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Links O' War: August 21, 2013

Links, sports, college football... Lots of good stuff.

Here are your morning links!


Tip-Time Set for Great Alaska Shootout - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
TCU received word Tuesday that its Nov. 27 contest at the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout versus host Alaska-Anchorage will be televised on CBS Sports Network at 1:00 a.m. CT.

TCU football notes: Gary Patterson takes on game-week mentality | Dallas-Fort Worth Sports Ne...
TCU coach Gary Patterson is in game-week mode. Details about personnel and which player is doing what at this or that position are hard to come by as the Horned Frogs’ opener with LSU on Aug. 31 inches closer.

TCU men’s basketball team loses two frontcourt players to injury for the 2013-14 season ...
TCU’s 6-foot-8 forward Devonta Abron and 6-10 center Aaron Durley will miss the 2013-14 season with injuries sustained during a recent team tour through Canada.

LSU scrimmages for final time; attention turns to TCU
LSU had its final scrimmage of the preseason on Tuesday as the Tigers went through a 150-play workout indoors at the Charles McClendon Practice Facility. LSU now turns its attention to next week's season-opener against TCU in Arlington, Texas. The Tigers and Horned Frogs kickoff at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 31 in the Cowboys Classic at AT&T Stadium. The game will be televised on ESPN.

Practice notes: Poor first practice, new uniforms | TCU 360
The football team’s first practice of the new school year was not impressive, head football coach Gary Patterson said Tuesday.

NCAA Football Preview - TCU Horned Frogs | Fox News
The TCU Horned Frogs made a solid showing in their inaugural season as a member of the Big 12, winning twice as many games as they lost (8-4), and going 6-3 in conference.

Quarterback the Big 12's great unknown - Dallas Colleges Blog - ESPN Dallas
Not long ago, Big 12 media days was an event worthy of a red carpet, with star-studded quarterbacks annually filling the halls. Many -- like “Vince” and “Sam” -- were on a first-name basis with their fans. Others -- like “RG3” -- donned catchy nicknames. This year, though, there were no rock stars at media days in Dallas. Because, well, there are no marquee quarterbacks returning.

Experience could be key for Big 12 defenses - Dallas Colleges Blog - ESPN Dallas
When Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert lines up against Big 12 offenses this season, he'll carry with him some rare experiences. During his college career, the senior has intercepted two Pro Bowl quarterbacks, held his own in one-on-one battles with a receiver who was a top-10 NFL draft pick and won 31 games in three seasons.


Kirk Ferentz Shows Purdue What Battle Rapping Is All About - Black Heart Gold Pants
Purdue doesn't know jack about real hip-hop. Kirk Ferentz knows.

Bahamas to get new Conference USA bowl game (and Boca Raton, too) -
More bowl games? More bowl games in exotic locations? More bowl games in exotic locations featuring Conference USA teams? Your dreams are becoming real.

Which SEC football freshmen are set to make a major impact in 2013? -
The SEC recruits better than any other conference, and as a result, frequently has freshmen arriving to campus with force. 2013 should be no different, as there are many true freshmen expected to shine in just a few days.

Which Pac-12 true freshmen are set to make instant impacts for each team? -
The Pac-12 features plenty of top freshmen who should contribute early.


Two carries, six yards: When the Chargers acquired former No. 1 pick Ricky Bell in 1982, they thought they were adding a valuable piece to the backfield. Two years later, he was dead. -
When the Chargers acquired former No. 1 pick Ricky Bell in 1982, they thought they were adding a valuable piece to the backfield. Two years later, he was dead.

The (virtual) legend of Brian Finneran -
For the 25th edition of Madden NFL, EA Sports put together a 25th anniversary all-Madden team. One of the wide receivers is Randy Moss. The other is, um, Brian Finneran.

Do not attempt to help women enjoy football -
There are no football ladies or football men, only football fans.

USC denies report Silas Redd met with Snoop Dogg: A summary of college football in 2013 -
USC had to issue a press release about Snoop Dogg and Silas Redd never having met. Thanks, offseason.

Wade Davis hired as You Can Play executive director - Outsports
Davis becomes one of the few African-Americans to lead a national LGBT organization

Von Miller suspended 6 games -
The Broncos will be without their star linebacker for the first six games of the season.

ENHANCE: Georgia Tech freshman convocation speaker Nicholas Selby, motivational nerd-god -
We break down the most inspiring speech ever given to freshman engineering students.

Did Dirk Hayhurst just live-tweet a hit-and-run car chase? -
Twitter action!

Daily Win: World's strongest sports beards -
FACT: Some athletes just need to show the world that they can play covered in fur. Dan Rubenstein salutes the best.

Ty Lawson charged with physical harassment and criminal mischief -
Ty Lawson was booked Saturday with a pair of charges stemming from domestic violence.

Indians grant Daisuke Matsuzaka his unconditional release -
After four-plus months without a call-up, Matsuzaka asked Cleveland to let him try his hand with another club.

Fox debuts afternoon lineup with hits, misses and Regis -
A review of the network's new three-hour block of studio programming, which includes a possible problem for 'Fox Soccer Daily.'

Baseball coverage on television: An SB Nation roundtable -
Who should replace Tim McCarver? Is baseball getting too old? Where is the future of the game on television?

Ballgirl and infielder fight for foul ball -
One of these two was not supposed to be attempting to catch this ball.