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Report: Details revealed from Johnny Manziel’s surprisingly large CFL contract

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Johnny Manziel officially announced he will sign with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats this weekend, and now we know what kind of money he’ll be making north of the border.

According to Jason La Canfora, Manziel’s base salary will be $122,000 with plenty of incentives in there as well:

Manziel's CFL contract: $122k base, $10k sign bonus, $18k housing stipend, $10k if active 6 games, $10k for 10 games active. $10k for 14 games active. Another $120k if plays half of snaps. March 1 $75k offseason bonus. 2018 $202k base w/same incentives — Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 19, 2018

That may not seem like a lot of money, but Manziel is actually doing quite well by CFL standards. According to this Sports Illustrated story, the CFL’s rookie minimum is only $50,000 and the average salary for all players is somewhere around $80,000.

That’s a lot of money for someone who hasn’t played professional football in a couple years and isn’t guaranteed the starting gig right off the bat. Of course, Manziel’s name and notoriety will make him well worth it for the Tiger-Cats — but it’s still a large investment.

Former Ole Miss QB Jeremiah Masoli is the incumbent, and he is coming off a solid season under center. He threw for 3,177 yards last season while completing 63.6 percent of his passes. Masoli also tossed 15 touchdowns and rushed for four more, while throwing just five interceptions.

“Let me tell you something right now, he’s got his work ahead of him to beat out Jeremiah,” Hamilton coach June Jones said this week. “He’s got a lot to catch up on, but he’ll spend the time to get that done. I know he will because he’s already learned that lesson.”

If Johnny Football is able to beat Masoli out by at least the half way point of the season, his salary would nearly double.

Hamilton’s first game is on June 16 against the Calgary Stampeders.

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Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa explains ‘transfer’ comments

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Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa explained his recent comments in which he revealed that he “would transfer out” had he not played in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.

“I kind of got the wrong end when I seen it on ESPN,” Tagovailoa told Simone Eli of CBS 42 in Birmingham. “I think they most definitely took it out of context saying if I didn’t play I would’ve left and whatnot. And I think sometimes if you don’t stick it in, like what I said, if you don’t stick it in, if you just keep giving up, you won’t see the end result and what God has prepared, which is the blessing. I don’t think I would’ve experienced it if I left. “I was talking about Fourth Quarter (Program) more-so. When we’re doing the first day of Fourth Quarter, I wanted to leave; I called my dad, I called back home and I told him I wanted to go to USC … After our running, I come back to the dorm that night after tutoring and I call my dad and I tell him, ‘Dad, we’ve got to go. I can’t do this.’ I mean, if I just didn’t stick it in through that whole time during Fourth Quarter, during spring ball, during camp and then during the season, I don’t think me and you would’ve been here talking right now.” Tagovailoa was speaking to middle schoolers in Hawaii earlier this week when he revealed that he considered transferring and contacted his father wondering if he still had a scholarship offer from USC, according to  Hawaii News Now’s Taryn Hatcher. The former 5-star quarterback spent the majority of his freshman season behind former starter Jalen Hurts prior to taking over during the second half of the national championship. Tagovailoa threw 3 touchdown passes, including a 41-yard game-winner to DeVonta Smith in overtime in a 26-23 win over Georgia. Tagovailoa finished 14 of 24 for 166 yards with an interception, 27 rushing yards and was named the Offensive MVP of the game. Alabama will kickoff the 2018 season against Louisville on Sept. 1. While Saban hasn’t named a starter yet, many believe it’s now Tagovailoa’s job to lose following his heroic title game performance. WATCH: I spoke exclusively w/ #Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa about report that he would've transferred to #USC had he not played in championship. @Tuaamann_ explains comments (made to a group of kids) & says he "got the wrong end, most definitely taken out of context" #RollTide pic.twitter.com/jdgvCFQzhJ — Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) May 20, 2018

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LSU Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon passes away Sunday

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Billy Cannon, the lone Heisman Trophy winner in LSU football history, passed away in his home early Sunday morning, according to reports from the LSU athletic department. Cannon was 80 years old.

Cannon led the Tigers to an undefeated season and a national championship in 1958 and earned the Heisman Trophy in 1959, leading LSU as a running back, defender and return man. Most famously, Cannon executed his “Halloween Run,” returning a punt 89 yards to help LSU defeat No. 3 Ole Miss.

