Monday Morning Update

Breaking bricks again and spanning the globe on a Monday morning. …

If you thought Johnny Manziel’s trouble at the Manning Camp would slow down his insatiable appetite for the next party you were wrong.

Video here of Manziel after he was asked to leave a party at a University of Texas — not Texas A&M — fraternity.

Heeeeeere’s Johnny.

The up-tempo offense discussion leaves the SEC and draws a response from the Big 12. Here’s West Virginia’s Dana Holgerson in response to Alabama coach Nick Saban and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema.

Hugh Freeze has said there’s no proof that playing faster means more injuries for players, particularly the defense.

Player safety is the avenue — a valid and important avenue — that opponents of fast football will use to try and slow things down.

Proof, though, should be a burden placed on those who want to play slower.

Right now the up-tempo offense gives schools like Ole Miss a chance to compete by neutralizing, to some degree, the big, strong and fast defensive linemen.

In making a point for player safety I’ve heard people say that the increase in the number of plays being run leads to fatigue and therefore endangers player safety.

I don’t hear anybody suggesting a return to the old 11-game regular season or getting rid of conference championship games to combat fatigue.

A good read from the AJC here on Georgia coach Mark Richt standing by an injured player and keeping him on scholarship until he was healthy enough to return. …

New Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has been “winning the message” with his fan base much the way Freeze did last year at Ole Miss. Soon we’ll see how that translates to the field. With Freeze, it wasn’t a quick fix. It’s not even fixed completely, but there’s no denying the great strides Freeze has made in a year after taking over a program that lacked confidence and had many other question marks.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • patrickhoulihan

    “I don’t hear anybody suggesting a return to the old 11-game regular season or getting rid of conference championship games to combat fatigue.”

    Or getting rid of overtime.

    • That’s another good one. As long as you use the words “player safety” you’ll get everyone’s attention.

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