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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
3-point stance: 'Devil' a measure of respect

By Ivan Maisel

1. I thought from the get-go that Florida offensive line coach Tim Davis's reference to Alabama coach Nick Saban as “the devil himself” sounded like a measure of respect wrapped in a throwaway joke. I think that’s how it should have been taken. The way I hear it, when Gator coaches hear that Alabama is looking at a recruit, they watch the recruit’s video very carefully. They don’t afford that level of respect to any other staff, whether the head coach has horns or not.

2. Texas A&M signee Kohl Stewart is supposed to be one of five quarterbacks reporting for summer workouts next month. The question is how long he will stay. ESPN.com insider Keith Law projects the Minnesota Twins will take Stewart with the fourth pick of the Major League Baseball Draft on June 6. That’s why the Aggies also signed quarterback Kenny Hill in February, and why both prospects had no problem signing with the same program. “They understood the whole time,” head coach Kevin Sumlin said.

3. I went to see Brad Paisley in Hartford on Saturday night (if you get the opportunity to see him, go) and in the middle of a very entertaining hour-and-40-minute set, he delivered a quick one-liner about everyone’s favorite former Notre Dame linebacker. From his 2007 album 5th Gear, Paisley played “Online,” a song about assumed identity on the internet. Except that he called it, “Online, or The Ballad of Manti Te'o.”