T-minus 24 days to kickoff of the 2013 college football season.
• The headaches social media have caused some players this off-season are well-documented. Thus, it’s understandable why Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney would bar his players from Twitter as the Tigers open fall camp.
Tajh Boyd signed off with the below:
Last tweet! love my twitter followers, Go Tigers see y'all in the valley and meet y'all at the top!
— Tajh Boyd (@TajhB10) August 1, 2013
Sporting News profiled Boyd, who delayed his NFL future for one more year in order to lead a promising Tigers team in pursuit of an ACC — and possibly BCS — championship.
• The LSU Tigers open fall camp on Monday, replacing several key contributors from the 10-win team of a year ago. While such turnover in experienced starters might spell trouble for most programs, LSU has developed a “three-year cycle,” writes Les East of The Advocate.
Monday marks another important moment for LSU’s 2013 season. Per Sports Illustrated, running back Jeremy Hill is scheduled to meet with a Baton Rouge judge in conjunction with his arrest in an April assault.
Hill has been suspended indefinitely since the arrest.
• Auburn wide receiver Quan Bray joined his teammates in preparing for the 2013 season, but he is playing for someone else as well. Associated Press reporter John Zenor wrote an excellent feature on Bray playing in his mother’s memory.
His story is a tragic one, but his work to write a happy ending is truly inspiring.
• The Texas Longhorns begin 2013 fall camp in a very unusual position after three seasons of disappointment. This year’s UT bunch is one of the most veteran lineups Mack Brown has had, and he recognizes the importance of a big year. Talking12.com examines Texas and its likelihood of making its anticipated rebound.
&$149; Northern Illinois begins the preseason in a much different place than Texas. The Huskies are on a three-year run of unprecedented success, culminating last year in a MAC championship and Orange Bowl appearance. With Jordan Lynch returning, what does NIU do for an encore?
The Chicago Tribune‘s Shannon Ryan writes 2012 and 2013 is “comparing apples and oranges” for the Huskies, but Lynch’s presence gives the program hope for even greater things in the new season.