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Johnny Manziel has shoes with Texas A&M and Oregon logos on them

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Johnny Manziel has officially moved on from Texas A&M and is preparing for life in the NFL, but that isn’t going to stop him from showing allegiance to the Aggies. Manziel signed an endorsement deal with Nike earlier this month, which probably helps explain why he recently showed off a new pair of Oregon-themed sneakers on Instagram.

As many of you know, Nike founder and chairman Phil Knight attended Oregon. It’s the reason they get more than half a dozen insane new uniforms throughout the course of a season. Still, Manziel had enough loyalty to have “Johnny Football” and the Texas A&M logo stitched inside the tongue of his new kicks. What a guy.

As OregonLive.com also reminded us, Manziel and Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota have been friends since they were both being recruited by the Ducks in 2010. If Manziel starts getting shoes with Alabama logos on them, Aggies fans can go nuts.

Florida State’s national championship rings are pretty impressive

Florida-State-logoLed by 2013 Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston, the Florida State Seminoles went a perfect 14-0 (8-0 ACC) and claimed their third football national championship earlier this year.

Now that the hard part is over, it’s time to enjoy the spoils that come with being on top of the college football world. This includes the ever popular championship rings.

Courtesy of Mark Robinson, Florida State’s Director of Football Operations, we have a look at fancy keepsakes.

For comparison purposes, here are Alabama’s 2012 national championship rings.

Wisconsin LB recruit Dominic Cizauskas charged with rape

Dominic CizauskasDominic Cizauskas, a top linebacker in the state of Wisconsin who committed to the Badgers football team last year, was charged Monday with third-degree sexual assault for allegedly raping a woman on campus in December.

The woman filed a criminal complaint alleging that Cizauskas showed up to her dorm room drunk on Dec. 14, undressed her and raped her.

“I tried to make excuses trying to get him to leave,” the woman told police, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The report says the woman told Cizauskas “no” several times. “I didn’t know what to do. I was by myself, my roommate went home for the weekend and he’s a 200-pound football player and he had been drinking.”

The woman said the two had sex in June and sometimes exchanged flirtatious text messages, but she made excuses to avoid him after that.

Video reportedly showed Cizauskas showing up at the woman’s dorm just before 1 a.m. She told police he left around 2 a.m. The woman told police Cizauskas said he had had 10 shots within half an hour. She allegedly called him three times after he left her room and was crying when he picked up the phone on the third call.

Cizauskas committed to the Badgers in June but did not sign his letter of intent in February. That was likely related to the rape allegations. He was also suspended from his high school’s basketball team in February, though he was later reinstated.

These allegations tell a really bad story for the player. We’d like to hear his side.

Image via YouTube/IAElites.com

Brent Musburger moves to SEC Network; Chris Fowler or Rece Davis may replace him

Brent MusburgerIt’s the end of an era for college football fans. Brent Musburger will no longer be calling the national championship game for ABC/ESPN.

The network announced on Wednesday that Musburger will no longer be calling ABC’s “Saturday Night Football” package or the national championship game. Instead, Musburger will team with Jesse Palmer as the lead announcers for the new SEC Network, which launches in August.

Musburger’s first assignment will be calling the Texas A&M-South Carolina game on Aug. 28.

Musburger is turning 75 in May, so he told SI’s Richard Deitsch that he understands why he’s being reassigned. He appreciates that he has a three-year deal at his age.

Though Brent will be working the SEC for college football, he says he will stick with calling the Big 12 for college basketball because he is so familiar with it.

Since Musburger, who received some heat for the whole Katherine Webb thing last year, is no longer doing the national championship game, you’re probably wondering who will replace him. ABC/ESPN has not announced it yet, but Musburger told Deitsch it will either be Chris Fowler or Rece Davis replacing him.

This is a sad day. Musburger is definitely getting up there, but I still loved hearing him on big college football games and will miss not having him broadcast the national championship game.

Oklahoma assistant coach Cale Gundy takes shot at Nick Saban over 10-second rule

Nick SabanNick Saban has been the most influential head coach lobbying for a proposed 10-second rule that would slow down offenses across college football. The rule was recently shot down, and there are probably more coaches that are breathing a sigh of relief than those who are disappointed. The Oklahoma coaches, including running backs coach Cale Gundy, are among the former group.

