014.
For all of his offseason antics, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziels maturity was questioned, but not his standing as a college football player. That may change if an NCAA investigation into the possibility of Manziel receiving money for signing autographs proves true.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel clearly has no intention of simply handing the quarterback job to James Franklin, though he still seems well-positioned to be the starter.
Alabama coach Nick Saban has been an outspoken critic of fast-paced, no-huddle offense. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, who uses a breakneck offense with the Mountaineers, fired back on Tuesday: Id tell him to get over it because its not going to change.
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin wouldn’t comment Thursday at SEC Media Days about the four football players who were recently dismissed from the team amid a a police investigation into alleged sex crimes at a campus dormitory.
Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, better known as Katherine Webb’s boyfriend, is favored this season to win a fourth national championship in his college career and third as a starter. Nobody in the role of major college quarterback has accomplished more, and yet recognition hasn’t come as easily.
The Southeastern Conference has won more NCAA men’s basketball championships over the past eight years than any other league. But the SEC was stung by last season’s collective performance that produced a mere three NCAA Tournament teams and created a position, associate commissioner for men’s basketball, filling it with veteran staff member Mark Whitworth.
Not surprisingly, Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked Thursday about South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s recent comment that three quarterbacks — Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, Clemson’s Tahj Boyd and yes, Georgia’s Aaron Murray — seemed to be scared of him last year.
When asked about the fairness of the Southeastern Conference’s football schedule, LSU coach Les Miles took another opportunity to talk about one of his favorite topics.
The Southeastern Conference released the medias preseason all-league football team Thursday, and only one Tiger senior cornerback E.J. Gaines (above), a third-team selection made the cut. Missouri was also picked to finish sixth out of seven teams in the SEC East Division.
The SEC Network officially has a launch date Aug. 21, 2014. The announcement, which was made at the Southeastern Conferences football media days Thursday, highlighted an address by ESPNs Justin Connolly, the head of the SEC Network, in which he reinforced the desire to get the channel in as many homes as possible.
The very first question new Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops was asked Wednesday by print reporters at SEC Media Days was about the comment Bob, the head coach at Oklahoma, made to the Tulsa World in May, when he essentially challenged the strength of the SEC by noting that while the league has produced the last eight national champions, half of em (the teams in the league) havent done much at all.
South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney may seem unblockable, but he admitted that a few players in the league — including Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson — did have some success stopping him.
It’s not an SEC Media Days unless coaches take some podium shots at each other, and on Wednesday the dueling pistols were handed to Arkansas’ Bret Bielema and Auburn’s Gus Malzahn.
A new rule passed by the NCAA in March requires referees to eject any college football player who “targets,” or strikes, a defenseless opponent above the shoulders with his elbow, first, forearm, helmet or shoulder while attempting a tackle.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel kicked off his Heisman Trophy encore season answering why he left the Manning passing camp early (no hangover, he just missed his alarm). The attention was Tebow-like in scale. Even by SEC Media Day circus standards, the attention bordered on insane. The spotlight is 10 times brighter than I thought it was, he said.
Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M said a dead cellphone, not a hangover, was the reason he overslept and missed the final day of the Manning Passing Academy. And he also had some other things to say to scores of reporters at SEC Media Days.
Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace talks about Marshall Henderson and Johnny Manziel. Florida coach Will Muschamp snipes at Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowneys hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith is still viral.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney hasn’t made contact with Michigan running back Vincent Smith … after the contact that has lived on highlight reels since the Outback Bowl.
Mississippi quarterback Bo Wallace has an ideal vantage point to view two of the Southeastern Conferences most-discussed athletes: Rebels basketball player Marshall Henderson and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. Wallace came to the defense of both.
Current Florida football coach Will Muschamp huffed at Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who turned Florida in for an alleged secondary violation. We appreciated our friends from Ohio making sure were compliant with NCAA rules, Muschamp said. They certainly know a little about that subject.
About that thing Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said in May about SEC hype, Florida coach Will Muschamp is cool with it. “If I were Bob, I’d have said the same thing,” Muschamp said Tuesday during SEC Media Days.