- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
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The weekend is almost here. Before you take off, take a minute to peruse the news and notes from around the league in Friday's links, which include some Nick Saban video, early signing period and playoff talk, transfer news and more.
If you haven't seen it by now, here's Alabama coach Nick Saban using some salty language under his breath in response to a question about former West Virginia quarterback Pat White's claim that Alabama offered him a Corvette to sign with the Crimson Tide (Saban was coaching LSU at the time).
The ACC recommended that football move to an early signing period in recruiting, tabbing Aug. 1 as a potential date. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said he would be surprised if such a measure was implemented.
With the College Football Playoff beginning this year, the chance to have two SEC teams making up the four-team field is a real possibility.
South Carolina tight end/linebacker Kelvin Rainey is transferring out of the program and will head to a junior college for a season.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones is excited to welcome fresh faces, including talented true freshmen, into his program, but the challenge is also getting those young players ready to contribute.
More schools are exploring the idea of selling beer at their stadiums during games. Alabama's Bill Battle said the Crimson Tide will monitor it but won't be leading the charge.
Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel sent the Cleveland Browns brass an interesting text message during his wait to be selected in the NFL draft.