In his three season playing for LSU, Cannon was twice named SEC Player of the Year and twice voted first-team All-SEC and unanimous first-team All-American. After LSU, Cannon signed with the Houston Oilers of the AFL as one of the highest-paid players in the fledgling league. As a rookie in 1960, Cannon earned MVP honors in the AFL championship game. Cannon led the AFL in rushing yards in 1961 and 1967 and both times was voted first-team All-AFL.

After his playing career, Cannon entered the world of dentistry. His No. 20 is retired at LSU and, as such, is not worn by any current or future LSU football players. In 2017, LSU athletics approved a plan to erect a statue of Cannon for his achievements on the gridiron.

“Billy is among the most heralded and identifiable college football players in NCAA history, and is largely responsible for the emergence of big-time football at LSU,” LSU athletics director Joe Alleva said after the statue was announced. “I also believe his commitment to rebuild and dedicate his life in service to his family, the community and the university he loves is admirable. He’s a very human hero and LSU’s most renowned.”

Cannon passed away in his family home and in his sleep. He was 80 years old. Please check back to SEC Country throughout the day as more updates become available.

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Florida baseball: Gators humbled heading into start of SEC Tournament

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It was just one of those days, one of those weekends, Florida baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan said at the end of his team’s tough road trip to Mississippi State.

That’s what the Gators will hope as they turn their focus to the SEC Tournament and the postseason after being swept in three games in Starkville, Miss.

It was the first conference series No. 1-ranked Florida (41-15, 20-10 SEC) has lost all season and snapped an overall streak of 19 straight series victories dating back to 2017.

Nonetheless, the Gators still managed to lock up the outright SEC regular-season title in the process, thanks to a loss Friday night by Arkansas, but there was not much else to celebrate over the weekend. Only plenty to reflect upon while turning the page to the final week before the games carry true consequences.

The Top 4 Seeds 1) @GatorsBB 2) @OleMissBSB 3) @BaseballUGA 4) @RazorbackBSB The 2018 SEC ⚾️ Tournament Bracket: https://t.co/uBGpZ5Fojk pic.twitter.com/l9uQ151kf9 — SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 20, 2018

“I’m going to take some time to reflect back on the weekend. We just got beat in every phase,” O’Sullivan said. “We talked about it this week after we tied for the SEC championship last Saturday that we needed to keep our edge. Obviously this weekend we weren’t able to do that. It was a weird weekend altogether.”

Indeed it was. Florida opened the series Thursday by giving freshman Tommy Mace his first career SEC start, presumably to keep juniors Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar on their normal Friday-Saturday rotation.

Mace was as good as he’s been all season, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits over a career-long 6 1/3 innings. The normally dependable bullpen wasn’t so sharp, however, and Florida lost 6-3.

Whatever plans the Gators had for Singer were changed Friday when he revealed a minor hamstring issue and was scratched from his start as a precaution. Freshman Jack Leftwich took the ball instead and got hit around for 6 runs (5 earned) and 8 hits in just 3 innings. Florida would go on to lose 12-4.

And Kowar wasn’t any better on Saturday, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits and 3 walks in 5 2/3 innings as part of a 13-6 loss.

As for the positives, outfielder Austin Langworthy clubbed his first two home runs of the season and finished the series 5 for 10 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. And shortstop Deacon Liput was 4 for 11 with a homer, 3 RBI and 4 runs.

But all in all, it was a dismal weekend to cap an otherwise tremendous run through the schedule, one that saw the Gators tie for the second-most regular-season wins in program history behind only the 2016 team (44).

Now comes the SEC Tournament. It doesn’t matter all that much to Florida’s grander goals, to be perfectly honest. The Gators have been ranked No. 1 most of the season and will earn a high national seed regardless of what transpires in Hoover, Ala., but it would be presumably preferred for the team to first re-establish some of the momentum it squandered over the weekend.

Top-seeded Florida opens play Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET in Hoover, Ala., against either No. 8 LSU or a rematch with No. 9 Mississippi State, pending the result of their opening-round game Tuesday.

“Obviously you want to be playing your best baseball at the end of the year. We just don’t have the ability to turn it on or turn it off when we want to,” O’Sullivan said. “We’ll try to draw from this and get back on track in the SEC Tournament and go from there.”

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Florida baseball: Gators humbled heading into start of SEC Tournament

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It was just one of those days, one of those weekends, Florida baseball coach Kevin O’Sullivan said at the end of his team’s tough road trip to Mississippi State.

