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Notre Dame’s Jonathan Bonner predicted his future with letter in 8th grade

Jonathan-Bonner-Notre-DameFreshman defensive end Jonathan Bonner committed to Notre Dame the day he received his scholarship offer last June. The decision was a no-brainer, as the Missouri native has dreamed about playing for the Irish since he was a kid. And he has the letter to prove it.

Bonner wrote himself an incredibly mature letter as he was wrapping up 8th grade and heading off to high school. The letter, which starts off “Dear self,” was written from the point of view of an 18-year-old Bonner speaking to himself with a parental tone. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end tweeted the proof back in May.

The full text of the letter is below, courtesy of the South Bend Tribune:

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Clint Trickett sends sexist tweet about women watching football

Clint-TrickettWest Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett, who was recently named the starter by Mountaineers head coach Dana Holgorsen, prefers to watch football surrounded only by men. How do we know this? Well, a tweet the senior sent last week pretty much says it all.

Trickett learned the hard way that everything a player does on social media is magnified when he sent a sexist tweet about watching football with girls. He later deactivated his Twitter account, but not before Deadspin captured a screenshot.

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Naturally, Trickett issued an apology on Tuesday night after his tweet went viral.

“I sent out a tweet on July 17 which was misunderstood,” he said, via Allan Taylor of MetroNews. “I apologize for any confusion that the tweet has caused. I never intended for it to be derogatory or hurtful, but rather a tongue-in-cheek comment, while watching a CFL football game with a female family member. Again, I am sorry that my tweet was misunderstood, and I will use a better choice of words in the future.”

Trickett pretty much lost the luxury of being able to say the tweet wasn’t derogatory when he used #TheseHoesAintLoyal. It was derogatory, and it was the exact reason coaches wish all of their players would just give up Twitter.

Steve Spurrier takes shot at Dabo Swinney over ‘different planets’ comment

Dabo-Swinney-Steve-SpurrierSteve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney probably do not like each other. The two coaches have never openly admitted that they dislike one another, but all the signs are there. At ACC media days on Monday, Swinney joked that he and Spurrier are “from different planets” when asked about their relationship.

“He’s from Pluto and I’m from Mars,” the Clemson coach joked.

Of course, Spurrier couldn’t let that one slide. When asked on Tuesday about Swinney’s quote, the 69-year-old had to point out how Swinney called Pluto a planet.

For those of you who don’t follow science (or know how to use Google), Pluto was known as the ninth planet before 2006 but is now classified as a dwarf planet. So while Swinney was correct in that Pluto is still a planet of some sort, Spurrier succeeded in making him look bad.

The Ole Ball Coach was also asked about Swinney rubbing it in his face last year that Clemson is the only team from South Carolina to win a BCS bowl game.

The South Carolina-Clemson rivalry is as good as it has ever been. The success of the two programs in recent years is the main reason for that, but the constant exchanging of jabs between Spurrier and Swinney is what really keeps us entertained.

LSU DT Trey Lealaimatafao suffers serious injury after punching glass window

Trey-LealaimatafaoLSU freshman defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao reportedly suffered a serious arm injury on Monday after he put his fist through a glass window in the team’s weight room. According to Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge Advocate, Lealaimatafao was rushed to the hospital after he tore muscles “down to the bone.”

Lealaimatafao allegedly punched through the window after he got into an argument with another LSU football player. Sources told Dellenger he had a “big cut” on his arm that required stitches. The injury was so bad that another person in the weight room reportedly passed out.

Lealaimatafao is likely going to need surgery and could wind up missing his freshman season. The incoming freshman was ranked one of the top 40 defensive lineman in the high school class of 2014.

The gash on Lealaimatafao’s arm was so bad that a source felt the need to tell Dellenger the injury is not career or life threatening. If this was just a minor cut that required a few stitches, I’m guessing no one would be wondering if the arm injury was going to be career-ending.

Lealaimatafao tweeted a photo from the hospital on Tuesday morning and said he is doing well.

Haven’t we learned anything from Amar’e Stoudemire and the brutal hand injury he suffered a couple years ago by punching something? If you’re that angry, just scream. Putting your hand through glass never ends well.

H/T Eye on College Football

Zach Mettenberger allegedly sucker punched by Alabama fan

Zach Mettenberger LSUZach Mettenberger is no longer the starting quarterback at LSU, but that does not mean he is free from the psychotic nature with which some SEC fans worship their football teams. Over the weekend, Mettenberger was reportedly sucker punched by an Alabama fan at a bar in Nashville.

Steve Ford, the owner of Losers Most Wanted Bar & Grill, told Jim Wyatt of The Tennesseean that Mettenberger did nothing to antagonize the man who hit him.

