Originally written on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 7/27/12
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The reunion caught us both offguard. It happened during the opening session of SEC Media Days.For those who dont know, Media Days are the college football equivalent ofspeed dating. Three players and the head coach from each team are shepherdedthrough a gauntlet of television, radio and print reporters where questions andanswers fly with lightning speed. I was sitting at a table typing quotes and ruminating overwhat my next column would be when an official from the SEC walked in with ahandsome-student athlete. This is Ryan Swope, the official said. He is a seniorwide receiver for Texas A&M. The name hit me and Ileapt to my feet, looking into the face of a man I recognized even though Ihadnt seen him since he was a boy. Ryan Swope! I shouted. The last time I saw you, we werethrowing a football together in a parking lot in Kunming, China. You werepicking up your sister and we were getting our daughter. His eyes widened with recognition and a broad smile sweptac...
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