SEC: Johnny Manziel, Jeremy Hill and tipping points

SEC links for Tuesday:

– Rachel Bachman and Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal ask if the latest Johnny Manziel controversy is a tipping point for the NCAA? “What this contradiction highlights is the hypocrisy of the NCAA and the abuse of its rules to exploit and punish athletes,” said Michael Hausfeld, lead attorney in former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon’s lawsuit, alleging that the NCAA has conspired to keep licensing and other revenues from the pockets of the players who help earn them.

LSU players support Jeremy Hill’s return, reports Matthew Harris of The Advocate. “Three hours after a district judge spared LSU running back Jeremy Hill jail time, Hill stood before the Tigers in their team meeting room as they mulled their piece of the say in his fate. Whatever words Hill uttered sufficed, and a unanimous vote helped usher the suspended sophomore back into the fold. He donned workout garb for LSU’s afternoon practice Monday.”

– New Tennessee coach Butch Jones threw a curveball on Monday and held an abrupt scrimmage, reports Evan Woodbery of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. He writes, “Because the scrimmage work came during the portion of practice open to the media, it also offered a glimpse of the Vols’ depth chart a few days into camp. The biggest surprise? Not only had freshman receiver Marquez North pushed his way onto the first team, but fellow true freshman and CAK graduate Josh Smith joined him there as well.”

Texas A&M met the media after a frenzied off-season, reports Sam Kahn, Jr. for “While Manziel is still practicing and taking his repetitions with the team, there is a cloud of uncertainty that exists over the program because of the uncertain status of its star player. Media from across the country descended on the Bright Football Complex on Monday as A&M coach Kevin Sumlin took the microphone, making the first public comments since the news of the investigation broke on Sunday.”

– Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson pushes his players through mental overload, reports Brandon Marcello of “We have probably overloaded the kids at this point but there’s just no way around it,” Johnson said. “A lot of times when the defense can’t hit without pads, one thing you like to do is really put your focus on install.”

– Florida must replace All-American kicker Caleb Sturgis, reports Jesse Simonton of the Miami Herald. “I mean you lose the best kicker I’ve ever been around, so there’s no question it’s a huge concern,” Muschamp said. “We have to get better.”

Jordan Jenking is looking to fulfill at Georgia tradition, writes Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph. “Jenkins’ performance as a true freshman (five sacks and 23 quarterback pressures, both second on the team behind Jones) and his new role on the team sets up for a big year. Jenkins will now be featured at the Will linebacker spot, where Jones racked up 28 sacks the past two seasons for Georgia and Justin Houston had 10 in 2010.”

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