War Eagle Extra

4 at 4: Back with links on the eve of another football season

AUBURN, Ala. — Well, it's been a few months since a new edition of "4 at 4" was published. With another SEC media days in the books, the college football stories will start to emerge at a frenzied pace once more.

That means there's no better time to start linking to the great content turning up around the web, and it starts right here on this very site.

1. The Ledger-Enquirer's stunning long-form project on Frank Thomas can't be recommended enough. If you haven't checked it out already, here's the link.

2. Is there any better sign that football season is close at hand than a story about an Alabama fan doing something crazy? According to The Tennessean, former LSU quarterback and Titans draftee Zach Mettenberger was sucker punched by an Alabama fan this past weekend in Nashville, Tenn. Per the bar's owner, Mettenberger did nothing to provoke the other patron nor did he throw a punch.

3. Javaris Crittenton was once one of the best high school basketball players in the state of Georgia. After one season at Georgia Tech in 2006-07 that saw him tie for the team-high in points per game (14.4) and dish out a team-best 5.8 assists per contest, he declared for the NBA draft. He ended up being a first round selection, No. 19 overall, by the Los Angeles Lakers. Halfway through his rookie season, he was traded to Memphis, and from there, he moved on to Washington.

But his career didn't hit rock-bottom until August 2011, when he was charged with the murder of a 22-year-old Atlanta woman. Now, he's not only awaiting trail on those charges, but was arrested in January along with 13 others for allegedly conspiring to deal cocaine. Read about his long fall from grace in this long-form feature written by Fox Sports' Flinder Boyd last month. (Note there is one use of a profane word in the article that has been edited, with an asterisk added after the second letter.)

4. Some may recall that many times, these posts end on a video. Last week, the great Twitter account that goes by the handle @AU_History posted a video link to the promo that ran along with SEC games televised on TBS in 1987.

It was two years before I was born, and it is awesome.