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Podcast: Skipping around SEC spring football

Butch Jones taking over at Tennessee is one of many stories in the SEC this spring. AP Photo.

Butch Jones taking over at Tennessee is one of many stories in the SEC this spring. AP Photo.

For folks like you and me, college football never stops. Sure, the games may be months away and we are now two months removed from the final college football game of the most recent season, but there is always something to talk about.

Between recruiting, realignment and players creating headlines through their own fault or not, we always have some college football discussion going on. Perhaps in no other conference is this more true than in the SEC, where fans will eat and breathe college football year round. At times this comes in uncomfortable amounts, but at the core of it all we just want any excuse to talk about the sport we love.

That is why we saw a national debate over whether or not Jadeveon Clowney should play for South Carolina blow up one week. It is why so much attention was given to Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel taking online courses. It is why shirtless photos of Steve Spurrier pop up and why Les Miles does the Harlem Shake.

But once you get past the Johnny Manziel madness and come to grips with the fact that Jadeveon Clowney is in fact going to play football this season, there is still a lot of ground to cover around the rest of the SEC.

When I want to talk about the SEC, Bleacher Report’s SEC writer Barrett Sallee is one of my favorite guys to reach out to. On today’s podcast Sallee discusses with me not only the life of Johnny Manziel but some of the key things to watch this spring around the conference. Some of the topics discussed include:

  • How does Nick Saban keep his program grounded coming off a second consecutive BCS title?
  • Manziel’s epic off-season aside, what does Texas A&M have to look forward to and work on this spring?
  • Are we really overlooking the LSU Tigers?
  • What is the next step for Ole Miss after making noise in recruiting?
  • Is Gus Malzahn ready to turn Auburn around?
  • Is it possible Florida finds an offense this spring?
  • Can Georgia find a way to lock down on defense?
  • Will the two-quarterback system be in play for the Gamecocks?
  • Does sending 115 hand-written letters to a recruit actually work?

To hear what Sallee has to say about that and more, check out the podcast. Full audio is embedded below, or you can click here to listen.

One thing I did forget to mention was the recent story of Manziel allegedly pushing a graduate assistant after throwing an interception in a spring practice. I will not speak for Sallee, but it seems to have been a moment that blew out of proportion and has since been quieted by comments from Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin chalking it up as a “things happen in practice” incident. I tend to agree with that based on what I have read to this point, but should a similar episode be reported again then there will be a time to take a closer look at it all.

Feel free to share your thoughts on Manziel or any other spring football topic covered here with a comment below.

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About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.