That’s what the Gators will hope as they turn their focus to the SEC Tournament and the postseason after being swept in three games in Starkville, Miss.

It was the first conference series No. 1-ranked Florida (41-15, 20-10 SEC) has lost all season and snapped an overall streak of 19 straight series victories dating back to 2017.

Nonetheless, the Gators still managed to lock up the outright SEC regular-season title in the process, thanks to a loss Friday night by Arkansas, but there was not much else to celebrate over the weekend. Only plenty to reflect upon while turning the page to the final week before the games carry true consequences.

The Top 4 Seeds 1) @GatorsBB 2) @OleMissBSB 3) @BaseballUGA 4) @RazorbackBSB The 2018 SEC ⚾️ Tournament Bracket: https://t.co/uBGpZ5Fojk pic.twitter.com/l9uQ151kf9 — SEC Network (@SECNetwork) May 20, 2018

“I’m going to take some time to reflect back on the weekend. We just got beat in every phase,” O’Sullivan said. “We talked about it this week after we tied for the SEC championship last Saturday that we needed to keep our edge. Obviously this weekend we weren’t able to do that. It was a weird weekend altogether.”

Indeed it was. Florida opened the series Thursday by giving freshman Tommy Mace his first career SEC start, presumably to keep juniors Brady Singer and Jackson Kowar on their normal Friday-Saturday rotation.

Mace was as good as he’s been all season, allowing just 1 run on 3 hits over a career-long 6 1/3 innings. The normally dependable bullpen wasn’t so sharp, however, and Florida lost 6-3.

Whatever plans the Gators had for Singer were changed Friday when he revealed a minor hamstring issue and was scratched from his start as a precaution. Freshman Jack Leftwich took the ball instead and got hit around for 6 runs (5 earned) and 8 hits in just 3 innings. Florida would go on to lose 12-4.

And Kowar wasn’t any better on Saturday, giving up 7 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits and 3 walks in 5 2/3 innings as part of a 13-6 loss.

As for the positives, outfielder Austin Langworthy clubbed his first two home runs of the season and finished the series 5 for 10 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. And shortstop Deacon Liput was 4 for 11 with a homer, 3 RBI and 4 runs.

But all in all, it was a dismal weekend to cap an otherwise tremendous run through the schedule, one that saw the Gators tie for the second-most regular-season wins in program history behind only the 2016 team (44).

Now comes the SEC Tournament. It doesn’t matter all that much to Florida’s grander goals, to be perfectly honest. The Gators have been ranked No. 1 most of the season and will earn a high national seed regardless of what transpires in Hoover, Ala., but it would be presumably preferred for the team to first re-establish some of the momentum it squandered over the weekend.

Top-seeded Florida opens play Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET in Hoover, Ala., against either No. 8 LSU or a rematch with No. 9 Mississippi State, pending the result of their opening-round game Tuesday.

“Obviously you want to be playing your best baseball at the end of the year. We just don’t have the ability to turn it on or turn it off when we want to,” O’Sullivan said. “We’ll try to draw from this and get back on track in the SEC Tournament and go from there.”

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TE Jahleel Billingsley names Florida No. 1, sees ‘best of both worlds’ on visit

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With a pair of senior tight ends on the roster, the position is a big priority for Florida in the Class of 2019.

Chicago’s Jahleel Billingsley could soon address those needs.

The 4-star tight end from Phillips Academy attended the inaugural Great Gator Grill-Out on Saturday, which his first time visiting Florida. He named the Gators his top team following the trip.

“Florida is definitely the leader,” Billingsley told SEC Country. “Just [based on] their pitch about developing me as a person, not just football. … I’m here and I can get the best of both worlds as far as academics and football. As far as their pitch from a football standpoint, I can come in and make an impact as a freshman. That’s what I want to do.”

Billingsley is ranked the nation’s No. 10 tight end and No. 282 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite. He plans to make his decision before his senior season, but admits that he thought about pulling the trigger while in Gainesville.

“I definitely did almost,” Billingsley said. “When I was in that room talking to Coach [Dan] Mullen, it was definitely running through my head. I wanted to tell him I wanted to commit. I just wanted to weigh my options and see other schools.”

The 6-foot-4, 216-pound pass catcher has upcoming unofficial visit to LSU and plans to take official visits to Florida and TCU. Some of his other offers include Auburn, Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan.

