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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
3-point stance: Manziel not hurting for cash

By Ivan Maisel

1. The Johnny Manziel autograph sessions in Florida may put to rest the argument that student-athletes violate NCAA restrictions against taking money because they are on the low end of the socioeconomic spectrum. As Wright Thompson wrote last week, Manziel comes from oil money. If he took a five-figure payment to sign hundreds of items, as multiple sources told OTL, Manziel didn’t do it because he needed the cash. He did it because he wanted the cash.

2. In the 60 seasons from 1948 through 2007, no program led the league in total defense (yards allowed per game) for more than two consecutive seasons. That includes Bobby Dodd’s stingy Georgia Tech defenses in the ‘50s, Bear Bryant’s Crimson Tide defenses through his 25 seasons, and Pat Dye’s physical defenses at Auburn in the ‘80s. Fast forward to today: Alabama has led the SEC in total defense for five straight seasons (shared first place with Tennessee in 2008). That’s defensive dominance.

3. It didn’t take long to figure out how Kliff Kingsbury’s relative youth (33) would work to his advantage at Texas Tech. It’s hard to imagine another head coach in the Big 12 -- or anywhere else in the BCS, for that matter -- who would bring in a DJ for the first team meeting of the season. As The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported, the impromptu karaoke served as a bonding agent for a young team. That’s a pretty shrewd move by a pretty shrewd young coach.