BY GENE SAPAKOFF
HOOVER, Ala. – Reports that the 2014 SEC football schedule would be released this week at SEC Media Days apparently were too hopeful.
“We probably won’t release it for a few weeks, or maybe not until mid-August,” an SEC spokesperson told the Post and Courier.
The 2014 schedule is much-anticipated because it involves new permanent rivalry partners: South Carolina and Texas A&M (with the Aggies playing in Columbia), Missouri and Arkansas.
South Carolina’s 2014 SEC home games will include Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri, along with Texas A&M. SEC road games are Florida, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and an SEC East team to be determined.
In non-conference games, the Gamecocks are scheduled to open with East Carolina in Charlotte, with Furman and Troy at home and Clemson on the road.
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel won the 2012 Heisman Trophy as a redshirt freshman and appear at South Carolina next fall, if he doesn’t opt for the NFL or get in too much trouble.
Manziel appeared Wednesday at SEC Media Days and was grilled about his controversial early departure from the Manning Passing Academy last week.
“Speculation of me being too hungover last week at the Manning Passing Academy was absolutely incorrect,” Manziel said.
Manziel said he “simply overslept” and wasn’t sent home by former NFL and Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning.
“I just had a busy schedule in July,” he explained. “Probably bit off more than I could chew.”
But the Kerrville, Texas, native said he met with counselors at Texas A&M after the Manning flap to discuss “stuff I was struggling with.”
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