Evening notes and links from SEC Media Days

stoopssec300Some evening notes and links:

Edward Aschoff of ESPN writes on the media circus surrounding Johnny Manziel today. “After a little more than six minutes of explaining himself, Manziel moved to a small private room before shuffling through more media members on his way to his first TV room. Right off the bat, questions came about his offseason, particularly the Manning camp. The more non-football questions that came, the more relaxed Manziel became. Nerves only appeared when he slightly fiddled his fingers or tugged his jacket. He was concise and articulate and took full responsibility for the Manning incident.”

Jen Smith of the Herald-Leader reports on UK’s tying troubles. That would be bow-tying, etc.

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports says give Johnny Football a break. “Johnny Football may eventually become Johnny Flameout in the NFL but his conduct is absolutely consistent with your average, privileged college-aged male. He may be in the middle of the best two years of his life. If things get a bit obnoxious, well, college is not just the education, it’s also the experience. A&M’s quarterback just happens to have the means to make life an IMAX Experience. Not all of us win a Heisman. Not all of us have well-off parents. Johnny Football has both, as well as a thirst to drink … from the cup of life.”

SI.com’s Andy Staples says Manziel is worth the circus.

Larry Vaught writes on Donte Rump and the new mantra of “get on board or get off the train.” Rumph said, “We addressed how to carry themselves and what would help the program. We’ve got a great bunch of guys. We’re on the right path. We’re moving in the right direction.”

Ben Jones of Cats Illustrated has more SEC notes from today. “Tennessee left tackle Antonio Richardson responded on Wednesday after South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said he had to resort to holding to try and slow him down last year. Clowney had four tackles and a sack against the Vols last season.  I’d like to think of myself as the ultimate competitor, a true competitor,’ Richardson said. ‘It’s in my blood. It’s the way I was raised. Jadeveon Clowney is a great player. He has all the physical intangibles that you could ask for. To be able to run a 4.6 40 at 270 pounds, that’s amazing, but I’m ready to go up against him.'”

Evan Woodbery of the Knoxville News-Sentinel writes that Butch Jones was on message today. “Jones arrived at the podium about 20 minutes behind schedule, but had a relatively short stay. There were no controversial questions asked or major news provided. Unlike a year ago, when Derek Dooley provided the Richard Nixonian quote about not having the Vols to ‘kick around’ anymore, 2013 was a fairly uneventful debut in Hoover.”

Guy Ramsey of Cat Scratches reports on UK’s hop to Hoover. “UK is now nearing the end of the summer, during which Stoops and his assistants are unable to work with student-athletes due to NCAA rules. That means getting bodies right through the High Performance program – all three players in attendance reported major improvement across the team in that area – and, above all else, establishing what will be demanded come fall.”

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