It was about time for the SEC to follow Jim Delany’s lead and create its own television network.
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1 Johnny Manziel spawned not just an easy nickname to remember (Johnny Football), but also expansion of Texas A&M’s Kyle Field. OK, maybe Manziel wasn’t 100 percent involved in making sure the Aggies’ home field will seat 102,500 fans for the start of the 2015 season. But last year’s Heisman Trophy winner certainly helped speed up the project — which will increase Kyle Field’s capacity by nearly 20,000. Coach Kevin Sumlin has made the Aggies more relevant than in-state foe Texas, an area that didn’t seem likely when A&M went through a so-so nine-year stretch (58-54) following R.C. Slocum’s departure from College Station in 2002. Now the buzz is at an all-time high for a school that will now have the largest stadium in the Southeastern Conference and third-largest in the nation behind Penn State and Michigan.
2 Speaking of quarterbacks and cool things (which should go hand-in-hand, right?), Alabama signal-caller AJ McCarron gets to dabble with NASCAR for a day. McCarron, whom Brent Musburger also refers to as Katherine Webb’s boyfriend, will drive the pace car before today’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Speedway. He’ll lead the field of cars around the track prior to the race driving a special Ford Mustang GT. Be sure to check out Michael Waltrip’s No. 55 car, which will combine two of Alabama’s greatest loves (NASCAR and college football) by having an Alabama national championship paint scheme.
3 It was about time for the SEC to follow Jim Delany’s lead and create its own television network. Mike Slive’s conference did just that on Thursday, announcing a 20-year agreement between college football’s best league and ESPN that will debut in August 2014. Right about the time (fill in the blank SEC school) will begin defense of its 2013 national championship. The rich become richer, and the SEC will have great television pull since all of its games will either be televised on ESPN or the SEC Network.