AUBURN, Ala. — No fancy, long-winded intro today.
We're just going to head straight into the links — consisting of four pieces (plus a few more).
1. While it's still uncertain who will start at quarterback for Auburn in the season opener — be it Nick Marshall or Jeremy Johnson — the same concern doesn't exist at Arkansas. As ESPN.com's Alex Scarborough writes, Brandon Allen is entrenched as the starter, like it or not. And for all the attention ultra-hyped freshman running back Leonard Fournette is receiving at LSU, Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee believes fellow true freshman Malachi Dupre will be more integral to the Tigers' offensive success in 2014.
2. It just wouldn't be college football if players weren't getting into trouble. Defensive lineman Johnathan Taylor's career at Georgia is likely over after his second arrest this year, this one stemming from a dispute with his girlfriend that led to a felony charge of aggravated assault and domestic battery. Another defensive lineman — Texas Christian's Devonte Fields, who was selected as the preseason pick for the Big 12's defensive MVP as well as being named to a slew of watch list for national awards — had an argument with his ex-girlfriend that led to police being called. Fields reportedly pointed a gun at his ex-girlfriend and threatened to "blast" her before punching her and leaving the scene before police arrived. (TCU released a statement Tuesday saying that Fields had been "separated" from the university pending the results of the police investigation into the incident.)
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And in the story that won't die, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher tried to set the record straight regarding "Crabgate."
3. Floyd Mayweather, the undisputed pound-for-pound king in boxing these days, has had legal issues of his own. And it forced Deadspin's "Iron" Mike Gallego to ponder, why — given the long, documented history of Mayweather's problems with women — do mainstream media members look the other way? Gallego delves deeply into the matter. (Note that while there is no use of profanity in the piece, there are multiple descriptions of physical assaults committed by Mayweather that led to him either being arrested or receiving a citation for battery.)
4. How are Auburn's summer workouts coming along? Strength and conditioning coach Ryan Russell posted a video on this very subject on Monday, and from the looks of it, things are going swimmingly.
(Peep Sammie Coates doing pull-ups with 135 pounds strapped to him starting at the 2:03 mark.)