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Kevin C. Cox

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Auburn great Philip Lutzenkirchen killed in car accident | AL.com

"I'm deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Philip Lutzenkirchen," said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn in a statement. "He was a great young man who touched the lives of everyone he knew in a positive way. On the field, Philip was a great player and competitor, but more importantly, he was a great teammate and friend off the field. My thoughts and prayers are with Philip's parents, Mike and Mary, and all of his family and friends who are grieving his passing.

"This is a sad day for the entire Auburn family. I find peace knowing that even though Philip was taken from us too soon, that he lived his life to the fullest, leaving a lifetime of great memories for his family and friends to cherish forever."

Man, I didn't realize a  UGA baseball player also died and two others were injured in the crash.

A Collection of Stories Remembering Philip Lutzenkirchen - College and Magnolia

Philip Lutzenkirchen will be greatly missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers again go out to his family and the family of Ian Davis. War Eagle always, Philip.

Fandom aside, Lutz was an incredible football player and by all accounts a wonderful human being. So forget Auburn and the rivalry, a young man is dead and regardless of the uniform he wore, that is a horrible thing.

Roll Philip and War Eagle, young man.

NCAA makes strong counterargument to close O'Bannon trial - College Football - SI.com

I have analyzed the O’Bannon lawsuit since it was filed in 2009 and I teach, write about and have practiced antitrust law. After today, I’m uncertain how to answer these questions.  The same appears true for both side’s attorneys.  Uncertainty could pose particular problems for O’Bannon, who as the plaintiff has the legal burden to prove the case. NCAA general counsel Donald Remy was quick to raise this point after the trial.

Outside of the courthouse he remarked, "We’ve been doing this for five years, 15 days, and we spent the last couple of hours here seeing that the plaintiffs still have not been able to articulate a coherent antitrust theory."

Not sure when Erik will get around to a wrap up article for the O'Bannon case, but I found this article, especially the part about the fan, fascinating. It's definitely worth the read.

Steve Spurrier says 'more to life than SEC championship,' then references Alabama again | AL.com

"I would still say that's the biggest goal we could reach right there, but total wins, where you are ranked, the state championship, bowl victories. Winning that bowl game just makes life so much more pleasant until you play again. In sports, we are all as good as our last game. If you win that bowl game, the fans, the team, it just gives you a good feeling heading into the offseason.

We have been able to do that the last three years, go 11-2 and win the state championship. We've had a lot to brag about but not the SEC. We are still going to try to win an SEC, that's for sure, and hopefully real soon.

After reading this, I took a moment and thanked the Lord Almighty above for allowing me to be born an Alabama fan. If winning a bunch of games and hoping one day to "Win an SEC" (way to English, Spurrier) is good enough for other fanbases, fine, but we settle for nothing less than Championships at Alabama, and that's why I love being us.

C.J. Mosley Feels He'll Be Ready To Start

The biggest thing for the rookie has been learning the ins and outs of the defense, and he says he feels caught up to the vets. Coming from Alabama’s complex defensive system gave Mosley somewhat of a head start. He and Defensive Coordinator Dean Pees were already on the same page with a lot of terminology before the Ravens drafted Mosley. "You have to know the defense to be successful and earn a role," he said. "I feel like I’m at that point now. It’s all about making plays on the field."

Often, rookies find the jump in speed to be difficult when they reach the NFL. Not Mosley. He was known for his speed at Alabama, allowing him to play sideline-to-sideline with ease. "It hasn’t really been a big deal for me," he said. "I would say the only time the game seems fast to me is when you don’t know what you’re doing. When you know what to expect, that’s when the plays start to slow down for you."

Five takeaways from Packers OTA practices and minicamp - Sports Glory

2)  HaHa Clinton-Dix won’t be handed the starting free safety job When the Packer’s had the good fortune of being able to draft Alabama’s Ha’Sean (HaHa) Clinton-Dix with the 21st pick in May’s NFL Draft, it was widely assumed he would be inserted immediately into the starting lineup to fill the team’s hole at free safety. And while that may still occur come the start of training camp in late July, it was not the case during the OTA and mini-camp sessions. The player currently manning that void is second-year pro Micah Hyde, who enjoyed a successful rookie year playing primarily in the slot cornerback role.

However, with the expected return of cornerback Casey Hayward to that position in 2014, as well as the deep cornerback group the Packers currently possess, the team is giving the promising Hyde the chance to remain a three-down player in their defense by trying him out at safety ahead of Clinton-Dix. Will this still be the case when the team opens the NFL season in Seattle on September 4?   Likely not, but having Hyde learn to play safety increases the defense’s flexibility, both schematically and in case of injury. It will be interesting to see how both these young talents perform in their roles come pre-season.

That’s a wrap for Bills’ minicamp - Sports - The Buffalo News

Erik Pears is not out to pasture yet. The fact the Bills spent a high second-round pick on Cyrus Kouandjio says they want him to start at right tackle. But Pears still took most of the first-team snaps. Kouandjio worked with the second team the last two days. We’ll see how fast Kouandjio and rookie Seantrel Henderson can develop in training camp

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