“Here’s the truth: The guy said something about ‘Roll Tide!’ to Zach, and Zach turned around and said ‘Good luck with that,’” Ford explained. “And the guy’s buddy then sucker-punched Zach.

“I promise you that Mettenberger did not throw a punch. He didn’t do anything. The guy sucker-punched him in the eye, that’s the bottom line, and the guy that punched him started running out the door. My door guys had to chase him down.”

Mettenberger, who was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round, has supposedly visited Losers multiple times with first-round pick Taylor Lewan. Ford said they have never caused any trouble. Mettenberger also had to clear up what he called a “bogus rumor” that was started on a message board Sunday night about him injuring his hand in a bar fight.

[Video: Zach Mettenberger taunts Alabama fans with cell phone gesture]

While bar security was able to chase down the alleged sucker puncher, Mettenberger has chosen not to press charges.

“It is what it is and it’s over. No one is pressing charges,” Ford said. “It shouldn’t have happened to begin with. The guy said ‘Roll Tide.’ He tried to provoke him. But Zach did not throw one punch, period. I was standing right next to him.”

Mettenberger started 25 games between his junior and senior seasons at LSU, so he is plenty familiar with the rivalry between the Tigers and Crimson Tide. Still, you never expect someone to take it that far. If the incident happened like Ford said it did, I’m surprise Mettenberger is letting the guy off the hook.

H/T Dan Wetzel

Texas reportedly was prepared to offer Nick Saban $100 million

Nick SabanNick Saban took some time waffling between Texas and Alabama last year, and now we have a better understanding of what may have made the choice so difficult.

According to radio/TV host Paul Finebaum, Texas was prepared to give Saban a $100 million offer to coach the Longhorns football team.

Below is an excerpt from Finebaum’s upcoming book “My Conference Can Beat Your Conference: Why the SEC Still Rules College Football,” which was co-written by ESPN’s Gene Wojchiechowski. According to AL.com, which received an advance copy of the book, Finebaum says Texas going to offer Saban a $15 million signing bonus and total package that would pay him $100 million-plus.

Here’s what AL.com says:

“Texas was dead serious about trying to money-whip Saban,” Finebaum and Wojchiechowski write. “Depending on whom you talk to — Bama big hitters or Texas big hitters — the Longhorns were prepared to give Saban somewhere between a $12 and $15 million signing bonus and a salary package worth $100 million (plus performances).”

Saban instead signed a contract extension with Alabama in December which pays him at least $6.9 million per year through 2022.

What do you make of this Texas offer? Did the Longhorns actually give him this offer and did he turn it down? Or did talks never get to that stage? If Saban were really told by Texas he could get $100 million, that would have to have commanded his attention and caused him to consider the job, which he did. Who can blame him for that?

Saban ultimately said he was too old to start over somewhere else, and that does make sense. How long would he have had to stay at Texas to see all of that money? 10 years? At this point for Saban it probably is not about the cash but about maintaining his dynasty and building a legacy of one of the greatest college football coaches ever.

Kevin Sumlin tired of Johnny Manziel questions at SEC Media Day

Kevin Sumlin SECTexas A&M is going to miss Johnny Manziel now that the former Heisman Trophy winner has left school for the NFL. But one thing they won’t miss is all the attention he attracted.

Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin was asked a few questions about Manziel during his press conference at SEC Media Day Tuesday and quickly got sick of hearing about his former player.

“Obviously there was a lot of attention on Johnny Manziel. How are things different with him gone on the field and off the field?” Sumlin was asked.

As you can see around the 4:45 mark in the video, Sumlin didn’t give much of an answer.

“How much will the offense miss Johnny Manziel this year? Do you expect the offense to roll on as it’s done without him?” he was asked (7:25 mark in the video).

“Why would I expect it not to? Our expectations are to move the football, score and win.”

Sumlin was also asked, “What is it like not coaching Johnny Manziel?”

His response was funny.

“Let me get this straight: your question is what’s it like not coaching Johnny Manziel?”

He laughed at that question and gave the differences between the NFL and college ball. But after another about Johnny Football — this one about the alleged cocaine pictures — Sumlin decided he’d had enough.

“Ever since the party photos of Johnny emerged, have you had a chance to visit him and, if so, what have you shared with him? What advice have you given him?” Sumlin was asked.

“Is this the SEC Media Days? No, that’s a great question about the Cleveland Browns. Anybody else got something?”

Can you really blame Sumlin for getting frustrated with the questions? Texas A&M was practically encouraging Manziel to leave for the NFL because they felt like they could no longer handle him. He had outgrown college football. And you can tell Sumlin will be relieved when he doesn’t have to answer those questions anymore. But if his team struggles, you can bet he’ll wish he still had Manziel at quarterback.