AUBURN, Ala. — Caught up covering high school basketball Wednesday, I didn't have as much time as I normally would to peruse articles for today's "7 at 7." Perhaps one positive for those who think I tend to ramble? Every item will be as concise as possible.
Regardless, one would hope toning down on the verbosity doesn't affect your enjoyment of this morning's piece.
1.The first item today doesn't include a link at all. But when you utter the words Bo Jackson, what else really needs to be said? The all-everything Auburn alum was back in town Wednesday, speaking to the chamber of commerce about his "Bo Bikes Bama" charity bike ride. The ride is now in its third year. Per a press release, the ride is done "to honor the lives lost during the April 27, 2011 tornadoes and help the state of Alabama recover and prepare for the future. Funds raised through Bo Bikes Bama initiatives support the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, which has rebuilt hundreds of homes and provided community storm shelters throughout the state." It begins on Auburn's campus on April 19, the same day as the Tigers' A-Day game.
Patrick Johnson, the managing editor of the Opelika-Auburn News, was at the chamber event and tweeted out a pair of photos.
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2. No context necessary: A college basketball game ended in a tie Wednesday night.
3. The SEC had two stories centered around transfers surface Wednesday. The first was former Florida defensive back Cody Riggs, who is planning to enroll at Notre Dame. Last year, Riggs had 51 tackles for the Gators. Originally recruited as a corner, he started 11 games at safety in 2013. After expressing a desire to return to corner — and seeing little chance of it happening at Florida, he decided to transfer. Stephen Rivers came to that same conclusion. A backup quarterback at LSU last season, Rivers decided to continue his playing career elsewhere. The younger brother of the San Diego Chargers' starting signal-caller Philip Rivers, Stephen said he likely won't settle on a new school until May.
4. Auburn's men's basketball team lost a hard-fought game to Florida on Wednesday, but one of its former players continued to stay in the headlines. Varez Ward was accepted into a pre-trial diversion program according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Clark Morris. If Ward completes it without any issues, the point-shaving charges he was arrested on in June could be dismissed.
5. Speaking of cases getting dismissed, it appears that Nick Saban's daughter is now in the clear. A lawsuit filed against Kristen Saban stemming from a fight that occurred with one of her sorority sisters in 2010 was thrown out on Wednesday. The presiding judge, Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge James H. Roberts Jr., cited Alabama's "stand your ground" law in dismissing the lawsuit.
6. Consider me late to the party on this one. Though the War Eagle Reader and AL.com had written about Caleb Hyles last month, I somehow didn't notice anything until I came across an article Wednesday from The Plainsman, Auburn's student paper. Long story short, Hyles, an Auburn junior, recorded a cover of the hit song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. After uploading the cover to YouTube last month, it has more than 2.8 million views.
Check it out below.
7. Those with good memories might recall I've linked to stories about Saturday Night Live in the past. As you've probably heard, one of the "SNL alums done good" is Jimmy Fallon, who took over The Tonight Show this week. On Tuesday, he and his barbershop quartet "The Ragtime Gals" did their rendition of one of R. Kelly's most well-known songs: "Ignition (Remix)."
As Fallon himself says, channeling R. Kelly: "Now usually I don't do this, but um, go ahead and break them off with a little preview of the remix."
(I have watched this probably a dozen times since it first aired. It's simply splendid.)