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Bama’s McCarron Not Answering Questions About A&M’s Manziel

johnny-manziel-aj-mccarronWhen Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel said yesterday that he overslept at the Manning Passing Academy and that that’s what led to his departure from the camp, everyone knew that questions when then come AJ McCarron’s way.  That’s because McCarron was Manziel’s roommate the camp and he did arrive on time for the scheduled meetings last Saturday.

So, was Manziel in their room?  And if so, why didn’t McCarron wake him up?

McCarron is indeed hearing those questions.  He’s just not providing any answers.  Today he’s told the reporters at SEC Media Days:


“I can’t answer on Johnny Manziel’s part.  My name’s AJ.  He’s his own man.  I’m not gonna speak on another man’s business…. I know how I handle myself out in public, how I carry myself in front of people.  That’s what I’m worried about.”


Read into that what you will.  McCarron also decided not to use Manziel’s “I’m just a 20-year-old kid” defense from a day ago, by admitting that he knows he lives in a fishbowl:


“You can’t be a normal 22-year-old kid… I can’t go out and act a fool.  I can’t go out and drink excessively, being wild and stuff.  I can’t do that.”


In a one-on-one with ESPN, McCarron added:


“As Coach Saban says, ‘We created this beast.  You asked for this lifestyle and you asked for this spotlight that comes with it.  So enjoy it, but don’t misuse it in any kind of way.”


McCarron and Manziel have been pals — as evidenced by the photo from last Friday we’ve posted at left — but it’s hard to imagine two guys handling the spotlight more differently.

You also have to wonder if their friendship might be strained thanks to the Manziel hubbub of the past week.  After all, last night McCarron took a page from Manziel’s book and briefly posted a tweet stating: “Your right I’m not at the espy’s! I don’t have to be at a award show to know what my team did.”

Manziel was at the ESPY’s last night.  McCarron says his tweet wasn’t aimed at Manziel.  Uh-huh.

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SEC Headlines 7/18/2013

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1. Official launch date announced for new SEC network - August 21, 2014.

2. Gator Bowl finalizing agreement with SEC as “anchor team.” Bowl has finalized deals with ACC and Big Ten to serve as opponents.  Same setup at Music City Bowl

3. LSU plays Florida and Georgia from the East.  Alabama plays Tennessee and Kentucky.  ”That’s the difference between shooting a bullet and throwing it.”

4. Did Kentucky coach Mark Stoops diss the Georgia Bulldogs? “On our side of the division, certainly you have to look at Florida and South Carolina.”

5. What’s the status of three A&M players arrested this offseason?  Coach Kevin Sumlin says decision will be made at  ”an appropriate time.”

6. Johnny Manziel may be ready to leave College Station.  Not so lineman Jake Matthews. “ I just love the atmosphere and the feeling of College Station..”

7. Manziel wins an ESPY award as the best male college athlete. What would life be like at the Johnny Manziel football camp?

8. Jadeveon Clowney wins an ESPY for his hit on Michigan’s Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl.

9. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray doesn’t fear Clowney – but he does respect him.

10. When asked about defensive ends, two Tennessee linemen both mention Florida’s Ronald Powell.

11. In defense of Missouri quarterback James Franklin: “He shouldn’t be a divisive figure or a target but a rallying point…”

12. Bernie Miklasz on Dorial Green-Beckham and Missouri’s depth chart:  ”I’m more concerned about the real games, not the depth-chart games.”

13. It’s no secret that Arkansas coach Bret Bielema wants players out of Texas.  ”There are a lot of good players in Texas, and if certain schools in the state aren’t doing that great, it opens up an avenue for us to get into.”

14. Bielema on the team’s new football center: “I’m not saying we’re going to be the top in the country, but we’re definitely in the upper division now…”

15. JUCO-transfer defensive tackle Lavon Hooks looks to make an immediate impact at Ole Miss.

16. What’s it like to work at the Alabama student paper? “Football is everything…Teachers, students, administrators, everybody is tuned into the football team.”  Want proof?

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17. Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin getting a $50,000 raise.

18. Former Kentucky guard Ryan Harrow granted immediate eligibility at Georgia State

19. With the departures of  Trevor Lacey and Devonta Pollard, Alabama down to nine scholarship players.

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SEC Headlines – 7/14/11 Part One

1.  The Gainesville Sun says the South Carolina-Georgia game should be a doozy.

2.  The paper also ranks Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery as the league’s 6th best player.

3.  Was Steve Spurrier’s field goal to beat Auburn in 1966 the greatest moment in Florida football history?

4.  Speaking of Auburn, the Tigers struck out at last night’s ESPY awards.  (As millions tune-in and fall into ESPN self-hype trap.)

5.  Georgia looks pretty good on special teams… again.

6.  With major attrition at running back in Athens, Richard Samuel — a tailback turned linebackers — could soon become a tailback-turned-linebacker-turned-tailback.

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