SEC lunchtime links
- Texas A&M University System chancellor John Sharp defended Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel and attacked NCAA regulations that prevent athletes from selling their signatures.
- It wasn’t exactly a surprise, but Missouri coach Gary Pinkel announced Thursday that James Franklin will be his starting quarterback for the Aug. 31 opener against Murray State.
- South Carolina’s coaching staff feels good about its situation at quarterback with Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson as the season nears.
- After a couple of notable games in which it blew late leads last season, LSU will work more on closing out wins with its four-minute offense during preseason practice.
- Converted quarterback Kiehl Frazier is already showing off impressive physicality in Auburn’s secondary.
- Florida coach Will Muschamp emphasized that his staff is seeking bigger players on the recruiting trail.
- Tennessee’s players are buying into new coach Butch Jones’ many quirks.
- Kentucky offensive coordinator Neal Brown is rotating Zach Myers and Zach West at center to determine which player will start at center and be the “quarterback of the O-line” for the Wildcats.
- Freshman Alvin Kamara is out of Alabama’s running back competition for at least the next couple of weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.
- Safety Nick Glass on Thursday became Georgia’s fourth 2014 prospect to back off of his commitment to the Bulldogs.
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6:00 PM ET 21 Texas A&M 9 South Carolina 8:00 PM ET Boise State 18 Ole Miss 9:15 PM ET Temple Vanderbilt
12:00 PM ET Tennessee-Martin Kentucky 3:30 PM ET South Dakota State 24 Missouri 3:30 PM ET West Virginia 2 Alabama 4:00 PM ET Arkansas 6 Auburn 5:30 PM ET 16 Clemson 12 Georgia 7:00 PM ET Idaho Florida 7:30 PM ET Southern Miss Mississippi State 9:00 PM ET 14 Wisconsin 13 LSU