Thursday, July 18, 2013

Morning Six Pack: July 18, 2013 and 44 days until whoopass three of SEC Media Days and another fresh batch of college football stories from around these parts.

Alabama's Nick Saban looks to accountability of athletes like Aaron Hernandez

The tragic tale that has become the life of disgraced NFL star Aaron Hernandez remains an interesting topic of discussion within the football community.

Johnny Manziel would ‘love’ to play against Jadeveon Clowney

Will it happen? Not unless Texas A&M and South Carolina meet in the SEC championship game. But it’s July, so let’s go there anyway.

Can staunch LSU fans really be this brainless?

Gregg Doyel wants LSU's Les Miles to kick troubled RB Jeremy Hill off the team. LSU fans want to kick around Doyel while defending Hill.

Predicting the 2013 SEC Football Season: Texas A&M Aggies

The eleventh in a series leading up to fall camps brings us to the land of the Twelfth Man.

SEC Media Days notebook: Malzahn, Bielema continue debate over hurry-up offense

Auburn's Nov. 2 game at Arkansas should be entertaining, if the war of words between new Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and new Arkansas coach Bret Bielema is any indication.


Nov. 18, 2011, was supposed to be a slow Friday night in Tuscaloosa. Alabama was playing its annual pre-Auburn cupcake team and had lost to LSU two weeks before. But that night Iowa State shocked then-No. 2 Oklahoma State, putting Alabama right back in the national championship picture.

I was at the local Buffalo Wild Wings and the celebration when the Cyclones won in overtime sounded like Alabama had just won the national championship. Strangers hugged and high-fived me. Downtown on The Strip, every bar was blaring Baby Bash’s “Cyclone.”

I walked up to a fraternity house with some friends, where the party was in full swing. Not being in a fraternity usually would be a problem getting in, but not tonight.

“Are you an Iowa State fan?” the man at the door asked.

“Hell yes,” I responded, and he gave me a bear hug and let me in.

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