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Ex-Auburn Hoopster Barkley Is So Tired Of A&M’s Manziel He’s “Close to Saying, ‘Roll Tide.’”

gfx - they said itThere aren’t many topics that Charles Barkley isn’t willing to discuss.  The ex-Auburn and NBA great became the latest to weigh in on Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel during a radio interview on Tuesday:


“Johnny Manziel, he’s doing something I never thought was possible.  He’s going to make me root for Alabama this weekend.  I never thought I would say those words.  I am so close to saying, ‘Roll Tide.’  Johnny Manziel is annoying me so much.  I’m really close to saying, ‘Roll Tide.’…

(Auburn fans) are not going to be happy.  But let me tell you something.  Johnny Manziel, oh my God, the only thing saving Manziel is Miley Cyrus.

I just think that Johnny Manziel has done a lot of stupid stuff in the last three or four months.”


Cue the ill-humored Aggie fans who’ll remind Barkley of all the stupid stuff he’s done over the years.  In three, two, one…

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SEC Headlines 8/11/2013

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1. A question about the Johnny Manziel investigation: “Will the NCAA expedite a case in order to deem its biggest star eligible? And why does it need to?” Former NCAA enforcement director recommends Aggies don’t play Manziel at the start of the season: “No one wants to play an athlete who’s later determined to be ineligible…”

2. New York Post writer on the Alabama – Texas A&M game: “On that day, a focused Alabama team will remove a distracted Manziel from Heisman consideration.”

3. A long day Saturday for Texas A&M coaches and players.  Aggies attend funeral of defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu in a Fort Worth suburb and then back to College Station for practice.

4. Three former Vanderbilt players have been booked on rape charges.  Search continues for 19-year Brandon Banks.

5. Investigation at Vanderbilt is ongoing.  ”Clearly, the case is not closed.”

6. Arkansas grants Mekale McKay his scholarship release. Sophomore wide receiver will transfer.

7. JUCO transfer Duron Singleton cleared by the NCAA.  Will start practice Monday at Missouri.

8. Is this the best group of cornerbacks at Florida since 2008?

9. Can wide receiver Travin Dural be a true deep threat for LSU?  Les Miles: “I think that Travin could easily be one of our best receivers.”

10. The race to replace Marcus Lattimore at South Carolina has grown by one – add sophomore Shon Carson to the mix.

11. Mississippi State is counting on JUCO transfer Jeremey Chappelle to make an impact at wide receiver.

12. Eligible for the first time in his career, Georgia’s Kolton Houston is battling John Theus for the starting right tackle offensive spot.

13. Georgia defensive linemen are making the adjustment from Rodney Garner to Chris Wilson.

14. Of Gus Malzahn’s last 10 quarterbacks, only two of them have rushed for more than 200 yards: Arkansas State’s Ryan Aplin and Cam Newton.

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15. Jadeveon Clowney sits out South Carolina’s Saturday scrimmage with a sore shoulder.

16. After an 85- play scrimmage Saturday, Auburn looking to narrown down the quarterback race.  Gus Malzahn: ”You can’t keep repping four guys at quarterback and properly evaluate them as it gets closer.” Freshman Jeremy Johnson not making the decision easy.

17. Tigers make the punt and kick game “live” and open to tackling Saturday.

18. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron suffers a bruised foot late in a scrimmage; some freshmen Crimson Tide defensive backs struggle.

19. Freshman Robert Nkemdiche sits out Saturday’s scrimmage at Ole Miss with a strained groin. Hugh Freeze not happy with the offense: “I don’t think we had our kids ready to go from the start.”

20. Kentucky coach Mark Stoops liked what he saw from his team Saturday night: “Offensively, much sharper, much more physical. They did a nice job all the way around.”

21. Tennessee coach Butch Jones liked what he saw Saturday from running back Rajion Neal: “Rajion ran with a purpose today.” Senior defensive tackl Mo Couch has a calf strain.

22. Arkanass coach Bret Bielema likes what he says from his Razorbacks: “I couldn’t be happier with their football IQ growth.”

23. Missouri quarterbacks coach Andy Hill on James Franklin’s performance Saturday: “He’s fully healthy this year. He’s sharp.”

24. Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels: “We have one of the top defenses in the country and I believe we have one of the top offenses in the country.”

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25. Missouri A.D. Mike Alden makes the argument for an extra division in college sports:  ”I think that there are 60-70 schools that are different than everybody else in Division I.”

26. Tony Barnhart on the commissioners of the Big Five conferences: “It has become pretty clear that they now have some leverage to get the kind of change they ultimately want.”

27. “If the women’s rowing team is cheating, who isn’t?”


28. “There are only two situations: Roll Tide situations and not Roll Tide situations. It is bed time. Roll Tide.”

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“Roll Tide!” Gets Alabama Alumni Group Booted From Tennessee Building

roll_tideFalsely shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater can get you in trouble. So too can a “Roll Tide!” cheer on Tennessee property, apparently.  For decades, Alabama grads have rented out a room at the UT Visitor Center in Knoxville for monthly luncheons.  But Tennessee changed its mind last year after a parent of a prospective UT student overheard the cheer and reported it to university officials.

“We’re sure the fine folks at Alabama would not want us singing ‘Rocky Top’ in their admissions office,” UT spokeswoman Karen Simsen tells the Knoxville News Sentinel. “We want our visitor’s center to be all about UT, campus traditions and what it feels like to be a student here. So we had to talk to the (alumni group) about how we have a new use for the building.”

The Alabama alumni chapter fought the decision, even sending a letter to UT associate vice president Jeff Maples in January, asking the university to reconsider.  But on Thursday, Maples told the group the decision was final.  Alabama alums had been meeting in the building since the early 1970′s.

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2014 Running Back Commits To Alabama

Alabama might have already found its future replacement for freshman running back T.J. Yeldon.

The Crimson Tide received a commitment Friday from standout 2014 running back Bo Scarbrough from Northridge High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala, according to The Crimson White newspaper.

Scarbrough chose Alabama over offers from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Clemson and Michigan, among others.

“It’s been on my mind since day one and I was trying to hold out until my 12th grade year, but I couldn’t hold it anymore,” Scarbrough told The Crimson White. “I just want to say ‘Roll Tide.’”

It’s unclear if Scarbrough has actually informed Alabama’s coaching staff of his decision. He hadn’t given his pledge to the staff as of Friday night, according to The Crimson White’s report.

Still, it’s hard to believe Alabama would turn down the commitment from the hometown star. Scarbrough would be Alabama’s first commitment for the 2014 class.

Alabama continues to recruit several highly-touted running backs in the 2013 class, including Derrick Henry from Yulee, Fla., and Alvin Kamara from Norcross, Ga.

Tennessee appears to be Alabama’s main competitor for Henry’s services while Kamara is most strongly considering the Crimson Tide and Georgia. Both players have expressed an interest in making a decision this month.

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