On Tuesday night, Gundy decided to take a shot at Saban over the 10-second rule being tabled by the NCAA rules committee. The tweet was later deleted but not before it was captured by Saturday Down South.

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The Sooners put a beating on Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, so Gundy obviously felt he was in a position to brag. It probably occurred to him later that Saban has won three national championships in the last five years, which led to an apology.

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Oklahoma is one of many teams that runs an up-tempo, no-huddle offense. That offense and many others have had a tendency to wear out the Crimson Tide, which many believe is the main reason Saban was rallying for a new rule.

H/T Dr. Saturday

Did Mike McQueary throw a touchdown pass in garbage time to cover the spread?

Joe-PaternoFormer Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary has been in the news this week after an ESPN the Magazine profile revealed that he told Nittany Lions players he could relate to a Jerry Sandusky abuse victim because he was sexually abused as a child. Hidden beneath that powerful narrative was a discussion of McQueary’s alleged gambling problem.

ESPN the Magazine’s Don Van Natta Jr. spoke to several of McQueary’s former classmates and teammates who claimed he lost thousands of dollars gambling on poker and sporting events during his playing days at Penn State. Several of his former teammates say he also bet on Nittany Lions football games while he was a member of the team.

A college friend said he remembers urging McQueary to slow down when his gambling got “pretty bad” and began snowballing. One Penn State alum who attended the school during McQueary’s playing days told BettingTalk.com that he remembered hearing rumors about McQueary’s alleged gambling problem after a controversial ending against Rutgers in 1995.

McQueary, a backup quarterback at the time, entered a game against the Scarlet Knights with his team leading 52-34. He was presumably supposed to hand the ball off and burn the clock, but he instead threw a touchdown pass to put Penn State up 59-34 with roughly a minute remaining. The Nittany Lions were a 20-point favorite in the game.

As Deadspin noted, Joe Paterno defended McQueary after the game and said he was supposed to hit his tight end for a first down but could not resist throwing to a wide open receiver downfield. However, the video above shows Paterno shaking his head and looking disappointed after the touchdown pass. He later got into it with Rutgers coach Doug Graber over the play.

Does this mean anything now? Not really, but if you like stories about players potentially gambling on their own team you should at least find this interesting. It sure seems fishy to me.

Nick Saban compares up-tempo offense to smoking and getting cancer

Nick SabanThe NCAA playing rules oversight panel will vote on Thursday to determine if a “10-second rule” that will slow down offenses will be put into place next season. Nick Saban and Bret Bielma are two of the more prominent coaches that support the new rule, citing player safety as the basis of their argument. On Wednesday, Saban compared “fastball” offenses to smoking cigarettes and getting cancer.

“The fastball guys (up-tempo coaches) say there’s no data out there, and I guess you have to use some logic,” he told ESPN.com’s Chris Low. “What’s the logic? If you smoke one cigarette, do you have the same chances of getting cancer if you smoke 20? I guess there’s no study that specifically says that. But logically, we would say, ‘Yeah, there probably is.’”

A survey conducted by ESPN’s Brett McMurphy revealed that only 25 of the 128 FBS head coaches are in favor of the “10-second rule” proposal. Of those 25, only 11 are from the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12. Most coaches believe there is no evidence to support the claim that running an up-tempo offense increases injuries, but neurosurgeon Dr. Julian Bailes disagrees.

“If you play more snaps, you’re going to have more exposure. I think that’s a fact,” Bailes said. “It bears very serious consideration on whether the game should be slowed down or have fewer plays if you believe exposure equals injury risk or player safety.”

Coaches who oppose the rule insist that Saban — who has been singing the same tune for years now — is simply looking to mold the game in a way that benefits his coaching style. The new rule would penalize teams for snapping the ball within the first 10 seconds of the 40-second play clock.

“The issue I’m arguing for is the increased number of exposures, the player safety issue,” Saban said. “I don’t see how logically it can’t be, but we should at least do a study to find out. I guess the question is: How do we manage it in the meantime? Do we let them keep going, or do we slow them down?”

In all likelihood, Saban is not going to get his way. Comparing up-tempo offenses to cancer caused from cigarettes probably does little to boost his argument.