SEC links for Thursday:
– David Climer of the Tennessean says we’ve hit Johnny Football Overload. He writes, “he season can’t come soon enough for Johnny Manziel or those of us who are starting to suffer from Johnny Football fatigue. Let me be the first to say that I love watching the guy play quarterback for Texas A&M. But let me also say I’m starting to consider him the most spoiled brat in intercollegiate athletics. He’s becoming the Kardashian of college football.”
– Apparently, Manziel’s twitter rant was over a parking ticket.
– Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning-News writes that the legend of Johnny Football almost did not come into being. She reports, “A&M initially suspended Manziel for the 2012 season following his arrest in College Station’s Northgate bar district last summer, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Dallas Morning News. Manziel, entering his freshman season after sitting out 2011 as a redshirt, would have felt it was necessary to transfer if the suspension wasn’t overturned on appeal, according to the source.”
– John Zenor of the AP reports that new Alabama athletic director Bill Battle believes the Tide under Nick Saban is on an unprecedented run. And Battle played on Bear Bryant’s 1961 national championship team at Bama.
– Eric Olson of the AP reports that Oregon State knocked out Indiana 1-0 to earn a Friday game against Mississippi State in the College World Series. It was the first 1-0 game in the CWS since 1985.
– Duane Rankin of the Montgomery Advertiser reports that Auburn basketball has picked up a junior college addition in Malcolm Canada. “The 6-foot, 3-inch point guard averaged 20.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals last season at Ellsworth Community College, an NJCAA Division II school in Iowa Falls, Iowa,” reports Rankin.
– After showing a $4 million budget deficit the previous year, Tennessee athletics hopes to break even this year, reports the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “Bill Myers, the department’s chief financial officer, told UT’s board of trustees on Wednesday that the Vols expect to break even in the 2013 and 2014 fiscal years. Myers projected $99 million in expenses in the 2013 fiscal year that ends June 30 and a $96 million budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. The department spent $106 million in the 2012 fiscal year.”
– Scott Rabalais of the Baton Rouge Advocate thinks LSU baseball may need to change its approach. He writes, “One look at the College Worlds Series’ still gleaming new home tells you that. TD Ameritrade Park is an amazing, if sterile, looking jewel perched a couple of Mason Katz home-run blasts (or about 160 UCLA sacrifice bunts) from downtown Omaha and the Missouri River. The park has the same dimensions as old Rosenblatt Stadium, the main differences being this new park is dug into the ground instead of sitting up on a hill, and the bats players are using now have much less pop than they used to.”