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Hitting the Links: July 31st, 2013

Just hitting the links.

Johnny Drama
Johnny Drama
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As always starting elsewhere and ending in South Bend.

Johnny Football shot back to the top of the charts this week and I have a handful of JF stories teed up below. The headlines themselves tell the story but the 3rd one is really worth a read. It's a pretty insightful piece by Wright Thompson.

Now here are the latest adventures of one Johnny Football. First he got tossed out of a UT frat party.

Johnny Manziel Stops By West Campus; Is Politely Asked To Leave - Burnt Orange Nation

Johnny Football stopped by the University of Texas last night and decided to attend a polite fraternal gathering of academic peers. Unfortunately, they were not as welcoming has he had hoped. Manziel was thrown out of this fraternity party "quickly and harshly."

Then whatever site this is claimed that Manziel is actually willing to sit out a year to transfer to Texas. That would be interesting but I'll take it with a pile of salt based on the source. Don't waste your time on the actual link. It's only there to acknowledge the source.

Johnny Manziel Willing to Sit out a Year? | Terez Owens

I had a conversation with Johnny Manziel this past weekend in Austin. Johnny said he’d sit out a year just so he could play for Texas.." said our source who spoke directly to Johnny.

Enter Wright Thompson. If you are a college football fan this really is worth reading. It will be really interesting to go back and revisit this one at the end of the upcoming season too.

Heisman winner Johnny Manziel's celebrity could derail the Texas Aggies season - ESPN The Magazine - ESPN

"I don't enjoy playing golf with him because I don't want to see that temper," he'll say later. "I honestly do not. I cringe when he wants to play golf. I don't want to do it, but I know I have to do it. Because he still needs love. He still needs guidance. He still needs to see he's wrong -- and how to control his temper. And if I give up on him, who's gonna take over? The school sure the hell isn't gonna do it."

Our friends over at Good Bull Hunting actually interviewed Thompson after his article hit the wire on Tuesday night.

Talking to ESPN's Wright Thompson | Good Bull Hunting

I spoke with ESPN Senior Writer Wright Thompson at 1:00 CT, minutes after his article about Manziel was published.

This SBN post expounds a little more about some of the specifics in Thompson's piece.

Johnny Manziel's family at odds with Texas A&M -

One of the new issues raised in Thompson's story is the distance that has grown between Texas A&M and certain members of the Manziel family, which in the past has struck out to defend Johnny from national media (ironically including, at one point, ESPN). It's a consistent thread throughout the story, which also details Manziel's relationship with his father, his undergoing therapy for alcohol and anger, and a touch of hope here and there.

Meanwhile, back on the 40 acres...

Ex-Texas quarterback Connor Brewer transferring to Arizona | Campus Union -

Brewer, an Arizona native and one of the most prolific quarterbacks in the state’s history, was also considering Alabama and Notre Dame.

Brewer must have known that Manziel is considering a transfer to UT.

This next one is for the stat geeks. Oh my.

A decade of running backs - Football Study Hall

First, let's hire a bouncer and limit the data to players with the following characteristics. You must be a running back (sorry, Manziel) and you must average 15+ carries per game. That leaves us with 584 backs to scrutinize over the last 10 seasons.

EA Sports busts out a Jedi mind-trick move. I like it.

EA Sports seeks dismissal from Ed O’Bannon lawsuit | SI Wire

EA wrote that it "should not be forced to continue to litigate this case for another six months (or more), until dispositive motions on liability are briefed and decided, all based on a complaint that fails as a matter of law."

I want to land a huge job so that I can get a sweet severance package when I get fired resign retire..

Gordon Gee gets $5.8 million retirement package from Ohio State -

On Monday, the university announced a $5.8 million retirement package for Gee. The five-year contract includes a one-time payment of $1.5 million and an annual salary of $410,000.

This is pretty cool.

Eric LeGrand's No. 52 to be retired by Rutgers Scarlet Knights - ESPN New York

Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand will have his No. 52 retired this fall, the school announced Tuesday. It will be the first number retired by Rutgers in the 144-year history of its football program.

College football players Polo Manukainiu, Gaius Vaenuku killed in car wreck -

Texas A&M defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu, freshman Utah defensive end Gaius Vaenuku, and fellow passenger Lolo Uhatafe died in a car accident in New Mexico early Tuesday morning, according to New Mexico State Police.

Thoughts and prayers.

The Sandusky fallout continues. The defense? Blame it on Mike McQueary. It's a technique...

Penn State Nittany Lions former officials to stand trial in Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial - ESPN

Penn State's ex-president and two former top school administrators were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Judge orders ex-Penn State officials to stand trial; defense begins attack on Mike McQueary - Yahoo! Sports

Instead, they used their closing arguments Tuesday at the end of a two-day pretrial hearing to begin assailing the honesty and credibility of key prosecution witness Mike McQueary, who in 2001 walked in on Sandusky and a boy showering in a football locker room.

Look who is here to defend the honor of Eddie Vanderdoes! Don't click on the link unless you want to get really annoyed.

Eddie Vanderdoes needs to win his appeal; Brian Kelly needs to lose - CBSSports

Way too harsh, and way too hypocritical considering coaches like Brian Kelly can leave -- and Brian Kelly has left -- one school for another at the drop of a hat. Kelly has done it twice in Division I, leaving Central Michigan for Cincinnati in 2006, and then leaving Cincinnati for Notre Dame during the 2009 season. He considered leaving Notre Dame for the NFL a few months ago, but decided to stay.

On the heels of the Doyel piece this happened right on cue. I hope that the NCAA didn't just open up the floodgates.

Leave your bags at home this year people! I always wondered what people were carrying in those bags. Snacks? Stadium seat pads? Extra warming layers? Binoculars? Whiskey? Marshmallows? Fess up in the comment section!

Notre Dame to enhance stadium safety with new bag policy // News // Notre Dame News // University of Notre Dame

Beginning with the 2013 season-opening game Aug. 31 (Saturday), fans will be prohibited from bringing large bags such as backpacks, duffel bags and totes into the stadium (see photo for examples). Smaller bags, such as purses, will be allowed but will be inspected by trained security personnel, as will blankets, coats, ponchos and other similar items.

Keith Arnold is still rolling on the Freshman Focus pieces. Who thinks Malik Zaire is going to burn that redshirt this year? Who thinks we are going to need him to?

Freshman Focus: Malik Zaire | Inside the Irish

Arriving on campus, it was tough to call Malik Zaire the quarterback of tomorrow. It was more like the day after tomorrow. But with a depth chart that saw the departure of Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel, and will say goodbye to Tommy Rees and potentially Andrew Hendrix after this season, Zaire’s arrival feels almost imminent.

Both SD and UHND think that Ishaq Williams is on the clock.

Now Or Never - Ishaq Williams | Subway Domer

Is 2013 make or break for Notre Dame's Ishaq Williams? Steve Herring discusses

Time Starting to Run Out for Ishaq Williams at Notre Dame |

Once a 5-star, elite prospect, Ishaq Williams enters his junior year at Notre Dame without much to show in terms of production thus far in his career.

Fall Camp is almost here! BK sat down with Jack Nolan to talk about it.

We'll end this on a great Te'o story.

Sink or swim? Chargers' top rookies bond | Mobile

D.J. Fluker had never swum. He was too traumatized to try. Once, around age 4, the Chargers right tackle fell and sank to the bottom of a 12-foot swimming pool. His mother jumped in after him, tightly wrapping her arms around her first-born and pulling him to safety. No problem, Manti Te’o told Fluker last month.

Enjoy the rest of your week.