On the (Last non-Crazy) Friday Links

The relative quietude of summer pretty much ends this weekend. A harbinger of more frenetic times ahead arrived in my mailbox today: a 2009 Ole Miss football media guide, the first such publication I’ve received.

There will be stacks of media guides at the SEC Media Days next week in Birmingham (well, Hoover). The three-day madness begins Wednesday with Mississippi State one of the teams taking to the podium.

To get you ready for that, I’ve got a story on offensive coordinator Les Koenning, and how MSU’s offense will be run, set to appear in tomorrow’s Journal. And on Sunday, Lord willing, we’ll have the story I’ve written on MSU’s facilities “master plan.”

For right now, I’ve scraped together some links for your enjoyment.

• I tweeted this story yesterday: Andy Katz of ESPN.com wrote a nice piece on Jarvis Varnado.

• Alabama’s football team is trying to get down to that magic number of 85 scholarship players.

• Florida coach Urban Meyer said that his former team, Utah, could not survive the grind that is the SEC. I can’t find reason to disagree with him.

David Climer of The Tennessean writes about SEC coaches with NFL experience.

Today’s Random Link: Former Texas Tech gunslinger Graham Harrell signed a contract with obscurity, I mean, with Saskatchewan of the CFL on Thursday.