Johnny Manziel's Pro Day was an all-out event

Updated: Sunday, September 04, 2016 @ 10:55 PM
Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 @ 9:16 AM

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Texas A&M held a Pro Day Thursday.

Well, looking at the headlines, it’s maybe more accurate to say Johnny Manziel held a pro day Thursday.

And to probably no one’s surprise, he “dazzled” an impressive group of attendees. (Via USA Today)

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The former Heisman Trophy winner had 75 officials, representing 30 teams, watching his every move. Eight NFL head coaches showed up — five of which have picks in the top 10. Texas Governor Rick Perry dropped by. (Via Wikimedia Commons / Shutterbug459)

And Manziel’s new friend, the 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush, met with the quarterback before he took the field. He jokes, “I could’ve used this helmet in my previous job.”(Via Twitter / @GeorgeHWBush)

Also, did we mention The Houston Texans have the #1 overall pick?

SB Nation writes, “The only things that could make this hootenanny any more Texas are a rodeo, Chuck Norris and Hank Hill.”

But let’s not take away from the focus of the event — Johnny Football.

Fox Sports reports, Manziel “lit it up completing 61-of-64 scripted throws. He also connected on his first 36 attempts.” And the incompletions were all reportedly catchable balls.

Bleacher Report highlights the biggest concerns surrounding Manziel at the moment, including his attitude, arm strength and size. He measured in a shade under six feet at the NFL combine in February.

Perhaps it’s that all-too-common critique that made Manziel want to ‘bulk up’ for the officials. He made the unusual decision to wear pads and a helmet at pro day. (Via Yahoo)

He tells ESPN, it just made more sense to throw in gear.

“Never seen anybody trot out on the field on Sundays when it’s time to play a game and have shorts and a t-shirt on.”

But even decked out in his custom-designed Nike gear, Manziel during pro day isn’t the same as Manziel during a game, according to WFAN’s Mike Francesa. (Via Twitter / @usnikefootball)

“Watching him in a drill. You’re not going to learn anything because he is as instinctive a player. He is as different a player as we’ve seen in a very long time.”

If by different he means “isn’t the prototypical NFL pocket passer”, this NBC Sports writer agrees. That said, he adds, “in May he’s likely to be a first-round draft pick, anointed some team’s franchise quarterback.”

And NFL quarterback Michael Vick can’t wait, saying “Manziel will be a star in the NFL.”

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Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh names homecoming queen during recruiting trip

Updated: Saturday, October 15, 2016 @ 7:23 AM
Published: Saturday, October 15, 2016 @ 6:13 AM
By: Bob D'Angelo - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh names homecoming queen during recruiting trip

Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh kept busy during the Wolverines’ bye week — he announced the homecoming queen at a California high school game.

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ESPN reported that Harbaugh was on a recruiting trip at Antioch High School to see highly recruited running back Najee Harris, who is committed to Alabama. 

Harbaugh attended Antioch’s homecoming game against Liberty High School, and school officials asked him to announce the homecoming queen at halftime, ESPN reported.

Harbaugh called the name of Tatiana Mendez as the crowd roared.

Harbaugh said he'd never been asked to handle the microphone during a recruiting visit.

"That was an all-time first for me," Harbaugh told ESPN. "That was really cool." 

Texas mascot Bevo sent flowers to LSU’s Mike the Tiger days before he died

Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 2:51 PM
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 2:04 PM
By: Amanda O'Donnell - Austin American-Statesman

UPDATE: LSU announced Tuesday that Mike the Tiger has died.

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If any school knows how much a mascot can mean to its team, it’s Texas. What are we without our trusty steer (and his tiny, adorable horns)?

That’s why young Bevo XV (and his Texas Silver Spurs handlers) didn’t hesitate to send LSU’s Mike the Tiger flowers after the recent news that the big cat’s cancerous tumor had resumed growth. The school announced in May that the tiger had been diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma.

The sweet note accompanying the bouquet, a picture of which was tweeted out and posted to the mascot’s Instagram account, promises to keep Mike in “our thoughts and prayers.”

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Thank you, Bevo XV, for the flowers. #mascotssticktogether

A photo posted by Mike VI, LSU's Live Mascot (@miketigervi) on

Unfortunately, things aren’t looking up for Mike. The school announced last week that it was prepared to euthanize the tiger when he begins to show signs of suffering. Tuesday he was removed from his public viewing pen and placed in hospice care.

According to Geaux 247, Mike is a “a 10-year old Siberian-Bengal mix male.” LSU won the 2007 BCS National Championship during his first year in the role.

With the loss of beloved Bevo XIV, who was found to have cancer in 2015, only a year behind us, the impending loss is felt by tigers and longhorns alike.

College football mourns passing of LSU's tiger, Mike VI

Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 2:48 PM
Published: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 2:40 PM
By: Marcus Hartman

College football mourns passing of LSU's tiger, Mike VI
BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 06: LSU mascot Mike VI, a Bengal/Siberian mixed tiger, is displayed on the field before the Florida Gators take on the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium on October 6, 2007 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Live mascots are great, but there is a downside: They eventually die.

And so it came to pass that the college football community is mourning Tuesday the passing of Mike VI, the tiger who most recently represented LSU athletics. 

The 11-year-old big cat, who officially became the team mascot the same season the LSU football team beat Ohio State for the national championship, was diagnosed with cancer in May and attempts to treat the disease were unsuccessful. 

There are no formal funeral arrangements being planned, but the school is on the lookout for a new young tiger to adopt to be Mike’s successor.

LSU fires Miles as football coach

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 12:26 PM
Published: Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 6:36 PM
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            LSU fires Miles as football coach
Les Miles won a national championship at LSU in 2007. (LSU media guide)

LSU fired Les Miles as its head football coach Sunday, the school confirmed to the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Cam Cameron also was fired as the Tigers’ offensive coordinator. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron will be introduced as interim coach on Monday, the school said.

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LSU, ranked No. 5 in the preseason Top 25, fell to 2-2 on Saturday night after an 18-13 loss at Auburn. It was the worst start for LSU since Miles took over as coach in 2005.

 “Decisions like this are never easy ones to make,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement. “Coach Miles has done a tremendous job here and he’s been a great ambassador for our University, which makes this even more difficult.”

Miles, who turns 63 in November, went 114-34 in 11 seasons at LSU and led the Tigers to the BCS national championship in 2007.

LSU (2-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) opened the season with a 16-14 loss to Wisconsin, the Tigers’ first defeat in a season opener since 2002. The Tigers beat Jacksonville State and Mississippi State before Saturday's loss at Auburn (2-2, 1-1). LSU hosts Missouri at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Tiger Stadium. 

Orgeron was head coach at Mississippi from 2005 to 2007. He also served as interim head coach in 2013 at Southern California after Lane Kiffin was fired during that season, going 6-2.