Wednesday Morning Update

Spanning the globe on a Wednesday morning. …

Great piece here by Wright Thompson on Johnny Manziel. This started making the internet rounds Tuesday afternoon. I’m not ready to call Manziel a “victim,” but the story indicates that not only Manziel but also those around him were not ready to handle his sudden fame. It also indicates a rift between the Manziel family and Texas A&M.

Unfortunately, Johnny Manziel wasn’t the only story the Aggies dealt with Tuesday. Early in the morning it was reported that Texas A&M redshirt freshman defensive lineman Polo Manukainiu was killed in an auto accident along with two other teens. A&M, like Ole Miss, is now dealing with the tragedy of young life lost. …

CBSSports.com answers random questions about the SEC including top newcomer. Dennis Dodd likes Laquon Treadwell, while Tony Barnhart goes with Robert Nkemdiche. …

From Jim Kleinpeter of the NOLA.com, the top 10 plays of the Les Miles Era at LSU. No. 10 in the list is fairly recent and a painful memory for Ole Miss fans. …

I’ve known coaches who will talk very little or not at all about opponent players. Georgia coach Mark Richt certainly hasn’t taken that approach. There’s been talk about South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney as a Heisman candidate this year. Richt could be his publicist. This from the Athens Banner-Herald.

Also from Athens, there are lots of ways for basketball players to tear up a knee. Bomb explosions during military service aren’t at the top of the list, but that’s what happened to this preferred walk-on at Georgia.

A good read from this Missouri blog on Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel, who is beginning his 13th season in the SEC’s newest Columbia, and he may need it to be a pretty good one.

For what it’s worth, Pinkel seemed less combative at SEC Media Days. He was quickly riled by the “Oh my goodness you’re in the SEC now question” that he and his players — along with Texas A&M coaches and players — heard frequently and in a variety of forms last year. He did a good job of answering questions, even some difficult ones, at the podium in Hover earlier this month.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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