The rest of the country is talking about March Madness, but die-hard college football fans are more interested in spring practice, which is taking place at schools across the country. Coaches are discovering which players are ready to step up into starting roles in the fall and fans are getting a sneak peak of their teams after a long winter without college football.
Tebow-mania in Denver has come to an end. Peyton Manning, the league’s hottest free agent this offseason, was introduced as a Denver Bronco on Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation on where the former Indianapolis Colt would end up. ESPN reports that Manning will earn $20 million a year in the 2012 and 2013 seasons, provided he pass a physical 10 days before the season begins.
Manning isn’t the only NFL player making moves during this offseason. Here’s a rundown of some notable free agent moves this week:
The Peyton Manning Sweepstakes is similar to what we saw with Brett Favre a few years back. The storied but aging NFL QB gets released from his lifetime team but isn’t quite ready to retire. Will Manning find success at his new home, or will his age and injury show in the 2012 NFL Season?
The 2012 college football season will have a different landscape than years past, as BCS conferences experience some significant realignment. This week, we will look at the changes in the nation's top conference, the SEC, home of the last six BCS National Championships.
The SEC has some of the country's most historic rivalries; the Iron Bowl, the annual matchup of in-state rivals Auburn and Alabama, is arguably the most bitter rivalry in college sports. After all, a disgruntled Alabama fan poisoned Auburn’s famed campus trees in 2011 (though, to Alabama’s credit, the school and fans have worked closely with Auburn to remedy the crime). Fortunately, the annual Auburn-Alabama showdown won’t be affected by the SEC’s two newest members: Texas A&M and Missouri.