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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LSU fires Miles as football coach

Updated: Monday, September 26, 2016 @ 12:26 PM
Published: Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 6:36 PM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            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.

Ohio State announces fans can submit ticket requests for title game

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 5:20 PM
Published: Sunday, January 04, 2015 @ 6:43 PM
By: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Ohio State announced Sunday fans can submit ticket requests for the national championship game through its website:

The No. 4 Buckeyes play No. 2 Oregon in the College Football Playoff title game at 8:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Ticket prices start at $470. That price includes service charges.

Ohio State received close to 20,000 tickets for the game. If tickets are available after priority requests from season-ticket holders, faculty, staff and students are fulfilled, a public sale will begin for those individuals on the waiting list.

College Football Playoff increases stipend for traveling families

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 5:15 PM
Published: Tuesday, January 06, 2015 @ 2:42 PM
By: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

The College Football Playoff announced Tuesday it will help the families of Ohio State and Oregon players defray costs of travel to the national championship game by providing $1,250 per parent or guardian in reimbursement.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, who has been campaigning for a larger stipend for families, was informed of the news during a press conference after practice Tuesday.

“That’s great news,” Meyer said. “I’m fired up about that. That made my day.”

Ohio State plays Oregon at 8:30 p.m. Monday in the national championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Earlier Tuesday, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said 85 players would each receive $800 for their families to travel to the game. It is believed they still get that money, plus free tickets to the game, on top of the $1,250 per parent or guardian.

The College Football Playoff press release stated the reimbursement will cover expenses for hotel accommodations in North Texas and travel reimbursement and meal expenses.

“We know how expensive travel can be, so we’re pleased to provide assistance for parents or guardians who want to see their sons play in the first College Football Playoff National Championship,” said Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, in a statement. “It will make the game even more special for the student-athletes to know that their family members are receiving this benefit.”

Vandalia to honor Butler grad, Ohio State lineman Decker

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 5:11 PM
Published: Wednesday, January 07, 2015 @ 6:45 PM
By: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Vandalia will hold a ceremony Friday to proclaim Monday to be Taylor Decker Day in the city in honor of the Butler High School graduate who starts on the offensive line for Ohio State.

The Buckeyes play Oregon at 8:30 p.m. Monday in the national championship game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Decker’s parents and family members have been invited to the ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Friday in council chambers in Vandalia’s government center at 333 James Bohanan Memorial Dr.

Mayor Arlene Setzer will present the proclamation to Decker’s parents.

“We’re very excited to honor our native son in the days leading up to the big game,” said Rich Hopkins, Vandalia communications manager, in a statement.