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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Report: Auburn talks with Charlie Strong

By Edward Aschoff

Another day passes, and the SEC coaching drama continues.

According to a report by AL.com, Auburn interviewed Louisville coach Charlie Strong this week to fill its head coaching vacancy. The report also stated that the "conversation took place in the last two days with someone representing Auburn."

Strong, who has gone 23-15 in three seasons at Louisville, including 9-2 this season, denied the report. With a win against Rutgers on Thursday, Louisville can win a share of the Big East title.

Auburn is searching for a new head coach after Gene Chizik was fired following a 3-9 season.

Strong certainly isn't a stranger to the SEC. He has 20 years of experience in the league as an assistant. He was South Carolina's defensive coordinator from 1999-2001, and served as Florida's defensive coordinator from 2003-2009.

Strong has also proved to be a tremendous recruiter in the southeast, especially in South Florida. With Strong's SEC experience and the recruiting success he's had in SEC territory, it seemed inevitable that he'd be linked to at least one of the SEC openings.

Manziel up for Walter Camp award

The accolades just keep coming for Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel. The redshirt freshman is college football's new Heisman front-runner and is now one of five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.

Manziel is second in the SEC with 3,419 passing yards, and has tossed 24 touchdowns to eight interceptions. He also leads the SEC with 1,181 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. His 4,600 yards of total offense is a new SEC record.

The other finalists for the award are Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, USC wide receiver Marqise Lee and Oregon running back Kenjon Barner.

Honey Badger going pro

Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu has decided to enter April's NFL draft, according to a source close to Mathieu.

Mathieu, also known as the Honey Badger for his ravenous playmaking ability, was a Heisman trophy finalist last season, but was dismissed from LSU's football team over the summer for reportedly failing a drug test. He later entered a drug rehabilitation center in Houston before returning to LSU as a student.

His plan was to eventually work his way back onto LSU's football team, but his arrest last month for possession of marijuana all but ended that goal.

Now it's clear that the Honey Badger's college football days are officially over.