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Links O' War: Thursday August 22, 2013

Not a whole lot of news, as time has literally slowed down ahead of TCUs first contest vs. LSU.

Here are your morning links!


Notes On A Scorecard - TCU Horned Frogs Official Athletic Site
TCU director of intercollegiate athletics Chris Del Conte discusses the hot topics around the Horned Frogs.


If you can't beat 'em, hire 'em: The gutting of the NCAA -
A recent trend: college athletic departments hiring away NCAA investigators.

2013 Louisville football's 10 things to know: Good, fun, improving ... but not elite -
Louisville has improved dramatically in three years under Charlie Strong and should improve again in 2013. But let's tap the brakes a bit on the hype.

2013 SMU football's 10 things to know: Old coaches, bright futures, and the Raid 'n' Shoot -
This feels like a transition year for SMU, with major turnover on the offensive line and defensive front seven and a quarterback who still doesn't quite seem to match the scheme.

Uffsides: Sean Pamphilon and Leonard Marshall on concussions in football -
"United States of Football" director Sean Pamphilon and former All-Pro Giants defensive end Leonard Marshall discuss the new documentary that shows the tragic effects playing football.


Zero sum game: Adding up the pluses and minuses from Week 2 of the preseason -
You made it through another week of preseason football. Now, let's try to find some meaning in 16 games of meaninglessness football.

Le'Veon Bell injury: Steelers RB has Lisfranc injury, out 6-8 weeks -
Bell will seek a second opinion find out whether or not he suffered the notorious foot injury and if surgery is required.

Christopher Lane and Our National Pastime -
He came to play baseball.

Chris Paul named NBPA president -
The NBPA didn't get LeBron, but its next president is a notable one.

2014 SEC football schedule here, including out-of-conference games -
It's the most widely observed offseason college football happening in the South, short of National Signing Day itself. The biggest changes affect Texas A&M and LSU, but come take a look at what your team's slate looks like.

Jason Heyward injury: Braves star possibly out for regular season with fractured jaw -
A Jonathan Niese pitch gone awry has put Jason Heyward on the shelf for the remainder of the 2013 MLB regular season, according to a report.

The Daily Win: Basketball sleeves and other bad uniform changes -
Also discussed: the worst uniform trends across all sports

Lionel Messi injury: Barcelona star subbed out of Supercopa de España with left thigh problem -
There's no word yet on the severity of the injury to Lionel Messi, but Barcelona should have more information on Thursday.

Alex Rodriguez tells lawyers to quit talking to press -
Alex Rodriguez has asked his legal team to keep quiet so that he can go back to helping the Yankees win baseball games.

The unanswerable Allen Iverson -
Allen Iverson retired today, but -- for better and worse -- he has felt pretty fully gone for some time.

Haunted by stupidity: From the moment he was drafted, Donovan McNabb has been the target of all sorts of horrible nonsense -
From the moment he was drafted, Donovan McNabb has been the target of all sorts of horrible nonsense.