Monday, August 5, 2013

Morning Six Pack: August 5, 2013 and 26 days until bammer football Monday. You again. Well, start the week off right—six college football stories from our favorite conference.

In first look at many freshmen, Foster stands out, and so does Foster

This is the No. 1 signing class in the nation in 2013, and it shows. Many of the players in this group look more like juniors than freshmen.

Opportunity knocks for backup Brown

Four years ago, Mack Brown was thought to be the savior of Florida's running back position. Nowadays, he's the forgotten man.

Georgia looking for third-team tailback

As long as Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall stay healthy, the Georgia Bulldogs should be set at tailback through the next two seasons.

Coordinators meet the press: Tide offense possesses plenty of weapons

Media day with the Alabama football team is a special opportunity because it's the only guaranteed time of year when the offensive and defensive coordinators are available to speak with the media.

Kirby Smart says Alabama's 2012 defense was 'not exactly up to par'

Though the Crimson Tide ranked No. 1 in rush defense, total defense and scoring defense, Smart says the unit can be better.


Athletes being asked for their signatures on items is obviously not uncommon, and many of those items eventually wind up on eBay. But the amount of Johnny Football product that flooded the memorabilia market overall following the BCS title game was overwhelming, memorabilia dealers told “Outside the Lines.” Two of the leading autograph authentication companies, PSA/DNA and JSA, have authenticated many of the items. Officials with both companies told ESPN that they guarantee the signatures, some with inscriptions like “Gig ‘Em” and “Heisman ’12″. Online verification databases show a single lot of 999 signed Manziel photos numbered sequentially. JSA authenticated 248 items and 376 items that came in in two batches that also are numbered sequentially. Insiders say this indicates the signings were done in large quantities intended for wholesale.

We’ve seen the NCAA screw up investigations before, and nothing is ever a slam dunk with the NCAA. Cam Newton’s father admitted openly to the NCAA that he shopped his son to Mississippi State for the sum of $200,000, yet the governing organization accepted his word that despite standing to gain an enormous profit elsewhere, somehow the greedy father elected to let Cam go to Auburn for nothing, having never stepped a foot on campus prior. Oh, and Cam knew nothing about the arrangement. Riiight.

But this situation appears more difficult for the tip-toe artist to wiggle out of unscathed. An issue much bigger than just attention seeking Tweets, or news of being kicked out of frat parties…or worse yet, the Manning Quarterback Camp… this one may grant Johnny Football his wish, as cited from one of his earliest scathing Tweets: “To get out of College Station.”

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