Billingsley said Florida is the best school he has visited on thus far, and he has a good vibe with tight ends coach Larry Scott and the rest of the coaching staff.

“We’re building a great relationship. He’s a great guy,” Billingsley said of Scott. “Everybody on the staff are great people, I mean, from him to Coach Mullen to Coach [Cordell] Landers. Everybody just brings a good vibe. It’s a great thing they got going here.

“Florida is a nice place. I liked it a lot … just the way I feel about the people on campus. It’s a great opportunity to come from Chicago to Florida and be able to play college football at the highest level that there is — SEC. Who wouldn’t want to come play?”

The Gators plan to sign a pair of tight ends in this class to replace their two seniors, but that doesn’t bother Billingsley whatsoever.

“They can take as many tight ends as they want,” he said. “I know if I come here, I’m going to play.”

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TE Jahleel Billingsley names Florida No. 1, sees ‘best of both worlds’ on visit

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — With a pair of senior tight ends on the roster, the position is a big priority for Florida in the Class of 2019.

Chicago’s Jahleel Billingsley could soon address those needs.

The 4-star tight end from Phillips Academy attended the inaugural Great Gator Grill-Out on Saturday, which his first time visiting Florida. He named the Gators his top team following the trip.

“Florida is definitely the leader,” Billingsley told SEC Country. “Just [based on] their pitch about developing me as a person, not just football. … I’m here and I can get the best of both worlds as far as academics and football. As far as their pitch from a football standpoint, I can come in and make an impact as a freshman. That’s what I want to do.”

Billingsley is ranked the nation’s No. 10 tight end and No. 282 overall prospect in the 247Sports composite. He plans to make his decision before his senior season, but admits that he thought about pulling the trigger while in Gainesville.

“I definitely did almost,” Billingsley said. “When I was in that room talking to Coach [Dan] Mullen, it was definitely running through my head. I wanted to tell him I wanted to commit. I just wanted to weigh my options and see other schools.”

The 6-foot-4, 216-pound pass catcher has upcoming unofficial visit to LSU and plans to take official visits to Florida and TCU. Some of his other offers include Auburn, Illinois, Ohio State and Michigan.

Billingsley said Florida is the best school he has visited on thus far, and he has a good vibe with tight ends coach Larry Scott and the rest of the coaching staff.

“We’re building a great relationship. He’s a great guy,” Billingsley said of Scott. “Everybody on the staff are great people, I mean, from him to Coach Mullen to Coach [Cordell] Landers. Everybody just brings a good vibe. It’s a great thing they got going here.

“Florida is a nice place. I liked it a lot … just the way I feel about the people on campus. It’s a great opportunity to come from Chicago to Florida and be able to play college football at the highest level that there is — SEC. Who wouldn’t want to come play?”

The Gators plan to sign a pair of tight ends in this class to replace their two seniors, but that doesn’t bother Billingsley whatsoever.

“They can take as many tight ends as they want,” he said. “I know if I come here, I’m going to play.”

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Johnny Manziel’s CFL coach weighs in on his odds of starting in 2018

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Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has officially signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, but he’s far from a guaranteed starter, according to head coach June Jones.

According to Jones, Manziel will compete with former Ole Miss quarterback and incumbent starter Jeremiah Masoli, who already has an advantage having spent the past five seasons with the Tiger-Cats.

“Let me tell you something right now, he’s got his work ahead of him to beat out Jeremiah,” Jones said via the National Post. “He’s got a lot to catch up on, but he’ll spend the time to get that done. I know he will because he’s already learned that lesson.”

Manziel, 25, officially announced his decision to resume his football career with the Tiger-Cats on Saturday via Twitter. Hamilton announced that the former Heisman Trophy winner had signed a two-year deal.

Manziel, a former first-round draft pick in 2014, is attempting to make a comeback to professional football after having been released by the Cleveland Browns in March 2016.

He threw for 1,675 yards, 7 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, while leading Cleveland to a 2-6 record in 8 starts during his first two NFL seasons. Manziel participated in a Spring League game last month, which officially marked his return to football after an 832-day absence, completing 9 of 15 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, while taking three sacks and fumbling the ball once as a member of the South squad. Made the decision today to sign my contract with the CFL and further my football career after a long break. Very grateful for everyone that’s been supporting me along the way. I believe this is the best opportunity for me moving forward and I’m eager for what the future holds. — Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) May 19, 2018

 

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